Are you geared up for College Colors Day today? Some of the gang at the Retro Brand office took a brief time out to get their picture made to show their school spirit as College football begins in earnest this weekend. It's a long season, so if you can't gear up today, don't despair - just head over to our College section and get what you need in time for the next game!
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And we couldn't be happier. The College Football season begins for real tomorrow evening, followed by College Colors Day on Friday where we encourage you to wear your favorite teams Retro Band gear all day in support, and then the first College football Saturday of 2013. Heaven.
Another slice of Heaven is the opportunity to win a FREE Retro Brand t-shirt on a weekly basis by entering our "High-Five," contest. The rules are easy to follow and here they are:
1) I will preview 5 College Football Match-ups for the upcoming weekend and offer my expertise, or more commonly lack thereof, as to who will win & why, along with a predicted final score. Sometimes I'll throw in an extra game which is usually my upset special and which IS included today for a total of 6 games to pick..
2) Contestants will enter their winning picks for the same 5 games by clicking them into the comment section of this post. The person that beats me and/or the person who picks the most games correctly (no point spreads, straight up wins and losses) will win a FREE Retro Brand vintage t-shirt of their choice from originalretrobrand.com In the event of a tie, we will have a drawing to determine the final winner (this happens quite a bit so prepare yourself). In the rare event that I win, nobody gets nuthin’!
Comments must be posted no later than kickoff of the first scheduled game to be counted! Texas Tech-SMU would be that game for this week and it begins at 8pm est on Friday 8/30/13. ***ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CUSTOMER***
3) I will announce the winner on this blog and our Facebook page the following week (usually Wednesday's). Now to the first set of games for Week #1. LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Game 1: Texas Tech Red Raiders @ SMU Mustangs - Our first game for this year pairs up a couple of old South Western Conference rivals. The Red Raiders have won the last 14 straight meetings between these two, but QB Seth Doege has graduated and they have a frosh under center. SMU on the other hand has the home field advantage and Senior QB Garrett Gilbert returning. Losing streak ends for home dog as Stangs pull this one out in a mini upset special. Mustangs - 31, Red Raiders - 28.
Game 2: Syracuse Orange @ Penn State Nittany Lions - A solid rivalry game being renewed after a four year absence being played on neutral ground at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. New ACC member Syracuse (that's weird) and Penn State will presumably be starting freshmen QB's which could make for a turnover typhoon. Going to give Penn State coach Bill O'Brien the victory over first year 'Cuse coach Scott Shafer by a touchdown. Nittany Lions - 33, Orange - 27.
Game 3: #5 Georgia Bulldogs @ #8 Clemson Tigers- For those of you playing "high-five," for the first time, let it be known I am a die-hard Georgia Bulldog fan. For those returning, I look forward to your season long Bulldog bashing once again. Regardless of my UGA bias, this is clearly the game of the week. For Georgia, opening in Death Valley a week before hosting arch rival South Carolina has haters screaming 0-2 and I can't hate 'em too much for that thought (Georgia’s only regular-season loss during the Herschel Walker 3 year run was to the eventual 1981 national champion Tigers in Death Valley). Clemson comes off a very strong 2012 campaign (11-2) including a last second victory over LSU in the Chck-fil-A Bowl... BUT Georgia Senior QB Aaron Murray is back with unfinished business (SEC Championship) and the Dawgs begin their march to Atlanta for an Alabama rematch with the win (Spoiler alert, Bama will win the SEC West, sorry LSU). Dawgs - 38, Tigers - 28.
Game 4: #12 LSU Tigers @ #20 TCU Horned Frogs - A good friend of mine who happens to be an NFL strength coach told me that winning, at the end of the day, comes down to having a good quarterback, period. In the Cowboy Classic, at the end of the day, LSU Senior QB Zach Mettenberger is better then TCU QB Casey Pachall. Both teams had top 20 defenses last year and return many starters, but coach says it's about the QB's. Tigers - 28, Horned Frogs - 17.
Game 5: #19 Boise State Broncos @ Washington Huskies - Last to first. As in the last game of the 2012 season had the Huskies playing and losing in the last few minutes to the Broncos in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas, and then the first game of 2013 pits them against each other again. This will be another close one, but I'm going with the purple & gold to get revenge in their husky home. Huskies - 33, Broncos - 24.
Upset Special: #11 Florida State Seminoles @ Pitt Panthers - I was going to put the Bama - VT game here but nahhh. Vegas and everybody else has the Noles winning this game comfortably on Labor Day evening, but not me! While many of you will consider this a gift and certain addition to your win column, I say PITT pulls the shocker in their ACC debut (they're in the ACC?). Last time these guys played each other, Pitt Panther alum Dan Marino was a rookie for the Miami Dolphins. Ok, Panther QB Tom Savage is no Marino but I'm going with the home dog anyway. Would the Panthers lose on the same night they retire Larry Fitzgeralds #1? Nahhh.. Panthers - 28, Seminoles - 24.
So there you have it for week #1. Remember to wear your college colors Friday and that we have FREE Shipping on all orders today (offer ends tonight, 8/28/13 midnight PST). Use code SHIPBTS @ checkout. Also remember I'm going to run the table with my picks this week. Let's see what you got -
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For those who aren't aware, College Colors Day is an annual event that takes place on the first weekend of every new College Football season. The event is simply a nationwide show of school spirit wherein fans across the country (around the world, perhaps?) don the apparel of their favorite College team in a show of pride and school spirit. Whether you paint your face and wear a jersey to work, or show up at the company board meeting in your favorite Retro Brand school t-shirt and trucker cap, the tradition of College Colors Day is always a fun way to kickoff another exciting year of football.
And speaking of exciting, our friends at the Collegiate Licensing Company have introduced a brand new component for this year. They have teamed up with ESPN.com to bring you a fun and engaging way to show your school spirit even more. Fans are encouraged to enter the online competition by registering to "Pledge Their Allegiance" to their favorite school. The contest which can be found at ESPN.com/collegecolorsday, will run throughout the remainder of August, leading up to College Colors Day on August 31, 2012. It only takes a few seconds to register, so go for it!
People who register will be eligible for a variety of awesome prizes. The institution with the most "pledges" which will be announced on College Colors Day, will be crowned "Winner of the College Colors Day Spirit Cup" and awarded $10,000 for its general scholarship fund. That is pretty cool for school!
Before you go over and make your pledge, we encourage you to gear up accordingly by visiting our extensive collection of the coolest, best fitting, softest college gear on the planet made right here in the good ol' USA at Originalretrobrand.com
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ARIZONA WILDCATS WIN 4th NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES! CELEBRATE w/ORIGINAL RETRO BRAND "VICTORY" GEAR.
10-0. Not a bad record to boast in the post, eh? As in the Arizona Wildcats "Bat Cats" knocked off baseball powerhouses this post season like UCLA & FSU, before sweeping 2-time defending champion South Carolina enroute to their 4th College World Series Championship last night.
Arizona alumnus and Original Retro Brand CEO Marc Herman (above) was on hand in Omaha to witness the drama firsthand. While Marc was busy celebrating, the guys and gals in the ORB warehouse were scurrying to get the NCAA 2012 CWS Championship "Victory" apparel screened and shipped (available online now)!!
Congratulations again to both Arizona and South Carolina for outstanding seasons. And speaking of seasons, how much longer til football and COLLEGE COLORS DAY (65 days, 8 hours, 1 minute, 44 seconds to go as of this post but who's counting...)?!
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In honor of College Colors Day, the Original Retro Brand continues their season long look at College Football Cheering sections, and today we make our second stop on the tour by meeting with Cameron Thorpe, who is a member of 'The Shirt Committee.' which works on "The Shirt Project." While "The Shirt Committee/Project" isn't the actual cheering section (there is no official name for this), the role it plays for the 80,000 plus that fill the seats on Saturdays is undeniable.
Andy: Can you tell us in a nutshell, what the "The Shirt Project" is all about?
Cam: "The Shirt" is a shirt designed every year by a committee of students, and come opening day of the football season you can see it all over the Notre Dame campus. But it's more than just a student section shirt. The Shirt Project is a charity primarily. All of our profits go back to the students by helping pay for students with extraordinary medical conditions that require payment beyond their means, helping students pay for dances, football tickets, books, etc. that they could not otherwise afford, and contributing to student clubs and organizations.
Andy: Yes, MUCH MORE than just a shirt. What is your title, and what are some of your responsibilities as a member of The Shirt Committee?
Cam: I was an executive committee member for The Shirt Project. Our committee consisted of seven students, and we all got together weekly to design the shirt, plan the marketing, plan the unveiling ceremony, along with many other tasks. So we were all involved with a number of different responsibilities. However, my primary contribution was designing the website (theshirt.nd.edu), and keeping it updated throughout the year.
Andy: When is the "Unveiling" planned for this year, and who will be the featured speaker?
Cam: The unveiling happens every year the Friday before the Blue and Gold game in the spring. The past two years Head Coach Brian Kelly has spoken, and was up on the stage with us as the shirt was unveiled. Last year Mike Golic (ND & NFL alum) was the MC for the event as well. So it has really turned into a pretty cool event, and the whole weekend is a pretty fun time.
Andy: You'd have to live under a rockne, I mean rock, to not know about the glorious traditions of Notre Dame Football. Did you grow up your entire life a Notre Dame fan? Can you try and explain what Saturday football mornings at South Bend are like - especially on "Unveiling" day?
Cam: Notre Dame football really is something special. I grew up in New Hampshire, and had no family ties or friends who went to Notre Dame, but there was always a draw for me. I remember my Dad and I watching the games and kind of becoming fans during the Brady Quinn/Jeff Samardzija days when I was in high school, but nothing compares to being in South Bend for a football Saturday. Waking up for that first Saturday freshman year vs. San Diego St. and walking around campus was unbelievable. Seeing a campus of about 10,000 people turn into one with about 110,000 people is mind blowing, and everything from the football games on the quads to the people grilling and tailgating in all the parking lots, to the student concession stands is truly something you have to experience. One of the coolest things that I really feel makes ND special is how friendly our fans are too. Everyone is so excited for the game and random people will give you food and drinks at their tailgates, you'll see ND fans pointing the opposing fans in the directions they need to go, and you even see a ton of tailgates with fans from both schools mingling (unless it's USC or Michigan). It's a pretty awesome experience. The Unveiling day is kind of a way to bring people a taste of the fall in the spring. We schedule it the same weekend as the Blue and Gold game so that the whole weekend really becomes a "football weekend." Crowds show up to see the new Shirt and buy it so that Saturday you get the same tailgating and crowds packing Notre Dame stadium as any other game.
Andy: We understand that you have an obvious emotional attachment to "The Shirt." It's a long season though, and you also like wearing The Original Retro Brand gear. What is it you like so much about our line?
Cam: The Retro Brand t-shirt fits great and is very soft and comfortable. I like it because it's a really cool design (Cam wearing the shirt he's talking about to the left) where I could wear it to a game or around campus, but it's a comfortable enough shirt to just wear when I'm lounging around. From one shirt designer to another I give it a thumbs up!
Andy: Thanks for the thumbs up, and the great work you do Cam!
The Fighting Irish visit their aforementioned arch-enemy Michigan Wolverines this Saturday, in what will be the first home night game ever "Under the Lights" in Ann Arbor.
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In honor of College Colors Day, for the duration of the College Football season, the Original Retro Brand will be interviewing students, alumni, and faculty from colleges across the country to get some insight as to what makes college football so special and unique to them and their school, and we're going to start now....
Finally, it's upon us. College football begins Thursday night. College Colors Day is this Friday - The day when College Football fans don their school colors to show support for their team. The UCF Knights open up their season on Saturday, and UCF grad, and sports illustrator/artist Brian Perrymond will be at the ready with his paint brush in one hand, a remote in the other, and an Original Retro Brand shirt on his body!
Andy: I'm guessing you were (still are?) a regular at Knights games when you were in school?
Brian: Of course! I should preface by saying I'm a college football fan first and foremost. I love it all! I grew up watching the great announcer Keith Jackson call all those classic games on Saturdays. Once I got into college and found out students could get into football games with their college ID's, I was there. I didn't miss one game while I was in school. It was a ton of fun going down to the Citrus Bowl to watch my Knights. Daunte Culpepper was the QB back then, and UCF was beginning to play some big programs. The stadium was live and we supported the Knights big time!!
Andy: When your not watching football, you're obviously painting. You have produced some of the most outstanding sports illustrations and paintings I've ever seen!! I'm no art critic, but I'll go out on a limb and formally declare your work AMAZING! Where did this talent come from - were you formally trained?
Brian: Thanks for the kind words Andy..I appreciate it. Well, I've been fortunate. I did not know any artists growing up. I was fascinated with drawing from a young age. Drawing was something that I enjoyed so much, that I just drew all the time - especially in my classes. I became infatuated with making every new drawing better than the previous. My senior year in High School, my art teacher took my drawings and submitted them to the Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phoenix City, AL., that landed me a scholarship. That's when my formal art training began. Afterwords, I attended the University of Central Florida where I was pushed and encouraged by some great instructors. I also had the chance to freelance for the Orlando Sentinel which gave me some great experience as well. Following college I had the chance to do an apprenticeship with master portrait painter Hoeun Chung in Atlanta. Talent, along with great instruction and hard work is what has brought my art to where it is today.
Andy: Maybe George O'Leary's boys will work as hard as you do this year! While you cover boxing, horse racing, basketball and football throughout your gallery, the majority of your work seems to focus on baseball and the Negro Leagues. I'm guessing baseball is your main inspiration? Can you explain?
Brian: Not necessarily baseball. Sports in general is something in which I have enjoyed throughout my life and that's what has inspired me. When I first began painting, I painted what interested me. I love history, and I found the game of baseball and the historic Negro Leagues fascinating. When you see old baseball photographs, you get a feel of how it was America's game. I love the way the the fans would dress up in their Sunday best to got out to the ballgame. I just wanted to show my perspective on how I saw baseball, and that's how the series of those pieces came about. I'm inspired today by what continues to interest me most, so I enjoy mixing things up to keep my work fresh.
Andy: Speaking of fresh, I know you've sold paintings to the likes of Andre 3000 from Outkast, and had work commissioned by the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Space Center to name a few. Are you currently working on any new projects for celebrities and/or similar institutions?
Brian: I'm currently working on a commissioned painting for Mr. Michael German of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. He's a celebrity in my eyes. He's making an impact on the lives of the people who need help the most. He's given me the chance to work from one of his old family photographs that depicts his family back in the day. I love taking an old black and white photo and making it a painting. Beyond that project, I'm producing new work for upcoming shows and taking personal commissions as they come.
Andy: Your a celebrity in our eyes Brian! You've collected a few Original Retro Brand shirts over the years. What is it you love so much about the brand?
Brian: These shirts are by far the most comfortable shirts that I have without question. I enjoy the unique throwback look that the shirts have as well as the cut and the colors. I just feel really comfortable when I'm wearing them.
Thanks for taking a few minutes with us today Brian. Congratulations on all your success, and good look to the Knights this year! To view Brian's gallery and to commission him for a painting, you can visit his website at Brianperrymond.com
Please be sure to check back with us this Thursday, as next up on our season long College Colors Day tour we'll visit the "Tent City" known as Paternoville (that'd be right outside of Beaver Stadium, home of the Penn State Nittany Lions).
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