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After Oregon beat UCLA 42-14 Saturday, John Canzano of The Oregonian received a letter from an anonymous former Ducks player who attended the game and had a horrific experience with the fans. This player played in a recent BCS bowl game for Oregon. Here's the letter he received...

"I Love The Ducks. I Hate Duck Fans.

I, for the first time, attended a ducks game as spectator. I was excited to experience tailgating, cheering, and being with friends, rather than the seriousness that comes with preparing for a game. My buddy, whom I had given tickets to all throughout my time as a player, decided he wanted to pay me back and offer me tickets in corner end-zone seats as a regular fan. I accepted his offer with enthusiasm.

We enjoyed seeing friends, shaking hands, and sharing drinks with fellow supporters.

My friend and I took our seats where I soon became acquainted with the most ignorant people in all of college football. Directly behind me were a couple of drunk (expletive) who criticized Marcus' ability to throw the football, DeAnthony's ability to run the football, the lineman's ability block, and the coach's ability to analyze film and call plays. After hearing so much ignorant (expletive), I turned around to tell the "fans" to chill the (expletive) out. Marcus had overthrown a receiver on a tough play and the spectator made comment, "Hey, Marcus! Throw it inbounds, dumbass!" in, which I finally had enough, and turned around and asked if he would like to get down there and take Marcus' place. The man responded, "No". Then I asked if we were all still rooting for Oregon, in which he responded in an aggressive, irrelevant and incoherent manner and so I decided to discontinue the conversation I had started with him.

I was then verbally attacked by other spectators saying, "you need to keep your (expletive) mouth shut, because you don't know (expletive) about football." They claimed that I didn't know that they had coached college football, and that I had no idea what I was talking about. Ironic to say the least, considering my background and what you know of me, what my old teammates know of me, and what my old coaches know of me.

Not too long after, a woman a couple seats down yelled for 10 minutes straight about how the players were playing like "(expletive)". The coaches were being "(expletive)". The refs were being "(expletive)". All during the time I was telling my friend how embarrassing it was to have her on our side. And then I started hearing laughter from the surrounding crowd and encouragement of that behavior. Is this really what goes on in the stands? Is this really the type of people we attract???

I remember walking in from fall camp practice and talking to my teammates about how similar our lives were to the TV series Spartacus. We were slaves. We were paid enough to live, eat, and train... And nothing more. We went out on the field where we were broken down physically and mentally every day, only to wake up and do it again on the next. On the outside, spectators placed bets and objectified us. They put us on pedestals and worshipped us for a short time, but only as long as we were winning. In the end, we were just a bunch of dumbass (racial slur) for the owners to whip, and the rich to bet on.

What I described is a business, I know. It's how it works, and it is something we understand as athletes entering the system, as (expletive) up as it is. For many people entering that system, it's better than what life has to offer elsewhere. So they take it. But having been on the outside now, to witness this disgusting display of "support", I know that I want no (expletive) part of it. I will never attend a duck game as a spectator again. I am disgusted by duck fans and I will sit back and observe from afar with high hopes for the player's success and understanding of their sacrifice, without having to hear the spoiled woes of ignorant fans.

I will always love the ducks: my coaches, my teammates, my brothers and family. The rest... Go (expletive) yourselves."

Filed Under: NCAA Football


Larry!!! You did it! A story more than just you care about!

Reply30 months
100% agree with him. The Spartacus analogy is a little lame, but fans during a game are just as ignorant as a door knocker. It's why I gladly give my tix away now and sit at the house and have the time of my life.
Reply30 months
Not sure how many slaves throughout history have recieved an education in exchange for being "broken down physically and mentally every day"

What a moron this guy is but he is correct in that most fans are ignorant and suck.
Reply30 months
Those Oregon fans sounds a lot like the rant.? the guy is spot on. But thats with fans of any team in any sport regardless. You just have to find the right people to be around
Reply30 months
FYI, LSU has 92,600 fans who actually have better clock mgmt than Les Miles. Can't argue that.
Reply30 months
So this dip shite is saying to a 5 year old seeing a football game for the first time with his dad to go frick himself. Oregon should be embarrassed to have an alumni making such comments about the fans. This guy is a pathetic.
Reply30 months
what a pussy
Reply30 months
Really sad comments for this story.. unreal. Society is so fricked.
Reply30 months
I agree with the player. Wish he hadn't made it anonymous, but most casual fans have no idea the work and sacrifice that goes into even being a practice player for a D-1 school.

That said, he could have gone to any major college stadium in the land and met jackass fans.
Reply30 months
he sounds like a spoiled little bitch, who has confidence issues
Reply30 months
I actually agree with this letter. People tend to forget that college players are still just kids. Jarrett Lee had to take it the hardest in his first 3 years
Reply30 months
Good point, Mr. dax9876. Anon is a very pussy way to go.
Reply30 months
Sounds a lot like the Rant
Reply30 months
I was with him until the Spartacus references. When will scholarship athletes realize they are getting paid?????? tuition isnt free.

Reply30 months
Irony... His letter is no classier than the fans he's telling to go frick themselves.

That said... anonymous is a very pussy way to go.
Reply30 months
oh he mad....mad he wasn't good enough to get paid.
Reply30 months
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