Oregon Ducks

The End of Oregon’s Golden Era

“Success comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law” Pierre de Coubertin

Oregon Football use to be the toast of the college football universe. The program had great facilities, incredible boosters, and an avid fan base. With Nike’s backing, the team had unlimited uniform combinations and tons of media coverage.

However, success is fueled by wins, and when losses mount…well…college football can be a fickle lover.

Following a disastrous Alamo Bowl loss, in which Oregon once lead by more than 30-points, and a 2016 campaign that finished with an abysmal four wins. The once proud program finished at the bottom of its conference and division.

Something needed to be done, so the University of Oregon’s Athletic Department made a drastic move. A maneuver that hadn’t been done since the 1970s. Fire its head coach.

The last firing of an Oregon Football Head Coach occurred in 1976, when Don Reid was dismissed. During the last 40-years, the program has hired head coaches from within its system. A strategy that’s created a continuity unrivaled in college football; however, that streak ended in 2016 with the termination of Mark Helfrich.

Why? Coach Helfrich took over a program that was souring. His tenure as head coach saw a decline in recruiting, a breakdown in discipline, and slippage in fan enthusiasm.

The decline in Oregon’s play prompted an interesting piece by AlmostDailyBrett, which attempts to explain ” The End of Oregon’s Golden Era.”

Oregon alumni and fans can only hope that Oregon’s decline is short lived. Perhaps, the UO’s Athletic Department has taken a step in the right direction by hiring its new head coach: Willie Taggart.

Duck Nation will soon see if Coach Taggart and his new coaching staff corrects Oregon’s woes. Just maybe, he is the shot in the arm that is needed to right the ship and return the Ducks to their Golden Era.

 

 

Mariota Wins The Heisman!

A new day dawned for fans of the Oregon Ducks. A decade and a half of building a winning program culminated in the schools first Heisman trophy winner.

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Marcus Mariota’s talent has been no secret at Oregon, and now the world knows just how talented the Hawaiian native is. This year’s Heisman winner received the second highest vote totals (90.9%) in the trophy’s 80-year history.

Another first for Mariota is that he is the first man from Hawaii, and the first Polynesian, to win the Heisman trophy.

The next step in Oregon’s history will be to bring home a national championship, but for now. Duck fans should all be celebrating this historic moment because years of hard work and sacrifice have paid off.

Congratulations to Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks.

More information on the vote and the trophy’s history can be found at the official Heisman website:

http://heisman.com/index.aspx

http://www.heismancentral.com/#!the-vote/c2b1

Marvels of Modern Technology

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.-Arthur C. Clarke

The rapid advancement of technology has allowed virtually anyone to create stunning multimedia projects. What any weekend hobbyist can accomplish with a simple camera, home computer, and an app is amazing. The fact that , in many cases, people will make their projects using basic smart phones or tablets is “indistinguishable from magic.”

The stunning aspect of the rise in multimedia production is the relatively low costs associated with a project’s production, and the high quality of the finished project. A Crow’s View did a quick scour of the Net and found multimedia projects done by nonprofessionals that rival professionally produced work. Here are my favorite examples: Gangnam Style and a parody Gangnam Style Duck.

It’s obvious the student-driven parody doesn’t have the budget nor the resources to match Psy’s video, but what they accomplished with just an iPad, iPhone, and the iMovie app is nothing short of incredible. Keep in mind the students probably produced their video over a single weekend, while the original was (most likely) done over several weeks, and it involved hundreds of professionals at all phases of production.

The student-driven parody inspired A Crow’s View to do a multimedia project too. This video was slapped together in about 30-minutes using a camera, iPad, and a laptop: April’s Jump.

As technology advances, I’m sure we will see better quality projects produced on even amazingly smaller and more portable devices. It really is marvelous what technology can allow people to do. In fact, this entire post was created on an iPad mini.