A story published on Thursday in the Daily Emerald, the University of Oregon’s student newspaper, detailed how two students at the school have started selling “We Want Bama” shirts in response to the phrase being chanted when the Ducks beat the Tennessee Volunteers earlier this year.
As a Duck fan, I am very excited to buy one of these shirts. It’ll look great right next to my “12-0″ shirt from the 2010 football season. You know, the season when the Ducks finished 12-1.
While it is pointless to blast two entrepreneurial students for trying to make some extra money during college — lord knows I should have done something similar during my undergraduate years — the “We Want Bama” message is in direct conflict with the one-day-at-a-time attitude that has made the Ducks so successful in recent years. Put simply, Oregon is in a position to “want” Alabama because the team has spent the last few seasons not looking ahead to hypothetical games. Yes, the shirts are all in good fun, and it would be ludicrous to take them too seriously, but the attitude the shirts represent isn’t the attitude the Duck program has built itself on.
That said…bring on ‘Bama!
[Source: Daily Emerald]