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2011 August - Spartan Jerseys
Football players gathering in the tunnel prior to a home game at Spartan Stadium
Football players gathering in the tunnel prior to a home game at Spartan Stadium

Archive for August, 2011

Pro Combat Uniform mockup fools Detroit Free Press

The unveiling of the Michigan State Nike Pro Combat Uniforms is only two weeks away, but it hasn’t stopped the flood of mockups appearing all over the Internet.

One particular mockup created by “Plate of Shrimp,” a user on the Spartan Tailgate forums, gained particular notoriety.

Plate of Shrimp used the standard Nike Pro Combat Uniform Photoshop template and designed what he thought the upcoming uniforms would look like. As a joke, he put the Spartan Tailgate logo on the helmet.

It must have looked convincing, because the official Michigan State football booster organization, Downtown Coaches Club, sent out a mass email claiming the mockup as a leaked image of the uniform to be worn against Michigan on Oct. 15.

The Detroit Free Press went one step further and also reported online that the image was possibly the upcoming unreleased uniform. The article even made the print edition of the paper.

As you can expect, the Spartan Tailgate forums had a good laugh. If either the Downtown Coaches Club or the Free Press did a little research, or emailed me, it would have saved them the embarrassment of being fooled by a fake image.

Both the Downtown Coaches Club and the Detroit Free Press have since retracted their stories.

Speaking of the Nike Pro Combat Uniforms, Georgia uniforms were unveiled last week and Oregon and Boise State uniforms were unveiled last Thursday. In my opinion, they look sharp and this increases my expectations of the Michigan States Nike Pro Combat Uniforms. The uniforms released so far have an accompanied school colored Nike Shoe, which means Nike will be getting more of our money.

Spartan football team wore white jerseys, before they wore green

Game photos shared with me by a good friend of Spartan Jerseys brought an interesting piece of information to light. The Michigan State football team was wearing white away jerseys in 1939, where this custom originated. Coincidentally, this is one of the three jersey style eras I predicted the new Pro Combat Uniforms will be modeled after.

You may recall that the 1939 football team was under Head Coach Charlie Bachman, and it was during this time that Michigan State football had an identity crisis. Officially, the school colors were green and white, but in 1934 Bachman outfitted the Spartans in black and gold with winged helmets. Looking back, the Spartan football team looked like a mash up between Notre Dame and Michigan, except Michigan didn’t start wearing their winged helmets until four years later.

Photos shared with me by Larry Bodnovich show one particular season under Bachman’s reign when he got the school colors half right. It was the game at Michigan on October 7, 1939, the first away game of that season, when the Spartans ran out onto the field wearing white away jerseys. A white away jersey has been worn for away games ever since.

As far as football is concerned, Michigan State wore white, before they wore green.

Photography Credits: Masthead image is courtesy of MSU Athletic Communications. Spartan Jerseys claims no ownership to this image.

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