On to Cal: The PERFECT Trap Game!

I have heard the mantra about the faceless opponent and that Chip never loses to a foe he shouldn’t; baloney. The first time will come and this Saturday is the PERFECT Trap Game for Oregon to stumble. Remember the let-down after Stanford last year? It is natural that our team would be flat for this game after such an enormous effort against Troy last weekend. We let down last year after a big game and…

There is a track record at Memorial Stadium as the field is littered with the carcasses of prior Oregon losses.  Remember how we were driving for the winning points and our WR dropped an easy catch on fourth down in 2004 for 28-27 heartbreak?  How many of us fans needed anti-depressants after the ESPN 45-24 debacle in 2006 as we are intercepted on our opening play?  Dennis who?  Geez that was ugly!

I hear the weather at Strawberry Canyon could be bad this weekend…as bad as 2008 when Masoli slid through four inches deep of water at times in that deluge of another (26-16) loss?  We just don’t do well at Cal, and even when they have an inexperienced QB against one of our best teams ever in 2010…we escape with only a 15-13 win that left Lou Holtz sputtering about the Cal kicker.  There is something about that place…

Everybody tells me the Cal QB is injured, yet remember when in 2001 Stanford had their starting QB Randy Fasani go down—and Chris Lewis comes in and throws lights out to give us the only loss of the that season 49-42?  Backup QBs can win as Bryan Bennett proved to us last year, and especially when they are at home.  This is NOT a good scenario.

We have a bunch of injuries on defense?  Could that be the cure for the Cal offense?  They DID beat UCLA on this field and the Bruins are now in the BCS top twenty five?  I am NOT a chicken-little kind of guy, but the mood among Oregon fans is little too comfortable for me.  This is the classic TRAP GAME scenario, and unfortunately so many of our fans are so young as to not see the tell-tale signs.

So let me get this right….a night ESPN game against a team with nothing to play for—nothing to lose.  They can salvage some tremendous pride by beating the Ducks and the crowd will be liquored up and frothing for big hits.  We have a terrible track record there, and Cal HAS talent as many of us still lust for as half their team we recruited.  On a given night they can play extremely well, and if we are flat…our season is altered.  This is NOT good, as all the ingredients are present for a tremendous upset.


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Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...

  • hokieduck

    OK, now my love affair with Fishduck is complete. Star Wars references…. complete with artwork. What a way to start a Thursday morning!

    Cal Berkeley… a more wretched hive of scum and villainy … we must be cautious!

    • fishduck

      Hey Hokie…I gotta tell the background story on this..

      Last spring I made a video, “Oregon Has a Trap Play” and a bunch on the site staff were telling me how I needed to have Admiral Akbar pop up numerous times in the video, “It’s a TRAP!” Now I thought that was pretty funny but didn’t get it done.

      Then I look at the schedule….and this to me WAS the perfect trap game so I planned on this for months to have fun with the pictures while actually writing about my concerns. UCLA is a good team and they got ambushed in Strawberry Canyon this year.

      My thanks to Josh Schlichter AGAIN for his photo-shopping skills that made the pictures possible. We gotta have some fun!

  • Mike74

    Charles–great, great, great! Fun story and accompanying art.

    While it’s always good to be a bit cautious in predicting outcomes for any game…I do believe that the coaches and players continue to do a great job of focusing and preparing for the team they’re about to play rather than the one they just played or another in the future. I was particularly encouraged by player comments this week that practices have been even better than the last week before the SC game.

    Looking forward to ridding ourselves of the Strawberry Canyon “curse” this week just as we did the “game following Colorado curse” last week.

    Go Ducks!

  • SeanG


    While I find your lack of faith disturbing, I DO know that Cal Bears always ride single-file, to hide their numbers. Yes indeed, hard to see, the Dark Side is. And I too remember the 2010 Cal game, and like you have a bad feeling about this. But fortunately for us, Tedford has made a critical error and the time for our attack has come. It was *Chip* who allowed the Bears to know the location of the playbook. It is quite safe from Cal’s pitiful little band. An entire
    legion of the Ducks’ best troops awaits them. Tedford doesn’t know the power of the Oregon Spread Offense: it’s the offense that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Chip’s made a lot of *special* modifications himself. And as we all know, the Spread can have a strong influence on the weak-minded. I have all faith that our Ducks will fly straight into the superstructure at Memorial Stadium and knock out the main reactor. Go Ducks.

  • sort of off topic but what you said about how the team practices got me thinking. you know… i think the biggest difference between the 2010 NCG team and this years team, is that this years team believes they can win the big one. They believe it 100% and they have that fire in their souls. They dont just think they can win. which is scary considering how the 2010 team played auburn.

  • I should have photoshopped some Mickey Ears in there as well!

  • Ryan Miller

    According to weather.com, 10% chance of rain with a high of 56 on gameday. There is no way we lose. We are better than the bruins, they had 6 TOs in their loss to Cal, that won’t happen to this oregon team. This year, we are just better. And it is 83% true that we don’t lose to teams we shouldn’t.

    Chip Kelly losses
    2009 Stanford – only team we “should’ve” beat, although that team had two heisman finalist (in separate years in know, but still, that team creamed USC as well. They definitely got better over the course of the season.)

    2009 Ohio State – Finished in the top 10
    2009 BSU – Finished 4th
    2010 Auburn – finished….1st
    2011 LSU – finished in top 5
    2011 USC – would’ve finished in top 10

    Chip prepares like no other. I think Oregon beating USC is as big as it used to be. This team will be so prepared for cal, I bet we win by 4 TDs