Posted on: December 22, 2010 6:08 pm

As much as I normally hate the Oregon Ducks...

To those of you who reegularly read my blog (HAHAHAHA HE'S ARROGANT ENOUGH TO BELIEVE PEOPLE LIKE THAT EXIST), you might be confused by the title of this article. I posted a blog earlier this year talking about my desire for the Ducks to play in the National Title game. That desire still holds. However, normally I hate all things Oregon. I've had to turn to the Blazers for my NBA fix, but I barely pay attention to them anymore. I hate the Oregon teams (Ducks, Beavers, and especially the Timbers) more than I hate the AL East (but significantly less than I hate the Yankees).

However, when your rivals go up against outsiders, you have to root for them. Who else is going to prove how good you yourself are?

My Cougs are still struggling at the bottom of the Pac-10. The Huskies got bowl-eligible this year, but also were shafted by being matched up with a team that already beat them, badly, duing the regular season. Am I disappointed? Not really. I've always been a soccer/basketball sports fan, so I wasn't crushed to see another year of mediocrity from my three favorite football teams (the Hawks might limp into the playoffs if they can beat St Louis @home, which they should do, but then what? Lose in the most one-sided playoff game ever?).

However, I'm really annoyed by my Southeastern friends. I know there's a lot of classy SEC fans, but the LSU guys and the rest are starting to get on my nerves. "This will be the most lopsided NC game for years to come." "I can't believe they're still taking those left coast guys seriously." These are not direct quotes, but similar to what I've heard.

I want the Ducks to win. I want the Ducks to score 21 points in the fourth quarter and pick off Cam Newton six times. I want Auburn to go home thinking "Our conference schedule did not prepare us for this." I want the SEC fans to shut up.

This will be the only year I will root for an Oregon victory. After this year, Nick Montana will put 49 points on the board against the Ducks. But for now, I want the Pac-10 to take a title to the West.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: oregon, Pac-10
Posted on: October 17, 2010 3:57 am

I'm feeling lucky this year...

I was born in Seattle. I root for both the Huskies and the Cougars equally. When the Apple Cup rolls around, I root for whoever has the better shot at a bowl game.

This year, I want both to lose to the Oregon Ducks, and I want it badly.

Now, before my local readers stop reading and/or send hateful private messages, let me explain myself.

The #1 Ohio State Buckeyes have just lost to Wisconsin. The Ducks, at #2, are the logical choice to take their place at the top of the polls. As we all know, as a result of the BCS system, the polls have a great influence on who plays for the National Title.

If the Oregon Ducks win out, they could be in that national title game. In fact, I believe that if they win out, they deserve to be in the title game. The Pac-10 is the hardest division to go undefeated in. Before the SEC fans dismiss me as crazy, I'm not saying the teams in the Pac-10 are better (although you might want to look at the Sagarin ratings...), but I am saying that as a result of the round-robin style of scheduling the Pac-10 currently employs, every team has to play every other team. That's something the SEC simply cannot compete with.

But there's more to my excitement than just the Ducks.

Sure, having a Pac-10 team play for the national title is always a treat. With the East coast teams so often dominating in the polls, it's nice to see the teams I love to watch get a chance at the top prize. And that's exactly why I want the Boise State Broncos to win out, as well.

Imagine that, two West coast teams playing for a national championship. On top of that, two Pacific North west teams. Wouldn't that be something?

Since two-thirds of the BCS ratings are decided by computers, if both teams win out, there will be no East coast bias to save the rest of the nation from a national title game dominated by us Pacific Northwest folks. I would be tickled pink. I probably wouldn't even care who scored during the game, or who won, because the game in and of itself would be a major victory. For mid-majors, for the West Coast, for the Pacific Northwest, and for the Pac-10. All the things I love in college football.

So please, Huskies, lose to Oregon. Cougars, thanks for your cooperation earlier. Think of it as not a loss to Oregon, but a victory for the conference.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: oregon, Pac-10
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