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Oregon Ducks Football: New Rivalry Game Name

Alex Heining Editorials

Happy holidays, Oregon fans!

Thank you for spending this incredible season so far with us here at FishDuck. We’re just as excited as you about Dan Lanning, rising superstars, and the future of this Oregon Ducks football program overall.

Today, we turn our attention to the Beavers, where our age-old rivalry game needs a new name. In the last few days, we’ve had a thriving discussion led by Pennsylvania Duck in the new FishDuck Forum going through some ideas, and we thought to put together a list of some of the fan favorites.

Civil-War Bowl

Emphasis on the hyphen. Throwing a hyphen on the game can change the game to have its own identity again. It might feel small, but the game becoming its own entity is crucial to making whatever new name we land on last.

There are several other fantastic iterations of “Civil” that fans have come up with in the thread mentioned earlier, including: The Civil Bowl, Civil Rivalry, Civil Game, Civilless Rivalry,  you name it. Nothing gets the adrenaline going quite like the civil-war moniker, though.

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Craig Strobeck

New name or not, Oregon State’s a solid football team this year. Oregon’s gotta bring their A-game.

Webfoot War

Doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as easily, sure. However, this suits the Ducks and the Beaves well. Embracing the mascots even more to get a bit more out of this rivalry? I can see the green and orange banners waving with webbed feet now.

Valley Iterations 

This is one blanket term similar to the “Civil” idea. Valley Rivalry, Valley Bowl, etc. This is pretty fair to all schools involved and can really harness what makes Oregon a unique place to battle on the gridiron.

Willamette Bowl

Since Ducks and Beavers spend most of their time in the water, I feel it’d be fitting to suit the rivalry game name with one of Oregon’s great rivers.

Regardless of what we end up on, we need a new name for this historic matchup. Fast. It doesn’t change the game’s outcome or anything, but it just feels off when it’s listed on the schedule as just another game now for anyone outside of each respective Oregon fanbase.

So far, these are some of our favorites, but we just know there are a ton more out there that could be a great new name for the age-old rivalry we’ve all come to love.

What do you think? Should the rivalry have a new name? What’s your current favorite to replace the Civil War? Let us know on the FishDuck Forum with decorum!

Enjoy the holidays today, Ducks, and stay safe!

Alex Heining
Los Angeles, California
Top Photo By: Craig Strobeck

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