Speed Read: Oregon Sports Teams End Year Up

The conventional wisdom is that the Pac-10 was having an exceedingly down year. In fact, that’s probably the main reason that USC was left out of the National Championship discussion: their one loss against a Pac-10 school was far worse than a loss to an SEC or Big 12 team.

Oregon celebrates versus Oklahoma State

So what do we make of Oregon’s 42-31 victory over Oklahoma State in last night’s Holiday Bowl? Yes, the Ducks featured an explosive offense, which you would expect from an Oregon team and is apparently mandatory to play in the Holiday Bowl. But the story was their defense in the second half, which put the clamps on the Cowboys’ star QB Zac Robinson.

How physical were they? DR. SATURDAY has some video evidence from YouTube of just one of the many big hits Robinson took in the second half:

It was just a big day all around for Oregon sports teams. Along with the Ducks winning the Holiday Bowl, the Portland Trail Blazers did the improbable on Tuesday night, taking out the defending champion Boston Celtics 91-86 without the services of injured All-Star guard Brandon Roy.

Trail Blazers vs Celtics

Keeping in mind it might be foolish for the Celtics to start panicking now - they are still 28-5 - but they have lost three of four. Oh hell, where the fun of having a sense of perspective: between this, the Patriots missing the playoffs and the Red Sox getting rejected by Mark Teixeira, let’s start wildly speculating about the end of the Boston sports dynasty.

Other sports news that happened as you prepare to get your drank on tonight:

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South Florida Coach Leavitt Goes Positively Nuts

• We’re staying positive about South Florida coach Jim Leavitt - positive that he’s gone bonkers at this press conference.

Jim Leavitt South Florida coach all wet

(Really, Jim, you need to cool off)

• What folks could be asking come January: Who let the Vick out? (Who? Who-who?)

• A Idaho high school football fighter flattens his coach - and it’s finally caught on tape!

• Meanwhile, this Sixers cheerleader falls head over heels, and it hurts.

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SbB Caption Contest: Mankind’s Greatest Weapon

Greetings, fair readers! Once again it’s time to dispense with another SbB Clever Caption Contest! Today we slam down a snapshot of the man called Cactus Jack, Dude Love, Mankind - the triple-threat ring warrior we all know & love as Mick Foley:

Mick Foley Tshirt Gun

Care to wrestle up any ideas of what we got goin’ on here? Share your sentiments by sending some suggestions into the comments section. Best submission will be announced in the end-of-the-day recap, with the winner cherishing the warm glow of accomplishment as we delve further into the winter months.

Good luck, and good writing! Mr. Socko thanks you.