Oregon students selling ‘We Want Bama’ T-shirts

Three national championships in four years do not intimidate the fans of the team considered by many to be the best bet to knock top-ranked Alabama off its perch.

Oregon, which has sat behind the Crimson Tide in the polls at No. 2 for much of this season before being ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings, has been a perennial national championship contender for the past few years, and many Duck fans believe this year is the year that Oregon will finally break through.

But winning the title game will only be half the battle for many Oregon students, who made it clear which team in particular they hope to face in Pasadena Jan. 6, with “We Want Bama” T-shirts hitting the school’s campus this past week.

Victor Flores, the digital sports editor for Oregon’s student newspaper the Daily Emerald and one of the two co-writers on the initial story on the shirts, said Oregon seniors Grant Otter and Harrison Tingler were inspired to create the T-shirts after “we want Bama” chants broke out after Oregon’s blowout win over Tennessee Sept. 14.

“It’s something Duck fans have been thinking about for a long time,” Flores said. “Because they’re the top dog, Alabama. They’ve won three of the last four national championships. They’re kind of the target, and that’s how Duck fans look at it.”

According to the Daily Emerald’s article, Otter and Tingler began selling the shirts through word of mouth but have since set up a booth at the EMU Amphitheater, Oregon’s student union building. They have sold nearly 200 of the $10 shirts as of Thursday and plan on ordering 400 more.

“I think the guys who started this shirt are really reflecting a lot of Duck fans’ mentality,” Flores said. “They want to get there; they’re confident they’ll get there, but if it’s going to be one team, the majority of them want to see Alabama.”

Though Flores said he believes the shirts are well received by most fans, there are some who do not approve of the shirts coming out this early in the season, with several big games the Ducks must play between now and a potential Alabama-Oregon matchup.

“Looking ahead to a possible national championship against Alabama with so many things that could go a different way, they’re not happy that somebody started this,” Flores said.

Many of those fans have some doubts about the Ducks’ chances, if Oregon is to make it to the national championship game, realizing the challenges Alabama poses on any team.

“Some people I’ve talked to are a little worried because Alabama is a good team, and they’ve obviously been really good in the last few years, [so] they’re definitely concerned that if they face Alabama, that will be a really tough game.”

But for most Oregon fans, the T-shirts not only represent their desire to play Alabama, but also their confidence that they will beat the Crimson Tide, if and when the time comes.

“I think with everything that’s happened the last few years, and how successful they’ve been, I think there’s an overriding sense of confidence that they can beat anybody,” Flores said.




  • Gerald Tinnon

    and…. Bama wants Oregon. Bad.

  • Marty


    Yes Bama has been the dominant force with its traditional style of
    football over recent history but we (Oregon) may not be the only ones
    concerned about losing. Bamas coach Nick Saban has his concerns and
    hides them behind his belief that a fast pace offense is dangerous to
    the players (not support by the facts) when in reality it is dangerous
    to Bamas style of slow slug it out Low scoring football.

    If the Game happens just try to stay close

    Go Ducks

    • Lee Latham

      Now Marty you know that’s nothing short of stinky bull! Saban and Alabama football has been around way longer than your short lived…over marketed/hyped program. You best think about the next few games you have on your schedule.

      Hell….you have a crybaby defensive coach getting up crying that Washington State didn’t bend over for you. Poor Oregon…had to play four quarters of football. Give me a break.

  • Libby Kennedy

    I’ll bet jolly ole’ St. Nick will be glad to give them Ducks a big bag of whoop a$$ for Christmas!

  • Guest

    So, why don’t you students stay in the stadium these days? Nationwide, it appears you don’t care about Alabama football since by clearing out at halftime. Why would you care about an Oregon t-shirt when you can’t stay inside your on campus stadium for four quarters? As an Alabama alum they look like better fans than we do.

    • Lee Latham

      My point exactly! SGA….DO YOUR JOB!!!

  • Lee Latham

    So why would current UA students care about an Oregon t-shirt when they can’t even stay in the stadium four quarters? How horrible it must be to suffer through the agony of watching the #1 team in the nation play four quarters of football. I think the Ducks shirts are pretty damn cool because that’s the way UA students used to be. Bottom line….the current student population is spoiled! Calling on the UA Administration to shrink the student section by 5,000 next year. There are plenty of UA fans who would love to attend the games with their children.

    • CDE

      Instead of cutting the student section they should open the block seating up to the general student population. A lot of students who want to go to the games can’t get tickets anyway, so it would make more sense to let students who actually care about going to the game have the blocked seats because they’re the ones who stay anyway. Cutting students’ access to the games wouldn’t solve the problem.