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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Some UConn Fan Just Called and Threatened Me With Violence!

College basketball gets some people really riled up.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:29 PM

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  • Angry UConn Fan
Sometimes people call newspaper reporters to say, "Hey, nice job on your article!"

But most of the time, they call and say things like what I just heard from a guy who dropped me a line about 10 minutes ago about this week's Left Field column.

"Do you know anything about UConn basketball?" he asked.

"Yeah, of course," I said. Because I do. I love Kemba Walker and the bunch, actually.

"Then how dare you say the things you did about Jim Calhoun, one of the greatest men to ever walk the earth. You think this Hall of Fame coach will really be remembered for recruiting violations?"

Here's the weird thing. That column -- which is a humor column, by the way -- never even named Jim Calhoun, and only included one sentence that referenced him. But the clearly well-adjusted man on the other end cared not for that explanation, opting rather to explain that "he's seen" my picture in the paper (don't look, it's not there) and he was going to track me down and that I should be ready for him.

I laughed. But he wasn't joking. He seriously wants to rumble over a tongue-in-cheek sports column.

"I'll be the guy wearing all the UConn shit," he said, before calling me a few names and making some moderately terrifying threats, as I tried to thank him for reading the paper, because I'm a terribly nice person, even when someone wants to punch me.

Let me make clear that I think UConn fans are a generally affable bunch and this guy isn't representative of the Husky faithful. But damn dude, it's just a sports column. The Final Four is great, but let's all settle down, OK?


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Friday, January 28, 2011

Best. Dunk. Ever.

This kid literally slam dunks himself at halftime of a Phoenix Suns game.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Have a case of the Fridays this afternoon? Well, watch this boy literally slam dunk himself at halftime of a Phoenix Suns game. It will make your day.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Our (Ridiculous) Predictions: How the Ducks will fare in the BCS Championship

Who will win tonight's BCS Championship? We take a few guesses.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Kickoff is now only a few hours away and we thought we'd wade into the treacherous waters of college football predictions with some (mostly ridiculous) game predictions from the Source staff.

Mike Bookey, Arts and Culture Editor: Oregon 82 Auburn 7. The Ducks let Auburn score that one touchdown because they feel sorry for these guys. Nice kids, those Ducks.

Anne Pick, Calendar Editor (Oregon alumna): Ducks win by at least 10 points. Auburn may have Cam Newton, but the Ducks have a whole team. Newton is going to have a tough time when facing the powerhouse that is Casey Matthews.

Ryan DeBardelaben, Designer: OREGON FORFEITS! Hours before the BCS championship game, the rest of the University of Oregon football team will be apprehended after not being able to show sufficient documentation proving they are not Anas diazi (Mexican ducks). Beaver fans everywhere celebrate, commending Arizona’s new immigration law. Officials later apologize when asked about the incident, stating: “This was all a big misunderstanding.”

Eric Flowers, Editor: Auburn players out pray Oregon by a margin of 3 to 1 beginning with a pre-kick off holy huddle and culminating with Auburn praying for mercy when Oregon rips their metaphorical faces off! Go, Godless Ducks!

Susanne Flynn, Office Manager: Ducks 35 Auburn 24 Ducks fans riot in the street post game causing minor damage and little concern (it’s Phoenix after all). Wait, are they playing in Phoenix?

Brandon Sizemore, Sales Executive (Oregon State alumnus): Auburn 42, Oregon 31. Auburn’s defense starts games out slow while the Ducks come out of the gates hot. But the inverse is true when it comes down to crunch time in the 4th quarter when it really matters. Cam Newton will be the force for the Tigers but is not the only leader on Auburns side, look out for their defensive leader Nick Fairley who has knocked four quarterbacks out this season and will definitely be looking to do the same to Darron Thomas. Good luck Chip but I don’t think this one is going to pan out for the fashionable Ducks.

Bob Woodward, columnist: Oregon 28 Auburn 14. Disclaimer: I am not a U of O alumnus, regular at Autzen Stadium nor do I think the world will end if the Ducks lose.

Sara Roth, Staff Writer: My prediction is that the Ducks will win. Admittedly, I know nothing about either team and really don’t care if the Rold Gold pretzel guy skydives down and ruins the whole game. But in my keen observance, I’ve noticed that this whole effing town is obsessed with Oregon football and if the Ducks don’t win, tomorrow will probably suck. Go Ducks!


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Big Screen Options for the BCS Championship in Bend and Beyond

Want to see the Ducks on a big, big screen? Check out these locations in Bend.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

OK, it's finally here. For University of Oregon fans (and the legions of other Oregonians who've been caught up in the frenzy) the wait for the BCS National Championship is over. The Ducks face off against Auburn tonight at 5:30pm on ESPN.

If you want to watch the championship matchup with your fellow fans, there are plenty of places to check out the game in Central Oregon, including a few options on big, big screens. Here are just a few places to check out the game -- but pretty much every establishment in the state will have the game on.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School: The venerable bar establishment is screening the game in its theater. Get there early to snag a seat on a comfy couch. Otherwise, it's probably standing room only.

Tower Theatre: The Tower is calling this event "Tailgate in the Tower" and for a $25 entry fee, you get access to a buffet from Baldy's BBQ as you watch the game on the Tower big screen.

Pine Theater: If you're out in Prineville, you can watch the game at the historic Pine Theater where $10 gets you a sub sandwich and a soda. Beer and wine will also be on hand.

Summit Saloon and Stage: The Summit's upstairs big screen provides a sharp picture and plenty of seating.

If all these places are busy, don't worry. Again, everywhere will have the game on.


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Oregon vs. Auburn: The curfew battle

Posted By on Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 8:00 AM

There are plenty of differences between Auburn and Oregon -- for starters, one of the schools is located in Alabama and the other in the Pacific Northwest, and secondly, only one team has LaMichael James.

There are other differences too, like, for example, the one illustrated by a USA Today post yesterday that described the differences in the approach the two teams take in terms of player curfews.

In the days before Monday's enormous BCS Championship, the Ducks players are required to be back at the hotel by 10pm and in their rooms by midnight, according to USA Today.

Auburn, apparently, plans on letting its kids go a bit further onto the wild side with a 1 a.m. curfew.

What did LaMichael James have to say about the curfew?

"This is a business trip for us. We don't want to go out and have fun," the running back told USA Today, "We can party next week."

If things go right on Monday, they are really going to party next week.


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Washington Faces Nebraska in the Blowout Bowl...I Mean Holiday Bowl

Why is Nebraska playing Washington in the Holiday Bowl.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 8:59 PM

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  • Nebraska Huskers Washington Huskies Holiday Bowl
I have to look back pretty far to find more of an odd match up for a bowl game than is taking place tonight down in San Diego where #18 Nebraska is facing the 6-6 Washington Huskies.

Why is this odd?

First off -- The two teams already played once this year with the Huskers rocking Washington 55-22 up in Seattle.

Secondly -- Nebraska played in the Big XII conference championship and just barely lost, yet they're in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl. If a team wins 10 games, but ends up in a bowl sponsored by a company you've never heard of, that's a problem. Nebraska fans have a right to be pissed about this pairing.

Thirdly -- This is going to almost certainly be a blowout and bowls aren't supposed to be blowouts. Well, except for the Chico's Bail Bonds Blowout Bowl, but that's not a real bowl...yet.

UPDATE: I'm currently enjoying a big plate of crow, with my foot in my mouth as I wipe the egg off my face. Yes, UW won and yes,  I'm idiot. Good game Huskies -- next time I'll have your back.

 

 


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oregon Ducks Reveal Uniforms for BCS National Championship Game

Take a look at yet another set of Oregon Ducks uniforms for the BCS Championship. They kind of look like Godzilla.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Oregon Ducks Uniforms BCS National Championship
  • Oregon Ducks Uniforms BCS National Championship
As part of the ongoing fashion show which is the Oregon Ducks football team, the squad has once again unveiled a new uniform, this time for the biggest game in the program's history, the National Championship game on January 10.

Who knows if the new threads -- courtesy of Nike, of course -- will help them defeat the mighty Tigers of Auburn, but at least they'll win some style points.

Have a look. Where do you think this ranks on the long, long list of Oregon Duck uniforms?

Personally, I really, really like those socks. They look like they're made from real Godzilla skin.

Photo courtesy of Nike.


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