It's basically a right of passage at his point: The annual unveiling of Oregon's latest uniform, um, "innovation."
Yes, the Ducks and their good friends at Nike on Wednesday rolled out the uniform that America's flashiest (I'm being kind here, of course, as there are a great other many adjectives that might fit) football program will wear during the 2012 season. And perhaps it's a sign of just how far Oregon has already gone with their uniforms in years past that, upon seeing the latest iteration, I was hardly surprised at all.
I mean, it basically looks like a modern-day Oregon uniform: Loud, splotchy, multi-colored, mildly robotic and, most importantly, very, very Nike.
In announcing what his company has dubbed the "integrated uniform system," Todd Van Horne, Nike's Creative Director for Football, said the new Oregon uniform is "truly the lightest, fastest football uniform we've ever made."
In a release, Nike said the uniform "incorporates pinnacle performance innovation and design while providing enhanced thermoregulation and more durability with the inclusion of Nike Chain Maille Mesh--a lightweight ultra-breathable material--used in both the jersey and pant."
Which sounds great.
But of course, at the end of the day, the uniform is just that: a uniform.
And the only reason we're talking about it is because the season has started yet.