Now that Michigan State is a football powerhouse, it’s essential to keep the team in the front of people’s minds. With Ohio State’s national championship and Michigan’s Summer of Jim Harbaugh tour, you can understand if the Spartans felt a little neglected.
But that all changed yesterday, thanks to a dramatic uniform release party.
In addition to new all-white and all-green numbers, Michigan State will wear a spectacular alternate ensemble.
One that comes with a history lesson.
The phalanx battle formation, perfected by ancient Spartan warriors, represents an impenetrable unified front and is known as one of the most feared tactical formations in history. The all-new alternate Spartan football uniform brings this story to life, visually representing the phalanx when the team stands side-by-side on the field. Influenced by Spartan shields, bronze sleeve caps house the MSU logo and pay homage to the gridiron warrior’s homeland. The alternate jersey also features subtle bronze highlights throughout the design.
Symbolic of MSU’s on-field bravery, the Greek phrase, “molon labe,” is embroidered in the back collar of every jersey, echoing King Leonidas’s battle cry to “come and get them” as the Spartans take the field. The phrase dates back to 480 B.C.
Updated look for Michigan State: New alternate uni inspired by bronze Spartan shields & the phalanx battle formation pic.twitter.com/tnfGvkREvg
— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) April 23, 2015
Yes. Yes. A million times yes.
Shut up and take my alumni donations.