Top Oregon Sports Stories of 2010

Top Oregon Sports Stories of 2010

Credit: AP

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly gets doused after their 37-20 win over Oregon State in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon defeated Oregon State 37-20. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


by Michael Rollins, KGW staff

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 30 at 11:14 AM

What do you think was the biggest Oregon sports story of 2010?

Ducks reach national championship

The Oregon Ducks reached the upper stratosphere of collegiate football with a number one ranking through the season as the season drew to a close. The Ducks had one last hurdle before playing for the national championship - beat rival Oregon State. They got the job done 37 to 20. Ducks play for national title

Before No. 1 glory, off-field problems plague Ducks

The Ducks were number one on the police blotter last winter. Long-departed Jeremiah Masoli was a suspect in a fraternity burglary along with backup running back Garrett Embry, LaMichael James was accused of domestic assault, a kicker was in a campus brawl, a linebacker was cited for DUII and a player left the team after sass-talking Coach Chip Kelly via Facebook. Masoli suspended for next season

Injury poltergeist haunts Blazers

Everything bad that can happen to Greg Oden has come true. If it's not one knee, it's the other. Micro-fracture knee surgery in November on what had been in his good knee ended his 2010-11 season before it started. The top injury story for next year may well be Brandon Roy. Oden has season-ending knee surgery

Cancer beats Blazer Maurice "The Enforcer" Lucas

The Blazers lost one of their most cherished players in team history with the passing of Maurice Lucas. The '77 championship player known as "The Enforcer" cemented his place in Blazer lore with an epic fight with Darryl Dawkins of Philadelphia. Maurice Lucas remembered

Blazers fire GM Pritchard right after NBA draft

The Blazers cleaned house at the top by firing general manager Steve Pritchard, just after the NBA draft. Pritchard was publicly all class, writing an open letter to Blazer fans not to villify owner Paul Allen. Blazers fire Pritchard

Portland Beavers play final home game

They never drew a big crowd last year, but the Portland Beavers were all over the news for the political pie fight that eventually led to their departure. Owner Merrit Paulsen tried to take the team to Lents, Vancouver and finally Beaverton before taking them away from Portland. Beavers play last game at PGE Park

2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver, B.C.

The Winter Olympics were just up I-5 and across the border, allowing many Oregonians to experience their first Olympic games. There were plenty of memorable moments and most all can be found via NBC, which had exclusive U.S. broadcast rights. Warning, you may spend an inordinate amount of time revisiting the games. NBC slideshows 

Cal fakes injuries against Duck's rapid-fire offense

Few stories raised the ire of sports fans, and non-sports fans, as the '"caught-red-handed" tale of a Cal defensive lineman faking an injury. A video clearly shows the lineman get up after a play, just fine, look over to the sideline and go down with a cramp. Cal admits to faking

Duck fan burns a shirt on Reser turf

It wasn't the damage amount - $1,400 and change - but the principle that probably had the Oregon State Police pursue the t-shirt arsonist with vigor. Press releases showing the young man, even a video, were issued statewide and the collar was made quickly. Reser turf burned after Civil War

Bring me the head of Lee Corso

Some big stories, you can't make up. Sometime after ESPN's Game Day finished airing before the Civil War, someone stole a giant Lee Corso head. The colorful commentator used it first in an ESPN commercial where his head has the Duck mascot's body, and vice-versa. The same mix was used to make his Game Day prediction. Corso's head was recovered in Harrisburg. ESPN mascot head found

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