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(Image is Clickable Link) Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORTLANDSPORTS.COM - The Pacific University Boxers battle the Portland Stags (a professional Ultimate Frisbee team) for the top sports logo in the region.With time running out, the politicians have jumped into the middle of the smackdown of sports mascots.


After a month of online voting, the Pacific University Boxers hold a healthy lead over the Portland Stags in the battle for "Portland’s Best Sports Logo.” But Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is not giving up on his hometown team, putting up a six-pack of craft Portland craft beer in a bet with Pete Truax, mayor of Forest Grove, where the Boxers reside.

“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, a Boxer alum, met Hales’ bet with a bottle of local pinot noir and raised him a bottle of saké from SakéOne Brewery. We are waiting on Hale’s reply.

Truax responded to Hales: “If he wants beards, just check out Harvey Clarke who was wearing beards in Forest Grove long before Portland was a city. 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 of Forest Grove, which is unabashedly backing the Boxers. Its sister paper, the Portland Tribune is trying to leverage Hale’s support to create a last-minute surge for the Stags. Voting closes at midnight Tuesday, Feb. 24. Go here to vote:

www.portlandsports.com/portland/championship-round-portlands-best-sports-logo/?ref=hpslider

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

The No. 2 Stags, a professional Ultimate Frisbee team, knocked off fellow 2-seed Hillsboro Hops by just 303 votes last week to set up this week’s final.

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