View Full Version : Fashion break: Up close with Ohio State's alternate Michigan motif
Ohio State's new "Michigan Week" tradition: Polarizing uniform changes mean to honor both the distant, halcyon past and the vast marketing reach of the almighty Swoosh. Last year, the Buckeyes broke out a white-domed Storm Trooper look with numbers on the helmets for the trip to Ann Arbor, in tribute to OSU teams of the early '50s. This year, in conjunction with Nike's season-long "Pro Combat" campaign, they're sporting a red-on-red look to commemorate the 1942 champs, many of whom were subsequently deployed in World War II. Because nothing says "Duty, Honor and Country" like Nike's moisture-wicking Dri-FIT fabric and Vapor Jet gloves featuring premium Magnigrip CL technology.
Nike was obviously very proud of the retro "Pro Combat" look it dreamed up for Ohio State to wear in today's rivalry match with Michigan, in honor of the Buckeyes' 1942 national championship team. Part of that look included lightweight "Vapor Jet" gloves featuring "premium Magnigrip CL technology" and custom art specifically designed to display a block 'O' when the palms are brought together. Nike has put a similar design on the gloves for every team in the Pro Combat line, including a script 'A' for Alabama in last year's BCS Championship Game.
The only problem? When Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey brought the gloves together to form the 'O' after taking in a touchdown pass from Terrelle Pryor to put the Buckeyes up 24-7 in the second quarter, he was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. OSU was subsequently forced to kick off to the Wolverines from its own 15-yard line instead of its own 30. Later, when offensive lineman Mike Adams flashed the 'O' to the crowd to celebrate a 32-yard touchdown run by Boom Herron that extended the OSU lead to 31-7 in the third quarter, he was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty, too.
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