MADDER THAN HELL!!: “Oregon Lacks Defensive Talent?”

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

There is a massive misunderstanding by many Oregon fans concerning the demise of the Ducks’ defense, and the origins of that decline. While Oregon has well-documented misses in defensive recruiting, there are many who believe that the Ducks are largely deficient in talent on that side of the ball, thus the poor performance with little hope for reversal anytime soon. …

Oregon Offensive Scoring Records will Fall due to BRADY HOKE?

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Analysis

ALERT: The following quotes by Defensive Coordinator Brady Hoke are NOT accurate. He stated a very polite version of what you will read, and  I dramatized it to make a point. (I am known for drama … but I always back it up as you will see) Coach Hoke cleared his throat and eyed the 60-70 high school football coaches …

Site Reconstruction! FishDuck.com Converting to Analysis-Only

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Analysis

My FishDuck.com friends, We are converting the site gradually over the next six weeks to an “Analysis-Only” format, and there will be some adjustments going forward for everyone. First: I am sorry to announce that most of the interesting articles that the site has been known for … will no longer be published. Sports news reporting, recruiting, opinion-editorials – none of …

I Now Pronounce You Big 12 & Pac-12; You May Kiss the Bride

Jon Joseph Editorials

Dear Reader, the following was my response to a suggestion that all teams including Florida International, play in a postseason bowl game and a criticism of the ridiculously bloated post season. Florida International University, Bowls for everyone? All 128 schools play a post season game? An interesting idea, but if there were a players’ union or at least player representation in the decision …

FishDuck Analysis: Important Questions Answered From the Spring Game

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Analysis, Fish Reports

My friends … I am excited about what I saw from the Oregon Spring Game. It has become evident to me that we are on a path that will someday take us to a National Championship. Now you know me: I am admittedly an insufferable fool for the Ducks, the classic homer fan. That said, I do have the GOC …

SEC Wins Again Over Pac-12 Due to Incompetence of Scott/Guerrero

Jon Joseph Editorials

I was 10 years old in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite, Sputnik. I can tell you with certainty that Uncle Sammy’s reaction to being eclipsed technologically by the Red Menace was far more tepid than the SEC’s response to college football (CFB) satellite camps. The U.S. turned to NASA to bridge the gap. The SEC …

Insane Win, Insane Video and Insane Bill Walton Quotes

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Sports News

Oregon’s win over the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Tournament (95-89) brought together a collection of extremes as examples of the human experience. We saw dazzling heights (offensive explosion before halftime), unknown skills summoned from within (unbelievable defense in the first half), boneheaded thinking and choking (end of regulation) – all during which the fan got verbally slapped around by the insanity that is Bill …

The Pac-12 as Never Before?

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

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 …

Oregon Football Practice: The Ducks Lay an Egg

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials, FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

I could not believe my eyes when I got the email announcing an open practice for Oregon football season ticket holders a few weeks ago. No professional cameras allowed? This means that media are not having their usual place in this practice — hmmmm. I was thrilled and simply could not wait for the days to count down until I …

Why Marcus Mariota Should Tell the NFL Where He Wants to Play

Mike Sweeney FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

The NFL landscape is littered with quarterbacks who have failed to live up to the hype built off of impressive college careers and first-round draft picks. On April 30, Marcus Mariota will become the first Oregon quarterback to carry such high expectations into the NFL since Joey Harrington was selected with the third overall pick by the Detroit Lions, back …

Marcus Mariota NFL Combine Q and A Highlights

McKalie Bellew FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

As the NFL Combine training moves forward each day we see the statistics of top recruits for the 2015 Draft. Of course, as Oregon fans and more so, Marcus Mariota fans, this is a huge year for Oregon attention. Yesterday Mariota ran his 40-yard dash and did very well. He ran an impressive 4.52 second dash and beat out Winston …

Congratulations, Mr. Mariota

Jason Selby FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Was there a doubt in your mind? Marcus Mariota has been awarded the 2014 Heisman Trophy, officially making him College Football’s Most Valuable Player. While we are all sitting here thinking about the amazement that is Marcus Mariota, he would not have been here if it weren’t for his family. Considered by most to be a top prospect in last year’s NFL draft, …