I've been slaving for hours over this quack in my first quack fix.
- Yesterday Oregon beat Prairie View A&M 74-66. Bob Clark of the Register Guard writes that the older players on the basketball team are picking up a lot of the slack made by new players in the program. Other than EJ Singler, Clark specifically he points out Garrett Sim and Devoe Joseph.
- Still looking for a Christmas gift (or Hannukah or Kwanzaa or whatever religion you choose)? There's a children's book out title The Oregon Duck - Pride of Autzen Stadium. If you've got a child or very young relative
you want to brainwash into being a fanwho is a Duck fan this is a good option.
- The Portland Business Journal has a short post on the appeal of the 2012 Rose Bowl. Point: The Rose Bowl is third most after LSU-Bama and Stanford-Oklahoma State.
- Here's a topic I'm not tired of hearing about. Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian writes about Oregon's defensive line against the buffet busters on the Wisconsin offensive line. SPOILER ALERT: He gives the edge to Wisconsin.
- Hype for this year's Rose Bowl game isn't as high as it was two years ago, but I guess that happens when the Ducks make it to three straight BCS game, you start running out of money you put away in 1996 that went to the next time the Ducks went to the Rose Bowl. Schroeder cites fans who will go unnamed that are still excited for the game but realize that there is much less buzz for this year's Rose Bowl. Personally, I was surprised when PAC-12 title tickets were on sale for a single dollar outside Autzen and am coming to terms that with success comes a larger fan base that hasn't necessarily been around as long and is really bummed out about only making it to the Rose Bowl.
- Rusty Ryan at Searching For Akili Smith writes about the basic passing plays that Oregon runs a lot in the offense. Included are play action passes, quick hits, and the importance of triangles in the passing attack. [Disclaimer: I wrote it]
- Dug real deep for this interesting article. TCU beat Wisconsin in last year's Rose Bowl by the slimmest of margins and did it using a 4-2-5 defense that emphasizes speed and sacrifices size in some areas (sound familiar?). Here the blitzes TCU used in the game are broken down. There is some technical stuff in it but it is explained really well. Oregon uses the principles of the Dog blitz in some of their defensive packages and this is an example of a fast defense, like Oregon's, holding Wisconsin to only 19 points.
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