It's been awhile, hasn't it? The last time we wrote you was that career planning course where we sent you a list of goals we wanted to accomplish before we turned 25. We don't even remember what was on there. Hopefully, "run a highly successful blog that doesn't earn money" and "go undefeated in Madden with the New England Patriots."
But today, we are writing under far different and much more urgent circumstances. It seems that your reputation as a fan has been called into question following the Oregon game. Duck fans have claimed that there were several dirty plays by Bronco players and that your sticking up for those players makes you out to be a thug yourself. They even have gone so far as to compare you to Fresno State fans. Don't they know that you have all your teeth?! What a ridiculous comparison.
Seriously, though, after hearing the Oregon fallout, we are worried that you are changing from respected underdog fan to violent hooligan. Duck fans would make it seem like supporting the aggressive play of Ellis Powers is akin to getting mani-pedis with the devil. We thought you hated mani-pedis!
We suppose we should look at this whole situation rationally before we go jumping to conclusions about who is right and who is wrong (note: we would normally fall on your side, but ever since that Round Table Pizza investment decision, we're not sure anymore).
It seems that the crux of the issue is Ellis Powers' hit on Jeremiah Masoli that knocked Masoli out of the game. Duck fans are calling it a cheap shot and a dirty play. You give yourself a high-five every time you see it on a replay.
Let's get one thing straight: you should not be celebrating the injury of any opponent except maybe Colin Kaepernick. It is just bad sportsmanship. But knowing you the way that we do, you were not fist-pumping out of joy for injuring an Oregon player; you were simply excited to see a big hit and an aggressive play. There is nothing wrong with that, but you might want to be a bit more discreet about how you cheer for these things in the future.
The next issue is this whole "aggressive play" versus "dirty cheap shot" debate. Ellis Powers' hit was obviously late. You are not arguing that. But exactly how late? From replays, it looks like Powers arrived a good 30 seconds to one minute after the ball was thrown. Live, it looked like Powers hit Masoli a split second after the pass. We need a Bill Nye experiment to figure this thing out.
Regardless of how late Powers hit Masoli, Duck fans are probably more concerned about the intent of the hit. Some are saying that Powers was targeting Duck quarterbacks since Oregon was down to its third and fourth stringers. Others say that the BSU coaches encouraged big hits and dirty play. We think you're right in saying, "Get real" (although we wish you would say it more politely).
There is no way Powers was sizing up Masoli. He was coming way too fast toward the quarterback to be able to stop. It was unfortunate that his head was down and he struck Masoli under the chin, but there's no way anyone could prove he intended to do so. That means you can stop the backyard reenactments, Oregon fans.
But, ourselves, you are not getting off the hook entirely. An interesting point was brought up the other day about this whole situation: How would Boise State fans be reacting if the shoe was on the other foot? If we know you like we think we know you, your reaction would have been just as vehement, accusatory, and angry as several of the Ducks. You love your Kellen Moore, your Bush Hamdan, and your Mike Coughlin, and if an opposing player had a late hit against any of them, you wouldn't be very happy at all.
Of course, the same question could be asked of Oregon fans: how would they react if the hit was on a BSU player by an Oregon player? We imagine they would be calling you a "Sally" and a "crybaby" just as much as you have been doing the same to them.
And that's really where you both can stand to learn from this situation. Rather than fuel the fire with back-and-forth backlash, putting yourself in their shoes could make all these issues go away.
You could stand to practice some empathy in this case, and it wouldn't hurt Oregon fans to do the same.