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, FishDuck.com. 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 FishDuck.com. 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 either 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 nations 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.
This is the not only major publication as the Wall Street Journal has honored FishDuck.com in addition and you can read about that endorsement here.
We are building a head of steam at this site and we’re honored to continue to serve the “Next-Level” reader who comes here to learn and be entertained. The snowball of endorsements is growing and we have exciting plans to make this site truly special in the very near future!
Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks, a season ticket holder at Autzen Stadium for 33 years and has written reports on football boards for over 23 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, have a daughter Christine, reside in Eugene Oregon, where he was a Financial Advisor for 36 years and now focuses full-time on Charitable Planned Giving Workshops for churches and non-profit organizations.
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…
FishDuck Salutes this Oregon Community…
I continue to be amazed at the quality of writing and the thought given to the posts/comments below the articles. I am very grateful that everyone has embraced the posting/commenting rules of this community as it has made my job a ton easier.
We have had as many as 3,000 posts a number of times before I ever have to delete one, and that just doesn’t happen on the web these days. My percentage of deletions to comments/posts is between one to two tenths of 1%, of which is stunning.
The new forum is delayed due to tech issues and my own life issues, but this Oregon Sports Community is going to be very special with the same rules and decorum that we presently see every day.
I salute you all for your thoughtfulness and respect toward fellow Duck fans. The Best is Yet to Be!