How to Enhance the Autzen Stadium Experience in 2019

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When caught up in the moment, it’s easy to exaggerate and embellish the facts. That’s not the case with the Autzen Stadium experience. There’s truly nothing like watching a football game in one of the most raucous, breathtaking and spectacular stadiums in the country. Whether you’re an Autzen regular or a first timer, I can promise that the experience will …

How to Have the ULTIMATE Fan Experience at Autzen Stadium

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Unless they’ve been living under a rock, almost every football fan in the Pacific Northwest has been to Autzen Stadium. It is quite the deal for the newbie and the seasoned veteran alike. The atmosphere can be electric and the venue just plain fun and exciting. Here are some observations and suggestions from one who started attending there since the …

Deconstructing the Duck Fan

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So often, we fans analyze the teams we follow, breaking down their strengths and weaknesses as if we’re on the coaching staff ourselves. Rarely, though, do we take a look inward and evaluate our own role as fans of our respective teams. Fans are more than just loud-mouth, obnoxious onlookers; they’re critical elements to a team’s morale, and they play …

Does Oregon Have a Quarterback Problem?

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In football, the quarterback is far and away the most important position on the team. His performance is pivotal to success. Oregon has a quarterback who should hear his name called early on the first day of the 2020 NFL Draft. So, what’s the problem? As much potential as Justin Herbert has, he hasn’t necessarily lived up to the mounting …

Auburn Is There for the Taking. Can the Ducks Capitalize?

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During this summer hiatus and before fall camp bursts into view, let’s explore our first vital intersectional football game. The Ducks’ early matchup against the Auburn Tigers offers a huge opportunity to launch Oregon into the limelight of prominence — with a win. Lose, and here we go again … hype happens! While one game a season does not make, …

HYPE: A Four Letter Word Harming Duck Success

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Ever feel really let down by a loss, especially an upset? It kinda ruins your weekend. A grey-blue pall overhangs one’s thoughts, feelings and attitudes for days on end. An entire lost season can crush our individual or collective spirits for even longer. How do you cope? Do you hit the sauce, snort something, rage at your spouse and kids, …

Knockin’ the Noggin: Is Football as We Know It Doomed?

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The topic of concussions in football has steadily gained traction over the past couple decades, with more research focused on protecting players than ever before. During this interregnum between last season and the upcoming spring game, let’s explore head injuries. They have a huge impact on the game we enjoy. Concussions affect the following key groups: the individual, the team, …

The Holy of Holies: Duck Practices — Let Us In!

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Ancient Israel traveled in the wilderness for 40 years, led by Moses. A select few, the Levite priests officiated in the Tabernacle of the Temple. Fewer still were allowed entrance into the most sacred of areas, called the Holy of Holies, where the Arc of the Covenant and singular worship with God was held. Our leader is Mario Cristobal, his …

Oregon Ducks: Entitlement Is a Four-Letter Word, Stifling Success!

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We live in an “Entitlement Era.” There are clear reasons why Oregon’s football team is mediocre and its basketball team is under-performing. A MAJOR reason why they are not the best that they could be is a profligate persistent problem of throwing $$$ at athletics to achieve championships. Thanks, Uncle Phil, and other big donors, for the lavish contributions. How is that working …

Calling All Quarterbacks! What Makes a GREAT ONE?

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It’s a wonderful time to be an Oregon Ducks fan. Justin Herbert and nine other starters are set to return on offense, so 2019 could be a special season. But what will it take for the Ducks’ talented trigger-man to take the Ducks to the next level? Let’s explore the qualities and attributes that make a great quarterback, and see if Oregon’s …

Redbox Rendezvous: Ducks and Sparty Play This Movie

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The Oregon Ducks are playing in their 12th bowl game in the last 13 years. Their opponent is the Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten. The Redbox Bowl is on New Year’s Eve at noon PST. The two teams have split the last six meetings. This game will break the tie. So, who’s the winner gonna be? First, let’s discuss the …

Inside the Mind of Mario Cristobal

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We’re already half-way through Oregon’s football season. This would be good time to take a closer look at our head football coach. What motivates Mario Cristobal and how are his leadership skills translating on and off the gridiron? Wins and loses are readily quantifiable — an easy metric to gauge. Oregon’s record to date is 5-2, a pleasant surprise for …