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If it Quacks like a Duck… A little over three years ago, Eugenian and rabid Oregon Ducks fan, Charles Fischer, had an idea. Although he’d never played or coached football, like many fans he had an abiding interest in the game, “in the X’s and O’s,” as he put it. “I’m just a regular guy who was hungry to learn …

There’s Nobody Good Enough for Oregon?

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The Oregonian’s John Canzano received an unexpected call recently. It was from an upset college football fan — nothing unusual there. I can only imagine the number of irate messages John must receive on a daily basis. What made this one a little out of the ordinary was that the caller was none other than Oregon State Senate President, Peter …

Mahalo, Hawaii: an Oregon Ducks Fan Says Thank You

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All those decades of frustration and failure. Then the burgeoning promise of the last 15 seasons. Culminating in the first-ever college football playoff national championship game. Unreal. Five years after falling in the last second to Auburn, the Ducks were back. And lost. Crushed, I find there’s only one thing left to say: Mahalo, Hawaii. Mahalo, for sharing Marcus Mariota with us. …

Ducks Fall to Bucks in National Title Tilt, 42-20

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What a ride, what a story. But the Oregon Ducks failed to write the finishing chapter its fans were hoping for, falling 42-40 to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first-ever college football playoff national championship game this evening in Arlington, Texas. Uncharacteristic dropped passes and missed tackles overshadowed the four turnovers forced by Oregon. Oregon went out to an …

Is Ohio State an Oregon Wannabe?

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“The mind,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer once famously quipped, “is a fragile thing.” I was thinking of that Meyer quote the other day as I watched the post-Sugar Bowl press conference. Specifically when the Buckeyes coach reacted to the news the Oregon Ducks had thoroughly cleaned Florida State’s clock earlier that same day in the Rose Bowl. A …

‘Bama and Buckeyes Beware: These Ducks Are Headed South

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This one was over early. The sun hadn’t begun to set over the San Gabriel Mountains by the time the lights had gone out on Jimbo Fisher and Jameis Winston, whose Florida State team suffered a humiliating 59-20 thumping at the hands of Mark Helfrich’s fired-up Oregon Ducks squad. After losing world-class sprinter and outstanding wide receiver Devon Allen to a …

Canada Says Go Ducks!

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As we approach the first-ever College Football Playoff, pitting the Oregon Ducks against the Florida State Seminoles, it’s becoming increasingly obvious most U.S. football fans across the country have embraced the boys from Eugene as “their” squad. Are the Ducks America’s Team? And what about the rest of the world? In this New Year’s Eve video shot in the alpine wilds of …

Rose Bowl Steeped in History

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If you’re a college football fan–and you are, obviously, or you wouldn’t be reading this–the 2015 Rose Bowl has it all: great teams, great coaches, great players, clashing to determine who’s going to get a shot at all the marbles on January 12th. But what about the venue? What about the stadium? If ever there was ever a case of …

Holiday Wishes for the Oregon Ducks

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As Christmas approaches,‘s foreign correspondent, Randy Morse, aka the Fool on the Hill, dishes five fervent holiday wishes for the Ducks from the shores of magnificent Kootenay Lake, tucked high into the alpine wilds of British Columbia’s Purcell and Selkirk ranges. Top photo Randy Morse

Will Oregon’s Defensive Secondary Seize the Moment?

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With news of consensus All-American Ifo Ekpre-Olomu’s season-ending knee injury splashed all over college football pages and blogs from Tallahassee to Eugene, attention has been largely focused on the dire implications for a depleted Ducks’ secondary now forced to go up against last year’s Heisman winner, Jameis Winston, and a dynamic receiving corps led by Rashad Greene, a 6-foot senior …