April 17, 2011 |
After a hand-stitched title card announces the year and place as 1845 Oregon, "Meek's Cutoff" shows the slow, laborious process of a small wagon train moving across open country. A river is crossed, water gathered, clothes wrung out, cookware scrubbed. Then, as one shot dissolves slowly into another, one barren landscape fading in from the last, the wagons and their guide seem to roll right across an expanse of open sky, an image at once rustic, fragile and mystical. "Meek's Cutoff" is by all technical definitions a western but also clearly something more.
January 2, 2010 |
Oregon's season started with a loss that was punctuated by running back LeGarrette Blount's infamous postgame punch. It ended Friday in the 96th Rose Bowl with the Ducks' usually high-powered offense made punchless by Ohio State. Blount, once again, played a pivotal role in the Ducks' 26-17 defeat. The senior from Florida, who was suspended after his Sept. 3 postgame outburst at Boise State, scored the Ducks' first touchdown. But his third-quarter fumble deep in Ohio State territory ended a scoring opportunity with Oregon trailing by two points.
November 23, 2009 |
Time ran out on Arizona against Oregon but also on a columnist trying to chronicle the year's best game (so far) as Saturday night sprinted toward a Sunday newspaper deadline. Call this the "Extra, extra, read all about it!" spillover edition. Oregon's 44-41 double-overtime victory in Tucson was remarkable on many offensive and defensive fronts. Let's start with Oregon holder Nate Costa, the backup quarterback, whose hands should be cast and bronzed for posterity should the Ducks go on to win the Rose Bowl.
October 26, 2009 |
Before the season, USC's game at Oregon on Saturday looked like it could be the matchup of the year in the Pacific 10 Conference. The luster faded when Oregon lost its season opener to Boise State. It all but disappeared after USC fell at Washington on Sept. 19. Six weeks later, the Trojans and Ducks are back in the national spotlight with a marquee matchup that will have Pac-10 title implications and possibly more. Oregon (6-1) leads the Pac-10 with a 4-0 record. USC (6-1)
February 15, 2009 |
"We don't use the word 'grande' here," said the barista at Albina Press, one of the latte-obsessed Pacific Northwest's many shrines to the perfectly pulled cup. "That's a proprietary term of the Starbucks company. Do you mean 'large'?" While I tried to sweet-talk my way out of a bitter drink, Matt Ward, who'd suggested we meet here, scanned the coffeehouse for a table. Every spot in the large, airy room was taken by someone hunched over a laptop or a book. This cross section of students, unidentified "creatives" and home-office refugees would not tolerate the noise of a journalist quizzing a musician.
November 30, 2008 |
The day was crisp and clear with a kickoff temperature of 62 degrees. Sunset left a stunning pink hue that clung to the hills that surround Reser Stadium. It almost felt like Pasadena on Jan. 1 What a backdrop. What a tease. What a Beaver bummer. Roses being housed in an adjacent building, guarded by a SWAT officer, were never threatened or presented. There wasn't much to say up here after Oregon crushed Oregon State in the 112th Civil War, 65-38. Beavers tried to make their mouths move.