Minnesota cheerleaders root for their "Gophers." Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota and Wisconsin have long engaged in a bitter sports rivalry, and Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has been forced to issue a mea culpa when apparel was found in area stores that erroneously mixed up the team names of the state’s Big Ten schools.

Eagle-eyed shoppers at Minnesota Target stores unsurprisingly took notice recently when onesies that read “Minnesota Badgers” started showing up on shelves. 

The problem, of course, is the University of Minnesota’s sports teams are known as the Golden Gophers, whereas Badgers name obviously is used by the University of Wisconsin.

Such an affront to the sensibilities of Gophers fans amid the rival schools’ longstanding “Border Battle” could not go without Target making an apology for such an unforgivable transgression.

“Color us red,” Target said in a statement that leaned on the shade that the retail giant shares with the Badgers and is known to reveal embarrassment, per the Star Tribune. “As a Minnesota-based company, we know we are home to the Gophers. We’ve worked with our vendor to remove this item and apologize to any sports fans who might have been left scratching their head.”

In the grand scheme of things, such a gaffe is hardly a major scandal, but it is nevertheless an amusing one. It’s a shame that enterprising Gophers fans were deprived the opportunity to snatch up some of these onesies before they disappeared off the shelves. 

What better prank gift could there have been for a Gophers fan who bleeds maroon and gold?

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.


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2001 - 15 - Iowa St.
Hampton
2001 - 13 - Oklahoma
Indiana State
2001 - 13 - Indiana
Kent State
2001 - 12 - Virginia
Gonzaga
2001 - 11 - Wisconsin
Georgia State
2000 - 11 - Indiana
Pepperdine
2001 - 11 - Texas
Temple
2001 - 12 - Ohio St.
Utah State
2002 - 13 - USC
UNC-Wilmington
2002 - 12 - Florida
Creighton
2002 - 12 - Miami (FL)
Missouri
2002 - 12 - Marquette
Tulsa
2002 - 11 - Texas Tech
Southern Illinois
2002 - 11 - Gonzaga
Wyoming
2003 - 13 - Dayton
Tulsa
2003 - 12 - Miss. St.
Butler
2003 - 11 - Creighton
Central Michigan
2004 - 12 - Florida
Manhattan
2004 -12 - Providence
Pacific
2005 - 14 - Kansas
Bucknell
2005 - 13 - Syracuse
Vermont
2005 - 12 - Alabama
UW-Milwaukee
2005 - 11 - LSU
University Alabama-Birmingham
2006 - 14 - Iowa
Northwestern State
2006 - 13 - Kansas
Bradley
2006 - 12 - Nevada
Montana
2006 - 12 - Syracuse
Texas A&M
2006 - 11 - Michigan St.
George Mason
2006 - 11 - Oklahoma
UW-Milwaukee
2007 - 11 - Duke
Virginia Commonwealth
2007 - 11 - Notre Dame
Winthrop
2008 - 13 - Connecticut
San Diego
2008 - 13 - Vanderbilt
Siena
2008 - 12 - Clemson
Villanova
2008 - 12 - Drake
Western Kentucky
2008 - 11 - USC
Kansas State
2009 - 13 - Wake Forest
Cleveland State
2009 - 12 - Utah
Arizona
2009 - 12 - Illinois
Western Kentucky
2009 - 12 - Florida St.
Wisconsin
2009 - 11 - West Virginia
Dayton
2010 - 14 - Georgetown
Ohio
2010 - 13 - Vanderbilt
Murray State
2010 - 12 - Temple
Cornell
2010 - 11 - Notre Dame
Old Dominion
2010 - 11 - Marquette
Washington
2011 - 13 - Louisville
Morehead State
2011 - 12 - Vanderbilt
Richmond
2011 - 11 - St. John's
Gonzaga
2011 - 11 - Xavier
Marquette
2011 - 11 - Georgetown
Virginia Commonwealth
2012 - 15 - Duke
Lehigh
2012 - 15 - Missouri
Norfolk State
2012 - 13 - Michigan
Ohio
2012 - 12 - Temple
South Florida
2012 - 12 - Wichita St.
Virginia Commonwealth
2012 - 11 - UNLV
Colorado
2012 - 11 - San Diego St.
North Carolina State
2013 - 15 - Georgetown
Florida Gulf Coast
2013 - 14 - New Mexico
Harvard
2013 - 13 - Kansas St.
LaSalle
2013 - 12 - Wisconsin
Ole Miss
2013 - 12 - Oklahoma St.
Oregon
2013 - 11 - UCLA
Minnesota
2013 - 12 - UNLV
California
2014 - 14 - Duke
Mercer
2014 - 12 - Cincinnati
Harvard
2014 - 12 - Oklahoma
North Dakota State
2014 - 12 - VCU
Stephen F. Austin
2014 - 11 - Ohio St.
Dayton
2014 - 11 - UMass
Tennessee
2015 - 14 - Baylor
Georgia State
2015 - 14 - Iowa
University Alabama-Birmingham
2015 - 11 - Providence
Dayton
2015 - 11 - SMU
UCLA
2016 - 15 - Michigan St.
Middle Tennessee
2016 - 14 - West Virginia
Stephen F. Austin
2016 - 13 - Cal
Hawaii
2016 - 12 - Baylor
Yale
2016 - 12 - Purdue
Arkansas-Little Rock
2016 - 11 - Seton Hall
Gonzaga
2016 - 11 - Texas
Northern Iowa
2016 - 11 - Arizona
Wichita State
2017 - 12 - Minnesota
Middle Tennessee
2017 - 11 - Creighton
Rhode Island
2017 - 11 - SMU
USC
2017 - 11 - Maryland
Xavier
2018 - 16 - Virginia
UMBC
2018 - 13 - Arizona
Buffalo
2018 - 13 - Wichita State
Marshall
2018 - 11 - Miami (FL)
Loyola–Chicago
2018 - 11 - TCU
Syracuse
2019 - 13 - Kansas State
UC Irvine
2019 - 12 - Mississippi St
Liberty
2019 - 12 - Marquette
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2019 - 12 - Wisconsin
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