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Has Oregon's Chip Kelly won a supporter? Check

The Ducks football coach sends a check to reimburse a disgruntled fan after a loss to Boise State.

September 25, 2009|Mike Penner

It has been uttered countless times by angry fans disappointed about their team's performance: I should get my money back.

Tony Seminary, Oregon fan and alumnus, actually did.

After Oregon's season-opening 19-8 loss at Boise State, Seminary wrote Oregon Coach Chip Kelly an e-mail, saying, "The product on the field Thursday night is not something I was at all proud of, and I feel as though I'm entitled to my money back for the trip." With the e-mail, Seminary enclosed an invoice for $439 in travel expenses.

Days later, Seminary received in the mail a personal check from Kelly for $439.

Impressed to the point of being rendered speechless, Seminary returned the check to Kelly with a thank-you note.

"I think of Coach Kelly as a totally different person now," Seminary said, according to the website

"I have a different bond with him now. . . . Let's just say he lost every game as an Oregon coach. You would never hear me calling for his head. It just wouldn't happen. The guy showed an incredible amount of class."

Trivia time

What year did Oregon win its first Pacific 10 Conference football championship?

Too late to stop him

Conan O'Brien, on this week's big Lakers news: "This weekend, Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom is marrying Khloe Kardashian. His bachelor party is being thrown by the founder of 'Girls Gone Wild.' In a related story, the city council has just designated September as 'Watch Lamar Odom Make Terrible Choices' month."

He has experience

In case you were wondering, Terrell Owens has a career plan after his football days are over.

To the surprise of no one who has even casually followed his NFL career, Owens says he wants to be an actor.

"I'm definitely by far a better football player than an actor," Owens said in a Wednesday conference call with New Orleans reporters. "That's something I want to get into after football and I jump on it and talked to a lot of people in production with my show. Practice makes perfect and once after the season is over I'm going to take some classes and after I'm done, I'm probably going to try to link up with Dwayne Johnson the Rock and Chris Rock and some other guys, Morris Chestnut, I'm good friends with Jamie Foxx, and see where it goes."

Trivia answer

Oregon won the Pac-10 title for the first time in 1994.

And finally

Joe Namath, on HBO's "Joe Buck Live," musing about life in New York City as an NFL quarterback: "You can't hoot with the owls and soar with the eagles."


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