Entering this season, the Oregon Ducks were thinking national championship. Well, two losses have a way of derailing such lofty goals. The Ducks will still play in a bowl — the decidedly not-BCS National Championship Alamo Bowl on December 30 — and when they do, they'll hit the field in some new jerseys.
Oregon fans are no strangers to seeing their team in a bunch of different looks. But the Nike Pro Combat Mach Speed uniform is being billed as "the most innovative Nike Pro Combat system of dress to date." The uniforms are made with the latest lightweight fabrics to give players max speed and ventilation. The jerseys also use some new heavy-duty panels to keep pads in place, Nike Chain Maille 2.0 mesh, and laser-perforated mesh panels. Similar technology is found in the pants. There are also some new design elements, like the Duck wing pattern will now cover the whole shoulder and arm panel.
Clearly, if the Ducks can't be national champions they're going to dominate the competition in the gear department. Check out a few looks at Oregon's Alamo Bowl uniforms:
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is known for delivering fastballs, changeups, and sliders to strike out batters. But during this holiday season, Sabathia is spreading cheer and handing out gifts to the children of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Columbus Clubhouse.
At an even tin Chicago this afternoon, hockey equipment company Bauer gave the world its first look at three new "game-changing" products that it hopes will be the future of on-ice gear: a new protective body suit, goalie pad, and player skate.
Bauer's development team "set out to completely reinvent speed, completely reinvent performance, and completely reinvent safety," CEO and President Kevin Davis said. The result was the Od1n line of gear, which accomplishes all three goals by making the equipment lighter and tuning the performance based on an athlete's body type and playing style.
Many of the top teams in the rankings struggled last weekend, resulting in a new-look top 10 this week. The Bears are in, while the Lions and Bengals are out. Several of the top teams – like Denver, New Orleans, and New England – must rebound from tough losses and try to win high playoff seeds.
The excitement of the playoffs is almost here, but there’s still two more weeks of regular season play left to answer all the remaining questions about which teams will play for a Super Bowl and which teams will start to prepare for next season. With the weaker teams playing for pride and the better teams possibly resting their starters, you never know what can happen.
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Portland dethrones Indiana as the top team in this week’s power rankings. Despite a loss to Minnesota, the Trail Blazers finished their recent road trip 3-1, including a dominating performance in Philadelphia. Ice-cold offense in the fourth quarter and Roy Hibbert foul trouble crippled the Pacers against the Heat in what had all the makings of an intense playoff game. Waiting is never fun, but we’ll have to be patient for the next rematch of the two teams which will be in March.
Check out this week's NBA Power Rankings and tell us in the comments section where you think your team should be ranked!
If you've ever thought about running outside in the winter to shag some flies or take some batting practice, check out this incredible photo of Progressive Field in Cleveland. The home of the Indians is blanketed in snow after a storm rolled through the area last week. The Browns had a game to play, so the crew at FirstEnergy Stadium had to work nonstop to make sure everything was ready for fans and the game. But at Progressive Field, there isn't a game scheduled for months — which means we get to see the ballpark transformed into a winter wonderland. And fortunately, Cleveland Aerial Media was there to capture it in all it's beauty. (They have a few more shots of Progressive Field up on their Twitter page.)
Photo: Aerial Cleveland
The weather outside might be frightful, but these songs are delightful! Sports Illustrated Kids editors got together and crafted what might be the best sports-themed holiday carols ever written. Set to some classic songs, like "Frosty the Snowman," "Winter Wonderland," and "The Dreidel Song," these tunes are sure to get you in the holiday spirit — or just amped up for the next game.