Here’s an interesting statistic. The Ohio State football program is entering its 125th season this year. In the previous 124 seasons, the team has never worn black. Their colors have always been the classic scarlet and grey.
In the past decade or so, it has become a trend for teams that don’t have black in their color scheme or it isn’t the predominant color to debut an alternate black jersey.
While the Buckeyes have worn a different variation at least once for years now, they have never debuted a black jersey.
Could that all be changing?
A photo surfaced on social media of a “jersey” that Nike is showing off in stores. The top features the number “15” symbolizing Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliot, and is a predominantly black jersey with red shoulders and white stripes on the sleeves.
On display at the Niketown in Chicago. Hmm pic.twitter.com/DeF2cBwpCe
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) July 29, 2015
To me, that doesn’t even look like a jersey. The numbers aren’t even correct and most of the time, jerseys are hung, not put on mannequins on a shelf. If anything, this looks like something for fans to wear to the games.
Now, I am not against Ohio State or really any other team doing anything major when it comes to debuting an alternate jersey. I just know that Nike has done WAY better for jerseys that would actually even get played in.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports