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My five favorite college football helmets – 2012

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2012 by Jared Gallagher

This is a guest post by Kyle Porter of Pistols Firing.

It’s been a wild year in college football — #1 falling over and over again, ALL the conference realignment, the worst Heisman race (and candidates) in recent memory, and some of the most horrendous uniforms anyone has ever seen (Adidas doing Adidas things, I guess).

There have been high points too though — stunning late-season affairs, perfection in South Bend, and the appeal of that looming college football playoff in two more years.

There have also been some great new threads.

Jared kindly asked me to post my five favorite helmets for the 2012 season (seriously, what was he thinking with those Wyoming helmets?!), and I gladly obliged. I’m more of a traditional guy when it comes to uniforms (love you, Penn State and Alabama) but I can do the hip Oregon-ification as well.

Without further ado, my five favorite helmets from this year.

5. Stanford gunmetal

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Simple, strong, spectacular – just like the Stanford program.

4. Michigan with numbers

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Who doesn’t love Michigan’s helmets? Also, I’m a sucker for adding numbers to helmets. No idea why.

3. Virginia throwback

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These got wayyyyyyyyyy overlooked. Probably because Virginia sucks and they wore them in September, but man, what a great look.

2. Texas DKR

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I have a silly infatuation with Texas’ whites. The subtle DKR addition was phenomenal.

1. Oklahoma State gray (new)

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Well, I DO run an Oklahoma State blog. The Oregon-esque gray (I don’t know what else to call it?) look from OSU at Kansas was incredible. So many factors better than last year’s gray debut that it’s incalculable for a simple-minded blogger such as myself.

The only question is — why haven’t we gone back to it?

Best of 2010

Posted in Football on December 12, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

So I’m sitting here in the press box of the OSSAA Class 2A State Football Championship at Boone Pickens Stadium, and I don’t have a whole lot to do. So, after a long year of incredible college football, I have decided to compile a list of the ten best uniform combinations in the nation this season.

10. Ohio University

            The first of two Ohio schools on my list (I’ll bet you can guess which the other one is). I’m typically not a fan of green, but the way it is paired with the white helmets is classic. The two-stripe shoulder pads and helmet are also a classy touch. Too bad they are designed by Russell; they might have been higher on the list otherwise.

9. Tulsa’s throwbacks

            These awesome alternate color throwbacks pay tribute to the Golden Hurricane’s teams of the 1950s. The bright red jersey with white “TULSA” in collegiate block lettering flows surprisingly well with the old gold pants and royal blue belt.

            “With the renovations to the stadium, we also wanted to recognize the great tradition of Tulsa football. On this special day, we wanted to honor the many outstanding teams and players that have played in this stadium, and we felt that the way to do that was by wearing throwback uniforms,” said Tulsa’s Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham.

8. Southern Methodist University

            Classic red, white and blue is the theme of the Mustangs. The white helmet and classic Mustang logo is the kicker for me. Plus, they added a blue alternate for the 2010 season.

7. Oregon State “Giant Killers”

            These unis, designed as part of Nike’s 2010 Pro Combat line, pay tribute to the Beavers of 1967. The unproven Beavers came into the ’67 season as a complete underdog in many of their games, but finished with a 7-2-1 record and a 3-0 win over the top-ranked USC Trojans in Corvallis. The helmets were a matte black, which looked great against Oregon’s disgusting silver helmets. There half-sleeve undershirts have orange and white horizontal stripes that when paired with the jersey resemble the longer sleeves that most jerseys of the era had.

6. Nebraska

            The Cornhuskers have one of the most classic uniforms in the nation, with very little change over the years. Have you guessed that I have a soft spot for white helmets?

5. Oklahoma State “Phantom”

            Love the black. Don’t love how the Cowboys play when they wear the black.

4. Auburn

            While I’m not a fan of Gene Chizik (and especially not Cam Newton), but they sure make the orange and navy look good. Plus, it’s UnderArmour.

3. Ohio State

            Another classic uniform. The Buckeye stickers are the best.

2. Navy (vs. Army)

            Best color scheme in America, hands down. Red, white, blue and gold… the colors of a dominant team; the colors of a dominant nation. They debuted these special uniforms today in their annual battle with Army. They worked; The Midshipmen beat Army for the ninth-straight time.

  1. Air Force “Thunderbird”

These uniforms are just what they say they are; a tribute to the Thunderbirds. The Falcons added red to their color scheme, making their helmet a tri-color series of awesomeness. Red and white stripes on the shoulder pads and lightning bolts match perfectly with the American flag on the lapel.

Here it is. Say what you want, but this is scientific. These were the best uniforms in the NCAA this season. Merry Christmas and Happy Bowling.

Cowboy 5-0

Posted in Equestrian, Football, Soccer on October 10, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

Another successful weekend for Oklahoma State athletics. The Pokes traveled to the Bayou to play a little “fooseball in the Swampland”. After yet another subpar opening half, Brandon Weeden and the boys scored three touchdowns in the first nine minutes of the third quarter and never looked back.

The Cowboys won 54-28, thanks to a 13-reception, 190-yard, two-touchdown performance by Justin Blackmon. Kendall Hunter had another 100+ yard rushing performance and Weeden set a new Cajun Field record with five touchdown passes. 25,881 were on hand to see the barn-burner; the 11th largest crowd in Cajun Field history. With the win the Pokes improve to 5-0 (see title) and can look ahead to their first Big 12 road game of the season when they travel to Lubbock, Texas next weekend to take on the Texas Tech Mascot Stealers. Whoops, I mean Red Raiders.

Moving from the gridiron to the saddle, the Cowgirl Equestrian team kicked off their season with a 13-6 drubbing of the UT Martin Skyhawks. Yes, the Skyhawks.

The 7th-ranked Cowgirl futbol club (soccer, for you Americans) extended their unbeaten streak to 11 and improved to 12-1-1 and 5-0 in conference play.

Check back often and Go Pokes!

Pistol’s Firing!

Posted in Football, Golf on October 8, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

Football season is in full swing and there’s much to discuss about Oklahoma State’s recent “Black Thursday” uniforms. The Pokes used the all-black uniforms on September 30 against the Texas A&M Aggies. The unis, produced by Nike, included a black OSU brand on the helmet.

This isn’t the first time the Cowboys whipped out their alternate threads; htye made their debut in front of a nationally-televised audience last season in an ugly Thursday night win against the Colorado Buffaloes (as seen above). Many Cowboy faithful were weary of wearing the black unis again, on account of the poor first half play against the Buffs. History would hold true as the Pokes had a less-than-stellar opening half of play against the Aggies last week, trailing 21-7 at halftime. Dan Bailey wore his traditional all-orange cleats that would end up kicking the winning field goal as time expired, a nice accent to the all-black pants and jerseys.

In other campus news, the Cowboy golf team wrapped up another top finish at the PING/Golfweek Preview at Karsten Creek on September 28. OSU has a unique partnership with PING and Footjoy that supplies them with top of the line apparel and equipment. Junior Peter Uileihn showed off his “Swingin’ Pete” apparel earlier this summer when he won the U.S. Ameteur.

In other OSU golf news, a pair of former Cowboys traded in their traditional orange and black for a more patriotic red, white and blue. Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler represented Stillwater and the rest of the nation last week at the Ryder Cup in Whales.

Back to football, the undefeated Pokes will take their skills on the road this weekend when they travel to Lafayette, LA to battle the Ragin’ Cajuns at Cajun Field.

This is the first road test for the Cowboys, and gametime should be a nice humid 75 degree swampland atmosphere. “The Swamp” has been home of the U-La-La Ragin’ Cajuns for the last 40 years and holds the top two single game attendance records in Sun Belt Conference history. Its nickname is quite literal; “The Swamp” is geographically thirty miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and is three feet BELOW sea level.

Here are some pics of the Cajun’s facilities:

The Cowboys will wear their traditional white jerseys and orange pants away uniform for the game.

As always comments are appreciated. Happy blogging and Go Pokes!

Cowboys 4Ever

Posted in Football, Golf, Wrestling on September 22, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

Many Oklahoma State fans have opinions about the Cowboys and Cowgirls athletic uniforms. Some like them, some don’t. But we can all agree that these jerseys and uniform kits are what represents us as a top tier NCAA powerhouse. From the flashy Nike football uniforms to the classy Polo “Swinging Pete” golf shirts to the traditional solid orange singlet of the powerhouse wrestling program, there is one common denominator: these uniforms represent success.

This blog will take you on a journey of OSU’s aesthetic history, from the very beginning, when our first football team sported leather helmets and horizontally-striped socks to match their sleeve stripes. I hope to pass on my passion for Cowboy athletics to you by giving you insight to a subject that every Poke fan is intrigued by: The Orange and Black.