So... The Michigan Football "Legends" patches... Like many folks, I feel like they are a very fine idea with mediocre execution. They're big, yet impossible to read at a glance or at a distance. They stand out, sure - but less like anything you might want to affix to your own apparel and more like a white bumper sticker slapped on a black Mustang. Junior Hemingway spent most of last season looking like he was really proud that he'd won the Pinewood Derby for his scout troop. Or something. Anyway, some may disagree that they're all that bad, but I think we could perhaps at least agree that there is some room for improvement. Today, in a fit of procrastination, I decided to take a stab at improving the patches - which, hell, I think even if I'd just PictureHaused them to be smaller I would have succeeded in some way - and I humbly submit those efforts to your Dreaded Collective Judgement.
It's all pretty simple - mainly just the initials of the Legend-in-Question with some small text below to the effect of "Full Name - Michigan Legend" or something like that. Fewer words, fewer colors. What do you think?
I have looking for a throwback number 98 that is authentic to color and style to Tom Harmon's Heisman trophy season and it kind of got me thinking...if Dave Brandon wants a new way to market and sell merchandise he doesn't have to do it to the detriment of history and tradition like is about to happen. Why not sell jerseys and other merchandise from historic teams and players such as a #2 Michigan jersey authentic to 1997 or a #21 from 1991. We don't have to stop there, cover all the Heisman winners, all the different #1's, and all the retired numbers and do it authentic to when they played. I know I haven't figuered out how to get around the change from Nike to Adidas and any other merchandise rights issues yet but I think it would be a way to sell merchandise without messing with our classic look just to get some sales. Thoughts?
Ann Arbor.com's James David Dickson deserves massive credit for this article for Michigan Today about retired numbers in Michigan athletics.
Among the money points in this article:
- "former head football coach Lloyd Carr said he "was never under the impression" that it was in his power to retire a jersey."
- "One of athletic director Dave Brandon's priorities is setting a consistent standard for retiring jerseys at U-M."
- "Former head coach Lloyd Carr said that while it might be easier to simply avoid the controversy of retiring football jerseys, that wouldn't be the right thing. Carr is part of a preliminary and advisory committee Dave Brandon put together to explore the issue."
- "I'm not saying it should just be Heisman winners, because that eliminates certain positions," Carr said. "There's also a number of Schembechler players who should get a look, but I'm not going to publicly get into naming names."
- Only Cazzie Russell's #33 is retired by the basketball team, all of the others in the rafters are "honored" and can be issued again.
- Red, not big on retiring numbers because he only likes to issue numbers between 1-39.
The "backlog of Schembechler players who should get a look" has to include Anthony Carter, which would mean that both Michigan players who were three time all-America would be honored. Except, oh, wait, that's the #1 and that's a whole thing and a thing.
I hope they don't retire Desmond's 21, because I like seeing it out there.
If they do retire any numbers in hockey, it should be the #9 and it should be for both Red and Brendan Morrison, unless you wanted to retire "The Unit" for Red.