2009 | Kevin
welcome return of college
football is the big story is sports right now and the University of
been at the center of it for a couple of reasons. On Thursday night,
then-16th-ranked Ducks helped open the college football season with a
(East Coast bias) against the then-14th-ranked Boise State Broncos.
of several big-time contests between ranked opponents this past
weekend, the sloppy
game that Boise State ended up winning failed to live up to the hype.
fell from the rankings as a result and that could have been that,
except that Oregon’s
LeGarrette Blount postgame punch and the associated fallout
(including a suspension
for the rest of the season) kept the team in the sports news cycle
the team would have preferred
less attention and a win, but the Ducks are no stranger to the national
– especially when it comes to what the team is wearing. As has become
custom in recent years, Oregon took the field with new primary uniforms
season with one of the road looks shown in today’s featured photo. I
primary because the Ducks actually debuted the jersey style last year,
the all-black winged version against Arizona. And I
say one of
the road sets because as always, the Oregon uniform package has more
Jay-Z’s got problems (160 combinations to be exact). The
Oregonian newspaper even created an online applet in which you can select your
favorite combo (mine
is white/white with green/green/white – and yes, I’ve spent a lot of
there in the past week). The school will have five different jerseys,
helmets and pairs of pants, respectively, plus two choices for socks
You can see from the applet that Oregon has apparently added carbon to
color palette and created a strange helmet design to go with the addition.
all-white (including the white with green jersey) last Thursday to
with the blue turf, a look that was just a little bit cleaner
than last year's uniforms for the Boise State game.
I’m not a
big fan of the winged
shoulders look. Ducks, in fact, do have wings, but the ones on the
me think of a Native American necklace before Donald or Daffy.
The diamond-plate design from the past few years was
special, but I still think it was a better look than the wings and was
visible on the white uniforms. The road whites actually looked
but were lumped in with the other sets to be ugly by association.
play with the “Dress the
Ducks” applet all you want, but how the uniforms look on the field is
really matters. We will have to keep an eye on Oregon during the season
how the rest of the uni sets look – and to see how many of the 160
are utilized over the year.
wondering what crazy
combinations the Oregon football team wore this season, look no farther
than the Ducktracker.
You can click on each illustration to see an action shot from each
Photo Courtesy of Idaho Statesman
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