Ed’s Note: Please welcome newest contributor Joe Schiller to the blog. He attended Cal State East Bay for his first two years of college on a baseball scholarship, but he’s returning home to Eugene to enroll in the University of Oregon this fall. You can follow him on Twitter here.
Every year at the beginning of the football season, Duck fans anxiously wait to see the years’ latest fashion statement. Last season, fans embraced the traditional (traditional? Oregon??) all white look — although I must say I expected something a bit flashier from the program that received an 18-slide “uniform” feature on Sports Illustrated.com.
Sadly, Oregon football received more publicity from their disappointing loss and LeGarrette Blount’s entertaining hissy fit. Rumor has it, Chip Kelly intended to wear the all whites again in the Rose Bowl but was concerned the jerseys might have played a role in Blount’s classless behavior (and maybe the loss as well). He decided on green jerseys instead.
So what might this season bring? One can only hope Chip takes a different approach to the start of the season as he looks back to the tragic loss on the Smurf Turf last year. With all the negative attention surrounding the program, the football team needs to punch back without actually hitting anyone.
Why not start the season off wearing all yellow? That way if Costa fails to live up to the expectations, the media can focus on the team’s vibrant appearance. Just a thought.
Oregon has become the trend-setter in college sports apparel. Teams throughout the nation are constantly turning to Oregon for the latest fads, often finding themselves inspired to reconsider their own appearance. Ask any current or former athlete: most will confirm that if you look good, you feel good, you play good.
Oregon’s success as a top tier athletic program is closely related to the exceptional uniforms and athletic gear provided to the athletes who decide to quack and become a Duck. Let’s be honest; how else could Oregon continue to bring top recruits around the nation to little ol’ Eugene without some sort of incentive? They couldn’t.
Darron Thomas, Eddie Pleasant, and (gasp!) Jeremiah Masoli had a hand in developing the most recent “winged” uniforms. Nike vice president for design and special projects Tinker Hatfield said the ability to help design new uniforms with Nike is a selling point used in Oregon’s recruiting efforts. It’s working.
Rivals may make fun of our uniform ADD, but while they’re laughing, we keep reeling in top flight recruits — and winning.
The support the athletic program receives from Nike has proven to be a substantial contributor in turning Oregon athletics into a national powerhouse. Phil Knight should be known as “Santa Claus” throughout Eugene.
Where would Oregon be without Uncle Phil?
Since making the Rose Bowl in 1917 and 1920, the Ducks rarely found their way into bowl games until 1989. Coincidence? I think not.
Maybe my theory is absurd but I challenge those who disagree to prove me wrong.
Check the top ten teams in the latest AP poll and notice which brand teams are sporting. Cincinnati is the only team wearing Adidas.
Realistically, uniforms and equipment can only do so much, but Nike has me — and nearly everyone else — convinced.
As for now, may the saying remain true: You look good, you feel good, you play good. Or as LeGarrette might put it; you look good, you feel good, you hit hard!