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Track athletes-turned-football players a fruitful experiment for Oregon and beyond

Track athletes-turned-football players a fruitful experiment for Oregon and beyond

Oregon has never been a school to shy away from experimentation over the years.  From being one of the first schools to utilize pre-snap motion in the 1940s (known as “Oliver’s Twist,” named after head coach Tex Oliver), to the...

Four days to kickoff, and the plot lines are now about football

Four days to kickoff, and the plot lines are now about football

Finally we have actual football to talk about rather than endless speculation or off-field misery. The Ducks and Tigers play the first big game of the 2011 college football season in four days. Chip Kelly and his coaches and players,...

Less than a week.

Less than a week.

With less than a week to go, the excitement in Eugene is palpable.  At restaurants and coffee shops alike the talk is all the same.  Will the Ducks crush LSU now that they are missing key players? Will Oregon be...

Time for Kelly and Ducks to show own adjustments

Time for Kelly and Ducks to show own adjustments

In college football, you don’t want to get a bad rap. It’ll start messing with players’ heads. It’ll be heard in recruits’ homes. It’ll infiltrate columnists’ laptops. The Oregon Ducks went underground this past week, preparing in earnest for the...

Closed practices sound strategy, but death for a fan blog

Closed practices sound strategy, but death for a fan blog

Chip Kelly’s decision to close practices makes sense from a competitive standpoint. The Ducks are working on wrinkles, innovations and subtle changes to their offense for LSU, and with the blogosphere, Twitterverse, cell cameras and loose lips out there, no...

FishWrap Friday Game 1 Preview: Oregon vs. LSU (Part 3: Linebackers, Chavis, and the Nickel Defense)

FishWrap Friday Game 1 Preview: Oregon vs. LSU (Part 3: Linebackers, Chavis, and the Nickel Defense)

7 days until the season begins, and despite controversy from coast to coast, there will be football on September 3rd. In the finale of this 3 part preview, first, we will have to go back and have a painful review...

Duck games on the Deck.

Duck games on the Deck.

Like most Duck fans, I’ve had my share of game experiences at Autzen Stadium.  I’ve cheered on the team, reveled in the victories and suffered through the losses, tailgated with friends before and after in the parking lots through rain...

Family Connections Run Deep at Oregon

The Oregon Ducks football team is a family. This is something stated often, the family atmosphere that surrounds the football program and its connection to the community.  It’s an easy thing to claim, but difficult to fully comprehend until seen...

Interview with an SEC honk

Interview with an SEC honk

Kevin, the chief writer and editor of College Football Zealots, a southern-leaning football blog that covers the nation, sent me an email the other day with six questions on the Ducks: 1. Oregon has to replace a lot of starters...

A Call For Respect And Composure As The LSU Matchup Draws Near

A Call For Respect And Composure As The LSU Matchup Draws Near

Football is a beautiful game, complex in nature and thrilling to watch.  It is also an ugly game, one that pulls at every emotion while brutally wreaking havoc on the body physically and mentally.  For the participants, they work year...

I.C. really clearly now: A 12-1 regular season

I.C. really clearly now: A 12-1 regular season

“So much for elbow room,” says my friend I.C. Green as we watch Oregon’s morning practice wind down from the soccer stands at Kilkenny Field. “I remember when there were only three or four of us at fall camp. Rich...

Football’s losing war on marijuana

Football’s losing war on marijuana

Tennessee Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms has pleaded not guilty to driving while under the influence of illicit drugs, in this case marijuana. On Tuesday, in a lower Manhattan court room, a police officer told jurors that on July 1,...

FishWrap Friday Game 1 Preview: Oregon vs. LSU (Part 2: Almost Certainly Biased Analysis)

FishWrap Friday Game 1 Preview: Oregon vs. LSU (Part 2: Almost Certainly Biased Analysis)

Well here we go, we’re under 2 million seconds (1,296,000) until football season starts, and the tension continues to build as we wait for the Ducks to take the field in Dallas. LSU Defense Let’s just jump right into it;...

Cantu’s Oregon career a cautionary tale in the recruiting hype

Cantu’s Oregon career a cautionary tale in the recruiting hype

He tore the labrum in the third week of summer workouts in 2008, getting tangled up with a safety. It was never completely right after that. He greyshirted that year, enrolled Winter Term of 2009. He shined in Spring Practice,...