26.Sep.2009 Thoughts on Cal@Oregon
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.