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A blog is nothing if not a home for mindless ramblings, right?

Well, tonight it becomes a home for my thoughts on the Oregon Ducks’ season-opening loss to LSU (wow, talk about words I never wanted to write).

We lost our season opener and have essentially lost our hopes of returning to the BCS title game. LaMichael James probably won’t win the Heisman, either.

I hate the "at least we have cool uniforms" line in defense of poor play, but our unis really were sick. (Photo credit: Bruce Ely, The Oregonian)

Dozens of other teams will face those same realities this year. Eventually, most teams that had BCS potential and most players who were named to a Heisman watch list will have to accept that they fell short.

Such was the fate of both the Ducks and LaMichael last year: the team didn’t win the BCS title, and LaMichael finished third in Heisman voting. But we had all of September, October, November and most of December to believe that both of those achievements were possible. We spent nearly four months on top of the college football world.

Now it’s September 3, and we already know we have little chance of reliving last season’s dominance. Yeah, I’m probably being a little dramatic, but this loss will sting for awhile.

Of course, Duck fans still have a lot to look forward to (that list doesn’t include Andrew Luck, however. If we can’t beat Jarrett Lee, I’m terrified of facing Luck). De’Anthony Thomas got some big-game experience and showed promise, and the defense looked impressive at times. I’m not a football analyst, so I can’t break down all aspects of the game, but I know we still have 11 (maybe 12) chances to prove ourselves out there. And while it’s not quite as fun if your team’s not doing well, there is a lot of great college football waiting for us every Saturday.

It just plain stinks to start the season off on a low note, but when the Ducks run out of the tunnel at Autzen Stadium next Saturday, you better believe that we’ll be cheering our hearts out.

Early game recaps:

True talk from ESPN.com’s Ted Miller: “We can debate the details of the SEC’s ascendancy, but it’s meaningless when you don’t beat them.”

We really missed Cliff Harris in this game, and Pete Thamel of the New York Times reminds us just how much we missed him.

Bryan Fischer of CBS breaks down how and why LSU won.

Ben Kercheval of CollegeFootballTalk works in a pretty bad pun with Jerrett Lee’s name.

Get another look at those stunning uniforms in these photos from The Oregonian’s Bruce Ely (including the photo above).

My Quest for the Perfect GameDay Sign

ESPN College GameDay is coming to Eugene on Saturday. Because we can’t all wave the Washington State flag, it is my personal mission to make a really funny/creative/smart sign to wave in the background; if I’m lucky, I’ll be shown on TV or my mom will mention me in her Facebook status.

Right now, I don’t have a ton of great ideas. I’ve considered the typical “spell ESPN vertically with a word for each letter” thing, but I can’t think of anything for the “N.” (And all I’ve got for E, S and P is “every Stanford player” or “each Stanford player.” Not exactly national television material.)

Of course, Stanford’s quarterback, Andrew Luck, has a last name that rhymes with “Duck” which could open up a lot of possibilities for me. I’ve thought about

Duck > Luck

or some variation thereof, but I’m not totally settled on it.

If all else fails, I’m just taking a sign that reads “A Tree is Not a Mascot,” because a tree and a singular noun (Cardinal) simply do not make a good mascot combo.

I’ve already heard of one idea that is utterly hilarious but slightly inappropriate. I’m keeping it G-rated here, but I will say that it has something to do with the nickname students and fans have recently given to our head coach, Chip Kelly (you can see it in this Twitter status that I found by Googling the phrase).

So with that, my search continues. Any (appropriate) suggestions?