Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 8/25/13
A "Voice of the Fan" article by Jeff Newcomb It is no coincidence that Uranium Ore is green. Like the raw talent of an athlete, Uranium is unstable in its natural state. Dense. Malleable. Full of potential, but slowly decaying over time until it becomes inert. Refine it, however, and its potential increases. Bombard refined Uranium with neutrons, you get enough heat to generate electricity. Enrich it even more, shape it, and then compress it rapidly, it will detonate with violent force. The 2013 Oregon Ducks are the final extrusion from the 3-D football printer that is Chip Kelly's mind. They are his Manhattan Project; the culmination of a lifetime spent in pursuit of pigskin perfection, his solitary immersion in technology and theory, experimentation and application, expressed by 99 young men who represent the pinnacle of his final six years in the arms race of collegiate football. Although coached by Helfrich and unleashed by Frost and Aliotti, this will be the final team completely assembled by Chip.  Though he is gone, the infernal machine he left behind has, by all accounts fans have been allowed to see, reached its critical mass. It is a self-sustaining and highly enriched weapon of mass instruction that bristles with swooshes of energy and blinds with hyper-kinetic flashes of speed and chrome. It remains to be seen whether Kelly himself must be at the controls, or if his time in Eugene was merely a cascading chain reaction of success made possible by the generosity of Phil and Penny Knight, one that will continue in spite of those who come and go. The King is dead! Long live the King. His court is not, so wear your lead-lined jerseys on August 31st. These Ducks are radioactive, and Autzen Stadium will be ground zero. Trinity. A giant O in the sky. A towering mushroom cloud of dominance and light that will be seen from Seattle to Stanford, to SEC-land and beyond. The offense and defense will represent mutually assured destruction of Nicholl's State, and those who come after. They will consume their enemies in Washington and the pretenders in the East, blow down and ignite the tree in Stanford, and irradiate whichever team is unfortunate enough to win the Pac-12 South. Those foes will not surrender, so they must be destroyed, on day at a time. Oregon is the perfect expression of explosive speed, talent, and strength. They are warriors, and this season is a war they will win. The players are known. The stats from years gone by have been dissected ad-nauseum. Naysayers from coast to coast have taken their best shots at the loss of Kelly and the attrition on D, but that's nothing new. The time for debate is through. These last nine months have been spent anticipating this one moment in time, a moment when the past no longer matters and the future takes hold. The 2013 season is neigh, and all of that potential is about to be released. Welcome to the new age. The Age of the O.
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