Arizona @ Oregon: Real Men Wear Pink

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The Oregon Ducks wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month one game in september.

Photo: Michael Arellano/Emerald

Autzen Stadium
Thursday, October 2nd

Kickoff: 7:30 PM
Media: ESPN
Weather: Mid at kickoff, and cooling
Vegas Says: -22.5
Game Color: Black/Pink

Two teams, each with 4 wins and no losses, meet at Autzen Stadium Thursday evening, with the entire nation watching; exactly the scenario that any Duck fan would have wanted following an unfortunate performance in Tucson last year. In case you need reminding, the Ducks were dismantled throughout the game in a matchup that pushed their BCS hopes out the window. Even after their touch-and-go performance last week, the Ducks should be hungry to show the Wildcats, the Pac-12 and the entire college football landscape that they learned their lesson in Tucson last year.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Show Your Support on Oct. 2nd at Autzen Stadium

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Photo: Brady Abler

Photo: Brady Abler

For the past few years, college football fans all over the country have critiqued Oregon’s numerous jerseys; especially so when they don a pink jersey in October. The pink jerseys aren’t just some gimmick to get press, though. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so Nike provides the University of Oregon football team with pink jerseys for a game in October to help raise awareness of this terrible disease.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and it is the second leading cause of death among women — about 40,000 women in the United States lose the battle to breast cancer each year. I personally have three aunts who have fought breast cancer, and sadly only two beat it.

Beyond wearing the pink jerseys to raise awareness, we want to help fund research to support people with breast cancer. The game ticket for Oregon’s game against Arizona next week says to wear black, but we want to do all we can to make it a pink-out. The shirt pictured [...]
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What do you call a Duck/Grizzly fan?


Fan spotlight: Duck and Grizzly Fan,Angie

Surely there’s a joke in there somewhere… but dual-fanship is a reality for Angie Weisenburg. Angie attended the UO and graduated in 1992, then went to the University of Montana and became a Grizzly, but the Duck pride in her never left. Now, Angie’s office at the University of Montana Alumni Association shows her split fan personality.

“My campus office walls are covered with the appropriate maroon and silver, but I also have a wall dedicated to my beloved Ducks. I usually have to explain myself when bringing students in to interview for UM Homecoming Ambassadors each fall, but I make no apologies. Thankfully the two schools are in different conferences, right?!”

Angie's Office

Angie’s car has decals for both Oregon and Montana, as well as a flag for each school. Every now and then she comes across a fellow Duck fan — after the Michigan State game she noticed a car with an Oregon Duck license plate and they shared a moment of victory, flashing the [...]
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Oregon @ Washington State: Goals for Improvement

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Photo: Ryan Kang/Emerald

Photo: Ryan Kang/Emerald

Oregon @ Washington State

Pullman, Washington
Saturday, September 20th

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Media: ESPN
Weather: Mid 70s and sunny
Vegas Says: Oregon -23
Game Color: Green

Last week the Ducks rolled over Wyoming in convincing fashion, but not before the Cowboys and quarterback Colby Kirkegaard put a little first-quarter-scare into the Autzen Stadium crowd. At the end of the first quarter the Cowboys found themselves up 7 to 0 after forcing a punt and stopping the Ducks on 4th and goal. They were also able to put together two drives that took up nearly 11 minutes of game clock, which is exactly what opponents hope to do against the Ducks’ high powered offense. This, however, was the extent of Wyoming’s reign, and the Ducks went on to score 31 unanswered points in the second and third quarters, eventually winning 48-14.

This week, the Ducks take on the Washington State Cougars in Pullman, Washington, where the Cougars will hope to mimic the first quarter success achieved by Wyoming. Last year at Autzen Stadium the Ducks put up 62 points on the Cougars, but allowed 38 against Mike Leach’s “Air-Raid” offense, as Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday set the Pac-12 single season record for pass attempts during the contest. The game was closer than the home crowd would have hoped for, with the Ducks only leading by 10 at halftime. Nick Allioti’s defense then held the Cougars to a goose egg third quarter, and the Ducks were able to jump out to lead and never look back.

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In Gator Country, a Flying Oregon Duck


Photo: Michael Arellano/Emerald

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


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.

Season of Saturday has been praised by [...]
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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.

Youth Early Bird tees are now available online & [...]
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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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