Ten ways I’ll survive Ducks’ loss

Ten ways I’ll survive Ducks’ loss

I AWAKEN TUESDAY MORNING lost in a Pacific Crest Trail dream, trying to find some high-mountain trail near Mt. Hood, when, as undoubtedly happened with a lot of Duck fans about the same time, it hits me: we lost the national championship game the previous night. Worse, we got thumped, 42-20 by our nemesis Ohio State, whom we’re now 0-9 against. Ouch. The season of a lifetime suddenly is shattered, college football’s answer to James...

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Our summer field of dreams

Last month, after an Oregon baseball game, fans were allowed on the field to watch the movie “Sandlot” on the big screen. It bought to mind summers past, specifically to the Backyard Baseball Association that I wrote about in my book, My Seasons: I was doing some garage-sale pricing, going through all that leftover stuff of life that my wife, Sally, and I were only too glad to sell to someone else, when I came upon it: a little...

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Sweat words: The top 10 sports books

Since words are the raw material I use in writing and speaking, a lot of my posts are going to deal with writing, speaking, books, stories, imagination — you get the idea. I thought I’d mark the start of baseball season by listing my 10 favorite sports books, the best of which features the All-American game. Enough pre-game chatter. “Play ball!” 1. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn. (1971). Kahn’s poetic book about the...

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