Talking Points: Bad uniforms are Ducks fault

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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We can thank you for this, Oregon Ducks.

Did you get a load of the uniforms Notre Dame plans to wear for its Oct. 6 game against Miami?

Actually, the uniforms themselves are not so bad, but the half golden dome/half Fighting Irish dude on the helmets are downright silly.

This is Notre Dame, the epitome of tradition. How does Notre Dame get caught up in this trend of wacky uniform/helmet combinations in college football these days?

You know, we here at Talking Points don't want to sound like old fuddy-duddies, but maybe it's time the NCAA mandate some rules on these football uniforms. Perhaps one home uniform, one road uniform and one alternate uniform.

Remember the days when you could channel surf through the myriad of college football games televised on any given Saturday in the fall and quickly identify the two teams that are playing by simply looking at the uniforms.

Those days are long gone.

Thanks again, Ducks.

2

The San Francisco Giants canceled an order for 20,000 Melky Cabrera T-shirts just in time.

Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter says the order was stopped just before printing after Cabrera received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball last Wednesday following a positive test of testosterone.

The Giants were scheduled to give away the T-shirts during their Sept. 8 game against the Dodgers.

The shirts that had featured last month's All-Star Game MVP have been replaced by a "Gigantes" version with outfielder Angel Pagan's name on the back.

Of course another solution would be to change the "Got Melk?" slogan on the T-shirts to read "Got Juice?"

3

The Houston Astros lost again on Thursday, and that's hardly news.

The Astros have the worst record in the majors at 39-86. And that's not the half of it. In their last 50 games, the Astros have a record of 7-43.

If the Astros played in the AL West, they would trail the Mariners by 23 games. And next year, they will play in the AL West.

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