Talk About an Ugly Win

Darren Perkins Editorials

As we enter the holiday season, it occurred to me that some Oregon victories are like a beautiful Christmas gift. For example, let us look at the BYU game. What was supposed to be a close game between two ranked teams turned into the Ducks completely overwhelming the Cougars. It is like in one of those Christmas car commercials where someone looks out …

Ducks Give Away Win to Huskies

Darren Perkins Editorials

I woke up Sunday morning, quickly grabbed my phone, and immediately brought up my ESPN app. I went to the college football section to check the Top 25 scores only to discover that the nightmare I had experienced on Saturday evening was in fact a harsh reality. Washington 37, Oregon 34. I was texting my Husky cousin in Seattle during …

Ducks Victory Leaves Me Speechless

Darren Perkins Editorials

I never experience writer’s block. But, it is funny how I find it much more difficult to come up with something to write when the Ducks play up to their talent and expectations and play, well, as they “should.“ When the Ducks play lousy it is easy for me to come up with a couple of thousand words of criticism …

Can Bo Nix Get Invited to New York?

Darren Perkins Editorials

In June, I wrote a little conversation-starting piece titled, “Is Bo Nix Winning the Heisman a Total Pipe Dream?” And, while at the halfway mark of the season it is generally accepted the trophy is C.J.Stroud of Ohio State’s trophy to lose, Nix still has a chance to be “in the conversation” or possibly invited to New York for the …

Deception in the Desert

Darren Perkins Editorials

On Saturday, the Ducks exorcised some demons against a Stanford Cardinal team that has proven to be Oregon’s biggest thorn in the side over the past two decades. Well, if Stanford has been Oregon’s biggest pain in the neck, I think it is safe to say that the Ducks’ next opponent, the Arizona Wildcats, have been Oregon’s second-biggest headache in …

There Is More than One Way to Coug It

Darren Perkins Editorials

I was done with the Ducks. Washington State had just scored a touchdown with just over six minutes left after an inexplicable roughing the passer penalty on 3rd and 18 to take a 34-22 lead. I threw down my remote control and stormed upstairs, yelling at a dog or two in my path and cursing all the way. I ripped …

BYU Will Tell Us Who This Oregon Team Is

Darren Perkins Editorials

Getting walloped by Georgia did not tell us much about this Oregon team, other than the broad diagnosis of needing to improve across the board. Walloping Eastern Washington did not tell us much about this Oregon team, other than, “OK, we do not have a Georgia hangover.” And, thankfully, unlike the 2015 game against Eastern, the Ducks did not surrender …

Fear of the Blowout

Darren Perkins Editorials

Move over, Ohio State. As huge as that 2021 non-conference game was for the Ducks and the Pac-12, it does not reach the heights of this year’s epic Week 1 matchup against the defending National Champion Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta. Unless, of course, the Ducks get blown out; then Oregon fans can downplay the significance of this game. They can …

USC to Join Ohio State as the “Big Two” of the B1G

Darren Perkins Editorials

Back in February, I posted an article that rubbed many Duck fans the wrong way. I made the “sin” of “defending” USC. I essentially said that with the hiring of Lincoln Riley, along with recently bringing aboard a competent athletic director and a renewed commitment to football, USC would be back on top of the Pac-12 along with the Ducks. …