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Reliving the glory days through intramurals

Tuesday night, the Rebel Alliance lost its third game of the season. It was a tough, physical game, punctuated by a slight altercation near the end, tempers flaring as the competitive spirits of both teams got the better of them. In the end, the other team overwhelmed the Alliance into …

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Westhead’s place in history a mystery

Paul Westhead may have been a professor of Shakespeare years ago, but he is certainly a student of history. Following Saturday’s 82-62 win over Oregon State in what will be the last Civil War basketball game ever held in McArthur Court, Westhead told the assembled media the first thing he …

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NCAA too lenient on rule breakers

Back when I was 13, life was much simpler. I was in seventh grade, I had recess every day, and a two-page paper was my idea of a hefty workload. I certainly wasn’t thinking about college. Ironically enough, the only schools that had briefly entered my mind were quickly crossed …

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Bellotti: time to give Ernie Kent the pink slip

Editor’s note: This week’s guest commentary is by University sophomore Keith Becker. He’s a double major in sports marketing and public relations, and his blog, The UO Sports Dude, has been a popular site for fans of Oregon sports looking for additional opinion. I planned on writing this article a …

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Westhead’s squad in good shape for season

When Paul Westhead made his usual appearance on Terry Jonz’s postgame radio show on Saturday, the sense of relief in his voice was palpable. The same was true for Taylor Lilley, and you couldn’t help but feel good for the women’s basketball team after it finally ended a five-game skid …

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Pit Crew must be spirited

Jack Hunter His name is lost to history, but the brazen individual who chose to wear a USC Trojans T-shirt in Section 10 of McArthur Court during the Trojans’ game against the Ducks made a profound statement. Alex Horwitch, the president of the Pit Crew, made one right back. Amid …

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Seeing Walton thrice was quite nice

Jack Hunter As a student, I’m not one to generally show up to class more than a couple minutes prior to the beginning of lecture, but yesterday afternoon I had a little extra motivation to arrive at my Sports Business 199 class a bit ahead of schedule. And by a …

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Swagger returns with close game

Paul Westhead fumbled his words. He appeared insecure, lacking his usual charm. He stopped and started repeatedly. He grasped for answers where he himself had not developed them. The Oregon women’s basketball team had just been handed a 72-62 defeat by the California Golden Bears in a game where it …

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Enjoy McArthur Court while you still can

Last Thursday, when the women’s basketball team played California at McArthur Court, I had a revelation. Ironically enough, it started with me hitting my head. Allow me to explain.As I walked down a hallway to the media room, I stopped to spit my gum out in a trash can. Apparently, …

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Christopher represesnts what Ducks need: scoring

As I sat in my living room watching the Oregon men’s basketball team struggle for the fourth game in a row last night, it took almost 15 minutes for me to become even slightly invested in the game. And as I partially expected, it wasn’t the Duck squad that sparked …

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Kent a valuable leader of community

In a day and age when coaches are heavily scrutinized for not living up to unrealistic expectations by fans and management, it’s easy to see why people want Ernie Kent’s tenure as head coach of the men’s basketball team to end after this season. Through his 13 years as coach, …

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Jaqua Center is a missed opportunity

I feel as though, to a certain degree, I must defend the John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student-Athletes. The popular outcry against the Jaqua Center — whose upper two floors are off-limits to all but the 515 Oregon student-athletes and their tutors — has been as important as it …

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It’s no longer Kent’s time at Oregon

After sleeping on Oregon’s 64-57 loss to Oregon State on Sunday night, I have come to a personally astonishing conclusion: I feel sorry for Ernie Kent. The Ducks’ men’s basketball head coach has stirred a lot of emotions. The words to describe most of them, however, are unprintable in even …

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Coach a shot in the arm

Early in the New Year, I have already found a story that is both compelling and heartening. No, it’s not the men’s basketball team after losing to the Beavers — who lost by 51 points to Seattle University a few days prior. No, it’s not Team Stunts and Gymnastics (although …

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NBA Players don’t deserve reputation

Being the basketball nerd that I am, I recently started reading “Playing For Keeps” by David Halberstam. The book details Michael Jordan’s career, as well as what went on in the NBA as his fame grew. It’s a fascinating read, and highly enjoyable. Yet, the passage that sticks out most …

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Postseason a real possibility

Tristan Coolen I don’t think I’m the first to admit that the Oregon men’s basketball team has started the 2009-2010 season far better than I had anticipated. Coming into the season, I saw a couple new faces mixed in with the same core group that went 8-23 last season with …

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Ernie: Talk to Westhead

Dear Ernie Kent: First, an admission: I did not expect to be addressing you through this opinion piece from where you are currently positioned. I was quite shocked to find out that the Oregon men’s basketball team beat Washington State in double overtime before wearing down No. 17 Washington in …

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Barner’s passion refreshing to witness

Leslie Montgomery My enduring memory from the 2009 football season will be Kenjon Barner and the raw emotion he showed after Oregon lost the Rose Bowl. When the confetti started spewing red and gray heavenward and the fireworks started exploding, Barner draped a towel over his head and slowly made …

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Even without Roses, season a success

Jack Hunter The final minutes of the Rose Bowl were ones of stark differences. Red-clad Ohio State fans screamed for joy, while Oregon fans stood silently, thinking about what could have been. After the final seconds ticked off the clock, Buckeye players rushed the field, happy to win their first …

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Fans contribute to egos

Five days into the new decade, I’m still trying to figure out how to define the last one. Strangely enough, the last 10 years in sports may be harder to piece together than anything else. The 2000s were filled with depressing events in the news world. 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the …

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With year in the books, recalling the best of 2009

The other night, one of my roommates and I were saying what a good time it is to be a sports fan and student at the University. This got me thinking about some of the incredible things I’ve been witness to over the past year and how it could easily …

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Uniting a divided state

Jack Hunter My uncle, Brad Smith, was an offensive guard for Oregon from 1983 to 1986. His freshman season produced what was, up until Thursday, the most singularly memorable Civil War in the history of the rivalry. Eleven fumbles. Four missed field goals. Zero total points. One exercise in futility …

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Taking a place in history

The atmosphere Thursday night at Autzen Stadium was unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed. Fans bundled up for the cold held their anticipation in check until the closing seconds, not wanting to jinx what they hoped would happen. Finally, when the end was inevitable, a roar erupted and fans began thinking …

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The story behind one writer’s byline

Mike Penner held what I would consider a dream sportswriting job. He also held a deep-seated secret. Penner worked for the Los Angeles Times for 25 years. He wore many hats on the sports staff, covering the Olympic Games, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, World Cup soccer and tennis …

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A lesson in Civil War history

Andrew Gerstlauer When you grow up in the state of Oregon, the phrase “Civil War” has two meanings. First, of course, was the war between the Union and the Confederacy after the South seceded from the United States of America to form the Confederate States of America. The second was …

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You don’t have to be abusive to be a Duck fan

Have you ever been walking down the sidewalk, minding your own business, when someone yelled something profane at you? Or even worse, has anyone ever thrown a full bottle of water or other beverage at your head just because the clothes you were wearing displeased them? If you answered those …

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Rocky Pac-10 season bodes well for NCAAs

7-9. On first glance, that conference record for the No. 18 Ducks volleyball team may be a little disconcerting. How can a ranked team fall below .500 in conference play? That certainly wouldn’t fly in football or basketball.  To that, a member of the team may reply, “Welcome to the …

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Fans excited for Oregon-Arizona in latest big game

There’s always something a little bit special about ESPN College GameDay broadcasts on the West Coast. “Finally,” some will say, “our player/program/conference will receive national recognition.” The exposure never hurts a program, and the host school always goes out of its way to make the logistics of the broadcast go …

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Rookie guards impress

Through the first 12 or so games of the 2009-2010 NBA season there has been an uprising of dominant rookie point guards, which has made me stop and appreciate some of the incredible things these young athletes have brought to the table, night in and night out. Statistically, they’re nothing …

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Hilarious rap video deserves to be seen

“I smell roses.” This single sentence can mean a lot of different things depending on where you say it. But if you’re at Autzen Stadium? It probably means you think the Oregon Ducks are going to make it to the Rose Bowl. And while most fans are trying not to …

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