Some New Blog Promises

In light of the events occurring around midday on November 7, the blog is making some new promises. Can they be kept? Probably not, but I’ll try for at least a day.

This blog will…

  • …Never again question the enlightened wisdom of San Jose Mercury News columnist Jon Wilner. He may be a traffic-baiting, uh, (insert word for prostitute), but he was dead on regarding Stanford vs. Oregon. I refuted all ten of his points on why Stanford would win and in hindsight, he went 8 for 10. Even his silly mention of the 2001 disaster seemed spot on given that the score of that game was 49-42. This year? 51-42. My sincere apologies go out to Mr. Wilner, a man whose last name is now synonymous with a curse word in my circle.
  • …Stop caring about Iowa, TCU, Cincinnati, Boise State, Florida, Alabama and Texas. Cheered like hell for Louisiana Tech Friday night. Was ecstatic when Northwestern beat Iowa. Then found out I just wasted a week worrying about irrelevant teams. Not so interested in the national picture anymore. Also not all that into writing complete sentences.
  • …Call all voters who place USC ahead of Oregon hypocrites. Many voters explained to The Oregonian’s John Hunt last week that they could never put Oregon ahead of Boise State because of the head-to-head result. Now, I’ll wonder about their logic when the Trojans jump Oregon in the polls on Sunday.
  • …Completely focus on the Rose Bowl. Never should have thought about anything but it. The Pac-10 is a lot more wide open now and we’ll get into that soon enough. Oregon still has some serious advantages, but for now, the important take-away is that the Ducks and Arizona both control their own destiny. The rest need help. With three games to go, you can’t ask for much better.
  • …Wonder how Jeremiah Masoli ended up with at least 500 relatives. I need to eat a lot more if I want to get into that clan.
  • …Not explicitly blame Nick Aliotti, but it won’t necessarily trust him either. My final conclusion on the defense is that Stanford did a hell of a job executing a game plan that was tough to defend. Oregon’s lack of size hurt as did its depleted numbers in the secondary. The Cardinal was well-balanced and the Ducks were both confused and outworked.
  • …Avoid Bay Area trips no matter how much fun they are. Last year, the blog got caught in a Berkeley monsoon and lost. This year, it got sucked into Stanford”s beautiful campus and stadium only to get ambushed upon kickoff. There’s something wrong in this region. Must. Not. Come. Back.
  • …Not give up on this team at all. Take Chip Kelly’s advice and allow yourself 24 hours to dwell on Saturday and then get over it. We’ve all been watching a damn good football team this season and if you think they’re done, well, exit now. This is a Rose Bowl-caliber team and it’s just three games away from getting there.
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12 Responses to Some New Blog Promises

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    Stachman November 8, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    Thats Good!!! Now time to be moving on to the next game.
    GO!!!!!!!!!! DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

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    Nautiduck November 8, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    10 things I try to remember:

    1.The Ducks are still in control of their own destiny.
    2.The rankings never matter. Only the Pac-10 standings matter.
    3.However the Ducks end up, they are our team and we support them.
    4.The depleted D has outperformed our expectations.
    5.The Pac-10 has many solid teams (ASU almost beat USC and would have if the Sun Devils had any offense at all).
    6.We scored 42 points.
    7.Home game at Autzen next Saturday!
    8.It could very well come down to the UO-OSU game.
    9.This is a game played by college kids, keep it in perspective.
    10.I am soooo glad we did not travel to Palo Alto for the game.

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      Nautiduck November 8, 2009 at 10:24 am #

      Oh, and another thing.

      Every game is a season. One game at a time. Shake off this loss and move forward. GO DUCKS!!!

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    • Nick, Off The Pond November 8, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

      It was rough, but Stanford is still a great game day setting. I was impressed with the stadium and we all still had a great time.

      I’m really not that worried about us. Stanford was just a bad matchup.

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  3. oregonlove78 November 8, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    Wilner is a bum, a joke artist in the world of journalism. He may have been right, but he always bets against the Ducks. His analysis is crap. Sure he may be “dead on” this week, but it is the only week. And it sure does look good when you are so in the dumps and bet the house on it…doesn’t it Wilner? Eff Wilner, for anyone to ever give that chump any credit should reevaluate what they are saying. Wilner goes down in the books as a complete turd like Bob Uecker!

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    • Nick, Off The Pond November 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

      Haha, I rarely read the guy but everyone seems to hate him. His ten reasons were garbage and still are, but either way, the guy got it right.

      Edit: I should clarify. By sincere apology, I mean sarcastic.

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  4. muddy November 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Good article! This team is fun to watch, even when they lose. Stanford is the kind of team that will give the defense fits. Pac-10 is a roller-coaster, be prepared for a wild ride!

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  5. Duckaholic November 9, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Let’s not forget, we were only 30 yards from another 600 yard + game. Offense seems OK to me. The defense finally gave in (Gotta love that “Bend but don’t break” (only crack)defense. I thought we’d see LaGarrette this time around.

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  6. phil s. November 9, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    I see you are getting wiser. I too learned that coaches will be at risk to make the same mistakes they’ve made in previous games. Rankings do matter if you want to play in the championship bowl. Not sure how anyone can claim Rankings don’t matter. If every game is a season, then we got our butts kicked all of last season.

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      Nautiduck November 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

      Standings matter because the Pac-10 standings dictate what bowl we will go to. The national rankings only matter for the Championship game and we never had a shot at that even if we had won out.

      The last game is just that – the last game. Win or lose it no longer has relevance to the team which must stay focused on the next game – the only one that matters at this point in time.

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