16.Oct.2013 Marcus Mariota Could Win the Heisman/Ducks Could Play in Title Game — Do Beaver Fans Even Care Anymore?
He’s #1 on many lists right now. Mannion is making some lists, too, but he’d have to maintain his current pace, and that isn’t likely with the better competition upcoming. Conversely, Mariota has a pretty easy path. UCLA and/or Stanford might keep him in check, but otherwise I don’t see much resistance.
This is not Beaver related except that the race might come down to the final week. Meaning, the only thing between Mariota and the Heisman (and possibly another National Championship appearance) might be the Beavs’ D.
It’s obviously too early to say, but it’s not too early to want to puke while thinking about it.
The bigger issue here is that the “gap” between OSU and Oregon is more like a giant canyon. What is more troubling is that Beaver fans are resigned to it. They used to get angry, jealous, etc. Now they mope dejectedly about Phil Knight, money, Disney, facilities, etc, and accept it. I remember as recently as the Dennis Dixon era, the majority of Beaver fans were convinced the Ducks ran a gimmick offense that would fade. Now they say things like “they’re on another level” and sound defeated. While it is true that the Ducks are on another level, it’s also kind of sad Beaver fans accept it. If you’re one of these people, I’d love to hear the thought process.
But yeah, since the 2008 Civil War I have heard Oregon penciled in as a automatic loss every year. Does nobody else stop to think this is unusual? It’s only 5 years, but where’s the end? Years pass by fast. 5 years will be 15 before you know it. Does Oregon State ever beat Oregon again?
There’s no conclusion to tonight’s observations. I just sense there’s an elephant in the room (i.e. I haven’t read anything in the mainstream about Beaver fans changing how they view/rationalize the Ducks). I’m just acknowledging the culmination, and subsequent paradigm shift, that might hit climax November 29th.