In Gator Country, a Flying Oregon Duck

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In Leesburg, Florida, a city where the locals cheer for the Florida Gators, Oregon has a fan. Jim Murphy grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, but in the 2012 Rose Bowl it was the Ducks he bet on.

Jim's flying duck mobile

When asked how he became a Duck fan, Jim says, “They are a fun team to watch. ‘3 yards and a cloud of dust.’  They play wide-open football. I guess those old Ducks just won me over.”

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Book Review: Season of Saturdays

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Season of Saturdays

Photo: Brady Abler

Every Saturday in the fall, it happens: across the country millions have their eyes glued to a TV set as people gather on college campuses and in bars to partake in the almost religious experience of college football. College football has become one of the cornerstones of American culture, inspiring a unique brand of passion and outrage among fans. It can bring out the best and worst of everyone involved – players, coaches, schools, students, and fans, just to name a few.

Michael Weinreb’s Season of Saturday examines the history and progression of college football. Since the sport originated in 1869, it has evolved from an off-shoot of rugby to become a key part of America’s national identity. Through this book, Michael Weinreb covers the history of the sport from its beginnings as an Ivy League activity to today. He tells the stories of many iconic college football coaches such as Woody Hayes, Joe Peterno, and Knute Rockne.

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Introducing: The Early Birds

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Sign your child up for the Early Birds

As parents, we all want our children to succeed and, arguably, excel in life. Early exposure to fitness and sports, arts, literacy and technology can only serve to benefit a young child’s development, and the Early Birds project is The Duck Store’s way of encouraging Duck fan parents to keep all of these facets active in their kids’ lives.

Early exposure to the arts, early literacy, early technology adoptions – these are all things that we hope to bring to our Early Birds. There’s no cost for your child to be an Early Bird member, and members will receive exclusive offers and be notified of events and giveaways specifically designed for kids.

Click here to sign up your child to be an Early Bird! Upon registering, Early Birds will be emailed a membership card to print out and take to Duck Store locations for special prizes and exclusive offers.


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Wyoming @ Oregon: The Chatter

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Oregon vs. Michigan

Photo: Taylor Wilder

Wyoming @ Oregon
Saturday, September 13th
Kickoff: 11 a.m.
Media: Pac 12 Networks
Weather: 72 degrees at kickoff, nearing 90 by end of game
Vegas Says: Oregon – 43

How about that Michigan State game? As Duck fans, we’ll be riding the wave of that victory until October, when we get an opportunity to avenge our unfortunate loss to Arizona last year. Until then, there are a few DGH (Don’t Get Hurt) games, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few storylines to discuss.

Oregon’s theme this season will continue to be the maturing of the Helfrich era. Bleacher Report published an article this week titled “2nd-Year Oregon Coach Helfrich Threatening To Take Ducks to Next Level,” and the national chatter is consistent with this sentiment. We’re focused behind the leadership of our 2nd-year head coach, and as the Bleacher Report article points out, the simple presence of players like Mariota, Grasu, and Ekpre-Olomu is testament to that fact, as all three could have jumped to the NFL at the slightest hiccup in confidence. This weekend will represent an opportunity to examine the focus that the Helfrich-led group maintains in a matchup that could be viewed as a letdown in comparison to the previous week.

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Running in Eugene, Oregon

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Andrew Wheating Running

“Nice legs!”

“Cute shorts!”

And the ever classic, “Run, Forrest, run!”

All of these, usually yelled from a moving vehicle, are only three of the many catcalls I have received while running around the globe. These calls are easy to ignore or shrug off because they tend to originate either from a person who clearly hasn’t gotten off the couch in too long and is more than likely jealous and lashing out, or a young teenager trying to look cool in front of their friends. Either way, it’s good for a giggle.

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There’s Nothing Like Being an Oregon Student

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Student Life at the University of Oregon

Photo: Brady Abler

For students, days on the memorial quad, studying at Knight Library, and nights at Rennie’s, Taylor’s and Max’s become lifelong memories. Eugene is a college town to its core, and new students make instant connections with many of the same places as generations before them.

Whether a journalism student living in Allen Hall, an avid frequenter of the Knight Library’s quiet 4th floor or business students spending long nights in the labs at Lillis, every student finds their personal favorite study area on campus.

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MSU @ Oregon: Reactions and Wrap-up

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Oregon Fans show their devotion to the Ducks during the Michigan State game.

Photo: Brady Abler

The much-hyped matchup between Michigan State and our Oregon Ducks didn’t disappoint. This was a special game to be a part of, but not because the Ducks did their usual Autzen Stadium blow-out dance. The final score – 46-27 – doesn’t even begin to tell the story of this one. The game was good for four quarters, but if you’re a Duck fan the narrative begins at halftime.

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Oregon, The Duck & Kids: How the World’s Most Lovable Mascot Attracts the Youngest Duck Fans in the Nation

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Young Ducks Fans Get It - Nothing Else Like It

When it comes to getting kids involved in collegiate sports, I don’t think parents anywhere else in the nation have it easier than Duck fans. How can little ones resist our super cute, super snuggly, super happy-go-lucky mascot? The short answer is, they can’t. The Duck is absolutely the sweetest mascot that ever existed, and kids get it.

Even before my son could talk, he expressed his love for the Ducks. One morning, he surprised me by pressing his tiny fingers together in his first ever “O” formation. The first letter he ever identified in his ABC book was “O”. He’d point to the bold graphics on his daddy’s tee shirts and articulate the very best “Oregon” he could. His best friend at daycare wore a Ducks shirt and he made it perfectly clear to me that he thought this was the coolest thing ever and that he’d also really like a shirt with The Duck on it. Of course, being that I work at The Duck Store and am filled with pride at my son’s affinity for my team, I made sure to go and buy him an Oregon mascot shirt the very next day so could show his buddies that he, too, had one of these coveted Duck shirts.

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Oregon Golf: There’s Nothing Else Like It

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Golf: There's Nothing Else Like It

Photo: Brady Abler

Being that I’m one of the resident golf nerds at The Duck Store, I was asked to put together a piece on golf in Oregon so that our readers and shoppers can get some ideas of where they can show off some of the new Golf swag available at The Duck Store. My response? Gladly.

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Enjoy Oregon, One Hike at a Time

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There's Nothing Else Like It: Hike in Oregon

Photo: Brady Abler

Oregonians are known for their love of the great outdoors, and it’s no wonder with all that the state has to offer. From the ocean to the high desert, there are hundreds of hikes to be enjoyed!
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