By Bryan Redemske
FYI: Paul’s got a non-uni piece up Page 2 today.
Meanwhile: Back in the good ol’ days — say, 1603 or so — the beaver played a key role in the rapidly expanding fur trade of North America. Without this humble, wood-nibbling creature, there’s no way the white man would have taken over the continent. A beaver pelt was good for all sorts of stuff … like trading for whiskey and tobacco. Actually, one pelt was good for one pound of tobacco or four pounds of lead shot. A dozen pelts hooked you up with a rifle. And 15 beavers meant you were a 17th-century pimp.
At Oregon State, five pelts means you play baseball. The two-time defending national champion Beavers have five different jerseys, effectively ending late-night laundry duties on road trips. You likely remember the old-timey contrasting-color placket that debuted in February, but here’s a quick look at the rest of the rotation. Thanks are owed to Hank Hager, the Oregon State baseball SID, for putting up with me for the last two months. I wanted to dig a little deeper, but the coaches are busy trying to win another championship or something. Their priorities are clearly out of whack.
First and foremost is the elimination of this logo. That’s a very good thing.
Here’s what the Beavers wore as their standard home uniform for the past few years. Despite a university-wide logo rebranding (aiming more toward this), the cream is still around. And though Oregon State is a Nike school, the baseball team wears Wilson uniforms and uses DeMarini bats, which are made by Wilson.
And, finally, there’s an orange jersey. At least they don’t have an orange hat to go with it. Or a white one with sublimated flames or something. Schools don’t do that, do they?
Now over to Vince, for more beaver jokes … and the ticker.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Chris Souder thinks he has found the perfect shoes for Paul. … Elena Elms passes on these photos from the Virtual Museum of University History at UNC. … Not sure this has been linked to not or yet, but someone went through a pretty detailed comparison of the old and new Portland Beaver uniforms. Even if it’s old news, I had to get one beaver mention in, right? (Thanks to Nick Oelke). … New football uniforms coming for the University of Kentucky (Thanks Shannon Knight). … That’s it for the ticker today. 15,347 emails on the ESPN smoking column, but only a handful of helpful ticker notes.