PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — There are fans. There are superfans. And then there are Duck Nut and Duck Guy.
A professional stagehand by trade, Duck Guy is hoping the Ducks fly high in Texas. Nearly every corner of his Southeast Portland home is crammed with Ducks gear and memorabilia.
As the Ducks culminate what so far has been a dream season, Duck Guy will be there — as he has for each Duck game, home or away.
“After the ’95 season, it’s been pretty much every Ducks game since then,” Duck Guy — real name Scott Spaan — told KOIN 6 News.
He will be at AT&T Stadium in Arlington with his Ohio State mascot in hand to smash and terrorize.
“He’s gotten a little beating already,” Duck Guy said of the Buckeye mascot. “He’s lost one eye.”
When Duck Nut goes to Duck home games, as he has for the past 30 years, he wears his green-and-gold war paint. Duck Nut has been on ESPN Gameday and was recently recognized as the top superfan in the nation.
A sales and marketing manager for Laurel Ridge Winery, Duck Nut — real name Tom Finneran — even has his own fan club.
“Been one of Oregon’s biggest fans, or so they tell me, one of the biggest fans that they have out there,” Finneran told KOIN 6 News. “I’m recognized all over the country, anywhere you go in this particular get-up.”
Duck Nut said for him it’s “all about the game day experience and the fan interactions when the people have a great memory of Oregon football.”
Both Duck Guy and Duck Nut say they afford all this by making the Ducks their priority. Both are also confident about what will happen Monday in Arlington.
And for the record, Duck Guy and Duck Nut are friends. They’ve even sat next to each other at a number of games.
Because when it comes to cheering for the Ducks, it’s one big family.