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Baller the Blue Jay Tee (Basketball)



It's been 92 years since CU changed their name from the Hilltoppers. In December 1923, the Omaha Bee ran a contest to decide the new nickname. Losing entries included "Wynners" and "Golden Rods." (Alas.) The winner was the university's current, avian mascot, and the rest is history.

Since then, we've had a lot to be proud of: Olympians, pro stars, conference championships, All-Americans, and most importantly, nearly a century of men and women for others. Here's a little number I hope is worthy of that heritage.

This design is inspired by retro CU logos, and the work of two artists I really admire: Bethany Heck and Charley Harper.


The short-sleeved shirt is a Bella + Canvas 3413 Triblend shirt. "Triblend" means it's made of 50/25/25 polyester/cotton/rayon — in English, it's going to be the softest, comfiest shirt in your dresser by far. It holds up great in the wash and shouldn't shrink. These shirts have a modern, slightly fitted cut.

The long-sleeved shirt is a LA Apparel 2007 Unisex Fine Jersey LS shirt. It's 100% ringspun cotton (except in the Heather Grey color, which has 10% polyester for that hip, heathered look). It's breathtakingly soft — even though this brand is available in fewer colors than others, we chose it specifically for not feeling like one of those stiff, cheap shirts you get for free at a football game. It has a slightly looser cut.

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