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Lee Corso's Mascot Head picks on College GameDay in 2012 have taken that impressive step from "cute sideshow tradition" to "theatrical production complete with dancing cheerleaders and live animals." In fact, I'm sure a few million dollars of ESPN's budget has been set aside this year for the use of live animals on GameDay alone. It's become a staple of Corso's picks this year to alarming frequency - baby gators, goats, birds, zebras, red pandas, you name it. Maybe in the twilight of his career he wants to give Jack Hanna some real competition. Who knows. Whatever the case, Saturday's episode saw Lee Corso pick Oregon against Stanford and bring the Oregon cheerleaders and a sacrificial duck to the set. Corso handles the duck like any inexperienced 77 year old man would handling waterfowl outside its natural environment - by almost killing it. Something tells me PETA is going to have something to say to ESPN about this. Also, if Lee Corso picks your team and almost kills a live version of your mascot, you will almost certainly lose.
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Fans of the Oregon Ducks may have had a bit of a brief scare Friday when ESPN college football analyst Chris Fowler reported that the head of the school's beloved Duck mascot went missing:
BREAKING NEWS; The ORE Duck head is missing. While skydiving today, it came loose & plummeted to earth. A search is ongoing. No joke.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) November 16, 2012
Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks ran into a stout defensive front. Unable to break away from Stanford, the nation’s number two fell in overtime (Getty/ Dykes)
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What in the heck did we just see? For one unbeaten to fall would have been surprise and chaos, but two? Nearly three? Ohio State outplayed Wisconsin for most of the game but...
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, a looming NCAA inveistigation into the University if Oregon football program could prompt head coach Chip Kelly to head to the NFL. The NCAA has been conducting a lengthy investigation into possible payments to intermediaries with ties to recruits. And while the governing body has announced no timetable for any decisions, according to...
At the University of Nike on Saturday in overtime on national TV in primetime, the peak of this multi-billion-dollar college football business was coming down on a freshman quarterback, Marcus Mariota. He turned 19 a few weeks ago.
He botched it, and then the field-goal kicker missed, too, allowing Stanford to beat No. 2 Oregon 17-14. On a night when BCS No. 1 Kansas State was exposed...
Saturday night, it rained in Autzen Stadium.
For the second November in a row the Ducks' hope of a second appearance in the national championship game ended with missed field goals, missed blocks and loose footballs that bounced the other way.
Stanford's quick, physical defensive front didn't need a replay review to defeat Oregon at the line of scrimmage. The Ducks...
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota discusses Oregon 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford on Nov. 17, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
That hurts. That really hurts. Watching a national championship slip through the fingers of your college football team as the blood slips away from your body is just about as painful an experience as you can have in sports. There is a multitude of talking points and controversy and angles to analyze, scenarios to address, and for some of us, hair to pull out from Stanford'...
Despite missing two field goals during Oregon's 17-14 loss to Stanford, Duck place kicker Alejandro Maldonado was man enough to face the media after the game and respond to questions about what happened on the field.
Chip Kelly held his weekly media conference on Tuesday as the Ducks prepare for Oregon State.
The University of Oregon announced on Monday morning that redshirt freshman wide receiver Devon Blackmon has informed Head Coach Chip Kelly of his intention to transfer. Blackmon appeared in three games this season but was not credited in any statistical category.
The Oregon Ducks entered Saturday’s game as a 3-touchdown favorite. A potent offense led by redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota was poised, to light up the scoreboard. Oregon’s improved defense wasn’t able to slow down Stanford. Duck fans watched in agony as the cardinals celebrated on their field. Fast athletic teams had created problems this year [...]
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