Thomas Tyner Now Responsible For Bad Economy and Global Warming

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For Duck fans who haven’t been hitting refresh on their Twitter every 30 seconds for the past 36 hours, here’s what you missed:  Thomas Tyner, senior running back for Aloha (OR) High School, announced on Twitter that he was re-opening his recruiting process, and decommitting from Oregon.  His decision is likely based on an Oregon Football policy that prohibits commits …

Oregon Fans’ Cassandra Complex Fades as Auburn’s House on Sand Washes Away

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The winter of 2011 was a dark time for the Oregon faithful.  Losing the National Championship weighed heavily on the minds of Duck fans, but it was not the primary source of their consternation.  Nor was the realization that the Ducks had failed to capture the championship, despite having the country’s best team for the second time in four seasons.  …

The Ducks and the Dreaded S.I. Cover Jinx

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It is one of the oldest curses in sports – the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.  On par and more historic than the equally dreaded Madden game cover jinx that dictates that whichever NFL player appears on the game’s cover will inevitably get hurt the next season; for the unindoctrinated, the famous “SI cover jinx” occurs when anyone appearing on the …

FishDuck Game Review: Injuries and Offensive Output Leaves Victory Somewhat Hollow

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It is the signature moment of every Oregon pre-game fire-up motivational video–the long-standing replay of Kenny Wheaton’s iconic interception against Washington in 1994, known as “The Pick.” The crowd builds to a crescendo amidst the sounds of Jerry Allen yelling “Kenny Wheaton’s gonna score!” A few revs from the Harley, punctuating “the most improbable finish to a football game!” and …

Pro Ducks! – A Preseason Report

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It has become fashionable to profess a hatred of the NFL preseason.  There are too many games, the stars don’t play, the tickets are too expensive, and the fans don’t care—except the 9.5 million viewers that watched a preseason week three game between the Colts and the Steelers.  Hating preseason football lets others know that you respect real football, when …

Ways to Improve the Pac-12 Network

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Nine days from now, on August 15th at 6pm, the Pac-12 Network will go live.  It should provide everything that a Pac-12 fan could want: live games, conference-centric reporting, and extensive coverage of all sports, not just football and men’s basketball.  It should be everything fans have been anticipating since the network’s announcement last July. The big question is whether …

How The Ducks’ Recent Football Losses Have Proven They Are Elite

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On May 23rd, College GameDay’s Twitter feed sparked a Twittersphere mini-riot by asking the following: “#Oregon has to win a National Championship to be considered an ELITE college football program… AGREE or DISAGREE?“  The question itself was clearly meant to incite discussion about Oregon’s place in college football’s hierarchy during the slow portion of the long off-season.  If College GameDay …

What If?: A Brief Alternate History of Oregon Football

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If you are a college football fan who loves video games, today is Christmas Eve.  That’s because tomorrow is the release date for NCAA Football 13, EA Sports’ highly celebrated annual college football game.  This year’s roster update game features an all-new mode called “The Heisman Challenge,” where “fans can build a national powerhouse by placing one of 10 former …

The Lottery: Spicing Up College Football’s Early Season Scheduling

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Two weeks ago, I outlined why any college football playoff needed to have a requirement of its participants that they be conference champions.  The idea was that selecting the best teams was too subjective a process; that any committee making that decision would be making assumptions based on a limited sample set of data of 12-13 games; often with few, …

The American Way: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a Championship

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“You have to win something, and that’s a concept that’s accepted by fans and, given the way college football is structured, fair.“ – Larry Scott, Pac-12 commissioner We are getting a playoff, or at least that is what the commissioners of college football announced this off-season.  Despite not having any knowledge of its structure related to how a playoff would …