UPDATE: Voting for this bracket is closed. Stay tuned for the Round 2 bracket.
So yesterday I posted the men's bracket of this Best Uniform Worn by a Michigan Team Tournament, and there was much rejoicing.
I also promised that soon would come the second half of the first round, with all the women's teams. And there was much rejoicing.
Herein follows that promised second half of aforementioned first round of said, much-rejoiced tournament of uniforms worn by Michigan athletic teams of MGoBlog topicality, i.e., here come the chicks.
This second half was MUCH harder to do than the fellas. For one, the girls' teams are not as well covered by the Internets, which has at least 15 links to a maize alternate Nike jersey never worn by the football team, but is kind of short on syncro swimming. As with previous M-image-centric posts of good memory, mgoblue.com became my home for a day.
The other problem, probably the bigger problem, was an overabundance of outfits.*
For example, in 2008-09 it seems the hoops team, like the rest of M Athletics, got new Addidas unis: a maize set, a white set, and a blue alternates set. According to mgoblue.com's Game Notes section, through the season they mostly stuck to the maize unis, but for a few in blue, and one weekend an alternate alternate pinkified version of the white, used to generate awareness for breast cancer. Personally, I think this is awesome (and the pinks made the list). It's just a pain in the ass for someone trying to make a bracket, is all. And since I'm the only one I know of who's done this, it shouldn't be held against them.
* If you read this and thought about how you expected 16 teams of women to generate much more than 32 outfits, just go in the comments and reply "First!"**
This is all a long way of making the readers -- especially those miffed about some of the great uniforms left out of the last bracket -- aware that there will be even more removed from consideration this time.
This includes, but is certainly not limited to, this jersey from the basketball team:
also this cool throwback uniform from field hockey:
Also also this one from the cheerleaders (by request):
Also also also this alt from the cheerleaders:
Also, also, also, also, mostly cause I didn't know what to even call it, I had to leave out this one from the cheerleaders:
And also x 5, much as it pains me, I had to skip the Braylon Edwards Fan Club alts (and an alto sax) for the cheerleaders:
Also (x6, etc.) missing: a cool volleyball throwback from the Nike days, Syncro Swimming warmups, blue longsleeves for the cheerleaders, about 300 cheerleader uniforms for babies, a pic of a rather uninspiring Notre Dame cheerleader for comparison, and a whole bunch of cheerleader uniforms I found on thesportsculture.com, which has since gone offline, meaning we had to forgo the white unis with the block Ms, cheerleaders in ponchos, and one image, which if it was loading properly, would depict seven geometrically pleasing females in Michigan bikinis.
Yes, the cheer team has a big wardrobe. They're also the only varsity team at Michigan that is truly co-ed, so that's understandable.
I think that's it for the caveats. Get ready, Wolverine fans, because here comes 32 amazing uniforms from 16 teams of women (and some men), all remaining true to the maize, white and blue.
Women's Bracket, True to Blue Region:
According to fashion blogger Suite 101.com, "Navy blue is an excellent alternative for those who don’t want to wear black. It is slimming and chic (especially with black or this fall's charcoal gray) and is a seasonless classic."
Not every women's team needs 15 different outfits, especially when one has already found the perfect look, which is, of course, navy and maize. Oh, some girls may have a maize alternate to spice things up, or a pleasant white for after Memorial Day (again, this is a myth), but for at least half of the ladies' teams, whether it's evening wear or beating the ever-living crap out of Ohio State, when the going gets tough, they reach for the tried-and-true navy blues.
Big note here: All the watersports make it hard to get the whole effect from a photo. For example, the Swimming&Diving team is shown for their swimsuit, but I also highly recommend perusing the mgoblue.com photo galleries to see the variety of swim caps and other accouterments employed by M's swimmers.
Game 1: Rowing (1) v. Water Polo (8)
Game 2: Swimming&Diving (2) v. Track&Field (7)
Game 3: Cross Country (3) v. Syncro Swimming (6)
Game 4: Gymnastics (4) v. Syncro Skating (5)
Women's Bracket, Something Fresh Region:
Sometimes a girl can't get by these days with just one outfit, especially when Adidas is willing to provide a second (or third, or thirtieth) for free. You don't have to be classic to be classy, and the following alternates have it all, from throwbacks, to global consciousness.
Herein are found a bunch of blues that compliment other items in the wardrobe, as well as basketball's pink take on the classic whites, and a cheerleading alternate inspired by those kooky cheer alums at the Homecoming game who are always more entertaining (if less nimble) than the current squad.
Game 1: Cheerleading - maize throwback (1) v. Cheerleading - blue alt (8)
Game 2: Basketball - pink (2) v. Tennis - blue (7)
Game 3: Soccer - blue (3) v. Lacrosse - blue (6)
Game 4: Softball - maize-piped blues (4) v. Softball - blue alts w/ white pants (5)
Women's Bracket, Daisy Looks Crazy in Maize-y Region:
Why wait for summer to let the sun shine? For an afternoon of making everyone around you smile (except your Big Ten opponents that is), maize is all the rage. Try a tasteful two-piece jersey and shorts combo like that favored by the Hoops team, or maybe mix it up with whites and blues to refine or bring out your shine. Comes in t-shirt, tank-top, jersey, or vest, sometimes all for the same squad.
The women's basketball team plays perhaps 80 percent of their games in the maize gear. The cheer team found their tank-top version of the maize alts even brought the football team a few wins (Wisconsin anybody?) before being retired by fall's chill. Field hockey has a short-sleeve and sleeveless version of their yellows, which might be indistinguishable except for the white slashes on the sleeveless (and the lack of sleeves). Anyway, this year in maize follows:
Game 1: Basketball - maize (1) v. Golf - maize (8)
Game 2: Cheerleading - maize tank (2) v. Tennis - maize (7)
Game 3: Rowing - maize (3) v. Basketball - maize Nike era (6)
Game 4: Field hockey - maize vest (4) v. Field hockey maize shirt (5)
Women's Bracket: I'm Wearing White Because Me and that Big Ten Trophy are About to be Wed Region
White has a lot of symbolism behind it. There's the purity thing, although many cultures have different ideas of that, and it's by far the least interesting. In literature, white is associated with horror, kind of like the face opposing batters make when a white blur is tossing a neon yellow blur at 100 mph. In Asian cultures, it is associated with death, kind of like how once you saw Diane Deitz step on the court in her whites, it was death to your season's hopes.
A lot of M's ladies use white as their primary uniform color, some doing a better job than others. Many of us still have a thing for the '80's hoops unis, which, if there was ever room for another hoops uni, should definitely be brought back. Some teams, of course, take the white further than others. Some whites are busy and exciting, while others are simple and elegant. So here goes, MGoBlogger, which white does it for ya?
Game 1: Volleyball - white (1) v. Golf - white (8)
Game 2: Basketball - '80s throwback (2) v. Soccer - white (7)
Game 3: Softball - white (3) v. Lacrosse - white (6)
Game 4: Cheerleading - white (4) v. Field Hockey - white vest (5)
Voting for the first round (both brackets) will end whenever I wake up next Saturday (July 18) and pause the voting.
**Misopogon takes no responsibility for any down-votes accrued by actually taking the above suggestion seriously.