Michigan State Basketball: Check out the Spartans' Carrier Classic Jerseys

Matt SheehanAnalyst IOctober 26, 2011

Earlier this week, St. Louis local TV station KTVI broadcast a feature story on the company that sewed the World Series patches on the Cardinals' jerseys.

Harmless, right?

Well, little did they know that a split-second shot showing a stack of camouflage Michigan State basketball jerseys would give the college basketball world its first chapter for this upcoming season.

Michigan State will face top-ranked North Carolina on the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, the same carrier that housed Osama bin Laden's dead body before they made him fish food. The game on November 11 will focus more on veterans and their families than the game itself in a number of ways.

Before the game, a youth clinic, open to children of soldiers and veterans, will be held by former Spartans and Tar Heels, including Magic Johnson and James Worthy. Not a bad way to kick off a historic day.

After the clinic, fans will notice the respect Michigan State is paying to the military. The camouflage jerseys, which were confirmed by head coach Tom Izzo late Tuesday, will remind fans throughout the whole game that this is all about the veterans. The different look will give spectators the constant reminder that the game is held on the carrier while paying homage to the men and women who serve this country.

No reports on North Carolina's jerseys have leaked yet, but you can see in the top right corner there is a hint of Carolina blue. Is it a different jersey? Does that one have camouflage too? Will they make their jerseys look like a fighter pilot suit? No one knows for sure yet, but the odds of a jersey modification are not out of the picture.

Michigan State and Nike have paired up for a great tribute—this game is all about the military and their families, hence admission to the game is free to them. The uniforms that will be worn show the respect these brave men and women deserve, and every college hoops fan will be looking forward to November 11 to see these two national powerhouses battle it out on the USS Carl Vinson.