Keep pounding as that mighty, icy blue blood flows through you ‘cause the Carolina beat goes on and on and on to the big game.
After opening the 2015 season with a 14-0 run—the best start in league history by any team in the conference—Carolina pounced to the postseason and right through it, charging past Seattle with 31 unanswered, first-half points, and dominating Arizona 49-15 for their second conference championship. Cue Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” join in on extending the celebrations beyond the end zone, and bleed that beautiful hue of blue while Carolina looks poised for victory in pro football’s season finale.
The run of Mile High Magic that led Denver to back-to-back league titles in 1997 and 1998 has returned and is in full effect. So is Denver's orange-crushing way. Behind arguably the league’s best defense, Denver raced to a 7-0 start in 2015 and finished the regular season atop their conference with a 12-4 record.
After rallying past Pittsburgh 23-13 in the fourth quarter of the divisional playoffs, your Men of Orange held off defending league champs New England in a 20-18 win, riding off with the team’s eighth conference championship. Show you’re united in orange as Denver goes for league glory in football’s biggest game. Raise that Mile High Salute!
Sport the flag of one of the most formidable collegiate contingents in the nation. Rolling more than 500,000 deep, your Buckeye Nation has been making history on and off the field since 1870. And with alumni like Jack Nicklaus, R. L. Stein and Patricia Heaton, you’re in good company. At the game and across town, rep your allegiance. Our honor defend we will fight to the end for OHIO!
LeBron James returned because of it, and Kevin Love re-signed because of it: Your Cleveland Cavaliers have unfinished business.
While there was a lot to like during the 2014-2015 season—new coach David Blatt, team synergy, the Eastern Conference title—league glory eluded the Cavaliers at the final hurdle for the second time in the last 10 years. Set on fulfilling the dream of bringing the hardware home to Cleveland, the Cavaliers reunite with more fire than ever. We’re all in—are you?
Whether you’re ripping through reps at the RPAC, running laps around the university or crushing an off-campus workout sesh, rock the tradition of Ohio State athletics in the ultimate Buckeye sweatpants. Featuring HOMAGE’s custom super-soft, brushed fleece, a relaxed fit, side pockets, and elastic at the waist and cuffs, we made these puppies to not only withstand punishing workouts, but to provide that extra comfort while you pound out a monster finish. Show them Ohio’s here!
Whether you’re warming up after jumping in Mirror Lake, or going out to spread the O-H, treat yo self to these heathered grey Block OSU skinny sweatpants.
With a brushed-fleece interior, elastic at the waist and cuff, and a flattering slim fit that will hug you snug, we won’t judge you for rocking these 24/7. Like a looser fit, or want to throw back to the baggy style of the 90s? Try a size up for comfort. Just don’t loan these puppies out.
Led by local hero LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers made history in 2007. After a second straight regular season with 50 wins, the team closed out the Eastern Conference as the no. 2 seed and readied for back-to-back NBA playoff appearances for the first time since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.
A win in the Eastern Semifinals over the New Jersey Nets in six games set up a clash with the Detroit Pistons, the rival who had taken out the Cavs the year before in an excruciating Conference Semifinal loss 3-4. Down two games right out of the gates, it looked as if history was destined to repeat itself. But not so. Behind King James’ offensive dominance and defensive big men Anderson Varejão, Drew Gooden, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland won four straight to seal the franchise’s first NBA Finals trip.
Hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rockers, Barons and Lumberjacks, Gund Arena was where Cleveland’s warriors went to battle. Opening in 1994 and named after former Cavs owner, Gordon Gund, the arena succeeded Richfield Coliseum as the home of the Cavs and Cleveland’s main venue for outsized entertainment.
Featuring a capacity of more than 20,000, the arena was inaugurated with a Billy Joel concert, became the site of several WWE events and had MAC fans flocking to it for bball madness. Following the sale of the Cavs in 2005, the arena was renamed Quicken Loans Arena in honor of the founder and chairman of the company (Dan Gilbert), the new Cavs majority owner.
Ohio State’s fight song “Across the Field” was written in 1915 by student William A. Dougherty, Jr., 12 years after school song “Carmen Ohio.” While “Carmen Ohio” perfectly expresses the revere all Buckeyes have for their alma mater, Dougherty Jr. felt it didn’t embody the necessary notes to amp up the Scarlet and Gray before stomping the gridiron, thus he took it upon himself to write and add the now-classic “Across the Field” to the catalogue.
It’s proven so popular it’s been co-opted in differing forms by a range of schools. But despite its widespread riffs, the song remains a Buckeye original. Warm up your voice and get ready to bolster your Buckeyes across the field with this super-soft, zip-up Scarlet and Gray classic.
It's the definition of keeping it cool when it's cool out. This heathered hoodie is equipped with super-soft fleece fabric, front pockets and a drawstring hood. The logical top layer for any HOMAGE tee.
Just like you, this heathered zip hoodie is well-versed in adjusting to the varied zones of chill, from the Netflix to that dreaded, winter kind. With our signature, super-soft brushed fleece, front pockets, a drawstring hood, and, of course, the full-zip to your chin, this instant favorite keeps out that latter frigid chill to keep you in a temperate sweet spot. Go ahead and get crazy cozy.
We don’t want to speak too soon, but we may have reached the highlight of sweatpants history. Building on nearly a century of design, these sweatpants combine the super-softness of our custom brushed fleece with a fit more tailored than our traditional sweats yet looser than our skinny sweats. Add a contrast, elastic, drawcord waist, elastic cuffs, and “H” patch at the left waist, and no matter what you do in these, you’re going to stand out in both comfort and style.
When the voice of Nationwide Arena, Greg Murray, booms, “Jackets onnn the Power Play,” count on Columbus.
While the Blue Jackets’ 2014-15 season was one of the most injury-plagued in the 15-season history of the team, your stick soldiers made the most of their opportunities, leading the league in power play percentage mid-season and finishing out the season among the best teams with more than a fifth of their goals coming during those crucial minutes. Gear up for the Jackets power-play reign to continue with a crewneck ready for lamp-lighting, cannon-firing celebrations.
Nothing beats a good pair of sweatpants. True to HOMAGE form, this pair improves on a classic with its super-soft, brushed fleece, relaxed fit, side pockets and elastic at the waist and cuff. Size up if you're looking for a roomier fit.
We upped our game with the perfect tights so you can up yours. Whatever the task, the sharp cut, mid-rise fit and sweat-wicking technology of our high-performance Hustle leggings will ensure you look fresh while giving it your all. Did we mention the poly/spandex blend is super-soft and breathable?
Ready to pass down to your young’un the unbridled joy of the perfect sweatpants? So are we. Just like our traditional HOMAGE sweats, these super-soft, brushed-fleece wonders feature a relaxed fit, side pockets, drawcord elastic at the waist, elastic cuffs and our signature, stylin’ H patch at the left hip. Probably won’t have time to point out all of those details before your mini-me is racing to put these puppies on. Better just to say, “Go forth in complete comfort, my child!”
From 1969 through 1971 the Toledo Rockets football team went an astounding 35-0, a record that included a three-peat performance in the Tangerine Bowl and ranks as the second longest undefeated streak in Division I-A football. And it helped to have starting quarterback Chuck Ealey, who throughout his college AND high school career never experienced a loss, going 65-0.
The streak, which spanned two coaches—the legendary Frank Lauterbur and his predecessor, John Murphy—featured arguably the Rockets two most talented players, Ealey on offense and his counterpart, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Mel Long Sr. The three seasons added to the haul of conference titles, a total sitting at 13 as of 2015. Don the Midnight Blue and Gold and gear up to add another undefeated season to the record books.
You chanted, “Who Dey!” throughout the 2015 season, and with good reason, as your Cincinnati Bengals proved for the fifth straight year nothing could keep the Orange and Black from the playoffs. Behind quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals stormed to an 8-0 start. And while Dalton suffered a late-season thumb injury, Cincinnati still locked up the AFC North title and tied the franchise record for most regular season wins (12). Suit up in your stripes and show your pride for the Kings of the Queen City.
What began as a couple of cabins housing 11 families, more than two centuries later, has swelled into the third largest city in Ohio. In 1788, Israel Ludlow, Mattias Denman and Robert Patterson banded together to buy 800-acres of the Northwest Territory from seller John Cleves Symmes and settled the tract of land where the Ohio and Licking Rivers meet.
Originally named Losantiville by surveyor John Filson, who purchased a third of the 800 acres, the village was renamed Cincinnati in 1790 by Arthur St. Clair, Governor of the Northwest Territory. Since then, Cincinnati has stuck, but not without a fair share of nicknames, from the Queen City to Porkopolis.
As part of the Nasty ‘Nati legion, there’re certain rules. Like whether you’re more Gold Star or Skyline, chili-loving is a non-negotiable—as is feasting on goetta. Of course, anyone rocking the Orange and Black or donning that C is instantly family. And regardless of where you go, you never stand for someone trashing your city. From Mount Adams to Madisonville, “The Jungle” to Crosley Terrace, embrace the streets to your bones and don the hoodie as an oath that you will never change your stripes. Pay homage to the Nasty ‘Nati.
More than doubling in size during the 1910s, Akron became the fastest growing city in the U. S. thanks to its rubber industry and manufacturing giants Goodrich Corporation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and General Tire establishing headquarters in the northeast Ohio city.
Akron’s growth was so legendary it even attracted the future King of Hollywood. Before turning 18 and being swept up in acting, Clark Gable went to work at B.F. Goodrich’s tire factory like tens of thousands across the Midwest. And despite a decline in rubber manufacturing, the city is still the world capital for the polymer industry with more than 400 polymer-based companies in Northeast Ohio. Pay homage to the city responsible from getting everyone from point A to point B with this instant-classic crewneck.
Originating during the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blue Jackets rallying cry, "We Are the 5th Line," was the brainchild of the CBJ Artillery, a group of superfans. The slogan became a hashtag that lit up Twitter and then was adopted as the identity of Blue Jackets fan base at large.
Much in the way the Seattle Seahawks have the 12th man, the metaphoric 5th line extends hockey’s standard four lines of forwards, which sub in and out throughout the game, and represents the fans whose indomitable passion and support at and beyond Nationwide Arena spurs on the Jackets. The action on the ice awaits—join the line!
No two things go together more than Xavier and basketball—not ketchup and mustard, not Batman and Robin, not even a ventriloquist and a dummy. And while your school now has more than 15 conference championships, that wasn’t always the case.
Flash back to Saturday, February 28, 1981—long before play in the Cintas Center, before the Cincinnati Gardens—and your Musketeers took the hardwood at the Schmidt Fieldhouse against Evansville. Behind the smooth shooting of three-time team MVP Anthony Hicks, Xavier edged Evansville 59-57 to score their first Midwestern City Conference championship and first basketball conference championship altogether. Pay homage to the season that started Xavier’s dominant run and get ready for the tallies to continue. Old Xavier for aye!
2001-2002 proved to be a flash of golden basketball brilliance for the oldest athletic program at Kent State. Your men of the court advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time, the run on the back of a regular season that saw the school set three MAC records: overall wins (30), conference wins (17) and longest winning streak (21).
In a season that opened 4-4, Kent caught lightning late in December and only dropped a single game the rest of the regular season. The clinical showing led to the regular season MAC title, a first for the Navy and Gold, and was followed up with the MAC Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament—where the magic really unfolded.
Major underdogs against No. 2 Alabama in the second round, the Flashes lit up the court and knocked off the favorites. Then, to prove it wasn’t a fluke, they repeated the upset action with a win over third-seeded Pitt in the Sweet Sixteen for an Elite Eight berth, a school record. Pay homage.
In a city boasting a transcendent music hall of fame, world-renowned art museum, and number one nationally ranked heart center, one former resident returned to rule the roost. Welcome the king back to his Cleveland throne with this super-soft, brushed-fleece hoodie, featuring a kangaroo pocket and HOMAGE “H” embroidered at the arm. Cleveland is the city!
After crushing consistent MAC-powerhouses Miami University and Ohio U 45-3 and 49-0 in the 2013 football season, your Bowling Green Falcons landed the MAC’s East Division and headed to the conference championship in pursuit of their 11th title. Their opponent? The two-time defending MAC Champs and 18th-ranked Northern Illinois Huskies, who were running an undefeated record in their last 25 conference games.
Despite the Huskies entering as heavy favorites, your Falcons were hardly intimidated, having notched a 9-3 regular-season behind the unrelenting arm of quarterback Matt Johnson. And once Johnson’s gunslinging began in the championship game, there was no ceasefire. He connected for 393 yards and five touchdowns to architect one of the greatest upsets in MAC Championship history, baging BG its first MAC title in more than 20 years. Don’t let the cold keep you from watching your Falcons take #12 down at Doyt Perry Stadium. Ay Ziggy Zoomba!
The tailgate at Longworth in the middle of December can be a cold one, but missing out on being down at Paul Brown Stadium as your Bengals clinch the postseason? That’s a surefire no-go. Keep your head in the game (and toasty!) with the finest Orange and Black winter crown the Queen City has ever seen. Who Dey!
BELIEVELAND is the celebration of faith, the story of how fans support their teams, win or lose. And we didn’t want the lake-effect onslaught of Erie to keep ya from celebrating those Browns touchdowns with the rest of the Dawg Pound at FirstEnergy Field. Wrap your noggin up in this winter-weather essential, and get set for another season of Sunday showdowns.
Because Steel City doesn’t flinch in the face of frigid conditions. Whether you’re headed to Heinz Field, the CONSOL Energy Center, or out to Frick Park, rep your Black and Gold pride with the warmest, softest marvel your dome will ever meet. Your move, winter.
Personifying their season-long slogan to reach higher while willing themselves past rivals time and again, your No. 3, 12-1 Michigan State Spartans are ready to continue their quest for college football superiority against their biggest challenge yet: the No. 2 Crimson Tide of Alabama in the 80th edition of the Cotton Bowl.
Whether it was delivering drubbings to Big Ten rivals Indiana and Penn State, or late-game heroics that devastated arch-nemesis Michigan and powerhouse Ohio State, or the remarkable 22-play touchdown drive against favored Iowa that sealed the school’s second Big Ten championship in three years, your Spartans have proven throughout the 2015 season, they will seize that W. Suit up in the only colors as Mark Dantonio leads the Spartan charge against former Michigan State head coach (and former superior) Nick Saban. It’s a beautiful day for College Football Playoffs!
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Whether you see a, “man-child crying out for love, an innocent orphan in the postmodern world, a parasite, or a loathsome, offensive brute,” one thing’s for sure, you can’t look away. Modeled on a former neighbor of “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David, the eccentric Cosmo Kramer burst through Jerry’s door and right into television history as the hapless man of a million ideas, thanks entirely to comedian Michael Richards. Pay homage to the nuttiest character on the sitcom that redefined the genre with a tee rocking “The Kramer” portrait from season three’s episode “The Letter.”
The opposite of every guy you’ve ever met. Inventor of the “it’s-not-you-it’s-me” routine. The self-proclaimed, “short, bald guy with glasses.” Inspired by co-creator of “Seinfeld” Larry David, and played by comedian Jason Alexander, George Costanza took on the world and shared his shortcomings with only the “slow-witted” snark of a man who could at once fulfill the big shoes of bra salesman and hand model. Pay homage to one of the greatest TV characters of all time on the greatest sitcom ever.
Debuting more than 25 years ago, “Seinfeld” rewrote the rules for what a series could accomplish (nothing), teach us (nothing) and stand for (nothing)—and after airing for nine seasons, it finished as the greatest sitcom in television history.
Guided by executive producer Larry David’s philosophy of “no hugging, no learning”—not that there’s anything wrong with that—the sitcom is a riotous study in mishandling the trivialities of everyday life and provided us with a full new vocabulary.
Pay homage to the Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer and their unforgettable dilemmas with this classic.
Honor the legacy of activist, humanitarian, and leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose nonviolent approach to fighting racial inequality made him a national hero with international reverence and reach.
On August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King delivered what stands as one of the greatest addresses in American history with his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. King’s speech, a masterwork, advocated the end of racism and imagined a future of equal rights throughout America.
Show your support for King’s vision and philosophies in this special-edition crewneck for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All proceeds benefit Columbus, Ohio's King Arts Complex, which promotes the vast and significant contributions of African-Americans through cultural and educational programs and performances.
Because the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas have officially become overbearing and because tinsel is distracting: Break out your unadorned, aluminum pole. It’s time for Festivus.
Of course, the zeitgeisty sitcom “Seinfeld,” responsible for gifting us terms “close talker,” “mimbo” and “yada yada,” would also gift us the parody holiday of all parody holidays. Invented by George Costanza’s father, Frank, after he was unable to score his son the doll he so wanted, Festivus celebrates all the angst associated with the holiday season. Join the rest of us for Festivus and honor the seasonal tradition of airing your grievances and listing all the ways your family has disappointed you. And don’t forget to train for the Feats of Strength. Happy Festivus!
Looking to be MVP of the VIP? Whether you’re making your way through the gala circuit once again (ugh), doing some classified recon á la Bond, or simply ringing in a new year, we have the only option for your black tie event.
And while everyone else is paying late fees on their rented tuxes, this 100%-business, 0%-casual number will eternally be yours and solely yours (barring a legendary blunder of lending it to a fellow heartbreaker). What’s more, with reengineered sophistication for the highest of the high-brow, this favorite means no more coat check and no more dry cleaning. Putting on the ritz has never been so easy. Pairs beautifully with HOMAGE sweats.
One of the most storied seasons in Buckeye history, 1942 marked the first football national championship for Ohio State. Led by head coach and the godfather of Ohio football, Paul Brown, the legendary squad counted five All-Americans in the ranks and secured a near-perfect season record. Warm up your throat for the Buckeye Battle Cry, and pay homage to the early glory days with this super-soft classic, featuring the original 1942 script.
Mason to Miami Heights, Mt. Lookout to Millvale, the 411 on the 513: simply legendary. Bordered on the south by the Ohio River, the hallowed land is home to the world’s greatest chili and ice cream while playing host to stomach-lurching rides at Kings Island. Whether you’ve gotten lost in “The Jungle,” took a day to stroll the historic Over-the-Rhine, or hit Great American Ball Park to watch the first professional baseball team continue its unrivaled legacy, rep the three digits that hold countless stories. Pay homage.
Born on Paul Brown’s back porch after his split from the Browns, the idea for a second professional football franchise in Ohio led the Cleveland coaching legend to meetings with the American Football League and Ohio Governor James Rhodes. The site of the second team: Cincinnati. As coach and general manager of the new franchise, Paul Brown named the team the Bengals, drawing on the city’s original AFL franchise name while incorporating his Massillon-Tigers roots.
For team colors, in an act of equal parts defiance and retribution for the Cleveland Browns fallout, he selected the same shade of orange and only replaced brown with black. And in 1968, the Bengals kicked off a new Cincinnati tradition. Whether you’re at Paul Brown Stadium or deep in the rival territories of the Browns, Steelers or even 49ers, rep your colors in this super-soft raglan.
He may have played bass for George Clinton on tracks like “Mothership Connection” and “Flash Light,” but from your Bengals fan’s perspective, Bootsy Collins’ greatest accomplishment is penning the 2005 funk-rap classic “Fear Da Tiger.” Meant to rouse all Cincy faithfuls, this little ditty’s got ‘tude to spare, with Bengals players themselves providing backup vocals. So dust off those platform boots, grab the keys to the mothership and prepare for a funktastic journey to the Jungle in this game-day staple.
Just a friendly heads up: In the heart of the Jungle, one curve bill cap reigns supreme. Made not only to withstand the uproarious conditions unique to Paul Brown Stadium, this Queen City favorite stands out in the sea of Bengals Orange and Black. Top off your Cincinnati gear right. Who Dey!
It’s hard not to have a big head when you’re from the heart of the heart of it all—luckily we got a cap to fit it. Home to the Buckeyes, Blue Jackets, Clippers and Crew SC, Ohio’s capital city holds plenty of reasons to take your hat off, but with a curve bill favorite this nice, we’d never ask you to do such a thing.
BELIEVELAND is the celebration of faith, the story of how fans support their teams, win or lose, and our curve bill cap is the perfect way to top off the celebrations. Whatever direction you head off into, never leave your Cleveland pride behind!
A curve bill cap as classic as your father’s, his father’s and beyond. Pay homage to more than 150 years of the rich American ball cap tradition with one made right here in the U.S. of A. and ready for the next 150 years.
The Browns, the Cavs, and the Indians; the Flats, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the West Side Market; The Plain Dealer, Key Tower, and NASA's Glenn Research Center—the reasons are endless. Show you know Cleveland is the city with this curve bill favorite.
Like the Seattle Seahawks’ fans make up the 12th man, the Columbus Blue Jackets fans take up the 5th Line. Originating during the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blue Jackets rallying cry, “We Are the 5th Line” was the brainchild of superfans the CBJ Artillery. Whether or not the ice action is in session down at Nationwide Arena, the support of the 5th Line never ceases. Head up the 5th Line charge with this curve bill favorite.
Yinz got your heads in the right place with this curve bill favorite featuring the vernacular trademark of Pittsburgh. A 200-year evolution of “you ones,” “yinz” rings a sound more mellifluous than its southern partner, y’all, and more charming than any standard second-person plural pronoun we’ve come across. Rep your heritage, and keep spreading the good word with this beaut.
HOMAGE pledges allegiance to those who came before—those larger-than-life figures who instilled the ideas of individualism and hustle, who told stories of triumph and dedication, who lifted our spirits and cut down the nets. Turn back the clock. Pay homage.
10% of the purchase price of the gradient tee benefits GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders), a nonprofit dedicated to legally fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.
Can you do it behind your back in under a minute like your neighbor? Or, are you more in line with the rest of us who peel and replace the stickers to reach success?
Six sides. Nine stickers a side. No shortage of ways to confound and frustrate. The Rubik’s Cube, originally called the Magic Cube when invented in 1974 by Hungarian architecture wonder Ernö Rubik, has fascinated the world and in the process taken the title of top-selling puzzle game with more than 350 million in rotation. And if you’re having difficulty solving the cube of doom, just remember it took its own inventor more than a month to tackle it.
Ohio State’s fifth different Heisman Trophy winner—and first since two-time winner Archie Griffin—running back and College Football Hall of Famer Eddie George consistently found space in what looked like otherwise locked-up lines during his four years as a Buckeye.
6’3” and 230 pounds, Eddie George combined nimble agility and lightning speed to threaten the record books every time he touched the ball, beginning in his freshman season when he carried for five touchdowns in his first four games. By the end of George’s 1995 senior year, he had set (and still holds) the school record for most rushing yards in a single season with 1,927, a feat that led to 24 touchdowns and took Ohio State to an 11-2 record en route the Citrus Bowl. Following his college career, Eddie George went on to become a four-time NFL Pro Bowler as part of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans. Pay homage to No. 27 with this throwback-inspired instant classic.
With basketball buffs agreeing on countless superlatives from best shooter to best passer of all time and a résumé rife with accolades like back-to-back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player awards, Larry Bird ranks as one of the greatest all-court players to have stepped on the hardwood.
Throughout Larry Bird’s 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, he led the team to three NBA Championships, along the way snagging two NBA Finals MVP awards and the honor AP Athlete of the Year. Bird’s sheer presence on the court brought out the best in his entire team, providing the sensation that magic was not only likely when he was in action, it was guaranteed. Look no further than one of his 50-40-90 games or late-game rallies like the one in the final quarter of game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals where he netted a cool 20 points to seal the Celtics’ series win over the Atlanta Hawks. Ultimately, what makes Bird legendary is what makes all champions so: he was most reliable when under the greatest pressure. Pay homage to a megastar among stars.
The Cleveland Indians may now be widely known as a baseball team, but in the franchise’s early years, it competed for local attention with another Cleveland Indians, the team that gave birth to Cleveland professional football. Formed in 1916 and competing in the Ohio League, the gridiron gladiators of the Cleveland Indians enriched Forest City with a new tradition. The team morphed into the Cleveland Tigers in 1919 and joined the American Professional Football Associate (APFA). Two years later the APFA became the National Football League (NFL) and the Tigers returned to their original name the Indians.
Perhaps the greatest and most versatile athlete ever, Jim Thorpe anchored the Cleveland team as player, coach and even APFA league president. Thorpe set the standard for Cleveland football excellence, which was carried forth by original head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Paul Brown, who molded players to fulfill such large shoes. Under Brown, Cleveland would win seven league championships, four in the All-America Football Conference and three in the NFL. Pay homage to Cleveland football’s rich pedigree.
If you’re talking Cleveland Browns highlights chances are you’re returning to the era of Bernie and his brigade of bone-bashing pro bowlers.
While immensely affable off the field, quarterback Bernie Kosar led a merciless charge. The sidearm gunslinger stepped on the gridiron in his 1985 rookie season—taking the reins after Gary Danielson went out to injury—and he took the team to postseason play five straight years. It was a franchise first since the AFL-NFL merger that saw the league swell to 26 teams in 1970. The Browns notched elite league numbers, and not just on the back of Kosar’s multiple seasons of more than 3,000 passing yards. A dynamite defense pressuring opponents into turnovers season after season complemented Kosar’s work on offense. Pay homage to the unforgettable era.
During an NCAA head coaching tenure that spanned 19 years, Jim Valvano collected 346 basketball wins, coached teams to the NCAA Tournament eight times and in 1983 celebrated an NCAA Championship after leading his N.C. State Wolfpack to an unforgettable victory over heavy-favorite Houston.
On March 4th, 1993, 10 years after the memorable run, he gave us yet another indelible moment at the inaugural ESPY Awards where he received the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award for his bravery while facing a terminal cancer diagnosis. In his moving acceptance speech, Valvano emphasized the power of love, joy and dreaming and introduced The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which featured his personal pledge as the organization’s motto: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”
20% of the purchase price of this item benefits The V Foundation.
65 years ago, the Cleveland Browns experienced a Christmas Eve miracle when they won their first of four NFL Championships and fifth of eight league championships in what was then referred to as “the greatest gridiron spectacle in Cleveland history.”
Taking on the Los Angeles Rams, a team once beloved by Cleveland before they departed the city, the Browns were down 27-28 with less than 30 seconds left in the championship game. Kicker Lou Groza entered the game, and as the clock counted down to the 20-second mark, 29,751 of the finest Clevelanders witnessed Groza nail a 16-yard field goal, finishing off 10 unanswered points for Cleveland, and, oh yeah, the win. Shortly thereafter the stands emptied onto the field, and Groza, as well as the rest of the Browns, were enveloped in the overflowing love only Believelanders can understand. Pay homage.
Falsely touted as the mistake on the lake by those envious of The Land’s riches, Cleveland is, in fact, the answer to where you want to be.
From the glory and luster of being the nation’s steel mill center, shipping hub, and fifth most populous city in the early 20th century, to its current, revitalized reputation as a foodie’s paradise, brewery haven, and international healthcare hotspot, there are plenty of highlights to hit on. Like eight-time league champs, the Browns or two-time World Series winners, the Indians. And of course, there’s King James, who returned to lead the Cavs to the 2015 NBA Finals in their greatest season. Forget mistake, try marvel.
Drawing on the momentum of four straight trips to the postseason, the Cincinnati Bengals started the 2015 season poaching prey left and right and compiled a 8-0 record. The last time they opened a season with six wins—let alone eight—the team headed to the Super Bowl for the second time. Suit up and show your Cincy pride as the Bengals look to make another blockbuster playoff run.
While the Connecticut Land Company’s head surveyor of its Western Reserve land mass, Moses Cleaveland founded what would become his namesake city—though, without Lorenzo Carter, the now-82 square miles of northeast Ohio would be a far cry from what it is.
The literal trailblazer, Carter, kissed his mother goodbye at age 18 and charted his own path, which, in 1797, led him to purchasing two acres of land in the newly established Cleaveland (now without the a). The first permanent resident of the land, Carter, along with his wife Rebecca and sons Alonzo and Henry, survived countless setbacks to develop a cluster of cabins, strong bond with local Native Americans and eventually a trade channel along the Cuyahoga River. From creating the first boat in the area to the only community tavern, Carter was credited with the survival of the settlement, which swelled during his time. Pay homage.
You’ve earned your stripes, now rock ‘em. Whether you’re at the game or out on the town, traveling or kicking back, every occasion is the perfect occasion to show off your varsity status with our super-soft v-neck, featuring contrast sleeves and all the comfort you could dream up.