Bad Big Ten Shirts: Penn State Nutcracker


This shirt from Penn State is beyond terrible.

The point, I’m told by the Google machine, is that Terrell Pryor was sad after Penn State beat Ohio State in 2008. And “Nutcracker” refers to the Buckeyes. That took me a while to figure out, too.

This shirt from 2009 was selected by the Penn State Marketing Association, which bragged about it in this Daily Collegian story:

Penn State Marketing Association (PSMA) President Dan Sturman (senior-marketing) said his club is excited about the shirt, especially its focus on Pryor.

“After we beat Ohio State last year, you couldn’t walk through a dorm without seeing the picture of Terrelle Pryor with his head in his hands,” Sturman said. “That vivid image is still on everyone’s mind.”

The design by Jinder Bhogal (sophomore-business administration) was chosen from many designs submitted for the shirt sale, which the PSMA has held for three years.

“We picked it because it’s a great design,” PSMA Director of Retail Marketing Anna Dominijanni (senior-marketing) said. “The guy who designed them is really talented.”

This is the one they picked out of “many designs submitted”? We would like to see the others for this series.


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