2010 MGoShirt Alert
“… An’ it’s a one, two , three, what’re we fightin’ for?
Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn, next stop it’s Col-um-bus,
An’ it’s a five, six, seven, open up the iron gates,
Ain’t no time to wonder why we’re playin’ the game in July.”
It has been my privilege to present to all of you the MGoShirt 2010 Season Line, as designed by yours truly and produced exclusively by Underground Printing in conjunction with our very own MGoBlog.
So before Delany and those other masters or war take away the rest of our freedoms, we have to take action! And yes, many of you are speaking out, writing letters, organizing MGoBlog Be-Ins on the diag, burning bras in front of Shembechler. In other words, power to the maize and blue people! We have the right to be heard! Forrest Gump!!
So today the MGoShirt Alert springs into action, bringing a voice to the masses in high quality cotton blend. Behold, my brothers:
Because you demanded it-- a shirt that tells THE MAN what we think of moving the Ohio State game to earlier in the season, or perhaps off the schedule altogether. Blasphemy, pure and utter blasphemy. We will be heard, we will take action, and we will sport this message on national TV in such frequency that forces Mike Patrick to explain it to the rest of America.
In all my years, I’ve learned that there are two things you must never mess with: the first is LaMarr Woodley, which is, well, pretty much common sense. The second is tradition, and apparently the Big Ten Conference never got this memo. You've already moved the game once; enough is enough. And if you don't believe me, ask Lloyd Carr what he thinks of change. This is the kind of decision that put the RoTel theme song in our heads for an entire autumn last year. Someone's got to have a little common sense over there, right?
DESIGNER INSIDER: M-Wolverine’s sitting over there with a big ol’ grin in the corner, and for good reason. He totally called me out sucka MC-style on Saturday morning to spring into action and design a shirt that would rally the troops on this worthy cause. I thought it through and just tried to say what everyone was thinking with as few words as possible.
This will be the only shirt featured today, and for good reason—In an act of socially responsible solidarity, the forces behind MGoStore have agreed to offer this important shirt at the very affordable price of...
TEN BUCKS, PEOPLE! So do your duty and give a strong message to the powers that be—wear the shirt, send the message. Fight the power. Go Blue.
Also, the special offer still stands—Underground has created the Special Deal for those that want to own the full MGoShirt Alert 2010 collection. Buy all 10 shirts (or any 10 shirts - mix and match your favorites) and get them for $150 (25% off!).
That’ll do it—the store’s full with a whole new batch of shirts. Of course, this isn't all we've done, and I’m sure a few more will emerge as the season progresses. But for now, it’s time for me to back away from the drawing board and find a comfy spot on the couch (no, won’t be in town next week, but that’s another story). Game week officially starts on Monday morning, and there’s much work to be done!! Get the grill tank refilled! Pack up the beer pong table! Wipe down the TV screen! Decide on the gameday menu! Buy the MGoShirts! Clean out the cooler! Make the wife’s spa appointment! Start screaming at the TV now so the dog’s conditioned by next Saturday! I’ll see you all around the blog as we work ourselves into full blown 100% gameday meltdown mode this week!
THE SEASON IS PRACTICALLY HERE!!!
We have lost blood this week, but as long as the team still breathes… it will continue to fight. Show me something more dangerous than a cornered wolverine.
We’re back this week with the next round of the MGoShirt 2010 Season Line, as designed by yours truly and produced exclusively by Underground Printing in conjunction with our very own MGoBlog.
As an MGoBlog exclusive, we’re keeping it light today, focusing on perhaps the most highly demanded design from the Michigan faithful. And, yes, conveniently enough, these very same shirts are immediately available for purchase at the MGoStore! Remember, the title of every shirt is an active link directly to the catalog entry for that product. You can shop as soon as you see the shirt if you'd like.
AND the special offer continues today— Buy all 10 shirts (or any 10 shirts - mix and match your favorites) and get them for $150 (25% off!). MGoStore has also heard your prayers and is now offering multiple shirts in the coveted American Apparel option-- you asked for it, you got it! Think of it this way— life will go on, and the season is far from a wash. Show your optimism by wearing a fashionable MGoShirt, and to hell with the naysayers!
Pride is worn on the sleeves of the faithful. Our shirts have sleeves.
Let’s get to the shirts:
Here it is, people… because YOU demanded it, the Hulk wears #68!!! MIKE SMASH!!!! We all know that the Hulk’s shirts always rip into shreds when he hulks out, but thanks to the new performance materials of the Adidas authentic jerseys, he can show his true colors and sport a certain uniform number.
DESIGNER INSIDER: I originally had an idea to do this shirt on a green background, but it just smelled a little too Sparty. Obviously the face looks nothing like a certain mammoth defensive lineman, and that’s by design to avoid Imperial entanglements. That’s the game we have to play,kids.
Quatre-vingt-quinze. Today's featured athlete on CTK, but Renaldo was not the first. First Alain Kashama wore the number, and made it proud. I envision a day when the #95 jersey will hold a certain stigma of honor not unlike the legendary #1 jersey, one that will be expressly reserved for large Quebecor defensive tackles from the great white north.
DESIGNER INSIDER: Tried to keep it simple. I think the last time I used Vivaldi was on my wedding invitations. Bizarre.
This next shirt, sadly but obviously, has been put on hold...
This shirt was desi—ah, no. No. STOP.
I just can’t… I don’t wanna talk about it. This… it's still a little painful and raw and fresh. I’m legitimately thinking about doing a shirt that touches on what happened, but we’ll see where that pans out. Above all else I want to be respectful to Troy-- what bothers me is that so many of us, myself included, think of what this means to the team, rather than to the player himself. Imagine how he must feel.
DESIGNER INSIDER: Maybe we can just throw his dog in the #29, and no one will notice the difference?
Two weeks, kids. Sure, this week hurt… but the season is coming. All I can suggest is to think about what Bo would say about this week. There was no crying in your beer when the ol' general was around, so why should we start now. Pick up your head, buy a shirt, wear it with pride, and remember your allegiance to the Michigan Wolverines. And don’t forget—if you’re interested in loading up your closet with some high quality MGoApparel, UGP has made it possible with the MGoShirt Alert special offer: Simply go to the store and put 10 shirts into your cart, and the special offer will take the discount off for you!
Camp is here! The summer is shrinking…. The coaches are drilling… and the players are sweating. The season opener is just over three weeks away, and a new chapter will be written. So why are you still wearing the student shirt from 2005?
Once again, it’s my privilege to present to all of you the second round of the MGoShirt 2010 Season Line, as designed by yours truly and produced exclusively by Underground Printing in conjunction with our very own MGoBlog.
As an MGoBlog exclusive, we’re rolling out the wolverine’s share of the line today, allowing all of you maize and blue faithful to get the very first glimpse of these new designs and imagine yourself walking down State Street sporting this unique Michigan apparel. And, yes, conveniently enough, these very same shirts are immediately available for purchase at the MGoStore! Remember, the title of every shirt is an active link directly to the catalog entry for that product. You can shop as soon as you see the shirt if you'd like.
AND a special offer is being made today—Underground has created Special Deal for those that want to own the full MGoShirt Alert 2010 collection. Buy all 10 shirts (or any 10 shirts - mix and match your favorites) and get them for $150 (25% off!). MGoStore has also heard your prayers and is now offering multiple shirts in the coveted American Apparel option-- you asked for it, you got it!
So enough with the Billy Mays bit—let’s get to the shirts:
We’ve got options this year, kids—whether you’re a shoelace guy or an Our Man Tate loyalist, you can rest easy knowing that the other guy is ready to step in and deliver at a moment’s notice. This shirt allows the wearer to clearly identify himself as a number 5, with his second choice of quarterback emblazoned on the back.
DESIGNER INSIDER: We toyed with simply choosing one QB over the other, but in the end the front and back concept works really well. I must disclose that the guys at UGP wrote these, and even looked up the correct spelling of midi-chlorians-- I will say that I love the way everything’s worded. Both sides read easily, and jump off the shirt.
For all of the number 16’s in the crowd, here is the alternate. Dilithium on the front, Midi-chlorians on the back. I understand this seems to be the current consensus of the blog, and whatever happens Denard’s gotta get on the field.
DESIGNER INSIDER: I’m pleased with both of these. I wanted a fun typeface, something that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Because this QB battle is sure to become serious enough in the next few weeks.
The Blue Album. No matter what Rivers ever does with the rest of his career, he still can’t take that one away from me. Dude, they really named the album after Hurley?
DESIGNER INSIDER: I’ve always rooted for that certain linebacker who wears #8… he’s come such a long way and I have to believe that he’s going to get something done this year. I can’t be the only one… can I?
Vlad Tepes, Dracul, the very impaler of souls and eater of hope, is coming off a very quiet redshirt season that allowed his knee to heal. It’s time to consume the blood of the innocent and hang their heads on stakes at the thirty-five yard line. I’ll let you all guess what part of that statement is actually true, and what’s just funny Internet stuff.
DESIGNER INSIDER: I’ve seen this image of the real, historical Vlad before, but once I actually got to work on it, I was surprised at how not terrifying he really seemed to be. This historical depiction looks more like the guy who gives you rental skates at the outdoor rink than a ruthless, heartless dictator. If you ask me.
Vader keeps the ball vertical, no spin, laces out. The Dark Side of the force puts a big focus on great ball control skills, I guess. Sure, it’s a Yoda quote, but I just wanted to do something Vader-esque again, and the quote fit.
DESIGNER INSIDER: This is based on the scene in Empire right after Luke loses his hand—I know the zone read doesn’t typically require Tate or Denard pitching the ball, but it just seemed to look so right in conjunction with the pose, so I kept it.
The kid in the #9 jersey with the dreads and the consistent herculean effort—you know who I’m talkin’ about—he gives slot ninjas everywhere a good name. Well, a ninja is only as good as his gear. This guy is well armed and clearly ready to play with more than a few ‘hard edges.’
DESIGNER INSIDER: enjoyed watching Tay work so hard the past two years and look forward to seeing him continue the trend this season. I originally tried to get the dreads involved but it just took away from the design. I’m beginning to think UGP should just sell entire sets of maize and blue ninja suits with #9’s on their front and back, but that’s another story. Certainly one of my favorites.
I tried to look back to see where it came up exactly, but at some point during last year’s rollout this slogan came to surface, and I always wanted to revisit it. It’s the same slot ninja that I put together last year, but with the true shout-out to all our boyos from Pahokee. Who knows? If enough of us sport this shirt on primetime TV, we could truly cement the Pahokee-Ann Arbor pipeline connection. DO IT FOR THE TEAM!
DESIGNER INSIDER: Fun, a little goofy, almost looks like a legitimate kid’s shirt—that’s all by design. I also wanted to do a white shirt, because as of now everything I’ve done for MGoStore has been a maize or blue shirt. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I try to keep diversity in my UM wardrobe, and right now the colors are winning handily over the whites and grays.
So there you go—another healthy batch of MGoShirt goodness that are guaranteed to make the next three weeks feel like 6 hours. Okay, not really—but at least you’ll know you’ve got the merch you need for the opening tailgate. Shop, buy, wear with pride, and YELL AS LOUD AS YOU CAN when the game starts!! And don’t forget—if you’re interested in loading up your closet with some high quality MGoApparel, Rishi and UGP have made it possible with the MGoShirt Alert special offer! Simply go to the store and put 10 shirts into your cart, and the special offer will take the discount off for you!
I'm not sure what next week will bring in the 2010 MGoShirt Alert-- stay tuned. Three weeks til kickoff!
The players are working hard. The summer is growing old. There's a slight scent in the air, one of leaves and cider, and of change. You find yourself tempted, to daydream of tailgates, of afternoons in front of your television, and of the confines of the hallowed stadium itself. You find yourself dreaming of football.
And your wardrobe seems suddenly... unworthy.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to formally present the
MGoShirt 2010 Season Line, as designed by yours truly and produced exclusively
by Underground Printing in conjunction with our very own MGoBlog.
As an MGoBlog exclusive, we’ll be officially premiering a series of shirts every Wednesday, allowing all of you maize and blue faithful to get the very first glimpse of these new designs. And, conveniently enough, the very same shirts will then be available for purchase at the MGoStore.
So enough with the sales pitch—let’s get to the shirts!
Forget the ScanTron sheets, forget all of your Calculus tutoring sessions… this is sure to be the most important question that should be in every test on campus this fall. Who’s going to start? Here’s your chance to identify your UM quarterback partisanship—feel free to take a Sharpie to the shirt and check the box of your preferred player under center.
DESIGNER INSIDER: I must admit that I can’t really claim this idea as my own, but I enjoyed running with it. It’s worth noting that the last player reference was literally created by banging haphazardly on the keyboard with the back of my hand. Good times!
The new hero on the defensive line, young Craig is sure to be a force to be reckoned with on the outside this year. One of the things I’m looking forward to the most this season is watching that #88 break through the lines and wreak havoc on Big Ten backfields this year. This shirt was simply a no-brainer, and I’d probably have been neg-banged to Iowa City if we didn’t have a Death Roh shirt this year.
DESIGNER INSIDER: Two inside tidbits worth revealing: The typeface of this shirt is literally modeled after the “EVIL DEAD” movie wordmarks, rather fitting. And, the skull itself is modeled after the very same head bone as seen in the dotted eye of the “Goonies” mark as well. As for the eyebrows, that’s an absolute original.
Okay Big Will… you know we’re expecting big things from you when you get your own T-shirt. Pimpin’ your own killer MGoShirt carries a certain degree of clout, and we feel that you’re capable of carrying the load. I’d like to find any other D-1 team that boasts its own Thor.
DESIGNER INSIDER: Thor, Bitches, Thor. Do we need to say anything more? I originally played with no cape, but in my opinion it just seals the deal.
Like the shirts? Not big on waiting? Well, you’re in luck-- these designs are on on the MGoStore. Moving forward, the MGoShirt Alert will appear every Wednesday, and the plan is that the shirts featured on subsequent days will be available for purchase the very same day. Instant MGoGratification, so to speak. Personally, I’m really excited about finally unveiling them—this is a true sign that the SEASON IS ABOUT TO BEGIN!!