As snow, light freezing drizzle, and that weird pellet-snow that stings your face falls upon Omaha (sorry, that’s the scene outside my window), bathing everything in a uniform coat of white, we must look west, to Portland, Oregon, for color in an otherwise monochrome day.
Since the profile of a basketball player is generally smaller than that of a football player, I’m guessing Oregon’s look against Utah Saturday afternoon wasn’t as jarring as the Civil War debacle from a few weeks back. But still … that’s some bright yellow. It’s referred to internally at Oregon as “lightning,” but I think it needs a more explosive, eye-popping name. I choose Nuclear Yellow.
But the Ducks weren’t the only ones exercising questionable use of yellow — though each was fully within its rights — on Saturday. Michigan, West Virginia, Wyoming (with some interesting layers on the lettering), and East Carolina were also willing participants. Iowa wore its black unis (and managed to lose to Iowa State, which was wearing white), though its yellow is a little closer to gold.
Actually all three of Iowa’s state schools (Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa) have yellow or gold in their color schemes, and each also has a yellow alternate. And — though it wasn’t always the case — each is a Nike school. Only Iowa State is a full-fledged member of NikeWorld, though.
And now you know too much about Iowa. Sorry. — Bryan