One of my favorite Civil War stories is from World War II. One of the Band of Brothers featured in the HBO mini series, Don Malarkey, is a University of Oregon alum. His studies were interrupted by World War II and he was in the paratroopers in England preparing for the D- Day landings. Eisenhower and Churchill came to view his unit before the beginning of the invasion and Ike asks Malarkey what he did before the war. He said he was a student at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and Ike asks him who won the last Oregon vs Oregon State Football game. Of course Ike played football for Army at West Point.
It is fun to walk around the tailgate parties before the game because you see Ducks and Beavers together. There is a scene in the movie Gettysburg where a confederate general tells a British Army officer who is there as an observer just before Pickett's charge that "All Virginia is here today". At each Oregon vs Oregon State Football game I like to think "all Oregon is here today."
Jon Wilner, of the San Jose Mercury news in California rates the rivalry football games in the Pac-10 (now Pac 12) and rates the "Civil War" game as the #1 rivalry game when he writes:
"1. The Civil War.
These days, Oregon-Oregon State has the best combination of passion, significance and competitiveness.
The passion takes the form of hatred — much closer to the Arizona-ASU situation than a healthy dislike.
OSU looks with jealousy at its richer, more-famous, more hip neighbor and wonders what might have been if Phil Knight had gone to OSU. The Ducks hate OSU because they’ve been told to hate OSU for decades.
The games are usually high scoring, although not always close, and the home team has dominated this decade.
Most importantly, you can’t go more than two or three Civil Wars without the stakes being high — sometimes for both teams.
Five times this decade, the Ducks have won at least eight games. The Beavers are on the verge of doing it for the fourth time.
Without question, Oregon and Oregon State have been the most successful natural rivals in the conference in recent years. And that makes the Civil War the league’s best rivalry.
I learned to hate the Beavers a long time ago in the late 1960's and early 1970's when the Beavers regularly under coach Dee Andros,( The Great Pumpkin) beat the shi* out of Oregon Duck Teams and did it with such relish.
It was Dee who said of the "Civil War" game it "is for the right to live in the State of Oregon"
Charter Communications has done the almost impossible, it has brought Ducks and Beaver together to both condemn Charter for their refusal to carry the Pac 12 Networks and as a result the "Civil War" game. Way to go!!!!!! Now I will be forced to leave my home and go to a bar where there will be a bunch of *%*%# Beavers to watch the game on Dish! As soon as my contract is up Charter is gone from my home!