Loyalty to a Hometown

After Saturday night’s game against the Stanford Cardinals, the University of Oregon Ducks are now ranked number 4 in the nation, and have a very high chance of playing for the National Championship.

It’s almost as if it was meant to be. At least, that’s how the locals of the Whiteaker made it seem. Though their opinions were in favor of our very own local football team, it potentially seemed as if their perspectives were blinded by the concept of a hometown.

After Saturday night’s game against the Stanford Cardinals, the University of Oregon Ducks are now ranked number 4 in the nation, and have a very high chance of playing for the National Championship. According to ESPN, the Ducks football team is ranked 1st in the PAC-12, and 4th in the BCS Standings, AP Top 25, USA Today Poll, and ESPN’s Power Rankings.

People living in the Whiteaker have quite a viewpoint on the University of Oregon Ducks, and these viewpoints seem to have a swayed voice.

Brian Mowery, 51, is very fond of the Ducks. However, his opinion is that of a Michigan Wolverine, ranked 18th in the BCS Standings and 20th in the AP Poll. “I’m a Whiteaker [local] and I just moved from Michigan, I think the Ducks are doing really good, but Michigan would beat them…” Mowery then proceeds to laugh, as he says “[t]hat’s probably not true.”

The Duck Football Team seems to be in line for what many would call a perfect season.

Mowery lived in Roscommon, Michigan for most of his life, the aspect of loving his home team seeming to be a must, in regards to any sport, whether it be college football (Michigan Wolverines), NFL (Detroit Lions), basketball (Detroit Pistons), and etc.

Thus, it is almost certain that living in a specific place for all of your life plays an enormous role in what sports you are potentially inclined to fancy.

Whiteaker local, Raymond Knyzewski, 26, has been living in the Whiteaker for most of his life, therefore, his fondness of the Oregon Ducks football team is quite high.

Knyzewski says, “The Ducks play manly football. Without the Ducks, I’d probably be a Washington State Cougar fan and that would be a fail.” Knyzewski smiles at his wit, as he went on with his opinion: “The Ducks are super cool and I think they saved my life because without Duck football, I wouldn’t be a man.”

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Knyzewski says, “The Ducks play manly football. Without the Ducks, I’d probably be a Washington State Cougar fan and that would be a fail.”

Though Knyzewski’s perspective is that of a joking nature, it seems as if his loyalty lies, and forever will lie, with the University of Oregon Duck football team, much like many other Whiteaker locals.

About pchung91

I am a Journalism major at the University of Oregon, and I aspire to be a Sports Journalist sometime in the near future. That being said, I love to write, as well as read in my spare time.
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