May the Spirit of Bill Walton Reign Over Oregon Basketball

Darren Perkins Editorials

OK, let’s get it out of the way. Yes; his quirky, rambling, meandering and obscure commentary during basketball telecasts could be extremely frustrating — evoking reactions ranging from cute to cursing, endearing to eye-rolling, joy to “you’ve gotta be joking,” and from a sense of comradery to cursing. And, for some, simply anger. But, for many of us, doesn’t that …

Ducks Rocking the Transfer Portal

Darren Perkins Editorials

Per Rivals.com, after finishing sixth in the nation for the 2024 recruiting cycle, the Ducks are sitting eighth in the 2024 transfer portal rankings. Oregon has brought in some top talent at key positions. Seven players have been added to the roster: quarterbacks Dillon Gabriel (Oklahoma) and Dante Moore (UCLA), receiver Evan Stewart (Texas A&M), defensive tackles Derrick Harmon (Michigan State) and Jamaree Caldwell …

A Big Opportunity for Kenny Dillingham

Darren Perkins Editorials

In commemoration of 4/20 this past Saturday, today we take four big-time hits, man: Kenny at ASU We tend to pull for former Ducks whether they are players or coaches. With that, and the fact that I have had many fun (i.e. effing crazy) nights on Mill Street in Tempe, I am pulling for Kenny Dillingham to succeed at Arizona State. …

“Ugly Court” Costs Ducks 5-Star Basketball Phenom

Darren Perkins Editorials

The Oregon Ducks are known for their flashy uniforms, state-of-the-art facilities, and (thanks to Nike) general “cool” factor. But, that zest for being a leader in cutting-edge sports innovation finally caught up to the Ducks over the weekend as 2025 5-Star basketball recruit Keoni Thompson made it known that he was passing on the Ducks. He made no bones about …

Chip Back to What He Likes Best

Darren Perkins Editorials

I admit that I was wrong.  I have been saying for a couple of years that after Chip Kelly leaves UCLA (after being fired or “asked” to resign) he would either become a head coach in a lower division like his former school New Hampshire, or, if he was able to put his ego aside, become an OC in the …

I Am Rooting for the Huskies

Darren Perkins Editorials

Scha·den·freu·de (noun): The emotional experience of pleasure in response to another’s misfortune. Now that you have wiped my title-induced vomit off your screen, let me say that I do understand that I am currently the most unliked guy at FishDuck. Call me what you will, but I will be a Pac-12 guy to the bitter end (i.e. this Monday). And, because …

Bold Pac-12 Bowl Predictions

Darren Perkins Editorials

Bowl season is here and below are my straight up predictions for all the games except for one — that’s right, the Fiesta Bowl. I am so uninterested in this game that I literally just yawned as I typed “Fiesta Bowl.” Even Mr. FishDuck had some words about the bowl as he was having fun on a brand new independent …

The Deja Vu Ducks are Once Again Perched at 8-1

Darren Perkins Editorials

For the second consecutive season under second-year head coach Dan Lanning, the Ducks are 8-1 with their only loss coming against a Top-5 team. Last year, the Ducks sputtered to finish 1-2 with losses to bitter rivals Washington and Oregon State, while pulling out a gutsy win against Utah with an obviously injured Bo Nix. This begs the question, how …

When Oregon Almost Entered Program Purgatory

Darren Perkins Editorials

As the Ducks prepare for Cal this week, I cannot help but think back to Oregon’s coaching search two years ago. As most will recall, many in the Oregon community, including many former players and high-level Oregon supporters, were endorsing the idea of hiring Justin Wilcox as the Ducks’ head coach. After Mario Cristobal and Willie Taggart bolted for their “dream jobs” at Miami …