Friday, August 10, 2007

Oregon vs. Boise St. - Where?

If you're an Oregon or Boise St. football fan, you might want to start digging that hole through the center of the Earth. Oregon is proposing a deal with Boise St. to play a game in Eugene and another one the following year in Boise, er, sorry, I meant to say CHINA. This really makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Let's hear Oregon's explanation:

He said Oregon is considering Beijing and Shanghai as possible sites.

"This is all preliminary," said Hawkins (some guy from Oregon putting this together). "There is no date. There is no opponent. There is no permission (from China). This is all very tentative at this point, but exciting."

If there's anything that gets me excited in college football, it has to be having NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING. College football teams have played abroad before, with mixed results (Notre Dame and Navy in Ireland, some other teams in Japan, etc.) I suppose the idea is to draw international fans/give an excuse for Americans to see a new part of the world, but this China business smacks of the business strategy I like to call "throw a dart at the Rand McNally map on the office wall and see what shakes out."

Hawkins said he brought up the trip to China with Oregon coach Mike Bellotti.

"He looked at me and wasn't sure what to make of it," Hawkins told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Hawkins appears to be that guy at the party who is always like, "Dude, this is going to be awesome!!" while all obvious signs and evidence point to it not being so.