Michigan's Footballs: Made in the USA, but Not in Ohio

By Jason Priestas on May 21, 2013 at 1:25p

Ada, Ohio is home to the Wilson football factory – the world's only dedicated football factory, in fact – meaning many of the pigskins you see flying around NFL and college fields were born in the great state of Ohio.

The Michigan Wolverines, however, would like you to know that the Adidas footballs they use are made in the USA, but not in Ohio. Definitely not in Ohio.

Thanks to this photo shared by Michigan redshirt wide receiver Bo Dever, we can see just how much the Wolverines want the world to know that the footballs they plan to use have nothing whatsoever to do with the state of Ohio. Which is a shame, because Ohio footballs are the best.

Guess we'll just have to be content with making all of their players and coaches.

UPDATE: Turns out that the Adidas Rifle footballs shown in the photo were basically test footballs and the University of Michigan is still buying footballs that are made in beautiful Ada, Ohio.


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bodast67's picture

And Ohio players are the best also...




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

Mike Honcho's picture

Jokes on them, their last 2 heisman winners were "made" in Ohio.
And their head coach.

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Michigan..the douche bag state 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

Hovenaut's picture

That's about fucktarded, don't know how else to put it.

Savage45's picture

Isn't that 'm' done in Notre Dame's color though? I mean it looks gold to me, not sun or maize.

ATXbucknut's picture

Using non-Ohio-made footballs may be one explanation why M!chigan sucks so bad.  

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

Hovenaut's picture

Here we go,

Runaway thread where we MAKE FUN OF scUM FOOTBALL (s)......

buckeyedude's picture

I kind of liked that fact that Michelin played with our balls.



BuckeyeChief's picture

I gotta admit, I got a chuckle out of this one!

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

Scott's picture

God I love this rivalry.

Class of 2008

DMcDougal24's picture

We don't need their inferior footballs, we have Wilson making all footballs for the NFL out of lovely Ada, Ohio.

CincyOSU's picture

I actually thought it was funny. This is what makes this such a great rivalry.

tennbuckeye19's picture

That's so funny I forgot to wipe...

BuckeyeSki's picture

Goal Line's must be made in Ohio too....because scUM rarely if ever goes near them

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Sidenote: Big Brother season 14 can't get here soon enough! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Ahh Saturday's picture

Not made in Ohio? Michigan footballs.
Made in Ohio?  Michigan Football, including Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, Brady Hoke, Desmond Howard, Charles Woodson, and about 25 players on their current squad.  They might want to be careful about alienating Ohioans.

tussey's picture

I mean you have to start to wonder if all of this negative Ohio stuff will come back to haunt hoke when trying to recruit in the state.  I mean his hatred for the state could probably lead him to call a recruit by the wrong name.
Oh wait, that did happen...

Earle's picture

Michigan's Footballs:  Not in the B1G Championship Game anytime soon.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

or ever... starting in '14 when they share a division with the Buckeyes.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Who the heck is Bo Dever? :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Earle's picture

He's the guy who may or may not be catching non-Ohio-made footballs in future Outback Bowls.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

SPreston2001's picture

Lol I thought it was kinda funny. Just wish we had thought of it first lol

cronimi's picture

Exactly. If the tables were turned, and the footballs used by Ohio State said "Made in USA. Not Made in TSUN [that state up north]", we would applaud it. That said, Ahh Saturday's retort above is perfect. Oh, what a difference the 's' makes.

Denny's picture

Are they implying that Ohio is not part of the USA


Haybucks's picture

They ripped off Cheech and Chong's "...all across America and parts of Alabama".  How original.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Jonnferrell's picture

Not made in Michigan either.  That technology is just too advanced for the backward place.  What is made in Ohio?  National Championships, baby!  We will enjoy kicking their butt with their inferior non-Ohio footballs this coming November.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

gumtape's picture

The only time we would have to touch the not ohio football is on change of possession such as an interception or fumble recovery. Whoops, I guess that happens a lot.

High and tight boo boo

tennbuckeye19's picture

Michigan: They don't like Ohio's balls.

FitzBuck's picture

Well if you've sucked them as much as Meatchicken has over the last decade you be tired of them too.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

45has2's picture

But...they wish they could lick our nuts.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

They try *so* hard don't they?
bless their little hearts...

LABuckeye's picture

I'm surprised their balls aren't blue...

LABuckeye's picture

Actually, I just found out their balls are special. They play with one ball at a time until it turns blue. Then they play with the other one.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

They probably are - what self respecting coed would want to be involved with a player on THAT team......

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Any chance that Michigan played with Ohio-made balls when the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Henson were throwing to guys like D. Terrell and Marquise Walker, but that they later switched to non-Ohio balls to accommodate the likes of Tate Forcier and Denard throwing to Darryl Stonum?   

GoBucksToledo's picture

So THAT'S was what was wrong with Denard!

BED's picture

I actually love this.  Major respect for the hate.  We'd do the same if Lansing or Flint had the Wilson factory.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

The factory would have closed it's doors and moved, just like the other 72% of Missagain companies.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

southbymidwest's picture

And the SEC'ers say we Midwesterners don't really understand true school spirit when it comes to football...

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Their balls don't come from Ohio, but their players sure do!

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

It's been a while since I took Intro to Logic, but . . .
If none of the balls at UM have been imported from Ohio, yet some of their players have been imported from Ohio; therefore, the players imported from Ohio could not have brought any Ohio-derived balls with them?    

ohiowhitesnake's picture

they didn't have the balls to stay and play for Urban.

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

bigbadbuck's picture

and the other obvious thing is they certainly couldn't be made in Missagain because as we all know Missagain has no balls

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Bucksfan's picture

I guess they're not going to find the endzone this year.  Only Ohio footballs score touchdowns.

LadyBuck's picture

It would be hilarious if they got shut out the whole season at home with those balls.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

And now, joining us on NPR radio, please welcome chef Pete Schweddy, who will discuss his recipe for his extra special Schweddy balls, a Brady Hoke favorite........
Don't think a GIF would do it justice, so here's the URL to the skit - a must see (again):

sharks's picture

Hmm.  Should I take it from that picture that Adidas condones and abets anti-Ohio sentiment?
*Buys Nike and Under Armour gear

A man got to have a code...

Drewbuckeye's picture

ichigan never ceases to amaze me. I wish I could slap Brady Hoke in the face with some cold hard facts. One would be that they are nothing without Ohio, including him.

BuckeyeRick's picture

Oh yeah? Well, Wilson footballs, the OFFICIAL FOOTBALLS of the NCAA, are made in Ada, Ohio. Suck on that Michigan! Take your crappy Adidas ball and go home. 

aboynamedtracy's picture

Apparently Braylon Edwards has always had strong feelings against catching Ohio balls.
And all this time I just assumed he sucked...

twalsh's picture

They want our players, our coaches, but don't want our footballs we make in OHIO?
I Just Don't Understand?
Go Bucks!!!

tennbuckeye19's picture

"Those who stay...
                                         ...will NOT being playing with Ohio's balls." 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Doesn't matter - they still suck

Class of 2010.

JYBUCKEYE's picture

Seems a little hypocritical to me.  Hoke won't use Ohio pigskins.  I bet you he wouldn't turn down an Ohio pork rind. Just Saying.

Oyster's picture

How much you wanna bet that Addidas subcontracts with Wilson to make their footballs? You all know I'm right. 

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Tomc383's picture

Lol - how in the world has there not been a Pete Schwetty gif added to this thread yet?!


droessl's picture

ahh, the things they have to resort to since they can't win on the field. 

45has2's picture

Jabba The Hoke isn't much for geography, is he? Well, I bet he does know where every AYCE buffet in America, including OHIO, is.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture


Class of 2010.

hail2victors9's picture

An entire thread about footballs and not one Lane Kiffin deflation joke yet?  I'm a little disappointed.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

tennbuckeye19's picture

Aw man, you're right. I forgot about Kiffin deflating his balls. And his were from Ohio too, I bet.

buckeyedude's picture

So maybe we ought not to buy cars and trucks made in the armpit of America, Detroit, Michigan?



ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

My Honda was made in Marysville, OH!  Detroit can suck it!  haha

Class of 2010.

RenegadeBuckeye's picture

Something just isn't right with these pics. First of all, they are clearly two different footballs...and secondly, the block 'm' on the bottom pic looks 'painted' on, while the 'Rifle' logo on the first one looks like it was printed out and glued onto the football...just my observations

CowCat's picture

Yup, I think you're right. 
In fact, I think the "RIFLE" in the first one is Photoshopped badly.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

OSUs12-OH's picture

No one cares where those balls that Gardner will be throwing to OSU's secondary come from. We know where they'll end up;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

bigbadbuck's picture

Jeopardy question.......
When was the last time Missagain beat Ohio State?
Not in Ohio

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

It's been a long time!  Let's keep that streak going. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

It would be really interesting to see how many players the team up north has had from the state of Ohio the past 10 or 20 years.