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 …

Colorado Discussion: Oregon’s Superb Point-Margin

Charles Fischer Editorials 134 Comments

I’ve been blustering about the Oregon offense and how I feel it is vastly underachieving its potential. Yet listening to Joey Harrington on Talking Ducks the other night helped give me a little different perspective on it. His 2001 team was truly the No. 2 team in the nation, yet that team won a ton of close games and the …

No Worries, Because Oregon Is a DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL SCHOOL

Charles Fischer Editorials 143 Comments

The game against Cal was ominous in many respects for both our opponents (The nasty Oregon defense) and for the fans with the obvious reduction in scoring by the Oregon offense. I have not witnessed such a dominant defense at Oregon before, and it will certainly keep the Ducks in every game they play. The natural question that fans are …

Cal Game-Day Discussion: A Justin Wilcox Evolution Due to FishDuck?

Charles Fischer Editorials 154 Comments

That title seems like a tall order, but there have been so many stories associated with this website over the years that few know about. It’s been part of the rewarding aspect of associating with so many of you, as I have regaled so many of you with the real-life stories that have a twist at the end due to …

Avalos/Salave’a: How They Create Oregon’s Conference-Leading Pass Rush

Charles Fischer Analysis 32 Comments

Funny how things reverse when you least expect it, isn’t it? It wasn’t that long ago the Oregon offense was scoring boatloads of points, and so many people would be screaming at the defensive coordinator for giving up so many points. Now we have the reverse, and while the offensive woes do frustrate us, we do need to enjoy this …