Feeling the New Flavor
Trev, I've got to put in some words about these new Oregon uniforms. I know a lot of people are disrespecting them, but they just don't get it. They are wired in to the new urban consciousness. This style speaks to the streets. Nike has hit a home run connecting to today's young players, even letting them help with the design.
These Ducks are all about repping for their corp.
I don't know if you guys are into the rap scene, but there's a certain movie that has had a heavy influence on gangsta rap and is constantly mimiced in both music and fashion. Its about a culture of modern warriors, about honor, and about family. Its soundtrack is constantly sampled by a number of top artists, and although the movie is over 20 years old, the main caharacter still resonates with those seeking respect. I'm talking about James Caan and Rollerball. DVD has brought the adventures of a young Johnathan E to a new generation of ballers, and they have found what has become the hot new style.
And another thing, nothing speaks to highly touted recruits like the work Nike and Oregon have done with this newest version of the Duck mascot, Sir Drake of Autzen. He's sleek. He's fast. The duck is all about the struggle. The duck's a runner, but he's a fighter too, get it?
It's all about respecting the warrior, a tough, no-nonsense man's man that likes to accessorize with 48 different uniform combinations. If Roman gladiators had access to $2,000/gallon glass-based paint, I'm sure they would have used it, and nothing intimidates more than shiny diamond accenting with a bright yellow Oregon on your backside. I'm telling you, these uniforms are fresh. I can't wait to watch these players represent on Saturdays.
Stuart Scott is a stylish ESPN anchor. He keeps it real.