The walk from the University of Oregon campus to Autzen Stadium is one of the most beautiful and fun walks in all of college football. It takes Duck fans across the gorgeous Willamette River on a footbridge just big enough for walkers and bikers—no cars allowed.
Once you are over the river, the path then winds through a nice park, with overhanging trees and lovely old-time street lamps. There is an old guy playing a lone saxophone, and he will change from Gershwin to Oregon's fight song if you put cash in his bucket.
There is always much joy, chanting and singing as fans storm in and out of Autzen, always victorious. Last night was different.
The walk back was like a funeral march. Deathly quiet. Spooky under the trees and the lights that seemed much dimmer from the antique lamps than they seemed on the walk to Autzen.
Yes, it's a sad day in Duckville. But there is no slitting of wrists allowed; the Ducks have another game next weekend. Maybe it will help Oregon fans begin to recover if we analyze the performance of the starters.