Created: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 1:31 p.m. CDT
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 5:46 p.m. CDT
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T-shirt smacks Herbstreit's criticism of NIU's Orange Bowl berth

By STEVE NITZ - snitz@shawmedia.com
The shirt is available at the Village Commons Bookstore for $16.99, or on Smack Apparel's website for $17.99. The shirt says "Kirk Herbstreit can bite me" on the front, with the phrase " 'Cause every dog has its day" on the back. (Provided photo)

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ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit railed on Northern Illinois after hearing about the Huskies' Orange Bowl berth Sunday night.

Now, NIU fans have the chance to make their own statement on Herbstreit, thanks to a T-shirt from the company Smack Apparel.

The shirt is available at the Village Commons Bookstore for $16.99, or on Smack Apparel's website for $17.99. The shirt says "Kirk Herbstreit can bite me" on the front, with the phrase " 'Cause every dog has its day" on the back.

The company produces a number of smack-talk themed T-shirts, such as a Michigan shirt that says "Tre$$el's Tatoo & Pawn, turning a blind eye since 2001", in reference to the infamous tattoo scandal at Ohio State that cost coach Jim Tressel his job.

Smack Apparel owner/president Wayne Curtiss, ironically a Florida State alumus, said one of his employees, Ben Sponsel, wanted to do an NIU-themed shirt if the Huskies earned a BCS spot. Sponsel's brother, Lou, played football for NIU from 1996-2000, so he was familiar with the school. When Herbstreit went on his rant, he also gave Smack Apparel some ammunition.

Update: Curtiss informed the Daily Chronicle Wednesday afternoon that the shirts at the VCB have been sold out. However, Curtiss said the store will have more in Thursday and Friday, and that Smack Apparel will send 300 early next week.

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