Sanctions, Shmanctions!

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www.macoberver.com It was suggested to me that I use the bye week to talk about the scandals that are rocking along with Alabama (D.J. Fluker), Tennessee (Tyler Bray and Maurice Couch) and Mississippi State (Chad Bumphis and Fletcher Cox).  I sat down to write about it and realized that I would rather drop a hot coal in my left eye …

Tide Rolls — sort of — ‘Dogs Take a Hit — BCS Redux, Week 1

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Kevin Cline The first week of college football has concluded, and I think it’s safe to say, we were well reminded of why fall is the best of the four seasons.  Though it is tough to measure the ability of many teams this early in the season, people around the nation experienced a full dose of excitement in this season’s …

PAC-12 Talent Rankings: Looking to Break Through

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Last week, we looked at #12 through #9 of the Pac-12 Talent Rankings. This week, we profile four more squads. Below is an explanation of our tier-system used to compile the data: Tier-E: 5-star rating by at least one service Tier-1: 4-star rating by at least two services Tier-2: 4-star rating by one service Tier-3: 3-star rating by at least two services …

The Absolute MUST-WATCH Games in 2013

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Kevin Cline Photography With football season less than a month away, it is time to announce my top six games of the season.  If you missed my bottom six, you can check them out here.  I am excited for any game that involves the Ducks, but more excited for certain ones.  Here are my top six and why I can’t wait to see them. 6. Nicholls State – August 31 …

Makeover complete, Huskies believe they can fly

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They say if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. And, over the last several football seasons, that appears to be concisely the goal of the University of Washington. Since the “glorious” (see: NCAA rules violations riddled) Don James era, the long time formidable team from the largest Northwest metropolis has gone from powerhouse to punching bag. However, in 2013, will …

Spring Game News From Around the Country

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The Ducks’ annual spring game was held under sun dappled skies, and in front of 35,000+ fans last Saturday in Autzen Stadium.  Early returns on the 2013 iteration of Oregon football indicated continued success based on speed, precision, conditioning, and execution.  News from spring games around the country were…mixed. Texas A & M University:  The Aggies of Texas A &M had a …

“42” and Other Numbers of Cinematic Import

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I’m taking my wife to see “42” tonight.  The “based on history” story of racial strife, cultural change and baseball in the late 40’s is right in my strike zone.  Of course, I’ve never spent two consecutive hours rooting for the Dodger, but that’s a story for another day.   Thinking about this movie brought me to mind of other …

Ducks Edge Huskies In Tight Game Two

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Well it wasn’t a totally lost day for Ducks fans.  Just after the Oregon basketball team fell to top seeded Louisville, the Oregon baseball team redeemed the day with a close 1-0 win over the hated Washington Huskies.  After taking UW to extra innings the day before, the Duck offense fizzled out throughout most of the game, but got literally …

The Stretch Run for the Roses

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Coming off its decisive victory over Washington State, Oregon was ranked 14th in the country with five wins and one loss. The remainder of the regular season schedule included a final home game against the St. Mary’s Gaels, and three consecutive road games against the Washington Huskies, UCLA Bruins, and Oregon State Beavers. Oregon had played an annual Thanksgiving Day …

Oregon Unknowns: The Year Rich Brooks Resigned

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This new Friday series are the OREGON UNKNOWNS, where we look at interesting aspects about our beloved Ducks that few fans know about. 1980 was a bizarre year.  1979 had seen the Ducks rebound from some less-than-stellar years, and they were expected to contend for the Pac-10 title.  Instead, scandal rocked the conference before the season began.  Oregon was found …

All I Want For Christmas Is Madness in March

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With Oregon football securely in another BCS bowl, I’ve turned my holiday wishes to hoops.  This year’s squad is playing with promise and purpose, and the Ducks seem primed for a return to the NCAA Tourney.  At 10-2 with one non-conference game remaining, the magic number is 20 wins in the regular season.  So what stands in our way?  An improved but …