The Unauthorized — yet Uncensored — History of FishDuck


People stop me on the street all the time with two questions:  Do you know that you have toilet paper on your shoe?”  And, “What is it like working for”

Well, after more requests than I can count, I decided that it’s time to pull back the green curtain and let folks see the workings of our conglomerate that we call “All Things Fish.”

In the Beginning:  At first there were very few of us.  We were pioneers with humble aspirations.  All we wanted to do was reinvent sports journalism and commentary in a way that would garner intergalactic worship and a yachtload of cash.

If not a yacht, perhaps a dinghy.

If not a yacht, perhaps a dinghy.

We were all Ducks fans, of course, but Oregon sports was just a conduit to our real goals, namely groundbreaking sports writing, fame and chicks.

Picture taken at first Fishduck Christmas office party

Picture taken at first FishDuck office party.

Was it easy?  Of course not.  Times were different back than and our tools were primitive.

The first Fishduck newsroom

The Original FishDuck Newsroom

But we soldiered on, spurred by the inspiring words of our founding father, Charles “FishDuck” Fischer.

The beatings will continue until morale improves

“Did I mention that your deadline is 3:00 p.m., nave?”

We Hit Our Stride:  Soon, though, we could see that the fruit of our labor was bountiful.  The video tutorials were cited in publications such as The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nights in Bangkok and Yemen Times-Standard.  And my stuff personally was cited in other quality and substantive publications.

Quality AND substance

quality AND substance

We could see that all of our dreams would soon come true.

Today:  Finally, it all came to pass.  Worldwide accolades, incredible wealth and talk of a Pulitzer Prize for, humbly, me.  After just a few short years, is widely credited with remaking sports journalism, forever.  No longer will sports fans have to put up with the inane, amateurish babblings of Rick Reilly, Frank Deford and Bill Simmons, when they can read Sam Arney, Joel Gunderson and Glenn Hanna, instead. It’s a whole new world and, quite frankly, is large and in charge.

When was our moment of complete domination incarnate, you ask?  Why, it was the day that Charles Fischer made the Wall Street Journal his own sandbox.

“According to Charles Fischer, who runs, a website devoted to Oregon strategy, dating back to Kelly’s days, he has retained some old Oregon favorites, such as “pulling” the center to block ahead of runs to the outside, and such as running the same plays multiple times in a row.”

“But while doing so, Fischer says, Kelly has added NFL flavors such as multiple tight end sets and even the ‘West Coast’ offense, consisting of short passes designed to lead to running yardage after the catch.”

It’s Fish’s world.  The rest of us are just lucky to live in it.

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 Volunteer Position Openings:

  • Basketball Writer: Do you know the game and love to think about the upcoming season for our beloved Ducks?  Write about them!  It's fun doing homework on a winner!
  • 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  Again, these are volunteer positions donating five hours a week each.

Kim Hastings

Kim Hastings

Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA. He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as "TacomaDuck."