Chicago Mob Tried to Bribe an Oregon Football Player?

Charles Fischer Editorials 9 Comments

One of the most fascinating stories about Oregon football involves sports betting, Oregon Football and the Chicago Mob … and it is all true! The most amazing part of it is when the player, Mickey Bruce actually pointed out the Gangster in court–and lived to tell about it! The story is actually told best by Oregon historian Benzduck, on his …

Ponder-Point: Looking Ahead to the NFL Draft

Chris Brouilette Editorials 24 Comments

Haloti Ngata, Patrick Chung, LeGarrette Blount, Marcus Mariota — the list of Ducks making a splash at the next level goes on, and on, and on … There’s no better feeling than watching an NFL game, seeing a nice play, and subsequently bragging to your friends when you recognize a former Duck. With the draft quickly approaching, and the combine …

The Transfer Portal: A Blessing, Curse or Something In-Between?

Jon Joseph Editorials 32 Comments

We know that Albert Einstein’s theory regarding black holes’ existence in the universe was indeed correct. The Great One’s theory regarding wormholes in the universe being able to beam from here to there instantaneously over unimaginable distances, on the other hand, has yet to be proven. However, this theory, at least on a much more modified college football (CFB) scale, …

Cristobal Is Steadying the Ship at Oregon

Brent Pennington Editorials 130 Comments

On the afternoon of February 6th, Oregon held its traditional Signing Day press conference during which coach Mario Cristobal commented on the Ducks’ 2019 signing class and offered a glimpse into the overall status and health of the football program. Cristobal didn’t unveil anything new or revolutionary at the presser, but one thing did stand out. There was a marked …

Scott’s SCAM: Where EVERYONE LOSES

Jon Joseph Editorials 23 Comments

Sometimes, bad publicity is better than none. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott should hope that’s the case, as the maligned mogul has been picked apart and criticized by media outlets across the country this offseason. The conference is in turmoil, and every damning article that’s published continues to serve as a reminder that the Pac-12 is digging itself further and further …

Making the Playoff: How Can the Ducks Get Back?

Ryan Robertson Editorials 71 Comments

Go undefeated. Alright, maybe it isn’t quite that simple. But it also is that simple, isn’t it? There are two routes that lead to the College Football Playoff for the Ducks, and one of them is definitely to arrive at selection day with 13 wins and zero losses — leaving no doubt in the mind of the committee about the worthiness …

Women Save “Lost Weekend” for Oregon Basketball Programs

Bob Rickert Editorials 12 Comments

Forty-five years ago, almost to the day, the UCLA Bruins came into Oregon and were beaten twice. It was such a shocking result that Sports Illustrated put it on their cover under that exact title: UCLA’s Lost Weekend. The Oregon men had one this weekend, and the women almost — almost — had one of their own. The men fell …

Recruiting Update: Finding the Quarterback of the Future

Joshua Whitted Recruiting 42 Comments

By now, Duck fans are well aware that Mario Cristobal is an ace recruiter. At Alabama, Cristobal was named the 2015 “Recruiter of the Year” by both Rivals.com and 247Sports. Four years later, he’s still going strong, securing the Ducks’ best-ever recruiting class this offseason. But he won’t spend the next six months resting on his laurels. Recruiting is a year-round …

Upon Further Review: Re-Branding the Pac-12

Jon Joseph Editorials 11 Comments

From the Pac-12’s “Taj Mahal Palace” in San Francisco, large-living Larry “Spendthrift” Scott has reached out to me to seek my advice on how to re-brand the conference. No surprise, as this is completely consistent with Scott’s other cogent business decisions. He just sent a big check to my consulting firm, better known as “JJ’s Crystal Ball Enterprises” (JJCBE). Apparently, he forgot …