Anybody know the reason why Michigan stopped using helmet stickers? Is this a trend in college football, that programs have stopped using helmet stickers?
FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
I have nothing to support this, but I remember hearing something along the lines of "Football is a team game and they didn't want to give attention to individual performances, especially in a loss." I could be wrong though.
and on top of that I personally think they take away from the natural awesomeness of our helmet.
They have a little write up about it...they're on your side
edit: it was also discussed on here http://mgoblog.com/content/helmet-stickers
This is a link to an Ebay item watch on MVictors. It says what I suspected, that they stopped giving them out when Lloyd took over. I liked them when I was little in the 80s, but think they look pretty tacky now.
But what about night games? lol.
because it was just another example of Bo not getting our tradition. The Team! The Team! The Team!
didn't like them
I was watching the 1969 UM/OSU replay on BTN and noticed that both teams had an older sticker design. UM had the lemons with no wolverine printed inside, while OSU had much larger buckeyes. The current buckeye stickers look much better. The 1980's UM stickers were also an improvement. I'm on the fence with the UM helmet...it's so awesome it looks good with and w/o stickers.
"The current buckeye stickers look much better."
they are still ugly/poisonous.
That's a sweet helmet you got yourself there.
Stickers are for children who need a gold star on every paper to show that they've done well. I'm glad they were done away with. Although I do find it hilarious the buckeye players still get them. Maybe because they still behave like children most of the time.
Helmet stickers come off so amatuerish
Given that NCAA football players are amateur athletes, that hardly seems like an issue.
Either way, I was not a fan of the UM helmet stickers. Glad Lloyd ditched 'em.
Yeah, insert childish instead of my made up word.
Just shouldn't be elevating an individual above the team which he wouldn't be successful without.
I'm guess that was sarcasm?
Reminds me of Chucky giving the Buccaneer players helmet stickers on their practice helmets, because the NFL wouldn't allow them for games.
I never liked them, they made a mess of the helmet. By the end of the year the better players looked like they were wearing maize helmets. It looked especially bad if a player decided to fill up one side of his helmet before the other side.
Instead of giving a sticker for every good play, they should have stickers shaped like little pen15s (at work, sorry) for every bad play. I'm lookin' at you Stevie Brown...
I was great at duping people into joining the pen15 club.
i've been waiting like twenty years for my 15 pens to come in the mail.
Um..... there is not enough room on that helmet.....
the players be allowed to adorn their belts with the prize scalps of victims/opponents, but RichRod overruled
I do believe tressel has made them more team orientated, like if the offense or defense or everyone on special teams does something well that whole group gets a sticker.
Running around on the interwebz somewhere is a full list of very specific things OSU players have to do to get a sticker. I think some are team stuff, like, if the defense holds the opposition to less than 100 rushing yards, everyone who played on defense gets one, and others are very individual, like, every reception of 20 yards or more gets you a sticker.
Imagine what their helmet would look like without stickers. The answer is total shit. It still isn't great, but at least it's decent.
With no stickers, OSU's helmets would look like Penn State's only in different colors.
(In other words, they'd look better.)
I liked them but I didn't. I personally like stickers on helmets. But, they don't fit the wing helmet.
They should do stickers in practice though, fall camp.
Stumbled upon an article done 3 years ago talking about teams and their helmet stickers, including a cool thing I'd never heard about from back in the day.
Several Southern schools have followed former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, who gave out the first dog bone in 1971.
Dooley got the idea after he and former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler conducted a series of football clinics at military bases in Europe. Dooley noticed the military medals awarded for outstanding service and thought there could be a correlation to football.
But the article said earlier that Woody pioneered them in '68, so I guess SEC SPEEEED~! didn't quite exist yet.
Bo brought that stuff to the team.
we need to bring 'em back.
I think with some of the more boring helmets like OSU's it makes sense. But with Michigan's helmet ours already has so much going on and so much awesomeness, stickers would just makes them cluttered. I think Bo's idea of the stickers was a decent one but in the end it just takes away from the traditional look of the helmet. Would you take a 69' mustang and slap a bumper sticker on it?
Lloyd Carr got rid of them as soon as he took over in 1995. He thought that they detracted from the emphasis on the team, and also that they cluttered the helmets up too much. I agree with him on both counts.