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Molon Labe: A new Kind of Swagger!


Yes, it’s a commercial. And yes, it has been around for a couple of days now. But why shouldn’t it give me goosebumps, anyway? And hell, it does! Can’t wait till Michigan State wears the new green-and-bronze uniforms during its Oct. 15 game against Michigan.

Neither do the players. “Oh man, they are amazing from head to toe,” sophomore defensive end Will Gholston said. “I think we are going to look real nice. My personal opinion, if you look good, you feel good and then you play good.”

Junior defensive tackle Jerel Worthy even said they bring a different kind of swagger to MSU.

Some might argue that abandoning the traditional green and white uniforms is a bad thing. Well, I also like tradition. That’s why College Football is superior to the NFL – at least in terms of emotional intensity. But according to MSU officials, the Spartans’ ancestors (namely Michigan State College teams) wore some black and gold in the 1930s. So it is actually a good connection to history.

And not only MSU history. The new football uniforms were designed to honor the heroic armor of Michigan States historic namesake. The Bronze indicates strength and durability and “echoing the cry of King Leonidas, the back of the collar is inscribed with the words ‘Molon Labe,’ the Spartans’ defiant challenge to the competition to ‘come and get them!’ ”, a Nike news release stated.

But the best thing I heard about the new jerseys, is: “If an iPad were a football uniform, it would look like this.”

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About Jan Boehmer

Assistant Professor of New Media @ the University of Miami; Ph.D. from Michigan State. Researching Sport, Social Media & Big Data. NBA Writer for NBA.de & Welt.

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