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For Oregon team, too bad style points didn’t count

The devil wears Prada; the Ducks wear Nike.

The University of Oregon football team, the college game’s fashionista, wore a different uniform every time it played this season. For Monday night’s BCS national championship showdown against Auburn, the Ducks debuted an all-white "Storm Trooper" ensemble accessorized with neon-green stockings and cleats.

The Ducks are said to have more than 400 uniform combinations in their closet. "When I was coming up on a recruiting trip, they showed me all the different jerseys," star receiver Jeff Maehl told the Associated Press.

In the end, however, style was no match for size and strength. Auburn won, 22-19.

But it did get us thinking about how the University of Hawaii’s tropically-based Warriors would be a natural fit for stylishly edgy athletic apparel. Any ideas, Reyn’s?

Banking on community

It’s rarely easy for a nonprofit group to raise money for its good works — and in a tough economy, that difficulty grows considerably.

So Bank of Hawaii’s granting of $1 million total to 20 local nonprofits merits a big shout-out to the company that’s earned Forbes magazine’s "America’s Best Bank" title two years in a row. Nearly half of the cool mil was raised by Bankoh employees and retirees; the remainder was donated by the bank. Now that’s bankohana.

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