Spartans fans create 'You Off' shirts vs. Michigan



“WE ON.” The two words are featured prominently on No. 4 Michigan’s warm-up shirts, and they just happen to represent the team slogan for the 2012-13 season. The phrase has two significances, the first being it’s an acronym for “When Everyone Operates N’sync.”

There’s also this: The “WE” is an acronym for “Wolverine Excellence,” which the program strives for, and the “ON” originates from a routine, started this season, in which every player flips on the switch of a fuse box in the locker room – a process that represents the players’ commitment to improvement every day.

Got it? OK.

Now, you’ll understand the “YOU OFF” t-shirts the Izzone is wearing for Tuesday night’s Michigan-Michigan State game. Even if they don’t make much sense.

But, hey, this is a bitter rivalry, so these jabs at the other school don’t have to make sense. The message is sent and understood.

h/t @SpartansOrDie

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Steve K on 2/12/2013 @ 6:43pm EDT Said:

Yes they been on – that is they have been on the not accepted to Michigan list, please try Mott or Michigan State.

Jake F on 2/12/2013 @ 10:14pm EDT Said:

Where can I get one?

Soul of Wit on 2/12/2013 @ 10:53pm EDT Said:

Michigan is definitely off tonight. MSU has the schedule to win the B10.

Dan on 2/12/2013 @ 11:21pm EDT Said:

Hey Steve, did you watch the game tonight?

Jake on 2/12/2013 @ 11:21pm EDT Said:

You just got whooped

Chris W on 2/13/2013 @ 1:52am EDT Said:

Great article. Glad to see the topic being covered. I made the shirts a have a few left, you can get them here: or reach me on twitter @cwwquality
Go Green! #YOUOFF

Deb on 2/13/2013 @ 7:19am EDT Said:

where can you buy one of those?

Wayne on 2/13/2013 @ 8:06am EDT Said:

lol stereotypical Michigan fan that thinks they are better than everyone else. Many of MSU students are also accepted by Michigan…they just decide to go to MSU instead. You got and home date with MSU coming up. Beat MSU at home if that makes you feel better.

Doug on 2/13/2013 @ 8:26am EDT Said:

Hey SteveK, doubt you went to Michigan either, probably got your T Shirt at Walmart with the rest of the Wolvie fans

Chris Walker on 2/13/2013 @ 9:14am EDT Said:

@ Jake F – I’m Chris Walker the creator of the shirts. My brother, roommate and I decided to create them the day of game to start a new trend around the campus.

ryan w on 2/13/2013 @ 9:16am EDT Said:

On as in like they are doing really good for the season now the spartans are wearing t shirts that say you off as in like the team wont do that good against Michigan State now I know its a hard concept to follow and it is really confusing but in the end once the starters came out MSU was up by 30 so it was like U of M wasnt doing that well or they were off

Nikki on 2/13/2013 @ 9:25am EDT Said:

Wow…. The SPARTANS were GREAT lastnight if they keep this up….. Can’t wait until MARCH!!!!

Dan on 2/13/2013 @ 3:58pm EDT Said:

Nice pic Kaiser! Go Green – way to sock it to that other school up North! – your proud buckeye pa

Bobbie on 2/14/2013 @ 12:14pm EDT Said:

@chris walker.. is there anyway people can buy them? i’m thinking you guys should make some more. I reeally want one.. I love my spartans, Plus my boyfriend is a Huge Michigan fan, would love to show up in the shirt! (I’ve been making fun of “We On” all season.. lol)

Mock on 2/14/2013 @ 9:48pm EDT Said:

go mocks

Chris W on 2/15/2013 @ 12:49pm EDT Said:

if anyone was looking where to find the shirts, you can find them here.
Great article

Ryan J on 2/15/2013 @ 2:25pm EDT Said:

@chris w are they still available at the international center

Sporty T-shirt on 5/22/2013 @ 6:06pm EDT Said:

Love the idea. What that in the bottom line?