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Ducky Liberals

I have a feeling that Eric Loomis had his tongue lodged in his cheek while exhorting [1] his fellow liberals to root for the Oregon Ducks in college football, because, well, it’s the right thing to do. It reeks of a sort of smug liberal condescension that I assumed only still existed in Ann Coulter’s imagination:

Reading LSU blog sites lately (because of the huge Oregon-LSU game this Saturday) has been depressing–misspellings abound, anti-liberal sentiment is everywhere, it’s just generally awful. While SEC teams have their enlightened fans and some Oregon fans are also troglodytes, Oregon fan sites are generally much more interesting, with random digressions in comment threads on any number of interesting non-football related topics.

One problem for Loomis is that sports fans don’t often choose to follow a team by assessing their shared values with other fans, or by going through anything resembling a thought process. Another problem is that the enlightened Oregon Ducks keep losing to backward SEC schools. They beat Tennessee last year, but then lost to Auburn in the BCS championship game [2] and lost [3] to LSU last night.

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#1 Comment By Thomas S. On September 4, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

It really showed something about Oregon fans booing our LSU players when they got injured.

#2 Comment By MattSwartz On September 5, 2011 @ 9:26 am

It really showed something about Oregon fans booing our LSU players when they got injured.

I agree that such behavior is classless, but it’s worth pointing out that last year there was a pattern of Oregon opponents coming up lame at critical junctures when the Ducks’ hurry-up offense was in play. It is statistically impossible for some of those guys (many who later were right back in after a play off and a drink of water) not to have been faking. If Ducks fans are a little more cynical than average, I’d suggest that they’ve come by it honestly.

I don’t like Oregon at all, and LSU is my second favorite program nationwide (after my beloved Wolverines), but it seems difficult to make the whole thing about good and evil.

That said, the common SEC practice of oversigning (click my name for details if you want, but it basically means promising more four-year scholarships than you can possibly fulfill) is really poor form.

#3 Comment By John Emerson On September 5, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

I always support LSU because Wm. Tecumseh Sherman founded the school.