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Today starts another glorious run of University of Oregon football. I’m sure I speak for everyone (which means no one but Farley and myself) when I say that the Ducks are the official college football team of LGM.

Today’s victim is the Arkansas State Red Wolves. I hate those guys. Why? Well, uh, I’m not actually sure. No wait, I do have an Arkansas State story. A friend of mine had a job interview there last year. While on campus, he met with a group of students. One asked a question that went something like this, “So I see you’re from Massachusetts. We don’t like Massachusetts and their liberal ways down here. Are you one of those professors who tries to brainwash students to be liberals.” I swear to god (or Phil Knight) that this is true.

You’d never see such behavior at the University of Oregon, a school of only the most renowned academics and a student body, of which you could never find one as committed or serious to academics (except for most every other big state school and various other private schools, some good high schools, etc). And you’ll never find a billionaire as committed to social change and workplace justice as Uncle Phil Knight. I mean, I usually never support the exploitation of labor, but with rare notable exceptions…..

Anyway, Go Ducks!

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  • As always, I’ll be rooting for whomever is playing against the University of Oregon Fighting Uniforms. Go Red Wolves!

    Hopefully, when Phil finally croaks, his wife will start to shovel some of that money to PSU. I know, I know, someone brings up Viking football, I talk about our Engineering School. Sigh! 加油!

  • CI

    My Oregon flag flies today. As the official spokesman of the Unofficial Northern Virginia Chapter of Displaced Quacker-Backers….I hereby pronounce this day the greatest day of the year since January 2nd!

  • Stag Party Palin

    As you were fulminating about Ducks and Wolves all I could think of was Prokofiev. Here’s hoping your Ducks don’t get swallowed ……. alive!!!

    • Prokofiev knew how to serve the powerful. Like the Ducks. And Stalin. I enjoy thinking of Prokofiev’s compositions to the power of Oregon football.

      • firefall

        I’m not sure anyone can enjoy thinking of Prokofiev’s compositions.

        And I’m not at all surprised about the ASU story – they don’t even trust the woolly liberals of Little Rock, after all.

        • Stag Party Palin

          I can’t help but feel that Erik is unfamiliar with the plot of Peter and the Wolf (spoiler: the duck and the wolf both lose) and Firefall with music in general. No offence.

          • firefall

            I’m sadly all too familiar with Prokofievs ouevre, or music to slit your wrists to, as I prefer to label it.Shostakovich & Khatchaturian kick ass, but Proko? way too much dissonance for my ear

            • Increase Mather

              What? Don’t like Prokofiev because too much dissonance? Are we talking about the same composer?

              • Hogan

                Maybe firefall is thinking of Stravinsky?

            • efgoldman

              We’re not talking flaming modernism, here. Prokofiev died more than 50 years ago! As a technical matter (I was a composition major), pre-Fifth Symphony Shostakovich (“A Soviet Artist’s Reply to Just Criticism”) is much more dissonant and avant-garde than anything Prokofiev wrote.

              • This.

                Except Prokofiev’s 4th, which is pretty clang-y.

                Also, too: Khachaturian kind of sucks.

                As for “Prokofiev knew how to serve the powerful” – you’re just making shit up.

                • Oh right: also something about Oregon. Or something.

                • Hogan


  • Robert Farley

    Hey, not every university can maintain an 870 SAT for entering freshmen. Three further points:

    1. As I have explained to my girls, very few animals combine the ability to swim, fly, and score touchdowns in a package as efficient as the Duck. It truly is a wonder of nature.

    2. I hate the Red Wolves so much!!!

    3. The wife rewarded my commitment to the Ducks by acquiring a Kentucky “Ducks Unlimited” license plate for the minivan. I believe that this is revenge for my long-standing anti-Yankee attitudes.

    • Just don’t let one fly off with your you-know-what.

    • Scott Lemieux

      By the way, how BOUT those Yankees? I’m so old I remember when they had a double-digit divisional lead, and that was over the Orioles,not a team that could actually win or anything.

  • dave3544

    No other Pac-12 school can brag about having a unionized faculty!

    • Erik Loomis

      The Oregon Unionized Ducks!!!

      Its safe to assume that all faculty at the University of Washington are scabs or would like to be scabs.

  • dave brockington

    I obviously can’t sign off on the Oregon Ducks being the official college football team of LGM, but we might receive majority support for the Pac 10 Pac 12 being the official football conference of LGM.

    Go Arkansas State . . . (scrolls up) . . . Red Wolves. And down with the mighty San Diego State Aztecs.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Indeed, it’s actually a 2-2 split, only since I’m tasteful enough to much prefer the professional league where the players get paid this gets forgotten…

      • djw


        But unlike certain Ducks supporters, I am not filled with seething resentiment and wish Oregon well, as long as they’re not playing the Huskies.

        • dave brockington

          I’ve always enjoyed how certain Duck supporters hate the Huskies with such outsized passion, even in the last decade now that Oregon has finally learned how to play the game. UW’s enmity is reserved for more worthwhile targets, like USC. UCLA. Even Washington State. The idea that there is such a thing as a University of Oregon is quaint enough.

        • Scott Lemieux

          But unlike certain Ducks supporters, I am not filled with seething resentiment and wish Oregon well, as long as they’re not playing the Huskies.


        • Fuck Washington and everyone associated with them. I hope they lose a million games in a row.

          Does that provide evidence to your point?

          • Dave Brockington

            Quaintly so.

    • Hogan

      Go Arkansas State . . . (scrolls up) . . . Red Wolves Necks

  • This post brought a nostalgic tear to my eye (though it might be a chalazion.) Though I am a Rocket through and through, I do love the ducks.

    Especially with a nice cherry sauce and a side of asparagus tips.


    • dave brockington

      Good one. I enjoy Canard à l’Orange, which is fun to make. When does Oregon play Syracuse?

  • jimintampa

    The Red Wolves were the Indians, but changed their name after being called out for it. That said, they’re the only college I know where you can come out dumber than when you went in. Full disclosure – Razorback ’65 and ’70.

  • efgoldman

    Are the Rams playing today? Do you know, or care? Me too.

  • Sherri

    Just don’t run up the score on my Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles too badly next week, and I’ll be happy to cheer for the Ducks to win the Pac-12 over the Trojans of USC. Well, I’ll cheer for anybody to win the Pac-12 over the Trojans, but I’ll be happier about the Ducks if you don’t destroy my Golden Eagles.

    (I hope a big chunk of the Phil Knight largesse is going to both Arkansas State and Tennessee Tech for being sacrificial victims.)

  • cpinva

    i know this is a crock:

    “So I see you’re from Massachusetts. We don’t like Massachusetts and their liberal ways down here. Are you one of those professors who tries to brainwash students to be liberals.”

    no one in arkansas would be able to put two well constructed sentences together like that, so it must be made up. although, they did leave out the question mark, at the end of the second sentence………… plus, they spelled all the words correctly!

    • delurking

      Well, cpinva, it was *reported* speech. Who knows how the dean (or whoever the interviewer was) thought Massachusetts was spelled. Or where it was.

      OTOH, where’s the bless-your-heart? This is a little too openly rude to be actual Southern speech. Not that Southerners won’t talk this way — they will! But usually, especially in an interview situation, they’ll say it ever so much sweeter.

      In bars and in your backyard, once they’ve known you for about ten years, or right before they’re about to punch you, *then* they’ll talk this rude.

      So I’m guessing this is reported, summarized speech.

      (Although, who knows, I have met Good Old Boys who were just tools. This could have been one of them.)

  • encephalopath

    In Yoogene, headed to the game tonight. Looking forward to seeing Mariota.

  • Now that BSU is officially out of the running (*), I’ll back the Ducks as the closest school to my home town w/ a chance that isn’t in the hated Utah. Plus, BSU owns Oregon, so I can tell myself that if Oregon wins, BSU would have beaten them. Does Oregon have a real chance this year?

    (*) I hope BSU’s offense isn’t really as bad as it looked last night or this year will be harder than I thought.

    • djw

      I was looking at some preseason lines a few weeks ago, and was surprised to see Oregon’s national title chances at only 20-1, and even more surprised to see USC rated at about four times as likely to win the Pac-12 than Oregon.

  • Warren Terra

    As an UW alumnus firmly committed to the proposition that professionalized college sports is in many ways a destructive abomination, I am perfectly happy to wish success in the field of professionalized college sport to a rival school, as it’s not a fate I’d wish on a school for which I feel a personal affection.

    • That’s what I tell myself say, too.

  • Anonymous

    Duck? No! Go Oregon State Beavers!

    • Linnaeus

      Yes. Beavers.

  • MBW

    Having just relocated to Eugene 9 days ago, I have to admit I was more than a little overwhelmed by all the yellow and green as I did my morning errands. I thought I’d be relatively safe from crazed college sports fans here in Hippyland — guess I was mistaken. Well, at least there were grass-fed steaks still available at MoC when I got there at noon – I expect that the vast majority of tailgating here consists of vegan patties and tofu dogs.

    Go Ducks.

    • dave brockington

      Go to Marché Provisions in the 5th Street Market, and ask for my friend Ryan. He’ll steer you well clear of vegan patties and tofu dogs.

      • MBW

        Thanks. That’s across the street from where my (soon-to-be) law partner and I have been offered office space – since my grill was delivered today, I’ll definitely be needed a good provisioner.

        And just to be a tad contrarian, I switched into a red t-shirt. Go Big Red (a team sure to lose the majority of its games this season – like most seasons.)

        • Bill Murray

          wait a lawyer that has a job — is that still possible?

          • MBW

            Had to make up a new field of law to create a job (well, two): sustainable land use law. And what better place to try and make it?

            • Marek

              International sustainable sports land use law!

  • Bill Murray

    good to see the Nittany Lions go down to ignominious defeat to the Bobcats of Ohio. Tyler Tettleton and Beau Blankenship led Ohio to a 24-24 win after going down 14-3. Eh, oh way to go Ohio

    • Bill Murray

      or even a 24-14 win. This wasn’t Harvard vs. Yale

      • Harvard vs. Yale–the battle of the two most oppressed groups of people in American history. Can they both win?

        • Bill Murray

          Tommy Lee Jones played in the famous 29-29 game as did the player (Brian Dowling) Garry Trudeau turned into B. D.

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