Looks like I actually wrote something that actually
raised somebody's ire. This person shall remain
nameless, although I do know who it is. Let's see what
they had to say, and then I'll add my responses as I
A quick note: If you ever want some cheap
entertainment, just head to the Lane County Ice Arena
for a Eugene Thunder game. These guys are all
teenagers, but they play their asses off. Actually, I
watch my brother playing one of the coed leagues, and
even those are enjoyable. Thunder games are only 4
bucks, and the others are free.
Aw, how young you are Big Pee.
Okay, let's not resort to that already. I'll bet the
next thing he'll say is that I have a limp dick or
Yes you are right, there are some Beaver fans that
are hardcore and like them through the good and the
bad. I am even willing to admit that there are many
fair-weather Beaver fans, and trust me I know there
Hey, that's exactly what my point was. There are
always loyalists, but there just seems to be a LOT of
But you are apparently too young to remember
Hey, you're only a year older than me, chief :)
that the Ducks have had their equal, yes equal, amount
of fair weather fans.
I don't know about an "equal" amount, but I know that
there are quite a few, at least.
I believe the state of Oregon is plagued by these poor
excuses for sports fans. Remember how many people
jumped off the Blazer wagon when they weren't going
deep into the playoffs, yet they still made the
Hey, I completely forgot about the Blazers. Good
point. In fact, although it is highly unlikely that
the Blazers will win the title this year, if they do,
I'm sure people will be jumping right back on again.
My point is that unfortunately the Ducks have been on
a hot streak in football and lately basketball, but
before that there crowds and fan-base weren't too
large and definitely not too loyal.
I'm not saying that the Ducks have always drawn
sellouts for the last 20 years. But they were drawing
quite a bit better than OSU, even before this latest
wave of success.
Also, trust me, everyone in the heart of Beaver Nation
(Corvallis) knows that the Gymnasts are doing well,
they just upset number one UCLA. We also know that our
wrestlers are a perennial Pac-10 contender and our
softball team can hang with anyone in the land, even
UCLA and Arizona.
Yeah, but that kind of stuff never comes up in
conversations outside of Corvallis, though. I guess
I'd almost have to liken that to the UO track
program, although I think it's somewhat more
well known outside of Eugene. But if it wasn't for
Prefontaine, I don't know where they'd be. I know
visibility is important, but everyone just seems to
only make a big deal about football...
Nice column, but don't forget.
Thanks, and I think that will be the last time I pick
on the Beavs for a while. Like I think I said, I'm
glad for their successes, but don't become delirious
over a "winning tradition" of 3 years. There's a lot
of other good stuff going on down there that people
should take more pride in.
So there you have it. If anybody has any additional
commentary on the issue, I'm not a hard guy to find :)