Wood Artist's Comments

Posted Sunday March 02, 2014, About: Nick Saban: I had nothing to do with 10-second rule idea
Funny, I seem to remember him complaining about this back at the beginning of the season. Then he apparently spoke at the meeting. Sounds like a Duck to me...and not an Oregon Duck!
Posted Tuesday February 18, 2014, About: Michael Sam draws comparisons to Dumervil, Mathis
Why do we care? Either he can play football at the NFL level...or he can't. Anything else is just noise. If the issue matters it's because too many people get too worked up about somebody else's private life.
Posted Friday December 06, 2013, About: USC's QB race wide open for 2014
He took over the job when Georgie had to leave. It's ugly, but somebody has to do it.
Posted Thursday September 12, 2013, About: Buckeyes forced to start Guiton?
He was never known as a problem in high school either. He played at Grant in Portland, about about the only coverage was that he got away from both Oregon and Oregon State. I also don't remember anything about him coming up while he was in husker-land.
Posted Tuesday September 03, 2013, About: Romo has discovered 'something special'
I thought maybe he'd found a place where he could get Pepto-Bismal cheaper, so he could share with all the Cowboys' fans to whom he regularly gives a bad case of heartburn.
Posted Friday February 22, 2013, About: Weak spot in Notre Dame's 2014 recruiting class?
If that's who you're fishing for, I would have thought you'd be looking for good ole George. Is there anyone here more hardcore? Well, since the natty I haven't seen much of him, so maybe he's...well...I dunno. Maybe he told that a little hard. Anybody know if he's okay?
Posted Tuesday February 05, 2013, About: The decade's most overrated recruit
Honestly, how many of us would like to be "rated for live" based upon our 17 or 18 year old selves? The whole process is screwed up, but it's what we have. Dallas took Ed "too tall" Jones, even though he was clearly "too tall" and yet he turned out to be a decent player. Steve Largent was "too slow." Those were guys who had college ball under their belt, and were at least 21 or so at the time of the pro draft. Even those four years probably aren't enough. At 64, I'd rather be judged by the whole body of my work, and not what I was like when I was 18. I think I've changed a bit over those years. I'm pretty sure I matured some.
Posted Thursday September 06, 2012, About: Colorado school district bans Manning jerseys
Reminds me of high school, back in the days of serious dress codes. The temp outside was in single digits, and a bunch of girls came to school wearing...GASP...pants. Something like 300+ of them. The principal was going to send them all home. Fortunately the Superintendent figured it out and overruled him. Dumb as a box of rocks! Nope, actually dumber!
Posted Friday August 03, 2012, About: Controlled chaos at Arizona
Gee, I read the headline and just assumed that SI had gone political. I was surprised to discover this was about football.
Posted Sunday July 29, 2012, About: Penn State open to changing uniforms
That might not be a bad idea. Changing the look...it doesn't need to be as radical as Oregon...might help create a new culture and suggest that this isn't the "old Penn State."

Sometimes relatively superficial changes can help people put the past behind them, and this might be a quiet way for the team and school to move on. Whatever helps them accomplish that transition works for me.
Posted Monday July 23, 2012, About: Does any network want Craig James?
I was thinking if Fox Sports doesn't want him, maybe Fox News would take him. They seem to like argumentative folks with a fairly narrow viewpoint about everything. He should fit right in.
Posted Sunday July 15, 2012, About: The case for punishing Penn State
While the whole mess is reprehensible, the NCAA is not our justice system. They have rules, but those are not designed for criminal actions. Indeed that would constitute double jeopardy, something our Constitution specifically outlaws.

I think we all agree that current student athletes have nothing to do with this mess, so punishing them makes little sense. In fact, athletes really have little to do with this story...beyond the jobs of the men involved.

The legal system, both civil and criminal, has laws to deal with these crimes, and hopefully those actions will be evaluated and tried appropriately. Yes, Penn State should pay for what they allowed to happen. I think the NCAA should stay out of it unless they can identify some specific rule that was violated. Yup, the term "loss of institutional control" sounds like a great term, but it's not a criminal statute.
Posted Tuesday July 10, 2012, About: Torii Hunter's son a surprise MVP of The Opening
Actually that "good but not great" stuff isn't all that uncommon. Steve Largent was never more than "good" in any category. All he did was run good routes, create enough separation, and catch the ball. When you do everything "good" that's often better than somebody who does one thing "great" but can't do other things. There are always exceptions to the "rules."
Posted Thursday July 05, 2012, About: Where kickers have it all over running backs
I agree...and also disagree. It wasn't Tebow that got the job done, at least not every time. He had his share of great moments though.

However, what he DID do is convince everyone else on that team that THEY could win, and sometimes they played out of their heads because they believed. Going onto the field at the end, when you KNOW you have to score is daunting. Doing so KNOWING that you can do it makes all the difference, and that's the real thing Tebow brought to the Broncos.
Posted Friday June 29, 2012, About: College football's most intimidating coach
Makes me long for Rickey and his favorite friend...good ol' #80...at least I think that was hise number.
Posted Wednesday June 27, 2012, About: New playoff doesn't solve the problem
"Improvement" is a subjective term. In the past few years, we've argued, usually about one of the two teams. There was always a "third team" that deserved consideration. Well, that's not going to change, because the arguments will now just focus on the 4th team...and a "maybe more deserving" fifth team. Yup, that's true.

However, with four in the hunt, it means the one or two that weren't clear-cut still have a chance, and they can prove it on the field. At least they'll have that chance. There will be years when the "committee" will screw up...I have no doubt. But they're more likely to screw up the 4th spot, and that means the best teams will still likely be in the hunt.

On the plus side, that 11-0 team, that won their conference, but played only 8 conference games...5 of which were bottom-dwelling clubs, and then played "nobody" of note outside of the conference, will likely take the hit. SOS becomes important, and that game between Oregon and LSU last year doesn't automatically mean the loser is sunk forever after opening night. If your only loss is to a top-five team, and it came the first weekend, I don't think you should be automatically disqualified...and I'm no Duck fan.

In short, it won't be perfect, but it WILL be an improvement. If you want in...play the tough schedule and beat everybody. It's still that simple.
Posted Monday June 25, 2012, About: Prized PSU commit: Didn't even think about verdict
While it may not apply to the "crimes" that are part of this situation, the term "Lack of Institutional Control" certainly does describe the situation. I think the failures of the school leadership will linger far longer than the taint of what one man did. It's sad, but going forward, far too many people will remember this and largely lose the vision of great football legends.
Posted Thursday March 22, 2012, About: Leach returns a program to the spotlight
Hmmm. There are those who might disagree with your assessment of Texas voters, irrespective of whether Craig James should or shouldn't be elected. Although I have no first-hand experience with said voters, some of the recent things passed by the legislature in that fine state do make me wonder. Just sayin'
Posted Friday March 09, 2012, About: Pinkel braced for uniform backlash
True, but there are a couple other things Mizzu needs to do then. First, you need at least 7 different helmets, none of which are in the school colors. Liquid metal is cool. Next, you need at least 12 different jerseys, and an even dozen different pants, again none of which are in the school colors. It works best if you pick the colors of your rival school...Oregon took black (and carbon and graphite and dark grey) from Oregon State. In fact, you should probably plan on playing your rival while wearing their colors...confuses the opposing QB. Oh yeah, you should also have the local newspaper run a contest each week, where the readers get to weigh in on which combination to wear the following week. And then...ensure there's a press announcement about what uniform you will be wearing...just to keep the interest up. Of course, you'll never be able to catch up with Nike U, but...hey, Oregon is a long ways away, so maybe no one will notice.
Posted Monday March 05, 2012, About: Oregon RB to transfer
Oregon is the only school where the local (well, Portland not Eugene) actually creates a formal story each week, detailing what the uniform combination will be for the coming game. In the past they have even had a mix-match on-line voting game, sorta like dressing a Barbie doll, allowing readers to select the helmet, jersey, pants, and shoes they wanted to see. I think there were something like 13,000 possible combinations, only a few of which actually include the school colors of lemon and green. Go figure.
Posted Monday January 09, 2012, About: USC RB transferring to Notre Dame
Nah. Just ask the good fans at Oregon. They've never done ANYTHING remotely wrong, and they're happy to tell you about it. Heck, they've never even heard of Willie Lyles...or Will Lyles...or...whatever that guy's name is.
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