An Important Letter to Readers of FishDuck.com

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As of Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, the beginning of a partnership between FishDuck.com and the online newspaper, EugeneDailyNews.com will commence.

My friends — I cannot continue to operate as I have in the last year.  FD.com has become a full time job in itself that does not pay anything, as the ads do not cover the costs of the site.  I want to spend more time on my Investment Advisory business, as I have clients who have been with me as long as 30 years, and I have a loyalty to put them first over my hobby interests.  I am quite tired from trying to do both full time jobs, and cannot maintain this pace without endangering my health over time.

Going forward, I will simply be responsible, along with the team of coaches, for publishing an analysis each week, and I will continue to work with the GIF team.  However, I will no longer be involved in the management of most aspects of FD.com: Content Journalism, Photojournalism, Social Media, The FishTank Video Archive, Human Resources . . . all of it will be managed by EugeneDailyNews.com as of Wednesday, the 6th, although I will help in the transition.

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I wish to emphasize that I am not going anywhere, as I am just having daily management of the different departments of the site transferred to EDN, so that I can focus upon learning more about our beloved Ducks and passing those insights along through the analyses each Tuesday.  The Fish Report will continue, and you’ll note we now have the plays analyzed each week shown in motion, and the coaches contributing will have that new feature in their Fish Reports, as well.  This is going to allow me to return to a balanced life, where football analysis is fun and an interesting hobby.

EugeneDailyNews.com is a good matchup for us as Kelly Asay and his team is already accustomed to managing Editors and Writers and can add a more professional approach to a very successful fan website.  We are going to have many gradual changes over time, and I would ask you to continue to come, read, and give us a chance to show you how we are growing and improving.  I expect there will be some bumpiness at times on the site over the next four months or so, and you might even experience a weekday of no new articles, as EDN gets things nailed down with our writers/editors and organization.

In one sense, I am passing the baton, yet I am running in the lane right beside you, as I continue to provide analysis of football and other sports from time to time by noted experts in their field.  You can continue to come to FishDuck.com as an independent site, as you always have, for the foreseeable future.

My profound thanks to all you for sharing in this unique experience, as the journey of FishDuck.com moves into its next stage of development.

Charles Fischer

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 Volunteer Position Openings:

--Media Management/Supervisor:  We are looking for someone beyond college age who can help manage students and mentor in a number of different departments. Expertise is not required as organizational skills and interest in guiding others.   --Assistant Football Analyst: Love college football and enjoy watching it for hours? We need associates to view games and find the techniques/teaching points we identify for them in advance.  You will be recognized in publications, and could have the opportunity to move to full Analyst.   --College Football Analyst: We are looking for Coaches, or retired coaches to help create analysis videos (we do the video part) that will be viewed by thousands, and will help young football players as well as fans understand the game much better. The national recognition will help your resume' as well as make an impact upon the game we all dearly love.   --Video Specialist: We are looking for help in the Eugene/Springfield area to assist with the shooting and editing of analysis videos.   All Positions: Send a resume' with full contact information and any writing samples you have to charles@fishduck.com  Again, these are volunteer positions donating five hours a week each.

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...

  • DuckStud

    Good luck to you and the crew Charles…and to the new managers…

    GO DUCKS!

  • Rick Cook

    I’ve wondered how you have gone as long as you have with this. You do an amazing job, and I thank you for it, Charles.

  • hokieduck

    Congrats, Charles. Glad for your sake that you are getting help with the site. Thanks for all your efforts making FD such a terrific place for All Things Ducks Football.

    Go Ducks. Go FishDuck. WTD.

  • Douglas Fur ’74

    congrats on your wisdom to deligate. it’s more the exception than the rule. There are more successful businessmen who go broke or croak.
    and you get to continue doing the fun stuff.

  • That guy at The Roadhouse Gril

    Thank you Charles for all of the hard work you put in everyday. You articles are fantastic!

    I was watching Talking Ducks last night and thinking to myself how great it would be if they had you as a guest analyst via web-feed. Maybe have you in sections like “Keys to the Game” or “What to Watch For”.

    I realize with this article that you don’t necessarily have time for something like this yet but I believe it would be a good fit for both Comcast Sports Net and FishDuck.

    • FishDuck

      I remember you at the Roadhouse-thanks.

      You would think that I could add a different perspective on the game than other commentators or analysts…yet none have ever wished to interview me from within the state.

      Yet my analysis videos and the site have been written up in the Washington Post Online Sports (twice) and I’ve been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal twice…but nothing locally at all.

      It is possible that my new alliance with an actual newspaper (online) could change that as they may be reluctant to talk to someone from a “fan” site as opposed to what they perceive as a typical media source.

      But regardless…..I am going to learn by study and from the Grizzled Ol’ Coach, as well as from Coaches Flinn,Pettus, and Moore and then share with fans as we have–for free.

      I’m having fun no matter what……

  • ednadmin

    FYI: our goal is to make it easier for Charles, and every member of Fishduck to spend more time doing the thing they enjoy, and are so good at: making Fishduck.com one of the best sources on the internet for Duck game analysis and a little unique humor. Don’t expect big changes, the only thing you should notice is more good stuff from Charles and company.
    –Kelly Asay, EDN.

  • Central Ohio

    Thank you for your sacrifice and please thank your family too.

  • Ol’CodgerDuck

    Charles,
    Thank you so much for all the time and energy you have put into this site! I always look forward to and greatly enjoy your thoughtful and insightful analysis. I have learned more about the Duck brand of football from you and the Fishduck site than I have from all other sources combined. Other sources can report the “news” but nobody else breaks it down like you do. I concur with the writer above that I would love to see guest host a spot on Talking Ducks!
    1 thing I really enjoy is that your articles are never “fluff” pieces, but rather a hearty helping of Ducks analysis. I enjoy the way you break down the plays and illustrate how we make things happen.
    I can completely understand the need to pull back and regain some of your personal life – after all, if you are pressed to the point that you are not enjoying this endeavor, then that will ultimately be reflected in your writing and in this website. I am looking forward to reading your continuing analysis, and also to reading all the other authors that I hope continue to contribute.
    Thanks again and best wishes for this new direction!
    Ol’CodgerDuck

    • FishDuck

      Ol’Codger…your words and time taken to write them brought a lump to my throat as I read yours and the wonderful things written below by other readers. It means a great deal to me to have this feedback that I have helped other fans of our beloved Ducks learn right alongside me.

      Thank you to all of you, and I look forward to providing you more over time!

  • debtfree9

    Charles:
    As a little girl I became fascinated with football plays and their diagrams while most girls were playing dolls. I have no idea why. As a retired senior citizen, I still enjoy the breakdown of plays and learning why they work or not. It has been a pleasure reading your articles and I will look forward to more info on our Ducks. Many thanks for making the football games fun to watch.