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Victoria’s Secret is that she hates Michigan State


By Graham Watson

While we appreciate Victoria’s Secret’s foray into cute and sexy college football apparel, it probably needs to hire someone who knows a little something about college football to proofread its designs.

The women’s lingerie company came out with aMichigan State T-shirt with “Spartans” across the front and the Michigan State logo on the back. However, underneath “Spartans” the shirt reads, “Hail to the Victors.”

The problem with this? Well, that’s the motto/fight song of rival Michigan.


CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell noticed it and pointed it out to Victoria’s Secret and within a couple hours the shirt was removed from the website.

So, if you did manage to snag one of these shirts before they were pulled down, consider it a collectors item, especially if you’re a Michigan fan living in East Lansing, Mich., with a quirky sense of humor.

Hahaha, Victoria’s Secret. Rule #1 in business is stick with what you know. Keep making those awesome lingerie pieces and sexy sweats and leave the football stuff for someone else. Next thing you know they will release a shirt cheering on the Amherst Ephs.

For those VS execs, here is what we like about you…

Vineyard Vines Whalegate Tour 2011

Man it’s pretty cool to know that one of the most influential prep clothing companies in NE is spreading prep swag nation wide. 

For the remainder of the fall, the VV tour will hit Louisville, UGA, Yale, Columbia (S.C.), Auburn, and U. South Carolina. More info here.

Are you ready for Movember?

On Movember 1st, guys register at with a clean-shaven face. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

Register at and help support prostate cancer research!!!

How to appear smarter than you really are

I saw these t-shirts from an Irish company called Hairy Baby Clothing and to me they make absolutely no sense. Then it hit me that if you wear one, people won’t get it, but they will be too embarrassed to ask you to explain what the t-shirt means.  If they do, you can raise your eyebrow and simply ask sarcastically “Do I really need to explain it to you?” and walk away.



AZ cheerleaders taken to the rack

ABC News Carrie Gann reports:

Cheerleaders at Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Ariz., can’t wear the pink t-shirts they bought to raise money for breast cancer research because the school’s administrators claim the slogan they bear is inappropriate. According to a Thursday report in the Arizona Republic, the squad’s shirts say “Feel for lumps, save your bumps,” and the team planned to wear them during the school’s football games during their cheers on the field and while collecting money from the crowd.

I don’t see what is the big deal on these shirts. Everyone wears those “I love boobies” bracelets and that is OK. Maybe everyone can understand how we have had a hard time coming up with a catchy slogan for t-shirts supporting prostate cancer research.


Project Runway star dishes at Portsmouth Abbey

For fans, it may be hard to imagine a time that Project Runway co-host Tim Gunn wore less than flattering suits.

But he told Portsmouth Abbey students Sept. 30 that he wore just that for years as he rose through the ranks — not of the fashion industry but college education.

The 58-year-old was little known before the TV show debuted in 2004 — he acts as mentor to contestants competing for the chance to start a fashion line.

Mr. Gunn’s catch phrase on the show is “make it work,” a phrase that he used teaching in the classroom for 29 years, he said, but that also applies to everyday life.

Full article here

Portsmouth Abbey competes with St. George’s for having one of the nicest views from campus. I think that St. George’s wins out, but my friends at the Abbey love it there. Both schools benefit from being so close to prep haven Newport, RI.