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Easy to predict

Did anyone at The Register-Guard staff think that the Oregon Ducks The Oregon Ducks refers to the mascot and sports teams of the University of Oregon, located in Eugene, Oregon, United States. The Oregon Ducks are part of the Pacific 10 (Pac-10) conference. Donald Duck is the mascot of the University of Oregon under an agreement with Disney.  had a chance in the Seattle Bowl The Seattle Bowl was a college football bowl game played in 2001 and 2002 between teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Pacific Ten Conference in Seattle, Washington. This bowl game was a continuation of the Oahu Bowl which had moved to Seattle.  against a team that just managed to break even in their regular season? This writer did not, nor did any of his Duck-fan friends.

The Ducks stunk stunk  
A past tense and the past participle of stink.


a past of stink

stunk stink
 up all the stadiums in which they played for at least half a season. Their developing quarterback went in the tank early with a case of arrested development.

When he got there he found Nick Aliotti's defense: Like most Aliotti-coached defenders, these guys had to have their yards surrendered calculated in miles per game. If you don't have an offense, you still have a chance if you have a defense: The Ducks had no chance.

Please, coach Bellotti, when your team obviously stinks, stay home from the bowls. Give your fans a break.

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Central Point

No flags

After watching about half of the 28 bowl games this season, I couldn't help but notice that only Michigan and our own University of Diversity did not have USA flags on their helmets. I did notice that the Duck helmets had three yellow letters on the back, CAS (can't accept Savage?)

After considering all the ways that the UO has honored his memory, does anyone really think Len Casanova Leonard Joseph "Len" Casanova (June 12, 1905 - September 30, 2002) was an American college football coach first at Santa Clara, then the University of Pittsburgh and finally for nearly 20 years, from 1946 to 1966, at the University of Oregon.  would have wanted the flag removed to make way for his name?

This team and this town continue to amaze me.

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Pathetic season

Some comments/observations from a fan on a pathetic season.

Encourage the two players who are considering going pro to go. There are definitely internal problems within the program, and it may just start with them.

Mike Bellotti Robert Michael Bellotti (b. December 21, 1950 in Sacramento, California) has been the head coach of the University of Oregon football team since 1995. His accomplishments at Oregon include an 11-1 season and #2 national ranking in 2001. Education
 needs to get a grip on his team's trash talking trash talk
Disparaging, often insulting or vulgar speech about another person or group.
. They have become the most disliked team in the Pac-10, not by fans but by players on other teams. This lack of discipline has caused many unsportsmanlike penalties against the Ducks. His condoning Keith Lewis' trash talking may indicate his lack of control.

Evaluate the strength and conditioning coach. He does not produce strong, physical athletes. An example, the offensive linemen. They are all big-bellied, overweight and cannot move. They play like their feet are in cement. Quick, physical teams always dominate our linemen. Wake Forest is the latest example. The Ducks don't look strong, aren't strong and don't play physical football. Use North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures

Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop.
 State's approach to getting them in shape. Take a group picture of the offensive linemen without shirts, put it up in the weight room for all to see, and leave it there until they get in shape. Each could afford to lose between 20 and 30 pounds.

And please don't have Bill Moos tell us again next year, if we finish eighth in the Pac-10 and go to a third-tier bowl, that it is a reward for a great group of players. Just tell it like it is.



Priority seating?

My wife and I have been Ducks football season ticket holders and annual contributors to the athletic fund for a number of years. Judging by the seating to which we were assigned at the Seattle Bowl, you'd never know it.

Unlike all of the Wake Forest fans, who appeared quite comfortable across from us between the 30-yard lines on the ground level, we were in a section that required us to duck when planes descended over the stadium into Sea-Tac. Had we been prone to nosebleeds, we likely would have left the game quicker than did Oregon's offense.

Now, I understand the business nature of college football these days, and I know that Moos and Company have to make a buck off these events. Yet, we were assured by the Duck ticket office when I ordered tickets on the first day they were available that because of my status as a season ticket holder and athletic fund contributor, we would receive "priority seating." If where we were seated constitutes "priority seating," I can't imagine where my fellow Duck fans without the alleged "priority" must have been located.

Ironically, a friend who purchased her tickets long after I did from a source other than the Ducks was seated a full level below us on the 40-yard line. From where we were, we had trouble even making out the 40-yard line.

So here's a hearty heart·y  
adj. heart·i·er, heart·i·est
1. Expressed warmly, exuberantly, and unrestrainedly: a hearty welcome.

 thanks to the Ducks for making us old-time supporters feel like such an integral part of the program. I'd suggest, however, that if they're going to approach this stuff with such disregard, they at least provide a product worth watching next year.




As an avid Duck fan, I am extremely disappointed in the way Mike Bellotti has handled the team this year. He never takes responsibility for anything. During games, he just stands there looking grim with his arms crossed, and rarely does he encourage the players.

Instead of dumping the losses on them and making them feel inadequate, it would have been so much better if, at the beginning of the year, he shared with the fans that his is a young team and they are going to need a couple of years of excellent coaching to bring them back to the level of 2001.

The bowl game was a disaster, and they should have never been in a bowl. The frequent change of quarterbacks never gave these terrific young men any show of confidence. Maybe we need some new coaches or coaching techniques.



We are lucky

At this time of year we find ourselves thinking how lucky we are. Unless, of course, you are a sports fan, in which case you remember at least one official who made a call that ruined a game for you sometime last season. This lamentation lamentation,
n a prayer expressing affliction or sorrow and requesting defense, retribution, or comfort.
 about poor officiating is something foreign to most track fans.

Eugene is home to some of the best track and field officials in the world. These pros are the first ones to arrive and the last to leave, and they make sure all track and field events in Oregon are executed flawlessly flaw·less  
Being entirely without flaw or imperfection. See Synonyms at perfect.

flawless·ly adv.
. Surprisingly, these track and field officials are all volunteers who donate their time out of love for their sport.

The officiating crew that works the Prefontaine Classic The Prefontaine Classic is one of the premier track and field meets in the United States. Every year it draws a world caliber field to compete at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. History
The first annual Prefontaine Classic took place in 1974.
, the World Veterans Games and the USATF USATF United States of America Track and Field (governing body for T&F, Race Walking & Distance Running)  National Championships is often the same crew you will find at high school or wheelchair track meets. Last April, more than two dozen athletes qualified for Junior Nationals at the Oregon Wheelchair Track and Field Championships, and the officials made it possible. In acknowledgment acknowledgment, in law, formal declaration or admission by a person who executed an instrument (e.g., a will or a deed) that the instrument is his. The acknowledgment is made before a court, a notary public, or any other authorized person.  of their selfless service Selfless Service is a commonly used term to denote a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it. It is also sometimes used to denote a service performed with no apparent 'earthly' result, but which may accrue results in a , Eugene's World Wheelchair Sports has named the Oregon Association of USATF Officials our volunteers of the year for 2002.

Next time you are enjoying the show at Hayward Field For other uses of "Hayward", see Hayward (disambiguation).
Hayward Field at University of Oregon is one of the most well-known historic track and field stadiums in the United States. It has been the home to the University of Oregon Track and Field teams since 1919.
, remember that the great athletic performances you see there would not be possible without the officials.

These are the folks who really make Eugene the track capital of the world.

KEVIN HANSEN, president

World Wheelchair Sports

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Date:Jan 5, 2003
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