What’s up, what’s up?
Let’s talk about the Oregon Ducks getting into the BCS title mix, me doing some “Bernie-ing” for Fox and one of my favorite shows, Sons of Anarchy.
First, there are upsides and downsides to Bye Week. From a positive standpoint, your body gets a much-needed rest. But then you have to go from relaxing to full go right away, and you can come back flat. Unfortunately, in our first game back, we just didn’t execute as a unit. The Charlotte Observer said everyone has a stinker during the season.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we’re going on the road for three games. It’s always challenging playing away, going into a hostile environment, the travel, the change of time zones. It’s tough sledding, but that’s the NFL. We now have an opportunity to really establish our character, see what this team is all about, and find positives to build on.
One great thing about my week off was getting to see my Oregon Ducks as a fan. How was it? Too fun. They granted me a sideline pass, so I had access to first go into the locker room and then to be right near the field. It was great to be around some Oregon fans who knew me and noticed me, but I think you’re actually more anxious as a fan because when you’re playing, you’re totally focused on the task at hand. When you’re watching every bit of the game, you’re worrying more!
After last weekend’s win over Stanford, the Ducks went to 9-1 and to #4 in the BCS standings. People are wondering if it’s possible to get back to the title game. When you’re #4 in the nation, you’re pretty much in the thick of things. Next up is USC and then the “Civil War” game against Oregon State, a rivalry that was first played in 1894. So the Ducks have got some tough games ahead, but if they win one more game, they’ll clinch a spot in the first Pac-12 title game and also host it. I’m pretty sure they’re going to come out victorious, but there’s some football still to play. I’m such a Ducks fan that I kind of threw out a hashtag on Twitter—#quacknation—just trying to get some togetherness going on.
Also on my trip back home, I did a Fox Sports TV promo, “Ahead of the Game,” about Internet Photo Posing. There were some real funny poses—Tebow-ing, cow-tipping, backwards reversing—and people seemed to like the Bernie-ing pose a lot. People on the street were kind of looking at me strange, but Weekend at Bernie’s is one of my favorite movies. The Fox people came up with most of the ideas and I acted them out. I’d love to get into some acting in the off-season. So I’m putting it out there—call us!
Speaking of acting, this week’s 90-minute Sons of Anarchy is… I won’t spoil it for you, but it was off the chain. I like SOA because there’s that traditional image of a motorcycle gang and the show plays up what life in a gang is about, but they’re doing bad things for a good reason, supporting their families and their way of life. Jax (played by Charlie Hunnam) is a real good guy who wants to get out of SAMCRO, the bike gang. There are so many things going on at the same time that keep you glued to the show. While a lot are big fans of Jax, Clay (Ron Perlman) is one bad dude. Every time you see him you want something bad to happen to him. Like the Lions this weekend, I’m figuring Clay’s got it coming.
“What will your legacy be or what would you like it to be?” — JStew out!
—As told to Ashley Jude Collie