Think back to when you were 10.
You and your buddies powered through lunch, sloppy joes with green beans and an extra chocolate milk. You get to recess early, get the good football and command the big soccer field.
You're choosing sides for tackle football, tackle because the snot-nosed weenie in Mrs. Brewer's class isn't playing, and the playground monitor, little Teddy Miller's mom, is busy flirting with Mr. Helfrich, the new student teacher.
You get to be one of the captains. Except, playground lawyer and notorious lunch line cutter Johnnie Canzano is the other captain, and somehow he convinces you that it's only fair if he gets the first five picks.
You stand there working on your game plan while he chooses Colt Lyerla, Dante Rosario, Terrence Whitehead, Kenjon Barner and Jeff Maehl. He even takes laptop-filching Jeremiah Masoli, who would have made a heck of a rover back.
That's what life is like for Nick Aliotti.
His guys, his way: Nick's Aliotti's zest for coaching and love of his players has won over a generation of Oregon fans used to a high degree of success. (addictedtoquack.com photo)