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Nike Pro Combat uniforms turn BSU, Oregon, UGA into spacemen

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God may have told former Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk to get up out of Eugene before “something went down” at Oregon; the big man upstairs actually meant “It’s goin’ dooowwwwnnnnn!” as in the Ducks are (gasp!) getting new uniforms for their opening game against LSU.

And, surprise, it makes Oregon look like they’re preparing for a deep space expedition more so than playing a football game.

Come to think of it, Cowboys Stadium does kind of look like a giant space ship from a distance. And the new movie “Apollo 18″ opens up the day before the Oregon-LSU game.

Well played, subliminal advertisers. Well played.

Anyway, here are Oregon’s Nike Pro Combat unis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, Georgia and Boise State will be sporting nifty new unis for their Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic game. Below are UGA’s and BSU’s Pro Combat threads side by side.

What do you all think? College football fashion, while not at all related to on-field results, has become a big hit with the players and a solid merchandising tool.

Sound off in the comments section and poll below:

(photos courtesy of Nike)

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53 Responses to “Nike Pro Combat uniforms turn BSU, Oregon, UGA into spacemen”
  1. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    The poll is funny. Some of the Oregon fans have proven they are even more obnoxious than Notre Dame fans and we thought that was not possible. Maybe with the new spacemen uniforms Oregon will also receive HGH and other enhancements to give them the ability not to lose so badly at the line, then game with LSU will be a little closer than the 2 touchdown victory LSU will win.

    Best to all the good (not obnoxious) Oregon fans. Come by our tailgating at Jerry’s World parking area (we will be some distance away due to the Jerry’s World regs with a tall antenna pole with a purple and gold diamond pattern flag.
    We will have Cajun cuisine and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. We always serve opposing fans first.

  2. blakebuchanan87 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:04 PM

    I like the Oregon ones best because it will decrease me seeing some of their other more hideous combos. I really don’t like the UGA ones. They are too far off from their traditional ones. None of them are as cool as the TCU ones that have the blood coming out of the eyes on the helmets.

  3. mempusa says: Aug 25, 2011 1:10 PM

    Arizona St too

  4. thefoodrapist says: Aug 25, 2011 1:22 PM

    Boise State’s are money.
    Arizona State’s new uniforms this season are great-looking.
    I’d like to see Ohio State “Pro Combat” uni’s be all-black, with a little silver and scarlet — for the Wisconsin night game.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:30 PM

    Uniforms should be traditional. Changing uniform designs, colors every game distracts from the game. It’s football, not space invaders.

  6. Maurice Barksdale says: Aug 25, 2011 1:36 PM

    As long as the Pro Combat Uniforms don’t become the norm and are only used occasionally, I have no problem with them. But it seems it may get to the point its just about who can have the craziest looking design.

  7. dickroy says: Aug 25, 2011 2:54 PM

    With the NFL going to flag football this year, college players might as well dress up like toys.

  8. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 25, 2011 4:39 PM

    I’ll take the classic look any day of the week. Simple and understated, the game should be about how you play, not how you look.

    Southernpats- You need to bring that cajun cuisine up to beaver stadium sometime. I swear the best food I have eaten has almost always been in Louisiana.

  9. geetee52 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:52 PM

    Where is Penn State’s ‘combat’ uniform?

    Will JoePa be wearing a combat windbreaker?

  10. hknowlton1 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:20 PM

    Sickest jerseys ever love oregon and BSU JERSEYS AMAZING

  11. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 5:20 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. I was upset when Ohio State said they were wearing them, but at least they used tradition in the design.

    I hate how Nike has to smear it’s fecal matter all over the landscape of football. It’s not a fashion show…. it’s supposed to be football. But I suppose its fitting for this soft, fruity, “look at me” generation.

    I’m all for throwbacks, or paying homage to your past generations. But this has gone too far, and represents how the money(nike) is ruining something great.

    As for fashion, look at a picture of yourself from 10 years ago…. what you wore then probably would get you laughed at now. What you wore that day won’t be played in highlight reels, or be a part of sports history.

  12. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 5:25 PM

    @barksdale

    i think has gone past that point. Stick to tradition.

    @geetee52

    Penn State’s would probably have a lions tale on the pants, a furry sequin main around the shoulders, and all the players will wear rec-specs that look like paterno’s glasses.

  13. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 5:31 PM

    @thefoodrapist.

    I hope you’re not a Buckeyes fan saying that. The day Ohio State wears a black jersey in the Horseshoe is the day I give up on society.

    At first this was something new, innovative. Now it’s gone too far. Nike is simply defacing the tradition of these historic programs. Let the little schools dress up for attention, If i were a Georgia fan, I’d be livid.

  14. jakpsu1 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:44 PM

    the boise state uniforms are awesome. i really like the combat uniforms, nothing wrong with a little change every now and then.

  15. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 5:44 PM

    Tom: Thank you for your kindness. If only we were a few years younger, we would take the long trek to Beaver Stadium.

    The best in Louisiana have inspired us and worked with us over the years (many are dear friends): Chef Leah Chase and her husband Dookie, the queen of Creole cooking; Paul and Karen Prudomme (originator of “blackened” fish and fowl); Emeril Lagasse (various dishes); the late Justin Wilson; and others.

    The mayor and police chief, the chief of detectives, and other town leaders want us to prepare a meal for all the new neighborhood watch, sponsors, and community leaders. We think that could be up to 400 people and that is quite a daunting task! We have yet to determine what and how we will do that. whew!

  16. bamasucks says: Aug 25, 2011 5:53 PM

    Nike and ESPN are ruining college football.

  17. pthompson1187 says: Aug 25, 2011 6:22 PM

    rules change, players change, offenses and defenses change, so whats wrong with uniform changes. this is 2011. time for adaption into the future for football. i see no reason why this is offensive. Its the nature of everything to grow, change, and advance. so why cant uniforms? yea theres tradition, but for most schools, that tradition should be made into a new tradition. it would be for the best lol. Georgia is not the powerhouse it once was, let it begin a new tradition, with new uniform tradition. same with oregon and all the others. Ohio state, texas, all the schools that are implementing pro combat uniforms, i see no wrong here.

  18. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 25, 2011 7:06 PM

    Sopats-

    Some great names there. I’m a definite foodie, and have worked under some amazing chefs in my younger days. Two things that I miss so much…andouille (sp) sausage and gator.

  19. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 9:17 PM

    @jakpsu1

    Schools like Boise State don’t have very deep or rich traditions. They do it for attention. Like the smurf turf. I guess it’s a recruiting angle for them. “only 33k people will be at your games, but your gonna wear the most flamboyant uniforms Nike can create”.

    I was all for the uniforms fitting better, tighter on the pads. New helmets I get, safety. But all the fashion in CFB is getting out of hand.

  20. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 9:25 PM

    Next up for Pro Combat Uniforms;

    -Florida will wear real alligator skin pants.
    -Alabama will slap Dumbo the elephant on the sides of the helmet instead of traditional numbers.
    -BYU will have Joseph Smith on the helmets.
    -Army players will be forced to wear kevlar helmets worn in real PRO combat.
    -Louisville will have real cardinal feathers on their uniforms.

    Anyone else have sweet pro-combat ideas. Lets go all out when we destroy tradition.

  21. southernpatriots says: Aug 25, 2011 10:08 PM

    Tom!!!!! We can’t cook gumbo, jambalaya, some sauces piquant, etc. without good andoille. We just had some boudoin today, fresh from Lafayette.

    One of the fishermen featured on the “Swamp People” tv show brought us some gator last week when he came to our area to sign autographs at our regional grocery.

    We are going to figure out what we can or will do to feed up to 400 people which will gather for the first Neighborhood Watch ever in this small town which experienced horror concerning 2 of its children recently. The mayor and chief of police, etc. are now expecting us to cook for it (at least they made us believe they were expecting it).

    No restaurant in that area can truly cook as well, but it is quite a daunting task. We are also going to help with tailgating at the LSU — Oregon game at Jerry’s World (Cowboy Stadium) on Sept. 3rd. Oregon gobbled up about 20,000 tickets and LSU about 80,000. We will serve the Ducks first, the Tigers last as is our usual way.

    Shrimpers down in the bayous are only being paid 50 cents a pound for large to jumbo shrimp. They offer them to us at $1 a pound and they transport it and package them and dehead most. We have run out of freezer space with the shrimp and our brother’s championship pies.

    He is a lifetime member of the American Pie Assoc? and takes national pie champions’ pie recipes and tweaks them making them better and makes those pies, vacuum seals them, and we distribute the pies to elderly care facilities, so I think I will take some pies tomorrow to free up freezer space.

    He also came up with all natural ice creams (smooth like gelatos) such as: watermelon, tangerine, pomegranate, black cherry, white peach, Madagascar Vanilla, Belgian Quadruple Chocolate, etc. and the best all natural pecan pralines that anyone who has one, says they have ever eaten. God has truly gifted him and he shares his gift with children, elderly and everyone. We all are his soux chefs.

  22. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 10:25 PM

    Gotta love swamp people. Shooot him Elizabeth Shooot em!!!!!

  23. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 26, 2011 12:34 AM

    At least these pro combat uniforms break up the monotony for those poor korean kids.

  24. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2011 4:00 AM

    paulbrownsrevenge: The “Swamp People” are genuine. They are even funnier in person but so serious about that gator hunting and tagging.

    Without these men and ladies, we would be inundated with gators everywhere, but they are very regulated.

    No alligators under 6 feet can be caught, no alligator can be sold without a state tag allocated by the Louisiana Wildlike and Fisheries. This is closely monitored and regulated.

    These alligator hunters and others like them are hard workers and generous people. They had us make them “gator sauce piquant” at the end of last season. Gator is a dense meat, only the tail is used and it has to be prepared exactly right, or when eating it will get bigger in your mouth and be hard to swallow.

    We have dear friends in Oklahoma that are “noodlers” and just shipped us several hundred pounds of clothing for the needy children. They think the “swamp people” are crazy at what they do and the “swamp people” think the noodlers are crazy….ha. Our Mawmaw used to say, “That is like the pot calling the kettle black.”

  25. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 26, 2011 1:01 PM

    So is Jarrett Lee the starter? I heard he’s ahead of Mettenberger. As a Buckeyes fan I’m nervous about our new QB, but I’m glad Pryor is gone. He’s not a real leader.

  26. Deb says: Aug 26, 2011 7:26 PM

    How the heck did I miss this thread???? It may be the only time I ever agree with all the posts by paulbrownsrevenge ;)

    JT … couldn’t you have given us a choice of “What would Bear say?” :)

    Doesn’t anyone else see the giant box on the Boise player’s backside? Is it a battery pack? Will these teams be fielding humans?

    I’m frightened, Auntie Em! I’m frightened!

  27. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 27, 2011 10:12 AM

    @deb

    Thanks. See I’m not all that bad. Thanks for defending my Buckeyes through the ESPiN drama. I’m counting on your tide to win me some money this year again. They’ve treated me well these past few years. Go Bucks, and ROLL TIDE! except Duron Carter(bad seed).

  28. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 27, 2011 10:15 AM

    @deb

    I need some good Pro Combat ideas from you and southern pats. I think Penn State’s with lions tail on pants, furry collar main, and rec-spec glasses like JoePa’s would be funny. sorry im bored.

  29. Deb says: Aug 27, 2011 1:27 PM

    @paulbrownsrevenge …

    I’m glad you’re being nice. Hate fighting with people. If we’re adding tails, the Georgia uniforms should have a little nub in the back. Imagine the Gator uniforms.

    Hope Duron Carter isn’t a bad seed. Always liked Cris, but he needs to tone down his volume a little on Countdown. Loved him when he played.

  30. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 27, 2011 6:27 PM

    I’ve got friends close to the OSU program. I’ve heard Duron thought he was entitled to play right away, and he rarely attended a class while he was with the team. Apparently his dad was the same way.

    I stopped liking Pryor his Sophmore year when he threw a fit about the training staff not having his favorite flavor of gatorade during a practice. That came from a player on the team I know well.

    maybe they can add a studded collar to the dawgs uni’s.

    I know I’ve been an ass to you before. I agree and thumbs up most of your posts ;)

  31. webfootdoug58 says: Aug 27, 2011 7:57 PM

    As a long-time University of Oregon fan, I join those who are appalled by the new uniform’s color combination. If they want supercool “combat” uniforms, fine, the young players love them, but keep the colors Oregon’s!
    Black and neon-green ain’t us.

    When folks across the nation hear the word “Oregon”, they usually think of the color green, from our heavily forested mountains.

    And in fact, our school’s traditional colors are green and yellow, from the Oregon grape, and like all great universities we have many wonderful traditions of which we are proud. For example, we are the “Ducks” because 160 years ago Californians called our pioneers “Webfoots” for being out in the rain and mud all day.
    But with our big debut this fall, we’ll be showing up in Texas with black uniforms trimmed in neon to play LSU!

    Why? Black and orange are the colors of our major rival, Oregon State in Corvallis…..do we really envy them so much?

    “Anthracite”, as its been called, would be fine for Pitt or West Virginia, but not the Ducks. We’re about live trees here, not carbonized ones.
    For us, it’s a black lump of coal in our stocking, a domineering gift from Phil for outfitting his show-off semi-pro NIKE Swooshes.

    And if Knight really wants NIKE to offer us some creative, futuristic uniforms, let them include a newly designed SAFE HELMET for the players!
    Webfoot Doug

  32. southernpatriots says: Aug 27, 2011 8:37 PM

    paulbrownsrevenge: Some of the uniforms seem to be going abstract. Some good Oregon fans (yes there are some bad obnoxious ones also, note their postings on the threads of LSU’s recent media frenzy) have truly objected to Knight’s latest designs to showcase his swoosh.

    The studded collar reminds me of our brother in high school. He told his coach/civics teacher that he would start a new fad at the school the next day. His teacher told him he would receive an ‘A’ in the course and not have to run extra laps (which he richly deserved!) if he could start a new fad. That afternoon our brother went out and purchased a studded dog collar and wore it all the next day at school. The day following over 50 other boys and several girls were wearing studded dog collars…ha.

    How is tOSU transitioning from the Tressel era? Will they be ready for Nebraska et al? We do not know what state of readiness LSU will be in but we profer that offensively it just can’t be worse than last year (100th – 120th!).

  33. wailingminutiae says: Aug 28, 2011 5:08 AM

    I think all three are perfectly serviceable, not sure about style points on this, but decent enough. And they all have the added benefit of not being Maryland’s new Unis… ugh. Please, Under Armor, better effort next time..ok?

  34. mb526 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:43 PM

    First let me get this out. I hate the traditional uniforms. I think they’re boring and they look terrible, that include Penn State, Alabama, LSU all of them. Personally I think Alabama has the worst uniforms. When you have too much “tradition” at a football program you stagnate and fail to innovate, so for me tradition is irrelevant and in fact sometimes a hinderance. I love it when these fans complain about how changes in college football are ruining the game, they remind me of angry old man screaming on his front porch for these kids to get off his lawn. Innovation is what is most important to college football and I will take that over old and stogy “traditions” any day.

  35. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 28, 2011 6:23 PM

    @mb526

    It’s football, not a fashion statement. It sends the wrong message to the young kids in HS junior high. It says “look good, play good”. The message should be WORK hard, play good. Nowadays kids are more worried about what color the decals on their eye shield are, or how many wristbands they can wear. It’s the wrong message and it makes kids soft.

    The only thing pretty about football should be the the tradition and pageantry.

    On the soft side, If you notice. Many of the best football players come from poverty. I guess I noticed when I played in HS, we always physically beat the crap out of the teams with fancy uniforms. Those teams are too worried about what they look like instead of being good players.

    In my opinion, the tougher football players come from the southeast, because most of them had to overcome adversity, opposed to the suburban kids who may love the game equally, but come from an easy upbringing.
    I say this as an OSU fan. It saddens me that this is direction things are going. Video Games also play a huge role in this.

  36. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 28, 2011 7:02 PM

    @southernpats

    The coaching transition at Ohio State won’t raise many eyebrows. It’s the same coaching staff with the exception of Mike Vrabel coaching linebackers.
    The only think I’d expect and hope to see is OSU run the ball more, and spend less time in shotgun or spread formations. I miss the days of running the ball alot.

    I predict OSU to win 9-10 games. The Defense will be absolutely stout this year. Especially the front 7. I’m excited for this week, and happy Pryor is gone.

    I’m curious to see who makes it out of the SEC west this year. Tide defense will be dominant, but they break in a new QB, Arkansas can score often, but their D takes a hit. LSU will be very good as long as Lee manages the games well. I love watching Tyrann Mathieu. Reminds me of Antoine Winfield from OSU years back(small and mean)

  37. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 28, 2011 7:16 PM

    @southernpats

    I spent time while I was in the Marine Corps in Baton Rouge for Katrina. Very nice people down there. Despite the devastation in the area, people were still very nice. The looting in New Orleans was bothersome, but there’s always a few bad seeds to give a community a bad name.

  38. southernpatriots says: Aug 28, 2011 7:33 PM

    paulbrownsrevenge: God bless you! It was truly a challenging time for all of us. We have so many friends and family in south Louisiana and all were affected by Katrina and then the double whammy of Rita to follow.

    Our brother was one of the very first rescuers and he mobilized shrimpers and fishermen to bring their boats to the off ramp of I-310 and other elevated interstate locations above the extremely high water in the 9th ward and other areas.

    What he thought, and then what the whole family thought (since quickly he drafted all to help) was that it would be a short work. We did not leave the New Orleans area, Plaquemines, Abbeville, etc. areas until December of that year. Churches, WalMart, the Marines and Special Forces, Coast Guard and Admiral Allen, Gen. Honore, and the shrimpers and fishermen who lost their homes and businesses and kept helping us rescue folks who were without food or drink for many days, even stretching into weeks.

    We worked so hard oftentimes 18 hours a day or more to save lives. There were several gangs which tried to highjack medical supplies and water we were bringing to the triage tents and thank God for the Special Forces and Marines…they took care of the problem. I must stop writing because I could write for hours of our experiences in the Katrina Rescue & Relief effort but we did transport many to Baton Rouge.

    Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for helping our state during a time of great crisis and challenge. God bless you again!

  39. southernpatriots says: Aug 28, 2011 8:16 PM

    paulbrownsrevenge: We LOVE the running game as well. Our (LSU’s) offense last year was truly pathetic (100th – 120th!)…ugh. We certainly hope Lee and Mettenberger and the new new (our new OC came down with an illness, so we have a new new OC), hopefully will be more creative and innovative and less predictable.

    If tOSU wins 10 games they should win the conference title again, even with Nebraska in the mix now.

    We all think as do you…the emphasis on fashion has distracted the kids from the proper focus. We used to want to cream those teams with fancy uniforms (and that was back in the dinosaur age!)

  40. Deb says: Aug 28, 2011 10:19 PM

    @paulbrownsrevenge …

    Yes, you were ;) But I’m glad we’ve moved past that. Loved your response on the uniforms. Was thinking the same thing. I enjoy Project Runway but fail to see what fashion innovation has to do with winning football games.

    @mb526 …

    You may hate traditional uniforms and feel they’re the product of old people who resist change. But as paulbrownsrevenge said, you might consider that they’re the product of smart people who focus on substance over style. I’m an Alabama fan, and the Tide plays hardcore smashmouth football, emphasis on tough defense and a solid ground game. No, it hasn’t changed a lot through the years. But you can keep the cutting-edge uniforms. We’ll keep the 13 National Championships.

  41. Deb says: Aug 28, 2011 10:59 PM

    @webfootdoug58 …

    Great info about the Ducks uniforms. It’s always interesting to hear where these traditions originated.

  42. webfootdoug58 says: Aug 29, 2011 2:42 AM

    Deb,
    thanks for nice words. I agree with your other comments too. Seems this is where mb526 misses the point– tradition is why we care about one team more than another, it’s what ties us to (or against!) particular institutions. And just like for “gangs”, “colors” can become a big part of this. Though I love our green and yellow, I also particularly like Tennessee’s orange, and USC always stands out. But Boise St. blue I could do without. Especially the blue field.

    And so do names have significance. Like Oregon’s Webfoot/Ducks, there are a lot of schools whose names go back to the early settlers of their region– North Carolina Tarheels, Oklahoma Sooners, Indiana Hoosiers ( not sure just what that one meant), for example. Not sure about Boilermakers or Cornhuskers either. And then down in Florida St. we have a name that goes back much further, the Seminoles ( and please don’t call them the ‘Noles, or Miami the ‘Canes).

    And speaking of Native Americans, the Indians called lacrosse “the little brother of war”, and as football has become war’s little brother for us today, I guess we should all wear “combat” uniforms.

    But we’ll wear whatever uniforms Uncle Phil sends us, ’cause beggars can’t be choosers.
    webfoot doug

  43. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 29, 2011 5:55 PM

    @webfootDoug,

    You might be the only Oregon fan I’ve ever heard that doesn’t like the uniforms, good for you. The only Ducks uni’s I like Were the throwback, traditional green and yellow with the yellow helmets. those were nice.

  44. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 29, 2011 6:13 PM

    @Deb

    I was bitter for a while, I just got tired of hearing everyone say OSU can’t beat an SEC team. Then they do, and it doesn’t count.

    The irony in all of this would be that One of my best friends in the Marine Corps was a diehard Hogs fan. He passed away tragically in early 2007, after Arkansas has that great year, where if they would have beaten Florida in the SEC title, they would have played OSU for the title. So I thought it was strangely ironic that OSU finally beats an SEC school, and it’s vacated. I feel like my friend was joking with me! lol.

    In the past Iv’e been guilty of ripping the SEC. The truth is, the best team wins on the field. I would be disrespecting the sport I love if I cried out for an inferior team that lost fair and square on the field. It’s frustrating because people say, The SEC is so much faster than other conferences. This is true but not like typical viewers see it. What separates the SEC from the rest is the line play. That’s what beat OSU versus florida and LSU. It’s frustrating as a Big10 fan to watch the SEC win 5 straight national titles, but they deserve it. My only hope is that the Big10 elevates the competition level with the addition of Nebraska and a conference championship game. Finally!

    Hopefully the Conferences stay at 12 teams, I’m afraid the value of these programs and the season would lose value otherwise, but that’s another conversation.

  45. Deb says: Aug 29, 2011 6:33 PM

    @paulbrownsrevenge …

    I can understand the bitterness. Have taken some hard hits on PFT … as edgy (another commenter) used to tell the OSU crowd, it was much worse than anything going on here. But you just use it as a learning experience. As I told the OSU fans … this too shall pass. Nothing can ever change what Ohio State has meant to college football, and soon enough this will be behind you.

    As for the Sugar Bowl, I think OSU was wrong to voluntarily vacate the win. The NCAA had the info on the Tat5 before that game was played and allowed those guys to participate. They shouldn’t have, but they did, so that game should have been off-limits. And vacated or not, OSU won that game on the field. You did beat the SEC team. Nothing changes that.

    I don’t believe Newton should have been eligible for the Iron Bowl. But even if that win is eventually vacated, it won’t change the fact that Auburn beat us on the field. They were the better team on the day. It would be different if there were point-shaving or some kind of cheating during the game, but there wasn’t. Both Auburn and OSU played their best game against Bama and Arkansas and won. It is what it is.

    The SEC plays tough football, but people are foolish to think these things are stagnate. Like that Steelers fan making fun of the Browns the other day. The Steelers didn’t win a single playoff game in their first 40 years. One day you’re up, the next you’re down. There was a time when the Big 10 owned college football. Now it’s the SEC. But things change. No one should get cocky.

  46. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 29, 2011 7:27 PM

    That’s exactly how I feel. I’m a loyal Browns fan as well. Most Steelers fans in my experience have been showed class. Every fan base has their clowns I suppose. My HS football coach is a dedicated Penn State and Steelers fan from PA, one of the best role models I’ve ever had. So I’ve always had a ton of respect for those teams.

    Don’t sleep on PSU week 2, they will be much improved. I’m sure Bama will handle the task, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a “closer than the experts think” game. The Tide defense will prevail though.

    Another big10 team to watch out for is Northwestern, they were red hot until QB Persa went down with an injury. That squad returns almost everyone. 18 starters I think.

    I can’t wait until this weekend, I’m ready for TCU -Baylor!! I’ll be DVRing the OSU game, The Steel Mill doesn’t seem to care about college football.

  47. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 29, 2011 7:30 PM

    @Deb,

    Didn’t you feel sorry for Colt McCoy after the title loss to Bama?? I couldn’t believe the nerve of the reporter who asked him after the game how he felt missing the biggest game of his life. Of Course McCoy(human) teared up and tried to respond. That was awful. I was surprised and skeptical when the Browns drafted him, I really think he’s doing well.

  48. Deb says: Aug 29, 2011 9:07 PM

    @paulbrownsrevenge ….

    ROFL … you should have been here that night! It was Deb taking on all comers on three threads at once. John posted that he was just sitting back with his popcorn :D

    Actually, I didn’t and don’t believe Colt’s injury should have taken him out of the game. The hit didn’t even dislodge the ball from his hands. He stood up and punched his hand into his fist. The camera followed him into the lockers and he was lifting his arm and running his hand through his hair. Then when he reappeared on the sidelines, he was holding it like a wounded bird wing.

    His dad told the CBS crew they were pulling him to save him for the draft. And I think that’s exactly what his dad did. I’ve had 28 surgeries and have a lot of nerve damage, but you’d never know it to look at me. You can still function with numbness–which is what he had. His “injury” kept him from throwing at the Combine, too, but it didn’t keep him from lifting. I said then it would miraculously be healed on his pro day about a week later … and it was :)

    Where I went wrong was in thinking Colt was a coward who’d never make it in the league, that he’d crumble the first time he faced a tough defense. He was thrown into the fire against Pittsburgh and stood his ground. Without his dad to run the show, McCoy showed great leadership. I was really impressed. Have no problem admitting I was wrong about him. Yeah, I do feel for him because I think he could have played that night but his dad made him come out of the game to protect his draft prospects. His pop had seen Tebow take a huge beating from that Bama defense in the SEC Championship and didn’t want to risk it.

    You know Colt worked out with Favre this off season. He’s well-suited to that West Coast style of Holmgren and Pat Shurmur’s.

  49. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 30, 2011 1:43 PM

    I’m so excited for the Browns. Since 99 it’s seemed like a dumpster fire in the front office which translates to the field. Holmgren and Heckert are doing a fine job. McCoy seems like the Steve Young type, I love Marecic from Stanford at fullback. The pieces are coming together. They still have a ways to go. I can’t wait until they compete for a division crown….someday.

  50. Deb says: Aug 30, 2011 4:03 PM

    @paulbrownsrevenge …

    They’ll be competitive now. It’s hard because the Steelers and Ravens are so competitive, but anything can happen. Look how the Bengals slipped in there two years ago to take the division. I think we look solid going into the season, but the Ravens have some issues. Wouldn’t surprise me to see the Browns step in front of them and pick up a wildcard.

  51. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 30, 2011 9:24 PM

    I’m optimistic. I think 8 wins can be achieved. What will help the young Browns is the Steelers and Ratbirds veterans getting old. The Ravens won’t be the same without Ed Reed, Ray Lewis. The Steelers defense will see a drop off once Hampton, Keisel, Smith, and Polamalu retire. It’s always hard to replace hall of fame caliber guys. I think Heyward will be a beast at DE for Pittsburgh.

  52. Deb says: Aug 30, 2011 9:39 PM

    We have good guys lined up behind Big Snack, Brett, and Aaron. You can’t replace a guy like Troy–as we’ve seen when he’s out. It kills me to think about him retiring … Lewis and Reed, too. If you love the game, you have to love watching players of that caliber no matter what team they’re on.

  53. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 22, 2011 4:55 PM

    Nike’s stock soared past expectations and the street’s predictions. Now at $1.36 a share on revenue of $6.1 billion on 1Q revenues, Nike may be making a windfall on the free publicity for their new pro combat unis and other products.

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