Some Sunday thoughts...
I was at Reser last night and could see the West Side of the Stadium taking shape and couldn't help but think that this might eventually be known as the Stadium that Jonathan Smith built. He is relentlessly creating a system that conforms to his vision of what Oregon State Football can be. As you effectively pointed out last week in your column Smith has lived it and he can sell it.
There was a nice crowd last night but the noise escapes through the open West Side. Once the construction will be completed it is easy to imagine Reser becoming an even more difficult environment for visiting teams. I loved the sound team that subtlety played a cool remix of 'Georgia On My Mind'. A very clever dig on our Duck Friends who suffered a hard day.
Chance Nolan impresses. His arm is strong and accurate and his stats would even be better if some passes were not dropped BUT I left the game still concerned because he continues to make bewildering decisions. So he needs to be more consistent as I still do not trust him in key situations.
Our defense is the real deal and it's defense that ultimately win games so I have very high hopes for your prediction of a possible 8 win season. Thanks for the great reporting.
It really is amazingly disappointing how bad the Ducks have been going back to last year. Honestly, the program has felt hollow going back to the hiring of Willie Taggart. I hope I’m wrong but the Chip Kelly years may be the zenith. It was a fun team to watch and contrary to the recruitniks who laud Mario and his recruiting abilities, we had plenty of NFL guys on those teams.
Not sure it makes much difference, but both SEC losses by Oregon and Utah were in the heart of SEC country, not on the west coast in our home environments. Why don't they travel to our place?
Well the two teams that needed to show up this weekend didn’t. I wished Kelly didn’t leave. Need to find a coach that knows how to coach. Lanning should have benched Nix after the second interception or at least when the game was out of hand.
I was among the folks who thought Oregon could at least be competitive in Atlanta. Wow, was I wrong. I remember back to Chip's first game and how he stepped on a rake against Boise State. This team- and conference - has a long ways to go if it hopes to compete with the big boys of CFB ever again.
No one was expecting the Ducks to win unless your name was (I've got a feeling) Jerry Allen...
It's how they lost that has fans sleeping in late today (did I really watch the whole game).
My wife and I made our famous 'Lucky' Swedish Meatballs and watched the Pillage with my
Norwegian cousins. Not much was said during the game other than a lot of grunting and
drowning our Norske sorrows in our now traitorous meatballs.
John, your earlier comment on BSU not looking good is an under statement. I can’t remember Boise looking so bad. And Lanning’s debut…..I’m glad I chose Oracle Park for a nice Giants win!!!
Dear Cameron Rising, you’re a stud. A day later and a touchdown short of becoming a legend. Film doesn’t lie, you ran that offense and gave the Ute nation a chance to pull of a stunning finish. Keep you’re head up and play like a warrior. You don’t need me to tell you that life can be cruel and unfair. You’re team made some plays, so did Florida. The game came down to one play. They made it. Keep your head up. Shake it off and move unto to the next play. I’m an old Duck fan, but a bigger college football fan. Great match up that made all viewers feel either exhilaration and disappointment. Joy and pain. That’s life too Mr. Rising I sincerely wanted to encourage you and your team. Tough loss, but keep on keeping on, your damn good and be tough, life demands resilience on the road to greatness.
Let’s see what Ty Thompson looks like next week. Enough of the older classman transfer bandaids. These coaches make too much $ not to have Ty ready.
Great stuff John. The ducks lay an egg now time to sit on it and hatch a better rest of the season.
Good for the Beavs, but I hate to break it to them..
Boise state simply isn’t “Boise State” anymore
They are a mostly middling program nowadays
(I say this as an Idaho native)
I can't understand what the BIG sees in UCLA, a team that can't attract 30,000 warm bodies to a home game. I doubt many tune in to their TV's either.
Kalen DeBoer's offense is going to give every opponent fits this season, the new QB Penix could be 1st team all PAC when it's all said and done.
I feel for Duck fans... not a great way to start the season. Beavs--nice job!
If I were the North Carolina AD, I'd be readying Mack Brown's pink slip as we speak. I wouldn't wait for Tuesday morning unless I had to find him to fire him.
Editing note in your paragraph on Utah... It's RUN not RAN in this sentence:
He could have tucked it and ran.
John, I as sick. I just wrote a good piece on substack.com today on my birthday, and somehow I was stupid enough to push the wrong button on my computer. It may be lost. In summary, I said USC would win and cover this week, the Pac-12 will not have a team again in the final four after just one week, that Larry Scott ruined the pac-12, that Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson would be the final four, how thankful I was to be 71, and much more. I have a printer, and next time i spend two hours wriitng something, I should print it before sending. Glad I am a very strong Christian, as what I wrote was my best yet. It had a story about wagering on football in Oregon in person on football. It had a tour of the federal prison complex in Sheridan, Oregon, which is next door to the casino I bet at. Cash only, and the casino there and the one in Lincoln City, Or. pay you in cash if you win. If you bet on the Ducks in Aruba, and they win, what do you do if they do not pay you? Offshore wagering is not smart. Draftkings might not pay you if you win, and what do you do? They take your credit card from jump street, charge you, and if you win good luck getting paid. I once won $50,000 in a single NFL season by betting 2,200 per game on Joe Montana and the 49ers. They won and covered the spread 13 weeks in a row! My 2200 per game grew to $26,000! The year was 1984. I paid texes on 49,000 dollars! Maybe it was beginners luck, but when you hand the clerk $2200 for one game, you either get $4200 back or zero. Makes watching the game just a little more exciting. I do not bet with my heart, and will not bet on the Ducks to win or lose, again. I am a lifelong Duck, and sure glad I chose them over the Beavers only 60 years ago when my late father gave me the choice in Hillsboro, Oregon. God Bless you, John, and would love to meet you. I am in sw Pdx. Donnie Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org and on substack Donnie Ducks Latest