God Bless My Underpants

I guess this falls under the old ‘any publicity is good publicity’ rubric, right?

My beloved sport of Ultimate once again hits the pages of ESPN, this time on Page 2, in a story by Mary Buckheit about how the Oregon Ducks, ranked #3 at the time, were suspended by their school, with the support of the UPA, for playing a naked point against the Oregon B team at a tournament.

The last straw for UO administrators was the incident at Oregon State. The Ducks’ A and B teams were scheduled to play each other at the end of a drizzly afternoon, but opted to play a quick “naked point” in lieu of a whole game. Five players took off their shirts. Five others removed their shorts and underwear. A passerby filed a complaint to the safety department, and a letter detailing the incident ultimately landed in the student affairs office in Eugene. Before long, the committee which oversees Oregon club sports decided to pull the plug on the team’s season, and the Ultimate Players Association, the sport’s governing body, agreed with the decision.

Since I’m very out of the Ultimate loop, I hadn’t heard this story, but it sounds very, well, Oregon-like.  One of the Oregon players once deliberately pissed on the foot of the UPA’s Executive Director.  I wish I were kidding about this, but I’m not.  Oregon has been, for as long as I can remember them being on the national scene, one of those teams who feels it is their right, if not their responsibility, to make misbehavior at tournaments a defining feature of their team.

So, good on the Oregon administration, and good on the UPA, for trying to set this team along a vaguely more constructive path.  I doubt it’ll have much effect – but it can’t hurt to try.

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2 Responses to God Bless My Underpants

  1. Amen. I’m all for venue-appropriate behavior. And in college the opportunity to behave with impunity is, for better or worse, highly restricted in competitive circumstances (like Ultimate tournaments). This is the cross one must bear to be a player at a place such as Oregon in the kinds of places that will let Ultimate be played. Life’s lessons include learning what the limits are, and living within them.

    It sucks to be them, but it would be worse for all of us if they aren’t disciplined severely (as severely as they would be if it were the football team, or the basketball team, or the lacrosse team).

  2. Radija says:

    Great blog, this site has really been an eye opener. I used google translator can you enlighten me please?

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