Boise State, Oregon will shake hands before game; Sportsman of the Year decided

Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli doesn’t like the thought of shaking hands with Boise State players before the Sept. 3 season opener.

Here’s what Masoli told John Hunt of The Oregonian:

"That's unique. ... I don't like it. I don't even like shaking hands when you get out there with the captains for the coin flip."

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You know what: I can’t say I blame him.

Football is a game based on emotion. Although the details of the pre-game handshake — which was promoted by the American Football Coaches Association — are yet to be unveiled, it will probably happen after the teams run out of the tunnel.

Sportsmanship is great. I love the tradition of the Stanley Cup playoffs where the teams shake hands after a series is over. Shaking hands after games is a tradition that stretches across sports at all levels, from Little League to recreation league and into the professional ranks.

But to do it before a football game, when all that emotion is flowing, might be asking for trouble.

Boise State tight end Tommy Gallarda said Thursday that he didn’t see a problem with the pre-game handshake.

“After a good handshake, a ‘keep it a safe game,’ after that, you’re still going to find a way to get yourself pumped up for the game and get the blood rushing,” he said.

Given that coaches are often trying to keep their team away from the other team in the pre-game, this is an interesting concept.

Sportsman of the Year

Hard to argue after today’s record-setting performance in the 200-meter run, but doesn’t Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt have the award locked down already.

He lowered his own world records in the 100 and 200 meters this week at the world championships in Berlin.

That he does it with such flair is an added bonus. That he does it clean — although I hesitate to call anyone clean these days — makes it that much better.

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. — ESPN.com blogger Ted Miller visited Oregon camp and came back with some interesting nuggets.

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That's cause Mas-Oiley the Oregon whinerback is a wimp

Probably afraid of getting a dirty hand and having to retire because of a severe cold by the end of the first quarter. Hope our guys give him something much more special, maybe a good bell ringing by whoever carries the "hammer" is that day. Go Bronco's.

Huh?

A wimp because he doesn't think he's going to be cheap shotted by a dirty player so he doesn't protect himself?

Leave it to a classless BSU fan to say something like that.

I can't wait to see Masoli blow your linebackers, safeties, and DB's up. He'll be gunning for you. Same with the defense. The little Donkeys are gonna be so beaten up we're gonna have to take you out back the stable and put you down with a shotgun.

Go look up TJ Ward and Jeremiah Masoli on youtube and see what I'm talking about.

Ducks

Dang,
I hope the Ducks don't lose to a WAC team.....again!

Putting down your own conference you play in?

Then beating one BCS team and saying you deserve to be in the a BCS bowl?

Talk about hypocrisy. I really hope the BCS doesn't take BSU this year. If next year they can get by VT and OSU plus run the table, give it to them then. They'll have their whole team back and won't be completely trying to back into the game.

hypocrisy is thinking that

hypocrisy is thinking that because you are low level member of a conference of thieves that others cannot be any good. BCS is nothing more than a way for people like you to hoard money and championships. Utah, from another have not conference took down Alabama last year. Bama was No. 1 longer than any other team last year. From the invincible SEC no less and a non-bcs team royally took it to them. Utah should have been in the championship game but because of non thinkers and cheats like Oregon they weren't allowed.

Fist bump

if you don't like to shake hands and isn't it only the captains that shake hands it's not like the whole team lines up and does high fives as they walk across the fifty yard line.

Not shaking hands...

I have no idea where you guys' mouses have been.

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They may have to shake

They may have to shake hands. But that doesn't mean they have to keep their mouths closed while shaking.

Hand Shake.

The proposal is for the ENTIRE TEAM!!! and I am against it. Get all the players jacked up to go out and "kill" and then tell them to "be nice, curtsey and shake hands before the game?????" Aw don't think so!!

The captains represent the entire team and the hand shack at the coin toss should be ample.

We have also played an opponents fight song before the game and thats OK... I don't think we need any more. Enough is enough.

Damn

the whole team now that's dumb.

Hand shakes and love and kisses

It was because of all the cheap shots that the Broncos gave to our quarterbacks last year is the reason for the stupid handshakes this year.
Boise knew they upset the Ducks and did not want a repeat at their own stadium this year, so they came up with this lame idea of hand shakes before the game.
Next year, after the Ducks kick butt, they will start the games with "hugs and kisses".
Go DUCKS !!!

WRONG

ONCE AGAIN duck fan is wrong! BSU didn't come up with this idea read the frickn post they make it easy for people like you. you can read can't you?

Paris

"The Oregon Ducks are the college football version of Paris Hilton...they're famous for no reason, they look pretty and they got a rich daddy."
- Kirk Herbstreit

They don't have...

any sex tapes though.

WHEW.

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I finally agree with people on this board

I disagree with almost all of the cocky BSU and U of O fans on this blog. If you are a fan of either team and claim that you KNOW that your team will win, YOU ARE AN IDIOT. There are many questions for both teams. I am just hoping for a GOOD and CLEAN game. Of course I want Oregon to win, but to say with certainty is just foolish.

However, this whole team handshake is F'ING GARBAGE. Political correctness has gone too far. Don't try to pretend these teams like each other and then watch them try to take each others heads off.

Can't wait for 9/3. See y'all at Bronco Stadium!

Even the Allies and Germans stopped one Christmas Day in WW1.

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Predictions are all in fun

I do agree with you DUCKMAN....to say it with such certainty does seem a bit silly. However, when you're dealing with a "cocky BSU" type of fan it becomes fun. I have traveled all over this country to attend Duck road games and I have to say that while every school has its share of rogue fans, there is most definitely a higher concentration of them hailing from the town of Boise. Even the jounalists from their local newspapers are playing up the sensationalism albeit in a stealthy (as they see it) way. That said and given the pickup to shotgun ratio in boise, we might see more flying fists in the stands...particularly after halftime when the locals will be on their 12th beer! Very much looking forward to 9/3! 54-24 Oregon...GO DUCKS!!!

You agree with Duckman that

You agree with Duckman that u r an idiot?? He did say "If you are a fan of either team and claim that you KNOW that your team will win, YOU ARE AN IDIOT. "

Playa...

Obviously we are the superior idiots.

Carry On!

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WAIT! Are you telling me NOBODY WINS???

In that case you are still wrong as NIETZSCHE WINS.

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That is not....

Save the hand shaking til after the game, we don't need ANY of that feel good B.S. before the game. It is about emotion, but to me it takes that out, and that stinks.
. If the Broncos shake hands w/ the Vandals, I will BARF !!! I don't care who came up w/ this lame idea, it is a bunch of garbage. The game is football people, stop trying to castrate it w/ this fell good crap.
FOOTBALL IS FOOTBALL.If you don't like the way it is go play W/ your Barbies.

Right. Football is football

Get your Ken and Barbie dolls ready BJC...Because if your football team can't play the way it should be...then just walk off the field. It's better than getting ran off the field against the Ducks! No hard feelings..a win by forfeit, win by dominating the Smurf Donkies, its all the same.

Masoli

Seems to think he is a little tougher than he is. I hope someone levels him again this time. With a legal hit.

There is no one & I mean no one...

That could level him with a legal hit. Do yourself a favor genius, you tube the 2008 Holiday Bowl, then watch and wipe the turd that runs down your leg.

Dream on. Donkeys pull carts, not play football.

As a Duck you apparently missed one DISNEY flick...

GUS

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re: masoli

savior, you make a good point, "with a legal hit"

not making excuses as predictable boise fans will respond with.

point is that the only reason a player like jeron johnson has to be a dirty player (as he said he doesnt want to be yesterday in this paper) is because he cant do it clean. boise resorted to cheap shots last year, because it was the only way they could win. the players knew they were outmanned and did whatever it takes, even at the risk of potentially paralyzing players.

if you watch that video of the shot on masoli, his head snapped so far back that i thought he might be dead.

keep cheating boise, everyones going to be jumping to play you.

you beat us with less yards, and we threw two gimpy interceptions, one was into the end zone. we lost by 5. td is 6 points, theres the differnce. 64-2 at home? 1-1 versus bcs conf teams in that stretch. haha, thats a pathetic stat.

JJ

didn't hit Masoli that was Austin Powers. JJ hit Dickson. You not serious when you said you thought Masoli might be dead right? JJ meeting Masoli in the whole will result in a no gain. I can't believe Duck fans look at the hit on the OKST db and get all googly about it. The guy was pretty much standing flat footed. Masoli around the end meeting JJ would be much different.
Bank on it.

legal, illegal

it would be fun to watch either way!

I hope they make them wash

I hope they make them wash their hooves first.. who knows what they been stepping in

Ducks will be diapered to prevent slippage.

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take

another hit off that bong, bozo

Orygun Quak Sniffers

The quacks will open their season 0-4, with losses to BSU, Purdue, Utah and California. They will then be beat up by USC and go on to lose the war to Oregon State. They finish .500 at 6-6. No bowl game, no in state bragging rights and no respect. Way over rated.

another idiot

Yes im talking to you.

keep talking

you will be crying come thursday, sniffer of quack

actually you

are not talking you would be conversing via text Phd. Duck head

really?

Thanks for pointing that out idiot. Your IQ seems to drop every time you post something. Horse head.

Duck hunter

Their also a bunch of liberal leaf lickers over in quakville. Their team is going to be disorganized due to infighting and pent-up frustration from a second shalacking from the blue ponies.

Blue pond???

The quack heads should feel as though they are right at home on the blue turf. It should give them a reassuring pondish feel. I'll watch the highlights after hee-haw.

Never miss Cathy Baker, Minnie, Archie, Grandpa and Roy!

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put the

quack pipe down leaf licker

dux

doomed

"B.S" for a reason

I wish we could play high shcool teams all day long, then celebrate and act like super stars and hot shots after running up the score. Unfortunately, "some" of the teams must actually play to win, and must prove their worthiness by versing tough, real teams. Don't act tough and cool, B.S.u, until after you've played more than 1 or 2 ranked teams and won them all. IF you can prove your worthiness, we'll discuss the BCS. Oh...one more thing...get ready to have your Boise behinds kicked on Thursday. After your dirty manners and unsportsmanlike conduct you showed last year, we're ready to rumble.

GO DUCKS

I wish we didn't even have

I wish we didn't even have to play these clowns. Oh well, I guess we need 1 cupcake game to get us started... I just pray some BSU homer starts something with me.. Please, then we'll get it on!!!

Go Ducks!!!

you will wish

oregun would'nt have played BSU come thursday. Jeron Johnson will be placing a beat down on the quacklings.

hope you

like blue and orange frosting on your cupcakes, licker of leaves.

head over

to boise with that attitude and you will surely make alot of friends

who cares

So what.

Mightyducks "Where you sitting?"

Where you sitting? Maybe some of us will come by and say hi!!!

Broncos

offer free taters for webbed footed out of staters

whos we're?

do you have a turd in your pocket? or a little ugly duckling?