What is FishDuck.com?

About Us May 2015

What is FishDuck.com?

Welcome to an Oregon football fan website like none other, in fact there isn’t anything like it anywhere in the World!

This all-volunteer website is dedicated to serving a new niche’ in college football, what we call the “Next-Level” fan who wants to learn a little about Oregon football, (but not as much as a coach) and be entertained in the process.  This is a more discerning fan that takes this information and applies it to the next game to enjoy our beloved Ducks that much more.

This fan also likes to offer feedback and his/her opinions and we welcome the high-brow writing and comments under the articles as we all learn from each other. (We have rules also about commenting to keep it civil and to protect the writers and those who comment from the trolls) We are the only Oregon website that insists, “No insults, no belittling, no name-calling and even a back-handed compliment is deleted. Do it twice and you are blacklisted from ever posting a comment again.”

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 comments below the articles are a good as the articles. Unique!

We have a couple of current articles every week, (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and sometimes even up to six articles a week) and at least one a week (on average) by Mr. FishDuck himself. These are new Analyses, Talent Evaluations of new recruits, and Opinion articles by guest coaches and sage observers of Oregon Football.

What is FishDuck.com about?

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.com) 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 1.7 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 five years.

Our Alexa Global ranking in December, 2017 put us in the top 1% in the world for visits in a month—and we are a niche site. (this has been true for the majority of FishDuck.com’s existence) FishDuck.com was in the Wall Street Journal?  See for yourself in the article that ran in January, 2014! (and the Washington Post!)About Us page

We are all-volunteers, as Fischer is an Investment Advisor and Planned Giving Consultant by day and although the site is not designated as a non-profit … it has operated that way since we began 6.5 years ago. We just want to keep learning football—we have over 330 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.com 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 up in the Toolbar 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.com 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.com is a FREE site, and a good resource, thanks to all the coaches and analysts who have given their time and expertise as a volunteer.

Without intending to–FishDuck.com 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 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 from Google ads, 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.com to learn and enjoy Oregon football who make it a success.  We have become a Rolls-Royce of Oregon Football websites—not from the cool features, and not from being free to you, but from the quality of the readers who comment and participate. Be a part of the comments below the articles and enjoy the writing and discussion about Oregon Football that you will not find anywhere else.

“Oh how we Love to learn about our beloved Ducks!”

Charles Fischer  (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.com  

FishDuck.com 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.com 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.com 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.com 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.com!

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!