Longhorns are through with Alamo Bowl

by Travis Normand

“Don’t get me wrong — I love the Alamo Bowl,” UT defensive back Quandre Diggs said. “But I don’t want to come back here.” (link)

You don’t want to come back? I am sure that Alamo Bowl officials can see to it that you don’t come back.

Of course, after getting drilled 30-7 by the Ducks, I can see why you might not want to come back for more.

Did you see Ka’Deem Carey?

by Travis Normand

I received this video and caption earlier today from the University of Arizona sports information department.  The video isn’t great, but Ka’Deem Carey’s performance deserves the attention.

Ka’Deem Carey 208 yards, 4 TDs vs. #5 Oregon

Carey rushed for 208 yards, giving him 3,915 career yards, surpassing Trung Canidate’s 3,824 accumulated from 1996-99. Additionally, Carey found the endzone four times on the afternoon, giving the junior 49 career touchdowns, setting the record for career touchdowns, one better than Art Luppino.


Oregon Wins

by Travis Normand

When it comes to facilities, Oregon wins.  The competition is over and everyone else should pack their bags and go home.  If a school is planning on upgrading their football facilities, they need to take a long hard look at what Oregon has done.

Simply put, Oregon’s most recent renovation is amazing.  For more on the $68 million, 130,000-square foot facility, see the pictures and links below.

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Off-Season Stories – The Platypus Trophy

Platypus Trophy following restoration in 2007

Half Beaver, Half Duck

by Travis Normand

This story came out last November (2012) but didn’t get much attention.  Now that it is mid-summer, it is a great time to revisit the story.  Hopefully this will help you pass the time until kick-off.

Also, this is one of the best rivalry trophies I have ever seen.  What other rivalry can say that characteristics of the mascots for each team involved in the rivalry actually come together somewhere in nature?  Is there an animal that is part Buckeye and part Wolverine? No. What about part ‘Gator and part Seminole? No.  Aggie and Longhorn?  No.  In my opinion, it would be a real shame for Oregon and Oregon State to NOT use the Platypus as their rivalry trophy.

In Oregon, Civil Rivalry but Quirky One
by Greg Bishop
Published: November 22, 2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. — In the broadest, most stereotypical sense, one of the oldest rivalries in college football pits Ducks against Beavers, hippies against farmers, liberals against conservatives. It is defined by proximity and mediocrity, by civility and acrimony, by close games and foul weather and the last 0-0 tie in Division I.

The Civil War, they call it.

The series started in 1894, when Oregon State University, then known as the Oregon Agricultural College, defeated the University of Oregon, 16-0. It will continue Saturday when two top-20 teams meet here for far more than local bragging rights.

For years, the programs seemed to lack a central ingredient to any rivalry: something to win. There was no Golden Egg (Mississippi and Mississippi State), no Keg of Nails (Louisville and Cincinnati) and no Apple Cup (Washington and Washington State).

This brings us to a mystery, to the story of the Platypus Trophy, once missing, stolen and lost — “I’ve heard rumors,” Oregon offensive lineman Nick Cody said — now found.

“I haven’t seen this since 2007,” Warren Spady said as he surveyed his handiwork this week.

Spady drew the platypus assignment in 1959, as an undergraduate at Oregon. He bought two blocks of wood and began to carve, using a stuffed platypus for inspiration. He worked day and night for a month, with four mallets and six chisels, until his forearms ached, until the beak resembled a Duck and the tail looked like that of a Beaver.

While he sanded the trophy smooth, the game approached. He never did finish the feet.

In the early 1960s, the trophy went missing for months, then years, then decades. In 1986, while on sabbatical at Oregon, Spady bumped into the platypus, his platypus, in a water polo trophy case on Oregon’s campus. Then it disappeared again.

Read the rest of this article HERE

You can also check out the Platypus Trophy Wikipedia page for more info.

NCAA Committee on Infractions Report (Oregon) – June 26, 2013

Oregon Donald Duck - 16Kby Travis Normand

After a 28-month long investigation, the NCAA has finally announced the sanctions that are to be placed on the University of Oregon’s football program.

I believe this is the first time in NCAA history that a program has been banned from using subscription recruiting services.  (See NCAA Report, Section V., Penalty No. 7, page 25).

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Is Disney stealing Oregon’s “look”?

Oregon Donald Duck - 16Kby Travis Normand

One of the reasons I enjoy college football so much is that any given game is so much more than just a random match-up.  The history behind each program elevates any possible game from just another match-up to a potential Super Bowl.

In other words, when it comes to college football, a game is more than two football teams playing against each other.  A Saturday in the fall represents a match-up of ideologies, cultures, histories, and entire schools.  The outcome of the game will determine which side is “right,” and which side is “wrong.”

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Chip Kelly likes everyone but Oregon

Taken by James Santelli, Neon Tommy. September...

by Travis Normand

5-1-2013 Update: Philadelphia Eagles sign former Oregon LB Isaac Remington to free agent contract.

I don’t really care about the NFL but the Draft always presents interesting college themed sub-plots.  One of the more interesting sub-plots that I noticed this year was that the Philadelphia Eagles drafted USC QB Matt Barkley.

Keep in mind, I am not criticizing the pick at all, as I am sure Barkley will be a fine NFL QB.  However, like I said in the first sentence of this post, it’s the “sub-plot” that interests me.

“We had Matt rated in the top 50 players in the draft,” Kelly said. “We talked all along about how we were going to take value, and there was no better value than for us to open up today with than taking Matt.

– Chip Kelly, Eagles Head Coach

According to the quote (and link) above, Chip Kelly had Barkley in his top 50 players for this draft.  Further, the Eagles traded up from the 101st pick, to the 98th pick, in order to grab Barkley.

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The Oregon Ducks’ 2013 Undefeated Season

University of Oregon logo.

by Travis Normand

While looking at different schedules for the 2013 season, I couldn’t help but notice that Oregon’s is (at least on paper) really “manageable.”  Yes, I am using the word manageable instead of joke.

Oregon Ducks’ 2013 Schedule

  • 8/31: Nicholls State 
  • 9/7: @ Virginia
  • 9/14: Tennessee
  • 9/21:
  • 9/28: Cal
  • 10/5: @ Colorado
  • 10/12: @ Washington
  • 10/19: Washington State
  • 10/26: UCLA
  • 11/2:
  • 11/7: @ Stanford
  • 11/16: Utah
  • 11/23: @ Arizona
  • 11/29: Oregon State
  • 12/7: Pac-12 Championship Game

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