Cranky Curmudgeon: Ted Miller is WRONG about the Pac-12

Jon Joseph Editorials 2 Comments

The Cranky Curmudgeon, is a new writer at FishDuck.com, and I welcome him as a critic of all, and one who is not reluctant to step into negative writing territory. Reading a few of his first articles submitted required me to step back from the keyboard, lest the flames singe my eyebrows. Jon Joseph is a retired corporate attorney who …

The Pac-12 as Never Before?

Charles Fischer Editorials 4 Comments

All right….you know I cannot stay away from a keyboard too long, as Mr. FishDuck has to share what is rattling around in his head. This break I’ve been taking has been wonderful due to the absence of frustration that comes with managing a website. Yet I never figured when I started FishDuck.com at age 55 — that I would …

A Case for Keeping it Simple

Brian Libby Editorials 1 Comment

Although Oregon has now been a winning program for more than 25 years (dating to the 1989 Independence Bowl season), and much of that success has been due to the continuity of its coaching staff — with assistants like Don Pellum, Steve Greatwood and John Neal‘s tenures stretching across multiple head coaching regimes — there have always been necessary course …

Christmas, Hernias and Bowl Games

Mike Merrell Editorials Leave a Comment

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out With the changes at FishDuck.com, the Three-and-Out hasn’t gone away. It’s just been laid up with Christmas, a hernia and bowl games. And that’s the subject of this week’s Three-and-Out. 1. Christmas. On my last trip to the bank, the teller innocently asked me how things were going. I told her, “Nothing fatal.” She laughed until the …

FishDuck.com — Fading but Not Leaving

Charles Fischer Editorials 19 Comments

After having written more than 300 articles over the last four years — none were as hard for me as this one. FishDuck.com … after having many false stops and starts in the past is finally downsizing – as we have attempted many times. The more than 50 writers and editors are now gone (at one time we had more than 100 volunteers in six departments), and it will …

Quarterbacks, Defense and Championship Runs

Mike Merrell Editorials 7 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out If you had to pick three sore spots from 2015 Oregon football, quarterbacks, defense and the lack of a championship run would have to dominate the list. Those sore spots and what they mean moving ahead are the subjects of this week’s Three-and-Out. 1. Quarterbacks. The Oregon program has been criticized for bringing Vernon Adams in from …

An Army Duck Shares His Passion: Duck Family Day!

Craig Harmon Editorials 2 Comments

Duck Family Day is a new feature article where Oregon fans share their stories of … being Oregon fans! Email charles@fishduck.com to share your experiences, your family stories and what it means to be a Duck fan. Craig Harmon is in the military and a reader of FishDuck.com and is extremely passionate about our beloved Ducks, the same as you and me. Contact …

Ducks Face Tough Test at Boise Saturday

Jerry Thompson Editorials 3 Comments

Just looking at their current win-loss records, one would think the  No. 24-ranked Oregon Ducks (7-1) should not have too big a problem taking on the unranked Boise State Broncos (6-4) Saturday in Boise (5 p.m. on CBS Sports Network). Taking a closer look, one sees that three of the Broncos’ losses came at the hands of No. 1 Michigan State and …

Bones of Cupcakes Litter Road to Final Four

Mike Merrell Editorials 3 Comments

Mike Merrrell’s Three-and-Out The path to the national championship is teeming with eastern teams leaving bones of cupcakes in their wake. The conference with the toughest, deepest competition is relegated to being the only of the Five Power Conferences with no more than a single “New Year’s Six” bowl. And the Heisman Trophy will undoubtedly go to the best player …

Women In Flight Program Propels Fans, Athletes to Greater Heights

Suzanne Penegor Editorials Leave a Comment

Big things are happening in women’s sports at Oregon, thanks to the new Women In Flight program. Last year the second-ranked Oregon softball team played in the College World Series before being eliminated by Alabama in the national semifinals. This season, the women’s basketball team is undefeated in preseason play, including a road victory over No. 22 University of North …

A Season in a Single Game

Nathan Roholt Editorials Leave a Comment

Last weekend many teams across the country saw their entire season come down to a single game. USC-UCLA played for their division, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State played for a conference title, and Notre Dame-Stanford played for a shot at the Playoff. All were games for determining the success of the season for those involved. Then there was the Civil War, a game that between …

A Season Salvaged, but Questions on Defense Persist

Mike Merrell Editorials 1 Comment

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out No bones about it, the 2015 football season freaked out its share of Oregon football fans, proving that there’s a difference between living in the present – which calls for focusing on doing your best — and getting caught up in the moment – which calls for abandoning all rational thought. Despite the sluggish start and mid-season …