It's a long offseason. Get to know a real live ATQ honcho: Matt Daddy

A few weeks ago I floated an idea to conduct short little interviews with the guys who keep ATQ running. An experimental pilot for a series of interviews, this is THE Matt Daddy edition. If you enjoy it, sweet. If you don't, carry on with dissing axemen23 and cracking benzduck old jokes. Without further ado, a short interview about everything you've ever wanted to know about Matt Daddy. 


1. Tell us a little about yourself. Are you stationed in your mother’s basement? Do you dawdle on lawns? Do you rock a beard?

I grew up in Oregon and eventually ended up playing college basketball for a DII school out east for 3 years before coming back to Oregon and finishing my degree at U of O.  I now live in Tigard, OR (Portland Suburb) with my family, my wife and two beautiful daughters ages 6 and 9.  My only lawn activity is mowing my insufferable grass each week and fighting the moss and clovers that are trying hard to take it over.  I don't have a beard, but I do have a goatee that I have gone without for only a short few months, because my wife said she didn't like me without it.

2. How and when did you find your way to ATQ? Are you regretting finding it yet?

I think I found ATQ from somebody mentioning it on Blazersedge.  I used to spend a lot of time on before it got really huge and there was too much noise to try and keep up on everything.  I would never say I regret anything in my life, mistakes are only opportunities to learn the hard way.  That being said, I love ATQ.  The community on here is one of a kind.  I enjoy the humor, the seriousness, the banter and mostly the content.  I've developed some friendships online as well as off, and I feel very fortunate that a number of people take time to actually read some of my mindless ramblings.

3. When did you first become a Duck fan? Why?

Growing up I was a Beaver fan.  I watched a lot of Ducks, and never had the hate a lot of Beavers had, but I watched a lot of Beaver basketball.  I actually went to Beaver basketball games every year with my Dad.  I became a Duck fan after high school.  I had a number of friends that ended up going to Oregon out of high school while I was on the East Coast.  Plus, I was out in Pittsburgh the same year Penn State played Oregon in the Rose Bowl and ended up having to defend Oregon quite a lot from Penn State fans.  When I moved back out here and was looking for a school to finish my degrees, I visited Oregon and fell in love with Eugene (I'd move back there in a heartbeat if I could convince my wife).  

4. Who was your first favorite Duck? Current?

This is a tough one.  The best Duck player I have ever seen was Terrell Brandon.  But I would have to say Aaron Brooks.  I watched a lot of AB's game live and it was a lot of fun.  Currently? Easy. Cliff Harris (self explanatory).  

6. What is one thing about Oregon football that you truly love and take pride in?

Innovation.  Whether it's the uniforms, the facilities, the offense or the defense, I really like how Oregon football is on the cutting edge of college football.  Sometimes it gets you into trouble like in the Rose Bowl this year, when you go up against a smash mouth, old school team like Ohio State, but most of the time it keeps you at the forefront of the sport.  I like that.

7. If you care, you got a favorite uniform combination?


8. What is your favorite Duck sports moment? (include youtube link if you want)

For me it was when I caught a pass during a Ducks football game.  I lived in Eugene (counting my two school years) for 7 years and attended only one football game.  A friend of mine was an assitant on the team and gave me his "player's ticket" to the game for my Dad and I to go.  Our seats were in the first row, right behind the Ducks' bench.  In the fourth quarter Oregon was winning and Kyle Boller rolled out and was chased near the Ducks' sideline when he decided to throw the ball away and over the heads of the bench players and sure enough, I caught it in the stands.  Not only was it shown on the big screen, but when I got home, my wife had recorded the game and when I re-watched it the commentators doing the game said, "...nice catch by the guy in the first row..."  Yes, I still have that tape to this day.

9. Have you ever cried after a Duck game? Tears of joy or sorrow?


10. What is one thing you would like to see from an Oregon team before you croak?

Rose Bowl Victory.  I personally don't care about the BCS.  I don't even like it.  I love the Rose Bowl.  I want to see Oregon go to a Rose Bowl and smack down on a Big 11 team.  A BCS Championship in the Fiesta or Orange or Sugar would be cool.  But a Rose Bowl victory would rank higher on my list.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or the Addicted To Quack Moderators. FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable Oregon fans.

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