Quack Fix: Baseball and Softball Visit Portland, Leave Destruction In Their Wake

Jonathan Ferrey

Your morning helping of Oregon Ducks news.

I've seen horrors ... horrors that you've seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that ... but you have no right to judge me. It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror. Horror has a face ... and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies. I remember when I was with Special Forces. Seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate the children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for Polio, and this old man came running after us, and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember ... I ... I ... I cried. I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out. I didn't know what I wanted to do. And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it. I never want to forget. And then I realized ... like I was shot ... like I was shot with a diamond ... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought: My God ... the genius of that. The genius. The will to do that. Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they were stronger than we. Because they could stand that these were not monsters. These were men ... trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love ... but they had the strength ... the strength ... to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men, then our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral ... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling ... without passion ... without judgment ... without judgment. Because it's judgment that defeats us.

Onto the Quack:

  • Your No. 10 Oregon baseball team traveled up I-5, getting a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth by Scott Heineman to break a 1-1 tie and get a win on the Bluff at the University of Portland. It was Heineman's fourth home run in his last three games, and the Ducks improved to 28-8 on the season. Oregon hosts No. 13 UCLA this weekend at PK Park.
  • The softball team is also really good, and they swept a doubleheader against Portland State, 5-0, 8-0. The two wins mark four straight shutouts for Oregon, as they sit at 38-6 on the season.
  • The documents that have come out regarding Oregon's NCAA violations have laid out the case against the Ducks. However, what's interesting to note is that even if the COI doubles or triples the punishments agreed upon by Oregon and the NCAA enforcement staff, such penalties would be relatively minor. While you never know 100% with the NCAA, things like bowl bans and program-crippling sanctions that have caused the purple-clad pups in Seattle to salivate appear to be off the table.
  • In a surprise to no one, Shabazz Muhammad is indeed entering the NBA draft.
That's all I've got this morning. If you need a discussion topic, here goes: best hair band of the 80s. Go.
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