Pee. Michigan's color. Vaguely homoerotic. Atrocious. Any one of those descriptors could be rightly attached to 2005's "The Shirt":
On the front: "The Spirit Lives." On the back: "If you could find a way to bottle the Notre Dame Spirit, you could light up the Universe!" We all have Joe Theismann (pronounced "THEEZ-men") to thank for the latter quote.
Frankly, this shirt is so God-awful that I don't know where to begin. Actually, I do: the slogan on the front is something that a sixth-grader would come up with for a project on ND. Or it's something out of a Lifetime movie starring Judith Light. Seriously. And the cursive writing? Holy shit. The only way to make the shirt more effeminate would be to spell it out in little pastel flowers.
What's with the color? What's the logic there? To bring a golden shower to Notre Dame Stadium? And can someone please explain why we picked primary color of one of our oldest rivals? Unless it says, "Muck Fichigan," I ain't wearin' no maize t-shirt.
And the quote on the back is so cringingly bad. It's probably the only thing Theismann ever uttered that wasn't a rhetorical question. I can just imagine Joe's reaction after getting the call that Student Activities wanted to use something that he said: "You want to talk about a guy who's fired up right now? Look at the intensity! You think I'm not excited? You think I'm not fired up? I'm telling you right now, here's a guy who is fired up!"
I think there's probably a few guidelines that should be used in all future iterations of The Shirt. The first is, either use navy or green. No one wants to look like an about-to-burst catheter bag. Second, stay away from any quote that sounds like it could have been uttered by Richard Simmons. In fact, stay away from terms like "spirit," "heart," "earth," "wind," "fire," "aura," and "energy" entirely. YMCA junior summer campers have "spirit." We are Notre Dame, for God's sake.