Let’s Discuss! Ducks Surprise Chip Kelly, and Save FishDuck’s Sanity

Charles Fischer Editorials 123 Comments

The photo above is iconic among Oregon fans as one of the hottest ever, including Amanda Pflugrad. I am waiting for the game pictures to be sent to me and popped this in … although I may leave it! ———————————————————————————————————- Boy … I didn’t see that game coming! I was gravely concerned about the offense scoring enough points, and frankly …

When Does Coach Cristobal Have an OFFENSIVE EPIPHANY?

Charles Fischer Editorials 77 Comments

When the Ducks win, I am hard to be around. The only time it is worse is when I am the first to publicly state a major issue–and to be right about it.  I began voicing concerns about the Oregon offense after the San Jose State game, and last week declared that this was a warning sign. Of course, I …

Wazzu Waterloo: Building Block or Warning Sign?

Charles Fischer Editorials 83 Comments

In just over half of the first Mario Cristobal season, we have already experienced some extreme highs (Washington), lows, such as the underwhelming win against San Jose State, the choke versus Stanford, and the fiasco that was the trip to Pullman. These are clues about where we truly are, and give us signs as to what to look for in …

Discuss the “Sum of all our Fears” in Pullman?

Charles Fischer Editorials 73 Comments

It is halftime and we can’t hardly believe our eyes being down 27-0, with the combination of great play by Washington State and the terrible play of Oregon at times. I invite you to join into this discussion now and after the game as so many of the concerns I had materialized worse than I could have imagined. The tackling …

Ponder Point: Can the Young Ducks Avoid “Cougin’ it”?

Charles Fischer Editorials 39 Comments

A pleasant progression to watch in this first half of the season is the mental growth of the team, as Coach Mario Cristobal molds them physically and mentally into a winner. The previously unknown spotlight got a little too bright for them in the game against Stanford, yet many of us would assert that the win over the Huskies would …

Beating Washington: Is the Impact Primarily Symbolic or Substantive?

Charles Fischer Editorials 59 Comments

“I am relieved that I can now wear my purple ties again.” Through the dozen-year streak of beating the bastard Huskies, I have had many ask how I could wear a purple tie to the office. My answer was always delivered with a smile: I would say that, “it is a benign color to me now!” Not so for the …

Husky Win Streak Ends at TWO: Let’s Discus!

Charles Fischer Editorials 139 Comments

I am a muttering mass of protoplasm at the moment; I don’t know how to feel. But I did not want to wait until Monday for my article–we have such a great group here that likes to discuss things–let’s talk about this win! I’ll have my usual opinion/analysis piece on Monday, but tell me what you are feeling, the impact …

Husky Hubris: “Why We Fight”

Charles Fischer Editorials 51 Comments

Why an article about “Husky Hate?” Isn’t the intensity between Husky and Duck fans almost genetic now, like cats and dogs? I cannot alter my near irrational hatred of the Huskies and have written about it many times, yet trying to examine it is difficult since I am clearly clouded by the emotion. Yet what is the major “thing” (as …

Deeper Dive: Freshmen and Offensive Line Improve Against Cal

Charles Fischer Analysis 16 Comments

There was much to wring our hands about in the Cal game, but there is also improvement on this team that doesn’t always get noticed. Although yesterday’s article was the primary discussion piece for the Cal game, I thought I would touch on a few other points that time and space did not allow for. There are many more aspects …

Ducks Continue to Learn as Mental “Yearlings” versus Cal

Charles Fischer Editorials 58 Comments

Our Beloved Ducks are “mental yearlings”? A few of my Greybeard Duck-Buddies wanted to understand the label I gave to the current Oregon football team and why I would come to that conclusion? It comes down to my judgment of the mental component, the game maturity, if-you-will, of this team compared to the past. We have a ways to go in …

Cristobal Introduces the “New Oregon” to Fans and the Nation

Charles Fischer Editorials 77 Comments

“I feel a lot better — don’t you?” That sounds ludicrous to most, but it is my honest feeling the morning after, as my perspective is a little different than most. (Some would say quite flawed at times, but I can live with that). You see, I honestly thought Oregon was going to be clobbered by Stanford due to the …