Welcome, George Schroeder

Today marks the beginning of a new era for the Sports section in The Register-Guard. After writing sports columns for The Register-Guard for two decades, Ron Bellamy wrote his last column on Sunday as the featured sports columnist to make way for George Schroeder.

Mr. Bellamy’s assessment of Mr. Schroeder is is absolutely accurate. He is a highly regarded sports journalist. And he also happens to be correct about the fact that he is from The Oklahoman newspaper. In Oklahoma City. Covering the U of O…I mean…OU. The University of Oklahoma (I always get that confused because University (U) actually comes before Oklahoma (O) Must be a Big-12 thing. See CU.).

As far as eras are concerned, Mr. Schroeder could not be making more of an interesting transition. The last three games with Oklahoma have been an era unto themselves. Of controversy. And because of the nature of the games, Mr. Schroeder had ample opportunity to opine and report on these games, and everything Oklahomian. Here is just a sample of his work:

“Nike founder Phil Knight has helped build Oregon athletics to a level that Oklahoma State hopes to surpass”

“Louderback knows how a blown call hurts College football insider: A sympathetic voice from the past ‘Fifth Down’ referee still infamous 16 years after Missouri-Colorado”

“Gordon Riese’s replay revelation College football insider: Revisiting the OU-Oregon fiasco OU-Oregon replay official says he knew Sooners recovered onside kick — but couldn’t tell anybody”

“Replaygate affects Texas’ title hopes, too Facing one-loss OU might be a hurdle”

“Sooners disagree with review calls”

“Last three plays”

“How Oregon saw it: Inside the onside kick”

“Notebook”

“Suspension, apology leaves Stoops unsatisfied”

Strategically, Mr. Schroeder was very shrewd to tackle the topic of last year’s OU-U of O game at Autzen stadium right out of the tunnel (Did he really have any other choice?). Because (and I feel bad for him) that is all that he’s going to be talking about for the next year. And if he’s not talking about it, other people will come up to him, introduce themselves, and start talking to him about it. But it’s like taking off a Band-Aid, that covers the territory between Oregon and Oklahoma. Rip it off real fast and just let the Grand Canyon heal on its own.

As Mr. Schroeder drove his family cross-country (possibly stopping by the aforementioned Grand Canyon), I don’t think he could have imagined the era that the University of Oregon has been vaulted into this week because of the generosity of Phil & Penny Knight. In a short time, it won’t matter to most Oregon fans that Mr. Schroeder covered the Sooners during this unimaginable stretch of games. What will matter to Oregon fans is that he lends his voice and perspective to The Register-Guard in an interesting, professional, and ethical manner (see Black Helicopters) as the U of O heads down a road less traveled in the years to come.

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4 responses to “Welcome, George Schroeder

  1. Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive that this blog is syndicated through Google and is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

    Soccer / Football greats you should write about next!

  2. Always good to read about baseball and its players, I’ve played since a kid..

    Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive, is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

  3. Lee Garber

    Why is the media so enthralled with every move of Obama?? Even sports blogs and talk shows. Who cares about his brackets? He needs to quit spending and hiking taxes…thats what he needs to be discussing.

    Lee Garber

  4. James White

    This George Schroeder guy needs to get his head examined. He did some predictions for cnnsi.com and he doesn’t know the Big 12. He has Oklahoma State listed at 1-7 in conference? I hate to break it to him but OSU has recruited better than KU, KSU, Tech, or A&M in the last 5 years. OSU won’t win the conference but 8 wins is reasonable. They have to play at Tech and at Texas which will be tough. They have OU and Nebraska at home and those games are going to be tough. The rest of them are more than winnable.

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