Full disclosure: I’m a huge University of Oregon supporter. As a former Duck there’s almost nowhere I’d rather be on a crisp Fall afternoon than in the stands at Autzen Stadium. My Duckies can do no wrong… except when they actually do wrong like a handful of Oregon students did during this past week’s unusually heavy snowfall. A giant on-campus snowball fight became something more when students turned their attention and their snowballs on a motorist. They wouldn’t let him pass, focused all their throwing efforts on his car, and proceeded to harass him when he exited the vehicle. We know this because the incident was caught on video (above).
Sure, no one was hurt. The students seemed to think it was all in good fun but, put yourself in the driver’s place. As I imagined myself in his situation I felt menaced. There was nowhere to go, no way to escape without risking hitting a student. And then to be attacked upon getting out of the car? Unbelievable.
I rarely take a stand while blogging but it’s worth pointing out the fact that our society is rapidly forgetting the difference between good fun and good fun at someone else’s expense. The school has responded by taking disciplinary action against members of the Duck football team who participated in the fight, and even suspended tight end Pharoah Brown for the UO game against the University of Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl this month. There are those who think the punishment is too harsh but I’m one of those who believes role models should set a good example and, like it or not, UO atheletes are role models. As a Duck fan I’d like them to stay that way.
What do you think?