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Let’s Go Bowling!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2012 by Jared Gallagher

My Top 5 Uniform Matchups of the 2012-13 Bowl Season

5. Liberty Bowl

Iowa State vs. Tulsa

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4. Chick-Fil-A Bowl

LSU vs. Clemson

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3. Capital One Bowl

Georgia vs. Nebraska

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2. Rose Bowl

Stanford vs. Wisconsin

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1. BCS National Championship

Notre Dame vs. Alabama

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Sports Belle Who?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 28, 2012 by Jared Gallagher

NIKE.

It’s Phil Knight’s empire. The pit bulls of the athletic apparel dog fight. Oklahoma State has been on the Nike bandwagon for some years now, and they’ve been good to the Pokes. But do you remember who outfitted the Cowboys’ football program pre-Les Miles?

That’s right, Sports Belle

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Sports Belle.

SPORTS. BELLE.

I can think of nothing more synonymous with the state of the football program at that time.

Bob Simmons, AstroTurf and Sports Belle.

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Moving on, here are a few interesting facts about the Poke’s uniforms throughout the years:

– OSU has had a manufacturer’s logo on the chest of the jersey every year since 2000.

– OSU hasn’t given out helmet stickers since the 2000 season.

– Week 11 of the 2011 season (Iowa State game) was the first (and only) time since the 1983 season that the Cowboys wore a tri-color helmet, jersey, and pants combination. (Pokes’ 1983 home kits were black helmet, orange jersey, white pants)

– OSU hasn’t worn a black helmet, black jersey and white pants combination in 31 years.

Here’s the list (and dates) of Oklahoma State’s football outfitters:

2002-Current: Nike

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(Photo courtesy of football_edits on instagram)

1996-2001: Sports Belle

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1987-1995: Russell Athletic

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Pre-1987: ?????

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You can check out a complete list of the Cowboys’ uniform combinations since 1980 and even create your own combos, courtesy of the Oklahoma State Athletics Department.

My Autumn Exploits In Florida

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 27, 2012 by Jared Gallagher

So it’s hardly autumn in Florida… in fact its about 75 and sunny every day, but I didn’t want to make you all jealous.

I’ve been down here for 113 days, not counting five that I spent in Owasso/Velma for Thanksgiving and two in Stillwater for Homecoming, but have had the opportunity to do some amazing things already. They say “YOLO”, so my goal is to see and do as much as possible while I’m here. These are a few pictures from my short time here. 

*Be sure to follow me on Instagram at jaredgallagher and on Twitter…at the same name.*

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ImageThis is my other office. The First Academy Athletics. 12-0 heading into the state semifinals this weekend… Go Royals!

 

ImageI had a chance to tour Golf Channel’s headquarters, courtesy of Charlie Rymer. They have an amazing studio!

 

ImageOrlando Magic media day. Great to meet a Blue Devil legend.

 

ImageI got to be some of the main talent in a commercial! Okay, so it was just a Capital One Bowl commercial and they didn’t want to pay for real talent…

 

ImageThis is what you have to deal with when you play golf in Florida.

 

ImageHad the chance to meet Tony Dungy during an announcement with Russell Athletic.

 

ImageJust hanging out with the fine Bethune-Cookman Marching Band. 

 

ImageFlorida/Georgia 2012. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and it definitely lives up to it. Crazy atmosphere, amazing people and one heck of a time. 

 

ImageSo I went to Disney World. By myself. Yeah, I have friends, but there was something awesome about being able to do whatever I wanted, go where I wanted to go and not have to wait for any stragglers. Where All Your Dreams Come True.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back (To Myself)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2012 by Jared Gallagher

Happy Holidays!

It’s been a while but now that I’m in the real world (or so they say), I thought I’d start updating this blog a little more regularly. If this is your first time, let me recap: I made this for a public relations class in school as a class project (thanks Bobbi Kay) and just took off with it. I’ve always been fascinated with athletic equipment and apparel, so why not create a blog dedicated to Oklahoma State?

In that light, I know we’re all still reeling from that heartbreaker on Saturday, but I wanted to comment quickly on the physical appearance of the ballgame. I’m convinced that was the best-looking Bedlam game in the rivalry’s history. Oklahoma donned their traditional home crimson (shocker), and the Pokes went with my personal favorite, the monochrome white uniforms.

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It’s the cleanest look the Cowboys have in their vast arsenal of uniform options. I’m a firm believer that the only monochrome that can be successfully pulled off is white. All we needed were non-tapered shoulder and pants stripes, a new logo and get rid of Pistol Pete on the hip and it’s the perfect football uniform…to much to ask?

MOVING ON.

This college football season is a year of ingenuity. We’ve seen some crazy stuff from a uniform standpoint, and we still have six weeks to push the limit even further. Helmets are the necktie of football; teams can get creative and show their collective personality through new helmet designs. As bowl season looms, I am counting down my five favorite football helmets of the 2012 college football season.

5. WYOMING

If there’s one thing you need to understand about me, it’s that I love the matte-colored helmet trend. This is where I’ll probably lose you… I also love Wyoming’s color scheme. So when they put the two together AND added a patriotic helmet decal, I fell in love. Feast your eyes on this quirky masterpiece.

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4. ARIZONA

There’s not a ton I like about the Wildcats this year, uniformly speaking. The one thing that stands out is their Copper hats that they debuted against Oregon State back in September. Yeah, they’re not in the color scheme and they don’t match… blah, blah, blah. The helmets are a tribute to Arizona’s rich copper mining history, and I think that is rad.

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3. SOUTHERN METHODIST

Finally back in contention, and the Mustangs look like it. The only white helmet on the list, but I have always been a fan of the patriotic color scheme.

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2. OHIO STATE

It takes some cojones to mess with tradition, but the Buckeyes pulled it off with this helmet design. The green helmet stickers are what make it great.

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  1. NOTRE DAME

The Irish are headed to the BCS National Championship, and if it were a battle of helmets, they would win. I first saw (and tried on) the gold flake helmet at the Champs Sports Bowl last year and instantly fell in love. I’m sure even George Gipp would trade in his leather helmet for one of these bad boys. Rockne would be proud.

Now if they can just do something about those Adidas uniforms…

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Check back later in the week for a special post from Pistols Guy as he debuts HIS top helmets from the season. Check out his site at http://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/

Masters

Posted in Golf, Uncategorized on April 5, 2011 by Jared Gallagher

Masters Week.

It’s one of the greatest spectacles in all of sports. For a diehard sports fan like me, the Masters has grown into one of the premier events to watch each year. As a student at Oklahoma State I have learned to love golf, and the pinnacle of the sport is hosted in Augusta, GA, each April.

The Masters is more tradition-rich than any other PGA Tour tournament. From Magnolia Lane to the Champions Locker Room to Amen Corner, the Masters is the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, the Wimbledon and the Rose Bowl all bundled into one for golf fans. This year is special as it is the 75th Masters and the 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ incredible comeback win in 1986 (ESPN has a special on what might be the greatest comeback in professional golf history Wednesday at 6 p.m.).

Cowboy fans have a lot to look forward to his time around as four current and former Oklahoma State golfers will take the game’s biggest stage on Thursday. Bo Van Pelt and Hunter Mahan are returning to Augusta National, while young gun Rickie Fowler and current Cowboy Peter Uihlein both make their first appearance on golf’s biggest stage.

All four golfers will bring in a distinctly unique style to Augusta National as they all compete for the top spot.

Bo Van Pelt is the oldest of the orange foursome, turning pro in 1998, five years before the next oldest Poke. Van Pelt also garners the most traditional style on the course. He is in his first year in a deal with Titleist, using their drivers, irons and golf balls. The deal also allows him to wear Foot Joy shoes. His main apparel sponsor is a little bit unique: the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.

Per his website (bovanpelt.com), “Bo competed in the first Nationwide Tour Event at the Miccosukee golf course. He met some of the leaders of the tribe, a friendship was formed, and a partnership began. Bo looks forward to continuing to help build the Miccosukee brand around the world as he competes on the golf course.” Van Pelt also struck a relationship with Flare, a new apparel company from Tulsa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hunter Mahan is looking to improve on two consecutive top-10 finishes in the Masters with an impressive showing this weekend. Mahan has developed his own distinctive style coming into the Masters this year. He uses PING and Titleist equipment, and you can’t miss it from the massive PING logo on his new and improved flat bill hat. He has followed this trend of youngsters switching to the flat bills, along with Fowler and Dustin Johnson.

His apparel sponsor is UnderArmour , shoes are Foot Joy and sunglasses are Sundog Eyewear. Look for some pretty colorful outfits from this Cowboy.

By far the most vibrant and outgoing Cowboy at the Masters this week is Rickie Fowler. His sole sponsor for apparel is Puma, and they are going to make sure you don’t forget it. Already famous for his not-so-traditional all-orange Sunday outfit, Fowler has a knack for matching HIS flat bills with the rest of his setup.

He likes monochrome outfits and bright colors. He is also sponsored by Titleist for his equipment. Look for Rickie to make a statement this weekend, both in his style and in his play.

Finally, the amateur. Peter Uihlein gets the most exciting experience of all the Cowboys this week as he is staying in the famed Crow’s Nest inside the exclusive clubhouse at Augusta National. Playing in your first major can be a daunting task. Especially when you’re an amateur. Especially when it’s the Masters. Especially when you’re paired with the defending champion.

Uihlein said in a recent interview at Karsten Creek that he hopes to be wearing plenty of orange this week. His nerves were subsided yesterday (at least temporarily) when he played a practice round with some of the other Cowboys in the tournament. This picture was taken during today’s practice round. The round was much colder than what is expected this weekend, and here you can see Peter sporting his Swingin’ Pete team hat and a sweet argyle Augusta National quarter-zip and his Pistol Pete 59 Belt Buckle.

Looking fresh and ready to go, the Pokes have a great opportunity to make a run for the green jacket come Sunday.

 Hope you enjoyed the post, I’d love any feedback (unless you hated it), and happy Masters Week! GO POKES!

Party, Party, Party

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

In this specific post I’m going to stray from the discussion of Oklahoma State “Athletics” attire and take a different approach. This post is going to be all about the Cowboy Faithful and what we decide to sport when we’re cheering on our beloved Pokes. As it is football season, I will point out some interesting facts about tailgating, pregaming and game time. What do we like to wear? Eat and drink? What activities do we enjoy leading up to the big event?

“Grove South”

I first would like to discuss the expansion of “tent city” in recent years. I began attending OSU football games in the mid-90’s, or as some would rather call, the Bob Simmons Era. I fondly remember the days when a mid-level donor family was able to park just across Hester Street (the road ran continuously from H.O.F. Ave. through the heart of campus) on the west side of Lewis Field and play parking lot football until game time. Sure, there were tailgaters, but it was mostly just that; groups of people with some lawn chairs and the occasional grill and small television set.

Now you can’t walk anywhere near the stadium without having to fight your way through hundreds of tented tailgates. Flat screens, satellites and massive smokers have replaced the more primitive tailgating supplies of old, and Cowboy fans aren’t looking back. The pregame activity has grown into such a fast-growing phenomenon that one can see resemblances between the parking lot south of the Architecture building and “The Grove”, the tailgate Mecca of the world, located in Oxford, Mississippi.

OSU tents, OSU chairs, OSU grills…pretty much anything and everything you can think of that you might need at the ultimate tailgate, you can find in orange and black these days. Crazed fans begin marking their territory as early as Tuesday during a game week, all in hopes to get prime tailgating position. Fraternities fly their flags high, guiding alumni to their tailgate like a lighthouse beacon in the dark, foggy night.

Sunday Best

I’ve noticed a trend sweeping across the Midwest, particularly in the Big 12. Many fans, especially students, are grasping a more SEC-style approach to the way they tailgate. From the clothes they wear to the activities they partake in, everything about Oklahoma State pregaming is becoming a little bit more Southern. One Ole Miss student claimed that football games are a social event and are grounds for dressing in your Sunday best. Cowboy students, particularly of the Greek persuasion, are growing more and more fond of this style of dress. Ladies are wearing orange and black dresses with cowboy boots; gentlemen in polos or even oxford dress shirts and ties.

Don’t worry; there are still plenty of hardcore fans that are willing to risk their skin to body paint. There are paddles reserved for those people on the very front row.

What to do?

So you went three days ago to find the perfect spot to set up your tent and you’ve picked out the perfect outfit for the game, what do you do now? Cowboy fans have come up with countless ways to pass the time before the big game, from grilling steaks to drinking beer to playing games. Some of these games are as simple as throwing a hacky sack into a hole. Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to tailgating. It’s not so much the game you are playing as it is the experience you are having with fellow Cowboy fans.

So there it is… I hope that was insight enough for you to go out and enjoy the greatest season of the year: college football season. Happy tailgating everybody.

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2010 by Jared Gallagher

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