In Memory: A Tribute to “Abbie,” the Beloved Mascot of FishDuck.com

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“Are you sure she won’t chomp on my hand?” We had just brought home Abbie from the Humane Society and I was playing tug-of-war with her for the first time and she snapped the stuffed animal from my hands, clenched it hard in her teeth and buried it under her paws. She laid her head on her paws, looked up …

Conundrum Aftermath: Where Do WE Fans Go From Here?

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Last Monday felt like the earth moving in Oregon, as my article sent shock waves among Ducks fans on both sides of the conundrum. My objective was to declare my thoughts about what I was seeing, and it gave permission for others to voice their concerns about the future of the team as well. We had spirited debate all last …

Let’s Discuss! Ducks Surprise Chip Kelly, and Save FishDuck’s Sanity

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The photo above is iconic among Oregon fans as one of the hottest ever, including Amanda Pflugrad. I am waiting for the game pictures to be sent to me and popped this in … although I may leave it! ———————————————————————————————————- Boy … I didn’t see that game coming! I was gravely concerned about the offense scoring enough points, and frankly …

Ducks Continue to Learn as Mental “Yearlings” versus Cal

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Our Beloved Ducks are “mental yearlings”? A few of my Greybeard Duck-Buddies wanted to understand the label I gave to the current Oregon football team and why I would come to that conclusion? It comes down to my judgment of the mental component, the game maturity, if-you-will, of this team compared to the past. We have a ways to go in …

Cristobal Introduces the “New Oregon” to Fans and the Nation

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“I feel a lot better — don’t you?” That sounds ludicrous to most, but it is my honest feeling the morning after, as my perspective is a little different than most. (Some would say quite flawed at times, but I can live with that). You see, I honestly thought Oregon was going to be clobbered by Stanford due to the …

2018: Is This THE YEAR (Not 2019) for Oregon Football?

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I am not so sure about the conventional wisdom surrounding our beloved Ducks as to when they will fly back into the national consciousness again. The process of working on my season prediction (next week’s editorial) made me pause about not just the year that Oregon re-emerges, but why. For me, this Oregon Football roller-coaster of expectations just ruffled my …

Why Oregon will NOT Finish in the 2019 Recruiting Top Ten

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No, my friends, the title is not “clickbait.” What I wrote is true. You all are acquainted with me well enough by now to know that I am frequently guilty of sizzling titles, but I also back them up with facts and reasoned arguments. I do not present a title to lure a reader in and then pull the bait-and-switch …

2019 Recruiting Disasters in the Pac-12: UCLA, Washington=Boise State?

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My friends….we are not supposed to have five articles this week, but this stuff is just too juicy. I was supposed to take a break this week, but comparing Washington to Boise State in recruiting was something I had to get out to my friends for discussion. Why? Because Oregon is in a position with recruiting that I never thought …

Off-Season Surprises that Bode Well for the OREGON OFFENSE

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Admit it — after the bowl game, weren’t you were worried about the future of the Oregon offense? I was and I wrote about it, as did retired college coach and former Oregon player, Ken Woody. It was an ugly showing that got us all wondering, but as you know about me — I truly spend a disproportionate amount of time …

Our Transition Update and What the Future Holds …

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The Oregon offense and FishDuck.com have a couple things in common: We both are going through the first major transition in over six years, and the future of both will be quite interesting to follow. I will be writing a very tasty article coming up, “The Off-Season Surprises that Bode WELL for the Oregon Offense,” and it is just the beginning …

Lies, Damned Lies and the Chip Kelly Offense Narratives

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A subject of great debate with Oregon fans, Bruin boosters and even the sports media has been whether the Chip Kelly offense that he began in Eugene will work at UCLA. I can give reasons in both directions, and I will do so here while providing an ultimate conclusion, a prediction on the level of success Chip Kelly will have …