NCAA: Day Two + Hatfield-Dowlin Tour
Track Town, USA: I had a very big day and
snapped so many photos, I am going to simply post them with captions, so
I you can
go about your day. The weather has taken a turn and we had sun, clouds, rain and
wind off and on all day.
Dave arranged for a private tour of the new University of Oregon football
facility - the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. We were joined by Kathy, Woody, Mary and
The Hatfield-Dowlin Complex is a series of buildings
adjacent to the football stadium.
The lobby has 64 55-inch televisions to make one large
THE RING ROOM: Just off the lobby, football bowl rings
are displayed in cases fit for the Crown Jewels.
EAT YOUR ENEMIES - AND THE OTHER FOOD GROUPS
The best training table in the country. Pac-12 teams are
featured in the neon circles on the sign.
Seating for 200 in the dining hall.
Each player has a locker with his number, name and home
town on the door. The doors open via an iPad-type keypad
with a code. The lockers have racks for pads and helmets
and are individually ventilated with a fan to dry the
pads, helmets, etc. No more stinky locker room - and
each locker has a phone charger!
Kathy inspects the showers - Italian marble - with
custom 7-foot tall shower heads.
Team meetings and game film sessions are held in the
ART CONTEST: the winner of an art contest has his
masterpiece hanging in the team office. This painting
shows the progression of Oregon football. From left to
right: leather helmets on the lawn in front of famed
Deady Hall. Pronounced dee-dee, the building
was constructed in 1873 as the first building on campus.
It stands today. The center panel shows a more
modern age, when football was played on the grass at
Historic Hayward Field... and finally the right panel
depicting current Oregon football at Autzen Stadium.
Another striking art piece consists of hundreds of metal
duck sculptures "flying" through a corridor. Each duck
represents an Oregon player drafted into the NFL,
complete with their initials. Ducks with golden
beaks signify a NFL Hall of Fame member. Awesome!
Weight room. No comment needed here.
The player's lounge is equally stunning. I just love how
the furniture is massive (because the players are
massive). There are televisions, games, snacks -
The view from the lounge area is of the two outdoor practice
fields and (to the right) an obstacle-type course of
hills, sand, steps for drills and torturous workouts.
Even the parking garage is filled with art.
There simply isn't enough bandwidth to
show the stadium, the indoor practice field, the walk-through ice
baths, barber shop, saunas, the
Jaqua Academic Center and all the other facilities
available to the
football players student-athletes.
It was an amazing tour and I can't thank
the Athletic Department enough for taking the time to
show us the Hatfield-Dowlin complex... not to mention Penny & Phil Knight for
donating the funds to create this fabulous facility. How could a recruit
Next up? Fuel. Of course we went back to
Cafe Yumm! for another
rice bowl with tofu:
But, apparently, there was some sorta track meet going on, so we
returned to our seats at Historic Hayward Field.
Today, we were joined by Kathy & Woody's #3, Katie.
The decathlon was completed today. Dakotah Keys finished in
third-place with 8,068 points. Maicel Uibo (Georgia) was
first, and last year's champion, Johannes Hock (Texas)
placed second. Oregon freshman Mitch Modin finished in
We watched the final decathlon event - the 1500m - from
the shelter of the hospitality tent. Dakatoh Keys
flashed us the "O" - and seemed pretty happy.
The Ducks picked up six points from Keys
and 5 points from Greg Skipper's 4th place in the hammer
throw. Senior Laura Bobeck threw the discus 184'8" to
break a 29 year school record, placing third and earning
6 points for the women. Half-way through the
competition, Duck women and men are still in first
place... with a lot of action left Friday and Saturday.
After our healthy vegan lunch, we all
Marche for steak frites. Katie's husband, Greg,
joined us and we all had a fabulous time.
Until my next update, I remain, your shutter-pushing correspondent.
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NOTE TO READERS: I am not a sports reporter. This is my a report of my view
of the day.
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