Featured in the Washington Post!


We received an endorsement from an unexpected source today as the sports section of the Washington Post ran a wonderful article by Keith McMillan about learning from our site, His article, Zone Read Crash Course is generous in his praise of what we are about at this site. He embedded two videos, and had some quotes that help make all the hours worthwhile.

“That sounds great and all, but what if you’re a casual fan who doesn’t really know what a zone read is? Or perhaps a semi-die-hard who sort of knows a zone read or a read-option play when he or she sees one, but couldn’t turn around and explain it to someone else? Enter the website I can’t think of a better place to turn. Charles Fischer runs a University of Oregon-specific Web site, and puts his outstanding teaching videos — meant to be a level below a coaches’ tutorial and more advanced than what game announcers tell you — online.”

“Fischer’s tutorials on the inside and outside zone read are each about 12 minutes long, but if you have the time, invest it. In a short span, you’ll learn to distinguish an IZR or OZR just by looking at the formation (3:00 mark of first video below, 3:30 of the second) and how to tell an inside or an outside zone just by watching the way the offensive line comes off the ball (4:15 of second). Those two things alone could change how you understand what you’re watching as you’re watching it”

We are delighted with this news although we had an indication that this momentum was building as one Sunday recently had FOUR articles on Philadelphia sites that quoted, interviewed, embedded, or cited this website all at the same time. We have also learned that we are about to be cited in another one of the nation’s largest newspapers and this will be printed in the near future. Trust me…I will cite it here when it happens since all the volunteers who work so hard on this site will share in the celebration.

For the link to the Washington Post article? Go here.

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Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...

  • William Butters

    Good for you guys, well deserved!!!

  • You’ve gone and done it now! I knew someday this place wold lose it’s Top Secret status, that someday all the Duck secrets would be thrown out of a briefcase into the wind from a tall building, for all the people people below, desperately needing some wealth of Oregon Duck wisdom. Now every team knows where to go to try to figure out how to slow down the Ducks. I’ve feared this day for a few years. Everything always starts to go crazy when Jerry Thompson gets involved in a project. Oh, The Humanity!!!!!!!!! I’m kidding, of course. Congrats to you and all your fellow compassionate Oregon Duck contributors!

  • John Schroeder

    Very cool Charles!

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  • hoboduck

    What I liked most about the linked article is it allowed me the opportunity to watch the excellent videos again. I must confess they are better the second time around IMHO.
    Outstanding Charles.
    Go Ducks WTD

    • FishDuck

      I thank all of you for taking the time to comment. Hobo, my friend…if you go up to the top of the page and click on “Videos” you will find that they are all there anytime on the site.