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Super Bowl Drinking Games at FishDuck Secret Hideaway

Sssshhh . . . I’m typing this from the closet floor in an undisclosed location for the annual FishDuck.com Super Bowl party.  We’re all incredibly rich from working here but what’s even better than the money, cars and models is the lavish parties that Fish throws for us several times a year.  I don’t even know where I am right now.  I was just told to bring a passport and zero gravity underwear.

To paraphrase Jim Harbaugh, "Who parties better than Fish?  NO-BODY!

To paraphrase Jim Harbaugh, “Who parties better than Fish? NO-BODY!”

Like all good Super Bowl parties this one has a board where you can buy squares to guess the final score of the game.  Unlike most office pools, though, the winner of this one gets his own country.  Last year Fish himself won, which means that he got to change the name of an existing nation.

Good choice, eh?

Good choice, eh?

But our favorite part of Fish’s Super Bowl party is the drinking games we play.  Which led me to wonder why we should have all the fun?  Feel free to play right along with us:

1.  One beer for every ten times that Peyton Manning says, “Omaha.”  Good Lord!  No one outside of Nebraska even knew that Omaha was a city until Manning started saying it over and over again.  Personally I thought it was just a word that came before “Steak.”

I wonder if he even knows that the capitol of Nebraska is Lincoln?

I wonder if he even knows that the capitol of Nebraska is Lincoln?

2.  Shot of tequila every time Joe Buck says, “This is a big third down for the offense.”  Isn’t it, by definition, a big third down for the defense as well?

HI, I'm Joe Buck and you are looking live at my incredibly high forehead.

Hi, I’m Joe Buck and you are looking live at my incredibly high forehead.

3.  Jack and Coke every time Troy Aikman says, “Marshawn Lynch is a downhill runner.”  Stadium architects worked diligently to make sure that Met Life Stadium’s field is perfectly level.  There is no such thing as “running downhill” on a flat field.

A football field is a plane...not an incline.

A football field is a plane . . . not an incline.

4.  Shot with a couple of beers back every time Richard Sherman makes a tackle and woofs about it: You should be okay.  He made a whole two tackles against the 49ers and has cashed in as if it was a career day.

A rare photo of Seattle's most loquacious player with his mouth closed.

A rare photo of Seattle’s most loquacious player with his mouth closed.

5.  Seven and Seven every time the camera lands on John Elway.  Bonus margarita if it’s backed by the Soundtrack of a horse whinnying.

And...they're off!

And . . . they’re off!

6.  Finally, being poured into your car by the Designated Driver when the confetti falls.

Super Bowl Snowfall

Super Bowl snowfall.

Wherever you are and whatever you do tomorrow, please stay safe.  The private jet you run into, when careening in a drunken stupor onto an airport tarmac, may be FishDuck’s.

Go Ducks!

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Oregon Ducks 2013 NFL Draft Profiles: Day Three

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For many NFL prospects all across the nation, this week will be one of the most nerve-racking, intense, and important weeks for the rest of their lives. For, starting Thursday at 5 pm PST, some of the most talented and young football players will be drafted by the future teams that they will hope to lead to NFL glory.

With the University of Oregon football program establishing itself as a national powerhouse in recent years, it should be no surprise that there are several players who could very well see themselves drafted on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Ranging from mid-to-late round picks all the way to one standout that may see himself drafted within the first five, Oregon’s group of ‘draftable’ players is one of its most impressive in recent years.

To help you keep up with your favorite Ducks during one of the biggest weeks in their lives, we’re bringing you profiles of each player every day this week as they take the next step in their careers.

Today’s player: Kyle Long

Kyle Long – OG – 6’6″ – 313 lbs.

Son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of St. Louis Rams Pro Bowl defensive end Chris Long, it’s hard to imagine that Kyle Long is often reported as the most athletically gifted and intimidating of the trio. But if you watch him move on the field and lineup against his opponents, you will notice one thing in particular: Kyle Long is a beast.

Kyle Long has a ton of untapped potential (Ross Franklin/AP)
Kyle Long has a ton of untapped potential (Ross Franklin/AP)

Originally committing to Florida State to play baseball for the Seminoles, Long had trouble in the classroom and off the field during his only year at the university. Arrested for DUI while at FSU, Long would eventually leave the baseball program, return home, and subsequently enroll at Saddleback Junior College. Playing his first two years of collegiate football at SJC. Long played defensive end in his first year before becoming an offensive lineman during his second and final year at the junior college level.

Quickly demonstrating his athleticism and strength on the football field, Long signed with the Ducks in 2012 and became one of the most talked about athletes throughout the entire season. Making appearances in 11 games for Oregon with four starts, Long excelled in the Ducks’ scheme as he showcased an impressive ability to explode off the ball while knocking back defensive players. Also boasting impressive mobility for his size, many believe that one of Long’s upsides is his relative inexperience and vast potential to become much greater.

However, there are some questions that surround Long aside from his DUI arrest and previous character issues. As mentioned previously, he doesn’t have much experience playing along the offensive line. Though he was relatively impressive when he did get on the field, Long’s inexperience could lead him to be a big gamble at the next level. While there is the potential for him to become a great asset, the risk in selecting him could be greater than the reward.

Besides his inexperience, Long also needs to demonstrate he can be effective in a scheme that doesn’t base itself on blocking while on the move. Rather than locking up defenders and sticking with them, Long tries to blow them back with his initial punches and has yet to really demonstrate an ability to really duel with a defensive linemen.

But still, despite the uncertainty that may be surrounding him, Long is one of those players that scouts see as having a huge upside and untapped potential. With the genes in him to succeed at the NFL level, many are predicting him to go in the mid-to-late second round in a scheme that would best fit his current skill set while allowing him to incorporate new abilities as well. The Seattle Seahawks or Philadelphia Eagles would be a good fit for this athletically gifted offensive lineman.

Tune back in for tomorrow when we feature one more Duck in the NFL Draft. Comment below on where you think guys will go. Continue the conversation on our official Facebook page and on Twitter @EugeneDailyNews

Sporty Holiday Memories

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— Sam Finley, EDN Sports Editor

We all have our Christmas memories, don’t we? I remember, as an eight year-old in the Seattle area, receiving a replica Seahawks’ helmet with a Jim Zorn jersey. That was the first year I became interested in sports and the passion has grown ever since. But this day can mean so many different things to people.

Former Seahawk Jim Zorn, now a quarterbacks coach at Kansas City, had his number on a jersey that Sam Finley got for Christmas. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“Christmas is Christmas,” said running back De’Anthony Thomas. “It is one of my favorite holidays. I can’t wait for it, and hope to have a great Christmas as well as get some great birthday presents (ten days later on January 5th).”

With that in mind, I spent the last week of the Ducks’ football practices asking various players and coaches what their memories were during the holiday season.

“I don’t know where to start,” said UO defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti. “We always have a great time at Christmas. I come from a big family and, when I was a young boy, we’d all get together at my grandmother’s house.  There’d be all kind of great fish frying, calamari, crab, and shrimp.  You name it. I have many great memories of getting presents and eating until we couldn’t see straight.”

Funny, but this can be a day that can, despite whatever differences we have, show how similar we are to one another.  For example, coach Aliotti came from the Bay Area, which is nothing like the state of Texas.  Yet freshman running back Tra Carson, who grew up in Texarkana, tells an almost identical story.

“We’d all meet up at my grandma’s house,” explained running back Tra Carson. “Everyone would exchange gifts there, and we’ll probably do the same thing this year.”

Coming back to the Bay, linebacker Michael Clay’s tale is a little more unique.

Oregon linebacker Michael Clay (number 46) has had some unique Christmas experiences. (Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

“My mother came from a big, Mexican family,” said Clay. “So they were always dancing and partying until about three in the morning. But we always went to church, and I always remember that.”

And that was just one side of the family.

“My dad and I were always on the road,” Clay continued. “We’d always have to go see relatives that were kind of spread all around the Bay Area. So I have memories of being with my dad in the car, as well as being with my mom’s family, too.”

Of course, much like my helmet and jersey, there’s always a gift or two you never forget.

“There are two,” claimed Aliotti. “I remember getting a bicycle, as well as receiving my first baseball glove.”

“I got a bike when I was in the third grade,” stated Clay. “More recently, however, I’m very fond of the iPod Touch I got from my parents because I still use it. I’ve got a bunch of songs from about every genre for music.”

Then again, you also never forget about a little sibling rivalry, either.

“I’ve always been a Dallas Cowboys’ fan,” said UO offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich with a wry grin. “So I always got Cowboys’ pajamas.  My brother got Philadelphia Eagles’ pajamas, so there was a little brotherly feud there.”

All things considered, the Ducks’ ultimate Christmas gift may have already been unwrapped.

“Getting to the Rose Bowl is a great feeling for my freshman year,” said Thomas. “I feel like each year should be better and better.”

Or has it? After three consecutive BCS Bowl appearances, what Oregon would really like under their stocking is a trophy that comes with a victory.

“A Rose Bowl win would definitely be on the list for sure,” Helfrich explained.

That being said, let’s talk a bit about the wonderful stuff that comes from sports.  My longtime friend and now-retired Register Guard sports editor Ron Bellamy used to say that athletes gave us all a gift every time they competed. He’d go on to say that it was our job, as sports journalists, to simply unwrap the presents.

I couldn’t agree more. If you see your team give it their all in a close game, you’ve witnessed something awesome. I (Conversely, if they deliver a subpar effort, I’m sure you’d like to give them a lump of coal).

De'Anthony Thomas' birthday comes shorty after Christmas, so he gets a fair share of presents. (Photo Credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

But win or lose, if they give 100% on the court, the track or the field, then they’ve given you the most for your valued entertainment time. Let’s remember that, particularly with college age kids here in Eugene, whether it’s an impressive Duck victory over Stanford or a painful defeat to USC.

Now then, I won’t lie and say everything is great about Christmas. Having worked retail for five years too many, I’ve sworn that I’ll never step into a shopping mall on Christmas Eve again.  There’s just too much pettiness and nastiness over stuff that really isn’t worth having.

I will also never, ever, listen to a certain Chipmunks’ song without having the urge to reach for a mallet. However, I won’t bore you with some of my no-so-favorite things.

Instead, I will simply say to enjoy being around the people you care about the most.  Or, if you cannot be with them on this holiday, call them and say how much you’d wish they were here.

As usual, I’d like to say more, but I’ve got to get on with some holiday fesitivites.

Until next time, I’ll see you in the bleachers. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!