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Platypus Cup and other possibilities for renaming the "Civil War" rivalry

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Oregon and Oregon State have ceased using the “Civil War” rivalry moniker.

In a divisive moment, the two schools came together to announce the name “Civil War” will no longer be used in promotion of any competitions between the Ducks and Beavers.

It sparked a lot of debate back in June when the decision was made.

Former Ducks legend Dennis Dixon said a phone call from his friend Teresa Tran spurred the need for a change to the rivalry name. 

Being seen as one of those influential in this state, I wanted to ladder it up to some of my good friends I played with at the University of Oregon, Garrett Strong and in Jonathan Stewart. I just really wanted to get their advice. They were both sold on it. But one thing that they both told me was, in order for this to come into fruition, we have got to get the current players, as well as the ADs and Vice Presidents to buy-in. I am happy to see two universities coming together to drive change, an everlasting change. I am excited to be part of this change. Thank you to all that have put their time and effort into this. Forever grateful. And as always, Go Ducks!” -- Dennis Dixon

But what should it be called?

Many believe there is one creature that is the obvious choice and is the perfect nod to both teams: the platypus. Plus, calling the rivalry “The Platypus Cup,” or “Platypus Bowl,” makes since. 

 

The Platypus Trophy has long been awarded to the winner of the annual match between the Ducks and Beavers, and a trophy is simply not enough. The fans need the event to go full platypi as well.  

Here are a couple of other suggestions thrown out on Twitter, including one from former Ducks linebacker Troy Dye. 

There's also these names...what could go wrong?

The Ducks and Beavers will kick off Friday at 4:30pm.