Oregon Football: Grading the Ducks' New Uniforms for 2012 Season
The Oregon Ducks have more important things to talk about, such as the quarterback position and how to get past the USC Trojans this season. But with the way college football is nowadays, we can't push the uniform topic to the side.
While every team has seemingly tried to copy the Ducks' style, there is simply no team that does it better than Oregon when it comes to switching up wardrobes. And with the season set to begin in a week, a couple of different looks have been released to the public for every other program to get jealous over.
So let's take a look at these new uniforms for the Ducks and hand out some grades.
One of the jersey photos features an armored-wing design on the shoulder pads, which you really can't go wrong with. If you didn't know any better, you would think that half of the Oregon players could fly anyway, so it really isn't a bad look.
While many other schools are coming out of left field with these weird color combos, Oregon sticks to a yellow-and-black look, which has a nice, clean appearance.
Judging by the photos on Oregon's Facebook, it appears that the helmets that leaked earlier are in fact official and will be worn at some point during the season. The green look is awesome because it would match any uniform color the Ducks decide to go with.
While the silver helmet is certainly different, it does give opposing players a chance to see their own reflection as they chase down a Duck about to score yet another touchdown.
When it comes to uniform modifications in college football, one of the first things we think of is the tradition of the school and which way it will rub the fans. But with Oregon, there really isn't much of a tradition because the program switches its uniforms more than the players change their underwear.
Bottom line is that this is one of the few schools that can get away with antics like this, and it is perfectly fine.
Note: Does the lettering look red to anyone else? It could be the lighting, or the numbers could in fact be red. If so, that is kind of odd.
Similar to what I said in the last slide, this is what Oregon does. Like when you think about America, you usually think about baseball and apple pie. Well, when the Oregon Ducks come to mind, you think about uniform changes and scoring touchdowns. Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to Oregon and the different apparel.
Now if they had released something like this, then we could talk about wow factor.
While it is easy to criticize every other school's uniform alterations, you really can't find many flaws when it comes to Oregon. In terms of fashion, it simply sets the bar higher than everyone and always looks good doing it. The program also puts much more thought into its final product (via Darren Rovell of ESPN):
Nike's Oregon football uniforms this year use 16 different types of materials.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 22, 2012
If that is not doing it big, I don't know what is.