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The 1989 Independence Bowl: How Oregon Overcame Years Of Losing Thanks To An Old Pair Of Shoes

The 1989 Independence Bowl: How Oregon Overcame Years Of Losing Thanks To An Old Pair Of Shoes

It had been a time of great suffering, 26 years to be exact, since Oregon had last played in a bowl game. There had been opportunities, but the heartbreaking trend known as “Duck-Luck” repeatedly reared its ugly head preventing Oregon...

What I wish LSU and SEC fans understood about Oregon football

What I wish LSU and SEC fans understood about Oregon football

It’s inevitable when you write about football for a passionate audience, and the team you cover plays in a big intersectional game: the flamers come out of the woodwork. What I can’t stand are the big-bellied guffaws and quick assumptions, stuff like...

Is It Football Season Yet?

Is It Football Season Yet?

I find myself asking this question way too often these days, “is it football season yet?”  Like a scratched record or kid in the backseat on a family roadtrip, this line gets repeated far too often as the clock winds...

The Fish Report: First Scrimmage!

The Fish Report: First Scrimmage!

In Oregon we have our natural cycle of summer transformations, of the warmth with the lush green vegetation everywhere that will begin to change. We see the geese begin going south, and we now see Duck fans flocking to Eugene...

It’s a new stage for former Duck cheerleader Katelynn Johnson

It’s a new stage for former Duck cheerleader Katelynn Johnson

Katelynn Johnson can still be spotted on the sidelines of football stadiums. Her infectious laugh remains. So does her unflagging energy. But no more pom-poms. No more whipping up the home crowd. No more green and yellow and black and...

Will Oregon be ready for LSU?

Will Oregon be ready for LSU?

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FishWrap Friday Game 1 Preview: Oregon vs. LSU (Part 1: LSU by the Books)

FishWrap Friday Game 1 Preview: Oregon vs. LSU (Part 1: LSU by the Books)

Coach Kelly has always said, “One game does not define you as a team.” While that may be true for the fans, players, coaches, and everyone else in the program, this game on September 3rd in Dallas will most likely...

Record-Setting Night For O’Neil and McLemore Set The Stage For 1994 Rose Bowl Run

Record-Setting Night For O’Neil and McLemore Set The Stage For 1994 Rose Bowl Run

It was only one game in a season to remember for the Oregon Ducks, a time when the dream that seemed beyond reach for so many years might finally be attainable. For two teammates in particular, it was a night...

Prepare Your Senses, It’s Nearly Football Season!!!

Prepare Your Senses, It’s Nearly Football Season!!!

Can you smell it in the air? There’s a sense of something not quite definable but very enticing wafting on the breeze that demands attention, like the scent of somebody barbecuing nearby. It’s that beautiful, unavoidable event we crave most,...

All Forward in The ‘Age of the O’

All Forward in The ‘Age of the O’

A new Oregon anthem — “O Time” — was released this week by hip-hop artist Xile of Portland. The accompanying music video is catchy, sprinkled with guest appearances by former UO gridiron greats like Jonathan Stewart and Dennis Dixon, and...

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 3

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 3

Part 3: Going Their Separate Ways — Friends Struggle to Succeed On Separate Paths For The First Time For friends Jaiya Figueras and Kenny Wheaton, their first couple of years at the University of Oregon had seen the pendulum swing...

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 2

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 2

Part 2: Jaiya Figueras: The hero’s coming out party arrives early in 1995 The 1994 season was special for the players and fans alike. The sting of losing seasons had been washed away with an improbable run to the Pac-10...

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 1

King For a Week: The 7-days Jaiya Figueras Could Do No Wrong — Part 1

Part 1: Jaiya Figueras and Kenny Wheaton: Freshmen Roommates Driven to Succeed Every Oregon Duck fan can probably recite verbatim the infamous Jerry Allen call of Kenny Wheaton’s interception versus Washington in 1994, or fondly remember Joey Harrington hitting Samie...

What You NEED to Know About FishDuck.com

What You NEED to Know About FishDuck.com

I have been asked often for an archive, a place for Fish Reports, and now that I’m going forward with tutorial videos along with diagrammed pictures…it made sense for “FishDuck.com” to be a reality. Like any new project — it...