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Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:40 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Score one for the Eugene-based conspiracy theorists? A source within the Cal program has admitted to the Oregonian that the Bears' plans for slowing down Oregon 's ludicrous-speed attack encompassed more than just X's and O's:
"I know any time anybody goes down against Oregon, (Duck fans) always think that's the case, but it's not the case,'' Cal coach Jeff Tedford said when asked if the injuries were faked.

However, a source within the Bears football program confirmed to The Oregonian that this indeed was "a big part'' of the defensive game plan against Oregon, although not all Cal coaches were on board with this strategy.
Oh, well if only some of them were, Tedford's in the clear.

Quite frankly, it didn't take a Berkeley Deep Throat spilling the beans to ferret out Cal's less-than-sportsmanlike plans, as this widely-posted (and pleasantly soundtracked) video illustrates:

If there's any good news here for Ducks fans, it's that with so much focus on the Bears' tactics, now the officials will be empowered to step in and put a stop to these shenanigans, right? Not so much :

Even if Oregon could somehow prove opponents are feigning injuries in an attempt to slow the rapid pace of the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense, game officials have no authority to penalize such offenders, said David Cutaia, the Pac-10 supervisor of officials.

“On-field officials are obviously not doctors,” Cutaia said Tuesday. “They cannot determine whether an injury is actual or feigned. All they can do is stop the clock.”

Officials have to give players the benefit of the doubt when they appear injured, he said.

“There’s nothing we can do,” Cutaia said. “If we did — which we couldn’t — can you imagine if the guy was injured? … Medically, it would be very stupid if a kid was actually hurt.”

With the officials' hands tied, it would seem the only method of enforcement would be for the league office to review film like that posted above and come down on offenders like the Bears after the fact. But unless the problem becomes epidemic, it's unlikely the Pac-10 will act; for now, the Ducks will just have to hope their future opponents show more scruples than Tedford and his charges.

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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 3:00 pm

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

The music made this entertaining, such a BS obvious fake. WoW

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:03 am

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

At first as a Ducks fan, I was mad. Now, I can actually laugh out loud at these unsportsmanlike teams. Looking for a loop hole? Thank you for the compliment, and I am amazed you'd deface your program ethicaly because my team is so tough to play against. Again thank you cal for bringing this to light. All the other teams doing this this year (like 6 teams) to the Ducks, thanks, you all get a shot out    Laughing HILARIOUS! and still to lose AND get blown out the next week? hahaha!! Wow. Way to put all your eggs into one basket. See you next year at Autzen.

 Love #1

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 4:40 am

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

I liked the music.

Despite the unethical part of this, I'm surprised more teams don't do this against Oregon.

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:48 pm

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

How is the rest of the country not mad about this being a huge waste of time. I have 24 hrs in a day and Cal Bears football wants to consume part of my day because they can't lose in peace? Give me a break. This is some cheapshot form of "guerrilla" football strategy? what a joke

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2010 4:38 pm

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

Can't stop a Tank;especially when a Duck is driving it

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 4:25 pm

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

Dude, It is 100% fact you did not see these instances. Glad you feel that freedom of speech allows everyone to show ignorance.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2010 2:11 pm

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

I like the fact that the Oregonian was the one who "broke" this story! Of course it wouldn't be hard to come up with an "anonymous" source close to the Cal football team whho made these claims. Besides this tactic has been going on for a long time and teams have found ways to deal with it. Whose to say if a player is hurt or not? We all sit around the t.v. and yell and scream like we know everything about everything when we aren't the ones in the trenches. Those that have played at higher levels know that what people see on t.v. isn't always the way it happens in real life. I say quit crying, quit conspiring, and know that certain things we may disagree with are gonna keep going on and we need to get over it.

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 3:48 am

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

This "conspiracy" theory isn't the result of a close game, it's the result of the first time it actually worked well (though ASU did a decent job) as it has clearly happened in multiple games this season.  Watch the Oregon v. ASU game; it is the only time you will ever see 5 different guys on the same team cramp up multiple times on defense during the course of the game, and yet none of them miss one or two plays.
Regardless, there's nothing that can be done about it for now, so the Ducks just need to keep their eyes on the prize.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2010 3:01 am

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

It's very simple....if a guy is injured, make him sit out the rest of the series. Perhaps even the next series as well to really combat this lack of integrity.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:13 am

Source claims Bears planned to fake injuries

Wait, Cal still lost right? Oh yeah, they sure did. I mean you could tell they were faking injuries because they guys were standing and fine and looked at the sidelines then went down. It is pretty bush league but what can you do. Oregon still won and that is all that matters. 

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