Ahh…Spring (Game) Is In The Air!

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Featured Photo Courtesy Gary Breedlove Photography   The weather forecast earlier last week called for partly cloudy skies on Saturday, with a chance of some showers.  That gloomy prognostication never materialized, and yesterday’s spring game by the Oregon Ducks was held under clear and warm conditions — as perfect an April morning as you could hope for. Once again, two …

We Were Mighty Oregon Before Chip Kelly Got Here. We Still Are.

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For me, it seems that a byproduct of getting older is a certain jadedness. There isn’t a whole lot anymore that emotionally stuns me the same as it might have in years past. I’m still surprised now and then, but rarely do I get blindsided and emotionally drained. I suppose that after experiencing gut-wrenching events in my life, the impact …

Ducks Volleyball Digs Deep and Stuns #1 Penn State

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The Ducks Volleyball team is playing for all the marbles. #5 Oregon upset the #1 Penn State Nittany Lions in 4 sets, in the Ducks’ first appearance in the NCAA Volleyball semi-finals. They will be facing #3 Texas in the championship match on Saturday. There was good news and bad news for Oregon at the start of this very tense …

Ducks Volleyball: Where No Duck Has Gone Before

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The Ducks are in uncharted waters. The #5 Oregon Ducks Women’s volleyball team entered the second round of the NCAA tournament for only the third time in the history of the program. In their previous attempts, the Ducks did not advance past the round of 16. Emotions ran high against the #12 BYU Cougars on Friday. Although they would wind …

Why Chip Kelly Bolts To The NFL – And Why He Stays

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For as long as Chip Kelly stays at Oregon, we’re destined to hear the chatter about him leaving for the NFL. For the most part it’s a lot of talk, completely based on specualtion; however, after having flirted with a coaching position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kelly has let the cat out of the bag and the subject will …

Ducks Volleyball: One Play At A Time

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The #5 Oregon Ducks Women’s Volleyball team hosted the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday and Saturday night, something they have not done since 1986. They won both of their matches in convincing fashion, posting 3-0 victories against both the Northern Colorado Bears and the Dayton Flyers. Because it has been as long as it has since the …

Stanford vs. Oregon: It’s Not The End Of The World – Even If It Feels Like It

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The #1 Oregon Ducks’ national championship title hopes took a significant blow last night when they dropped their match with #14 Stanford, 17-14 (OT). In a game where statistics demonstrated how closely matched this contest was, small errors loomed large. What was particularly disconcerting to fans, however, was the fact that (losing notwithstanding) we did not recognize the team that …

Ducks Volleyball: Meeting The Challenge

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The truism that sports players and teams need short memories is universal. That has never been more true for the Oregon Ducks volleyball team than this weekend, as they try to erase the drubbing they endured last weekend at the hands of both Bay Area teams. Last night, at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks took a huge step by bouncing …

Sports Cliches That I HATE!

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Call me old school. Call me a hater. Call me elitist. It’s probably all true. Two things drive me crazy when I listen to sports on TV or the radio – persons who are inarticulate, and hearing the same stupid clichés over … and over … and over … and over … “He ran for a buck seventy.“ When was …

BCS BREAKDOWN: HAND OVER THE PANIC BUTTON

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We’re getting ready to enter the final 3rd leg of the 2012 football season. We’ve heard the “experts,” and heard the prognostications about how the BCS standings will be shaping up. The media is coy about where our Ducks will fall in the pecking order, and many are cautiously optimistic about Oregon’s chances to be in the BCS title game, …

Duck Volleyball: Disorganization and Disappointment

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“It’s real disappointing.” Coach Jim Moore’s words were clearly understated compared to the look on his face. His look was one of utter disappointment, as he was trying to wrap his mind around the defeat that the #2 Oregon Ducks volleyball team had just suffered at the hands of the unranked California Golden Bears. The Ducks volleyball team lost in …

If It’s October, It’s Time For Basketball!

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Can you believe that it’s time to be watching basketball again?  It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were tracking how our beloved Ducks were performing in the NIT!  The ride is about to start and if you’re like me then you’re eager to see our Ducks play and get into the post season.  What’s in store this year?  …