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Sports Belle Who?

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

NIKE.

It’s Phil Knight’s empire. The pit bulls of the athletic apparel dog fight. Oklahoma State has been on the Nike bandwagon for some years now, and they’ve been good to the Pokes. But do you remember who outfitted the Cowboys’ football program pre-Les Miles?

That’s right, Sports Belle

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Sports Belle.

SPORTS. BELLE.

I can think of nothing more synonymous with the state of the football program at that time.

Bob Simmons, AstroTurf and Sports Belle.

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Moving on, here are a few interesting facts about the Poke’s uniforms throughout the years:

– OSU has had a manufacturer’s logo on the chest of the jersey every year since 2000.

– OSU hasn’t given out helmet stickers since the 2000 season.

– Week 11 of the 2011 season (Iowa State game) was the first (and only) time since the 1983 season that the Cowboys wore a tri-color helmet, jersey, and pants combination. (Pokes’ 1983 home kits were black helmet, orange jersey, white pants)

– OSU hasn’t worn a black helmet, black jersey and white pants combination in 31 years.

Here’s the list (and dates) of Oklahoma State’s football outfitters:

2002-Current: Nike

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(Photo courtesy of football_edits on instagram)

1996-2001: Sports Belle

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1987-1995: Russell Athletic

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Pre-1987: ?????

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You can check out a complete list of the Cowboys’ uniform combinations since 1980 and even create your own combos, courtesy of the Oklahoma State Athletics Department.

Welcome Back (To Myself)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2012 by Jared Gallagher

Happy Holidays!

It’s been a while but now that I’m in the real world (or so they say), I thought I’d start updating this blog a little more regularly. If this is your first time, let me recap: I made this for a public relations class in school as a class project (thanks Bobbi Kay) and just took off with it. I’ve always been fascinated with athletic equipment and apparel, so why not create a blog dedicated to Oklahoma State?

In that light, I know we’re all still reeling from that heartbreaker on Saturday, but I wanted to comment quickly on the physical appearance of the ballgame. I’m convinced that was the best-looking Bedlam game in the rivalry’s history. Oklahoma donned their traditional home crimson (shocker), and the Pokes went with my personal favorite, the monochrome white uniforms.

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It’s the cleanest look the Cowboys have in their vast arsenal of uniform options. I’m a firm believer that the only monochrome that can be successfully pulled off is white. All we needed were non-tapered shoulder and pants stripes, a new logo and get rid of Pistol Pete on the hip and it’s the perfect football uniform…to much to ask?

MOVING ON.

This college football season is a year of ingenuity. We’ve seen some crazy stuff from a uniform standpoint, and we still have six weeks to push the limit even further. Helmets are the necktie of football; teams can get creative and show their collective personality through new helmet designs. As bowl season looms, I am counting down my five favorite football helmets of the 2012 college football season.

5. WYOMING

If there’s one thing you need to understand about me, it’s that I love the matte-colored helmet trend. This is where I’ll probably lose you… I also love Wyoming’s color scheme. So when they put the two together AND added a patriotic helmet decal, I fell in love. Feast your eyes on this quirky masterpiece.

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4. ARIZONA

There’s not a ton I like about the Wildcats this year, uniformly speaking. The one thing that stands out is their Copper hats that they debuted against Oregon State back in September. Yeah, they’re not in the color scheme and they don’t match… blah, blah, blah. The helmets are a tribute to Arizona’s rich copper mining history, and I think that is rad.

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3. SOUTHERN METHODIST

Finally back in contention, and the Mustangs look like it. The only white helmet on the list, but I have always been a fan of the patriotic color scheme.

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2. OHIO STATE

It takes some cojones to mess with tradition, but the Buckeyes pulled it off with this helmet design. The green helmet stickers are what make it great.

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  1. NOTRE DAME

The Irish are headed to the BCS National Championship, and if it were a battle of helmets, they would win. I first saw (and tried on) the gold flake helmet at the Champs Sports Bowl last year and instantly fell in love. I’m sure even George Gipp would trade in his leather helmet for one of these bad boys. Rockne would be proud.

Now if they can just do something about those Adidas uniforms…

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Check back later in the week for a special post from Pistols Guy as he debuts HIS top helmets from the season. Check out his site at http://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/