Will the Legend of Johnny D be born?
Race Bannon with Mallard N. Moore
Yes folks, it is that time again, time for the Huskies to make their annual trek to Eugene to take on the Oregon Homebodies at recently remodeled Autzen Arena. The Ducks are coming off a huge win over their bitter rival, Portland State. The durable Jonathon Stewart was injured yet again. Dennis Dixon regained his job, and an angry Mike Bellotti lashed out at some dirty play by the Portlanders.
"We certainly don't teach the kind of dirty play that we faced today," fumed Bellotti as he thought of Dante Rosario drop kicking a Cal player. "I'm tempted to never play PSU again, but we don't want to make such a rash decision if it requires us to play a real team instead."
The 6-2* Ducks now welcome Washington to Eugene for the 23rd consecutive year. The astute Bill Moos was able to schedule this warm up game for the big trip to USC, earning some rare praise from his tyrannical boss, Phil Knight.
The Huskies come limping in on a 4 game losing streak, although three of the games were certified moral victories, which somehow has not mollified the few Husky football fans left these days. The old rust bucket (read: Husky Stadium) was at least a third empty Saturday afternoon on a glorious day filled with sunshine and bad football.
Dirk "Cookie" Koetter and the ASU Sun Devils took turns with Coach Willingham and the Huskies to see who could give the game away with bad play and worse decisions. The agreeable Huskies gave ASU two timeouts that the Devils did not have on a scoring drive late in the first half. And then it got worse.
But the Dawgs did mount a late charge only to fall short in their second straight overtime game, and the first one in Husky Stadium history. Work remains to be done.
However, first comes a chance for Coach Willingham to ingratiate himself with this world wide magazine by beating the Ducks. UW is 0 for the Northwest under Ty so far. Our once proud program sits mired in last place in the Northwest. More proof, I guess, of the great progress being made.
Spanaway legend and former Duck Johnny DuRocher may get a chance at revenge against the lying spawn that fooled him into committing to Oregon several years ago. The oft injured Carl Bonnell was injured again and the Savior was left on the bench so that Johnny D could get the call.
Red shirt or bowl game? No big deal, it could take years to win again so what's the rush anyway?
We are sure that Duck fans will greet Johnny with all the class that they can muster, so we hope Johnny keeps his helmet on at all times.
My colleague Mr. Moore is confident of a big Duck blow out win, but as we all know, this one will find UW one play from victory, or on the losing end again.
It's so hard for me now, but I'll make it somehow
Though I know, I'll never be the same
It's so hard to make love pay
When you're on the losing end, and I feel that way again
Pick it Wilson, and thank you Neil Young.
PREDICTION: UO 32 - UW – 31 in 5 OT
Highly paid Trojans stunned by rubes
Troy "Cubby" Wadsworth III
Pete Carroll received a vote of confidence from Mike Garrett after the shocking 33-31 loss to the Oregon State Ducks at Reser Stadium in Eugene.
"We certainly hate to lose a game like that to whatever school that was that we were playing, but overall Pete has done a pretty good job here and we like the progress we are seeing and think that Pete ultimately can rebuild our football team."
The Trojans have been flirting with disaster for weeks now, as team after team collected moral victories against them but it was the plucky Beavers who got a real one. The Beavers now look to continue their Reser domination over the hated Oregon Beavers.
Wait, this is all mixed up. Who is who up there in Oregon anyway? Who cares?
The Trojans turned the ball over 4 times and gave up a punt return and several big plays yet found themselves a two point conversion away from overtime.
A real moral victory for the Southlanders. Next up is the dangerous Stanford team.
The National Championship would seem to be out of reach now, but the Trojans can still play for next year's contracts.
The Rest: Notre Dame sunk Navy and now goes after the Army and Air Force…why does Notre Dame hate America?...Phil Fullmer beat Steve Superior and South Carolina…Jack Nicklaus dotted the I at Ohio State…Phil Mickelson ate the pie at ASU…Tiger Woods denied that he was a Stanford grad…Florida beat Georgia at the World's Largest (This Isn't a) Cocktail Party…the reeling Bruins lost a shocker to an unknown assailant…UCLA faces Cal and ASU and OSU meet for bowl seeding…Missouri lost to Oklahoma when Gary Pinkel couldn't get his own replay refs…Texas came back to beat Texas Tech…look for a UT-Ohio State rematch for the title…will this be a November to remember or should we roll out the basketballs and volleyballs?
Stay tuned, dear Reader, and Thanks as always – Race
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