Unsatisfied by my previous interactions, I continued to be a good steward of the rivalry. I went to check the Nike site and they had REMOVED the designs from their online store. I needed to know more. Naturally, I went back to the chat room…
Billy: Hi, my name is Billy. How may I help you?
Zack of Lost Angeles: Did you really get rid of the blue and gold USC gear because of the blog post?
Billy: Not that I am aware of. I show we still have a few items left online
Zack of Lost Angeles: they are available for purchase still? i couldn’t find them.
Zack of Lost Angeles: at least not the sweatshirt or girls T
Billy: I see a hat, shirt, and 2 jackets
Zack of Lost Angeles: thank you for checking
Zack of Lost Angeles: is Nike aware of the blog post that’s getting all those hits?
Billy: I don’t know
Zack of Lost Angeles: I feel like this is like The Insider and I am Russell Crowe and you are the tobacco company.
Billy: Have a great day!
Billy has disconnected.
Billy was lying. They still had off-colored jackets, etc. What they removed were the three items of UCLA colored gear. At this point, I’ve emailed this post to Bill Plaschke at the LA Times, who is kind enough to read my writing sometimes and to Ben Malcolmson who runs the USC Rips It Blog (he wrote back, but hasn’t posted the link. I’m guessing that isn’t kosher to knock your sponsor). I am starting to think Nike has been talking about me internally. I’ll just ask I guess:
Megan: Hi, my name is Megan. How may I help you?
Zack of Lost Angeles: We meet again 🙂
Megan: Hi Zack.
Zack of Lost Angeles: Have you been told by your supervisors just to ignore me?
Zack of Lost Angeles: I’m not trying to cause trouble or anything, I dig Nike a lot.
Zack of Lost Angeles: I just want to know what’s up with those designs. Is there anyone I can hit up in PR?
Megan: We have answered all of your questions regarding the issue with the USC products, I would be happy to assist you with something else.
Zack of Lost Angeles: No one has answered if it was intentional to use our rivals colors. I just wanted to know if that was taken into consideration.
Megan has disconnected.
At this point, I was hoping someone would just give me a statement like: “the clothes are popular, it is intentional” or “we made a mistake, we create so many clothes this can happen. we are sorry” or “go jump off a cliff while eating poisonous spicy tuna rolls with a bomb strapped to you chest”. Nothing. Ignoring me. So what do you think I did?
I used the original link and bought the blue and gold sweatshirt. Their link to the shirt was still live (until five minutes ago) and I was able to order it. I have a confirmation number and all. Let’s see what they do. I wonder if they refund my card and cancel the order? Me getting that shirt might be like giving a ten-year-old a lightsaber. Havoc ensues. Then again, canceling the order will surely start a fire.
It’s silly. I don’t want a handout. I just want a statement from Nike. I posted the pictures for fun on my blog and since, tens of thousands of people have been flooding my site and debating the clothing and the rivalry. I want to be a good blogger and get my readers an answer. It would be awesome if they could hook me up with just a statement. I’ll keep trying until I get it. I promise.
So I have a little experiment I’d like you all to play with me. Let’s mobilize the Lost Angeles nation, both Trojan and Bruin alike. Let’s unite in our differences.
Go to Nike’s consumer chat room by CLICKING HERE. When chatting with a friendly service rep, asking them how you can order this product (pictured below). I’ve added the product number as well. When they tell you something, copy and paste their response to the post and let’s see what they are saying. Therein, my friends, lies the truth.