Limited Edition Oregon Nike Lunar TR1 Week Zero Collection

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Nike Lunar TR1 Week Zero Collection

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Nike Lunar TR1 Week Zero Collection
Launch: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The countdown to football has officially begun. Well, to be honest, my countdown to the 2014 football season actually began on December 31, 2013. It’s been a long 233 days and, my fellow Duck fans, we are a mere 9 days away from our season opener at Autzen. Are you as excited as I am?!

The only thing that could spike my excitement level is the announcement of a very special, very limited product launch announcement from our very own Uncle Phil. Wait… did someone say product launch? Have you been hearing the rumors I’ve been hearing? Online rumblings about a fancy new Oregon Nike shoe have been circulating on social media channels and blogospheres for the past several weeks.

Today, I am beyond thrilled to confirm that the rumors are indeed true. Nike will be releasing a series of cross-trainers that will include only eight college football programs and Oregon will be one of them. The series is intended to capture the [...]
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My Experience with ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Photo: ABC News

Photo: ABC News

A few days ago I was preparing to head to my folks’ house for dinner, as I do each week, when my dad called and said, “Hey, bring an ALS shirt. We’re doing the ice bucket challenge.”

In case you haven’t yet encountered the social media phenomenon, the ice bucket challenge consists of an individual or group having a bucket of ice water dumped over their head in the name of ALS awareness. The idea is that the individual who has been challenged can either donate money to the ALS association, or accept the challenge by taking the oh-so-cold ice water shower and then pass it along to someone else. It has grown into a social media driven barrage of ALS awareness that includes politicians, talk show hosts, Hollywood celebrities, famous athletes and many more.

“What…?” I knew exactly what he meant, but… ya know… it sounded awful.

“It’s for ALS awareness. It’ll be fun.”

“… Ok…”

I’ll admit it. I was less than enthused about having a bucket of ice water dumped over my [...]
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My Return Home from the Home of Golf

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As much as I didn’t want Sunday to rear its ugly head—sure enough—there it was, right on the heels of Saturday night. The morning sun brought the realization that my time in St. Andrews, the Home of Golf, had indeed come to an end.

I would love to have some dramatic tales about rain blowing in sideways, or the wind blowing so hard it made walking difficult at best, or course conditions so tough that it would demand a PGA tour player showcase their best shots just to survive. However, that was not the case.

We had fantastic weather—absolutely ideal course and playing conditions. To top things off, the Commonwealth Games (think Scottish Olympics) were taking place during my visit and aside from a little excess traffic in/around Glasgow, both course traffic and highway traffic around the rest of the country was sparse.

Golf Into Horzion

Aside from a ridiculous amount of time spent golfing, I visited three castles (Glamis, Stirling, Edinburgh), stayed the night in a [...]
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Duck Store student board member interns in South Africa

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As a nonprofit with a mission to support the University of Oregon, The Duck Store is governed by a board of directors comprised of U of O students, faculty and staff. One of our student board members, Rose Lombino, is spending the summer in South Africa interning with the nonprofit Sibongile — Day and Night Care Centre. Sibongile’s mission is to make children with disabilities feel loved and receive excellent physical, emotional, mental and spiritual care.

At Sibongile, Rose has found much of her experience as a Duck Store Board member to be beneficial. Her main duties include writing grant proposals and creating project budgets. This work gives excellent real-world experience to supplement her studies as a double major in Philosophy and Planning, Public Policy, and Management.

Rose recently hiked Lion’s Head, a mountain in Cape Town, with some other interns. Although the hike was strenuous and included some rock climbing, Rose had the perfect gear from Ping that she purchased from The Duck [...]
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One Duck’s Journey to the Home of Golf—St. Andrews, Scotland

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Call it The Old Course.  Call it the birthplace of golf.  Call it golf in the kingdom.  However you refer to it, golfing at the home of golf is known worldwide as an incredibly special place, and The Old Course is near the top of most, if not all, golfers’ “bucket list” of courses to play.

Golf has been played at the Links in St Andrews since the early 1400′s and has been witness to some of golf’s greatest historical moments. It is where the rules of golf were born and still governed to this day.

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I am fortunate enough to have been here once before and I can assure you that each of the five times I have teed it up on the first tee I have felt that same feeling wash over me, knowing that I am indeed standing on a special piece of ground.  Nowhere else in my golfing life have I had so many people stand around and watch me hit my [...]
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Dive In: Lane County’s Best Recreational Pools for All Ages

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Photo: Pixabay.com

As residents and frequent visitors of Eugene know, weather in our area is sporadic at best until June. We usually get one random week of sunshine in March followed by several weeks of rain throughout April and May. Opportunities to break out the flip flops, shorts and sunscreen are few and far between and as soon as the sun breaks through the clouds, we take full advantage.

Once blue skies arrive, students litter campus lawns in their bathing suits, sunning on beach towels and soaking up rays while studying. Kids on my block crank on their sprinklers and run through cold waterfalls to beat the heat. My toddler has a little turtle wading pool in the backyard that we fill with water and splash around in on hot afternoons.

There are occasions when sunbathing, sprinklers and kiddie pools just don’t cut it and you need to take cooling down to the next level. On such occasions, grab your family and head on down to one of Lane County’s best recreational [...]
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Hitting the Links: Willamette Valley’s Golf Courses

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Photo: Pixabay

With the return of warm weather one of my favorite pastimes really gets into full swing… golf season is here. I know…bad joke. But it’s true. In my opinion, Oregon’s golf “season”—albeit too short in length—is weather-wise some of the best anywhere in the world. With the weather getting better by the day, I can’t help but think about some of my past golf experiences in and round the Willamette Valley.

Riveridge Golf Course

Located a mere minutes from downtown Eugene, this course offers golfers of all skill levels a chance to improve their game, or in my case, grow and foster a new found love of this game with my 7-year-old daughter. The greens fees are reasonable, the course is in some of the best shape it has been in within recent years, and their practice facility is quite impressive. Whether you want to squeeze in an “Emergency 9” one night after work or just go pound some balls on the range, Riveridge can accommodate all of your needs. They also offer both a [...]
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Pubs of Eugene: The Rundown of Track Town’s Top 5 Breweries & Pubs

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It doesn’t matter if you’re from Springfield, Oregon or Springfield, Illinois. Anyone who enjoys a good microbrew knows the northwest’s well-established reputation as the brewery mecca of the United States. When you live in the pub-saturated streets of Oregon, you take things like IBA and ABV seriously. Our beer is no joke.

My introduction to beer was minor league. My college years were spent dabbling in Coors Light and Budweiser. I slowly ventured into Sierra Nevada and Henry Weinhard, eventually growing an appreciation for northwest microbrew varieties on the lighter side. And as Eugene’s local scene for brew pubs grew, so did my interest in stronger and more flavorful ales.

One of Eugene’s specialty brews is our wide selection of IPA (India Pale Ale), known for its strong, hoppy bite. I steered clear of IPA for years because of that bite. But I knew I was a true Eugenian the day my husband offered me the choice between an IPA and one my favorite light beers and I said without hesitation, “IPA.” It was a [...]
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The Duck Store Launches Exclusive Oregon-Branded PING Gear Collection

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Photo: Natalie Kinley

Photo: Natalie Kinley

Golfing season is in full swing! While I am not the world’s most avid golfer (my idea of “hitting the course” is an afternoon at our local putt putt with my husband and 2-year-old son), I understand how the right gear optimizes your performance on the green. And let me tell you, the new shipment of PING gear we recently received at the Processing Center is nothing short of spectacular.

Knowing very little about the PING brand, I did a quick search hoping to learn more about their apparel and got drawn into an engaging timeline on their website that shed some light on this impressive company and its history. Founder Karsten Solheim invented the first PING putter in his Redwood City garage in 1959. In the decades that followed, Solheim designed and engineered several styles of putters, irons and clubs including the Anser, the K1, the Karsten 1, the PING EYE and more.

In 1962, PGA tour professional John Barnum used a PING putter on his road to victory at the Cajun [...]
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Get to Know Kayla Gordon, Your Miss University of Oregon 2013

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Dirty Duck 5k 2013

Many of you are familiar with the Miss America Organization and the highly anticipated competition that is televised each year. But what you may not know is that the University of Oregon has its very own pageant where one lucky student is crowned Miss UO. According to the Miss Lane County website, participants are provided a forum to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations.

We had the distinct pleasure of having Kayla Gordon, Miss University of Oregon 2013, stop by our Processing Center for a photo shoot a few weeks ago to model some new merchandise from one of our favorite brands, Blue 84. We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her experiences as an Oregon Duck and share some favorite memories of her reign.

What does being a Duck mean to you?

I’ve always been a Duck fan.  My grandparents met at and graduated from University of Oregon and I grew up watching Oregon sports with my parents. [...]
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