UPDATE: Voting for this round has closed. Stay tuned for the Elite 8
Two rounds are finished, and already 48 uniforms of white, maize and blue have been eliminated. While the men's bracket has been whittled down to just a few popular, revenue-generating sports, the gals have been playing pretty fair.
Nothing was close in the ladies' 2nd round voting. Basketball lost all three of its remaining unis, and two top seeds fell. The cheer team brings two outfits to the Sweet 16.
Also of interest, another uniform replacement by the Omnipotent (yet very much not omniscient) OP. Having progressed through a relatively weak bracket of one-off basic blues, the heavily wardrobed gymnastics squad got a mid-week play-in game to decide which uni will represent the team in later rounds. Our winner (by a lot): the beady block M's pictured above.
On to the Sweet Seize:
Women's Bracket, True to Blue Region:
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.
Last round: In a Uni Tournament, it's not endurance, but style that wins out, as we learned while the slick Rowing 2-tones fell to Gymnastics, and the Swimmers and Divers outpaced Cross Country. The gym mice were so far ahead mid-way into the voting, that the OP realized it was time to let the voters decide which gymnastics uni they were actually voting on.
Preview: The gymnasts will be tough to beat now that the MGoBoarder Dudes have hand-picked their favorite bars and mats gear. Then again, let's be fair: this board is mostly men, and if any of you actually know what you're doing when picking out women's clothing, then I welcom you to take my place while spending six hours last night with Misopogal, Misoposister-in-law, Misopogomother-in-law, and Misopomother-in-law's-best-friend while they look through wedding dresses (though I did prove my usefulness when I set up her wireless network and figured out why Misoposister-in-law's Mac wasn't getting online -- you need to add "$" to the start of the WPA key). What?
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. Last round:
There's just something about that "Yay!" girl, isn't there? The kooky-old-alumni-cheer-guys
(recommended) -inspired maize longsleeves won gracefully over the Softball blues, kindly allowing the diamond gals to garner 25 percent
of the vote so they wouldn't feel bad. Soccer's blues, on the other hand, simply took care of business, removing
the Breast Cancer Awareness Hoops 2-Offs like a ... let's not go there. Preview:
I'm so stoked for this matchup, not only because both unis are 100% Pure Ann Arborian Awesome, but because both championship-caliber outfits are cool for such different reasons. The cheerleaders' turtlenecks are basically a throwback to the afore-linked kooky old alumni sweaters, with a bit of blue and white piping
down the sleeves. As much as the cheer unis are classic, the soccer forms are everything great about the brilliant present -- sleek, centered, balanced -- a marvel of modern engineering; them Euro boys at Adidas sure know how to do soccer right!
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. Last round:
The Field Hockey team, which had to wait until near the end of the season for their new Adidas duds while the Hoops ladies were showered with white, maize, pink and blue alts. But the hockey ladies got the last laugh
, as the main maize basketball outfits fell by the closest margin of the round (which still wasn't that close). The Hooplets had one last shot to move on, but the Nike maize unis went down
to the cheerleaders' sleeveless version of the a-maize-in' throwback outfits. Preview:
The cheer outfits here are little different than those in the Fresh region above, but this time they'll have a tough time taking out a fellow tank-top. Those field hockey yellows are tight, if they perhaps overdid it on the white. And the M's -- can't they be at least bigger than the Adidas logo? I love the field hockey team, but if money's down I'm betting with the simple maize and blues of the cheer team.
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. The toughest region in the tournament is now down to two. Last round:
After replacing the white cheer team's rather plain tankshirts, the dance team did a quick number, turned around, and exited
. Don't be down, ladies -- that perfectly balanced (and championship carrying) white volleyball uni is one of the best in the land. Meanwhile, the soccer unis might have overdone it on the white, falling by a clip of 2-to-1
to the simple yet very effective softball whites Preview
: This one should come down to the wire, with two completely awesome unis vying to be the Queens of White. The perfect lines, the dainty shoulder and thigh block M's, the blue-white contrast of the pants, this volleyball uniform is a lesson in fashion smoothness. The only thing it doesn't have going for it: shirt and pant Adidas logos that are literally larger than the school's. Grrr. As for the softball unis, they're not as classic as the baseball version, but on the diamond, simplicity
Misopogon will be visiting Misopogodson in Grand Haven this weekend, then swinging through the AA to scout wedding venues, so voting will likely stay open until mid-next week. But if I get time, and this post has been pushed out of sight because some dude posted like 10 diaries (then an 11th to apologize for posting so many superfluous diaries) then maybe I'll do the Elite 8 on Sunday or something.