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The good, the bad, the ugly: Police report surfaces, accuses Colt Lyerla of assault in 2012

GOOD

  • After completing 16 of 27 passes for 355 yards and scoring seven total touchdowns this past weekend against Colorado, Marcus Mariota was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. Mariota joins De’Anthony Thomas and Bralon Addison as Ducks who have received the award this season. Thomas was named the Offensive Player of the Week after his performance in Week 2 against Virginia and Addison earned POW honors for his special teams performance against California the following week.
  • Former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad on Tuesday in the wake of E.J. Manuel’s knee injury. Dixon worked out with the team the day before signing with them. The Oakland native is not currently on Buffaloe’s 53-man roster and will presumably act as their third in-house option behind Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel over the next six weeks.
  • De’Anthony Thomas’ status for Saturday’s game at Washington is still unclear, but he did have his walking boot removed and was seen walking at practice today without any noticeable limp. Thomas indicated that he wouldn’t take the field on Saturday unless he was 100 percent.

BAD

  • The most recent cross country polls came on Tuesday and the Oregon women slipped one spot to No. 6 after finishing runner-up to Washington at this past weekend’s Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Oregon women are now ranked third in the West Region behind No. 3 Arizona and No. 4 Washington. The top two teams at the NCAA West Regional meet on Nov. 15 will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23.
  • For basketball fans, placing Las Vegas bets on the Portland Trail Blazers this season may not be a wise choice. The oddsmakers at Bovada are giving the Trail Blazers 150-1 odds to win the NBA Championship, tied for 20th out of the league’s 30 teams. It is Portland’s lowest preseason odds since the 2006-2007 season. The Miami Heat have the best odds to take home the championship trophy at 2-1. The Blazers lost their preseason opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night by a score of 89-81.

UGLY

  • Two days after Colt Lyerla withdrew from the University of Oregon, a 2012 police report accusing the former Ducks’ tight end of assaulting three men has surfaced. On Tuesday, the Portland Tribune obtained a Eugene Police Department report, which states that three men claimed that Lyerla appeared to be either extremely drunk or under the influence of drugs and proceeded to assault them on the street in April 2012. One of the men who reported being assaulted, Joshua Daniel Thurston, claimed to approach Lyerla, who was “stumbling around” on the street, and told him, ”Take it easy, you have the spring game coming up.” Lyerla reportedly responded, “What’s your business with that?” and pushed Thurston and two other men to the ground. The report states that none of the three men required medical help, but initially wanted Lyerla prosecuted for physical harassment. Thurston told an officer that he and the two other men decided not to pursue charges in a followup interview on May 3. The case has since been suspended with no desire for prosecution.

Hoping For A Little More ‘Resolve’ In 2012…

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By Sam Finley, EDN Sports Editor

You hear the word ‘resolve’ a lot in the world of sports.  It’s mostly said by coaches hoping that their team will rebound after a tough game.  I suppose you could argue that some other words could be used instead, but maybe it is a good time for me to suggest some quick resolutions for some folks in the realm I cover.

First of all, I have a resolution for Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo.  After years of bravado, maybe it’s time for this signal caller to put up or shut up.  How do you keep Romo away from your festivites?  Tell him he’ll have to play a big game there.

Tony Romo had better start living up to his hype. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Seriously, I’m tired of hearing that this guy could be the next Brett Favre. (Though he does have the off-field drama queen role down pat).  Either he shows what he can do in a pressure situation (this weekend against the Giants is a great opportunity) or it is time to turn off the hype machine.

Next up, LeBron James.  We know what this so-called “King” can do in the NBA regular season. However, we’ve been told that LeBron just needed a better cast of characters around him before he could win the title.

That excuse floated out the window when he left Cleveland for Miami last year, and he started talking about the multiple championships that the Heat would acquire.  Funny thing is, in  the 2011 NBA Finals, the best player on the court was Dallas’ Dirk Nowitski (who let his game do the talking for him).

Therefore, until the Miami Heat win the big one, maybe it’s time all of us have this joint resolution:  We saw Michael Jordan play.  Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player of all time.  LeBron James, you’re no Michael Jordan.

LeBron James should never be compared to Michael Jordan until he delivers in a big game. (Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Now for a more local resolution.  For the Oregon football team, it’s pretty simple. The Ducks have had three marvelous seasons under head coach Chip Kelly.  Going to two Rose Bowls in the past three years (and playing in the BCS championship in the one between) is nothing to sneeze at.

But in early 2012, they need to do something to solidify their 2011 campaign as a step in an even higher direction.  They’re playing Wisconsin in Pasadena this Monday, and should probably borrow the mantra from the late Al Davis. Yep, they need to “just win, baby.”

You’ll find a an article written by myself an Mr. Don Smalley on what the Ducks (and Badgers) need to do to come out ahead on Monday.  What that article DOESN’T tell you is what will happen.

As I see it, it comes down to one factor I didn’t list: De’Anthony Thomas. The freshman phenom can do it all from lining up in the backfield, running a pass route, even returning kicks. Some have said Oregon hasn’t seen an offense like Wisconsin’s yet. (That’s bunk! They were called the Stanford Cardinal).

De'Anthony Thomas could be the difference in the Rose Bowl for the Ducks. (Photo Credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The truth is, I don’t think the Badgers (or any other Big-10 school) has seen an athlete quite like DAT this year.  I’m looking for him to have a big day in front of his Southern California relatives, and that’ll be a big reason why the Ducks will finally get that elusive Rose Bowl win.  Here’s my prediction:  Oregon 42, Wisconsin 31.

Let’s get to one or two of my resolutions before I wrap this one up.  First, I intend to keep my long standing resolution not to every play leap frog with a unicorn. (I’ve heard that can be painful). I’m also planning to try and be a little nicer…but we’ll see how that goes. It may take a little more ‘resolve’ on my part.

Triple H had better watch out for Sam Finley when the WWE comes to Eugene. (Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Seriously, 2011 had it’s ups and downs for me. But this was a good year, and my resolution is to take the EDN sports section and continue to mold it into something worthy of your constant attention.  We’ve had some great articles in our first year, but we want to take what is good and make it even better.

We’re going to be starting some weekly reviews for both college and prep basketball that I know you’ll want to read.  You’ll also find even more profiles than ever before.  For that matter, you’ll probably find EDN in some places you didn’t necessarily think we’d go.  Here’s a perfect example:  The WWE is coming to Matt Knight Arena in February, and I intend to be there. (Look out Triple H, here I come). So check back here and watch the evolution happen.

Until next time, I’ll see you in the bleachers.