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Quotes and Reactions from the DuckPond
Reported by Pat & Jai Pannu on September 12, 2012 inFishWrap, FishWrap Archive | 0 Comments
People say that being in the right place at the right time is a result of luck or coincidence, but I believe that you make your own luck through hard work and preparation—a philosophy Oregon head coach Chip Kelly enforces with all of his players.
For years living in Eugene has provided perfect direct access to the fans, whether walking around town/campus or on their way to the game. On game days the excitement is palpable, entire families walk into the store dressed head to toe in yellow and green. The little girls dressed in tiny cheerleader outfits, the little boys in jerseys that completely swallow them up.
It’s given me a chance to hear directly from the fans both before and after the game–their anticipation and reaction, their favorite parts and plays that made them scream., the highest hopes of homerism and the lowest lows of pessimism. Whether among the students or sitting atop the Autzen bowl, these ears catch and absorb all that is on the minds of Oregon fans.Week 1:
Arkansas State – Oregon
The phrase heard often during the week leading up to the season opener against Arkansas State was, “I can’t wait for the game, I’m so ready for football season!” It seemed to be on everyone’s tongue, people’s preparations starting days in advance. Bags of chips, dips, soda, hotdogs, burgers and beer (lots and lots of beer) flew out the door.
“I love football season in general, but I love college football especially. It seems to me like the players play harder in college football than they do in the NFL. They give it everything they’ve got because they want to get to the NFL and make that money.”
-James Hills, Springfield, Oregon, 1984 UO Grad.
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