In the spirit of tomorrow's UO vs. Stanford game …
Supwitchugirl is back with a new ( higher production quality and officially licensed Duck mascot appearance) song and video.
In case you missed last year's video:
Can't help but to think there were some missed opportunities here for some snarky rhymes. Any EW readers going to make a video with a little zing to it?
UPDATE: Ok, still lacking in snark, but points for enthusiasm. We now know about the "Eugene Lean." Is this what folks dance to at the District post game?
A secret Santa has stepped up big time this holiday season, donating a football signed by members of the Rose Bowl-bound Ducks team in support of the Womenspace Youth Program, which aids the victims of domestic abuse.
The Nike Oregon football, which carries the autograph of 44 UO players and will be given with a dozen roses, is being raffled by the advocacy group, with tickets available at the Holiday Market Womenspace Giftwrap Table through Dec. 24, and after that at the Womenspace offices, 1577 Pearl St., 9am to 5pm, through Dec. 30. Tickets are $5 a pop, or $20 for 5. A drawing will take place at noon Thursday, Dec. 31, with the winner receiving a phone call.
All proceeds, of course, will go to support Womenspace. For more information, call 485-8232.
Supwitchugirl, aside from causing the powers that be at the UO consternation over unauthorized Duck mascot use, has also spawned a spree of raps in response:
There's Oregon State's now out-of-date, "Pasadena Bound (I smell Roast Duck)."
The Ohio Buckeyes are rapping in response with "There's only one O."
And while it's not a Rose Bowl rap, this one is another Buckeye effort:
And apparently the Ducks were hatching videos even before "I Smell Roses" made the front page of the Register-Guard. (Slow news day. We hope).
And also in the Midwest, the "Coastie Song" out of the University of Wisconsin Madison rather than being part of the football debate, has created a furor over accusations of possible anti-Semitism that made it all the way to the New York Times.
We can only assume that the undergrads will leave college with not only a degree, but at least having learned the basics of how to use digital video. You just never know when that might come in handy.
Here's the vid, y'all. (We're following Duck Sports News blog to be sure the link still works.)
Basically? The guys (one of whom is a former student of mine, though I had no idea until I started watching the vid that he was doing this) who created the video didn't clear the Duck appearance with the UO Athletics marketing staff, and someone's worried that Disney might freak out (reminding us of the days before the UO was owned by Nike â€” kind of fun!).
Idea for the people with branded sticks up their butts: Call Disney. Get retroactive approval. And then pay the guys for their awesome work. They make the Ducks look good. The reaction from marketing? Does not.
Yesterday's 6-1 California Supreme Court ruling that validated Proposition 8, last fall's voter-approved constitutional amendment forbidding same-sex marriage, left a lot of people sad and disappointed.
The justices voted unanimously to keep in place the 18,000 marriages that were performed last year when such unions were legal. But that doesn't address the larger issue of the right of same-sex couples to marry.
And why, many of us ask, are some people against same-sex marriages?
Well, if Pat Robertson can ask if hate crimes legislation (the Matthew Shepard Act) will protect "some really weird [person] who likes to have sex with ducks" than I guess he may also surmise that gay marriage will lead to sex with ducks and other ummm, alternative behaviors.
That's the logic that lead to this Riki "Garfunkel" Lindhome and Kate "Oates" Micucci pro-gay marriage song that somehow seems most appropriate here in Eugene.
I just feel like this is some sort of metaphor for something at the University of Oregon.
Or maybe I've just had too much caffeine and too little sleep.
Looks like the UO has become the national poster child for vulgar sports fans. A "Over the Top" Feb. 26 article in Sports Illustrated leads with the example of the UO:
"Kevin Love knew it would be bad. But not this bad. Sure, he'd chosen UCLA over Oregon after being the consensus national player of the year as a senior at Lake Oswego (Ore.) High -- but what happened to his home state's rep for peace, love and understanding? On Jan. 23, the day before the ÂBruins-Ducks showdown in Eugene, Love found more than 30 voice-mail messages on his cellphone when UCLA stopped for a layover in San Francisco. He listened to the first one: If you guys win, we'll come to your house and kill your family. He played another: We'll find your hotel room and blow your f------ head off with a shotgun. He Âdidn't bother to check the rest. 'I mean, these were death threats,' Love says."
Death threats are usually serious crimes. Maybe the authorities should take some of the zeal they use to track down campus music pirates and check some phone company records?
... because Stanford is going to kill us.
Don't get me wrong. I think the Ducks could win this game. I just don't think they will, despite the (depressing) tendency they have to play up or down nearly to their opponent's level. Almost as bad as OSU, almost as good as WSU or UCLA.
Alas. We miss you, Aaron Brooks!
I'll be sitting here like it's ye olden days, listening to the radio and trying to type with crossed fingers.