If you don’t want to read this, you can just buy The Rise T-Shirt Here.
So, as you may know, the University of Colorado Buffaloes are my favorite football team. I like to say that, my internal organs are Orange and Blue (Broncos), but I bleed Back and Gold (Buffs).
Anyways, as a 40-year old man who has been a lifelong Buffs fan, you can imagine that I own tons of t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and the like, all with various versions of Ralphie or the interlocking CU on them. I love them all, and wear them a lot.
That being said, it would be nice to have something fresh every once and a while.
The latest promotional video from the folks at CU uses a phrase that one of the coaches has been saying, “The Rise.”
The idea is that the Buffs, a once, borderline great team, laid low by some team issues, and a string of mediocre, at best, coaches is finally, maybe, potentially, on the verge of rising back to its former glory, hence — The Rise.
Now, to me, this would make an awesome t-shirt to add to my collection. You can do a bunch of versions, including one with the phrase over or under the beloved (and very trademarked) CU Buffalo Logo. Even better, might be a subtle version with something CU on the back, or maybe hidden in the design of the words The Rise.
But, alas, no.
The CU licensing team has always seemed a bit underwhelming to me. I see licensed EVERYTHING for Nebraska and Florida and stuff. I know part of that is demand, but I also frequently see things that come with numerous college football logos, including schools smaller, and less in demand, than the Buffs, but no CU version. I can only assume our licensing guys are either too difficult to work with, or they want too much money. Either way, bummer for Buffs fans looking for something beyond the basics.
So, it should come as no surprise that despite a pretty solid online search, I cannot find a The Rise t-shirt anywhere.
I Made a The Rise Shirt
Now, I’m a professional freelance writer, and web developer. T shirts, design, and graphics aren’t really my thing, but any web developer worth his salt has a least a basic bag of image tricks and tools up his sleeve. I’m no different.
A quick search shows that Zazzle lets you make custom t shirts where all you have to do it upload an image, then they print the shirt.
So I got a The Rise image. Unforuntately, that left a kind of lame looking box around the words “The Rise.” For my The Rise shirt, I wanted it to look integrated into the t-shirt itself. I know that on webpages to make that happen, you need a gif or png with a transparent, or clear background. I also know one or two tools that will take a regular jpg and turn it into a transparent background one for you.
Upload, click, save… and voila! Transparent gif.
Long story short. I can now get (a relatively pricey, but fully custom, so what are you going to do) order The Rise t shirt. You can too, if you want. Apparently, I have a “store” now so that I can let friends order the shirt if they want one. I think I get a buck or two if you buy it, not that I’m in it for the money. I don’t think I can earn near as much with shirts as with freelancing, but hey, why not.
Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions. Don’t get crazy, like I said, this isn’t what I do, so my skills are limited.
Anyway, this should hold me over until the Buffs get around to making an official The Rise shirt. While they’re at it, if I could get a Shoulder to Shoulder shirt, and a W.T.T.F shirt, that would be awesome.