26.Sep.2009 Thoughts on Cal@Oregon

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Watching the Ducks today, I have envy.

Sweet modern yet elegant helmet, wide-open offense, aggressive attacking style, going for 2-point conversions after scoring a TD, calling a timeout with 12 seconds left before halftime when Cal had the ball, and on and on.  Beaver fans will point out that both styles work and the Beavers have the 2nd most wins the past two seasons after USC. Touche. But this is a lot more exciting to watch. And something tells me if Cincy went to Autzen last Saturday they wouldn’t leave with a win.The Athletes on this Oregon team look like the Athletes on USC in terms of speed, size, and strength.

I’m a Beaver fan (and alum) with Duck envy, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. When something is exciting, when it’s better than what you’re doing, the best thing to do is accept it.

Beaver fans will say, “Angry, you’re clearly a Duck! Knew it!”…no. Adamant no. What I am is a realist. And this is simply a better product. In 2 hours I will have to watch Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf call for 30 handoffs off right tackle, a couple screen passes, and 10 fly sweeps that go for 6 yards a pop, as the Beavs likely grind out a win. Effective, sure, but it’s archaic, uncreative, and features very little elegance. To make matters worse, the one uniform we have that has any pizazz (i.e. the orange jersey) remains on the shelf as we continuously go with the black, paved road kill look. As much as I hate the Ducks and it pains me to say this, I have complete awe and respect for what they’ve turned themselves into. A Beaver fan who can’t acknowledge this doesn’t hate the Ducks, but he hates something inside himself.

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  • Firecrotch says:
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    Your PAC-10 stinks Bulldogs going to lay a hurting on the Sun Devils

  • Beavgirl says:
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    angry is a DUCK!!!

  • qrsouther says:
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    I like this post a lot. Not just because you’re singing the praises of the Ducks, but by how realistic you are about your own team. Your offense-summary is completely told like it is.

    Whoever you are, both buildingthedam.com (a Beavs SBN-platform blog), and addictedtoquack.com (a Ducks SBN-platform blog with somewhat more traffic) are two great websites I’d very much recommend and think you’d fit quite well in.

    Again, great post. Hope to read more of what you write.

    • angrybeaver says:
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      I can’t tell if this is sarcasm or not so I’m not sure if I should say “thanks” or make a smart-ass quip. Hah.

      This entire blog is dedicated to how I see OSU athletics, so the Ducks will slip into conversation here and there. Since they kicked off before OSU, I watched the game, and couldn’t help to jot down these notes. One thing I left out, which I believe is true as well, is that deep down Duck fans respect that fact that the Beavers consistently win with so little.

      • qrsouther says:
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        Not sarcastic at all. A very good post. I can see how you’d think I was being sarcastic earlier – my bad. A sincere thumbs up for this!

        • angrybeaver says:
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          Ah, thanks then.

          If you post at those sites you mention make a plug for this blog. Doing pretty well with traffic (~500-600 hits a day), but the more conversation the better.

  • yellO says:
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    angrybeaver–i’m 19 years old so i havent been around for much of the UO-OSU rivalry, but i have to say that i have always been able to give a nod to the beavers when it is due. so i affirm what you say about duck fans respecting the beavers for winning with so little. i dont have a hard time rooting for you guys when theres nothing on the table for the ducks. for me, its a friendly rivalry.

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