Oregon ‘Natty Notions: Is This THE Year?

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The National Championship. The CFP Trophy. The Holy Grail for every college football fanatic in the country. The pinnacle that us Ducklings have been oh so close to achieving twice (2010 and 2014), but have ultimately fallen short of. Oh, the horror of those last few minutes of the Auburn loss! My esteemed fellow FishDuck.com writers Mike West and Jon …

Just How Elite IS Oregon’s 2020 Secondary?

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At least one of the luminaries in the college football brain trust opines that Oregon has the best incoming secondary for next season.  This May 1st article by Anthony Treash of PFF contends that Oregon’s secondary is not only the best, but it’s not even close.  His argument rests primarily upon a metric that compares how well an individual returning …

The Ducks in 2020: A Greybeard Goes on Record

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GREYBEARD UPFRONT DISCLAIMER: I admit that I have been indicted in the past for the crime of “sunshine pumping.” I probably could have been convicted on certain charges: specifically, having been huckstered by Brady Hoke. Later, the charisma of a certain ex-FSU coach beguiled me way longer than I care to admit. I am, by nature, optimistic.  And, yes, sometimes …

A Greybeard’s Expectations for Oregon Football 2019

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Mario Cristobal has convinced me that he has chops. However, the exact size of those chops is still an open question. Ugly Duckling wrote a great piece recently that focused on how absolutely critical it is to the long term success of winning programs to have proper roster management. That got me to thinking not only about roster management, but …

Ponder-Point: Is There Such a Thing as a “Good Foul”?

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Is there such a thing as a “good foul”? That was the question posed to the class. While working on her Master’s degree, my wife was taking a course entitled, “The Sociological Aspects of Sport.” The professor posed that question as a follow-up after having assigned the class the task of reading an article by Warren P. Fraleigh: “Why the …

The “I-Factor”: Why I’m Optimistic About Oregon Football

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Over the years, several things have intrigued me about sports, but one of the most intriguing aspects is how well they function as a slice of life. We see the whole gamut of emotions and behavior, don’t we? ABC’s Wide World of Sports captured it so iconically years ago with “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” being …