Cristobal’s Biggest Lesson? The END GAME

Charles Fischer Analysis 117 Comments

We know that Mario Cristobal is still relatively new as a head coach in a Power-Five conference, and many of us have sputtered about his learning curve. Strategies and tactics that many of us “Greybeards” have watched over the years with other coaches seemed to be either unknown or ignored by this coaching staff. Now granted, going from 7-6 to …

Recruiting Signing (Game)Day Discussion: Where Will Oregon End Up?

Charles Fischer Recruiting 183 Comments

My GameDay article this week is not on Saturday, but today in order to ponder the results of Oregon Football recruiting with all of you. I understand some are disappointed with the results, especially with the recruiting class that Oregon enjoyed last year. The Ducks are not going to equal last year’s results, but also consider some perspective. These results …

Big Touchdown: “Ignoring Throck on the Combo-Block Is a CROCK”

Charles Fischer Analysis 68 Comments

Analyzing all the tiny details that led to a Pac-12 Championship will be great fun for the analysts of FishDuck.com over the next six months, and certainly … you can assume that yours-truly has an abundance of commentary to offer. There were so many big plays versus Utah, but whenever the sportscasters make an egregious mistake or omission concerning one …

Pac-12 Championship GameDay: Is Utah YOUR Oregon Blueprint?

Charles Fischer Editorials 354 Comments

What was your expectation of what Oregon would become when Coach Mario Cristobal took over as head coach? How different is it from nearly two years ago when his command of the Oregon program began? Consider what your vision of Oregon football was going to become in your fantasy (c’mon … we all do it), and ask yourself if that …

OSU GameDay: Lil’ Brother Is Cute, but Still Needs to Be Thrashed

Charles Fischer Editorials 151 Comments

I cried “Wolf” last week with good reason, as my concerns about the inexperience of the current coaching staff mentally preparing the team were well founded. Should we be worried about Oregon State coming to Autzen today as well? Oh yeah. My friends, I grew up in Corvallis and am a Beaver fan except in Civil War, and thus have …

Arizona Gameday: Look for the Defensive “SQUEEZE” Strategy Against the Wildcats

Charles Fischer Editorials 65 Comments

While our usual Arizona Gameday banter will be interesting, watching for a defensive strategy used by Jim Leavitt to stop the rushing attack of the Wildcats two years ago will contain its own drama. Khalil Tate can chew any defense to bits if he has the running room, and Oregon squeezed that away from the Arizona star that prior day; …

USC GameDay: Venerate Verdell’s Vision!

Charles Fischer Analysis 333 Comments

This is certainly an article where we want to discuss the USC game, but something even more important than my fondness for alliteration (The Title) needs to be touched upon. If a football hack like yours truly is going to criticize the coaching decisions when I feel they are wrong, then for credibility to be maintained — I must give …

“Coug-it” Discussion: Can Oregon Side-Step the Mental Minefield?

Charles Fischer Editorials 207 Comments

The curiosity component in playing the Cougars seems to be bigger this year than the vast majority of contests with Washington State in the past. There are so many interesting questions on both offense and defense, and frankly, concerning what is in the minds of our young Beloved Ducks, that I would suggest that the drama unfolding tonight is going to …

Washington GameDay Discussion: It’s Been 25 YEARS Since “THE PICK”?

Charles Fischer Editorials 250 Comments

I was stunned to learn it had been 25 years already since “The Pick,” and it was the craziest moment that I’ve experienced as a season-ticket holder for 33 years at Autzen Stadium. Oregon had put on a valiant drive to take the lead in the late stages of the game and then Washington was mowing right through Oregon with …