Finally decided it’s time to go back to work, so I’ll have a column in Thursday’s paper catching up on some recent stories. Here’s the lead:

Believe it or not, there’s a downside to being on vacation.

It arrives when you’re a Sports editor and the world keeps turning and you wish you could write about it.

Because sports happen, such as Oregon’s rude introduction to elite college football. Or the Blazers pulling off Chaminade-like victories. Or a basketball phenom blowing out her knee. Or the Pac-10 bending over for the Mountain West Conference and saying, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”

One of the things I touch upon in the column is the interesting reports from local media who covered the Rose Bowl. I heard several people mention in the days leading up to the game that Ohio State seemed to have a purpose, while Oregon was a bit too loose to the point of arrogance. Dwight Jaynes had some interesting thoughts on the subject, and I quote him in my column.

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