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Nothing “Uniform” About It! Guess the Tiger and Dress a Duck

Which shirt, pants, and lid?
How many combinations?
It’s cool but crazy

What will the Tigers Wear? Wanna dress a Duck? Uniform options are crazy, but cool.

Before I go too far, I have to point out the irony that we call these outfits “uniforms.” It’s quite contrary because uniform is defined as “an identifying outfit or style of dress worn by the members of a given profession, organization, or rank.” Uniform is even a synonym for a standard.

There’s nothing standard about what the Missouri Tigers (Mizzou) and Oregon Ducks are wearing on the field. They have many, many options. And though they will all match that gameday, there’s nothing uniform about their outfits week to week.

It’s very cool, but also very crazy. Remember “home” and “away” jerseys? Relics! Today teams have multiple helmets! It’s a new world.

And new can be fun. It’s now a game you can play. What uniform combination will Mizzou or Oregon be wearing?
You can guess and win prizes! The Tigers have a webpage that relishes a new combination being debuted this weekend: http://www.garypinkel.com/mizzou-football-nike-uniform-combination-september-27/

So how many combinations are there? I’m not sure about today, but in 2013, Mizzou had 48* different uniform combinations. Yes, 48! And that was with only three helmets, four jerseys and four pants. With 4 helmets in 2014, 48 is “so last year.”

But that’s NOTHING! When Oregon started this craze in 2009, they launched with 5 helmets and 80 combinations (http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=3755462)!

Being close to Nike World Headquarters, the Oregon Ducks started this fun and obviously, fans responded. Heck in last year’s Hawaii bowl, rival Oregon State took a page from the Ducks’ playbook and debuted a new jersey combination in the bowl game. #AhhhhMarketingWins

If you’re interested in the various combinations, you can have fun with it, too. The Oregonian newspaper has a website where you can try to create an option Oregon hasn’t worn! It’s a great mini-site by the @Oregonian #DucksUnis

Visit the site & give it a try: http://extra.oregonlive.com/ducks/uniforms/dressaduck. #UniformBuffet

I was somehow able to put together a unique combination not yet worn (that could change next Thursday!).

With options comes the “worst-dressed list” and nwsportsbeat.com website has a Worst 5 combinations list (http://www.nwsportsbeat.com/oregon-sports/ducks-football/worst-u-of-o-football-uniform-combos-7611/)

It’s mind-boggling to see this happening, but I gotta admit it sure is fun, too. What do you think of these many options?
*Source GaryPinkel.com (http://www.garypinkel.com/mizzou-football-nike-uniform-combination-september-21/)

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In the NFL, 2-1 Means Nothing, 0-3 Blues

It’s so early … why?
Why dwell on 1 game. Many
are left to be played

On the NFL’s opening weekend, there were some questions. When Miami beat New England, did that show a change in power? When the Titans beat KC in KC, was another shift occurring?

Not so fast. It was week 1.

So after 2 more weeks, things have changed. The Dolphins and Titans haven’t won since while the Patriots haven’t lost and Chiefs have won & lost. After 3 weeks, 3 teams are undefeated. Those 3 teams were playoff teams last year so there’s no surprises (but it’s early).

13 teams are 2-1 or 1-2 (26/32). It’s too early to know anything except it’s pretty clear that 3 teams who are 0-3 are definitely not good teams. Oakland continues to look somehow cursed (was their misfortunately somehow linked to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? It’s been a while). Jacksonville looked like a shocking team at halftime of week 1 up 17 to zero on Philadelphia, but has really fallen since then. And finally, Tampa Bay was marauded on Thursday Night football.

So early in the season, we know being 3-0 means you’re still pretty good and 0-3 means you’re bad. As for the other 26 teams, it’s too early.

Week 4 is the beginning of bye weeks so the questions will linger longer for some than others.

It’s early, but still very very fun to watch!


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Football’s Back and It’s One Crazy NFL Weekend

Game on, everyone!
America sighs and cheers!
Wow. Did you see that?

The NFL is back and week 1 was insane. In addition to the extra Prime Time game on Monday night, the first week of the 2014 season provided plenty of games and plenty of shocks.

First, the impact of Fantasy Football is more apparent than ever. In addition to all the commercials for Draft King, the NFL’s fantasy, and CBS’s version, the emergence of fantasy football has made Allen Hurns, a wide receiver from Jacksonville, an instant celebrity. He’ll also be the most picked up player this week and I hope he can rack up 23 points again to show he belongs.

The Titans and Vikings provided surprising lopsided road wins. The Jaguars looked to be doing the same up 17-0 at halftime, but Jacksonville never scored in the 2nd half and gave up 34 unanswered points.

On the losing end, many teams surprised the NFL World with horrible showings. I doubt anyone expected the Packers to only score 16, the Chiefs 10, the Redskins 6, and the Rams 6.

The final contest of the weekend provided an unlikely score of 18-17 with the Cardinals winning late on Monday night.

The Dolphins might have been the upset surprise beating the visiting Patriots by 13. I’m pretty sure the Patriots were a survivor pick in many NFL office pools (some office pools have a contest to pick the team that will not lose and the Patriots have been a good choice over the last couple of years).

Week 2 starts tomorrow and the trends will continue to play out. Are the Ravens able to rally after last week’s loss of a game and Ray Rice? Are the Dolphins or Bills a new power in the AFC East? I can’t wait to find out!