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The Civil War - Oregon's Thanksgiving Tradition

Brian Taylor

Posted on November 21, 2017 21:26

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Why the annual Oregon/Oregon State football game is everything about Thanksgiving.

When we think about Thanksgiving, there are many things that we tend to think of. In the Great State of Oregon, Thanksgiving weekend also serves as the week where state pride is on the line in the biggest annual sporting event in the state, the "Civil War."

For decades, this game was everything to both teams. Oregon was bad, OSU was generally worse. But a Civil War win meant you could at least live in the state without having to listen to the chirping from that annoying other school. While in recent years, its been just another W on Oregon's schedule (last year notwithstanding), I've always loved the Civil War because of the history behind it and how much it meant when I was growing up and through college.

With the imbalance of power that we've seen in the last few years, it hasn't meant nearly as much, which does sadden me some, but gosh darnnit I'm grateful that it's my side that's dominated the rivalry.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought now would be the time to examine just why this game encompasses everything about this weekend.

Family - On Thursday, raw emotion comes out when "that uncle" shows up in his Make America Great Again hat and divides the family. On Saturday, it will again be choice of attire, whether green & yellow or the orange & black, that will again divide families. Part of the reason the Civil War has its name (it's definitely NOT for the civility on display) is because it is a rivalry that has so many split households.

For example, my friend from college whose family I regularly tailgate with is a second generation Duck. His sister is a Beaver, and I expect to see her there with her husband and newborn son dressed head to toe in those Halloween colors. 

Family Part 2 - If "that uncle" doesn't show, than little brother is the next most likely one you'll end up fighting with. And in that fight, much in the Civil War, little brother usually ends up losing. Sometimes badly.

Food - If you walk around Corvallis on a game day they're hosting, expect to see a lot of duck on a plate, on a spit, roasted, however they do it. If turkey is the "official" bird of Thanksgiving, duck is its Saturday counterpart in even numbered years. In Eugene, we're a bit more civil ... we just do our tailgates (and everything else) bigger and with a lot more creativity.

Football - Well, except for 1983, the last college football game to ever end in a 0-0 draw, which is still referred to as the "Toilet Bowl."

Leftovers - "Yes, I know I watched football all day Thursday, but there's still more to be consumed." 

Thanksgiving Clapbacks - Lets face it, if you can't make fun of Eugene's hippie culture or Corvallis for being redneck central, you don't have a sense of humor.

At THE LATEST, we keep it civil. Happy Thanksgiving, even to you Beaver fans.

Brian Taylor

Posted on November 21, 2017 21:26

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