Syracuse Victory T-Shirt Draws Harsh Media Reaction
Editor's Note: This story has been generating a lot of interest. Nearly 200 readers have responded to our poll so far. As of Tuesday afternoon, 61 percent say the T-shirt controversy is a big fuss over nothing, 29 percent say the T-shirts are in questionable taste and only 10 percent say they want to own one of the T-shirts. There's still time to cast your vote; the poll appears below.
In case you've been out of the country, maybe you didn't see that Penn State defeated Syracuse Saturday by a score of 23-17.
It was a good win against a determined Syracuse squad. And you have to admit that a win is way better than a loss.
But some media pundits were surprised when Penn State started wearing the victory on its (T-shirt's) sleeve. The university is now selling a commemorative T-shirt.
You can buy one for $17.95 plus shipping. Here's what's posted on gopsusports.com, the official website for the Penn State Athletics Department:
"Dominating the gridiron is what the Nittany Lions do best, and their win over the Orange on August 31st was no different! Relive their victory over Syracuse with this Score tee. Featuring vibrant team graphics along with the scores from the game, this T-shirt will showcase your Penn State pride while bragging about your awesome team!"
The reaction from the media has been less than positive. Here are some comments:
Mike Foss, writing for USA Today Sports says Penn State let the win go to its head, "This was a win over Syracuse. Syracuse, who finished 8-5 last year. Sure, celebrate the little victories. But maybe celebrate them a little less. Nothing wrong with a commemorative high five. Not everything deserves a T-shirt, sports fans."
Dan Vecellio From the Black Shoe Diaries says, "Want to remember a downright ugly game in a half-full NFL stadium for the rest of your life? Well, you're in luck because GoPSUSports.com's shop has just the thing for you!"
From our sister website, OnwardState.com, Bill DiFilippo has this to say, "... let’s be honest, this is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to capitalize on another football game. The only major difference between this and your average Penn State football game was the location: an NFL stadium that was nearly 20,000 people short of its usual capacity."
Jeff Nelson, a spokesperson for Penn State's athletic department issued a statement saying, "Because Syracuse was a neutral site game with some Penn State fans in attendance that may only have an opportunity to occasionally attend games, a shirt was created for those fans who wanted to remember their experience at MetLife Stadium and the team's win."
So what's your reaction? Is the victory T-shirt too much to take or is it simply a way for Penn State fans to show their pride? Take our poll and tell everyone what you think.