At today’s Ohio State-Buffalo game, Ohio Stadium will be a sea of scarlet and gray. Countless fans will be wearing their Ohio State jerseys to add to the color and pageantry of college football.
People living outside Columbus may not realize, however, that an Ohio State jersey is not something that you wear only to football games. No, it’s clearly a much more versatile garment from a fashion standpoint.
This summer Kish and I were sitting in the airport and I noticed a guy wearing an OSU jersey — and a blue blazer, too. I’ve seen college girls wearing ultra short jerseys or tied off jerseys to achieve the bare midriff look. On the Fridays before games, you’ll see clerks behind counters wearing their jerseys, and scarlet and gray-clad office workers coming out of their buildings for lunch. Men and women, boys and girls, they’ll wear their jerseys with shorts, with jeans, with sleeves cut off, and over gray hoodies. People get married in their jerseys and wear them to high school proms. I don’t think I’ve personally seen someone wear a Buckeyes jersey with a tuxedo — but give it time.
Unfortunately, not everyone looks good in an Ohio State jersey — which is why I don’t own one. It’s an article of clothing made for athletes in peak physical condition, after all. It doesn’t look quite as compelling when its tensile fibers are straining to cover a serious beer belly and the too-tight fit gives the wearer an unfortunately revealing, molded look. We’ll see some of that today, no doubt . . . but it’s just the price you pay to be an Ohio State fan.