Friday, July 31, 2015

Bend's DJ Raider Mystic drops video for Raider Nation mixtape

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 10:26 AM


The 2015 NFL season doesn't kick off for more than a month, but the Raider Nation is ready. Bend's own DJ Raider Mystic, who founded the Bend Oregon Raider Nation (BORN) in 2013, recently released a Raider Nation mixtape for the upcoming football season.

Fans of the Oakland Raiders are somewhat notorious. GQ once called them the "fourth worst" football fans in the nation, describing them as "Hell-raisers, gangbangers, and inveterate knife-lickers all of whom firmly believe that skipping town for an away game is well worth the parole violation." The only worse fans: West Virginia University Mountaineers (who?) and Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fans (so much for brotherly love).


But Mystic has said that the fans' enthusiasm is often misconstrued by the media. Check out the video for his mixtape below and make your own decision. The mixtape comes out September 2015.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Local Climbing Competition is Friendly Competition

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 10:54 AM

A large crowd of parents, coaches, climbers and onlookers gather in the center of the Bend Rock Gym as Melina, a top female and overall competitor pulls, presses and grips her way up the 50-ft rock wall. She is poised to take first place at the SCS Local Competition—if she can make it to the top of this particular route. This route is considered the second hardest of the competition and has yet to see a single ascent. But Melina is climbing it with ease and its not before long that the crowd is cheering her along as she reaches the final holds of the route, guaranteeing first place at the competition. 

Meanwhile, there are 49 other routes and approximately 100 other competitors either climbing or resting before there next climb. Teams from Portland, Spokane, Seattle and of course Bend have all come to participate in this friendly competitive event. For many of the climbers this is a stepping stone towards regional or even national competitions. But for most it’s about enjoying climbing and cheering each other on.

Parents and competitors alike show little stress or concern for the outcomes of their climbs. Sure, some climbers show disappointment but nothing seems to last longer than time it takes to tie-in for their next climb. Some parents are gathered along the bouldering mats eating boxed lunches and enjoying a relaxed view of the competition. Cheers flow easily from every corner of the gym and to every climber on the wall. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Get Out And Play, Spring Is Here!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 3:05 PM

  • Delano Lavigne
Temperatures this past weekend were unseasonably high and although baleful in some respects, the warm temperatures and beautiful blue skies encouraged many Central Oregonians out of the house and into the great outdoors.

The average temperature in Bend for the month of March is normally between 40º F and 50º F. This past weekend, Bendites and other Central Oregonians experienced temperatures as high as 70º F. Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park, a rock-climbing Mecca during the spring, saw temperatures at the base of the cliffs as high as 80º F.

“The weather is incredible. Frighteningly warm but incredible,” says Bend newcomer Sara Violett who spent the weekend climbing at Smith Rock. 

On the sun-stroked slopes of Mt. Bachelor, temperatures over the weekend were reported to be as high as 60º F.

“I skied in nothing more than a long-sleeve shirt [this Saturday],” says Bend local Logan Karr, “and now I am climbing at Smith seeking shade." 

Temperatures for this coming week seem to be carrying the trend, albeit with some much needed precipitation in the forecast. But the time Saturday morning arrives, there will be few reasons keeping Central Oregonians from adventuring into the outdoors. 

An easy and always rewarding day adventure is a hike along the beautiful Crooked River that winds through Smith Rock State Park. And at this time of year, bird watchers will certainly enjoy the frenzied activity along the oasis that the Crooked River is in this otherwise desert land. Canadian geese, blue herons, numerous birds of prey and river otters (obviously not a bird but certainly worth mentioning) all make Smith Rock their home at this time of year. 

Another easy adventure, which is almost guaranteed to be less crowded than Smith Rock, is a walk or run along the Deschutes River south of Bend. In this wonderfully forested landscape, hikers, walkers or runners are offered great views of the Cascades, Benham Falls and the Central Oregon's lava fields.

So whether your outdoor fix is skiing, climbing, biking, running, or simply enjoying a pensive walk along the Deschutes River, get ready because the weather gods of Central Oregon seem eager to please. 

  • Delano Lavigne

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

PICK: La Pine Rodeo

Posted By on Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM


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La Pine Rodeo

RODEO—Rodeos have become major productions, but the La Pine Rodeo wants you to know that behind the rhinestones and fancy fringe, the tradition has its roots in ranch life. Mutton busting (aka children attempting to ride bucking sheep) and steer roping may be fun hoot and holler to, but they’re part and parcel of daily life for cattle ranchers. 

4:30 pm. La Pine Rodeo Grounds, near 3rd and Walker. $10-$12 per show.

(Fair warning: Rodeo clowns are a real thing, not just an episode of "King of the Hill.")

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Bend Gets Its Own Oakland Raiders Fan Club

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM


Oakland Raiders fans have a pretty terrible reputation.

Fights are common at games—so much so that even home fans are choosing to stay away, which is affecting ticket sales. There was that terrible stabbing incident from a few years back, in which a Raiders fan knifed a Chargers fan during a scuffle. Still, the Raider Nation remains defiantly proud. "Football's Most Notorious Fans," boasts the Raider Nation banner hung at home games. An Outkick the Coverage post lists Raiders fans among their "Ten Dumbest Fan Bases in America" (No. 7).

But a group of local Raiders enthusiasts are changing that negative perception. For years MC Mystic (Aaron Chambers), a local DJ and silver-and-black blooded Raiders supporter, has been looking for a place his fellow Bend Raiders fans can call home and has found one in Volcanic Theater Pub. Their group, Bend Oregon Raiders Nation (BORN) has gathered at VTP in droves for the last two football games. And though they like to scream and shout at the big screen TV, they're a sweet and peaceful bunch. They're inviting any and all Raiders fans to join them at the next VTP-hosted game (1:30 pm Sept. 29 vs. Redskins) and keep in touch via their Facebook page.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Patriot: Tim Tebow signs with New England

Posted By on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM


The news has been everywhere for the last 36 hours— Tim Tebow is now a New England Patriot.

Though he still needs to make the final roster, the Patriots did already cut their third string quarterback. What that means exactly is still a mystery but the media frenzy surrounding this story would be enough to make even Paris Hilton want some privacy.'s Adam Schein thinks the Tebow/Belichick arrangement will work out perfectly. Other's like Grantland's Andrew Sharp have chosen to take a satirical approach to the news.

Twitter of course, also went crazy:

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My new favorite baseball team: The Beavers!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Oregon State did. Oregon didn't.
On Monday, OSU moved forward in the NCAA D-1 tournament to decide the greatest baseball team of all time! (Well, of this season, at least.) Oregon, which was ranked 9th in the country, however, did not.
The next round of 16 starts on Friday, with the Beavers squaring off against some midwest team (er, Kansas State).

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Monday, April 8, 2013

NCAA Championship Game TONIGHT

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The Louisville Cardinals face the Michigan Wolverines, tonight, at 6:30 p.m.

Wait a minute, that guy doesnt look like a Wolverine.
  • Wait a minute, that guy doesn't look like a Wolverine.

Here are the Source's suggestions for where to watch all the action, eat some game-day snacks and have a few brews if you don't want to stream the game at home.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How Does Your Bracket Compare to the Pres'?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

March Madness kicks off tonight and President Barack Obama is picking Indiana to win the whole thing.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Ducks are Staying "Chip"per

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM

After a dominant win by the Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl , Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who was being hounded by NFL teams the week prior, was destined to take his high-octane offense to the professional level. Reports claimed that Kelly was close to being hired by the Cleveland Browns but after a few more days of interviews with the Buffafo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, he decided on coming back to Eugene. Sources said it was because he wasn't comfortable leaving the college level but I think it was because of an epic ballad created by singer-songwriter Mat Kearney, who was born in Eugene and is a huge Ducks fan. Here is the song created the day after the game. Simply Awesome!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

TV stars get into Fiesta Bowl Feud

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet of the hit TV show, Modern Family, took a break from filming and sat down to discuss their support for the Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats in this year's Fiesta Bowl. Burrell, who grew up near medford, attended the University of Oregon for a brief stint but most of his studies were at Southern Oregon University where he received his degree. I actually had the pleasure of having Burrell as my commencement speaker during my SOU graduation ceremony in 2008. Stonestreet was a frat boy at KSU during the mid-90's and definitely showed he was loud and proud of his team during the short and hilarious clip. I'm predicting it will be close early but the Ducks will pull away in the second half and win 42-17. Go Ducks!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ducks Volleyball Team Playing for National Title

Posted By on Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

It's always great to hear about success in sports within Oregon. Well, the University of Oregon volleyball team is attempting to add to the already spectacular year in women's sports for the Ducks with a national title.
The team, which is led by player of the year Alaina Bergsma who is also the reigning Miss Oregon, are trying to cap off their best season ever with a title shot against the University of Texas.
This will be the first championship appearance for the Ducks who are sitting with a 30-4 record right now, the first 30-win season under the 23-year coaching career of Jim Moore. The game will be televised today at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. If your a Ducks fan, be sure to cheer them on. Great job Ducks! Good Luck!

Go Ducks!
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