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Question: Why are you a fan?

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As we start to get a bit of a community built here at ATQ, I'd like to pose this question:  why are you an Oregon Duck fan?

I was in 6th grade in 1994, and my boy scout troop had to usher a couple of games at Autzen to earn money.  One of those games was the UO/UW game that year.  I was in house for "The Pick," even though I knew nothing about football and had no idea what was going on.  I did not grow up a sports fan, that happened more in middle school.

Needless to say, I found the excitement at Autzen to be quite amazing.  I became a casual fan.  I watched some games, certainly not all, and, interestingly enough, a lot more basketball games at first than football games (even though it was football that got me into the Ducks, I just liked basketball better as a sport).  With every passing year, I became a little bit more of a fan.

However, my family pretty much detested sports, and it wasn't until my freshman year of college that I would actually make my return to Autzen.  By this time (2001), I had been a pretty serious fan for a couple of year.  But it was in college that I really took it to the extreme as far as never missing a game for anything whatsoever, reading up on opponents ahead of time, etc.  Now, I write about the team every day.  I'm not sure that any more obsession is possible, at least not if I want to keep my job and my marriage (the wife is a Duck alum too, by the way.  I wouldn't settle for less).  Hell, we named our son Luke Aaron.

Anyway, long story short:  Grew up in Lane County+Alum+Sports Fan=completely obsessed.

Why are you a fan?  For many, it will be that you are alumni.  For some, you have no formal connection to the University.  I'm interested in hearing your stories.

GO DUCKS!!!

--Dave

Blazers Edge recently had this same question. My intent isn't to copy BE, but I enjoyed reading those, and wanted to see about my readers.