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Bits&Pieces: Ducks flew south for BCS

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tammi Wilson of Portland (left) parties among Oregon football fans at Dos Gringos in Scottsdale, Ariz., on New Years Eve and before the Fiesta Bowl. Her friends, Keira Macnaughton (middle) and Vicki Macnaughton are from Canada. Four consecutive BCS games in the past 36 months, plus a big game in the Cowboys Classic, have taxed University of Oregon football fans.

The Oregon Athletic Department, as of this week, had not sold its allotment of 17,500 tickets for the Fiesta Bowl, Thursday, Jan. 3, against Kansas State. About 2,000 remained.

“With four straights years in BCS — it’s tough. We feel good,” says Craig Pintens, UO senior associate athletic director for marketing and public relations. “A lot of schools would love to sell 15,000 for a bowl game.

“I’m sure a lot (of fans) would have loved to make the trip. But it’s got to be difficult to justify from a family budget standpoint.”

The Ducks sold their allotment of about 30,000 tickets to the Rose Bowl in January 2010 (versus Ohio State) and January 2012 (Wisconsin), while also selling the some 17,000 allotted tickets to the 2011 BCS title game (Auburn).

Only eight months after the BCS title game, the Ducks traveled to Dallas to play LSU in the Cowboys Classic, and several thousand fans joined them there.

Oregon officials point out, however, that allotments aren’t the true indicator of how many fans show up to big games. “Our fans have become really savvy on the secondary market,” says Andy McNamara, assistant athletic director for communications.

Time to go Gaga!

Lady Gaga makes a return visit to Portland, Jan. 15 at the Rose Garden, continuing the North American leg of her “The Born this Way Ball World Tour.”

It means another homecoming for Montana Efaw, the Lakeridge High grad who performs as one of Gaga’s backup dancers. She has traveled the world with Gaga but recently returned home for the holidays and left with this promise on social media: “See ya in 15 day for the BTWBall PORTLAND! It’s not sad leaving home when you’ll be back soon for a party!”

Tickets started at $49.50. Go to www.rosequarter.com or phone 1-877-789-7673 for info.

Call for movies

The 11th Annual Filmed by Bike festival, scheduled for April 20 to 23 at the Clinton Street Theater, wants submissions of bicycle-themed movies.

Deadline for entries is Jan. 20, and a jury of 10 preeminent bicycle and film enthusiasts is selecting the films. Only 35 make the cut.

Films should be limited to eight minutes. One rule: Movies do not need to be filmed while riding a bike. For info, go to www.FilmedByBike.org/call.

High for Heathman

The Heathman Hotel of Portland, as well as The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, Wash., have been recognized in Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2013, the only small, independent hotels to land multiple properties on the prestigious list, which highlights the “best of the best” places to stay in the world according to readers.

“Being included in the 2013 Gold List among prominent and remarkable venues around the globe is such an honor,” says Chris Erickson, general manager of The Heathman Hotel in Portland.