Do You Cheer for Both UO and OSU? Me Neither. But If You Do ...

As Oregon and Oregon State football fans pretend to get work done (not me, of course) while gearing up the new season, there's a new apparel company called Oregon Platypus that caters to a class of Oregonian I've never understood. The business, which takes its name from the animal that has features of both a duck and beaver, sells shirts, hoodies and other items that blend the schools' colors ...   More
Thursday, August 20, 2009 HANK STERN

The Latest in Halloween Gear For Autzen Stadium This Saturday

As my fellow Oregon football fans and I return to work still giddy off Saturday's rout of Washington (six straight over the Huskies is a mind-bending experience for those of us old enough to remember the bad old days), there's apparently a new fashion statement to be made when USC comes to Autzen Stadium this Saturday. As if there weren't enough hype building for this nationally televised game ...   More
Monday, October 26, 2009 HANK STERN

Pac-10 Fans Have Spoken, And They Say Ducks Fans Suck

Oregon football appears to be proof that winning doesn't breed humility. A recent fan survey by Sports Illustrated ranks Pacific-10 Conference schools top-to-bottom in several categories relating to the fan experience. The Ducks claimed the top spot in only one category, the dubious "rudest fans" category. It's a hard result to dispute, considering the results: 26.2 percent of those surveyed ...   More
Thursday, November 19, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Civil War Daydreaming

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009 HANK STERN

Eleven Things I Will Always Remember From Being in Autzen Stadium on Dec. 3

My voice is hoarse, and my 44-year-old joints ache —both from standing in the cold for 3 1-2 hours last night and from repeatedly bear-hugging family, friends and longtime seatmates in Section 37 of Autzen Stadium— as one group of football-playing strangers (Oregon) beat another group (Oregon State). Bottom line: this is a childish matter that I can't put away and the Ducks' Rose ...   More
Friday, December 4, 2009 HANK STERN

Civil War: A Few Final Pregame Thoughts

Last year in the pre-Civil War run-up I wondered whether Oregon had a prayer of beating OSU in Corvallis with a Rose Bowl berth at stake for the Beavers. Happily for me and my fellow Ducks fans, Oregon proved to have more than a prayer and won a game for the ages. But now as sports karma would have it, this year's game has even more at stake with a Rose Bowl on the line for both teams for the ...   More
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 HANK STERN

Ducks Fans Aren't The Only Ones Making Video Music Love

I break for a moment from my Rose Bowl myopia to pay homage to another group of fans in Oregon paying homage to its college football team. In the spirit of this well-chronicled video by Ducks students, [youtube][/youtube] there's now this rap by Linfield fans for their 'Cats: [youtube][/youtube] Credit ...   More
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 HANK STERN

And The Winner Of Our Naming Contest Is ...

Reader Kyle S., whose new nickname choice for the troubled Oregon Ducks football team is "Chain Gang Green." Kyle's entry, which wins him four free tickets to tomorrow night's men's basketball game between the University of Portland and the University of San Francisco, was the best among a couple dozen reader submissions that included the Dregs, Malicious Mallards and Water Foul. Read the ...   More
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Naming Contest For Troubled Oregon Ducks Football Team

Jack Bogdanski got the ball rolling last night with his proposed "Jail Ducks" name for the Oregon Ducks football team. The Pac-10 champion Ducks have made it hard lately for fans of their on-the-field performance to avoid fearing we're headed toward an all-encompassing "Jail Blazers" conclusion for the players' mounting number of off-the-field legal run-ins. (We're not the only ones who are ...   More
Friday, February 19, 2010 HANK STERN

What The Hell's Going On With The Ducks?

Three quick moments of disclosure before I opine on the latest problem for an Oregon football player: 1) I am a season-ticket holding Ducks fanatic who has followed this team's fortunes with childish passion since I was a child in the 70s. 2) I did a lot of dumb things in college. 3) And I of course believe in the concept of innocent until proven guilty. But what the hell is going on in Eugene? We're ...   More
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 HANK STERN


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