Side-by-side comparison of old (left) and new Michigan home unis. New number font is evident in the "2."
Bo launched the modern era of Michigan Football in 1969. I was fortunate to be an undergrad who witnesed those first few years of his legacy. I have counted many of those early players as lifelong friends covering a period of nearly half a century now. In tribute, I plan to mention a few who may have passed or who are still with us, to pay our gratitude for the contributions they have made, often without acclaim. At the start of each season, until I am unable to post, a pause for reflection and a nod to my friends. They are truly part of the foundation of what we have today. This year:
"Irish" Tom Coyle and Jerry Schumacher-RIP and always in our memories.
Don Eaton and Bill Moran-Served area youth for more than 4 decades now.
Obviously Michigan is mentioned this year as we were last year.
• Lots of excitement at Michigan, where the school's eight-year run with Adidas is over and the school is now being outfitted by Nike, which has assigned the football team to its Jordan sub-brand. This presents the odd scenario of a football team wearing uniforms with the "Jumpman" basketball logo, but the Wolverines' uniforms are otherwise pretty similar to what they've been wearing in recent years (additional photos here):
In another Wolverines note, quarterback John O'Korn -- who wore No. 5 while playing for Houston in 2013 and 2014 and again while serving on the Michigan scout team last season -- is now wearing No. 8:
Finally, if you're wondering whether the new Nike contract will result in Michigan wearing lots of alternate uniforms, athletic director Warde Manuel said that will be up to coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff.
On the "Play, Coach, Die" diary I posted a few days back (detailing an ESPN interview with Coach Harbaugh), one user suggested that the diary's eponymous catchphrase be made into a T-shirt. So I mocked one up - here is the picture (easily designed at many custom T-shirt sites online).
I think this would be pretty cool, but your mileage may vary.
What I would like to see are mock ups of other T-shirts that people would like to order from our friends at mgoblog/underground printing. So make some mock T-shirts and post them below! And then people can up/down vote each so we can see which these guys should really make, and we can find yet another channel to support our beloved bloggers. Who knows, they might even listen to the masses and make the T-shirt of your dreams.
Funniest T-shirt design wins first prize, which is a hearty handshake from yours truly. Second place: steak knives. Third place: you're fired. Go!
I took the chance a few weeks ago and bought 3 jerseys from China, an old Nike style Woodson away jersey, an away CCM style Yzerman jersey, and an away Verlander Majestic style. They all cost around $20 each along with $20 to ship and $20 for insurance. I'm pretty impressed with the quality of all of them. I went back and forth with sizing when I bought them and I wish I had gone one size bigger with the Woodson jersey but the other 2 fit great. Granted I don't know how they will last after several wash/dry cycles. I've wash and dried them all once and there was no bleeding or threads coming loose.
To those who are against buying "replica" jerseys from China, I get it, but I just can't rationalize or afford to spend a couple hundred dollars on a jersey.
To anyone that has any questions about the jerseys, ask away. I am not sure what the rules are for posting the site I used but if it is ok to post that info I will. Honestly most of the sites I looked at had the same products.
I can also post pics if anyone is interested.
UH Head Coach Nick Rolovich took to twitter to challenge Harbaugh to a friendly QB competition before the game on Saturday. Harbaugh's response?
“Yeah, I’d be open to it,” Harbaugh said in response to a question this morning on the Big Ten Conference media conference call.
“Quarterback shootout? Interesting. I’ll see what he has in mind. Yeah, I’d be glad to talk to Nick about that. Sounds like a challenge, huh?”
Harbaugh then said, “I think I know what competition he is talking about. So, that would be interesting. Yeah, I’d be open to it.”
Of course Harbaugh would never reject a challenge. He's the most competitive guy I've ever seen. My prediction? Harbaugh wins this QB shootout in blowout fashion, as a prelude to what's going to happen on the field.
Edit: For reference, Rolovich was QB at UH in 2001, then had a journeyman career, bouncing from the Denver Broncos, to NFL Europe, AFL, and the German Football League.
(I'm still taking Harbaugh)
To see why UM has struggled in recent years, take a look at the LIST of UM players who are in the NFL or trying to make it. Outside of Brady, Lewan, Funchess and may be Harris, there are no real star players and many are fighting to make teams as backups. JH is changing it quickly, I think,