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SmithRiverDuck

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  1. I want to see a different Richardson next season. I want to see some FIGHT in the guy. Hell, he's practically Pritchard's adopted brother! Learn from your brother! Gimme half the heart Pritchard has and we win the Pac going away..............
  2. Canzano takes a lot of crap for his self-serving, aggrandizing, smirky prose. Deservedly so, at times. But perhaps, what is so maddening about the guy is that at times he can be very thoughtful, insightful and right on the mark. I'll give him props for being on the "dump Larry" train from the very beginning. Most of the stuff that made my blood boil and head want to explode about Scott came from him and Mercury writer Jon Wilner who I consider the best in the business. Kliavkoff seems to be doing most everything right so far. Pray he can fix the Pac Network sooner rather than later. The Track & Field championship programming was a complete joke. And if I have to watch another basketball game staffed by students at the controls and equipment, I'm just gonna go to the damn game..........
  3. I gotta plan! Let's never lose another game ever. Problem solved. This calls for a cocktail........
  4. One of the things I love about St. Paddy's day is that I'm almost always in compliance without having to think about it..........
  5. Get some from Madagascar. That place is hilarious! Ok, the movie was..........
  6. Nick Allioti's great strength was changing the D to match his personnel. The bend but don't break I think most of you are referring to was during the Chip era when the D was spending so much time on the field because we took approximately 38 seconds to score the last touchdown. The key component to that D was the clamp down in the red zone. And it worked. I don't think we could've kicked more A in that compressed space than any other D I can think of. At other times with an over-achieving linebacker corps the blitz became the weapon of choice. With a ball hawking secondary we had some of our best run stopping ever. At the time it may have been easy to call him Allow-alot-i. But with hindsight I've been more than impressed with how he upcoached 2 and 3 stars into 4 stars or better and designed his products with what he had to work with instead of trying to mold pieces that didn't fit together into his perfect vision of a defense.
  7. 35-13 with Cristbal personally losing at least 4 of the 13.............
  8. They called Yankee Stadium the house that Ruth built. I call Reser the house that burritos built. You can legitimately call Autzen the house that Brooks built. Virtually nobody begrudged Coach Brooks when he got the opportunity to coach the Rams. He had certainly paid his dues while taking Oregon from nowhere to the top of the Pac. Then the Rams screwed him over and let Dick Vermeil win a Super Bowl with the players Brooks had acquired. So, I've hated the Rams ever since. Almost thirty years later, and although I like some of their players, I still could not root for them to win a couple of months ago. But I couldn't muster any love for Cincinnati either. So, even though an all-female 80's pop band was not playing in the Super Bowl I still rooted for the Bangles........Mmmmmmm, Susanna Hoffs.........*tiger growl* And yet, Brooks comes back to helm the Atlanta defense and help lead them to a Super Bowl. Then for an encore he helps Kentucky remember that they also play football. The man is a legend in Eugene and Lexington...........
  9. I would wager that the money spent by PK has bought more glory than that of Boone Pickens at Okie State. It's not an exact science.........
  10. The Ducks played pretty well tonight, barring a few lapses of several minutes each, which is a recurring theme. Excellent minutes for Johnson and Bittle. The Aggies are scrappy for sure. I don't know much about the next group of Aggies Oregon Plays. I'll have to look into them. Much was written pre-game about the Ducks travel plans, or lack thereof. Dana mentioned that they'd ride a bus overnight if they had to. I wonder if that was his way of asking to borrow Uncle Phil's plane without actually having to ask for it. I know that's they way I like asking for things....... If Oregon can shoot close to what they shot against Ootah State when they play A&M they'll have a fighting chance. I've thought for quite some time that it'll be an extended cold shooting stretch that will end the season. Hoping it comes right after the NIT championship...........
  11. I agree this isn't Altman's fault. Except everybody knows he's a basketball wizard. Which means he knows he's a basketball wizard. This particular magic spell blew up instead of producing a winner. Hey, it happens. I still think he's one of the best wizards in the business. I suppose since ESPN2 is one of the few channels I watch on the ol' satellite tv, should they accept an NIT bid I'll be watching. I just don't see what a couple more games would do for this group of players. If I ever see Franck Kepnang dribbling ten feet away from the rim with his back to it again I'm going to shoot my television. But I like Franck. And Dante. With the right players feeding them the ball I think their play would totally change and be more effective. I don't think Franck wanted to be dribbling the ball out in open space. But that's the kind of position he and Dante were put in all season by the other players that decided to take things one-on-one and try to drive to the hoop through three defensive players only to dish it off at the last second to an unsuspecting big man in a bad spot. There should be a decent exodus of players soon I hope to make room for the future players that are highly regarded and moldable by the wizard.
  12. I think you're correct, Charles, in saying, "Most fans." But for those of us who've been more than just casually invested over these many years, I believe it's not a difficult concept to grasp. We've been exposed to it before. While Chip's offenses were scoring every minute and thirty seconds, we knew that the D was spending more time on the field than before and therefore was bound to give up a few more points along the way. This was the first time Oregon employed actual depth, instead of the 2's always being on the bench, only playing because of injury or very brief rests for the starters. It's the heart of the golden age, so far, of Oregon Football. For a brief few years we we're (very often) so far ahead of the competition that the young guys (especially on defense) got to play significant minutes and get ready for their future starting assignments. I'm still impressed how Nick Aliotti adapted to the blur offense. It's one thing to have to deal with it as an opposing DC. But Aliotti had to live with it in his own house. The idea of not worrying about total yardage given up, but to clamp down like a vise in the red zone paid so many dividends for Oregon. I don't think many Oregon fans appreciated that until Nick was gone.
  13. The shooting bug has infested both the men and the women lately. If the men don't shoot lights out tomorrow the game in Tuscon could be very ugly.
  14. Me too. Unstoppable. That's the word I use as well. The most unstoppable offense I've ever witnessed.
  15. By many accounts the name he is accused of calling Adia Barnes is an apt description.
  16. Obviously from September on, wins and losses will dictate the mood of us Duck faithful. But so will work ethic, heart, toughness, selflessness, intelligence and even humility. I hope our coach is able to instill some qualities into the team that we can write about admirably. Create an exciting brand of football. Give us tenaciousness on defense. Don't ever not show up. Always be humble even when you're kickin' butt! You will have our undying loyalty. I heartily agree that we're out of the gate fast, looking smart and sharp. It isn't hard to bump that 4.5 up to a 5 when you compare it to the press coming out of Miami and Seattle.
  17. The media is focusing on Oregon taking Iuli away from Miami Mario. But to me the big take away is that the fuskies weren't ever in the conversation at all. #rivalnolonger
  18. You may be on to something Steven. I think Moe could be helpful in this situation. Somebody's gonna have to start clonking some heads together........
  19. It seems probable that next season will tell us just how bad........or how good MC and his staff were. One thing about the Cristobal regime is that it was constantly changing, which seems the norm is today's CFB world. The old Oregon way of coaches being here 20+ years seems quite quaint in retrospect, doesn't it? Oregon became a national recruiter under Chip Kelly. Texas was the first well to be plumbed and then we started moving east. Chip wasn't so much a star gazer as he was looking for guys that fit his scheme. Wins piling up helps get the attention of the 4 and 5 star guys. Handing Michigan their hat by scoring a touchdown on a fake Statue of Liberty play followed by a touchdown on a real statue of Liberty is bound to turn some heads. Oregon can now actively recruit players that Bellotti never had a realistic shot at. It was Taggart (first I typed Slick Willie. I gotta stop calling him that. Damn, did it again.) and Cristobal (betcha his mother lives several more years) that started going after stars rather than individuals. I won't bag on going after the stars. Analytics tells us that today's championship teams have a preponderance of 4 and 5 star players. But the hungriest guys I've ever seen play football didn't have that many stars. I believe that math tells us that the more 5* star guys you are around the more prima donnas you are likely to encounter. That's why I'm hoping this staff can meld the Bellotti and Cristobal ways to find exactly the right guys. So far, I'm encouraged with what I've seen. Apparently, Lanning and company are doing well at selling their vision for Oregon football here and now. Winning will bring more sales. 2,3,4,5 stars? I don't care. As long as they're the right guys. From the words and actions I've seen to this point, without even pIaying a game, I believe in this staff more than any since the Kelly administration. It's just my gut. What does my gut know? It wanted Taggart. But it also wanted Altman, so I guess it's hit and miss. For now, my fellow Duck friends, our future seems so bright. I'm puttin' on my shades............
  20. Absolutely terrible. Complete momentum killer. This is the same game the Ducks will lose in the Tourney. For some reason when the offensive spigot gets turned off Oregon cannot turn it on again. And they always react the same way. They stop moving and try to play one- on-one basketball. Or dish it off at the last second to a big guy too far away from the basket. I also thought Dana gave too many different guys too many different minutes. No cohesiveness. The big men's foul situation was something to think about, but that didn't come about until the offense was out of sync. Lights out for 17 minutes and then sputtering like there was water in the gas until the end. I still think it comes down to a lack of floor general. A creator for other people. They damn well better go get their first ever win in Boulder. Looks like it's going to be stuck on the bubble for the near future. Luckily, a long way to go. The eventual regular season champ will have more losses than is the norm, I believe. Still could be the Ducks.
  21. Shooting and improved defense. Also, he's done something with Richardson where WR is not bringing the ball down every time and running the offense as a true PG. The first month Richardson played PG like Anthony Brown plays QB.
  22. Dana Altman's in the Top 5 best coaches in the country............Change my mind............
  23. This particular thread has been mulling over in my head these past couple of days............ I want to be the glass at least half full guy. Heck, I want my glass overflowing. Especially if it's a cocktail........ What if this whole thing just...............GELS! What if our head coach has found a particular group of coaches that can take immediate advantage of what is one of the best situations in all of football? One thing I've gleaned from this process is that we had some really quality behind the scenes people that have chosen to stay. That tells me something about our "front office". Let's say that the enthusiasm for potential is so infectious that EVERYONE is buying in. Especially the guys who play the game. Let's say that the competition between Nix and Thompson/Butterfield (if they were leaving, they would have already left) is too close to call and Nix gets the nod to start at the home game for Georgia (let's call it what it is). Nix has slayed some pretty big SEC giants in his time. We also have that other little card up our sleeve called a guy who knows EVERYTHING about Georgia inside and out. Got to be at least a bit of a talent leveler, eh? Plus Georgia is losing a lot. The real question for Georgia is whether or not they have built a reloading machine of Alabama quality. Speaking of talent, didn't we just have a string of the best recruiting classes in our history? Our cupboard is stocked, baby!.........Somebody needs to motivate these stars to shine! So, we pull off the upset. Remember, most of these men have a win at "the shoe" under their belt. They've been there. They've done it. If this turns out to be the case, I predict that the reaction from the Duck fan base will be measurable on the Richter scale............ If you can beat the Dogs (you can certainly beat the Dawgs. Yes, that point doesn't need to be made, but it always feels SO GOOD to make it) then the only serious threat to a meaningful showdown with the now hated Ootah Ootes is the Pac-12 slaying Utah Cougars. Luckily, it's at home. On a side note, it sure seems like the Mormons have it out for us lately. It seems like the state of Utah has targeted Oregon as a direct impediment to their Pac-12 glory. Did anyone see that BYU basketball beat down earlier this season? Granted, we've had a successful record against them in all major sports and stolen a major percentage of their South Pacific talent. But I think there's a bit of a grudge there. So, my advice to Oregon teams is to be wary of teams from Utah. And my advice to Utah is to plant a few trees. Really, just some foliage of any kind would be helpful......... Now that we've taken care of our "Utah problem", we're just left with a Pac-12 championship game with, hopefully, Chip. As long as it doesn't come at the expense of my Ducks I want the UO tree to be fertile and successful. So, in that vane I hope Mr. Wilcox finishes just below us. A Bulldog beating Pac Champ makes the CFP. Heck, drop a game to those "academically prowess" teams from the Bay if you really have to. I'd prefer the boyz from Bezerkely. I always had a WAY better time in Berkely than I did in Palo Alto, or Stanford, CA. Or whatever they're calling it these days. Plus it get's Mr. Wilcox a contract extension justifying win. I'd prefer it didn't happen. I'm just saying a one loss (to pretty much anybody) Duck team is in the hunt for the CFP. I never did buy that argument last season that a winning out Duck team would get overlooked because of the bad, granted warranted, perception of the Pac. Let's be honest. The only team that kept the Ducks out of last year's playoff was the Ducks............Meanwhile........ Did we (the Pac) win ANY bowl games last season? I can't (or won't) remember. It would certainly justify a few extra cocktails to hopefully forget the last (?) years of Pac football as it relates to the "big boys". Hell, who'm I kidding? We can't even dominate the Mountain West anymore. Here's to future prosperity for ourselves and for our conference compatriots. Cheers.
  24. In/out, in/out? Does he think it's the Hokey Pokey?.............
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