It is really two questions I am asking, and the first is a realistic assessment of the 2021 Ducks, (the good and the questions) and what you think is a reasonable goal for Our Beloved Ducks in this upcoming season? Are the Ducks really ready to challenge for the Playoffs, or is the Rose Bowl the ceiling? Count me in the latter group, because while Oregon returns a ton of experience–not all of it is among the most talented.
If Oregon could win the conference and a Rose Bowl … I am a very happy Duck this next January.
The negative to my choice? It is a ton to ask, to three-peat (see trophies above) and act as though it is almost routine. Road games at Washington, Utah and UCLA are not going to be easy at all. Thoughts?
How GOOD can the Fans be at FishDuck Compared to Other Sites?
The short answer thus far, is pretty good. Since we came back to comments under the articles in March–this site is approaching 500 comments and even with our strict posting rules, I have not had to delete a single one! That is amazing and unheard of in today’s web environment, and I am grateful that everyone enjoys spirited discussion that stays on topic and does not get personal.
Think about it; even with a normal low deletion percentage of 1% that we experienced before–that would normally be four or five deletions, but none?
Ruthless Moderating: No Strikes, No Warnings and No Slack
Moderation policy has been changed in the Posting Rules page, and will be in the Terms of Service as well. The three-strike set of rules are no longer in place, as I have to work during the day, so I cannot hover over the site and delete an offending post immediately. In fact a nasty insult or political comment could sit all day and do the damage to the community before I see and act on it. Thus why when I do find the violation–the FishDuck member will be immediately Blacklisted/Banned. We all know the rules and the proof is the current perfect record over the last two months. If someone has no impulse control, or breaks the rules intentionally and tries to poison our Green Refuge–I will have no sympathy.
I’ve already lost friends over this and I’m not changing the rules now for anyone. If you cannot operate as everybody else does, then you’re gone; I am here to serve the 99% who want a safe and peaceful Oregon Sports Community. So FishDuck members–I have your back.
How long would you be Blacklisted/Banned? It depends upon how torqued off you made me. (A crude, but accurate answer) I just reinstated a couple of people who probably thought the ban was forever, and if you like to post often–it would feel that way.
Remember the Greybeards!
We have a ton of people over age 50 who read and post comments, so as a courtesy to all of us–please create a paragraph space after every three sentences in your comments. Just hit the enter/return key on your keyboard twice after every third sentence and make it easier on fellow Ducks fans in the unique community. (Mr. FishDuck especially thanks you for this!)
Will You do YOUR Part?
There is no revenue from the site, only expenses and hours of work for me. I wish to evolve this site into something similar to what is at another school where they simply post a current topic or question each day and tons of fans write their responses and feelings. We will still have occasional full articles at FishDuck, but articles like this one are effectively meant to begin the Duck Discussion. These conversation starter articles are quite short–only two or three paragraphs.
Can you volunteer to put one up a week to help this special community? It won’t take long, and I’d love to have an article/conversation-starter every day of the week. Contact me at email@example.com and we’ll get you started. It would only be a half-hour to an hour at most per week (or every two weeks if you like) and it is fun to do a little writing. Why? Because…
“Oh, how we love to ponder about Our Beloved Ducks!”
Charles Fischer (Mr. FishDuck)
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Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks, a season ticket holder at Autzen Stadium for 35 years and has written reports on football boards for over 23 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, have a daughter Christine, reside in Eugene Oregon, where he was a Financial Advisor for 36 years and now focuses full-time on Charitable Planned Giving Workshops for churches and non-profit organizations.
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…
FishDuck Going to Articles on Monday and Tuesday Only…
Our off-season schedule begins, and we move from publishing articles seven days a week to Mondays and Tuesdays only. Same great group of writers, and we will have an article on other days on occasion.
The Our Beloved Ducks Forum (OBD) is where we we discuss the article above and many more topics, as it is so much easier in a message board format over there. At the free OBD forum we will be posting Oregon Sports article links, the daily Press Releases from the Athletic Department and the news coming out every day.
Our 33 rules at the free OBD Forum can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) do not tell anyone what to think, feel or write, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
OBD Forum members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!