At some point when I was a kid, probably when this commercial was on the air, I was pretty sure “ring around the collar” was a disease. If it wasn’t deadly, if it didn’t make suitcases pop open from the sheer offensiveness of the affliction, why was it such a big deal? I still don’t know. Maybe that’s why I wear T-shirts every day.
A different collar situation entirely exists in Columbus, Ohio. You know how football jerseys have stretchy material around the collar for things like, say, putting your head in? Ohio State’s don’t have that. It’s the same mesh as the rest of the jersey body, which is definitely not the norm. In fact, most of Nike’s higher-profile schools have similar collars — LSU (uses the shoulder material instead of mesh), Florida (same as LSU) and Illinois (mesh like Ohio State) included.
The style of the jersey (piping, bib thinger, or traditional look) doesn’t seem to matter, since it looks like most are cut similarly. The collar change corresponded with the latest jersey template, unveiled before the 2006 season. Prior to that — and to Ohio State changing the sleeve stripes — Nike collars had the stretchy stuff.
This collar template, however, hasn’t changed recently. — Bryan