Oregon Ducks Helmets
January 3, 2012 by staff
Oregon Ducks Helmets, Monday’s Rose Bowl game between the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin was notable for a number of reasons — it marked Oregon’s first BCS Bowl win and first Rose Bowl win in 95 years, for example — but what really had people talking was Oregon’s new uniforms.
In particular, the Ducks’ Nike-designed reflective helmets generated buzz in Pasadena and beyond.
Per Nike, the headgear featured “bright wings atop a mirrored appearance using a LiquidMetal black finish never before seen on the field. Though the wings are featured on the side, the iconic Oregon ‘O’ still appears on the helmet located in a unique top-center placement.”
The company boasted that the uniforms are “the most advanced football uniform system ever assembled.” They certainly are the flashiest.
Reaction to the school’s Rose Bowl look was mixed.
ESPN commentators Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented during the first quarter that the glare from the lids made it difficult to identify players’ numbers.
Yahoo Sports blogger Matt Hinton wrote that “rather than the ominous Darth Vader-y look suggested by [Nike's] darkened [press] photo shoot, it looks like someone is wearing a freshly polished chrome fender off a 1967 Firebird.”
The Bleacher Report’s Sean Lansing mused, “Imagine you’re Nick Toon, streaking open down the field for a pass from Russell Wilson. You look over your shoulder for the ball, and what do you see? A shiny, metallic helmet with a glare that’s blinding. The above mentioned scenario didn’t happen and the Ducks’ new helmets didn’t appear to have an adverse affect on either team, but they were ridiculous. It isn’t hard to imagine the futuristic design providing Oregon with an unfair advantage at some point.”
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