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Quack Fix: Oregon Ducks are No Novelty, Kenjon Barner, EJ Singler, and Volleyball Deals

I understand being compared to Darth Vader but seriously... don't stormtroopers always end up doing dumb things and getting shot? They even got beat up by little fuzzy bears with rocks tied to sticks!

Oh EJ, my how I'll miss that dreamy hair of yours. (swoon)
Oh EJ, my how I'll miss that dreamy hair of yours. (swoon)
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- The Los Angeles Times has a story about How little Oregon became the mighty Ducks. The article talks about Phil Knight's money of course, but also the role of Mike Bellotti's recruiting vision towards building a national recruiting power and how the University of Oregon changed the game in terms of how schools market it themselves. What comes across so well in this piece is how traditionalists still may view Oregon as a novelty for this, that and the other thing but what the university did was take those things and turned them into what makes Oregon special.

- Aaron Fentress with the Oregonian has a nice profile of Kenjon Barner where he talks about his family, his faith and the role he has matured into on this team. One of the question marks around Barner coming into the season was his leadership ability. As fans, we don't often get to see those moments where leadership emerges and helps to guide a team through the darkest of times off the field or in the locker room. This article sheds a little light into that world.

- Even though he didn't play in the game this week against Concordia University, E.J. Singler will have a very active role for the Men's Basketball Team and Dana Altman in the 2012-13 campaign. While we may be excited about the play of Dominic Artis and the other newcomers to the team, the veteran presence Singler brings to the team, both on and off the court, should help provide a stabilizing force for a team looking to make it back to the postseason.

- If you were waiting around for just the right deal to head to a Women's Volleyball game, you're in luck. Not only will Oregon take on the Bay Area schools, there are all sorts of deals and promotions to get you in the door.

And finally, I know a lot of people are feeling VERY good about Oregon's chances going into the USC contest. In fact, you're feeling great! We've got a kickass offense and a very solid defense. The Trojans have Lane Kiffin coaching, questionable depth, and they've taken 2 losses already this season. We've been destroying teams up until this point.

You know who said that? Oregon Duck fan circa 2011 and this was the result. The line then was Oregon as a 16-point favorite. We're an 8-point favorite this year. If you're worried about Kansas State or Notre Dame, I think you should be a bit more worried about Saturday for now.