Found January 18, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
Admittedly, I frequently write about the Oregon Ducks.  I speak to their performance, I speak to their potential, and I speak often of my opinions regarding the coaching staff and personnel.  I’m not afraid to bang on coaches, lean on a few players from time to time, and criticize what is and/or isn’t going on within or around this state’s most noteworthy sports franchise. (Sorry Blazers, but while the heart and soul of this community, you’re currently not “it.”)  But what I won’t do is take actions or opinions of a minority sample and speak to it as representing the whole.  Something I’ve seen far too much of in recent days. Shortly following Darron Thomas’ somewhat stunning declaration, a growing handful of columnists have taken to the notion that “Oregon Fan” is angry.  They’re upset about Thomas’ departure and due to such have “taken to the streets.”  They’re lighting up message boards spewing venom at the Ducks’ former signal-caller, cursing his existence and burn

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