1. Did You Ever Notice That...

    Taking a step back from any situation is an interesting thing, really. An objective look at a scenario can be eye-opening at the very least...

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  2. Sitting Down With Sportswriter and Everyday Champ1on Nick Lilja

    Nick Lilja is an experienced columnist. He has written for The Daily Barometer, Touchdown Illustrated, The Forest Grove News-Times, as well as been featured on CBSsportsline.com, ESPN...

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  3. Myles Brand Left His Mark

    Most people look at a university and see students. And athletes. Myles Brand saw both. To him, student athlete didn't need quotations, it needed a hyphen. When Brand passed away of pancreatic cancer, the NCAA lost a leader...

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  4. Tom Brady Is Not Comeback Player of the Year Material

    It's about that time, Ms. Amber, to take a note: "Dear Associated Press, "I know what you are thinking. I've been one of you before. You love 'The Man.' You love the champions, the undefeated, you love helping the rich get richer, as they say...

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  5. Objectivity—It's for the Birds

    The ethical police are going to find me, cuff me, and Rodney King me. Lindsay Schnell will be on my doorstep later today ready to kick me in shin. Or slap me in the face. It’s a tough life being me...

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  6. John Madden's Success Starts New Chapter

    They say success breeds success. The more you do well, the better you do. Olympic volleyball coach Taras Liskevych once told me that. I think he was talking about John Madden...

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  7. Green and Bold: A Few Duck Fans Have Their Own Story

    Most Oregon Ducks fans aren't speaking up. Most Oregon Ducks fans spent the pregame walking around the parking lot of Reser Stadium in groups. No one traveled alone. Most Oregon Ducks fans kept a low profile...

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  8. Oregon-Oregon State: The Civil War Recap

    It was a warm November day to remember. It was a game that the Oregon State Beavers neded to win in order to advance to the Rose Bowl. It was a game that was the end to an amazing and historic year...

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  9. Nobody Asked Me But...

    The late Jim Murray once paid homage to Jimmy Cannon by writing his own version of Cannon’s “Nobody asked me but…” column back in 1992. Murray claimed he was no Jimmy Cannon, but wanted to pay his respects...

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  10. The 'Quizz Named Rodgers

    If you see Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers on the streets, take a picture. Chances are you won’t get the opportunity to see him stand still for very much longer. He is shiftier than the eyes of a thief...

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  11. NCAA Athletics: We Need a Catalyst to Spark Another Power Shift

    Median said it best. “We need a catalyst to spark another power shift.” It used to be that school was about an education. Have money? Pay some now for schooling and make more after you get a degree...

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  12. I've Got My Christmas List Ready

    Christmas lists are always tricky. What to ask for? I tend to ask for nothing but a smile and a “Merry Christmas” from friends and family. I’ve never been one to need anything material...

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  13. Andre Johnson Is a Quark, Strangely

    Andre Johnson is an anomaly. A singular quark, really. Scientists don’t know what to make of him. Is he real? What flavor is he? They think he’s Strange. For Johnson, slowing down isn’t an option...

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  14. The Incredible Shrinking Football Field

    In football, every inch matters. Coaches know it, players know it, fans know it. Ever watched a center move the football up a few centimeters before the snap? Okay, maybe you've never noticed, but I bet you have...

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  15. Hardly Difficult: I Should Have Been a Golfer

    This is an oldie, but given the change of season, needed to be brought out of retirement because I knew it was going to rain today. My ankle told me. My knees agreed. Athletics will do that to a person...

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  16. Oregon State's Dick Foxal Retires

    Foxal is having his retirement ceremony after 38 years of coaching and probably won't raise a toast. His gymnasts, past and present, will be too busy doing it for him...

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  17. Yea, But It's Not Running

    Ever watch those Nordic looking guys lift a grand piano over their heads or the guy with no vowels in his last name pull an airplane 100 feet? What about the Harlem Globetrotters, ever see them perform? It’s spectacular...

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  18. Oregon State has their Coach

    His modesty is undeniable. His candor, unequivocal. His benevolence, simply true to the word. But it’s his commitment that inspires. There are coaches and athletes in this world that make you stop and watch...

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  19. The 25 Rumors I Wish I Could Start

    While I cross formats into the online realm, I feel the need to bring something with me. Horrid grammar aside, I hate lists. Well I should be a little more specific, I hate that I write lists...

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