With the Oregon baseball team preparing to host their first postseason games since 1954 and the Oregon softball team set to play in the Women’s College World Series for the first time in 23 years, I imagine baseball coach George Horton envies his counterpart, softball coach Mike White. See, while Horton stresses over his starting rotation and bullpen, plans for every contingency—For example, who starts on Monday night if this Regional goes five games?—White will do what he’s done all season long: give the ball to junior pitcher Jessica Moore and hope she can keep carrying the Ducks. … (read more)
I’m a big fan of the Oregon ‘O’ logo, for a lot of (mostly) obvious reasons. In particular, I dig that it’s not just any old ‘O’ but that some thought went into the design. You know, how the outside of the logo represents Autzen Stadium and that the inside represents Hayward Field. It’s fitting that Hayward gets the inner ring, because that venerable, iconic venue truly is the heart of University of Oregon athletics. … (read more)
It’s been a busy spring in Eugene, and there’s no shortage of buzz for all things green and yellow. But who has been the buzz-iest?
Even in late April, there’s nothing like an Oregon football game at Autzen Stadium. More than 44,000 fans were on hand to watch Mighty Oregon take on the Fighting Ducks. It was a record crowd for a Spring Game in the Pac-12, and more than the attendance at USC, Washington, Cal, Arizona and Stanford combined. … (read more)
Author’s note: ESPN stole my thunder with their exposé on pot smoking among football players at the University of Oregon, but I, too, have spent some time in the dark underbelly of Eugene. What I found is shocking.
It was a clear, black night in Eugene, with a clear, white moon shining in the February sky. A 19-year-old University of Oregon football player—let’s call him Cliff—stopped on the sidewalk outside of his apartment and bent down to re-tie his shoelaces. Before standing up he patted the “Nike” emblazoned on the tongue of his shoe. Three times. … (read more)
On Monday, Oregon confirmed that spring football practice would be closed for the first time ever. It’s not an entirely surprising move, since Chip Kelly has been steadily limiting practice access since prior to the BCS championship game last year. I don’t know the man personally, but he seems like the kind of guy who despises distractions, is obsessed with football, and is a bit of a control freak. You know, just like every other successful head coach in the history of college football. Let’s just say that if you’re at all shocked by this news, you haven’t been paying attention. … (read more)
Oregon finished their season on a 4 game win streak. They finished third in the Pac 12 standings. They finished with the second best record overall, and our still voted among the first four out in the “Bubble Watch.”
After finishing up the conference play beating Stanford and Oregon State on the road, beating Colorado in a battle at home, and then routing Utah at home as well, you’d think some attention would be spread over to the Pac 12 teams. But no, the focus is still elsewhere. … (read more)
Possibly one of the most crucial games for the Oregon Ducks of the last few years came this last Thursday, and as most expected it was a battle the whole way. Colorado was entering the game off an upset win against the conference leading California Golden Bears and was also trying to win their chances into the NCAA March Madness Tournament as a bubble team. As for the Ducks. they as well needed this win more than anything or it was quite possible they would be heading to the NIT tournament instead. … (read more)
After a big time win this past Sunday, the Oregon Ducks basketball team still holds a chance to give themselves an automatic bid into the NCAA March Madness Tournament. The Ducks went into Corvallis Sunday facing probably one of their most defining and influential games of the season. Not only was this game faced up against their in-state rival Oregon State, but also was a game that the Ducks desperately needed in hopes of making it to the tournament. … (read more)
After losing the season opener to Hawai’i 4-1 last Friday February 17th, the Oregon Ducks baseball team jumped back on track as they finished their series in Honolulu winning three out of the four games.
The Ducks went on to win their second game in twelve innings after defeating Hawai’i 3-2. Then the next two games Oregon went on to win 14-5 and 12-6, putting up high offensive numbers as junior J.J. Altobelli led the team going 3-6 and 5-6 in the two offensive powered ball games. … (read more)
In 1995, the Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team ended a 34-year streak when they made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1961. Since then, they’ve been to the tourney five more times, and been a win away from the Final Four twice. While it’s not quite as epic a run as, say, Oregon football during the same stretch, it’s safe to say that the last 17 years have been infinitely better than the 34 that preceded them. … (read more)
In 2011, I spent the final 101 days of the offseason listing cool, random things I love about the Oregon Ducks. It was a fun way to pass the time during the football-less summer, but a lot of cool stuff happened in 2011, too.
Here then, in honor of Valentine’s Day, five more random things I love about the Ducks, all from the 2011-12 season. … (read more)
Going into the last Thursday’s game, I wasn’t sure how the Ducks would show up against a Washington team that had won five games in a row and were coming off of a 69-41 dismantling of USC. However within the first two minutes the Ducks were up 8-0, with one made jumper and back to back three’s all shot by Oregon’s point guard Garrett Sims. … (read more)
Yeah, yeah, I know. If you’re an Oregon fan, every day is “I hate Washington day.” But there’s no denying that the animosity ratchets up when the Ducks battle the Huskies in an actual game. So with Washington set to face Oregon on the hardwood tonight in Eugene, I thought I’d share with you one of the (many) reasons why I hate the Washington Huskies. … (read more)
After clinching a win against the Utah Utes last Thursday the Ducks put themselves in a good place as they hopped on the plane and traveled to Boulder, Colorado to play the Buffaloes. Entering the game both the Ducks and the Buffaloes were tied for second place in the Pac 12 conference, both with a 7-3 conference record. … (read more)