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Boxers KO Stags for 'best logo' win

Forest Grove mayor votes 'less than a thousand' times for Pacific U

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLANDSPORTS.COM - The Pacific University Boxers won the Portlands Best Sports Logo contest sponsored by PortlandSports.com (32 teams -- 1 Champion).Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax is reveling in the Portland-area dominance of his alma mater, Pacific University, which is also a major local institution in the city he oversees.

After five weeks of online voting, the school’s Boxer logo beat out 32 other teams in the “Portland’s Best Sports Logo” contest, winning a final runoff against the Portland Stags (a professional Ultimate Frisbee team).

According to PortlandSports.com, which sponsored the contest, the Boxers were a “Cinderella story” that entered the 32-team tournament as the bracket’s 17th overall seed.

“They advanced through the Portlandia bracket with wins over Portland Uprising Paintball and a monster upset over the tourney’s top-seeded Trail Blazers. In the third round, they knocked off the Rose City Rollers before squaring off with the Steelheads (an Ausball — Australian football — club) in the semifinals,” wrote Jake Donahue of PortlandSports.com.

“In the championship round, Pacific University absolutely dominated the Portland Stags, winning by more than 3,800 votes in the tournament’s largest victory and securing 64 percent of the final votes,” Donahue wrote.

During the last phase of the contest, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales bet Truax a six-pack of Portland craft beer that the Stags would win.

“As a former Portland Parks Commissioner, how can I not back the mighty Stags? Ultimate Frisbee is fast-paced. It’s growing in popularity. And there’s no rule that says you can’t wear a beard — how much more Portland could it be?” Hales said Monday.

Truax met Hales’ bet with a bottle of local pinot noir and raised him a bottle of saké from SakéOne Brewery.

“If he wants beards, just check out Harvey Clarke who was wearing beards in Forest Grove long before Portland was a city,” Truax responded to Hales. “A Boxer also is an animal with a rich and vivid history that is the namesake of dogs, Rebellions in China, pugilists, and underwear. Stag is a motion picture of very questionable literary merit.”

The friendly wagering was set up by the News-Times, which unabashedly backed the Boxers. Its sister paper, the Portland Tribune, unsuccessfully tried to leverage Hale’s support to create a last-minute surge for the Stags.

The Boxers were the surprise of the 32-team tournament, coming in as a fifth-seed and knocking off a series of foes, including the Portland Trail Blazers.

The No. 2 Stags knocked off fellow 2-seed Hillsboro Hops by just 303 votes.

After the Boxer victory, Truax admitted to voting “more than once, less than a thousand” times in the contest. “A lot of my dead friends voted too,” he said.

PortlandSports credited the victory to Pacific’s students, alumni, athletes and supporters who voted “early and often” with help from a campaign that included reminders painted on the campus “spirit bench,” yard signs, social media blasts and a banner on the homepage of Pacific’s website.

Truax was a little surprised at the win, given that he thought the Trail Blazers logo and a few others were equally good.

PortlandSports.com will present the Boxers with a plaque celebrating their win. No word yet on whether a carton of craft beer is wending its way to Forest Grove.


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