Ducks Fans: Please Don’t Flush the ‘Toilet Bowl’

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While everyone is cooped up in their respective dwellings and wondering if the University of Oregon football team will play this fall, it seems like a good opportunity to take a look into the ugly, not-too-distant past of one the most memorable games ever played — The Toilet Bowl. On November 19, 1983, the Ducks hosted their in-state rival Oregon …

It’s a Wonderful Life, Vernon Adams Edition

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Vernon Adams arrived in Eugene in the fall of 2015 amidst a great amount of intrigue. The Oregon Ducks were coming off a national championship game but were tasked with replacing QB Marcus Mariota, who was drafted #2 by the Tennessee Titans. In the summer of 2015, rumors started to swirl that a dynamic FCS quarterback was leaving the red …

Chicago Mob Tried to Bribe an Oregon Football Player?

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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 …

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 …

Oregon’s Rich History of Football/Baseball Dual-Athletes, and the Void Left Today

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Oregon’s baseball team fell just short of making it to the 2012 College World Series this week, a win against Kent State on Monday would have earned Oregon its first trip to the College World Series since 1954. Unfortunate that Oregon couldn’t advance as it may be, it still is a remarkable feat to host a Super Regional in just …

Oregon’s integral role in the history of the Grandaddy of them all

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On New Years Day in 1890 the first Rose Parade was held in downtown Pasadena, CA; devised as a way to entice people from the east coast to purchase real estate in Southern California, an effort to convince those with deep pockets to escape the cold winter weather for sunny Southern California. “In New York, people are buried in snow, …

The 19 Greatest Seasons in Duck Football History (with a 20th slot reserved for this year)

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Win or lose the Rose Bowl on January 2, this year’s Oregon squad has already earned a special distinction: one of the 20 greatest seasons in the history of a team that has been playing football since 1894. After all, this year’s regular season produced only the Ducks’ fifth outright conference title (along with 1994, 2001, 2009 and 2010) and …

The Oklahoma series: Part 1 – Bad Play (2004) & Bad Luck (2005)

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It wasn’t the first time Oregon and Oklahoma had played.  Four times previously the Ducks and Sooners had faced off, every time they had trounced Oregon.  It wasn’t pretty how lopsided the series had been. 1958 – Oklahoma 6 Oregon 0 1966 – Oklahoma 17 Oregon 0 1972 – Oklahoma 68 Oregon 3 1975 – Oklahoma 62 Oregon 7 (Oklahoma …

The Oklahoma series: Part 2 – Bad Calls (2006)

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Both Oklahoma and Oregon were undefeated heading into the final chapter of their trilogy of games, with Oklahoma dreaming of a national championship shot, but it hadn’t been without a close call. Opening the season playing at UAB, Oklahoma had been the beneficiary of a horrendous referee call on a muffed punt, where the Oklahoma return man was incorrectly ruled down on an obvious fumble that would have set up UAB for the potentially game-tying score late in the 4th quarter. Instead Oklahoma retained possession and ran out the clock, winning 24-17. In the aftermath of the events that would transpire between Oklahoma and Oregon, this gift from the referees was conveniently forgotten by all Oklahoma fans and made their whining highly hypocritical.

Oregon’s 1996 comeback, Part II: 100th Civil War

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Approximately 15 years ago to date, Oregon headed to Corvallis’ Parker Stadium for the 100th Civil War game.  Sitting at 5-5 overall, Oregon wanted their third consecutive winning season and a shot at a bowl game.  Oregon State was 2-8 overall, but always wanted to end their season on a high note by beating their instate rival.  The previous two …

Ducks versus Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks

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In recent days and weeks leading to Oregon’s season-defining showdown with heretofore undefeated Stanford, the story wasn’t just that Chip Kelly‘s team was facing the nation’s #4 squad, or that a win might make another BCS title-game run possible. Given the accolades that have been showered for the past two years on Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, it seems the Ducks …

Decade Anniversary: “Captain Comeback” and Oregon Narrowly Escape UCLA

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An entire decade ago, the Oregon Ducks traveled to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for their final regular season road contest against UCLA; and a chance to finish undefeated away from Autzen for the first time since 1995.  UCLA had began the season strong and nationally ranked with impressive victories over Alabama, Ohio State, and Washington.  However, they were …