well that's just, like, your opinion, man
Obviously number one on anyone's list is no injuries but I like that Harbaugh has gone live with everyone as there is no two hand touch in the fall. After that, I'm going to go with
1. quarterbacks connecting with receivers. As long as JOK and Speight don't look like Sheridan and Threet, I'll be pleased since I think we can be very good even with a game managing qb.
2. Wide receiver depth. Will Drake Harris finally emerge? Will Ahmir Mitchell play well for a freshman?
3. Will Tyrone Wheatley JR live up to his spring hype?
4. Jabrill Peppers at LB. I'm guessing this gets shelved until the season so nobody gets ae on it.
5. Offensive line getting push. We have a great DL even though we're without Glasgow and Gary so as long as we're not getting stoned on every run and get some good runs I'll be encouraged.
6. A reasonably full stadium. With colder weather, M14 construction, being on a weekday etc. I think that it will be very sparsely populated. We probably won't get 60K again this year but hopefully we don't have a completely empty stadium for recruits.
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.