I’m watching the Tostitos BCS National Championship game, on the field tonight are the Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks. At the same time I’m flipping between Facebook and Twitter to see what others are saying about the game.
I’m from Alabama but I’m a Roll Tide Alabama fan, so I’m pretty neutral on this game, however I would love to see a back to back SEC championship win both from Alabama!
While flipping from one social media outlet to another I find a trending topic – Fashion! That’s right fellow fashionistas, even football players can cause a fashion uproar and Oregon is doing just that. It’s all about the Oregon football uniforms, more specifically their choice in neon yellow socks and cleats. I’m seeing everything from “it makes my head hurt” to “blinding” to some Auburn fans backing a few AU personal fouls on the fact that Auburn “probably couldn’t see” through the neon.
Well I for one, love the combo! Then again I’m a fashion foodie. It’s the reason I rooted for Mondo Guerro on the recent season of Project Runway: Season 8 -Mondo taught so many how not to be afraid of prints and bright colors (pictured on the right).
The Oregon players are certainly creating a buzz around their uniform of choice which was cleverly designed by Nike. Now to get down to the nitty gritty on this uniform. Here are a few main points from the USA Today article on the unveiling of the Duck’s attire:
- The cleat changes from a grey/silver color at the toe to a lime green at the heel, which blends into the socks. This combo creates the effect of a blur when running/moving at full speed.
- According to Nike, the cleats are the “most advanced they’ve ever produced.”
- “Nike Pro Deflex padding with two-way airflow to cool the body and wick away sweat.”
- “Nike also created new uniforms for Boise State, Florida and TCU for their bowl games.”
And that’s not nearly all…the entire uniform is created with very specific purposes. Read the full article to see all the technicality of the uniform.
All in all I think the uniform is bold, daring, and enterprising. I commend the ducks, a uniform like this pushes those players to walk on the field with a confidence only a team playing in the BCS Championship can have. And kudos to Nike for the brave effort in not only creating a cleat that is intensely innovative but also for being brave enough to go bright.
I click my neon heels and tip my yellow hat to you tonight, fellas.