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:
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.