For the Oregon Duck faithful, it all boils down to your perception of Seattle and Corvalis.
When did you start following the Ducks? Are you a third generation Duck alum who grew up hearing your dad tell stories of the hated Warren Moon lighting up the Ducks or the Don James teams that ate Oregon teams for breakfast?
Maybe your grew up in Eugene or Portland, and your family full of Ducks had to endure years of a neighborhood full of Beaver households influenced by the late 1990s emergence of Beaver sucess and out of no where all these diehard Beaver fans showed up.
Does the “Hail to Old OSU” fight song make your blood curdle? What about that really annoying kid in high school who knew nothing about football, but during Civil War week wouldn’t shut up about Joey Harrington’s 11 INT’s he threw in the epic 2000 Civil War of two top 10 teams?
The only personal story I’ll inject is that I was there in person in 1994 as a scrawny sixth grader decked in an Oregon Duck ‘Starter’ jacket. I was in the end zone that Kenny Wheaton returned that interception which caused all out delirium like lightning in Eugene.
The frenzy ensued, and with siblings and friends we then hopped the large cement wall to storm the field, only to come face to face with the Heisman candidate,Napoleon Kaufman, who brushed us off and ran into the locker room. It was an unforgettable day for sure.
Is Washington still a big rivalry when taking on Oregon in 2011? The Ducks have won seven in a row, their longest streak in the series, by at least 20 points. The average margin of victory during the run is 26.4 points. Husky fans respond: When is the last time you won a Rose Bowl?
In the 1980s and 1990s the Huskies won a national title and a bunch of Rose Bowls. Now? Well, they are two years removed from a debacle in 2008 that saw them go 0-12. Oregon has no doubt squarely planted its flag as the dominant Northwest team and arguably the conference as a whole.
But do Huskies and Ducks still hate one another like they did in the heyday of the rivalry, mid 1990s through the early 2000s?
And what about those pesky Oregon State Beavers? The Beavers love to rub in the 2000 Civil War win which they then thumped Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl 41-9. Oregon State fans will all point out Steven Jackson, Jcquizz Rodgers, and Ken Simonton would be better than any running back Oregon has ever produced. How about Heisman Trophy winners from the state of Oregon? Yep, Oregon State has one and the Nike propaganda machine Ducks have zero.
Again, it all comes down to your perception and how long you’ve been rooting for your team. If you go back to the days of Chris Miller and Bill Musgrave, then you might consider the Huskies your hated arch rival. Just think of all the times Washington’s fans rolled into Autzen and took over the stadium.
Maybe you’ve only been a fan for the past decade or so and Washington has been as irrelevant. You can only think of guys like Derek Anderson Mike Hass lighting up your Duck’s defense.
But what's the most important thing at the end of the day? It is Oregon beating both the Dogs and the Beavers. Nothing else matters.