Last week, the University of Oregon kicked off the college football uniform porn season by showing us what they will wear in their spring game. Yes, their SPRING GAME. They make brand new uniforms for an inter-squad exhibition. To which every other school replies, “Must. Be. Nice.”
Because we were so tied up in that nonsense, we actually missed the news that the University of Colorado also dropped their season lineup that according to Nike, will honor the team’s mascot.
Colorado has one of the more unique mascots in all of intercollegiate athletics, a live buffalo. The buffalo first appeared in 1934 after a contest to select an official school nickname yielded “Buffaloes” as the winning entry (CU teams were previously referred to as the “Silver and Gold”). The name – and the live mascot – stuck. For decades, Ralphie has led the team out onto the field with an intense lap around the field. Situated at the foot of the Flatirons (base of the Rocky Mountains), CU’s Folsom Field acts as perfect theater for this great processional, as well as the powerhouse style of play that follows.
Thanks to a reader for helping us rectify this disgusting oversight.