No, free world, Hoosiers fans will NOT let that blankety-blank Pinstripe Bowl kick go, thank you very much
Know an Indiana fan who wants to get a certain something off their chest? Now they can wear it on their chest instead.
The clothing company Hoosier Pride, which — as the name sounds — specializes in Indiana-themed couture, has a new offering on its online catalog, a t-shirt that will be of particular interest to football fans in Bloomington, Ind., and Durham, N.C.:
The “KICK” in question was off the leg of Hoosier specialist Griffin Oakes at the end of last December’s Pinstripe Bowl against Duke.
With the Blue Devils up 44-41 in overtime at Yankee Stadium, Oakes lined up for a 38-yard attempt that would’ve forced another extra session and …
At game speed, it looked good.
On a replay from field level, it looked good.
But officials at Yankee Stadium didn’t take a second look — because they didn’t have to. According to the NCAA rulebook, Section 3 (“Reviewable Plays”), Article 1, field-goal attempts are only reviewable if:
the ball is ruled (a) below or above the crossbar or (b) inside or outside the uprights when it lower than the top of the uprights. If the ball is higher than the top of the uprights as it crosses the end line, the play may not be reviewed.
Nope, doesn’t make sense to us either.
At any rate, the “miss” stood, and Duke danced off the field with its first bowl victory since 1961.
Meanwhile, Hoosiers faithful still haven’t let that call go, as the sentiment on the shirt clearly shows. Needless to say, the locals are already wearing that sentiment in their hearts loudly and proudly:
— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) August 25, 2016
The Hoosiers open their 2016 Revenge Tour — on Duke, on the Pinstripe folks, on the Bronx, on everyone — on Sept. 1 when they host Florida International in the season-opener for both schools.