FishWrap Friday Game 2 Preview: Oregon vs. Nevada

Josh Schlichter FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

After last week’s offensive nightmare, the Ducks will come home to a friendly crowd in Autzen Stadium as the Ducks try to restart, and get ready for the quest for the PAC 12 Championship. Their first challenge will be the Nevada Wolfpack, who have been preparing all spring and summer for their shot at the Ducks (Nevada had no game …

Rose Bowl still an attainable goal

Brian Libby FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Today’s article is a guest contribution from Portland author/journalist Brian Libby.   It was January 1, 1917. The country was just three months away from entering World War I, which had already been underway for three years. The Bolshevik Revolution was bringing Communism to the newly formed Soviet Union. Woodrow Wilson was president and Babe Ruth was still a pitcher. …

The 1958 Rose Bowl: A Recipe for Over-achievement Repeated 37 years later

FishDuck Staff History

The 1957 Oregon Webfoots were an unlikely conference champion, the scrappy ugly ducklings that overachieved proving the nation to not underestimate Oregon.  Decades later, Oregon would have an encore of this in eerily similar circumstance and comparable results, but the country would never again take Oregon lightly thereafter. The Pacific Coast Conference was owned by the state of Oregon that …

The Fish Report: My LSU Spin

Charles Fischer Fish Reports

Why are National Pundits/Sportscasters so myopic? We are hearing their SEC version of events again to explain the obvious to the rest of us, as it happened last January. You recall how we heard of how the Auburn running game destroyed us, yet with two minutes left in the game the score and YARDAGE was tied. Bottom line is– Auburn …

It wasn’t all bad…

FishDuck Staff FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

First off all, I want to commend LSU for playing a great game.  Certainly everyone sporting green & yellow inside and out is disappointed in the outcome from Saturday night, but it is important and somewhat therapeutic to take a closer look at what happened and take away some positives from this weekend. It was a starting point, definitely something …

Ducks fail to match LSU’s brawn

FishDuck Staff FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

All the talk about Oregon being “Tiger Bait” wasn’t that far off. LSU chewed up the Ducks on Saturday night, controlling the line of scrimmage and feasting off Oregon’s turnovers, penalties and other miscues to saunter out of Arlington, Texas, with a 40-27 win in the season opener for both. The game was billed as one with national title implications, …

How I Learned to Love the Regular Season

Josh Schlichter FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Think back to 2004. Urban Meyer was the head coach at the university of Utah, and he led the Utes to an undefeated season, and a victory over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. Football fans everywhere started the murmur “down with the BCS.” It took another two years for Boise State to earn the next non-AQ BCS bid, and in …

We Have Changes Coming on Offense.

Charles Fischer Editorials

This next season promises to be exciting, with new plays and changes on offense, and I am going to enjoy breaking it down.  Why do I think we will have major changes?  Most have not noticed that inside of the last two games and the Spring Game of last year—we had FOUR new formations introduced with a slew of different …

Less than a week.

FishDuck Staff FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

With less than a week to go, the excitement in Eugene is palpable.  At restaurants and coffee shops alike the talk is all the same.  Will the Ducks crush LSU now that they are missing key players? Will Oregon be able to keep up with their injured starters out and those who are suspended? I  suspect  it would be difficult …