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Grandpa Duck

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  1. Put me in the ruddy-dud group. Traditional colors and style appeal to my eye.
  2. There are things about the team that puzzle me. Our small players are not fast movers. We need to do a better job of recruiting speed. We almost always finish every half and every game with unused times out, yet our players appear to be tired. Why not rest them? Then there is what I call the "prevent offense". At the end of each of the four quarters our time management is not calculated to get the most possessions. When you get the ball with 55 seconds left in the period, you need to get a shot off in no more than 15 seconds. That leaves you another possession before the horn, two for one. Yet when we get that possession with a minute to 50 seconds left we invaribly use almost all of our 30 seconds and take a shot with five or fewer seconds left, in effect, giving up a possession. When the circumstance is reversed, and we get the ball with 25-30 seconds left, we hold it until there is ten or fewer seconds left before any effort to score. With our lack of speed, and tired players, this strategy is doomed to fail, as it almost always does.
  3. My view of this team is that it lacks speed. They go entire games without a fast break attempt. The back court also is inconsistent. Watched every home game and was impressed with the play vs U Conn. Not a lot else.
  4. In 1945, my recently home from the war uncle gave me a Duck beanie with an “O” and alternating green and yellow panels. Two degrees, B.S. ‘65, and J.D. ‘68. First game at Hayward field about ‘52 saw John Brodie, Stanford, beat the Ducks. In school those years saw many games at Hayward and watched construction of Autzen. season ticket holder at Autzen from ‘71 until the second year of alcohol sales. now, at age 82, I attend only women’s basketball and softball. For men games, strictly TV fan.
  5. The only football history that matters is a school’s record within the memory of an 18 year-old recruit!
  6. For Chip's system to work well he must have players who are in great physical condition. They need that so they can play at the pace the system requires. He got that willingness from the players to get in super physical shape at Oregon. He also got buy in at the Eagles, for one year. Then it waned. Hard to get pros making the money they do to work that hard year-round. And UCLA guys, not likely.
  7. As to recruiting rankings, Oregon does have some attractions to recruits and transfers that are separate from the coaches that neither Cal nor UCLA posses, like facilities, winning tradition and existing players who have a chance of major success. It is just as possible as Mullen brilliance that Wilcox’ spouse said: “You want to leave our beautiful home and kids’ wonderful schools for where? Not in my lifetime!”
  8. If James Naismith could have foreseen the play of this game he would not have invented basketball. The one positive was there were far fewer observers in attendance to repeat what they saw than witnessed the Duck women go down to OS yesterday.
  9. As Shirley Bassey sang so beautifully: “Let’s go where the grass is greener, for the grass is greener, anywhere you go!”
  10. If Lanning has the success we hope for, just maybe his spouse will like Eugene as much as Mrs. Bellotti! Their children are the right ages, and Eugene is about as good as it gets for child rearing environment. Thanks for the thoughtful post,Mre. Penny.
  11. The most important change is an offense that plays up-tempo. The Lanning Dillingham goal of 80 plays a game will make the Ducks “must see TV”.
  12. In High School I played Football, Basketball and Golf. In the summer I played American Legion baseball. For me, baseball was the most fun to play. Now, for me, watching baseball is akin to watching paint dry. The game has become far too slow. Pitchers throwing to first base is not my idea of fun. But, softball is very fun for me. The speed of the game is the primary reason. And, the Duck players are passionate about their team and play. And they cannot lead off, so no pitcher holding runners on base. I attend many home softball games. My spouse holds season tickets and has for years, as do others in my family.
  13. Duck women looked very tired to me yesterday. That was their 8th game in 22 days. The UConn game on a Monday, rescheduled ASU last Tuesday, then failed charter on Thursday, plus late departure Friday for Tucson all contributed to reduced playing time. Pao Pao and Sabally both are not in great physical shape because of injuries. Another make-up at WSU Tuesday is not going to bode well for Beaver double this weekend.
  14. Unfortunately, of late, getting the ball to the bigs too often results in a turnover.
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