This year's Padres aren't a very good baseball team. But what's been truly bad and sad about them in recent years, and the reason they've lost a fan base that seemed ready to love them, has less to do with baseball than how business gets done in San Diego.
We know the fumble: what it is, what it does, why to fear it. But, still, no one has quite figured out football's oldest and most serious on-field sin. The fumblers, as the proverbs say, are always with us.
The University of Oregon is hardly the only school to have churned out "system quarterbacks" without NFL futures. But while the Ducks have benefitted extravagantly, in ways that only begin with wins, from the work of Dennis Dixon, Jeremiah Masoli and Darron Thomas, it's hard not to wonder what benefit Oregon's system quarterbacks have gotten from their experience in Eugene.