I haven't seen anyone post this, so here is a link to an article about Michigan allowing adidas to create a unique "Climacool" jersey.
“Working in collaboration with Michigan on the design of the new uniforms allowed us to create one of the most unique jerseys in college football today.”
Chris at Smart Football posts "Smart Links" at his website from time to time and I gave this article a read. This particular article mentions why winning on the road in college basketball is so tough. Says the different basketballs used are to blame. It specifically mentions Wisconsin and how Bo Ryan uses a Sterling ball and is the only team to do so. In Ryan's tenure (The Sterling era) Wisconsin is 135-11 at home. Do you think Michigan using an Adidas ball (which only 10 other teams in the top 6 conferences do) has hindered the team at all? Seems like a stretch but there has to be some explanation to why the team performed under expectations this season (with primarily poor shooting to be the problem).
I'm sure I haven't been the only person to notice, but I'm not sure if anybody has posted on it. A search didn't show anything and I don't remember seeing anything on it. It so happens that all of Michigan's wins so far this year have been against adidas sponsored teams. WMU, ND, EMU, and Indians all sport the adidas gear. This seams like quite the coincidence. For one thing, it's a little odd that we played 4 adidas schools in a row, and even crazier that we only have beaten adidas schools. Our first loss was to a nike school in MSU. We play yet another Iowa school tomorrow and they are also a Nike school. Could Nike be the better product?
First of all, I'm not suggesting we change the home jerseys - they are perfect just they way they are.
However, would I be the only one who thinks the stripes on the side are actually pretty cool? I'd go so far to say that I'd love to see our white away jerseys with the three stripes on the side in maize and have that as our away jersey. I think it's much better than the weird WVU-like wrapping we currently have.
Lately I have been watching more and more Wolverine Historian on YouTube (and HUGE props to that man, by the way, for that channel) and there have been SO many iterations of the white jersey that I don't think it would be a huge deal.
I'd love you hear your thoughts.
Also - college football beings today! How can you not be excited?
How can net profit take such a dive, but sales are only off 2%? But, fortunately, sales were up in the US. Their CEO sounds like my company: "I am confident that our results will improve as we go through the remainder of the year." I'd assume Michigan has to be one of the more profitable sponsorships, but I wonder if that opens up any more spots for UnderArmor.
I talked to a recruit [one who committed to somewhere other than Michigan] who told me that one of the biggest mistakes UM has made was changing from Nike gear to Adidas. It struck me as a pretty silly thing to say - he was implying that a reason he decided against M was that the Adidas gear doesn't stack up to Nike gear. I've also seen and heard current and former M players talk about how they don't keep any of the Adidas gear they've received and how they greatly prefer the Nike gear.
Just wondering what you guys thought about this and the effect of the Adidas gear on recruiting.