What is FishDuck?

About Us May 2015

What is FishDuck?


Welcome to a very special Oregon football website created for the discerning and devoted fan of Oregon Sports.

This website is dedicated to serving what we call the “Next-Level” fan who wants to learn a little about Oregon football, (but not as much as a coach) and yet be entertained in the process.  This is a more discerning fan who not only wants the news and information, but this FishDuck reader wants to ponder it over and discuss it all with other readers within a safe internet environment like none in the world.

This fan wants to discuss Our Beloved Ducks in the only NO-TROLLS-ALLOWED forum on the web, the Our Beloved Ducks Forum. We all know how horrible the internet as become as anyone can say anything while hiding behind their “handle.” Not at FishDuck!  See more below…

What is most amazing is how this small niche’ site was again in the Top 1% in the World for pages read among all active websites globally in 2019. (As confirmed by a third party source Alexa.com, an Amazon company) While there are many sites larger, there are few worldwide that actually had over 4,200 pages a day read on average as FishDuck did in 2019 between our current articles and the 12 sections of the Oregon Football Repository.

What Makes FishDuck Different…

Our Unique Articles:

Three components comprise of what this site strives for and presents to the public as unique, and the first is our content consisting of six to seven articles every week, (every day but Saturday) with regular contributions by Mr. FishDuck himself. These are new AnalysesRecruiting articles along with what we are really known for is our Editorial-Opinion articles by guest coaches and sage observers of Oregon Football that generates tremendous discussion and reflection.

Bob Rodes is one of the superb editors that you will learn from…

These articles are generated in the mode of what the readers of FishDuck want; they love to ponder the issues of our Beloved Ducks and discuss them. Our articles are designed to inform and entertain, and will be geared toward this typically older and more mature professional crowd who like to debate and banter about these topics. (As this serves as a fun diversion and entertainment from the rest of life) We welcome comments (posts) and discussion from everyone on all articles!

The Oregon Sports Daily Article Links:

A new post every day in the forum is called The Oregon Sports Daily Article Links, intends to make it easy on Oregon fans searching for the most interesting and newest Oregon Sports News occurring that day. We will have article links up from other sites every day, and will thus save you a ton of time going to so many sites and searching. We will be a go-to location for the best of opinion and Oregon Sports News items on the web, and the best part is that all discussion on the forum will be NO TROLLS-ALLOWED!

No need to dip your toe in the comments on the other boards when you are completely safe on ours. Get your news here, as we will bring it to you! We are not going to create the news with our own reporters, but we will bring the best to you with links to read on their site and then we provide the forum that is the safest for discussion out there! (See below)

Our Beloved Ducks Forum: The Only NO TROLLS-ALLOWED Oregon Forum on the Web!

The unique reader of this site also likes to offer feedback and his/her opinions as we welcome the high-brow writing and posts under the articles and in the new forum as we all learn from each other. We have rules about posting to keep it civil and to protect the writers and those readers who post from the trolls. We are the only Oregon website that insists, “No insults, no belittling, no personal criticism, no name-calling, no sarcasm, no taunting and even a back-handed compliment is deleted. Do it twice and you are blacklisted from ever posting a comment again.”

Kevin Cline

THEY get it…if they’re civil, they’re welcome!

These commenting rules are strictly enforced, and thus readers and article writers know they can assert their opinion, even if unpopular, and not experience the nastiness seen on the web these days. This Duck sanctuary is rare, and the posts below the articles are as good as the articles. We actually had a stretch recently of nearly 3,000 posts and I did not have to delete a single comment. That never happens on the web, and thus what makes this readership and this new forum special and unique.

We cannot guarantee that a Troll won’t show up and won’t make an offending remark, but we can guarantee that we will act immediately to remove the post once we are aware of it and at the second offense–blacklist the offender from ever posting again. I have been on Oregon message board/forums for over 23 years and nobody keeps their site clean but for a month or two at a time. At FishDuck, we have been clean of the Trolls since the summer of 2017, and with that track record–we are very committed to remaining that way.

See a nasty comment insulting you on this site?  Flag it in the forum and rest easy knowing it will be gone soon, as all writers, readers and anyone who posts will be protected on this site from the banality that reigns on the internet.

There is no other site on the web like this!

What is the History of FishDuck?

Charles Fischer wanted to learn about the Spread Offense when Oregon adopted it with Coach Mike Bellotti in 2005, but none of the media explained it for six years, so he started the site, (FishDuck) began consulting with coaches at different levels and made an instructional video about the Chip KellyMark Helfrich Spread Offense nearly every week for a year.

After about 50 videos the Pac-12 stopped him, (another story) and the site continued to do analysis about the team with single play videos and GIFs. The videos have been viewed 1.9 million times, and even now on average—they are being viewed every minute of the day and Charles hasn’t made a new video in over seven years.

FishDuck was in the Wall Street Journal?  See for yourself in the article that ran in January, 2014! (and the Washington Post!)About Us page

Everyone on the site have other professions, as Fischer is a Planned Giving Consultant by day and although this site is not designated as a non-profit … it has operated that way since we began eight years ago. We just want to keep learning football—we have over 400 analysis articles about the Oregon Spread offense and the Oregon defense and we now have the “Analysis Library” available to find out more about the offenses and defenses at Oregon.

FishDuck now has an incredible Oregon Football Repository that has over 1,000+ articles and videos about Oregon football in 12 separate categories. It is an amazing resource for Duck fans and you can learn about it here, as well as in the Toolbars on every page.

Coaches have been able to win because of this site… whether it was small high school team who had the best seasons in their history after they found the site, or the Semi-Pro team who was a .500 team until they found our site. A year later they were rated No. 1 in the country among over 2,000 teams.

Coaches come to us from across the United States and we’ve been contacted by coaches for Club Teams internationally in Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Poland, Germany, (many more),….I’ve found articles translated into tons of different languages, (the most interesting was Romanian) received emails in Portuguese from Brazil and listened really hard to the Southern drawls from coaches Louisiana and Texas. We have had coaches contribute articles to the site from Hawaii all the way to upstate New York.

We have made a permanent contribution to the sport of football; do this—Google the words, “Inside Zone Read” or “Outside Zone Read” and FishDuck articles are right at the top of the first page out of over six million listings. We had an article about boring Zone Blocking read over 20,000 times last year, and it was created over four years ago!

From FishDuck.com Video

Charles Fischer sharing information in a video…

We built the site for fans, but coaches have used it for Pee-Wee football right up to through colleges. It has been a labor of love and for those who want to learn more football—FishDuck is a good resource, thanks to all the coaches and analysts who have given their time and expertise as a volunteer.

Without intending to–FishDuck has become an ambassador of Oregon football to coaches and fans around the world as over 50 countries have readers visiting the site each month.

Charles is available for interviews and in this one was anointed by the host as “The Godfather of Oregon Football.” This site has been costly for the principal (Mr. FishDuck) and although it does not pay for itself presently, the 12 sections of the Oregon Football Repository remains free to all.

We are University of Oregon Media Credentialed as we have our reporters in the Press Box with photographers on the field at Autzen.  Our focus is telling the story of the games while providing some analysis beyond the usual vanilla reporting available, and our young reporters/writers have been linked at major newspapers and even ESPN Regional sites, which increases our exposure and enhances the careers of these sharp young writers.

Yet it is the people who come to FishDuck to learn and enjoy Oregon football who make it a success.  We have become a premium Oregon Football site—not from the cool features, but from the quality of the readers who post and participate. Be a part of the comments below the articles and in the forum by posting, and enjoy the writing and discussion about Oregon Football that you will not find anywhere else.

“Oh how we love to learn about, ponder and discuss Our Beloved Ducks!”

Charles Fischer  (Mr. FishDuck)
Eugene, Oregon

Fish, when it comes to old, gray, over the top Duck fans with the heart of a ten year old, you are the best thing going!  Had to put work on hold this morning, with 2 phone lines holding, my secretary trying desperately to get my attention, and a spill in the warehouse, telling all I had important work that could not wait, while I finished your report!   SACDUCK

Thanks for the great and informative videos and analysis. This discussion of Xs and Os and how the offense is designed to work is really well done. Much better stuff here than the sports media analysis ever puts out. – “iggles fan “via FishDuck   

FishDuck has been an invaluable resource for our offense, players, and staff here at Villanova.  The tutorials of Chip Kelly’s offense at Oregon are the best and most accurate analysis of the Spread Offense and its philosophy, schemes, and operation out there. I look forward to his weekly analysis of the upcoming evolution of the Spread here in Philadelphia.” Brian Flinn, Receivers coach for Villanova University

If you have an article or video link you would like to share with the Oregon Football Repository, then email me charles@fishduck.com as the writers and editors of the site are grateful for the help.

Help us Build and Maintain an Oregon Football Repository at FishDuck for all Duck fans!

The Oregon Football Repository is massive and contains 1,000+ Articles and Videos in 12 sections:

From Video

Ed Dickson and LaMichael James.

Oregon Analysis Library
ChileDuck’s Updated Football Depth Chart
Oregon Highlight Videos
Music for Ducks’ Ears
History of Oregon Football
Men of Oregon: Players and Coaches
The BEST Recruit Talent Evaluations
The BEST of “The Duck”
The BEST of FishDuck.com Humor!
Oregon’s Amazing Uniforms
Savor the “Autzen Magic”
We Love to Hate our RIVALS

Click on the live links above and enjoy!

Current articles of Analysis, Editorials, Coach’s Opinion, and Talent Evaluation will continue with new articles every week on Mondays and Wednesdays (and sometimes Fridays) at FishDuck as before.

Mr. FishDuck has already put tens of thousands of dollars into the site (with nothing in return) and needs help to keep these 1,000+ articles (incredible!) available, to add to them over time, and to allow him to continue to write every week. We want to keep all of this on the site free to all Oregon fans, for a very long time.

Please donate to make this site a gift to all Oregon fans as a long term source of Oregon Football Information!

Could you send a gift of $100.00 of which is eight dollars a month or a cup of coffee a week. (Two dollars a week-cheap!)  

Amazing Moments Photography

Kiko Alonso and the Oregon Defense!

Please donate to FishDuck at the PayPal button below under the account of charles@fishduck.com and you can also donate using your credit card by clicking on the button below.  Thank you from all of us at FishDuck!

Want to send a check? Make it out to FishDuck.com and send to:

FishDuck.com, Charles Fischer
1500 Valley River Dr. Ste 315
Eugene, OR 97401

Our entire staff thanks you!