Gueydan, the Vermilion Parish town that’s the proclaimed Duck Hunting Capital of the World, has some competition.
It’s because of some ducks, not the flying kind, but the football-playing kind.
Ever heard of Oregon, Ohio? Well, ever since New Year’s Day when the Oregon Ducks manhandled Florida State and Ohio State whipped up on the Alabama Crimson Tide (it’s OK to shed tears now, if you can muster some for the Tide), the folks in Oregon, Ohio, have been in a quandary.
So, acting on a citizens’ petition, Oregon, Ohio, Mayor Michael Seferian (difficult to find any ties to Acadiana in his surname), came out early last week with a proclamation renaming his town “Oregon, Ohio, Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters” through Monday night’s national championship game.
Seferian noted in his proclamation that the Oregon Township was established in 1838 some 21 years before Oregon was admitted into the Union, and acknowledged that not everyone in the town was behind the move because, as noted in an Associated Press story, there are enough Michigan, Notre Dame and Toledo fans to make his re-election a tenuous proposition.
Even worse for the town is that its Clay High School’s colors are green and gold, the same as the University of Oregon, and a petition circulated to change those colors for Monday, too.
For what’s going on in south Louisiana in the current duck season, and for most of the tens of thousands of Louisiana’s wild waterfowl hunters who are enjoying a banner season, it’s incumbent we make it a point that Oregon, Ohio, removes the “city of duck hunters” part of its new name by Tuesday’s dawn’s early light.
Their Buckeyes might be able to beat the Oregon Ducks, but there’s no way Ohio can compete with the duck hunters in our state, and certainly not with the guys and gals in Gueydan.
And there’s the question about why they want to pick on ducks anyway?
There are enough big Louisiana names in the fishing world to mark their passing — and we have — guys like Bill Lewis (Rat-L-Trap), Tony Accardo (Accardo’s Bugs) and Jack Smithwick (Devil’s Horse, Rogue).
Another of those legends died Thursday: Carl “Cotton” Cordell was 86 and lived in Arkansas, near enough to call him one of us, and certainly a man who will be missed by family and so many friends.
He brought us lures like the “Hot Spot,” and the “Red Fin,” and brought us into the world of “alphabet” crankbaits when he introduced the “Big O.”
For us old-timers, the Big O was as big a craze as there ever was in the bass fishing world. Heck, the guy sold 1.3 million of these innovative lures in the first 13 months of production. And he was a very nice man.