My background. I grew up in the Eugene area and was raised a duck fan. However, I hated them during the Chip Kelly era--like really hated them. But they seem better now. I'm not ready to say that I like the Ducks yet, but they're making it easier to root for the conference in the playoffs. Changes I've noticed. --Fewer public displays of thuggery. It was getting pretty out of control there for a while, and U of O was starting to look like the Florida State of the Pacific Northwest. --As much as anybody, I enjoyed that we had a Heisman winner, and Oregon did not. However, you couldn't ask for a more likable representative then Mariotta. --Less emphasis on "the O". That logo felt kind of draconian. The return to the traditional duck imagery leaves the impression that the team is taking itself a little less seriously, and having a little more fun. --The uniforms are kind of cool, now. Insomuch as I give a **** what people wear to play football, the uniforms this year didn't nauseate me. I like the lighter green too. --Helfrich seems like a decent human being.