Oregon Football: Ban on Duck Lips Leaves Tradition in the Parking Lot

Matt Velure@@untrmonkeyContributor IISeptember 14, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03:  Fans cheer before a game against the Oregon Ducks and the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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One of the most enjoyable aspects of college football that really sets it apart from the NFL is tradition. 

It doesn't matter if that tradition is found in a certain uniform that has been worn for decades, or in a team that now has 600 different uniform combinations. 

Tradition is what makes up college football’s soul. 

Now, here in Eugene, I am reading about a “new interpretation of an old conference rule,” according to Oregon spokesman Dave Williford. 

What this means to a Duck fan is that the duck calls known as “Duck Lips,” otherwise known to the Pac-12 as “artificial noise makers,” are no longer allowed within the stadium. 

Not only is the new interpretation squashing a long standing and beloved tradition at Oregon, an important fund-raising tool for the marching band is now dead.

So now, the far-reaching impact of a poorly-written and -interpreted rule is that now the band needs to find a new fund-raising method. Perhaps more important, a rich tradition is now gone.  

At a place like Oregon where there isn't much tradition to begin with, it has a jarring effect.  


Keep it On the Field 

I completely understand the desire to limit actions on the field such as taunting and showboating.

I have a four-year-old son and I have a new appreciation for potential role-models that he comes into contact with, both positive and negative. 

The decisions made by the University of Oregon, Pac-12 and NCAA give the appearance of being afraid to show emotion, both on the field and off. 

The message that I want to send to the leaders of college football is to stop worrying about the silly stuff and maybe focus on things that really affect the game.