By: Evan Jankens
Michigan unveiled their new Jumpman football uniforms Tuesday, as well as the gear that Jim Harbaugh will wear on the sidelines during the 2016 season. And something on the Harbaugh mannequin immediately grabbed attention.READ MORE: Hispanic Heritage Month: Mexicantown Through Artist Eyes
That’s right, they’re making pleated Nike khakis for Harbaugh. Hopefully, this means he can trash his $8 Walmart version. There’s no word on whether the public will be able to buy these dad-bod monstrosities.
If they went public, would a Nike swoosh on a pair of mom-in-the-1990s pants make them popular? I personally love the swoosh, have loved it since I was 11 or 12 years old, but I couldn’t make that leap.READ MORE: United Airlines Facing Record $1.9 Million Fine For Extended Delays
I’m not a fan — of the pants or the school — but of course being a Michigan hater is in my blood. The entire Jankens side of my family went to Michigan State, so as my dad says, “I was raised right.”
Having said that, I am so jealous that Michael Jordan is sponsoring the University of Michigan’s football and basketball team. Here is where I have a little bit of a problem. Is it nitpicking? Absolutely, but despite the hoopla over Harbaugh Nike didn’t just roll out khaki pants on August 2, 2016.
If you go to Nikestore.com, which I often do, you know you can already purchase Nike khaki pants. Of course, none of them are pleated and puffy, Harbaugh style.
It’s a safe bet that the pants Nike-sponsored Urban Meyer is wearing in this picture from last year were made by Nike.
Mark Dantonio, whose Michigan State Spartans are sponsored by Nike, wears khakis on the sidelines. Do you think those aren’t made by Nike?MORE NEWS: Ford Recalls Mustang Mach-E For Windshield, Sunroof Issues
I get it that Michigan fans are excited their school is no longer sponsored by Adidas. But seriously, people should worry more about the games scheduled for the upcoming season than the gear the players will be wearing.