Saturday, November 29, 2008


For fans of the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers, every year the "Civil War" football rivalry brings all kinds of anxiety. Families are divided, couples argue, hardcore fans sweat it out... Whoever wins gets to have bragging rights, and basically LIVE in the state of Oregon for the next year.
For quite a while, it was a given that the home team would win this annual contest. Last season, the Ducks were on their way to a Bowl Championship Series game until standout quarterback Dennis Dixon went down with a knee injury late in the season. Oregon folded, and the Beavers beat them in Eugene 38-31. Lots of "neeners" were going around from the OSU fans.

This year the Beavers were the team with the better record in the Pacific Ten Conference, and a win over Oregon would have made the Beavers league champions and would have landed them in the Rose Bowl. Just like we Ducks were talking about a BCS game last year, this year the OSU fans were big into the Rose Bowl talk. The Beavers were ranked #17 nationally, the Ducks were ranked #23, and the game was being played on the Beavers' home field in Corvallis. It was shaping up to be a close game, and most of the pundits were predicting an Oregon State win. I thought the Ducks would win, and my prediction was by 6 points.

Well... there is certainly no joy in Beaverville tonight!

Oregon stomped on the Beavers 65 to 38, and the drunks in Corvallis tonight will not be happy ones. Not only did their most hated rivals keep their beloved Beavers from going to their first Rose Bowl in something like 40 years, they did it in MORE THAN CONVINCING FASHION.
There is absolutely no doubt as to which is the best football team in the state of Oregon this year.

65 is the most points ever allowed by an Oregon State University football team, and they allowed that number to... the Ducks!!!
I know, I am rubbing it in here big-time, but oh well. I know the Beaver fans will all get their chance to rub our Duck beaks/noses in it again, probably sometime in the next year or two.
So I will enjoy it while I can!

Now, on to Bowl season!


Blogger Distributorcap said...

despite my complete inattention to sports ---- i liked your analysis

3:08 AM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Woo hoo!! Go Ducks.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Ducks? Beavers? Those are the wimpiest sports teams names with the exception of a local suburb around here, whose team has the unfortunate name of (and I kid you not) the Chicks. We also have a local college whose team is called the Maroons (as in "What a maroon!") so I'll just shut my mouth here.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Mercurie said...

Congrats. Right now I am really unhappy though. Mizzou lost to the Jayhawks...

4:35 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

thanks, Distributorcap!

Right on, J.!

Lew, see my previous post in the comments section for info/opinions on the team nicknames, which are unique but indeed a bit odd/wimpy!

Mercurie, I was pretty surprised at Mizzou losing. I had heard their name mentioned as a possible Holiday Bowl team, and the Holiday appears to be where the Ducks are headed.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

Go Ducks. However, I doubt any Oregonian could possibly understand how huge the Iron Bowl win was for Alabama. Six years of heartbreak, six years of shame, six years of having to hear the fans of the Barn talk smack... gone. My beloved Crimson Tide delivered destruction, absolute, to our longest-standing rival, to the tune of 36-0 and the worst Iron Bowl defeat of the last 46 years. Oh, and we put the final nail in the coffin for their season and personally denied them a bowl berth.

I'm glad Alabama's being underestimated. It just makes my beloved Tide's job a smidge easier. This is a team that makes good teams look bad, and bad teams look like... Auburn did. If Florida thinks they can put up 46 points on us, they're nuts. They're facing the number 3 defense in the nation, and they will have to devote two guys to cover the force of nature given human form that is Terrance "Mount" Cody, which frees up an extra man on our defense. Florida's no joke, but I'm picking the Tide by a field goal.

5:30 AM  

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