Peppers at 10, which seems low.
I'm likely going to get killed for this being an excessive equipment thread, but there are some big changes coming this summer and it's the offseason.
MGoJohnStamos pointed this out to me this morning.
Remember that leaked photo a week ago that had a mannequin in the background wearing what appeared to be a Jumpman Michigan jersey? It had a wonky new font that freaked some people out because of the big change to the #2.
Well. Take a look at this-
This is the font of the Chicago Bulls with a pallet in Maize and Blue. The font Michael Jordan obviously once wore.
Now look at the #23 on the mannequin in the photo
They look completely identical.
The Bulls typeface is as close to Michigan's current font, Superstar M54, as we're going to get if Nike wants to make a change. They aren't that much different.
The radical changes are the #2 and the wordmark being amplified in the Bulls font. Everything else is pretty much the same, with some small change here and there. The M54 is a little more sleek and defined.
What are your thoughts on this?
Which font do you prefer? The current one or potentially the new one?
Two short articles from the Daily, one each on O'Korn and Speight.
O'Korn learned a lot having Rudock as his roommate and Speight thinks he has a good shot at being the starter this year.
3/31 UPDATE: Here
First things first, it's VERY simple, so unless you care about the minutia of uniforms, you may not notice anything new or different.
For the rest of us, here's my concept based on Nike's Mach Speed template:
- Keep it simple!
- Jumpman and B1G logos balanced and visible, but not too pronounced
- Clear sternum (NC, CFP, bowl patch would go here)
- Modernized font similar to last week's twitter leak (extremely similar to Oregon State)
- Same pants as 2015, but following lines of Nike Mach Speed template
- Maize drop shadow on away numbers
- Maize cuffs and collar on away
- It was difficult to find tiny ways to change the uniform that pay enough repsect to the absurdly long-standing traditions of the program.
- After playing with all the options, I've come to realize I like the 2015 away pants a lot and I hope we keep the design.
- A modernized font will look cool and not gaudy if the rest of the uniform is grounded well enough.
- Hat-tip to two users from Sportlogos.net for the template - here
What are you hoping to see in the fast-approaching new uniforms?
EDIT - Bumped per request - LSA
Spring football. For the average joe fan, it's the final drop of Michigan Athletics they'll taste until the Fall.
Spring football culminates in the annual spring game (or in last year's case, the Spring Stretchy and Punting Exhibition).
But it always wasn't like that. For many, many years Michigan played a Blue-White game every single season up until Lloyd Carr first started messing with it in 2000 when one of the squads were spotted a 17-0 lead to begin the game...
Being the insane statistics and numbers fan that I am, I have been doing a lot of research using the Google Newspaper archives to look the history of the Michigan Spring Game.
While the Google News archives are not complete by any stretch since there are many, many years and months missing from the Michigan Daily archives, I found a pretty decent chunk of information. Not just from the Daily, but the Toledo Blade and other newspapers from around the state of Michigan that covered Michigan Football at the time. The building of this list of spring game scores will only continue until it's 100% complete. I am already planning several trips to Bentley Library to research spring game info in addition to information on several other sports in my quest to build a SuperGuide for all Varsity sports at Michigan.
The only other instance that I know of a school documenting their spring game history is Nebraska, who has scores going back to 1950.
Confirmed spring game dates and scores throughout history
|Date||Winning Team||Losing Team||Score||Source|
|1991||Cancelled due to field conditions||Source|
|1996||Cancelled due to field conditions||Source|
|4/17/1999||No Score Kept||Source|
|4/13/2002||No Score Kept||Source|
|2003||Cancelled due to field conditions||Source|
|4/10/2004||No Score Kept||Source|
|4/16/2005||No Score Kept||Source|
|4/10/2006||No Score Kept||Source|
|4/12/2008||No Score Kept (Held at Saline HS)||Source|
|4/11/2009||No Score Kept||*|
|4/13/2013||No Score Kept||*|
|4/5/2014||No Score Kept||*|
Italics- Yes, score was displayed on the scoreboards. It was artificial and in no way an actual game.
*These weren't that long ago so do I really need to source this? I was there.
So Lions LB DeAndre Levy subtweeted Colts owner Jim Irsay over comments Irsay made about CTE. Irsay has been addicted to prescription pain killers, and faced drug charges over them. He used the bodies reaction to aspirin as an analogy to the link between football and CTE:
"I believe this," he told the magazine, via ESPN. "That the game has always been a risk, you know, and the way certain people are. Look at it. You take an aspirin, I take an aspirin, it might give you extreme side effects of illness and your body ... may reject it, where I would be fine. So there is so much we don't know."
Levy's response was Harbaugh-esque:
"Frequent trips to the pharmacy makes you a medical expert on CTE?"
LMAO!! That's graduate level Twitter right there! Here's the link to the story in the Freep, if you care...
My previous diary came on the heels of the NFL's admission that concussions in football are a problem. Some people expressed they'd like to hear my ideas on how to solve these problems. I posted them at the end of the diary responses, but the thread had died out. I'm re-posting them in another diary, not to say, "LOOK AT MEEEEE!" but with the purpose of getting feedback. I welcome all forms of serious feedback, as there's probably things I haven't thought of (why they wouldn't work) or some physics things I don't understand. So, without further ado, here's some rules ideas I've been tossing around in my head:
- No launching or diving at another player, whether you're on offense of defense. Only time you're allowed to leave your feet before contact is to try to catch a thrown pass or lateral.
- Alternating possession, a la basketball. If the offense fumbles, the whistle is immediately blown and it is a dead ball. If it is indeed a fumble, team with the arrow gets the ball. Fumble piles are dangerous in a myriad of ways, and it has been statistically shown that fumble recoveries are random anyway. Or, defense gets the ball. While that may be hard to do in basketball, in football it would be pretty easy to see that team A had possession, then fumbled, ergo, team B gets the pigskin.
- NO player is allowed to lower his head.
- A tackle must be secured by actually securing the ball carrier. You can't get a guy down by simply laying a hit. A tackle is when the defender has a hold of the ball carrier. No tripping tackles. If a ball carrier breaks a tackle and then goes down, he can get up and run.
All of the above except alternating possession are 15-yard penalties for 1st offense, DQ for 2nd.
Headgear and uniform ideas:
- non-hard shell, but need to engineer a protective face mask. At least in boxing the athletes are trying to protect their face which they know the opponent is attempting to hit.
- hadn't thought of the "grease the helmet" thing...interesting idea by user trackcapt. Perhaps silicone spray?
- race cars are designed to shatter on impact to absorb force. Hard-shell helmet could be structured not to shatter per se, but come apart on an impact of a pre-determined force, and then easily be able to be snapped back together. Somewhat like a glorified Lego. (Boy wouldn't they love to get their hands on some of that NFL money and # of impressions?)
- All linemen wear gloves w/o fingers so they cannot grab an opponent. Okay, they couldn't catch a ball very well or secure a fumble, but the alternating possession rule would rule that moot.
- No hard-shell shoulder pads.
- Clampons (just kidding)
- protective girdles that are lightweight and pad everything from belt to knee--there would be a lot of shoulder hits to the thigh area if the rest of these were adopted
Okay, now let's hear everyone say how stupid these are, how they would ruin the game, woosify 'murica, etc.