Take heart, Ohio State fans: Your team may have been eliminated in the opening round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but you can still celebrate a great hoops season by buying one of these:
Those were spotted for sale recently at a Footlocker in Columbus, Ohio. Thanks to Darren Rovell of ESPN for tweeting about this Monday.
Sports apparel errors pop up frequently in our collection of the kinds of embarrassing goofs a copy editor might have caught…
Last August, Nike sold $85 retro NFL sweatshirts featuring the Seattle Seahawks…
…on which they misspelled “Seattle.”
In January, the Florida State online team store proudly advertised t-shirts touting the Seminoles’ national football championship.
There was just one little problem: Check out the score.
In fact, it was Florida State that won, 34-31.
Last July, Nike placed the Carolina Panthers — whose home is Charlotte, North Carolina — in South Carolina.
In September, Walmart was spotted selling these Cincinnati Bengals flip-flops…
…featuring the Cleveland Browns logo.
Also in September, the Detroit Free Press‘ Robert Huschka bought this souvenir scarf after the big USA vs. Mexico soccer match in — where else? — Columbus, Ohio.
In 2011, Old Navy left the punctuation off an entire line of college logo T-shirts.
In September 2012, Old Navy made a line of throwback T-shirts but made five separate errors on this Houston shirt.
- The shirt declares the Texans were “1961 AFC Champions.” The AFC didn’t exist in 1961. The American Football League — the AFL — started play in 1960 and then was converted into the American Football Conference in 1970, when it merged with the NFL.
- The Houston Texans did not win the 1961 AFL championship. The 1961 AFL champions were the Houston Oilers. You know them today as the Tennessee Titans.
- The Texans did indeed win the 1962 AFL championship. However, it was the Dallas Texans — not the Houston Texans — that won that title. You know the Dallas Texans today as the Kansas City Chiefs.
- The Houston Texans did not begin play until 2002.
- And they’ve never won an AFC championship.
Finally, the NCAA made similar errors in two consecutive years on T-shirts it sold at the College World Series…
In 2012, stadium vendors sold these cute little numbers:
Here’s a closer look at the design on the back. Note, in particular, the second bat from the bottom: “Kentucky State.”
That, in fact, should have said Kent State. The Golden Flashes are from Kent, Ohio, a few miles southeast of Cleveland. That’s nowhere near Kentucky.
The very next year, a stadium vendor was selling these Mississippi State T-shirts:
The art refers to the “Mississippi State Rebels.” However, Mississippi State is the Bulldogs.
Ole Miss is the Rebels.
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