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03 December 2009 @ 01:01 pm
*Bites nails*  
Tonight is the Oregon/Oregon-State Civil War football game, where the winner goes to the Rose Bowl.

The Oregon Ducks (my alma mater) are ranked at #7/8 and the OSU Beavers at #14/16, depending upon which poll you read. But if the Beavers win, then the teams will have identical W/L records except that the Beavers would have beaten a higher-ranking team, which gives them a leg up in bowl standings.

Back when I was in college, when the Pac 10 conference was still the Pac 8, both the UO and OSU were in an entrenched period of suckage. But they were spoilers, nonetheless-- the one thing you could almost guarantee every year was that one of those two teams would take down the Pac-8 leader in a humliating blowout of 42-10 or 31-3 proportions. UCLA used to dread coming up to Oregon to play, knowing it was only a matter of time...

Which is to say that anything could happen tonight (and thanks for the Thursday night game, ESPN, so you can hog the TV rights on your $%#@!! cable channel instead of having this be a Saturday network-TV game as usual). *whimpers* Go Ducks!

Did I mention that it's lady_iz' birthday today? It's true! I've known Lady Iz since the early Prison Break days (you'll notice her two lovely banners on my UserInfo page). Happy Birthday, Lady Iz! I hope you have a wonderful and reasonably unsnowy day!

In other news, I'm still working on that 10-character multi-story meme. Who knew it would be almost entirely Crossovers, i.e., my nemesis? :0 Some of them are turning out pretty good though, I think. ;)

ETA: rrrrrrrrRRRRRRRROSE BOWL! Go Ducks!

wrldpossibility: GG Lorelai coffeewrldpossibility on December 4th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Toby's preschool did a whole center on the Civil War game today, and he came home with an Oregon State emblem on side of his face and a U of O emblem on the other. He's undecided.

Since we didn't grow up in Oregon, we don't have a fierce opinion on the game, but it's fun none-the-less. I'll root for UofO for you. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on December 4th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you!

My confidence is rattled after that game with Arizona. Up 14-0 within the first 5 minutes, and then the second quarter was "Who ARE you people? Why are you playing like idiots?!?" and the squeezing back to a tie in the 4th quarter and finally a double OT win. *gasps*

At times this year, the Ducks have played like one of the best teams in the NCAA, and other times as if they're in Junior College. :0
colleenish: Yay!penguincolleenish on December 4th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Yay Ducks!

I have been watching as many of their games this season as get televised down here - they are just fun to watch, and their beat-down of USC was a thing of beauty. Also, I will cop to having a kinda-sorta "thing" for Jeremiah Masoli.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on December 4th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)

I should edit the post above, because I meant to rave for awhile about Masoli being of Samoan heritage and NOT playing a lineman's position. Plus, he was third string last year and look at him being starting QB!

I saw the stats on that USC game, and it showed that Masoli had 164 personal rushing yards and one TD, while the team's leading running back had 184 rushing yards. I really like that Masoli is quick to run the ball in if that looks like the best play, and he'll make that decision quickly- he's flexible with his game.

Sportswriters' comments about "Imagine if he were just 3-4 inches taller" kind of bug me. He's 5'11" and over 200 lbs, and he's solid. Even 5 years ago, that would have been perfect for a QB. This sudden influx of QBs the size of basketball players doesn't invalidate all the players who AREN'T that big. Though I just Wiki'd Joe Montana and Steve Young, and they were both 6'2". Still...

I'm struggling with your birthday drabble, because the prompts point me toward crack and that's not working. Is humor the flavor you want? Romance? Schmoop? Actual crack?
colleenish: sweet sheltercolleenish on December 4th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Ack, I'm sorry. I had in mind sorta humorous schmoop, I think. Please do not stress yourself over this, though!

I actually saw Masoli (without the gear) for the first time in an interview yesterday - ESPN's big buildup for The Civil War - and I had not realized exactly how solid he is. He's built like a running back. As for his height, well, Drew Brees of the Saints is only 6' and defenses are always jawing about getting in his face and taking away his line of sight,and, well... ha. (And I can't believe I just said only 6 feet. Sheesh.)

Edited at 2009-12-04 02:17 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 4th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Humorous schmoop! I think I can work with that-- the "flavor" is very helpful.

and I had not realized exactly how solid he is. He's built like a running back.
It really helps, too-- he's utterly unafraid of running with the ball, AND he has some speed for it. A lot of quarterbacks would be prone to snap like a twig on a tackle, so the size helps him there.

I can't believe you got to watch the Civil War game and I didn't! Hee. Well, the decision not to have cable pays off most of the rest of the time. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on December 6th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Your birthday drabble is finished!

I wrote it last night, but got hung up on the title/summary. Still not satisfied with them, but it's time to move on. I think I might actually have hit the tone you were asking for. Hope so!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on December 4th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
None of that made any sense. *is lost*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Half Evilhalfshellvenus on December 4th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
:D It's American Football!

Want me to make it worse? Two-point conversion, backfield in motion, facemask violation, roughing the passer, safety, pass-interference, squib kick, cornerback sneak.

There. Better? ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: niki dark glassesastrothsknot on December 4th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
You're not getting a Christmas card.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 4th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Awwwww. :(

Princess Robot Bubblegum!: kick your ass trishastrothsknot on December 4th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
No, really. I'm going to use it as bedding for Jonesy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 4th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Who needs a personal shredder when you've got a Hamstie? :0