Bucks wear lavender shirts

Seth4Bucks's picture
February 16, 2012 at 4:26p

In a scarlet and gray world, a lavender shirt sticks out.

And that’s the point, said Ohio State football’s new director of performance, Mickey Marotti. In putting the Buckeyes through the first winter conditioning program under coach Urban Meyer, he has made the lavender shirt the wardrobe of a loafer on the field, in the weight room, at the training table or in the classroom.

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Nothing like wearing purple and being singled out to your teammates as a slacker to help motivate you. I love how the lavender shirts are not just for the weight room but also for classwork. 





Irricoir's picture

I am not against this at all but I would say if these men are taught leadership and accountability that they would police their own. If this is my team and I am senior or a leader on this team, I am motivating and challenging everyone that wasn't putting the same effort in that I was. I guess the shirt is a good way of ensuring that everybody else notices too. 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

BrewstersMillions's picture

That's probably the idea behind it, isnt it? I'm sure there are guys that are assuming leadership roles. Years of organized football taught me one thing...when my fellow players got on me about effort it went so far. When coaches get on a player it only goes so far. If a guy like John Simon is getting on someone (as I'm sure he is) and coaches are throwing these purple shirts at guys, I bet the combo breaks lazy habbits fast.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

Poison nuts's picture

When I was in the 5th grade - I was failing. I just wouldn't do anything the teacher asked. The teachers didn't know what to do. My dad told them to put me back in the 2nd grade for a few days. I spent 3 days in the second grade at the little desks with the little kids staring at me...

When I got back I got straight A's the rest of my school career.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Damn. That is a great story.

Poison nuts's picture

%100 true. Dad could be a real d*#k but he knew how to motivate...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckeyedude's picture

Life's a bitch, and dad may have been a dick(or so it seemed at the time), but I give him credit for suggesting what he did.

The REAL shocker is that your teachers went along with this. I would have thought that they might think this would mess you up for life. Schools tend to mollycoddle kids nowadays. I remember getting wacked on the butt with a two foot long paddle with holes in it, in 5th grade. That corrected my bad behavior real quick.



Poison nuts's picture

This was back in 1980. They hadn't gone soft yet...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

ArTbkward's picture

It's the same idea this judge had when sentencing two guys a few years back right here in Ohio.   FWIW, I think what that judge did and what Marotti is doing is great, embarrassment is a powerful tool.  The only thing worse than lavender is maize and blue.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Is it Saturday Yet's picture


However, I rock purple all the time so what do I Know.

Bucks's picture

Lavender/Purple is gone. It seems some groups & people have taken offense to the color used as a defamatory slant towards homosexuality, or homophobia.

Meyer has apologized, stated the color will be changed & reiterated that there was no intention to cause the issue.

While I think too much is read into things this day and age, Urban dealt with it quickly and moving on.

M Man's picture

Fox Sports:  Urban Meyer Apologizes to LGBT Group.

The writers at The Onion must be pissed off, that reality keeps stealing some of their best story ideas.

In related news, the Triangle Foundation has demanded that Northwestern give up football.