ESPN didn’t need any additional help from former Husky Ed Cunningham on the Championship Drive show on ESPNU this past weekend when he couldn’t decide if he thought Marcus Mariota is an accurate passer. On Sunday, it was “Mariota has accuracy issues.” Monday night, he’s now back to being an incredibly accurate passer. If it was just Cunningham, whose University of Washington background has made him consistently biased against the Ducks, that might be understandable, even if lacking a certain professional credibility in front of a national audience.
The constant gaffes in regards to breaking down Oregon football and providing “expert media opinion” is bordering on laughable, if it wasn’t for the fact that we are less than a month from the first every College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Skip Bayless has already come out publicly and said that Johnny Manziel will make a better Pro than Mariota, citing in part Manziel being a more accurate passer, which has been debunked numerous times. Cunningham made his accuracy remarks after ESPN published statistics showing that Mariota’s completion percentage on passes 15 yards and deeper ranked 2nd among Power 5 schools.
On the College Football Playoff show on ESPN, the Top 5 Impact players for the Rose Bowl between Oregon and FSU were ranked from 5 to 1 from a pool of 8 players from both teams. Of the four Oregon players on the board, one was Oregon TE Pharaoh Brown, whose injury during the Oregon/Utah game was so horrific it made national news. The young man, as talented as he is, may be fighting just to run normally, much less play football again. Had ESPN pointed out he was injured, and made his loss a factor because he was such an impact player, that would be completely justified. Instead, they put up a young man who may never see the field of Autzen Stadium as a player in the Rose Bowl?
College Gameday’s very own Desmond Howard picked against Oregon for the Oregon/Oregon State Civil War. While OSU’s history of upsetting Top 10 ranked teams is a freak of nature, and last years’ game was closer than most anticipated, there is no sports analyst or fan of football who thought the Beavers had a chance in that game, and Oregon proved it.
ESPN has some fantastic writers — Ted Miller, Kevin Gemmell, and newcomer Chantel Jennings are all extremely talented, and represent the Pac-12 and Oregon with deep insight, knowledge, and a quirky humor matched with consistent statistics. Mike Bellotti on ESPNU and CFN Championship Drive has done wonders to add credence to Oregon as a program. But these are not the faces that America sees week in and week out — they are not the voices that dominate the radio airwaves and blow through our televisions everyday, telling us why Oregon has a weak front seven, they could never defend a real wide receiver such as Amari Cooper, the wide receiving corp is too young, and Mariota has accuracy issues.
But hey, at least Stephen A. Smith had the guts to admit he doesn’t watch the games.
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I (Managing Editor and Writer) am a lifelong Oregon Duck fan, currently living in Seattle, WA. While born and raised in the Pacific Northwest,; a Tour of Duty in the USMC and a successful corporate career has taken me all over the U.S. I graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Economics, minoring in Mathematics. I wrote for the Statesman Journal during the late ‘90’s/early 2000’s and have contributed to a number of online publications. I am married, the father of two awesome girls, and the Managing Editor for FishDuck.com. You can find me at: @Bigducklitlduck on most social media, or email me here.
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!