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Friday, April 01, 2011

This is no April Fools Joke

Check out the urban camouflage designed helmet Ohio State is wearing for spring football. The official word from the Athletic Department is they want to honor "the military".

According to the press release: Ohio State players will be wearing the specially commissioned helmets throughout their 2011 spring practices. Following the Spring Game, all but 25 helmets will be sent away to be repainted in the traditional Buckeye silver. Each of the 25 remaining "camo" helmets will be individually numbered, autographed by Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel and then sold, with the sale benefiting the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program, LiFE (Learning in Fitness & Education) through Sports Program and the Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars Fund. These helmets will be sold off-line on a first-come, first-served basis for $1,000.00/helmet (limit one per an individual). Each helmet will come with a special Certificate of Authenticity, which will include the purchaser's name, helmet number and OSUDA signature authenticating the item of purchase.

There is no truth to the rumor the school is taking a proactive "on the offensive" approach by selling their gear before the players can get their hands on it and trade it for new ink.

As someone who actually served in "the military" -- I'd like to make a suggestion to the fans and administrator's of THE Ohio State University. One of the best ways to honor the military might be to require integrity and honor from the leaders of the organization.


Shorty the Beachcomber said...

I am a Marine and I approve this message.

Mikoyan said...

As someone who at some point wanted to serve in the military, I approve this message as well.

billy716969 said...

I am an Airman, and I would like to approve this three times over

Crock said...

My family is active duty Military and your last line summed up my feeling perfectly.
Everything about tOSU makes me gag.

phil said...

It's a mystery to me why tUOS players even wear helmets. A helmet is there to protect a brain. Just sayin'

srudoff said...

urban camouflage?

more like "Urban" camouflage

Shorty the Beachcomber said...

More importantly today is the birthday of our dear Bo and Bob Ufer. I wish to express my most sincere birthday wishes to two of my greatest heroes. Happy birthday boys.

Crock: Do you have a daughter as smart as you?

Ramona said...

My ex-hubby is ex-military and he recently told me that back then they were instructed not to expect, ask for, or accept 'perks" of any kind. how things have changed!

Bigasshammm said...

This from the school that booed Navy as they took the field.

srudoff said...

that's an outright lie

surrounded in columbus said...

"outright lie"

tosu troll expressing rage & indignation over someone else's alleged failure to tell the truth?

funniest thing you've said in years.

Mikoyan said...

Looks like Ohio State didn't want the bad publicity of fans booing one of the service academies, so the two teams entered the field at the same time.

Shorty the Beachcomber said...

That was the first college game of that year and I watched it live as Michigan was on later. You're damn right you heard a lot of booing when Navy took the field before kick-off. I remember it well. Face it, you're school and fans are no better than Rutgers.

Dennis said...



I'm not hearing booing, but maybe I'm getting deaf in my old age.

Yes they did enter the field together and yes it was done to keep some of our knucklehead brethren from booing. I think Texas and our treatment of their fans opened some eyes in Buckeye Nation. I think there has been some improvement over the last few years, though we have a ways to go.

I don't much care for the helmet's even if it is for a good cause. While I am deeply disappointed in Tressel's actions and feel the OSU self imposed penalties are lacking, he has always supported the US military in both words and deeds.