I thought that myself when I read that article that talked about a Data Scientist(tm)
Tada: Michigan's Home Jersey
On the big version you can see what Callihan was talking about when he mentioned a little "strip": there are teeny block Ms on the inside and outside of the back collar. Tentative thumbs up from me; they'll probably look fine on the players.
So, Callihan is correct and didn't see something unofficial. Let's revisit the road jerseys:
The away jerseys have a thin maize piping straight across the chest. There also have a small maize strip on the back of the collar that says Michigan in blue. [he would later clarify that the strip is the block M thing above -ed]
The West Virginia-esque roadies from earlier were a false alarm, it seems.
That's a good point. I didn't really even give it a second look at first, because I just assumed that it was an M. But it appears that it is in fact a 1, and Phil was just mistaken.
Also, on the left sleeve (again if you were wearing it), the serif is cut at an angle, like 1, instead of squared off like M.
edit: Just realized that your pic highlights that...
This picture of an older number 1 jersey also shows what is happening.
The M on the sleeve might be too much! Plus players today don't wear sleeves maybe back in the 90's they did. What are they going to do, have the M on the shoulder pads? I will have to wait and see how it looks on the players.
Also the MGOBLOG banner, is that a picture of Hart fumbling as he goes into the goal line against Florida? I know not funny since he only fumbled only a handfull of times his entire career!
According to this story, nobody gets it this year. Rich dodged a bullet there.
@echo: the site that south linked to touts the jerseys as the actual jerseys that players wear in the game.
I chatted with one of the reps on this site and he answered a few questions:
1) The numbers are printed, not sewn
2) It is a number on the sleeve, not a block M
3) The white at the bottom (back) of the jersey are slits, not white fabric
Why DON'T our home jersey's have a block M on them?
Unless you are a die-hard wolverine fan that can recognize it's a Michigan jersey just by the tint of the colors (like me), it just looks like a blue shirt with yellow numbers. It could be Deleware's.
From an apparel sales point of view (big revenue generator), you would want all those teenagers in the mall to clearly know that it is a MICHIGAN jersey. Maybe Adidas is on to this.
Trust me...you don't want a block M on the home jersey.
Nike did a navy Charles Woodson jersey and it looked terrible. I couldn't find a picture of the navy one online so I posted the white version.
Just imagine the jersey blue, no numbers on the shoulders and the letters yellow. Not a pretty sight: http://cgi.ebay.com/CHARLES-WOODSON-SIGNED-MICHIGAN-JERSEY-PSA-DNA_W0QQi...
Mich-Dog, do you really think someone out there will see a person in a Michigan jersey and think, "Wow, a Delaware fan"? I mean really. I think Delaware's the ones who need to be concerned about brand identification, not us. (On second thought, they'll probably sell more if people can't tell the difference between theirs and Michigan jerseys...)
The home jerseys look great. I am wondering a little how this "thin maize piping straight across the chest" is going to look on the away jerseys. It seems a little odd.
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