An NCAA Division I football program decided to go retro for last week’s game, then sell the game-worn jerseys and helmets to fans.
The players wanted them back.
They were ugly enough to make the old San Diego Padres uniforms look pretty.
To an outsider at least.
To fans in big sky country, the copper and gold University of Montana duds were way cool. When the players popped out of the lockerroom wearing them for the in-state war with Montana State, the place went crazy. Fans even had the chance to buy the jerseys and helmets at $200-300 a pop after the game was over and it took all of 20 minutes for them to be sold to hungry Griz fans and collectors.
In fact, they were gone even before the players knew they wouldn’t get to keep them. That created a bit of a sticky wicket for the school, which according to the local newspaper, went into scramble mode to try and keep both sides happy.
And you thought the game-worn jersey market was nothing in Missoula, Montana.