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.

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Some have called it the best touchdown ever, but the man who scored it won't give himself a perfect score.

Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson provided loads of holiday joy with an eye-popping somersault over Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington on Saturday, capping off a remarkable 19-yard touchdown reception.

Simpson's explanation for the move is quite simple: He didn't want to get slammed. "It seemed like he was going to hit me and I didn't want to get hit," Simpson told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "And I used my athletic ability and my jumping ability."

Despite his leap going viral thanks to Shutdown Corner and other popular sports websites, Simpson won't accept a flawless grade. He says the landing wasn't perfect.

"Yeah, that was one of the key points (of the play), me sticking the landing," Simpson told Cincinnati.com. "I don't think if I stuck the landing, it wouldn't have been as exciting. But you know, I stuck the landing like a gymnast. A lot of the guys gave me a (perfect) '10' on it. I think it was like a 9 maybe, because I touched the ground (with my hand) a little bit. But I just wanted to make a great play for my team -- you know, have a Merry Christmas and just be happy."

The pride of little Reidsville, N.C., with a population of less than 15,000 (dubbed the "Football Capital" of the State), Simpson has shown his athletic ability for years. He was the runner-up for North Carolina's Mr. Football Award at Reidsville High School, leading his prep team to consecutive state championships and leading the basketball team to its first title as a senior.

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Ricky Rubio won't be getting a call from Dancing With the Stars producers anytime soon.

The Timberwolves rookie guard sent dancing back years with his lousy performance at the team's open scrimmage on Monday. In front of nearly 2,500 fans at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, Rubio's inferior moves were on display for all to see (and fear).

In 2009, the Timberwolves picked Rubio with the fifth pick in the first round, making him the first player born in the 1990s to be drafted by an NBA franchise. He continued his professional career in Spain with FC Barcelona the last few seasons before reaching a deal to play in Minnesota this year.

Rubio has been compared to a young Steve Nash, the star guard of the Phoenix Suns. His vision and passing skills have many NBA talent evaluators claiming he's one of the best pure point guards to enter the league in years.

But apparently he needs to keep his new day job.

T'Wolves star Kevin Love thought it would be fun to have Rubio sing the U.S. national anthem with rookie cohorts Kevin Williams and Malcolm Lee. Rubio, 21, had to back out, since he didn't know the lyrics, according to the Pioneer Press.

That's forgivable considering the Spaniard has only been in America a short time.

There is no excuse for Rubio becoming totally discombobulated during a dancing competition against Williams and Lee. The Wolves rookies entered into a "Dougie" contest that left much to be desired.

Former NBA player Alan Anderson, a teammate of Rubio's on Regal FC Barcelona last season, attempted to advise Rubio on the popular hip-hop dance. "He danced the Dougie all the time," Rubio said of Anderson, "He teach me all the time but not that good." Yep, its fair to say that Anderson is no Cheryl Burke.

"That (dancing the Dougie) was embarrassing," Rubio told the Pioneer Press. "I'm shy. I don't know how to do it."

Rubio redeemed himself later by singing a brief version of "Happy Birthday" to a young girl who attended the scrimmage.

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Chris Paul looks set to have his lucky sound effect to accompany him when he suits up in a Los Angeles Clippers uniform this season -- thanks to pro wrestler Ric Flair.

Paul, who was finally unveiled as a Clippers player on Thursday after being traded from the New Orleans Hornets, feared that the signature call -- where Flair hollers his trademark "Woooo" -- would be left behind in Louisiana.

Flair, a legend of the wrestling world who still performs at the age of 62, is close friends with former Hornets owner George Shinn. He recorded a commercial with Paul, as well as a clip of the signature cheer that was blared out following each of CP3's baskets at the New Orleans Arena.

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Paul was formally introduced to Flair at a game during his third season in New Orleans and spoke more than once about how much he enjoyed the atmosphere created by the sound byte, which was invariably echoed by the entire stadium.

"We are going to have to fly Ric Flair to L.A.," said television analyst Brent Barry as he hosted Paul's press conference at the Clippers' practice facility on Thursday.

ThePostGame tracked down Flair at his home in Charlotte, N.C., and the wrestling icon revealed he would jump at the chance to make a special recording to celebrate Paul's arrival in Tinseltown.

"I would love to come out to Los Angeles and do the same thing for him out there," Flair says. "I generated a lot of excitement every time they used to play it after he scored and it definitely lifted the team.

"Just because he left, I am not going to stop being a fan of Chris Paul. I think he is a great guy. I met him, we made the commercial and we shot a bunch of free throws together. I wish him all the best and if the Clippers want to give him a great welcome and make him feel at home, they know where I am.

"I heard that they have sold out their season tickets after he signed, so there is going to be a lot of excitement. I can help make that even better."

Flair, an avid basketball fan, even watched Paul during his college years at Wake Forest. Paul's official debut for the Clippers is on Christmas Day, when the team travels to meet the Golden State Warriors.

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When you think of hip-hop culture, NASCAR most likely doesn't pop into your head. But Jeff Gordon is about to change all that. Sorta.

Gordon, four-time Sprint Cup Series champion, wowed a packed house at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with an on-stage break dance.

It all went down during "The Lap," which is an anything-goes mock press conference involving the 12 drivers who made the Chase For The Cup. Each racer answered questions submitted by fans. Snooki, from "Jersey Shore," clearly a big stock car racing fan, asked the first question. She wanted to know which of the drivers was the biggest partier.

Jimmie Johnson proceeded to make everyone aware that Gordon, 40, was well known for break-dancing skills in his early years. The gearheads in the crowd immediately started chanting "Gordon!, Gordon!, Gordon!"

Then, bowing to peer pressure, Gordon gave the fans what they wanted:

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Gordon has the most wins in NASCAR's modern era. He was the first driver to earn $100 million in career winnings in the Cup Series. And yet he has never been embraced like Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In fact, a fan asked which NASCAR star had the most moves with the ladies. The drivers claimed Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the most dates. Earnhardt said he "didn't have game." But Carl Edwards followed by telling a story of being stopped at a signal in Charlotte, N.C. when a big SUV pulled up along side of him filled with beautiful young women. Edwards said Earnhardt was behind the wheel.

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It's been said that "art is the triumph over chaos." Well, Yankees fans better hope art triumphs over the chaos of Alex Rodriguez's clutch hitting problems.

The Yankees third baseman happens to have a taste for the world of modern art. So when the 10th Art Basel art show opened this week in Miami -- the most important convention of its kind in North America -- the future Hall of Famer highlighted the week with a ritzy party at his new South Florida home. The Bronx Bomber invited an eclectic crew of famous friends and not-so-famous folks from the art and entertainment worlds to check out a recent addition to his place from a New York-based painter named Nate Lowman.

But this display wasn't in his living room.

Rodriguez took visitors to his new indoor second-floor batting cage, which is surrounded by Lowman's giant paintings. So in between pitches, A-Rod will be clearing his mind with glances at some magical works of fine art.

Rodriguez said "It's fun right?" and "It's got a little bit of a different twist," reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Owen Wilson, Val Kilmer, Peter Brant, Lea Black and Jane Holzer were on hand to check out the sports-art hybrid, according to the New York Post and New York Times. The party also served as an unofficial housewarming.

Rodriguez's home also includes work from artists Dan Colens, Andy Warhol, and Cyprien Gaillard.

In addition, the Wall Street Journal notes Rodriguez has a Ms. Pac Man machine in a fully loaded gym that overlooks the breathtaking Miami bay.

Should Alex Rodriguez have a big year and the Yankees win the 2012 World Series, we fully expect the Steinbrenner family to buy batting cage art for Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson.

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