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College hoop begins in Portland

OS College - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 12:56pm
Pilots taken down by Seattle, 84-72, in season opener Staff Report Chase Ali drives to the basket Friday. Photo courtesy Univ. of Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Portland men's basketball team opened the 2020-21 season with an 84-72 loss to the Seattle U Redhawks in the first game of the U.S. Bank Portland Invitational Wednesday night at the Chiles Center.

Ahmed Ali and Chase Adams scored 13 points apiece, while Clythus Griffith Jr. added 10 points off the bench to lead the Pilots.

Portland led by 10 points early in the second half, but Seattle U knocked down 8-of-15 three-pointers after the break, gained a 12-2 edge in second chance points and a 17-6 margin in turnovers to turn the tables and pull away late.

Riley Grigsby scored a game-high 28 points to pace the Redhawks, while Darrion Trammell and Emeka Udenyi added 17 and 12, respectively.

The Pilots and Redhawks agreed to meet on short notice – late Tuesday night – after the tournament schedule was upended due to COVID-19-related issues. Seattle U was originally scheduled to play Idaho Wednesday at 2 p.m. and the Pilots were set to open the season on Friday against Idaho.

Despite the quick prep, Portland came out with a strong early effort and raced out to an early lead. Ali scored eight points out the gates and Griffith Jr. drilled his second three-pointer of the period to give the Pilots a 29-24 lead. Adams spurred a late first half run with a pair of baskets to the push the margin to double-digits before Portland took a 39-31 lead into halftime.

Beavers dominate Ducks on scoreboard

OS College - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 12:40pm
It's only 41-38, but it's a huge win for Oregon State Staff Report

What we learned from UO vs. OSU non-Civil War Game

What a win for Oregon State, beating the Ducks 41-38 with a last-minute touchdown splurge. 

What a loss for Oregon, getting outscored 22-7 in the fourth quarter of a game Las Vegas thought it would win by two touchdowns.

It’s the Covid-19 season for everything, so many people will just think it’ll mean less. It’s 2020, blah. But, there is so much more than just a blah win/loss from the former Civil War game played in Corvallis Friday.

It really is a great win for the Beavers, as is any win over Oregon in any sport, but especially in this season where they could easily be 4-0. At 2-2, they’ve got bowl potential, and the Beavs haven’t been to a bowl since 2013. OSU just needs to beat Utah or Stanford in the next two weeks, and it’s bowl worthy. Call it the Covid Bowl, whatever, it’s still a bowl.

It’s something of a usual loss for the Ducks, who are still lined up to play in the Pac-12 Championship game with wins over Cal and Washington in the next two weeks. The Ducks lose a key game virtually every year, including to ASU two weeks before the conference title game last year, so a loss during the regular season isn’t a big surprise. Maybe it’s helpful for fans of this season to move past the College Football Playoffs.

Here’s the fallout as I see it from Friday’s game.

1. Jonathan Smith is absolutely the right coach for Oregon State

Smith signed on for five years in 2017, but then got an extension in January through 2026, so that puts him in Corvallis for a while. For a program that hadn’t done much since the Mike Riley years, he’s got the Beavers moving in the right direction, which might be the conference championship game in coming years. It’s great to see a team playing above itself, and that’s what OSU seemed to do for much of the game Friday.  Junior Tristan Gebbia guided the offense played well enough to win, and the defense kept the game in line for a win by doing just enough to contain the Ducks, especially in the fourth quarter. A key interception in the fog definitely helped that cause.

2. Jermar Jefferson is headed to the NFL

Jefferson, another junior, has three runs longer than 70 yards in the last two games, and finished with 229 Friday. The 82-yard sprint on his first carry was probably the biggest play of the game in that it matched Oregon’s long touchdown drive that opened the contest. As big a stat as the 229 yards is, though, is the number of carries he got in the game - 29. What college team gives its feature back 29 carries these days? The team had plenty of opportunities for other guys to run as it finished with 44. Six of them were by Gebbia, who got a pair of key first downs on fourth-downs. Jefferson is only 5-10, but he showed off great instincts to get through a line, and has increased his season total of yards to 675 in four games and 91 carries, which is almost the total he had last year (685) on 142 carries, a year after he ran for 1,380 yards. His running brings back the visions of another OSU great - Ken Simonton, who was just 5-7 but finished with 5,044 yards in four seasons.

3. Oregon can’t run the ball or won’t run the ball

Can anyone remember the last great Oregon running back? Someone who was a feature back game after game? Oregon has had plenty of backs get to the NFL and two who finished with more than 5,000 career yards - Royce Freeman (2014-17), and LaMichael James (09-11). But, those were bygone days. The Ducks throw too much for that to happen now, which is always going to be a problem for them handling the clock when they need. Friday’s game finished with a respectable 186 yards on 34 carries, but Oregon simply would not run the ball three successive times for a first down. In the fog that hit Friday, it was baffling to see so many long passes downfield considering the receivers often didn’t see to know where the ball was. To be a College Football Playoff team, and winner, Oregon needs to be able to run the ball better.

4. Mario Cristobal deserves an Al Pacino/Jack Nickolson/Kevin Costner/Sam Elliott-level pep talk

Oregon does not seem very inspired on the field. The Ducks are good, yes, and they can score and make a tackle or two, yes. But when the game gets serious and there’s a play that needs to be made, it’s just kinda part of the flow and if it happens, it does, and if it doesn’t, well, then it doesn’t. 

I see four movies the Ducks coaches and players should view and get some meaning out of: Scarface, A Few Good Men, Bull Durham, and the Big Lebowski. 

At some point, the defense needs to be able to stop any opponent on any play - if the team is College Football Playoff worthy. That seems to be the thing for every UO season - get to the Big 4. But, Oregon just finds a way to be just-enough better than most teams, and then, damn that one play almost-good-enough for the key loss. And, the offense is so tricky, and indecisive. When the fog hit, the plays should have been closer to the vest as in short passes and lots of runs, but there were still plenty of longer passes, including one that turned into an interception in the fourth quarter.

Cristobal is in his third years as Oregon coach and has turned the program into one of the prime destinations for recruits in the nation. So why isn’t Oregon as good as Clemson? There’s something missing and Cristobal is the guy to overcome what that is. Or, he isn’t.

5. The Pac-12 just isn’t that good, so stop whining

When the CFP rankings came out and the Ducks were at 15, it seemed like a bit of a snub from the folks putting them together. But, it seems pretty much spot on, so fans should just refocus on the conference title. Oregon is still lined up for that. The bigger issue is next season and getting all the younger players that seasoning they need for a run at something really big, which includes a game at Ohio State. The 2021 season also includes a game against the FCS Stony Brook Seawolves which is on par with Clemson in that the Tigers always play a FCS team, too. 

 

 

The Story of Mioland

OS Clubs - Thu, 11/26/2020 - 12:53pm
Only one Oregon horse has ever come close to winning the Kentucky Derby Guest post Jack Root, Oregon horse trainer Photo courtesy OPB.

Oregon has a rich and deep horse racing history and among the annals of the great horses, but Mioland stands out as one of the finest to come from the state. As horse racing in the United States enters its winter hibernation, now is the ideal time to remember a true legend of Oregonian sports history. 

Foaled in 1937 and bred in Oregon, Mioland was sired by German champion horse Mio d’Arezzo, who had won the Deutsches St. Leger in 1932 before being imported to the United States to stand at stud. 

Mioland raced regularly as a two-year-old, often ridden by Earl Dew – whose tragic story still stands as a sobering reminder of the dangers of horse racing. 

The story of Earl Dew

Dew was rightly regarded as one of the most promising jockeys in the world and in 1940, at the age of 19, he was embroiled in a competitive rivalry with fellow 19-year-old Walter Lee Taylor to become America’s Champion Jockey. 

At a time when horse racing was still a prominent part of American culture, the battle captivated racing fans across the country as Dew and Taylor entered the final two days of the calendar tied on the same wins. 

Dew ultimately clinched the title on the final day, finishing one win ahead of Taylor, who had been injured in a fall on the same day. Of all the horses Dew rode in 1940 to claim the prestigious accolade, he credited Mioland as the best of them all. 

However, less than two months later, Dew was killed in a race in Tijuana – at the same racetrack he won his jockey title – shortly after a gold watch presentation to celebrate his achievement. A career and life that promised to make a significant mark on horse racing was tragically cut short. 

What about Mioland? 

As for Mioland, having been bred and trained by H.W Ray in Oregon, the bay stallion was sold as a three-year-old to business tycoon Charles S. Howard – best known as the owner of Seabiscuit, who had been purchased by Howard three years prior.

Like Seabiscuit before him, Mioland was trained by future Hall of Fame trainer Tom Smith, whose role in developing Seabiscuit into the most famous horse in racing history is the stuff of legend and has been documented in numerous books, films, and TV shows.

Under Smith’s guidance and ridden by jockey Lester Balaski – who like Earl Dew suffered a tragic death while racing but at the age of 49 – Mioland emerged as one of the most competitive racehorses in North America. 

He competed in the 1940 Triple Crown and would have held his own among the modern-day Kentucky Derby contenders: Mioland finished fourth in the Run of the Roses, behind Gallahadion, before placing second to Bimelech in the Preakness Stakes. He was not entered in the Belmont Stakes but completed the year with four major wins. 

Mioland continued his fine form the following season when he won another three big races, including a successful defense of the San Juan Capistrano Handicap – an achievement all the more impressive because the second race was run over a much linger distance. 

Mioland’s accomplishments in 1941 earned him the prestigious American Champion Older Male Horse award from Daily Racing Form. 

As a five-year-old and in his final season, Mioland proved to still have plenty in the tank by winning the 1942 Coral Gables Handicap in record-breaking style and placed third in the Dizie Handicap behind 1941 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway.

After three exemplary seasons Mioland was retired to stud, although his success on the track far outweighed his ability as a sire. In total, Mioland competed in 50 races, claiming 18 wins, 10 runners-up, and six third-place finishes. Among his finest victories included the American Derby, the Potomac Handicap, and the Westchester Handicap.

He died at the relatively early age of 14 in 1951. 

Mioland remains the closest challenger from Oregon to win the Kentucky Derby and his place in the state’s racing history will forever be secured.

Learn more about past and future Kentucky Derby contenders.

 

 

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Pac-12 Playoff snub is ... no big deal, yet

BLOG Cliff Pfenning - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 9:02pm
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The College Football Playoffs initial rankings hit the world Tuesday, and the No. 9 Oregon Ducks (AP Media Poll) were only No. 15 to the big guns getting ready to make the four-team call in just a few weeks.

Oregon, 3-0, got a fairly dismal ranking likely mimicking the sentiment of a lot of its own fans following the 38-35 win over UCLA Saturday - maybe the Ducks aren't that good. And, they were just three spots ahead of USC (3-0) at No. 18, having moved up from 19 in the AP Poll.

Only BYU really got snubbed more in the first rankings, dropping from No. 8 to No. 14 despite having a 9-0 record.

The CFP rankings feature three teams with two losses ranked ahead of the Ducks (and Cougars), according to the selection team of mostly athletic directors.

Only four teams will qualify for the playoffs, which Oregon did following the 2014 season. 

Oregon is already in something of a similar situation to last year when it was on the outside of the playoff bracket in spite of having won the Pac-12 title. The other four Big 5 conference champions were involved, so the Ducks really didn't have much to complain about in that they had two losses.

Actually, for all the chatter about a second-place team from a conference being added to the CFP, it's only happened once in six tries. And, the team that did get added: Alabama, which lost to SEC champ Georgia in division play; won both of its playoff games to become national champion.

The big question for Duck fans already is that if Oregon is 7-0 and Pac-12 Champion, are we going to get squeezed out of a spot in the semis in favor of a one-loss Texas A&M, which sits at No. 5 in the CFP rankings having lost only to No. 1 Alabama.

No. 7 Cincinnati is another interesting team in that it's likely to win the All-American Conference without having really played anyone. A lot of people might say that about Oregon.

Having looked over the rankings, it's pretty clear that without some huge upsets, and a number of them, the Ducks simply do not have a chance to make the CFP. Except maybe they do. It comes in the form of the Big 12, which is led by No. 11 Oklahoma at 6-2. No. 13 Iowa State is 6-2 as well. Those teams are likely to play for their conference title with the winner having nine wins.

If the Ducks can continue to improve and win impressively, then they'd be heading to the CFP voters with the whole Pacific Coast on their side, sorta just like last year until the disasterous loss at Arizona State.

 

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Timbers season just ran dry

OS Pro Feed - Tue, 11/24/2020 - 2:31pm
Those last-minute goals were a soul-wrenching, playoff killer By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The Portland Timbers had a pretty good run in 2020, for the crazy year it was. 

But, the MLS Cup playoffs ended in dramatically crummy style - a shootout loss.

It was just a minute away from a win, or even a couple inches in terms of how a ball rebounds of a post.

They worked out in favor of a scrappy FC Dallas team on a chilly, damp Sunday night.

Portland still ended up having won the mid-year MLS Challenge Cup and finished third in the Western Conference, good enough for a spot in the North America Champions League in 2021.

 

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Winterhawks get back to action - sort of

OS Pro Feed - Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:22am
Kishaun Gervais reps for team in NHL21 tournament By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The Portland Winterhawks don't know if or when they'll be playing next on the ice, but they know one of them will be duking it out with the rest of North America for hockey supremacy in the Memorial eCup shortly.

All 60 junior hockey teams in Canada and the U.S. will be represented in a 64-team tournament using NHL21 to determine a winner. Portland is represented by Kishaun Gervais.

Gervais is in his second year with the team as a 5-foot-8 winger from Kamsack, Saskatoon. He had eight goals and nine assists in 31 games last season.

Portland led the WHL in wins and points when the season was abruptly halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020-21 season is set to begin Jan. 8, with all the Canadian teams playing amongst themselves and the five teams in the U.S. Division playing amongst themselves. But, none of the U.S. teams have announced a schedule, or whether they will actually play this upcoming season due to not having the ability for fans to attend.

The Hawks are also in the unique situation of still looking for an owner after previous owner, Canadian Bill Gallacher, put the team into bankruptcy and for sale once the pandemic arrived.

 

 

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NBA Max Contracts are kind of insulting

OS Pro Feed - Sun, 11/22/2020 - 1:35pm
Those giant contracts result in higher ticket prices By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

In the era of economic upheaval society is in across America, and across the globe, a constant theme continues to emerge on a daily basis - pro sports doesn't seem to be affected by lack of money.

On Sunday, the Utah Jazz reported it had signed dynamic 24-year-old Donovan Mitchell to a contract extension that would keep him in Salt Lake City for another five seasons. All they needed to do was give him the Rookie Max Extension of $163 million over those five seasons, which could balloon to $195 if he plays his way onto the All-NBA Team in one of the next three seasons.

If you read the headline again, it's potentially $195 million over five years. That's $39 million per season.

Even though there were no fans in the stands for the NBA Playoffs at the end of summer, the NBA apparently isn't having a problem with money. Mitchell isn't, of course, the only player getting a Max Contract, regardless of the economics of the day. And, regardless of the fact there may not be fans in the stands when games begin again for the 2020-21 season in late December.

So, how I read this news is no one in the NBA better be complaining about lack of money because of the pandemic's affect on society.

And, that goes for all the other pro leagues. In spite of all the troubles with money so much of the public is facing, pro sports can throw it around like Monopoly paper. 

Pro leagues are just going about their business as usual in terms of player signings, which they really have to according to their contracts with players unions. But the negotiations between those parties should get some publicity to show that even pro sports are dealing with economic stress, something a $195 million player signing does not indicate.

Pro sports teams are not poor, so they better not cry poverty, even when they're laying off significant portions of their administrative staffs in some cases.

 

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The NBA better not cry Covid poverty

BLOG Cliff Pfenning - Sun, 11/22/2020 - 12:32pm
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In the era of economic upheaval society is in across America, and across the globe, a constant theme continues to emerge on a daily basis - pro sports doesn't seem to be affected by lack of money.

On Sunday, the Utah Jazz reported it had signed dynamic 24-year-old Donovan Mitchell to a contract extension that would keep him in Salt Lake City for another five seasons. All they needed to do was give him the Rookie Max Extension of $163 million over those five seasons, which could balloon to $195 if he plays his way onto the All-NBA Team in one of the next three seasons.

If you read the headline again, it's potentially $195 million over five years. That's $39 million per season.

Even though there were no fans in the stands for the NBA Playoffs at the end of summer, the NBA apparently isn't having a problem with money. Mitchell isn't, of course, the only player getting a Max Contract, regardless of the economics of the day. And, regardless of the fact there may not be fans in the stands when games begin again for the 2020-21 season in late December.

So, how I read this news is no one in the NBA better be complaining about lack of money because of the pandemic's affect on society.

And, that goes for all the other pro leagues. In spite of all the troubles with money so much of the public is facing, pro sports can throw it around like Monopoly paper. 

Pro leagues are just going about their business as usual in terms of player signings, which they really have to according to their contracts with players unions. But the negotiations between those parties should get some publicity to show that even pro sports are dealing with economic stress, something a $195 million player signing does not indicate.

Pro sports teams are not poor, so they better not cry poverty, even when they're laying off significant portions of their administrative staffs in some cases.

 

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Beavers end up on right side

OS College - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 4:36pm
Late score leads OSU past Cal 31-27 Staff Report

CORVALLIS - Oregon State will take a little momentum into the annual Civil War game with Oregon after getting its first win of the season Saturday.

Tristan Gebbia ran one yard for a touchdown with 4:30 left in the game, and the Beavers produced an interception inside the 10-yard-line with 1:05 left to preserve the win.

Jemar Jefferson ran for 196 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries for the Beavers. His total included runs of 67 and 75 yards.

Gebbia threw for 155 yards and a touchdown, but also had two interceptions.

Cal, which dropped to 0-2, finished with a 439-360 edge in total yards, and 38:06-21:54 edge in time of possession. The Bears ran 30 more plays that the Beavers.

Oregon State's win will help to return the focus on the season to Oregon after its 27-24 loss at Washington last week, which was marred by a pair of late officiating decisions that both went against the Beavers.

 

 

Oregon survives against UCLA

OS College - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 4:16pm
Ducks win nervous outing, 38-35, at Autzen Staff Report AP photo

EUGENE - The 11th-ranked Oregon football team overcame a spuncky opponent playing with a back-up quarterback, to post a 38-35 win in Pac-12 Conference play Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

Sophomore Tyler Shough threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns and the Ducks created four turnovers on the way to improving to 3-0 on the season.

One of the turnovers turned into a touchdown on the final play of the first half, giving Oregon a 24-21 lead.

Oregon, which had not created a turnover in its first two games, ended with a 4-1 edge in turnovers, although it's lone turnover was turned into a touchdown return by UCLA.

The Bruins dropped to 1-2 on the season. UCLA had the ball inside the Oregn 40 yard line in the final minute of play, but could not move further. The Bruins ran for 267 yards - 167 by Demetric Felton. 

Freshman Chase Griffin, making his first start, was 19-of-31 for 1954 yards and one touchdown. UCLA set up for a Hail Mary to close out the first half, but Griffin's arm was hit and the ensuing jump ball went only 10 yards before being caught by Oregon linebacker Jordan Happle, who ran 58 yards for a touchdown.

Shough was 19-of-30 on the day. Oregon ran for just 88 yards on 34 carries.

The Ducks return to action Friday against Oregon State in Corvallis.

 

Timbers head to offseason with loss

OS Pro Feed - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 12:19pm
Dallas wins shootout to end Portland season Staff Report

PORTLAND - The magical season the Portland Timbers had constructed for themselves came to a dramatic end Sunday night in a penalty-kick shootout with FC Dallas.

Just one minute away from a 1-0 win in regular time, gave up a goal and then lost the shootout 8-7 in the first round of the MLS Playoffs at Providence Park.

Portland won the MLS Challenge Cup in summer and seeded third in the Western Conference playoff bracket. The Timbers outshot Dallas 22-12, and had eight shots on target, but could only get the one goal.

Portland went ahead in the 82nd minute when Jorge Villafana took a crisp pass from Diego Valeri in the left side of the box and fired into the upper portion of the net.

FC Dallas equalized in the third minute of extra time when Ricardo Pepi, who entered in the 85th minute pounced on a loose ball near midfield and raced to the goal. His initial shot hit the right post, but it rebounded directly to him for the score.

The late goal was the fourth time this season the Timbers had given up a goal to tie a match in extra time.

 

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Can Ducks beat the spread?

OS College - Fri, 11/20/2020 - 9:39am
Oregon's line to beat UCLA has blossomed to 17 By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com AP photo

One of the biggest questions for University of Oregon football fans heading into this weekend's game with UCLA probably isn't whether the Ducks can beat the Bruins at Autzen Stadium, but can they beat them by 17 or more points?

And, that's just Friday morning.

The betting line for the Oregon win in Saturday's 12:30 p.m. game on ESPN2 was 13.5 at the start of the week, but it's grown by more than a field goal since. Oregon enters the game at 2-0 and ranked No. 11, while UCLA is 1-1 and unranked.

Oregon is coming off a 43-29 win over Washington State, and won its season-opener 35-14 over Stanford.

UCLA lost 48-42 at Colorado in its opener, then throttled Cal 34-10 on Sunday in a game that was invented after it's scheduled game Friday with Utah was cancelled due to Covid the day before. So, UCLA had just two days to prepare for the Bears, who had their game with Arizona State wiped out to Covid, too.

Obviously, those in the know and with money in hand that says they know what's what, think the Ducks are set to throttle the Bruins and continue their march to the College Football Playoffs.

There is plenty of concern, though, for those who've watched Oregon's two wins, which have concluded with the team having five more turnovers on their side that the opposition's side. Were it not for Stanford's four missed field goals, and that incredibly blown coverage at the end of the first half of the Washington State game, the outcome of both wins might have been drastically different.

It's not hard to think the Ducks could fairly easily be 0-2 entering Saturday's game.

Probably the best thing for fans entering the weekend is that the Ducks won, they simply won regardless of the point outcome. That's the most promising sign for a team of destiny - winning the crappy games. Far too often in the past five years, Oregon has lost those games, and to those specific teams: Stanford and WSU. Who doesn't remember first-and-goal at the one against Stanford and the snap three feet over Justin Herbert's head that turned into a 99-yard fumble return? And, then a loss.

Oregon has played like an Aloha Bowl team for much of its two wins. If Stanford had made all four of its field goals, the Cardinal would have been trailing just 28-26 in the fourth quarter. But, the Ducks also missed a field goal, so there's also points that don't show.

And, Oregon trailed 19-7 with 20 seconds left in the first half against WSU when quarterback Tyler Shough hooked up with wideout Jaylon Redd for a 57-yard pass to the WSU 3. CJ Verdell promptly ran for a short touchdown and that bumped the score to 19-14.

Oregon got the second-half kickoff and drove down the field for a touchdown and a 21-19 lead ... oh wait, the Ducks drove to the WSU 19, but missed a field goal.

The next four drives, though, were touchdowns, and it's that string of scores that likely is still resting in bettors' heads.

UCLA's win Sunday included an impressive stretch of four touchdowns on five drives. But, that was in the first half, which ended 27-10. In the second half the Bruins had one touchdown, two punts and two turnovers on downs. Their second half went the opposite of Oregon's.

So, the line was 17 on Friday. Morning. Can Oregon beat UCLA by 18? Maybe they'll have to win by more by the time kickoff arrives.

 

 

Oregonian women's hoop has national respect

OS College - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 3:25pm
Oregon, OSU, even Portland are expected to perform well By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

As another season of college basketball approaches, women's teams from across Oregon have turned into psuedo powerhouses - now including the University of Portland.

After winning the West Coast Conference tournament last season with a core of underclass players, the Pilots were picked to finish third in the regular season which begins Dec. 28.

Oregon and Oregon State are not only picked to compete for the Pac-12 Conference title, but are among the Top 20 in the nation.

The Ducks and Beavers have not released their season-opening dates.

Oregon was 31-2 and had won the conference title when the college season came to an abrupt end last year. The Ducks graduated the top pick and No. 3 pick as well in the WNBA Draft. But, the returning crew is stacked enough to warrant a No. 10 ranking by ESPN.

Oregon State enters the season ranked No. 18 in the same poll.

Stanford, No. 2, Arizona, No. 7, and UCLA, No. 9, give the Pac-12 a ton of national respect.

Gonzaga, which won the WCC regular-season title last season, begins the year ranked No. 21.

Portland State is picked by coaches to finish in the middle of the Big Sky Conference.

 

 

Oregon alums have plenty stirring NFL tales to tell

OS College - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:48pm
The best Ducks coming out of Eugene have Hall of Fame on them Guest post

With Justin Herbert a round one pick this year and Penei Sewell tipped to feature near the top of the 2021 draft, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the biggest names to have come out of the University of Oregon in the past. 

Football only, of course. Here goes our top five. 

5. Bobby Moore

Moore was a wide receiver in his High School days before changing to a running back in his Eugene. It proved a good switch as in 1972 he became the fourth overall pick to join the St. Louis Cardinals. It wasn’t until he joined the Minnesota Vikings in 1976 that his career came to life though. 

He managed 5,489 receiving yards with the Vikings, and boasted a total NFL haul of 44 touchdowns. The history books will look back kindly too as he made four Pro Bowls and was named in the top 50 Vikings of all time.

4. Dave Wilcox

Wilcox might not have stolen headlines like the next few names on our list, but he still deserves his place here. He joined the San Francisco 49ers after being picked up as the number 29 selection in the 1964 draft. 

His defensive qualities quickly came to the fore. In 1966 he made his first Pro Bowl and by the time he called it a day some seven years later, he’d made a further six. Wilcox was a man mountain of a defender and his presence in the 49ers side was a huge part of their strong performances in the late sixties and early seventies.

3. Norm Van Brocklin

Had the Super Bowl existed in his era Van Brocklin would probably have won it, at least once. He did win the NFL Championship with both teams he represented - the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. 

He was a round four pick, but excelled himself with his performances making nine Pro Bowl appearances, leading the league once in passing yards and being named league MVP in his final season before retirement, 1960, which coincided with the Eagles winning the Championship. 

On top of that, even to this day, Van Brocklin holds the record for the most passing yards in a game, which was a whopping 554. 

2. Dan Fouts 

Quarterback Fouts was taken by the San Diego Chargers in round three of the 1973 draft, and it’s fair they made a smart call after his 15 season with the club. Fouts contributed from his rookie season, but it was several years later when he really upped his game. 

In 1979, he broke the 4,000 passing yards mark for the first time as he led the league, then repeated that theme for the next four years,  earning Offensive Player of the Year in 1982.

The first three years of that run saw him post north of 4,000 yards each time; prior to that, no quarterback had even managed the feat in two consecutive campaigns. He managed six Pro Bowl games, but a Super Bowl appearance proved elusive.

1. Mel Renfro

Topping our list of the best Ducks ever is cornerback convert Mel Renfro. Like Wilcox, Renfro was drafted in 1964 as he penned a deal with the Dallas Cowboys at the number 17 pick. The selection nearly didn’t happen due to question marks over his fitness, but once on the grass, Renfro wasted little time creating a reputation for himself. 

He had All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in his rookie season. It was a high bar to set, but his consistency across his career meant he maintained those levels. His first decade in the NFL saw him make 10 consecutive Pro Bowls whilst seven All-Pro nods isn’t too shoddy! To cap it all off, Renfro also helped the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins.

There you have it, the five biggest names to come out of the University of Oregon. Do you know more names that should be added to the list? Click here to take this College Football Trivia test and surprise yourself with your knowledge!

 

 

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Justin Herbert - https://goducks.com/sports/football/roster/justin-herbert/8471

 

Mel Renfro - https://www.nfl.com/photos/mel-renfro-through-the-years-0ap1000000156457

 

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