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The holidays are right around the corner and we want to make sure you get the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Some people say moms are hard to shop for, but we know what they really want- something thoughtful and unique. We’re showing you some of our most popular holiday gifts for moms to give you inspiration before the holiday arrives!
Let your mom relive her college memories with custom college alumna gear. Find the school she went to and the perfect product for her. Our alumna products let your mom show her pride in a stylish and fun way. You can add “alumna” to any of our t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, jackets, hats and accessories. No matter what her style is, you can find a great holiday gift for her.
We have the perfect presents for the avid runner on your list. Let your mom run in style with her favorite marathon embroidered on a hat or printed on a performance t-shirt. Give her something special for the race event she’s been practicing for or a marathon she recently finished. Big or small, we have great race event apparel gifts for your mom this holiday.
Team accessories are always a good go-to either for a stocking stuffer or holiday present. If your mom loves to show her pride wherever she goes, our customizable bags such as totes and backpacks are sure to put a smile on her face. You can pick from a variety of styles, colors, and designs to feature her favorite team. If she loves to cheer on her team on the sidelines, keep her warm with a cozy custom made scarf. You’ll have more fun customizing it than giving it!
If your mom is a huge fan of your school or team, let her show her pride with an awesome customized school t-shirt! You can customize any of our apparel with your school name, player number and team colors. Adding the “Mom” element creates a unique and thoughtful gift for your number 1 fan.
Add a new dimension to your mom’s fan gear with a new applique process, Sparkle Twill™. Sparkle Twill™ is an appliqué technique using an innovative heating process to add a vibrant sparkle finish to fan apparel. This sleek new line comes in a large assortment of styles, colors and sizes featuring your favorite school or team. Add a beautiful and brilliant sparkle to an assortment of t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops and hoodies. She’s sure to love the new sparkle in her life with Sparkle Twill™.
The holidays are right around the corner and we want to make sure you get the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Some people say dads are hard to shop for, but we know what they really want- something thoughtful and unique. We’re showing you some of our most popular holiday gifts for dads to give you inspiration before the holiday arrives!
Let your dad bask in his glory days with custom alumni college gear, such as a unique alumni t-shirt or alumni pants. Find the school he went to and the perfect product for him. Our alumni products let your dad show his pride in a modern and fun way. You can add “Alumni” to any of our t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, jackets, hats and accessories. No matter what his style is, you can find something for him.
If your dad is a huge fan of your school or team, let him show his pride with an awesome customized school t-shirt! You can customize any of our apparel with your school name, player number and team colors. Adding the “Dad” element creates a unique and thoughtful gift for your number one fan.
We have the perfect presents for the avid golfer on your list. Let your dad golf in style with his favorite golf course embroidered on a Nike golf polo. Have him show his love for his favorite green with an embroidered terry golf towel. Big or small, we have great golf gifts for your dad this holiday.
Team hats are always a good go-to either for a stocking stuffer or holiday present. If your dad loves to show his pride wherever he goes, our customizable hats are sure to put a smile on his face. You can pick from a variety of styles, colors and designs to feature his favorite team. If he’s a fan of the CFL, he’ll love our exclusive Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts hat designs.
Does your dad live in the past? Does he secretly root for the Seattle Supersonics or the Houston Oilers? Bring your Dad’s favorite vintage team back to life with cool customized vintage team apparel. Let him relive the glory days in a relaxed-fit Seattle Supersonics t-shirt or a comfy Houston Oilers sweatshirt. Prep Sportswear has apparel for every vintage team, any sport. Customize it with his favorite vintage team for a thoughtful and unique gift this season.
The evolution of appliqué always seems to be changing. You can find a style that fits your personality, such as Distressed appliqué for a vintage look or Poly Twill appliqué for a more polished feel. The latest innovation takes appliqué to a whole different level. We’re talking about Prep Sportswear’s Sparkle Twill™.
Now you can create your own fan apparel with stunning Sparkle Twill™ appliqué, adding a brilliant shine to your team pride. This specific appliqué technique is unsurpassed by traditional glitter and metallic appliqué fabrics due to an innovative heating process used. You can ensure any of the fan t-shirts, sweatshirts, or accessories you create with Sparkle Twill™ will last you game after game, season after season.
The vibrant bling finish that Sparkle Twill™ provides will make sure you stand out from the crowd. The colors come out brighter, richer, and stronger, giving you a premium and unique look. You can now add the Sparkle Twill™ appliqué to your favorite team t-shirts, high school sweatshirts, Greek gear, and more. Choose from a variety of designs to fit your style. Exclusive to Prep Sportswear, you won’t find this appliqué technique anywhere else!
Get a little two-tone style with Sparkle Twill™ appliqué on your team apparel. It’s colorfast so it will look sharp wash after wash, and it resists shrinking so it will keep its roomy fit. The vibrant colors will show your pride in a fun and unique way. Sparkle Twill™ appliqué is now available in kids t-shirts, kids sweatshirts, women’s t-shirts, and women’s sweatshirts. Customize your Sparkle Twill™ today!*
*Sparkle Twill™ is only available in select stores.
Bowl season is coming and college football teams are stepping up. We have your college football Conference Championships prediction to get the season started off right. Our predictions are based on hours of game watching and love of football, which may be better than any computer predictions.
ACC: Florida State vs. Duke
Not only did FSU break the ACC record for most points in a single season (currently at 607), but the 80 points against Idaho was the most a Florida State football team has ever scored in a game, breaking the previous record of 77 set by the 1995 team. It seems like the Florida State Seminoles have already secured the Atlantic Division. The Coastal, on the other hand, remains a mess. We predict Duke will take the division at 6-2 by beating North Carolina this weekend.
Final Prediction: Florida State
Big 10: Michigan State vs. Ohio State
Ohio State has been enjoying the nation’s longest win streak at 23 games, and it doesn’t look like the Buckeyes are slowing down any time soon. Currently ranked No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series ratings, it’s no surprise we’re expecting to see them play at the end against Legends winner Michigan State. The Michigan State Spartans clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game with a 30-6 victory over Northwestern this past Saturday.
Final Prediction: Ohio State
Conference USA: East Carolina vs. Rice
Earlier this season the East Carolina Pirates beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 55-31, and on Saturday the Pirates beat North Carolina State 42-28. Both football game wins were on the road, which means that East Carolina University is only a win over Duke away from being the world champion of North Carolina. We predict the Pirates will be facing the Rice Owls on the gridiron at the conference championship this year. After Luke Turner ran for a game-winning 1-yard touchdown in overtime as Rice edged University of Alabama at Birmingham 37-34, they proved they are to remain in the thick of the Conference USA West Division race.
Final Prediction: East Carolina
MAC: Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo
So far, No. 18 Northern Illinois is looking for a perfect ending to the regular season. If the Huskies beat Western Michigan this week, it would be their first unbeaten regular season since reaching major college status in 1969. We predict Northern Illinois University to face off Buffalo at the MAC championship game. The fact is, the Huskies have been to the last three MAC championship games and have won two straight. On the other hand, the Buffalo Bulls have won the statistical battle in eight consecutive affairs and currently are ranked fourth nationally in turnover margin.
Final Prediction: Northern Illinois
Mountain West: Fresno State vs. Utah State
The Fresno State Bulldogs end the regular season this Friday night at San Jose State and should finish the regular season unbeaten. We predict to see Fresno State against Utah State in the end at the Mountain West conference championship. If the Utah State Aggies beat Wyoming in the Bridger’s Battle this weekend, they will be in sole possession of first place in the Mountain Division.
Final Prediction: Fresno State
PAC 12: Stanford vs. Arizona State University
With its 63-13 rout of rival Cal and Oregon’s loss at the University of Arizona, No. 9 Stanford is back in the Pac-12 Championship game for a second consecutive season. No. 12 ASU squares off with the University of Arizona on Saturday for the Territorial Cup, but the Sun Devils have already clinched the Pac-12 title game. Get ready to see a rowdy college football game when the Stanford Cardinals play against the Arizona State University Sun Devils in the Pac 12 conference championship.
Final Prediction: Stanford
College basketball season is almost here and we have your school preview! Prep Sportswear is looking at a few of the Big Sky schools and letting you know what to expect. Make sure to cheer on your school in customized fan apparel!
Once again the Weber State Wildcats boast the most talented college basketball team in the Big Sky conference with the Montana Grizzlies right behind them nipping at their heels. However, it’s tough to put Weber State in the top spot of the Big Sky even when they have more talent than the University of Montana. The Montana Grizzlies always seem to win when it matters most, leaving the Weber Wildcats in the dust. Weber State will have to make up for the loss of their all-time leading three point shooter, Damian Lillard, for the second year in a row. Despite the losses, the Weber Wildcats still have a very skilled back court and just need to work on their lack of depth if they want to keep the Grizzlies at bay. Show your pride for Weber State this season with custom Wildcats fan gear!
The Montana Grizzlies ended last season with an impressive 19-1 record in Big Sky play but experienced a tough loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament. This year, there isn’t a go-to big man, but the University of Montana has a deep cast of solid, rotational talented athletes in its college basketball team. If Coach Wayne Tinkle can find someone to make headlines in the front court, it will be no surprise if the University of Montana is the school of the Big Sky conference to make another trip to the NCAA Tournament, with Weber State right there with them. Make sure to get all your Montana Grizzlies gear before game day!
Although Eastern Washington University loss some key players such as leading scorer Justin Crosgile and assistant coach Craig Ehlo, the Eagles roster seems solid for this coming season. This is the third season for Head coach Jim Hayford and he is hoping for a big jump in the Big Sky conference for his young squad. Eastern Washington’s front court is loaded with talent thanks to Sophomore Venky Jois and junior Martin Seiferth. The Eastern Washington Eagles already have a stout defense and should be a team to watch this college basketball season. Cheer on Eastern Washington University with customized Eagles apparel!
The Montana Bobcats managed to finish fourth in the Big Sky even with a season filled with injury and dismissal. This year Montana State will have to fill in the holes left behind by missing seniors Christian Moon and Xavier Blount. Antonio Biglow and incoming sophomore Terrell Brown look like the Bobcats’ best bet to hold down the perimeter. If Paul Egwuonwu can show double-double ability regularly this season, Montana State’s front court will be second only to the Eastern Washington University in the Big Sky. If you’re a Bobcats fan at heart, customize your own Montana State apparel to show your pride!
The Sacramento State Hornets may struggle around the hoop this season with the departure of some seniors. This won’t be anything new seeing as though the Hornets struggled last season. Change could come thanks to the junior guard duo of Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity. McKinney is currently Sacramento State’s leading scorer and Garrity is one of the conference’s most efficient returning players. If the back court stays solid on both ends of the floor, Sacramento State fans could have something to cheer for this year. Show your love for the Hornets with custom Sacramento State apparel!
What is one thing you dread about the holidays? Probably the hole it burns in your pocket! We want to tell you that you don’t need to break your bank this holiday season! You can find the perfect holiday gifts for your favorite fan with Prep Sportswear without going over your budget. To make your holiday shopping a little easier, we compiled a list of some of our popular products, all under $40. For more inspiration, visit our Gifts Under $40 page!
Ultra Cotton T-Shirt $24.98
Is your team dominating this season? If you’re a true fan, you’ll never miss an opportunity to represent your favorite team, especially with a stylish and comfy t-shirt. This custom fan t-shirt with a seamless collar turns a classic into an ultra comfortable apparel choice. Customize this t-shirt with your favorite sports team and personalize it to make it just right. It is just the kind of shirt that represents your passion and your personal style perfectly. Roll it up as a stocking stuffer, give as a holiday gift, or just buy it for you!
Embroidered Knit Hat with Earflaps $25.99
This is the perfect winter gift that is sure to delight friends and family. Temperatures might drop, but our embroidered knit hat will keep your spirits high. You’ll stay warm rocking this knit hat, whether it’s on the streets or the slopes. With earflaps for extra warmth and braided tassels on the sides, this knit hat will give you an awesome game day style that shows off your die-hard team pride. Its cozy construction plays tough defense against the cold, and you can customize it to fit your style.
Cinch Bag $24.99
A true fan wants to show their pride in anyway possible. When you’re on the go, toss your essentials into this team cinch bag and travel in style. This customizable team cinch bag holds your gear and more. The bi-color design allows for customizing front and back. Whether you want to show your pride for your school, Greek house, military branch, or your own team, this cinch bag is a must have for any fan!
Fleece Scarf $22.99
Center your shopping list around Prep Sportswear this season with the variety of gifts we offer! Bundle up for cooler temps at the game in this long team spirit fleece scarf. Made from comfortable and quick-drying fleece, this scarf stands up to the harshest weather without sacrificing its understated style. The scarf features a unique design from your favorite team and is crafted with anti-pill fleece that will keep you nice and warm. Customize it with your favorite vintage team logo or your high school name.
Laptop Skins $26.99
For your tech-savvy friend, give their computer an instant makeover with our premium removable fan laptop skins. Designed to fit the contour of your device, the state-of-the-art digital printing provides vibrant graphics and ensures zero interference with docks, chargers and other accessories. Made with automotive grade, high-performance film for durability and residue-free removal, this skin is an awesome way to get computer geared up in team pride!
Hooded Sweatshirt $34.99
Aunts, Uncles, Moms, Dads- you’re family is sure to love our fan hoodies! Crafted for comfort, this lightweight spirit hooded sweatshirt is perfect for relaxing and watching your favorite game. Customize it with an exclusive deign on the front so everyone will know what you’re rooting for. The blended cotton fabric is crafted especially for comfort, breathability and insulation. You are guaranteed to stay warm and full of spirit with this ultra-soft hoodie. A must-have for anyone’s team apparel wardrobe and the perfect holiday gift for the avid fan!
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“I’m absolutely shocked. I can’t believe he went that high!” shouted Dick Vitale in excitement after a good slam. These are the moments college basketball fans live for, and we’re hoping the Mountain West schools can deliver this excitement this season. We’re looking at a few of the Mountain West Conference schools and letting you know what to expect. Make sure to cheer on your school in customized fan apparel!
Afraid is one thing the other schools in the Mountain West should be feeling. Although last season was marred for the San Diego State college basketball team due to various injuries and falling victim to Florida Gulf Coast in the NCAA Tournament, Coach Steve Fisher certainly knows how to successfully rebuild a team. The only obstacle in the way for San Diego State is that missing shooting guard. If Coach Fisher can find his shooter on the wing and maximize his newcomers, the Aztecs basketball team will be a major contender this season. Make sure to get all your San Diego State apparel before game day!
“I would say things are going OK,” said Coach Stew Morrill about this season. Well, that doesn’t sound very convincing. Unfortunately for Utah State, they are starting this season as a small fish in a big pond. Joining the Mountain West will be a significant step up in terms of opposition compared to the WAC. The Aggies have a lot of players returning but some of those guys are back from serious injuries and who knows how the roster and starting lineup will gel. Utah State’s streak of 20 win seasons should continue though, and a postseason berth is in their future. It may be the NIT calling though rather than the Big Dance. Cheer for the Aggies on the court this season with customized Utah State gear!
Just the right arrangement on the court could elevate the UNLV Rebels to a new level this season. The UNLV Rebels return to the Mountain West Conference with some new blood. UNVL will face newcomers Utah State and San Jose State, and with the declining performance of the Rebels in the past few years, this change may pose as a challenge. Combined with the early departure of Anthony Bennett and the graduations of a number of other main contributors, the UNVL Rebels have lost so much production from their NCAA tournament team. It is not even clear who the starters will be going into the season now. As of now, the UNVL basketball team stands as a question mark and it will be interesting to see how Coach Dave Rice handles the team. Get customized UNVL Rebels apparel today!
Blue and Red will be worn by Fresno State fans, but not for very long. The second year with Coach Rodney Terry did not go very well for the Fresno State Bulldogs. Although Fresno State finished seventh in Mountain West play and won just 11 games last season, the future is looking a little brighter for the Bulldogs. Don’t get too excited though; the Bulldogs are nowhere near the NCAA Tournament. However, they do have the talent and the experience to take a significant step up in their win total even if there is not much room to improve when it comes to the conference standings. If somebody emerges as a consistent scorer in the paint, the Bulldogs will surprise a lot of people. If you’re a Fresno State fan, get all your Bulldogs apparel needs now!
“Myself and the team are ready for anything this year,” said Coach David Carter about this season. The University of Nevada had a terribly disappointing debut season after winning only three Mountain West conference games last year. We expected the Wolfpack to be a much better team with Malik Story and Deonte Burton leading the way. Hopefully this season won’t be as bad and Burton becomes the leader we all know he can be. The frontcourt has more new, experienced players than Wolfpack did a year ago. It may not be ideal, but there is enough to work with to finish somewhere in the middle of the Mountain West pecking order. Rock the Wolfpack in style with customized Nevada apparel!
It can be easy to forget about the past with new professional sports team being introduced and moved around every year in America. However, those “old” teams may be favorites to some die hard fans. Although the team may not exist anymore, there are fans who aren’t willing to forget the legacy those teams left behind, still secretly rooting for them every day with vintage fan apparel. We’re taking a look at some of those remembered vintage baseball teams who, although may not be around today, made history and deserve to be commemorated.
Ain’t it funny how a lot of San Francisco Giants fan don’t know the history of their team? The history of the New York Giants, before the franchise moved to San Francisco, lasted from 1883 to 1957. It featured five of the franchise’s seven World Series wins and 17 of its 22 National League pennants. For most of that time, the Giants played home games in the Polo Grounds in the Upper Manhattan region of New York City. One of the more famous moments in major league baseball history, and perhaps one of the greatest moments in sports history, the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” is the name given to Bobby Thomson’s walk-off home run that secured the National League pennant for the Giants over their rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers. If you’re a true New York fan and want to relive the golden age of the New York Giants, get your New York Giants Vintage Team Fan Gear today!
Easy is what the players of the St. Louis Browns made playing baseball look like.The Major League Baseball team now known as the Baltimore Orioles originated in Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Brewers, and then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where they played for more than 50 years as the St. Louis Browns. The club had some of the best players in franchise history, including future Hall of Famer George Sisler and an outfield trio of Ken Williams, Baby Doll Jacobson, and Jack Tobin. In 1922, Williams became the first player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season, something that would not be done again in the Majors until 1956. If you still root for the St. Louis Browns, show your pride with St. Louis Browns Vintage Fan Gear!
Being a baseball player for the Kansas City Monarchs was probably the most rewarding career a player could ask for. The Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of baseball’s Negro Leagues and made history with every season. Operating in Kansas City, they were charter members of the Negro National League from 1920 to 1930. In 1930, the Kansas Monarchs became the first professional baseball team to use a portable lighting system which was transported from game to game in trucks to play games at night, five years before any major league team did. The Kansas Monarchs won ten league championships before integration, and triumphed in the first Negro League World Series in 1924. The Monarchs had only one season in which they lost more games than won. After sending more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise, the team finally disbanded in 1965. If you’re still a Monarchs fan at heart and want to show your pride,check out our collection of customizable Kansas City Monarchs Fan Apparel!
White, black, and red are the favorite colors of any Reds fan.The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869, now known as the Cincinnati Reds, were baseball’s first fully professional team, with ten salaried players. The Cincinnati Baseball Club formed in 1866 and fielded competitive teams in the National Association of Baseball Players 1867–1870. Thanks partly to their on-field success and the continental scope of their tours, the Red Stockings established styles in team uniforms and team nicknames that have some currency even in the 21st century. They also established a particular color, red, as the color of Cincinnati, and they provide the ultimate origin for the use of “Red Sox” in Boston. If you’re a true Reds fan through and through, get your customized Vintage Fan Gear today!
This year’s College basketball season is almost here and we have your school preview! Prep Sportswear is looking at a few of the Pac-12 schools and letting you know what to expect. Make sure to cheer on your school in customized fan apparel!
One player to watch this year is Arizona State’s Jahii Carson. Although Coach Herb Sendek hasn’t had great success at Arizona State, it looks like the Sun Devils basketball team will get a lot of help from Carson this season. If the newcomers can integrate with Carson and the Sun Devils, the team will have a lot of talent and quite a bit of experience. Playing small at times and moving Richie Edwards or Sai Tummala to the four spot would definitely help the Sun Devils get up and down the floor even faster. This is a team that should be reaching for the NCAA Tournament as long as the newcomers can mix with the returnees and Carson avoids a huge sophomore slump. Represent the Arizona State Sun Devils in style this season with customized fan apparel!
Time after time it seems that the Huskies have been stuck in purgatory, and the fans are starting to get restless. The University of Washington ended the 2012-2013 campaign on a relatively high note after a lull in Pac-12 play. Although the Washington basketball team made a trip to the NIT, they fell to BYU in just the first round, taking away hope from Washington fans. While the backcourt does a bit of rebuilding this season, the frontcourt can lead the way with the help of Shawn Kemp, Jr. and Desmond Simmons. If the Washington Huskies can find a consistent scoring threat who is good enough defensively to leave the floor for 25 to 30 minutes per game, Coach Lorenzo Romar and UW fans might see a successful season and another trip to the NIT. Make sure to check out our Washington Husky apparel store!
At the University of Oregon, the basketball program has quickly grown into one of the Pac-12′s best under Coach Dana Altman, reaching the Sweet 16 in its third season with the potential for more in 2013-14. This year the Ducks are an awfully young team, led by rising-sophomores Dominic Artis, Damyeon Dotson and Ben Carter. The only non-freshman or sophomore likely to play a large role next season is Johnathan Loyd. The incoming freshman might surprise some opposing teams and the basketball team may be NCAA Tournament- bound if everything runs smoothly. Root for the Oregon Ducks with custom gear this season!
Band, team, or club, Stanford fans are dedicated to their school. That’s why they certainly haven’t given up faith for the Basketball team. Stanford was by far the most underrated team in the Pac-12. They finished 9-9, despite having a chance in the final game of the season to lead the Pac-12 in efficiency rating. Once again this season, Coach Johnny Dawkins has an experienced roster led by point guard Aaron Bright, scoring guard Chasson Randle and big men Aaron Bright and Dwight. Stanford needs to improve their defense to get to the next level, but they also need to get the ball around the rim more. If the Cardinals can cultivate 2012 recruits Rosco Allen and Grant Verhoeven into elite shooters, the Stanford basketball team could make their way to the Big Dance. Make sure to get your custom Stanford gear in time for game day!
Camp players will return this year which is going to give Colorado a lot of hype heading into next season. The men’s basketball team had an inflated RPI early this past season, which inadvertently raised expectations a little bit too high, and they faded to 10-8 in Pac-12 play and a 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They will return a strong scorer and playmaker in Spencer Dinwiddie, and a pair of very effective freshmen: 6’10″ Josh Scott and 6’6″ wing player Xavier Johnson. If Colorado’s leading rebounder and interior defender Andre Roberson stays this year, the Buffs will be a very likely Top 25 team. Cheer on the Colorado Buffaloes with custom made fan apparel today!