Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 12/7/12
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in mid-September, between games of horseshoes, I was taken to task by a handful of Oregon State Beaver fans about Oregon’s nonconference schedule. I had given up watching the Oregon-Tennessee Tech game after halftime in favor of tossing U-shaped pieces of iron at a stake stuck in dirt. That’s what happens when your team is stuck playing patsies. During the conversation, a strange thing happened. My dad – a guy whose two favorite teams any given Saturday are the Beavers and whoever is playing the Ducks – defended the Ducks in an argument. I can’t be sure, but I think this is the only time in the history of his life this has happened. Why was it that in the face of playing Arkansas State, Fresno State and Tennessee Tech a die-hard OSU fan would stick up for Oregon? Because he was privy to the fact one of the nation’s top teams – the Kansas State Wildcats – backed out of a trip to Autzen Stadium. In doing so, he momentarily stopped my badgering of
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