Duck Season

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Aspen is ready to cheer on the University of Oregon Ducks!!

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2 thoughts on “Duck Season

  1. I am embarrassed to say, I had to look this one up! Here is the following from Wikipedia:

    Oregon teams were originally known as Webfoots, possibly as early as the 1890s. The Webfoots name originally applied to a group of fishermen from the coast of Massachusetts who had been heroes during the American Revolutionary War. When their descendants settled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the 19th century, the name stayed with them. A naming contest in 1926 won by Oregonian sports editor L. H. Gregory made the Webfoots name official, and a subsequent student vote in 1932 affirmed the nickname, chosen over other suggested nicknames such as Pioneers, Trappers, Lumberjacks, Wolves, and Yellow Jackets… Ducks, with their webbed feet, began to be associated with the team in the 1920s.

    I always thought they were called the webfoot because it’s so wet around here most of the time! There are ducks all over campus as well, but it can be hard to take duck seriously as a vicious mascot, especially one with the likeness of Donald Duck, but good ol’ Puddles is revered around these parts!

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