Remember July 4th last year? The pool parties, the backyard barbeques, the firework shenanigans down by the river?
It’s that time of year again, fellow countrymen & women. Summer is back, and it’s time for another celebration of our Star Spankin’ Country.
To mark another celebration of our country’s independence from those damn redcoats a few hundred years back, we dug up the most American guy we could find and followed him around for a day to see if Cowbucker’s newest USA Line was up to the challenge.
Everybody, meet Johnny, the Most American Man in America. This is one hammer-swinging, gun-shooting, ski-bombing son of an Uncle Sam you’ve got to see to believe.
See the handsome mug? The burly beard? The Teddy Brosevelt Boonie Hat? Fish fear this man, and Johnny knows it. That's why we hit the river at the crack of dawn. By 6:30 am we had enough trout to get us through winter.
Family fed for the next six months, Johnny turned his attention to the livestock (like any “Most American Man” does). The Dream Team Bucker kept the hay out of his eyes (and a tingly feeling in our pants-area) while we watched him single-handedly feed and water a farm’s worth of horses, pigs, and cows.
Once the chores were done, Johnny headed for some purple mountain majesties and gnarly pow pow, shredding gnar like a bearded Bode Miller in the Old Glory Denim Boonie. It is a day that onlookers (and ski patrol) will probably never forget.
Being the Most American Man in America takes a lot of (target) practice. Grapefruit at 1000 yds? COME AT ME, Teddy Brosevelt.
After blowing stuff up, Johnny felt like putting up some walls, so he framed this house. In an afternoon. Can your Dad do that? Didn't think so.
Johnny rounded off the afternoon with 18 holes where he shot a 68, caught a falling nest of baby robins in his bare hands, AND went beer for beer with the guys back at the clubhouse. Dream Team indeed!
At home in his natural element, the Most American Man in America reflects on a day well spent. If Johnny taught us one thing, it’s that the most American Man in America knows how to make hay when the sun shines, be it literal hay or HEEEEEYYYYY! Bottoms up, Americanos!
Yep, it’s that time again! The best damn time to be an American. Your step-cousin’s uncle’s best friend is throwing his usual July 4th rip-snorter and it’s got you snaking around the internet again. Just like it does every year.
Remember last year when Jimmy’s brother-in-law passed out in the kiddie pool for 7 hours? Classic. How the heck are you going to do your part to show up and show out on this great nation’s beloved holiday?
Look no further, America! We got you covered...again. Introducing the brand new USA Collection from Cowbucker.
Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up! While the Irish themed holiday can be celebrated in many ways, here is a checklist of things we believe you should do, wear or drink to get the most out of our favorite Spring drinking holiday:
Chase a rainbow to the other side: You may or may not find a pot of gold once you get there, but the worst case scenario is that you go on a nice, long hike only to find a mad leprechaun getting stingy with his bowl of Lucky Charms. Wouldn’t that really be the story of a lifetime anyway?
Get your kilt on: If you have a bold fashion style and like to dress up for St. Patty’s Day, kilts may be for you. They are a versatile, comfortable and fashionable pant (not skirt), and--the best part is--they are traditionally worn with nothing underneath!
Drink an Irish beer: Guinness is a delicious beverage and Ireland’s most famous beer. While no St. Patty’s day can be complete without drinking one, check out some of lesser known Irish beers that can wet your whistle too!
Find a shamrock: They’re good luck. Who doesn’t good want luck?
Wear green: Based on an Irish myth, green makes you invisible to people-pinching leprechauns. In reality, if you don’t, you get the **** pinched out of you by all your friends and then you’re THAT guy. Don’t be THAT guy, wear green. Plus, then you can...
Pinch someone not wearing green: What’s more fun than giving your friend who can get into the proper spirit for a drinking holiday small, sharp pains all day?
Wear The Paddy McPlaid: It obviously is very photogenic with a Guinness, it goes great with a kilt, and you’re covered on wearing green. It covers half our list without even trying!
Try talking in a fake Irish accent: You probably can’t do it very well, and if you run into a real Irish person you may likely…
Get into an angry Irish barfight: Fighting is not cool. Mean Irish stereotypes aren’t cool. And getting thrown out of the bar makes it kind of hard to order your Guinness and Bailey's.
Have a bad time: St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays and should be enjoyed by all. Celebrate the Irish spirit responsibly, and remember to have a good time!
As fans we live for nail biting seconds with game winning shots, and appreciate a basketball dynasty when we see one. With March Madness quickly approaching, we have started strategizing our brackets, which led us to wonder - which teams are truly "the best" in college basketball history?
Nicknamed the Tall Firs for their vertically advantaged roster, Oregon used their height to win 16 of their 18 Pacific Coast Conference games. Their season landed them in cities like Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia that gave them traveling experience before heading into the first NCAA tournament. At a time where there was no shot clock or three-point shot, Oregon beat out Ohio State 46-33 to win the first ever NCAA championship.
At the head of this astronomical season is our guy, Bill Walton. Our favorite tie-dye wearing broadcaster led the team to a 30-0 season. This team was a part of the famous UCLA 88 game winning streak. Yeah, the Bruins were unstoppable.They ended the season beating florida state in the final with a score of 81-76, and adding their sixth of seven consecutive championship titles.
After missing a chance at the NCAA title the year before due to injuries, Indiana started the season with eyes on the prize. Often referred to as the best single-season team in college basketball history, the 75-76 Hoosiers dominated with a 32-0 season. They maintained this momentum to dominate through post season play, beating rival Michigan 86-68. Today, they remain the last undefeated team in regular season to go on to win the national championship.
Following up their championship title from the season before, the Duke’s 91-92 season did not disappoint. Led by an all-star lineup of Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Thomas Hill, Cherokee Parks and Christian Laettner, the Blue Devils won the first back to back championship in almost 20 years. This is also the season where Duke propelled past the elite eight with Laettner’s notorious shot. With only 2.1 seconds left, Hill threw an almost full court pass to Laettner who finished it off with a turnaround shot to win the game. Now, that’s the stuff dreams are really made of.
With March Madness 2017 about to begin, we wonder which teams in our bracket will write their own epic tales in the history books. And to that, we say cheers to the last-second shots, savage blocks, and underdog-winning shocks to come.
When I was a kid, I first saw the Pit Crew in action under the old lights of McArthur Court. Looking down from the 300 levels was the rowdiest group of people I had ever seen. From my first game in 2002 players like Luke Jackson, Catherine Kraayeveld, Aaron Brooks, Maarty Leunen, Joevan Catron, and Ellyce Ironmonger became my favorites. I thought this was the best college basketball I had seen, until I was finally a Duck.
The venerable MacArthur Court
My first basketball game as a student was against Western Carolina. I sat in the Pit in the second or third row with a few friends that I dragged along. Matthew Knight Arena was much different than the intimacy of Mac Court, but it was incredible. I read my first Pit Crew Post and was hooked. The humor, rosters, chants, and photos made heckling the other team so easy. The big news for that game was that a WCU player attacked someone with brass knuckles. I’ll never forget the giant cardboard brass knuckles someone brought and shook behind the backboard. It was awesome. The rest of the season was filled with win streaks and a long losing streak. But, the best game was Arizona. The place was rocking. If we won that game, and beat the #3 team in the nation, we would go to the Big Dance. That’s what we did. There is a big difference between seeing a court storm and being in one. I squeezed between the media table and the courtside seats and packed in the center of the court with 400 other passionate students. I was shoved every which way yelling and not believing what had happened. Until a week ago, it was the greatest game I had been a part of in MKA. Great teams ended the rest of the season, but the legacy of that Arizona game made me excited for the next.
Ducks upset Wildcats! The video is fuzzy, but so was the moment.
The offseason took a turn that no one expected. The next team would be full of transfers, walk-ons, freshmen, and only three returning players. As the new school year started, and our football team won game after game, the beginning of basketball got lost. The women’s basketball team had a new coach and volleyball was nearing the end of its season.
I was brought on as a member of the operations team in Pit Crew. Our job was to make games full and more fun for students. The men’s team was underestimated despite a second place finish in the Pac-12 standings and tournament. The women beat Stanford for the first time in a long time and we rushed the court (which was pretty much never done in WBB and received national attention). Both seasons were ended by some of the best teams in the country, but they were about rebuilding and I had so much hope for the next year. I knew something special was going to happen. That year I made some of my best friends as well. It’s hard to find people that have the same passion for sports, but in Pit Crew it wasn’t.
In my junior year, I followed our volleyball team much more. The Pit grew more and more as the season went on beginning with a game filled with 1500 students. The excitement from Volleyball propelled into the MBB season. The fourth game of the season was a Top 25 matchup against Baylor. I helped redesign the Pit Crew Post (which was awesome considering it was one of my favorite parts of being in the Pit). Football continued on post Marcus Mariota. At the beginning of school year, a relationship grew between the Pit Crew and some basketball and volleyball players. They would come and cheer with us at other sporting events and support their fellow student athletes. I had never seen that in my first two years, but these student athletes proved that they wanted to be in Pit Crew too.
Behind the Backboard (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)
That season I made the transition from standing in the Pit to standing behind the backboard for every MBB game. I would watch some incredible basketball in the same seat all season. The Pit would be my home for WBB and Volleyball, but there was something special behind the backboard. We were closer to the opposing team and could get in their head more easily. We could see baseline drives, back corner threes, and thunderous dunks that animated the arena. I traveled to more away games (I ended up being unlucky for all of them) and went to my first NCAA Tournament games. The women’s basketball team shocked the Pac-12 that year. Jillian Alleyne broke record after record and the team made it to the Final Four in the WNIT despite late injuries. But even with deep runs in their tournaments, the seasons ended and we were left with even more hope for the next year. Except for me, next year meant the last.
The Pit Crew - SCO DUCKS! (Michael Arellano/Eugene Daily Emerald)
This past summer I was named the President of Pit Crew. It’s pretty special to be the first female President, but I couldn’t do anything without my Vice Presidents: Isaiah, Ryan, and Andrew. These three guys know how far we’ve come in Pit Crew and continue to work hard to become better. We came into this year wanting to leave a legacy behind. The goal was to get students to games and make the Pit “lit.” So far this year we made two hand-made banners, sold out student tickets in seven games (including five straight), created an atmosphere so ridiculous it delayed the game (sorry Coach Altman), and finally filled the entire Pit with students for a WBB game. From the first volleyball scrimmage to these last few weekends in the Pit, this year has been the most fun I have had. Last weeks Arizona game was the best I have seen in MKA. The passion and atmosphere that the Pit Crew brought is exactly why I joined three years ago. I’m so incredibly proud of what we have done and excited to see where it goes.
Thank you to the Oregon Athletic Department, Nike, Oregon Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Basketball for making the last four years exceptionally special for me in Matthew Knight Arena. It has been like my second home.
With yet another cloud filled cold day in the Pacific Northwest, we can’t help but look ahead to a warmer and better time of the year -- summer. With summer comes one of the most epic holiday parties of all time. That’s right, we’re looking at you, Fourth of July.
The Fourth of July is made for sun, bbq, good friends, fireworks, and of course, beer. There are few things in life that will top the Fourth of July, but with a sorely needed President’s Day 3-day weekend in front of us, we’re going to try. In honor of President's Day and our new line of USA gear dropping this Spring, we thought we'd drop some lesser-known Founding Father inspiration to get the Presidential party started!
(1) Two days before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Constitutional Convention threw a party where 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of porter, 8 bottles of hard cider, 12 bottles of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch were consumed.
(2) The fathers thought the Declaration of Independence was going to be signed on July 2nd. (Too much Madeira guys?) John Adams even wrote to his wife saying, “the second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable in the history of America.”
(3) During this time, Ben Franklin wrote a letter to encourage scholars to find a method for improving human flatulence. Looks like this request has yet to be fulfilled.
(4) So, not surprisingly, Ben Franklin was not allowed to write the Declaration because everyone thought that he would try to slip a joke into it.
(5) Good ol’ Ben also thought the turkey would be a better national bird than a bald eagle because it “would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards.”
(6) John Adams had a dog named Satan. Woah.
(7) In England, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams vandalized William Shakespeare’s chair by chipping off chunks to keep as souvenirs. Friday night stuff.
(8) Thomas Jefferson introduced macaroni and cheese to the USA. And for this, we are forever grateful.
(9) When he was elected as president, George Washington owned the largest whiskey distillery in the country. Cheers.
(10) Francis Hopkinson asked for a “quarter cask of the public wine” as compensation for designing the first US flag. He was never given the wine but nevertheless, we like your style Mr. Hopkinson.
Greatness is achieved by standing on the shoulder's of giants, and if these guys don't inspire you, we don't know what will. Check out a sneak peek of our new USA gear, have a great weekend, and do our Founding Fathers proud.