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George Schroeder Has Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is something every writer dreads.

Except for The Register-Guard’s George Schroeder.

Earlier this week, OneClickSportsNews and DuckSportsNews speculated as to who might be hosting the new sports talk radio that Cumulus Broadcasting has been promoting on 1320 “The Score” over the course of the last week.

According to this press release to be sent out on Monday, The Register-Guard’s sports columnist George Schroeder will be the host of “The Writer’s Block” to be broadcast in the Eugene/Springfield area on KSCR 1320 and KUGN 590 beginning Monday, October 22nd.

 

October 15, 2007

For immediate release…

KSCR/KUGN to present NEW Local Sports-Talk Show

(Eugene, Oregon)…Cumulus Broadcasting, owners and operators of KUGN, 590 and KSCR, 1320, announced today the addition of a new Live and Local sports-talk show to start on the two stations on Monday, October 22.

The Writers Block, hosted by respected Register Guard sports columnist George Schroeder will be broadcast LIVE on 1320 “The Score” (KSCR) at 2PM every Monday through Friday afternoon while being streamed live on Register Guard.com and replayed at 6PM each evening on “Newstalk 590, KUGN-AM. The one hour daily program will focus on local and national sports stories and offer opinion and viewpoint from Schroeder as well as guests and callers. KSCR’s “Sports Idol” Justin Meyers will serve as side-kick and commentator.

Schroeder, serving as the Register Guard’s featured sports columnist for the past 3 months, has experience hosting a radio show from his previous assignment as writer/broadcaster in Oklahoma City.

KSCR/KUGN program director, Jerry Allen, commented: “George has a terrific on-air personality and backs it up with solid sports knowledge and interesting opinions. We’re delighted to have him host this new show”.

“I have enjoyed my previous broadcast involvement and look forward to helping develop this new daily radio show”, commented Schroeder. “I appreciate the support from the Register Guard on this project, and look forward to involving other sports writers into the show”.

For more information, contact Jerry Allen.

 

George, good luck with “The Writer’s Block”. Here’s hoping you don’t get over it anytime soon.

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Show Me Your Duck Wings!

It doesn’t quite have the ring that “Show Me Your Lighting Bolt!” does, but it’s close. Kind of.

And the Eugene/Springfield area might be hearing something like that in the next week or two.

Since late last week, ESPN Radio 1320 “The Score” has been running promos promising to bring a brand new voice to the Willamette Valley’s barren sports talk radio landscape. The spots specifically mention the fact that it is someone new to the KUGN/KSCR family. So, that probably rules out Justin “The Sports Idol” Myers, Jerry Allen, Jay Allen, Mike Jorgensen and Joe Giansante.

(Disclaimer: Contrary to any online rumors you might have read, we here at DuckSportsNews.com are not going to be hosting this new show. We’re flattered. But that is not in our plans as of right now.)

Who do you think this new personality is? Ron Bellamy? Bob Welch? Rob Moseley? Reggie Jordan? Danny O’Neil?

Who would you like to hear on the radio?

JJ

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with OSU Baseball

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In case you missed it…

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Last night on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, Ty Pennington and his team suited up and joined the back-to-back National Champion Oregon State University baseball team for some “remodeling” on a house in Corvallis, Oregon.

The pings of those metal bats were heard, and seen, across the country. Even though more households watched “60 Minutes” last night, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” had more viewers. And Beaver Nation was all over that broadcast.

But if you happened to have been watching “Sunday Night Football” featuring the Bears and the Packers, you might have missed EM:HE and the segment featuring the baseball team and Benny the Beaver.

Take a look.

Those bats keep on doing good work.

Visit and bookmark BeaverSportsNews.com for all of your Oregon State sports news and analysis.

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A Message From DuckSportsNews.com

Update – October 10, 2007: Spc. Jourdan B. Smith and his wife, Erin, will be guests of the Aliotti family for the Oregon-USC game.  The Register-Guard’s George Schroeder writes about the outpouring of support and ticket offers from Duck fans in today’s paper.  “A Flag For Unnecessary Kindness”.

First of all, we would like to thank you for visiting DuckSportsNews.com or OneClickSportsBlog. Your visits have made our sites two of the most visited sites on the internet for news about University of Oregon athletics.

Second, when we started this enterprise, our goal was to help Duck fans find the best news about U of O sports in one place, with “One Click”. We could have automated everything, as some sites do. We could have had our computers do all the work. But we did not want to do that. We wanted all of our links to be hand-picked, because there are some stories, some perspectives that we knew would be missed. Are they stories specifically about Oregon sports? No. But they are stories any Duck fan would want to read.

And The Register-Guard’s George Schroeder presents us with another one of those stories today.

If you have not read “Lost flag was more than just a symbol”, it’s a must-read. Not only is it a great story, but it’s a must-read if the rest of this is to make any sense to you.

After reading Mr. Schroeder’s column, all I kept thinking was, “How could I show my appreciation to Spc. Jourdan B. Smith for his service?”. A “Thank You” to him, or anyone serving in the military, is a start.

But I think Duck fans can do better than that.

And I know DuckSportsNews.com visitors can do better than that.

We need to get Spc. Jourdan B. Smith his wife, Erin, tickets to the USC game. And I’m not talking just any tickets to the game. Duck fans pride themselves on having the best. The best facilities. The best stadium. The best fans. So, let’s start at the top.

Considering Spc. Jourdan B. Smith’s injuries in the service of our country, let’s get him and his wife tickets with Club Level access on the south side of Autzen Stadium. If you have never been up to the Club Level, the easiest way up there is either on the escalator or the elevator, which I’m sure Spc. Smith would appreciate. Would he accept other tickets to the USC game? No doubt. But let’s start big.

Am I challenging visitors to DuckSportsNews.com? You bet. But we’re also challenging ourselves because we’re not going to ask anything of our visitors we would not ask of ourselves. It would just be nice to have a Plan B if our efforts fail.

If you have two tickets available to the USC game, please contact us through OneClickSportsNews.com and we will make sure and forward it to the appropriate source. If you don’t, but know someone who might, copy and paste this link to them in an email.

Even though the USC game is still a few weeks away, I know we can secure Jourdan and Erin Smith a couple of tickets within the week.

Thank you for visiting DuckSportsNews.com. And thank you, Jourdan.

One Click Sports News

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Viewers Upset With ESPN Over Oregon-Cal Game

You think?

The best matchup of the college football season featuring the #6 & #11 ranked teams comes down to the last play of the game and only 20% of the country is able to watch it?  Yeah, I can understand why ESPN might have received some unfavorable comments regarding the anemic regionalized national coverage of the Oregon-Cal game.

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Kansas prairie.  Much more interesting than Oregon vs. Cal.  Thanks, ESPN!

The guys at Deadspin.com have posted another fun-filled ESPN internal memo, “Weekly Viewer Report.”  We’ll save you trouble from scrolling all the way through the report looking for Oregon-related news.  Here are the quick hits about Oregon, parsed for you pleasure:

Viewers outside of the regionalized areas upset Oregon vs. Cal and Clemson vs. Ga Tech games were not televised nationwide

Viewers in the East and Midwest upset Oregon vs. Cal not shown nationally [game was offered in 20% of the country and on ESPN GamePlan] – 129

Viewers’ Voice:
“I live in Colorado; Texas and Kansas State equals BORING. Rest assured your ratings will be weak where CAL/ORG isn’t on (besides home team markets) It should be on nationally.”

The game was on ABC, right?  Yes, but ESPN  is handling the coverage. So, what happened to ABC?  Oh, I don’t know.  Absolutely Bad Coverage?

JJ

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Autzen Not Among Elite Stadiums

Autzen is loud, and respected by many around the country. Just check out what those around the country say. Even Cal fans at Saturday’s game were impressed:

“Autzen was pretty loud. The fans seem very knowledgeable in comparison to other fans I have encountered (this was my second trip and have felt the same way both times.)”

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However, until most of the fans are back in their seats at the beginning on the 3rd quarter, I don’t care how loud or “in your face” Autzen is, it will not live up to its potential.

This quote by this Cal blogger who was at the game says it all:

“But…when Cal took momentum at the start of the second half, at least a third and likely close to a half of the Oregon fans were in the parking lot drinking. They leave at the half, and don’t return to their seats in time for the start of the third quarter. This was downright shocking to me – Cal took control of the game and they cared more about getting a beer! In my mind, there is no way they can be considered the best fans in the Pac-10, or honestly even be in the discussion, until they stop doing this.”

We all know that the play of the game happened with less than :20 seconds remaining in the game, but I would suggest that the 2 three-and-outs the Ducks had coming out of halftime were just as big in determining the outcome of this game. Had Oregon gone down and put seven on the board (or even 14) giving them the 14-point lead (or 21-point lead), it would have put Cal in a very difficult position.

As the players emerged from the tunnel for the second half, I’m sure they couldn’t help but notice that nearly 50% of the fans were not in their seats, but rather in the parking lot. The “Autzen Energy” was not there, and I think it showed in the way Oregon came out and played those first 2 series of the second half.

So what do YOU think? Agree or disagree?

– rw

UPDATE: Autzen may be noisier, but Cal’s Memorial Stadium deemed “scarier”

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GameDay Signs “O” The Times

Signs. Signs. Everywhere signs. And One Click Sports News was there at 5:30am Saturday morning for GameDay with our sign. Unfortunately, we did not fair as well as some of the following signs in terms of visibility or creativity.

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“FECal HAPPENS”. Yes. Yes, it does.

 

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“LONGSHORE LOVES ZIMA”. What could be worse? Appletinis?

 

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“LONGSHORE’S CELL (661)313-XXXX”. And yes, this is his cell phone number.
I doubt it will be for much longer.

 

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“LOU HOLTZ 4 PRETHADENT”. You just kind have to say it out loud.

 

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“MRS. TEDFORD SAYS HI!”
. Otter must have been holding this sign because it has a “Mrs. Wormer” feel to it.

 

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“GAMEDAY’S NEVER HEARD OF CORVALLIS”. What is this “Corvallis” you speak of?

 

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“SHOW ME YOUR O FACE”. ‘Office Space’ was on again today. There went another two hours I’m never going to get back. We really need to print up these T-Shirts.

 

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I love this sign. 0 shame. 1 big grin. 2 big thumbs up. There were quite a few of these “Heads-on-a-Stick” signs. I was standing next to a guy with his HOAS and it looked just like Private Pyle.

 

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“O.J. STOLE MY OTHER SIGN”. I’m pretty sure this was the sequel sign to the “O.J.STOLE MY TICKETS” sign. A two-part sign series is pretty heady stuff.

 

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“AND THE 2006 CHAMPS ARE ??? CAL ???”. This represented another trend in the signs present at GameDay: the wrong date signs. There was another sign suggesting that Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart should be candidates for the ’08 Heisman. Even though you win the Rose Bowl the following year, you win the Heisman in the same year you played. And neither are going to be around next year.

Here are a couple other signs:
“LEE IS MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER.”
“OUR HIPPES SMELL BETTER THAN YOUR HIPPIES.”
“OUR HIPPIES CAN BEAT UP YOUR HIPPIES.”
NEAL EVERETT LIVED HERE.”

There was another “sign” there: the WSU flag. Will someone, please, stop the madness and grab that flag and stick it up the WSU of whoever is waving it around? It has to stop. Coug that flag. Now.

What about our sign? It was there. But it’s not what you think it might have been. There was a strategy behind it, but that’s another story.

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Not the best location. You don’t want to be in the wide shot. You want to be in the two-shot of Corso and Herbstreit or their single-shots.

 

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That was our sign. Corso-Duck.com? That’s a story for another time.

Keep on checking DuckSportsNews.com for signs in the news as to how the team might respond to the loss to Cal and prepare for Washington State.

JJ

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