It’s bad enough that Oregon saw its BCS title hopes all but extinguished Thursday night at Stanford Stadium. Now, a couple of fans from the team the Ducks had been chasing all season long have decided to take a 55-gallon drum of salt and pour it all over UO’s fresh, gaping wound.
Since late September, a couple of enterprising UO students have taken to selling neon green & yellow t-shirts around campus which state simply “WE WANT BAMA.” At $10 a pop, the statement shirt was all the rage on the Eugene campus as the Ducks chased No. 1 Alabama and seemed to be on an inevitable collision course with the two-time defending BCS champions.
It even prompted a fashion response from Tide Nation.
Then, Thursday night happened.
Then, of course, Alabama fans had a little fun at the Ducks’ expense, reprinting an updated version of the “WE WANT BAMA” motif and shared via Twitter by Birmingham radio personality Jim Dunaway:
Ouch, if for nothing more than the lightning-quick turnaround less than 12 hours after the final gun sounded on the Ducks’ first loss of the season.
Just a quick reminder, though: Alabama has its own stiff test this weekend, hosting No. 10 LSU in Tuscaloosa. A loss there and the Tide’s in the exact position the Ducks find themselves this morning — on the outside of the BCS window looking in.
Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.
Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.
“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”
Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.
This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.
Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.
Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.
Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.