The guy Oregon had playing QB that started the whole gimmick era, Dennis Dixon, you know, the guy that had no arm and rely on the alley oop and screen pass for a completion?
Unless you are saying that baseball was a gimmick it makes zero sense since bunting was the most effective way of getting a hit. Now saying an over the fence homerun was a gimmick then yes, I will agree because only 3 teams had fences in 1890's, so getting players that can hit it over the fence was a gimmick, much like getting quarterbacks who can run fast but can't play in the NFL...much like Oregon.
Dixon was a 4 star QB and rated the #2 Dual threat by rivals. He had offers from over half the PAC 10 including WSU. He is still playing for Pittsburgh. In 2007 he had 2136 yards and a completion percentage of 67.7% that was before going out for the final like 5 games. He had enough throws to be a leading Heisman contender and nearly led Oregon to the NC game.
As far as the bunt again I have said it a couple times before that early in its use it was considered a trick hit because of the way the rules were there were no fouls on bunts any time people introduce new things they are gimmicks. swing the bat was the old way. bunts came later and were a chnage from the norm. therefore a gimmick to start with. It really isnt a hard concept
Re: the Ducks "gimmick" offense. In my opinion, the Ducks offense is no longer a gimmick, it is now a trend. Typically, when something is first introduced, it is a gimmick. It's considered a gimmick because it hasn't been tried, so no one knows if it will work or not. If it works and continues to work, then other teams have to react to it. When they react to it, they will either copy it, gameplan for it or possibly both. When other teams copy it and gameplan for it enough, it becomes part of "the norm".
In my opinion, Oregon's offense is in the "trend" stage. Teams are gameplanning for it and copying it. Will it ever become part of "the norm"? Maybe. If Oregon continues to have success with it and other teams continue to copy it and have to plan against it, then yes, it will become the norm for some programs.
Bad news fron Stillwater, Ok. Justin Balckmon seemed to have put his problems behind him and thas AM was arrested for aggravated DUI in Stillwater. In that town it's pretty hard to get into that kind of trouyble since it goes to sleep early when school is not in session.. I guess the money was too much since it may have attracked some of the element he was working to avoid.
Why did CBS drop this thread? I had to go to my profile and click my own last tidbit to find it. I know it kind of fizzled with the argument about Oregon's offense. The only thing I noticed about it was the conditioning of their players and playing at such a faster tempo that it caught everyone off-guard. When it comes to post-season, televised games, they have to take breaks for the TV advertisers to get commercials in. It allows the other team a chance for a breather that, through conf play, the opponents didn't get. The tempo had more to do with the Ducks winning than any "gimmick plays".
When I click the "View message board" button, both this thread and the PAC 12 Will Dominate.... threads no longer are on the list of threads. I tried looking at EVERY span and can only find them from my own profile list of comments I made to both.
Webfoot and Oly. The same thing happened to the Thread IV and any member started thread. The only threads that are currently showing up, I believe, are threads that came off of articles written by CBS authors. CBS says that they are awarte of the problem and are working on a solution.
OK, they can't keep the Pac-12 down. Must be an SEC supporter programming for this outfit.We're well into June. It's getting closer, we even have extra diversions with the Playoff negotiations, super-conferences ad nausem. it's makes about as much sense as the U.N., about as efficient as well. Still, it helps while the time away until the leaves start falling.....
My prediction, USC goes undefeated this season........LOL
Nope Oregon and USC both 1 loss. to eachother. the key is who gets the win in the Pac championship game.
I actually read that 3 times before I got the championship game meaning. I'm thinking are they home and home this year? LOL I hope it doesn't happen because if if does it means a team that needed 2 chances to take care of business could be in the title game. It was wrong last year and would be again.