- The Washington Times - Friday, March 9, 2007

What gives with Nike’s slew of new unis? When did duct tape become a chic fabric? Ohio State’s were the least offensive of the trifecta released this week (also Florida and Syracuse).

Of course, Greg Oden would look fabulous in a hefty bag. Watching Oden completely take over in the second half against Michigan yesterday proved once again that anyone who mentions Kevin Durant in the same No. 1 selection sentence with Oden requires psychiatric intervention. It’s not even close, people. Dude should legally change his name to Odin, because he is a budding hoops god. Ok, enough sports-based man love.

Back to court couture and the atrocious new Nike threads. Syracuse sported the worst of the bunch. Aside from the ludicrous silver shoulder patches, you couldn’t read the numbers on the orange version of Syracuse’s new threads.

Now, while we do like the sleeker cut of the new styles, we can’t sanction either the neonization of the colors or the needless geometric inserts.

And, frankly, sartorial butchery is nothing new when Nike makes the mistake of getting cute with uniforms. Just consider the company’s signature football program: Phil Knight’s beloved Oregon Ducks. The Ducks always lead the nation’s gridders in uni-prompted sniggers (see last season’s x-rated shoulder crosses).

When it comes to stepping outside the box, Adidas rules the fashion roost with its slightly muted school-color shades and its classic cool designs.


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