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Nike’s Ruby Red Slippers

-Sam Katzman

On February 4th, 2012 I won the lottery . . . or at least the Pit Crew and Nike’s version of it.

Before the start of this years NCAA men’s basketball season, Duck fans were informed of a promotion that would have everyone wanting to be at Matt Knight Arena before everyone else: a pair of sneakers.

These aren’t just any ordinary sneakers, though.

If you haven’t already heard, the iconic shoe and apparel giant Nike has many ties to this University. The UO is, after all known by many as “Nike University.”

That is why famed Vice President of innovation for the Beaverton based corporation/Duck track team alum, Tinker Hatfield, chose this campus to showcase his creation. An appropriate location given our flashy, trendsetting uniforms.

Hatfield took his classic Air Jordan III design and evolved it to incorporate

The Pit Crew’s logo.  But unlike many of his past shoe releases, this former student chose to not mass-produce his innovation. “When you give something to someone and you say they’re special, they’re not so special if you say you’re going to make 3,000 more and put them up for sale,” said Hatfield.

In early October, just before the Ducks took back to the court, Nike dropped off a donation of 500 Jordan III Pit Crew Editions in Eugene and seized production on this particular design immediately after.

As any knowledgeable sneaker head would know, with the limited release of a shoe as popular and iconic as this, collectors will go crazy to get their hands on a pair.

When my email informed me I would be among the 500 in the world handed a crisp black box with the jumpman emblazoned on the lid, I became the “envy of every shoe collector,” according to my friend, Miami of Ohio basketball player Jared Tadlock. So I double and triple-checked the message to make sure I wasn’t the victim of a cruel practical joke, changed tabs, and proceeded to Google what I had won.

I knew these things were valuable, but didn’t expect to see one of the first pairs to be auctioned on ebay.com fetching nearly $3600.

Sure graduation and birthday gifts are nice, but this was a blessing from our friends at Nike that would bring me double the total I earned at my summer job in one fell swoop if I chose to sell them.

But as they say, “nothing in life is free” and in this situation there may be no truer statement. The purpose of this promotion was to reward loyal fans and provide a way for others to visibly recognize that devotion on the feet of the best fans in the country. In my personal experience, the hefty cost of getting these shoes is the guilt that accompanies owning them as a diehard fan.

It’s now almost May and I’ve held onto them this long, but that doesn’t mean I intend to keep them. I would if I financially could. Realistically I’m just another poor college student and I can’t really justify owning an item worth more than my bank account.

I plan on selling them once summer comes along and my auction competition dwindles. Until then, they’ll be sitting in climate controlled plastic back in Colorado waiting to be sold and turned into my definition of a Nike scholarship.

8-foot-tall Lego Man Beached in Florida

-Neethu Ramchandar

He’s an 8-foot-tall, 100- pound fiberglass “Lego Man” who was recently found washing up to the shores of the Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Fla.

And apparently, He’s the newest beach bum in town.

On October 25th, this Lego Man caught the attention of many when Jeff Hindman lugged it to shore during his morning stroll. Lego Man’s  unexpected arrival was documented and shared with the world through YouTube as spectators dropped by.

The Lego Man, standing nearly a head above his finder, had no note or explanation attached, but his shirt read “No Real Than You Are”.  Initially it was speculated that this was a PR stunt by Legoland, however those rumors were denied by Julie Estrada, a company spokesperson  speaking to the Los Angeles Times.

Rather the statue was created by a Dutch artist named Ego Leonard. The Sarasota Police report explains that the name was inscribed on the back of Lego Man’s shirt. Leonard’s website, although mostly in Dutch,  explains that he believes he lives in a virtual world.

“A world that for me represents happiness, solidarity, all green and blossoming, with no rules or limitations.”

The website shows pictures of the Lego Man around the world as Leonard has also dropped the statue onto the shores of Zandvoort, Holland and Brighton, England.

Online he also asks viewers to share with him what they think is beautiful in their worlds, and he displays pictures and stories of those who have responded. The website even has a link to purchase Lego Man’s “No Real Than You Are” shirt.

For now, the Lego Man remains in the custody of Sarasota police. He will remain there for 90 days under the protocol of lost goods. Only if his owner comes forward will he be released. The Sarasota Herald- Tribune reports that Ego Leonard sent them an email speaking as though he were Lego Man.

“I am glad I crossed over. Although it was a hell of a swimm,” the email said. “Nice weather here and friendly people. I think I am gonna stay here for a while. A local sheriff escorted me to my new home… In case people want to take me on new adventures, just that you know, I have been invited to stay here for 90 days, everybody is welcome to show me all the beautiful surroundings while I am here.”

If Lego Man is not claimed by Leonard within the 90 day limit, he will be released to Hindman who claims that he plans to sell the art piece on Ebay.

Photo taken by Jeff Hindman