FishDuck, like Oregon Football, will PAUSE and then RETURN

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Announcements 47 Comments

The pause on Oregon football has been beyond frustrating to us fans, but there is excitement as it returns. This website, FishDuck, is now following a similar pattern, but will have a much longer pause than Our Beloved Ducks. In short, this is the last article on our current schedule, and we will not be publishing every day any longer.

Mr. FishDuck will write a couple of articles a month for fun and to initiate discussion, and will create an article for football GameDays during the season for discussion as we did last year.

Charles…what is GOING ON?

This is not permanent, but a pause of some months. FishDuck will be back, with the full package of features I wrote of in the past. But I cannot offer them now.

After nine years of both my career and FishDuck … I no longer wish to work the 60 to 70 hour weeks that are required to maintain both demanding vocations. I have been doing Charitable Planned Giving as part of my investment practice over the last 20 years, and wish to focus upon that for the next 10-15 years. I have set up millions of dollars in Planned Gifts (gifts that take effect after death), and enjoy working with institutions and donors immensely. I need to allocate nearly all of my current time to that endeavor to establish a new business process.

Kevin Cline

Fans in retirement can set up Planned Gifts that improve their finances while helping future generations.

There are significant new tools and legislative changes that are exciting and enable the retired to have even more options to benefit while sharing a bit of their estate with their favorite charities. I need to do a complete re-boot of my process and workshop to help charities and donors be aware of these impactful strategies. Thus it has been getting to the point where I simply do not have the time for the massive upgrade to the site and to my career at the same time.  Consider it a partial sabbatical from FishDuck after thousands of articles and thousands of dollars (and hours!) in the nine years of the site.

Mr. FishDuck….you’ve done this BEFORE!

In the past I have tried to “quit” the site, but offering my ponderings has become part of my DNA. Thus, I cannot, nor will I ever step away. Years from now I will have a laptop on my belly in the nursing home as I enjoy trading thoughts with all of you as we have done so often in the comments to articles. I must take this pause. The daily articles will be back, but not for quite a while.

I will not turn FishDuck over to anyone else to manage for the interim, because as the writers and editors know … I am fussy about how things are done. (Some call it anal.) 

Reflect on the SUCCESSES

The site is currently in the Top 1% in the world among all active websites for pages read in a month again (as confirmed by Alexa, an Amazon company, and Google Analytics) as you helped create this. So many of you who have read our articles and offered feedback and comments is what has made this small, niche site a web powerhouse. Truly, we are the 3-Star who ends up in the Pro Bowl because of the readers, and the friendships created across the nation I value beyond words. I love our community …

All of this has been done with an all-volunteer staff publishing only one article a day! The quality of FishDuck editors helping us is stunning, and they do it in addition to their own demanding professions, while helping our younger writers improve. It has humbled me so many times over the years; the quality of the site is because of them, and I cannot thank the editors enough.

Kevin Cline

In 2016 … Trolls came in many forms.

What the readers and FishDuck have achieved is amazing, and together we have blazed some new trails in the process. We have established that you can have spirited debate, while keeping it civil and respectful through our rigorous rules governing commenting conduct. Our comment section has been a massive beta-test, a huge learning effort undertaken before the Our Beloved Ducks forum is released along with all the other new features. (When we return in a big way later.)

In the end after all the tons of hours haggling with people, learning the Tricks of the Trolls and experimenting, we are now at a very low comment deletion rate of only 6/10ths of a percent of all comments written. That’s impressive. You’re impressive. I’ve learned from you and want to express my appreciation to you for the unique community you have helped create at FishDuck. We’ve generated an incredible culture here at FishDuck; this site is unique because you have been a part of it.

Thank you.

Mr. FishDuck….I LIKE the Civil Discussion and want to CONTINUE Commenting on Oregon Sports!

That is what I’ve enjoyed the most as well; writing my articles and bantering with all of you has been my Green Refuge, and that would be tough to stop. So a solution we are working on is setting the default as having the most recent comments (below each article) appearing at the top of all the comments, as we had in the Disqus system before.

This means that no matter how old an article is–if a new recruit announces his verbal today (for example and you want to discuss it) then you write your comment below the last article published and your posted comment will appear at the top of the comments of that article and we can all discuss him as well as any topic that comes up. (Look for this to begin on Sunday)

Eugene Johnson

We were so fortunate to have photographers capture the action with beautiful backgrounds and such artistry!

If the site is unable to place newest comments at the top automatically as a default-you can do it yourself in two clicks. At the top of the comments is a drop-down menu arrow that when you click gives you three options, and then click on “Newest.” Bingo! This will put the newest comment at the top no matter how old the article is, thus our delightful civil discussions can continue regardless of the age of the article!

It is not a perfect solution, (a forum would be better) but it is effectively what we’ve been doing in daily articles already, and can function just fine for our Oregon Sports Community.  It does not matter how old the article is; your comment about something current will be at the top of all the comments and then the community can respond. Do know that a couple of fellow Duck-Buddies are going to be watching the comments carefully when I am working during the day to continue our enforced decorum that protects everyone from The Trolls. 

Stay in Touch!

The site will still be here, so do register for our newsletter to be notified when Mr. FishDuck has a new article, and he will also be sharing some spicier thoughts in these newsletters that cannot be published in the public sphere. (I know … I have not sent any newsletters in years, but during this respite I will be.)

It will be a unusual football season, but isn’t everything these days? Even with the extended FishDuck pause, I can truly say that The Best is Yet to Be!

“Oh how we love to ponder Our Beloved Ducks!”

Charles Fischer   (Mr. FishDuck)
Eugene, Oregon
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Comments below articles are now closed as we have moved all conversation over to the free Our Beloved Ducks Forum. It has been a big success already with many more posts than what we could fit into the comments below articles.

The Our Beloved Ducks Forum is where we we discuss the article above and many more topics, as it is so much easier in a message board format over there.  At the free OBD forum we will be posting Oregon Sports article links, the daily Press Releases from the Athletic Department and the news coming out every day.

Be a part of the forum and stay caught up!  When you wish to post there, do know that you are protected just as you were on FishDuck. Join us on the free forum right here!

Our 33 rules at the free OBD Forum can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!

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Thanks for all the good memories Charles, I will not forget them.

Jon Joseph

Ducks ranked 14 in the latest AP Poll.

Holland also opting out.

Mike Leach’s O will never work in the SEC, right?

KJ Costello, who never threw for 400 yds at Stanford, yesterday set the all time SEC passing record, 623 yds, in the upset win at LSU.

Can’t spell ‘choke’ without an OK. And Texas? Oh, my!

Will be very interesting to see the team the Ducks draws as its cross-division opponent.

David Marsh

Leach’s offense is going to be a shock for a lot of SEC teams. It was still a shock to the pac-12 as the preparation for Leach’s air raid is very different from most teams.

Leach also was able to bring in a solid quarterback which has given him a good launching point.

The bigger question here is will the SEC adjust to the offense?

Not to take anything away from Leach and his big win… But I feel LSU was overrated. They haven’t reached bama or clemson status where after losing major pieces of their team they just continue on like nothing really happened.


I don’t think it will be USC as the cross-division opponent for the Ducks. This will make the Pac-12 championship that more interesting to see them meet there.

Jon Sousa

Well Charles, sad for us (and we know for you too) but necessary for you. You need a break.

I’m looking forward to every opportunity to see what people here are saying, so I will still be checking every day.

Thank you Charles, for all you do.


Charles, you have many laurels on which you can rest. I know from experience that years of 60-70 hour work weeks can take it out of a person; I hope a lighter work load and a more singular focus will help clear the air.

That said, I’m sad that the absolutely unique site you’ve created is being diminished. As you know, there’s nothing else like it, the smarts, the civility, the knowledge base; these things are simply not found anywhere else. To put it bluntly, most sports sites suck.

So, many, many thinks for the vision you’ve had, and the work you’ve put in to make it a reality. Best wishes!


Pac12 interrupts SEC tea party! Ex Pac-ites The Pirate and CJ Costello (ex Stanford QB) put together a brilliant display of the transferability of the Air Raid Offense in putting up 44 points on defending national champions LSU – in spite of yielding two picks and two lost fumbles.

Mississippi State won the game by 10 points while Costello set an SEC all time single game record for passing yards of 623 – crushing the old record of 544!

LSU is a very talented team, and they will win their share of big games this year, but this early season loss was a delight to watch as the SEC/ESPN preseason narrative of gimmicky Pac12 offenses that would crumble in the mighty SEC conference took a big hit.

Fox News pregame show was spot on by having USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell on to do a nice piece on the Air Raid vs Spread offenses with a focus on Mike Leach’s version and the LSU/MSU game. While their panel opined that MSU was unlikely to have gotten enough practice repetitions to be very effective (oops) it was nice to get some early Pac12 recognition, even if it was former members and a Trojan coach who were featured.


As much as I was happy to see Leach leave the Pac-12, it was great to see his Air Raid rain destruction on an “SEC DeeeeeFENCE!!!!!!” Costello is arguably the best, “meaurables” QB Leach has had, though Gardner Minshew is doing okay in the NFL.

Next week, LSU takes on Vandy, who lost a close one to Texas A & M, who plays Alabama next week, while Leach and Miss St, host the Razorbacks.


First, the bad news, after the announcement of the season re-starting, we thought that Lenoir and or Graham would opt back in. Neither did, and in fact, joining them and Penei Sewell in forgoing this season, S, Jevon Holland.

The good news? We were taught growing up to not take pleasure in the failings of others. But that has never applied to sports! The ESPN/Dr. Pepper/SEC Invitational took a hit yesterday when perennial early exit,#3, Oklahoma blew a 21 point lead, and lost to Kansas State; @ Norman; the same Wildcats who had lost @ home, to Arkansas State the week before.

Jon Sousa

I’m lovin’ it.

Ryan Robertson

It’s been a pleasure writing for everyone. I hope I provided some level of enjoyment!!!


Although all season tickets are deferred until crowds are allowed at Autzen, there should be plenty to discuss. Too many good things are happening in Eugene not to have an outlet. Since my wife is a Mich State grad, she doesn’t get too excited about a 5 star linebacker or two….lol

Thanks Charles.

David Marsh

Thanks to Cristobal Oregon has a one game advantage over michigan state. That redbox bowl wasn’t an exciting game but the result was good.

David Marsh

Charles, if there is anything you need let me know how I can help. This community is such an important hub for Duck fans (and our families who out up with our ramblings).


Charles, you are owed a great deal of thanks from all of us members and all those others who have visited your site over the years for information and inspiration. FishDuck has certainly become the joy that stirs my morning coffee. You and it are very much appreciated. I fervently hope your absence is brief (and productive for your other efforts).

At least we’ll have YEARS of wonderful reading to refer back to…technique, data, player information, Duck history, and on. That’s what I’ll be doing while you’re out there spending millions to good deeds!

Best always, my friend.



Duck friends! If you truly have some time to kill, 20 or so minutes that you’ll never get back. Here’s an article that endeavors to make the case that Lazy Larry isn’t all that bad.


Interesting link about Lazy Larry. Its like the writer is trying to make Hitler look like a humanitarian. Fortunately many like you and I see through it and on into reality. Larry needs replacement, and the sooner the better.


Charles raises the bar on civil discourse and leaves to work on charitable giving. The guy is a saint, a green and yellow saint. Thanks for all you have done and are doing!


I join the rest of the folks on here in saying thank you. I look forward to still being able to comment. Especially on game days. Best of luck with your business endeavors and I hope you find plenty of free time to enjoy life.


Thanks, Charles, for creating and maintaining a site that is both fascinating and safe. Enjoy your sabbatical and I look forward to your return!


FishDuck is fun. Actively engaging daily with Ducks fans daily about new topics has been thought provoking. Every life has its pace and seasons, your included. Thank you, Charles, for providing the FishDuck site. Good luck in achieving the business goals you are pursuing. Hasta Luego!

Jon Joseph

All the best Charles.

Thanks for this terrific site.

Perfect time to hit the Ducks pause button.

All the best with the new business and do hit pause yourself and find time to relax.

See you round the bend.


60 to 70 hours/week….Slacker


Charles, thanks again for creating this site. Your “labor of love” has turned into a safe place for Duck fans to share ideas, memories, opinions, and concerns about “our beloved Ducks.”

It is truly rare to find a site on the internet where honesty and integrity are encouraged and where spiteful or nasty comments, and political diatribe (from either side), is not just discouraged, it’s not even allowed.

While I will miss a new topic each morning, I applaud you for your convictions and your vision to see what can be. I look forward to the newsletter and watching the comments as we wait for the games to commence!

Go Ducks.


Let’s hope the “newest” feature is able to be used soon; Pac-12 schedule, new commits, Justin and his NFL exploits! This just in, Kirk Herbstreit thinks that Alabama has a great chance at making the Playoff Dr. Pepper/ESPN/SEC Invitational this season! Thanks, Charles.

Jon Joseph

I’m shocked that Kirk believes Bama will make the final 4!

What a gutsy, out-on-a-limb, prediction.

Is this the season The Tide finally breaks through? And here I had Vandy penciled in, again? Good thing we have experts to help us out.

What’s next, suggesting that Clemson will make the playoff? I doubt that even Herbie has the gumption to make this pick?


Who would have ever thunk it.


Later in the show, Herbie offered that if the Pac-12 Champ finished, 7-0, “they should definitely be considered”. Dumb & Dumber David didn’t get it.

Santa Rosa Duck

Charles you have done a fabulous job in creating a truly adult Oregon football discussion site. Lots of education, lots of civil discussion. It is a must stop every day for everything DUCK. I and I am sure almost all wish you the very best in your new endeavor.