During the past four years, the Oregon Ducks have taught the Northwest how to win football games.
In a strictly elective class for the rest of the nation, but not in Oregon, Professor Chip Kelly moved the Ducks from the under-graduate ranks to graduate school.
He's produced teams that started Cum Laude, moved up to Magna Cum Laude, and reached for Summa Cum Laude.
On Saturday, he taught loyal fans how to lose.
In the past, the Ducks came up short against the powerhouses. The Ohio State Buckeyes took a Rose Bowl title from them. The Auburn Tigers went home with the natty instead of the Ducks. The LSU Tigers walked out of Texas with a win in the Cowboy Classic.
Those were great teams from major conferences playing the Ducks. For fans the age of Baby Boomers, just being in the conversation with top teams is surreal.
But even long term, football fans in the Northwest are jaded by now. Everyone expects a place in the finals.
On Saturday, the Ducks didn't lose to a #1 team from t...