Where Michigan Meets Oregon State
April 10, 2013 11 Comments
As you may have read in today’s Inside Report, I linked to a picture of Devin Gardner’s spring game jersey for Michigan. The jersey had some odd similarities to the Oregon State jerseys. First, they seem to have the same number font. Here’s the Oregon State numbers, and here’s Michigan’s. Second, the cuffs on the sleeves: Oregon State vs Michigan. Next, the cut of the jersey is definitely not Adidas, and seems to be exactly like Nike’s: Oregon State vs Michigan. Finally, the location of the patches are in the same spot: Oregon State vs Michigan. Not to mention how hastily applied Michigan’s patches look. To cap it all off, Michigan puts their Adidas patch below their collar, not on it. Well I decided to do some digging, and all those similarities weren’t just coincidences, there was a connection. I reached out to a few people, and ended up getting in touch with the Oregon State equipment manager. I asked him if he knew anything about the jersey, and he responded with the golden answer. He said, “They needed orange jersey for QBs ASAP so we helped them out”. To wrap this uni-controversy up, I found a picture of Devin Gardner actually wearing his new “Michegon State” jersey. So, what I first thought was a weird coincidence, turned into a uni connection. It’s crazy how the uniform world works! This leaves me with just a few questions: Why did they choose a Nike school? If they wanted an orange jersey so bad, why not choose an Adidas school like Tennessee, Bowling Green, or UTSA? Also, why orange? If they chose yellow, they could have had an Adidas Central Michigan jersey. If they chose purple, I’m sure Northwestern still has some Adidas jerseys lying around somewhere. All in all a pretty crazy situation. I wonder how Adidas feels about this?