The Shirt 2014 features new fabric on anniversary

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Students wondered what color, design and logo would adorn The Shirt 2014 as they stood waiting for the grand unveiling outside the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore enjoying free food and cheerleading performances.The unveiling ceremony, which takes place each year on the day before the Blue-Gold Spring Game, began at 6 p.m.Students who bought The Shirt after the ceremony received a 15 percent discount on up to two Shirts.This year’s shirt features the outside and inside of the football stadium on the front and back of The Shirt, respectively. The Shirt 2014 is heather blue made with a 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester blend, sophomore Camden Hill, The Shirt executive committee’s designer, said.Hill said an obstacle designers faced was deciding on a concept. He said designers had to first design the 25th anniversary logo before proceeding to work on the design of The Shirt.“From a design standpoint, I think we were trying to do something new this year but not radically different from the previous years. We had to keep it consistent with kind of the image The Shirt has created, but we were looking into different things,” Hill said. “We wanted try a different color and we thought the 25th anniversary would be a great time to try a new fabric as well. The heathered fabric gives it a unique look, unlike the two previous blues.”Hill said unlike the previous years where The Shirt focused on certain players, this year’s shirt focused on the stadium.Junior John Wetzel, president of The Shirt executive committee, said, “Coach Kelly has had tremendous success at home during his time as a head coach, which is why we thought it was appropriate to feature the stadium as the main focus in this years shirt. With the design on the back we were hoping to [portray] all the pieces of the full Notre Dame football experience by including the band, the fans and the players.”Wetzel said an obstacle was making sure that the timing of the unveiling was perfect. They had to coordinate Brian Kelly’s arrival, the committee members changing into their shirts, the band being prepped play while also coordinating online and social media releases, he said.The unveiling ceremony coordinators senior Catherine Simonson and sophomore Catherine Williams spearheaded the majority of planning and coordination of the performances for the actual unveiling ceremony, Wetzel said.The committee expects to sell around 20,000 shirts in the first day, Wetzel said.As for improvements for next year’s planning process, Hill said, “I thought what could’ve benefitted us was nailing down a more specific concept initially. We were a little nebulous going into the design process, and we thought we were more specific than we were. … In retrospect, it would’ve been better to have a better more solid understanding of the concept before designing the shirt.”Hill said he has noticed a generally positive reaction to this year’s shirt design.“I take the anonymous Twitter comments to be the most telling, because they have nothing to lose; they aren’t trying to appease me, and even from those, I’ve heard a lot of good and positive feedback,” Hill said. Tags: The Shirt 2014last_img read more

Gary Russell Jr. and brothers striving to triple-headline card as world champions someday soon

first_imgThis weekend will mark the fourth time that “Mr.” Gary Russell, 31, will share the spotlight with his younger brothers. Gary Antonio Russell, 27, will clash with Jesus Martinez in bantamweight action and Gary Antuanne Russell, 23, will face Jose Marrufo in a junior welterweight scrap — both further down the card. The family affair also includes their patriarch and trainer, Gary Russell Sr., presiding over their corners and fellow brother Gary Allan Russell serving as mitt man and assistant trainer.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe feeling of having three Russell brothers featured on the same card never gets old.“We train hard, work hard in the gym and we feed off each other’s energy,” “Mr.” Gary Russell said.Added Gary Antonio: “It’s always a special moment to fight on the same card, but it’s also natural to me because I’m in the gym with them every single day. We run together, we swim together, everything we do is together as a unit.”While Saturday night will give the Russells a chance to etch another chapter in their collective fight legacies, they’ve already pinpointed how to make an indelible impression on the sweet science — by triple-headlining a card as world champions someday soon.”I think that would be amazing,” Gary Russell Jr., the lone world champ of the brothers, said. “There’s never been three brothers to hold a title on the same card or just three brothers as world champions. We’d be able to make history.”Jermell and Jermall Charlo were the last sibling pairs to co-headline a bout as world champs; the Russell trio doing it would be unprecedented.Gary Antuanne and Gary Antonio agree wholeheartedly.”That’s the whole plan,” he said. “Everything has an expiration on it, but memories are the only things that last forever.”Added Gary Antonio: “That would be wonderful. I could see that happening as well in the future. I’m looking forward to it.”Gary Antuanne, the live wire of the Russell siblings, is even putting a tentative timetable on it.”Honestly, I could say a year, I could say a couple of months,” he said of when he and Gary Antonio could join their oldest brother in holding world titles. “It depends on how things move in the boxing world.”After being informed of the brothers’ lofty ambition and the timing put on achieving it, Gary Russell Sr. gave his two cents.”It’s conceivable,” he said. “I don’t want to rush them. But I think a year, a year and a half is a good assessment.”If the Russells fight their plan to fruition, then there will never be an argument over who’s the headliner, either.”There’s an order to which things go,” Gary Antonio affirmed. “As long as older brother, (Gary) Jr., is still in the game — which I believe he will be — he’s the head. He’s the oldest — of course he’s going to take the main event. I’ll co-main event and my younger brother right behind me.As he constantly assesses his sons, Gary Sr. believes Gary Antuanne has the most promise. The patriarch of the fighting family out of Washington, D.C., made that clear when he gave SN a snapshot of his sons’ best in-ring exploits.”Gary Jr. has the jab, he has good eyes and hand speed,” he said. “He has a real acumen for his opponents.”Antonio — he’s deceptively strong. He can really punch.”Baby Boy,” he said, referring to Gary Antuanne, “I think he’s the special one out the bunch.”He has good speed, power, good defense. He has the ability to decide which style he wants to employ in the fight to make it work.”He’s also the most outspoken of the boxers, according to Gary Antuanne himself.”‘Mr.’ Gary Russell and Gary Antonio — they talk when they have to talk,” he said. “Me, I’m more open. I’m more joyful. I like to have fun, fun.”If I have a girlfriend … my girlfriend, I don’t want her to come out with me if she’s not going to want to have the fun I’m having,” he continued. “I’d tell her, ‘Baby girl, I want to have some fun, fun.'”The Russell brother have been having fun, fun with Gary Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) rattling off six straight victories, including four straight title defenses, since his lone loss — a majority decision defeat to Vasiliy Lomachenko in June 2014. Gary Antonio (16-0, 12 KOs) and Gary Antuanne (12-0, 12 KOs) keep ascending the ranks and dazzling in the process.”By the time my younger brothers get to the point that I am in my career,” Saturday’s headliner, “Mr.” Gary Russell, said, “I expect for them to be better than I am.”My definition of a dynasty is information being passed down.”Along those lines, the Russells keep gems from their father close to their minds and hearts at all times. Gary Russell Jr. will be under the bright lights of the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Saturday night well before putting his WBC featherweight title on the line against mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar.”I’ll be working my younger brothers’ corners before my fight and of course I’ll be competing right after,” Russell told Sporting News. “I love being able to compete side-by-side and share it with my younger brothers.” “We got a gym credo that says. ‘Success is the ultimate revenge,'” Gary Antuanne said. “Using that credo keeps us honest and humble because it shows that we’re still on the same page.”Added Gary Antonio: “(My dad tells us), ‘There’s a short window and all good things come to an end, so take advantage of it.’ I know the sport of boxing is something I can’t do forever, so I’m looking at it and ready to start making my mark on the sport of boxing.”Until there are three Russell brothers triple-headlining as world champions.last_img read more