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

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

Trail Blazers, Major League Soccer and Ducks

Three depressing thoughts from the world of sports in the last coupla days: 1) Here's something to take your mind off the Trail Blazers' epic collapse last night against Utah: Go watch Sonicsgate, as I did Saturday night (thanks to BAM: the Beer and Movie Fest). The story of how a market like Seattle lost the Sonics should scare the hell out of Blazers fans when they think about the Blazers' ...   More
Monday, February 22, 2010 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

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

The Duck Mascot Is Free

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Thursday, March 4, 2010 HANK STERN

Thoughts On A Brutal Day For Oregon Football Fans

While Oregon Ducks fans await the football fates today of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and running back LaMichael James after their legal problems, I've got two questions beyond "what the hell's going on down there?" 1) Football season ticket renewal notices are out with an April 30 deadline to renew. Will there be any dropoff in what has been a seemingly inelastic market (And in case you're ...   More
Friday, March 12, 2010 HANK STERN

Bye Bye Bellotti

I had my ups and downs with Mike Bellotti when he coached Oregon football. I'm never going to hate completely on a guy who elevated the football program when he took over in 1995. But Bellotti's announcement today that he's leaving the athletic director's post less than a year into it for an ESPN analyst's job definitely smacks of "when the going got tough, Bellotti got going to a much easier job." I'm ...   More
Friday, March 19, 2010 HANK STERN


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