All is right in the universe once again as students are finally back on campus and the streets are filled with relentless partiers. Ahh yes! Classes are back in session next week, which means the one-time ghost town is now a thriving social melting pot.
For the past couple months now I have been able to have peaceful evenings and good night sleeps, but not any longer. Every night for the last few days has been a reminder of just how many people roam the streets here in Eugene come nightfall.
These people aren’t just any people. For the most part they are students looking for a good time and conversing very loudly about Duck football as they stroll by my window.
Now, I must clarify that these wanderers are usually not in the best state of mind for an actual conversation, so it usually consists of a few of them yelling OOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
You may not think that one can take much from these semi-annoying late night travelers, but I see it as a symptom of liquid courage. It seems to me that fans here in Eugene cannot see Oregon winning this weekends football game against Cal unless they get a couple drinks in them and their inner faithfulness comes out.
When sober; however, fans think logically and have problems imaging Jahvid Best and Kevin Riley being shut down and our passing offense magically reappearing. Students and fans definitely want a win in the worst way, but obviously don’t want to be surprised if Oregon does lose.
Feelings like this are something new to me, especially when they are coming from the students. Students are usually a super-fanatic and die-hard bunch that believe the Ducks can knock off the best of the best, pun intended, but this game gives fans the ebby-jeebies.
This doesn’t mean that it can’t be done, but few are optimistic that Oregon has the tools capable of pulling the upset.
I can understand those who feel this way because of the way the Ducks have played thus far, but I wouldn’t say that I agree with them. In order to defeat Cal, the consensus seems to be that Oregon must shut down Best and put the game into Riley’s hands.
However, I believe that it is much more imperative to get our offense in sink and keep the deadly Cal offense off of the field. The Ducks will need to put points on the board Saturday to stay in the game and have a chance at taking down the sixth ranked Golden Bears.
Now for some other news and notes on Saturday’s big game…
Kevin Riley is coming home for this game. Having grown up in Portland, Riley knows Oregon fans well and what happens at Autzen. With family and friends in attendance I am sure he wants to do well, but we shall see how it will affect him.
I remember very clearly what happened to Kevin Love and his family when UCLA came to Eugene two seasons ago. What the Oregon student section did was despicable, and although Riley is not on the same level Love was, I hope nothing even close to that will happen.
Yet again Oregon has big recruits coming to town with a lot at stake. The top-tier prospects at Saturday’s game will be Nick Rowland, Anthony Jefferson, and Isaac Dixon. Rowland is the third ranked offensive lineman in the nation from Peoria, Arizona; Jefferson is a four star wide receiver from Los Angeles; and Dixon is a three star line backer from Miami, all according to Scout.com.
These recruits will be meandering around the sidelines throughout the game, intermingling with Eugene’s elite, aka Phil Knight, and the football team all while Autzen roars around them. Quite an experience I would think.
Lastly, Oregon will be wearing throwback jerseys in homage of the 1994 Rose Bowl team. The jersey discussion never gets old around these parts and I believe that it helps the football program with everything from recruiting to marketing to playing better.
Lets all give our unwavering support to the Ducks and cheer them on to victory against the feisty Golden Bears. GO DUCKS!!