Yes, Nike — which has managed to turn Oregon uniforms into 31 flavors — has created a new "Pioneers" uni that the Ducks will wear against Washington State on Oct. 10 that will pay tribute to the state of Oregon and Lewis and Clark.
And no, that's not Ray Lewis and Dwight Clark for all you history flunkies — it's the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
New Oregon Pioneers Uniform from @usnikefootball #GoDucks http://t.co/XvmcDVkMsx pic.twitter.com/BvKqP42mf1— Oregon Football (@WinTheDay) October 5, 2015
Phil Knight's company has found a way to include "a sublimated, tonal pattern of the Oregon Trail" in the jerseys, with each player's jersey featuring a different part of the map. The jersey is gray to reflect the look of a vintage map.
Although fans probably won't notice the Oregon Trail pattern on television, they will be able to see Oregon's helmets. And, though taking some intellectual liberty with factual accuracy, that is the Oregon Duck with the explorers and Lewis looking through a telescope.
Just what any fan wants at a leisurely Saturday afternoon game — a freakin' history lesson.