FishDuck Feelings for 2019 Spring Game: “Not There, but Surprising Progress”

Charles Fischer Editorials 103 Comments

It is always interesting how something “sits” with you after the immediacy of an event passes and you have a day to let it all sink in. I am referring to the 2019 Oregon Spring Game, and my overall reaction is one of being-surprised-at-being-surprised. I had questions to be answered, but frankly expected “more of the same” of what I …

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 …

Chip Kelly’s Success at Oregon Was a Flash in the Pan

Darren Perkins Editorials 87 Comments

In 2013, Chip Kelly walked away from Oregon football, but as it turns out, he probably should have walked away from football altogether. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, but if posterity was of the utmost importance to Kelly, had he just walked away from it all, he could have become the Jim Morrison of college football — a few …

Oregon Football: Failing Expectations by … Meeting them?

Ryan Robertson Editorials 78 Comments

The Oregon Ducks won nine football games in 2018. The overwhelming majority of pre-season predictions had the team at either eight or nine wins. A few fan sites (I’m looking at you, FishDuck.com comments section) were certain the team was destined for ten wins, but the majority of people thought eight or nine would be progress considering a third head …

Ponder Point: “It Ain’t Broken, so Let’s BREAK IT?”

Jayme Vasconcellos Editorials 194 Comments

My friends–we have progressed as a site because such an amazing group of Oregon fans who have turned the comments below articles into a “high-brow” discussion of Oregon sports that will always be “TROLL-FREE.”  I am always interested in a short article to start a discussion, a “Ponder-Point” if you will, and a reader brought us a tremendous topic for …

FOOTBALL PENALTIES: What do They Really Mean?

Ugly Duckling Editorials 67 Comments

On December 13th, 2018, Bri Amaranthus over at NBC Sports Northwest wrote a great article entitled, “Can you guess the most penalized team in the nation? It’s not Oregon football.” Her article teases because last year in 2017, Oregon led the nation with over nine penalties per game. This year, Cristobal has cut them close to in half at around …

The Ducks Can Recruit Like a Blue Blood, but Can They Play Like One?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 89 Comments

For years, no matter how successful the Ducks were on the field, they were never able to break through in recruiting. They attracted their share of talent, but they failed to put together the truly exceptional classes that define the blue bloods of the sport. It’s safe to say that now, with the sixth-best recruiting class in the country, including …

Expert Panel: Early Analysis of Oregon’s 2019 Football Recruiting Class

Charles Fischer Analysis 79 Comments

What are the “experts” saying about the recruiting class? Many of the most knowledgeable are part of the pay-sites of which most of you don’t have access to. (Which is why you are on this free site!) I was thinking about offering my early assessment of the recruiting class signed thus far for 2019, but the truth is–it is just …

Discuss! Live Updates Through Recruiting Letter-of-Intent Day!

Charles Fischer Announcements 130 Comments

“So … do you have a big enough seat belt for Wednesday?” I had to laugh at the question from fellow Duck fan and Greybeard, Steven A. Smith, an attorney in Modesto California. He’s right, as it has already been quite a bumpy ride and while we hope for no drama today–you know there will be some! Let’s just hope …

Recruiting LOI Day: What FishDuck is Watching For …

Charles Fischer Editorials 63 Comments

Let’s face it … recruiting news is entertainment, as much of a “game” as anything we follow with Oregon sports. It is such a rollercoaster, especially at this time of year. I’m going to share what I personally am watching for on the National Letter-of-Intent (LOI) signing day this Wednesday and offer some of my recruiting observations and opinions. Naturally, …

Holy Crap! Kayvon Thibodeaux, No. 1 Recruit is a DUCK!

Charles Fischer Announcements 55 Comments

Mario Cristobal continues achieve things never done at Oregon before with the verbal commitment today  of the nation’s No. 1 rated recruit in the nation Kayvon Thibodeaux from Southern California. He is a rush-defensive end at 6’5″ and 230 lbs. and is known for extraordinary speed. Sorry guys…I can hardly write as I’m a babbling mass of protoplasm right now …