Scott’s Turf: Unofficial Destruction of Recruiting

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  “Inebriate of air am I, And debauchee of dew, Reeling, through endless summer days, From inns of molten blue.” This is the second stanza from Emily Dickinson’s “Poem # 214.” Often referred to by the first line of the first stanza, this poem delves into what provides happiness to the soul. The voice of the poem is drunk on …

Oregon Football — What’s the ‘BIG’ Deal?

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  A great man is always willing to be little. Ralph Waldo Emerson Zach Okun isn’t the future of Oregon football — he’s the now. All 6’4″, 315 pounds of him. The Newbury Park, California, high school junior decided to end his recruitment process almost a year in advance of national signing day for the Class of 2015. In the time …

From U.S. Soccer to the Ducks, It’s a Small World After All

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Americans are coming down with a severe case of World Cup Fever over the past week — and it has to do with team spirit. With the United States winning its first match against Ghana and playing Portugal to a draw, the national team has (so far) beaten the odds in the “Group of Death” and given the U.S. a …

Mark vs Mark: Who Will Reign Supreme?

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Oregon’s second game on the schedule brings a match-up that could define the Ducks’ entire season, for better or worse. A win against Michigan State would help the Ducks dramatically improve their chances of contending for a National Title — especially under the new playoff system. While there has been a lot of talk about the offensive and defensive match-ups the …

Note from a Wounded Duck – an Open Letter to Rob Mullens

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Dear Rob, Let me be clear. I am a Ducks fan. Have been since I was a three-year-old in Salem, holding a basketball almost as big as I was.  Have been since I played tennis and football for the South Eugene Fighting Axemen, the latter at venerable old Civic Stadium, within spitting distance of the new roundball palace that is …

Oregon’s Success Doesn’t Depend on Recruiting Rankings

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Oregon will never win any recruiting championships.  While teams such as Alabama, USC and LSU tend to dominate in the rankings, the Ducks rarely crack the top-15.  Year after year they bring in solid, but unspectacular recruiting classes, yet year after year, Oregon takes those same recruits and turns them into champions. Why is that?  What is the key that allows teams without …

Let the Games Begin!

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Oregon football pummeled Texas in the Alamo Bowl last week.  Oregon baseball is No. 6 in preseason rankings.  And while that’s all good and fun, this, ladies and gentlemen, is basketball season.  So how exactly is the Duck basketball team performing?  Well, they are 13-0 and top-10 in the AP Top 25 — an incredible start to a season by …

Fool ’em Once

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Fool the Ducks once, shame on you.  Several teams ‘gave their all’ in an attempt to upset the mighty Oregon Duck basketball team, but none came closer than the tenacious BYU Cougars this past weekend.  In fact, in 38 minutes of gameplay, they prevailed.  The Ducks got their game together at just the right time, though, and managed to force overtime …

What Now Oregon?

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Kevin Cline It would appear that after four straight years of BCS appearances, the University of Oregon football team will be left on the outside looking in.  Most likely the team will be headed to the Alamo Bowl, something that most pundits and fans would not have predicted before the season began.  Yet here they are. There is nothing wrong …

Ducks Outrun Mustangs, Remain Undefeated

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Kevin Cline The 14th-ranked Oregon basketball team defeated the overmatched Cal-Poly squad, 82-61 on Sunday evening before an announced home crowd of 5,580.  The Ducks were able to jump out to an early double-digit lead against the Mustangs behind a lights out performance in the opening minutes from eventual game MVP Johnathan Loyd, and a sharp shooting effort by sophomore Damyean Dotson. Loyd, the senior point … Continue reading

The Green and Yellow Outshine the Green and White

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Craig Strobeck EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon looked to continue its five-game winning streak on Saturday against the North Dakota Bison.  The Ducks had competed their hearts out on Friday with a dominating win against Pacific, which meant that the bench needed to contribute on Saturday to help alleviate the stress and fatigue of the starters. That’s exactly what happened, as Dana Altman … Continue reading

The Hunger Games: Oregon Transfers Play to Win

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Steve Francis When it comes to college basketball, most fans focus on star power and the celebrity of a team.  Several NBA franchises are even suspected of “tanking” their seasons to increase their chances of drafting incoming stars who have only played a small handful of college-level games.  Every year, sports analysts and wannabe sports analysts (ahem, my friends) gather around the television set or radio to … Continue reading