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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.

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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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Why Can’t Beaver Nation Fill Reser?

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James Day of the StatesmanJournal asks a good question, “Why can’t the Beavers sell out in their spiffy new digs?”

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Beaver Nation, why can’t we fill Reser after raising Reser? Is Beaver Nation smaller than we think it is? Is it because of the team’s record?

What do you think?

CB

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GameDay in a Box | Oregon State vs Arizona

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Download: GDB OSU v UA

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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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After the Dust Settles

A Tough Loss. That’s about all I can say about that one. Almost the opposite of “The Pick” – one moment we think we’re back in the game, the very next we’re not.

I have to agree with the thoughts of Nick who says the Ducks still have the opportunity to do something special:

I looked through the schedules of those teams (ranked higher than the Ducks) and it’s brutal. Nine of those teams still have to play at least one opponent from that list. My point? If Oregon still wants to do something special, they can. The rankings are like a row of dominoes and they’re going to start falling. In three weeks, when USC comes to town, Oregon most likely will be ranked in the top 10.

Cal Got Away With One. And I think their fans know that. Not that they were lucky – they are a really good team who, on this day made less mistakes – but that Oregon is a solid team. Here are a few thoughts from Cal fans found on various blogs and forums:

I like Oregon, and find them to be one of the least objectionable conference foes we face. And the games against them are usually very good. I don’t think Oregon will collapse this year.

Props to Oregon: They were a solid team that never gave up even after the mistakes in the fourth quarter should have driven a stake through their heart. Not only did they not lay down, they put themselves in a position to force overtime and take the game.

This could be the toughest team Cal faces this year – including USC. We had one play go our way by mere inches and that was the break that won the game. We certainly didn’t forcibly take the game from Oregon. They had chances to beat us even with their mistakes. We have to count ourselves lucky to get out with a win.

The Ducks would also be better if they never huddled. Our defense had a lot of trouble with that.
The touchback saved us, because I don’t see how Cal would have won in overtime, given the quarterback situation and the momentum.

Dixon made a couple of critical errors late, but he is a lot better.

Oregon would be a lot better if they just eliminated all the backfield trickery. It almost always backfired. oregon was impressive and i honestly thought they should have won this one. our d looked sloppy towards the end and had it not been for that bit of luck that would have been a td and if they went for 2 they probably would have got it given how much we were choking for air. i don’t think oregon should drop much in rankings and i hope the voters agree. they played well and it was a coin toss of a game.

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Visual Game Stats | Oregon State vs UCLA

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