Penn State Football: 'I'd Rather Shower at Penn State' Shirts Go Too Far

Barry Leonard@@barryleonardjrAnalyst IIIAugust 30, 2012

Nov  26, 2011; Madison, WI, USA;  An Penn State Nittany Lions helmet sits on the field during warmups prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.  The Badgers defeated the Nittanty Lions 45-7.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

And so it begins.

It was only a matter of time before the rude comments and jokes aimed at Penn State surfaced. Fans had to expect these things once the football season started.

However, I'm not sure if anyone expected something as low as what has started showing up on t-shirts linked to three universities. It's already gone way too far.

The shirts feature the phrase "I'd rather shower at Penn State than cheer for...".

So far, the phrase has been printed on shirts for Ohio State, Iowa, and LSU. Ohio State uses the Wolverines to complete the phrase. Iowa's version ends with the Huskers and LSU's is completed by Alabama.

Hopefully, it's safe to say that these shirts are not official or endorsed by the universities affiliated with them.

In fact, a New York Daily News report by Justin Tasch references Ohio State alum Molly Liftin who started a petition against Ohio State and the Big Ten to stop production of the shirts. It's refreshing to see someone from Ohio State being against this shirt.

Yes, not every fan of these schools support the shirts, but the bottom line is the shirts were made by someone. The creation of these shirts shows a complete lack of respect and poor judgement.

Are shirts that make fun of other schools funny?


But this goes way beyond the traditional shirts that poke harmless fun at rival schools. Shirts of this kind are nothing new. However, the "shower" shirts do not just make fun of a school. They mock a serious situation and show no compassion toward the victims of Jerry Sandusky.

While it's probably next to impossible to stop production of these shirts, the schools involved need to step up and ban them from being worn in and around their stadiums.

Making fun of fans of one school is clean, harmless fun. Making light of criminal acts against children to help sell a few tee shirts is reprehensible.