Sunday, September 4, 2011

This one stings worst of all

For now, all the stereotypes about Oregon football are true. They can't win big games. They can't compete against elite offensive and defensive lines, or teams with extra time to prepare. They're a fraud, a soft school from a soft conference. When you lose 40-27 and look abysmal doing it, analysts and opposing fans can say whatever they want. It was a beating on a neutral field, artificial turf with nuetral officials. All that's left is to regroup and try to defend the conference championship, play for the Rose Bowl.

In that respect, it isn't a done season. The Ducks have two winnable home games to regroup and find their leadership and focus. They should lose a little swagger after this. That wouldn't hurt. It's clear the 2011 team will have to earn every victory. They'll need to improve every week, find a downfield passing game, and two dependable blockers for the left side of the offensive line. They'll need to get Cliff Harris back to return punts, and teach young and promising De'Anthony Thomas to hang on to the football.

photo top left: It may be a while before the Ducks are featured on the Game Day Show. They'll have to earn their way back. (photo courtesy

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