Ever wonder what it would be like if Darth Vader played in the Rose Bowl?
You'll find out on January 2.
The University of Oregon will debut the latest Nike Pro Combat gear that claims to be the most advanced football uniform system in the world.
It's certainly the scariest.
Much like the iPhone, the Nike Combat Uniforms -- which first debuted at last year's BCS title game -- keep introducing new versions. This outfit features 11 different materials in the jersey and pants, and 16 in the complete uniform.
Oregon fans, always delighted to see their Ducks set trends, will be happy to know that the new unis include larger, bolder numbers with an iridescent sheen similar to that of a mallard duck's feathers. Or Lord Vader's coat.
And check out the helmet. Notice a must for all Ducks -- bright wings atop a mirrored LiquidMetal black finish, never before used on football headgear.
Coolest of all (perhaps), the helmet does include the traditional Oregon "O" logo, but Nike designers placed it on the top-middle of the helmet. That creates a hal-O effect -- ha! -- which offsets the sinister Vader vibe.
(Also, if you'll pardon the social commentary, the 'O' on the top of the helmet should be easier to spot from overhead cameras, signaling fashion following technology.)
Other key uniform innovations, according to Nike, include a padding layer designed to help keep the body cool and wick away sweat, more protection throughout the crucial "hit zone" between the knees and shoulders, and a "Flywire" collar to keep the jersey in place.
No word yet on whether the jersey will help Ducks defenders get past Wisconsin's mammoth offensive line.
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