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The Ducks are No. 1! In a way.

They only make it to No. 2 in the bowl game rankings. It appears that their schedule is too weak for unanimous top-dog acclaim, at least for now.

Who cares what some computer thinks? As an Oregonian, I'm proud of the Ducks -- at least, those not presently in police custody. They are truly the best team Nike can buy.

Comments (31)

As a guy who sat in the rain watching Reggie Ogburn struggle , I say YEEA Ducks , we finally made it to the top. And 1 or 2 don't matter because you get to the big dance!
PS , feel free to lay off the crime jokes , this team is full of honest hard working student - athletes , like Bair and Asper for example.

That's funny. Be sure to come and post again after the next arrest.

Could you please tell me which players on the current team have been arrested and what their crimes are?

Thanks in advance.

Bwaaaahahahaha. Keep it comin', Duck fans. Too funny.

Portland Pilots Women are also No. 2.

It's not like they Kidd-napped a gay sheep...

To quote one of the great philosophers of the Twentieth Century, "Uhhhhh....he said 'Number Two'. Huh huh huh huh."

C'mon Jack, nothing prepares you for the NFL like an arrest record.

Correct me if I am wrong but isn't LaMichael James the only Duck that was part of last years crime stree that is still on the team?

Jack didn't you recently point us to a web site posting "mug shots". Maybe the Duck fans can find their buddies to refresh their memories.

Go Dawgs!Go Cougs! We know...we are at the bottom where there is no pressure except the Apple Cup.

It's sooooo funny when the Duck fans defend their sterling student-athletes. As for the current crop, the jury's still out -- literally.

Since they generally wait to commit their drunk driving, abuse of women, and felony thefts until the off-season, I really can't say which of the current team will turn out to be criminals. Perhaps if I knew more about California street gangs, I could be a better predictor.

go ducks...

Just kidding, sorta. I really do hope the Ducks don't get snake bit until the Civil War. At that point I hope they lose their first game of the season.

The Beavs have a bit of criminal history on their football team too but... well... I guess you expect that from Aggies (some of you will get that reference)

Once again thy control their own destiny. Hope it works out this time. GO DUCKS!!!

You have to admit that LaMichael James is a great kid. There are numerous articles and interviews with him where he states that he really values the college degree that he is working towards. He's a good kid, and unfortunately, he stepped into a bad situation.

He got his assault charge because his ex-girlfriend was at his house, uninvited, and she was acting very irrationally as she was jealous of LaMichael's new girlfriend. She took his keys, put them down her shirt and wouldn't give them back. Yes, James should have called the police to get his keys back, but as a kid he really didn't think of the right thing to do. After a bunch of verbal assaults from her, and wanting his keys back, he forcefully took them back without hurting her. Of course she pressed charges. He will know better in the future. But he isn't a woman beater. He made a dumb kid move. He is a hard worker, and he is respectable. He's extremely talented, and amazingly fun to watch as well.

As for Phil Knight, don't forget that he has donated to numerous other schools. I think he has given Stanford 100 million dollars. He holds box seats at Reeser Stadium as well.

So while yes, Phil has done a lot monetarily for the school, he's helped other schools. And how could you blame him for donating money to a school where he started his success? It's his money anyway. I think if we're going to criticize him, we might as well in the same breath criticize T. Boone Pickens at Oklahoma State. He's done a lot there. They aren't #1.

The only way you can get great recruits from Southern California, Texas, and other hotbeds of recruiting, to sleepy, boring, rainy Eugene is to have great facilities, uniforms and great marketing. Why do you think WSU is crummy? The Beavers? Yeah, they are always "good", but are never elite. That's just how this multi-million dollar college football world works. If you don't embrace it as a program, you end up with the bottom of the barrel. Besides, Oregon's program provides for great entertainment and wonderful publicity for the state.

Washington has many more rich alumni than Oregon, and they have provided many lucrative donations as well. And they went far in the 90's. I am sure Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Texas, USC, etc. have all the same things Oregon has for it. There's just parity between the two state schools, and that's why the contrast is so apparent. So Phil Knight isn't the only large donator out there, and Oregon isn't the only program benefiting from large donations. Knight just helps put Oregon on par with the other big boys.

If this weren't the case, we'd have two Oregon State teams in the state. If you're happy with that because of principal, then fine. But if you went to Oregon, like myself, and worked hard for your degree, you'll love seeing YOUR team succeeding and gaining national attention. That's right, the nation knows where Eugene, Oregon is. Amazing.

Everyone hates the Yankees, except for Yankee fans. They hate that they have so many wins, so much money. But they have done what it takes. The goal in sports is to win. Not to have moral victories. Toronto Blue Jays fans may disagree.

In the AP, coache's and Harris polls, a team that doesn't play shouldn't move up.

Boise State should be 1 in the beauty contest polls. Boise played and won when Ohio State lost. Oregon didn't play and should not move up.

Sorry Ducks. You're number 2, not number 1.

I,m looking forward to TCU and Boise in the last BCS bowl to ever be played.

Boise State? Come on. If 6 of the PAC 10 teams had their schedule, they would have the same result. Don't kid yourself. It is so easy to avoid injuries if you play cream puffs for 10 weeks, and pull your starters out after the first half. Yeah, Boise State is good one game at a time, but don't expect them to have this run in the Big 10, Big 12, SEC or Pac 10.

Hatred for Oregon is out of Jealousy. You don't see fans of the other big time schools whining about Phil Knight.

"You have to admit that LaMichael James is a great kid. There are numerous articles and interviews with him where he states that he really values the college degree that he is working towards. He's a good kid, and unfortunately, he stepped into a bad situation."

Other than this incident I have heard nothing but good things about LaMichael James. When interviewed he is well spoken and courteous and evidently maintains a high G.P.A.

The fervor with which Duck fans defend their UC Nike dog and pony show always makes it that much sweeter to the rest of us when they go down. Maybe this year will be different, but I doubt it.

Oh Jack! You sure know how to generate the comments. Have a great night. BTW, who is your team of choice?

And yes, I will always defend UO. I love my Ducks. Like I said, I went to Oregon and had great times. And as much as I don't like UW and couldn't see loving them, I am sure their alumni are just as passionate as I am. Can't fault a guy for loving their alma mater.

I went to Stanford for law school and always root for them. I do cheer on the Ducks when they play USC, but that's the only time. My adopted school up this way is Oregon State.

Rudie -

The biggest problem with Duck alumni like you is that you halucinate. Nothing in my post suggested any hatred for the Ducks. Just my simple disagreement with the polls, along with my reason.

To you, disagreement equals hatred.


That says a lot - none of it good -- for the education you received in Eugene.

And Rudie, its "principle", not "principal".

Perhaps if you had an education, you would understand the difference.

My typos are just that, obvious typos which I don;t care enough to correct. You, however don't understand basic word meanings and the differences between homonyms.

UO education?

For fans of Ducks football, this is the golden age. Regardless of how they finish -- and I'm cautiously hopeful that they might get to the big dance -- they have never been more exciting or entertaining to watch.

As for Stanford, I agree completely with the view of the late USC coach John McKay (an Oregon alum, btw), who was once quoted in Sports Illustrated saying: "If I could beat Stanford 2,000 to nothing, I would."

Seeing the Cardinal collapse in the second half? Priceless.

Stanford is no match for a bunch of kids from California.

Like I always say, nothing says college football like a good wine and cheese tailgate before the football match down on The Farm.

How much has that nasty Phil Knight donated to University of Oregon? We would never tolerate a rube like that at a prestigious place like Stanford.
Go Crimson....err Cardinal!

Stanford was a great university long before Phil Knight even knew what money was. In contrast, without the Nike loot the U of O was more like an episode of "Hee Haw," only with a logger theme.

Well, the Beavs get Nike money too. Mark Parker, the current CEO of Nike, is an Oregon State alum as are some other Nike execs. I can bet they give big $$ to OSU. And since Phil is an alum of the U of O, it makes sense he'd support his alma mater. It's his money to spend as he pleases and he built Nike from the ground up. I am guessing that while he's been unloading class B stock and giving the proceeds away, he still has the class A stock to cement his ownership. That's what happens when you have an idea and are passionate enough to see it through.

Wow nonny mouse you attack me personally, and anonymously over the difference between principal and principle, while I only attacked your statement? I know the difference, but it was a slip of the mind. I am sorry I've been up sleepless nights with a sick kid. But I guess to you that this mis use of a work invalidates my entire education at Oregon. We attack each other personally all to often these days. Trust me, when I read your post, I didn't say "oh wow, you got me!" I thought, "wow, I feel sorry for you."

Oh, I better fix my typo now before Nonny Mouse proves yet again I am a total idiot with another brilliant post. Instead of "mis use of a work" I really meant to say "misuse of a word." Crap, I am glad I clarified so quickly. Though it did take a while, as I put everything in a word processor to make sure everything is up to snuff for Nonny. I really don't want to be made a fool of again. Gosh, I am really nervous about posting this post, because surely there are more typos. Suddenly I feel all those years majoring in physics were a total sham! OH NO!

Sports in major universities have been relinquished to "entertainment". Nothing to do with education whatsoever. Of course you can say that's the way it is in this day and age. All of the schools have been forced into this situation over the years by the greed, not only of money, but prestige and bragging rights. In due course the academic aspect of education has been left behind. If some the wealthy benefactors of these schools in Oregon, had considered giving only toward academics, then some of the state schools could be approaching the direction of CalTech or MIT or schools of that caliber, rather that raggedly pursuing Nebraska, USC, Oklahoma, and all the other football factories. Certainly the level of our kids education in this state would have been greatly enhanced, and our society might actually benefit in the future. Whereas the ultimate results of the football players, the few who are successful and the majority who are not, most of whom don't seem to obtain a degree, do little or nothing to improve our society.

It is not necessarily Oregon or Oregon State that have a major problem in football. All of the major schools have the same dilemma. Of course to them it isn't a dilemma, it's money. Consider the "old days". Schools had teams that competed and students and fans really enjoyed watching some competition between "student athletes". Is that true any longer? Sadly it is not and the reason is money. If you want to see a professional sport, you should follow the professionals, not the state universities. Do you, the avid alumni fans actually kid yourself into believing that all the football recruits from other states, primarily California, are college kids who are attending your alma mater for a higher education as "student athletes"?


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