Michigan State Uniforms to Feature Leonidas Quote at Thermopylae

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THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!

Or at least, this is what they wear in the most militaristic city-state in human history. What King Leonidas said to the Persians at the battle of Thermopylae (no, it was not “Tonight we dine in hell!” or “then we shall FIGHT in the shade”) will now be inscribed on the Michigan State Spartans jerseys.

“Molon Labe,” the Spartans’ defiant challenge to the Persians translated as “come and get them!” is seen on the back of the collar. The Spartans are one of nine teams chosen to wear the innovative Nike Pro Combat system of dress for the 2011 season.

When they take on the archrival Michigan Wolverines on Oct. 15, the Spartans will sport a unique design with bronze colorways, honoring the heroic armor of their historic namesake. Bronze is visible throughout the uniform, adding an authentic strength and durability synonymous with the Spartan name.

The uniform’s overall innovation starts at the baselayer, as strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage. It features customizable protection, incorporating a thin, incredibly strong carbon fiber plate. This symbolically mirrors that of the Spartan shield, which is emblazoned on the right of the baselayer. The Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding, combined with strategically placed cooling zones helps wick away sweat to keep competitors cool, while the Flywire-threaded collar allows for more breathability, enabling that extra push needed during the rigors of Saturday battle.

Gloves complete the traditional Spartan headdress look. Armed with intensity and determination, MSU will fight on the battlefield until the last team is standing.

For more pics of the uniform go here

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