The Ducks just unveiled their uniforms for the Colorado game on Saturday afternoon, and they are the most fire things to ever come out of Oregon’s never-ending uniform vault. Just take a look for yourself:
I never thought I’d see the day where I’d love orange on an Oregon uniform, but by god the Ducks have found a way to have me whistling a different tune. And if you’re complaining about the fact that the Ducks are wearing some orange, you’re missing the point of the entire uniform.
For the full backstory on the uniform, the Ducks put together a fun little presentation, complete with a history of the mascot, dating back to the 1920s when “Puddles,” a live duck, would be escorted from his home in the Millrace to football and basketball games.
Puddles was a fixture of Oregon sports until the 1940s, when it was deemed inhumane to use a live duck as a mascot.
So that’s where Disney steps in. In 1947, Oregon’s first Athletic Director Leo Harris made a handshake deal with Walt Disney, agreeing that Oregon could use Donald Duck’s likeness, just as long as they kept it in good taste.
After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Disney representatives and Oregon signed a formal contract in 1973 allowing the school to continue to use the likeness of the Duck as its mascot. This deal stood until 2010 when the mascot was no longer tied to the Donald Duck trademark, allowing the Duck to make more public appearances and just generally giving him the freedom he always desired.
These uniforms are a homage to that history, and I can’t wait to see these uniforms on the field and how the Duck is going to react.