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The Decision won't be an easy one

Fri, 08/13/2010 - 6:37pm
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Don Smalley

Oregonsports.com

With the departure of Jeremiah Masoli, there is one heck of a competition brewing in Fall Camp for the Oregon Ducks. Nate Costa and Darron Thomas are battling it out to be THE man to lead the Ducks in defense of their Pac-10 title.

Head Coach Chip Kelly has insisted that he has not made a decision and won’t make one until the last week of camp when the team prepares for its first game against New Mexico, Sept. 4.

Oregonsports.com is Doing the Dew!

Fri, 08/13/2010 - 2:48pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

The Portland stop of the Dew Tour is here once again, and we'll be covering the action live all weekend on Oregonsports.com. Check back all day Saturday and Sunday for photos, interviews and event recaps.

 

When a referee gets over his head

Thu, 08/12/2010 - 10:33am
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There are a handful of occasions when a giant home crowd works against the home team. That seemed to happen Wednesday at PGE Park, when moments after a Ryan Pore goal by penalty kick, Timbers captain and Twitter extraordinaire Ian Joy (@JoyPaulIan) got sent off for a challenge in the middle of the pitch.

Forget the big guns, Parkrose is your team to watch

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:38am
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It’s very likely that the Parkrose Broncos won’t reach the Class 5A state playoffs this fall, but they’re going to be one of the more fun teams to follow during the season.

Parkrose, you see, hasn’t won a league game in 17 years – 1992. The Broncos have lost 87 consecutive conference games, and have regularly played an independent schedule to avoid making that streak longer.

This year, after playing an independent schedule that last two seasons, the Broncos are back - back to the Northwest Oregon Conference.

Parkrose plays its season opener Sept. 3 at Dallas, then opens conference play at Liberty, Sept. 10.

After that, they’ve got six more shots at winning that monumental, streak-ending game.

They’re going to be fun to follow because they’ve been building their program the past two seasons and should have a legitimate shot at winning several games.

It’s not going to be easy, even after many of the best programs in the conference moved up to Class 6A, including defending state champion Hillsboro.

The conference lost Hillsboro, Century and Glencoe – a state quarterfinalist, to 6A, but picked up Milwaukie, Putnam and Sandy from 6A. Combined with Liberty, Sherwood – a perennial state title contender, St. Helens, and Wilsonville, the NOC is something of a stacked conference.

Winning, just one game, is not going to be easy, so when it does happen it’s going to set off some kind of celebration.

Parkrose won three games last year, including an overtime win against Benson, which reached the 6A state playoffs. The Broncos lost just 24-10 against Liberty in Week 8.

But, they also narrowly beat Roosevelt, which might have been the worst team in the state at any level, and beat Madras, another 5A independent team, 17-14 in Week 7.

They’re going to be fun to watch, kind of like the stock market.

Dallas outscored only Roosevelt and Summit, both winless teams, last year, so the Dragons figure to be a good team to play before the NOC opener.

Sept. 10 at Liberty of Hillsboro. Parkrose might have a few fans their just waiting to rush the field. They only have to win.

 

 

 

Ah, the problems the Blazers used to have

Tue, 08/10/2010 - 11:49pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

FROM THE TAILGATER MAGAZINE, 2006

When I think of Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, two very distinct images play in my mind.

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