^ I'm kidding.
This is great, thank you muchly for this.
UPDATE: Voting for this bracket is closed. Stay tuned for the Round 2 bracket.
This is the first of what will be a multi-part series in which the MGoBlogosphere will get to pick their favorite unis among the pantheon of Michigan athletics. I tried to represent every varsity and club varsity team at least once, although to get it all to fit I had to make a few judgment calls. Among those missing: a number of pre-winged football unis, and the blue version of the new hockey sweaters (since the icers were getting close to having their own bracket).
In the end, I narrowed it down to 64 for your consideration, just enough for a full tourney.
So here we go: the outfits of champions, 64 gorgeous unis in white, maize, and of course, Blue.
Click on the game links for examples of each uniform. Click on the [vote] links to cast your vote.
(ed note: If anyone is better than I am at Web editing, specifically finding ways to do things under the restrictions of the diaries -- e.g. not having to post polls like this -- your advice would be appreciated. Also, don't put too much effort into understanding the seeding; I didn't.)
Men's Bracket, Standing Out from the Crowd Region:
These are the unis that are made to show off our stuff, or at least burn out Ohio's eye sockets trying. When one of your colors matches the sun, you don't have to hide it behind blue sky and gray clouds. Sometimes, though, the sport calls for an alternate that's a little more subdued, a little more classy. There is such a thing as too much sunshine. I'll let the MgoBloggers be the judge of which alternate uniforms will put M over the top, or need to be returned to the costume department of Brüno.
Included in this bracket are the basketball team's flashy yellows (pictured), the glossy maize-on-ice sweaters of the cagers, and a slew of other (baseball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis) alts. It also has baseball's classic blues, and the subdued yet prepster shirts of M's golf team (so entered with collars un-popped).
Men's Bracket, Not Everyone Looks Good in Blue Region:
Navy blue, throughout history, has not been a color reserved for the masses. It's a color you have to earn. Those who put on an azure jersey, or sweater, or leotard, become part of a long tradition of excellence. Only after proving yourself worthy of that tradition may you don this hue. Blue says that you stand above the competition, that you are better than others. There are so many great reasons to wear this color, but if you're gonna go blue, you'd better do it right.
I'm not even going to pretend like this bracket will be competitive, considering a) this is a primarily football-based blog, and b) Michigan's home uniform is consistently rated by the national version of these things as the best in sports. But even so, we play the games, and there's some good things in blue outside of the Big House. On the other hand, some are little more than a slighty altered version of the Steve&Barry's tee (and not even written in Hebrew or with "Dad" underneath), unless you're into that sort of thing (gotta admit, I kinda am).
Game 3: Wrestling (3) v. Tennis (6)
[Author note: The original image used for Tennis was incorrect, and was changed July 13, 2009, at 1:22 a.m. EDT to reflect M Tennis's true blue uniforms. At that time, the vote favored wrestling 84 to 41. After the voting shifted dramatically after the switch, I decided to only count votes after that point, and posted an announcement to that effect in the boards. In the end, Tennis didn't need the help.]
Men's Bracket, In My Day We Wore X Region:
A friend of mine was asked once why his faith has so many traditions. His reply, "when 900 years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmm?" Michigan's not that old, but we have been playing a full slate of varsity sports for longer than most Division 1 schools have existed. In that time, a lot of outfits have come and gone, though considering all those years, though not so many as you might think -- we're "traditional" like that I guess. Some have been brought back. Others never left. And some probably belong back on the shelf.
Many of these are more recent, for a couple of reasons. 1) Most of this board wasn't around or even alive for most of Michigan's uniform history -- not that old uniforms were given all that thought to begin with back then. And 2) some recent changes (e.g. football aways) might still carry with them enough emotion, being still present in our memories, and I'm a whore for response rates.
White is a dangerous color, but for those who can pull it off ... oh, who am I kidding, as Misopogal can tell you, I really don't know anything about fashion. What I do know is that if you don't wash your white hockey sweater after every use, you'll develop some unintended yellow slashes at the drip-points of your pads (I'm still waiting for a hockey uni to be designed with color slashes where the sweat stains usually form).
In this bracket are the whites, some for home use, others only meant for the road. Some are mixed with maize or blue for a classy two-tone look. Some are bright with only spare stripes breaking up the brilliance. Others are a dark white (gray). Some have pinstripes. You tell me which ones you'd wear (so long as it's before Labor Day). [ed note: Misopogal says this is a myth, you can wear white after Labor Day, unless you're going to a friend's wedding, because that would be tacky].
Don't feel left out, girls -- stay tuned for our next installment, Round 1: The Women's Bracket.
^ I'm kidding.
This is great, thank you muchly for this.
Great post...completely frivolous and totally well done even if the format makes it a bit cumbersome...Thank you for setting this all up.
Yeah, I had some trouble with the html of posting all the polls, so I just linked to them instead.
I hope to have that fixed by the next round.
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Great idea man, I love it.
That second round between hockey's 60s whites versus 90s maize script is going to be absolutely brutal. Two of the best, easily.
love the idea
has to be football home vs hoops maize
dude great post but one question what do you do for a living cuz i want your job if you have time to do this
When one is expected to be spending one's Saturday doing wedding research.
The first round was easy to pick, but the regional finals and final four are going to be tough.
Thank you very much for this. I have something to do to pass the time, woohoo!
Love it. For me nothing tops Hoops in maize. But all of these are awesome.
I'll plug the blue jersey right now (despite it not being the real blue jersey
And can I point out how poorly seeded "Men's Bracket, In My Day We Wore X Region" is?
God I hope there's a women's jersey's tournament as well. SPANDEX!
1. See note at bottom of the post. Girls are next!
2. I have already begun to research it.
3. For example, I have already learned that Cheryl Burnett looks like Helen Hunt.
For the most part, I seeded with the most popular sports first. But I moved some things around to get some interesting early matchups.
so......what do I do?
lol....i see now...i missed the "vote" thing last, er, this morning.
Nice work... but who are the 3 people who voted for the gymnastics unis over the football blues? That's bordering on heresy, in my book.
I just have to throw it out there that this is a super great idea
Awesome idea, and great format of the post. This should be a nice distraction during the remaining 2 month dead period. Looking forward to seeing the results!
Agreed completely. Great idea, nicely executed. I disagree with some of your seeding, but that's to be expected, everyone has their own opinion.
I can't believe the gray baseball uniforms got 8 seed though, I really like that uni.
But kudos to you for all of your effort, and this is really neat to learn how cool some of the sports uniforms are.
So originally the gray baseball unis were a No. 5 seed in the Alts group, and the aforementioned '80s hockey sweaters were the No. 8 seed of the Whites group.
This had gotten so far that I had already made the poll question and linked it with the old seeding.
At the last minute, I decided to switch out the hockey jersey for the Baseball blue alts. Obviously, these couldn't fit in the Whites section, so I moved them out for the gray baseball unis. Not wanting to interrupt the seeding, I gave them an 8 spot.
And at the moment, they're about to upset the current football away uniforms. If they move on, I think that's the story of the bracket so far. If not, eh, at least know that it wasn't me disliking the grays (they're one of my favorites personally), and that this is just one of those acknowledged mistakes that I figured would hurt my feelings more than the integrity of the tournament (since I'm a baseball nut).
So i'm doing the background research for the ladies' bracket when I look up "Michigan Cheerleading" and somehow got (warning: harmful to eyes) this.
After the brilliance of so many Michigan unis, I wasn't prepared for this horror. Just looking at Oregon's football "uniforms" is like being strapped down and forced to watch the Appalachian State game over and over again in a room full of Sparty fans.
How does anyone ever choose to go to that school? Do they realize that they'll be made to dress up like Brazilian Ballerina Roadkill (complete with tread marks)? Whose bright idea was it at Oregon to design such disgraces? Is this a joke?
I seriously feel sorry for anyone who's ever been associated with that school. I mean, what if you were a big Duck fan, and your kid then became a big Duck fan, and then one time he decided to go to his classroom's Holloween party as an Oregon football player? Even the science girls would beat him up for wearing this get-up.
Next time we have a recruiting war with Oregon, I suggest we say creepiness be damned and flood that kid's Facebook, MySpace, and what have you with pictures of this uniform.
"They're gonna give me more playing time"
"Yes, but you will have to wear this.
"They're a better fit for my style of play."
"Yes, but you will have to wear this.
"My two brothers both went there."
"Yes, and I was sad to hear about their tragic recent mental breakdowns, which I'm sure had nothing to with having been broadcast on National Television while wearing this.
some people like them.
though not me, I think they are horrendous.
by-the-by, when you post the cheerleaders uniforms do us all a favor and leave out those LPGA Golf unis they wore a couple years ago. horrible.
Great poll. I had no idea the lacrosse unis were so badass.
Where's the Early 90's hockey white jerseys with the blue shoulder piping?
The pic you have for Men's tennis is "Men's Bracket, Not Everyone Looks Good in Blue Region" is wrong. That pic is newly hired asst. coach Scott Oudsema, a former pro, playing in Under Armour sponsored gear. Here's the actual Men's blue:
Thank you. I'll make the change.
Love the post. I saw some uniforms there that I didn't really know well, so I was edjumacated.
Also, I had forgotten how much I dislike white football pants.
I cannot believe the 90's football away jerseys are not getting more love...maybe i am different, but i always thought those blew away the other white football jerseys. personally i think the football home, basketball maize, 90's football away, hockey ranger style maize, 90's hockey white, baseball gray, soccer blue, and lacrosse white are the best.
am i weird for thinking that basketball blue and hockey blue should be like the football jerseys and have no white outlining?
great post though, this is cool
I think the pinstripes should be higher than a 7 seed because now they're just gonna lose to hoops and those jerseys are sweet looking.
Seeding wasn't an easy job. I basically went with popularity of the sport.
If it makes you feel better, the outfit pictured was the Nike version of the pinstripes alt. The Adidas version isn't as cool.
Yeah I guess you're right...
I just want to know how the 60's (and 08/09) hockey whites are not absolutely thrashing the 90's whites. They are easily the best looking hockey jerseys Michigan has ever had, and probably one of the best I've ever seen for any team.