Former Oregon track and field coach — and Nike co-founder — Bill Bowerman spent a good deal of his time away from the track making shoes. Until Nike existed in its infancy (and for a time afterward), many Oregon runners had custom-cobbled spikes made by Bowerman.
So when Barack Obama hits the campaign trail in Oregon and shows up at the Oregon Twilight track meet on Friday night, you’d think maybe he’d change shoes. Nah — just line up and head for the hurdles. To be completely fair, he did hit a taco place for lunch, a software company after that, and at least one town hall meeting before heading to Hayward Field. But still … can’t find the guy some track-appropriate kicks anywhere? (Bonus points, though, for getting over a hurdle in any fashion. Even thinking about it would kill McCain, and I don’t even want to think about Clinton trying it.)
But here is where the photographic gold is mined. I would be willing to bet this is the only time Paul would be OK with the use of this particular jersey. Because it’s kinda cool.
Interesting side note: Until Bowerman started making shoes for his athletes, Adidas was the preferred brand for the team. Asics were worn perhaps more frequently — because they were cheaper — but Adidas shoes got most of the race duties. but they were expensive and hard to secure in large numbers. And so Bowerman took his wife’s waffle iron and a rubber mixture and headed to the garage … you know the rest. — Bryan