I agree with you.
Clearing the way for helmet stickers?
Is there any basis for this speculation, other than Hoke has used stickers in the past? Maybe they're just going back to a clean helmet look. Then again, they've been trying out a lot of different things the last couple years, so I wouldn't put it past them.
Coach Hoke has said if the players want them, then he would try them. I say if the players want them so be it, they are the team.
It comes down to what the coaches and players want. They are the one who determines the success of the team. And stickers or not everyone of you will still watch Saturday. What do they have to lose?
Why would you assume this? Just your gut? Until there is actual evidence, don't speculate on this.
Pure, unadulturated internet speculation. C'mon it's July!
Prepare the ship: we're going to PLAID.
I thought that the announcement they made was that they would not be using helmet numbers against Alabama?
They will use them for Alabama and then lose them after.
Why do you think they will have helmet stickers this season? Not sure I get the reasoning for your fear, other than Hoke has used them in the past. Has Michigan used them in the past?
for a long time under Bo and Mo,and they looked really bad.
watching Michigan football with the stickers and I liked them. Hate me if you must.
hate you so much.
They definitely have. I'm not sure if these are the actual stickers, since I wasn't around when they wore them, but I know I've seen pictures of them in the past.
Those were the most recent kind of stickers we used (in the late Bo years and under Mo). There were a few different designs. At one point, they were just plain maize footballs.
If you're not sure if they ever had helmet stickers, you may not have heard of this guy, but his name is Desmond Howard. This is a famous picture of him.
You can see helmet stickers in many of the photos from the Bo/Moeller era (obviously, depending on how much the player contributed).
Edit: Or I suppose it also depends on the time of year the picture was taken. Hopefully, the helmet was fairly full by the end of November.
happen to know if Bo or Mo ever commented on the criteria for getting stickers? I know Tressel's list got leaked at some point, I'd be interested to see what Michigan did back in the day.
I think the helmet stickers really take away from the design of the helmets, whereas the numbers of the helmet I think really complimented the overall look. I am surprised and dissapointed that the numbers will not be around going forward but I don't think you will see the "big play" stickers coming back anytime soon. That is just sooooooo Ohio.
I agree, I thought the numbers looked fantastic, and I'm disappointed they won't be in use for the duration of the season.
it is soooo ohio, but their helmets are lame and the pot leaf on their helmet make sense for a couple reasons. Michigans helmets like mentioned before are top notch and need no window dressing.
its his right to his opinion, and i agree with him.But i really do appreciate you correcting me on something as important as a spelling snafu........
I'm not opposed to helmet stickers in principle, but I don't think they go well with the winged helmet. It's sexy enough as it is
I think I would be ok with stickers for one year for the nostalgia factor, but I wouldn't want it to be a yearly thing.
I think once you start giving the kids stickers it's gonna be a tough sell to take them back.
Also, most teams hand out the stickers for units (not players) that perform well and have big plays. Its not necessarily a "best player gets the most stickers" situation.
There was a great article in one of the old versions of HTTV on what qualified for stickers with Bo. If memory serves, it was unit specific. I'm probably in the minority but I kind of like them. My first Michigan football memories were Desmond, and those stickers were very prominent in my memories.
and while I'd rather have nothing on the helmet at all, I would take the stickers over the numbers 6 out of 7 days a week.
Or maybe we're clearing the way for no helmets at all. Think about it. Alabama game we have everything on them. AF game, take off the numbers. Umass game, no middle stripe. Notre Dame, take the other two stripes. Purdue game, take away the wings, now we're at plain blue. Illinois game, no blue, just unpainted helmets. Michigan state we have neon yellow "alternate" helmets with cartoon wolverines and arby's logos. Nebraska, back to the progression by taking the chinstrap. Minnesota, no face mask. Northwestern, no padding. Iowa we play in leather helmets. That way, by the time the Ohio game comes we have no helmets at all, the ultimate throwback.
/if you're going to speculate go all in
Honestly, if the helmet numbers were the exact same shade of maize as the wings, then I wouldn't mind them at all. As for the helmet stickers, they just make the best helmet design in college football appear cluttered.
The fact that the numbers will be gone after week 1 lead me to believe there was a strong push from alumni/donors to get rid of them despite the players liking them. I doubt helmet stickers will come back. Gut feeling. Seems the trend is toward simple elegant yet badass helmet, no frills needed.
to use them for the Bama game then quit. What makes sense to me would be to have them through the "pre-season" them dump them before the Big Ten games start. Not that that is how I or the team prefers it, I have no idea. What the team may decide is anyones guess, I am just speculating.
Because it just isn't enough to have a manufacturer warning, an American flag and uniform numbers on the helmets, plus an adidas logo, a Big Ten patch and the rare "Legends" patch, plus a bowl patch... there's probably room somewhere for some more.
I got it. Let's put "spoilers" on some of the speedier players; we can put more stuff there:
And we can put plows on the linemen, which will create many more branding opportunities. You know, to help monetize the brand platform:
And since we are concerned about recruits and their desire to place their own identity-stamp on various iterations of Michigan football uniforms, the extra space could be used by individual players to, perhaps, place a decal of their astrological symbol, or to pay tribute to their family:
The University might naturally want to use space on the football uniforms to promote worthy causes, like animal cruelty prevention, recycling, climate change, or the LGBT community:
Anyway, I just see lots and lots of opportunity here. It is why we have someone at the Senior Associate Athletic Director-level, to act as a "Chief Marketing Officer."
When my wife and I finally have kids I am definitely getting that star wars stick figure family. That is too cool.
With your kid endeavours and hopefully you can get a large stick figure family together
twice in a week i agree with you. climate change?
That is all.
Helmet stickers were Bo's thing. It's not a bad thing.
Who cares, as long as the team wins.
to have the coolest helmet stickers in college football, why wouldn't we want to, uh, copy?
(An internet search to find "the 10 best college football helmet stickers" will usually also turn up Michigan, on top of a list of the "10 best college football helmet designs which should never, ever be changed and we are talking to you Dave Brandon hey didn't you hear us we said NEVER changed okay?")
Don't come down off the ledge.... if fact, jump!
Just win games. Helmet stickers, uniformz, etc. mean absolutely nothing to me.
I loathe helmet stickers. They look horrendous.
Great Ferrari analogy...illustrated the point perfectly!
Speaking of putting stickers on nice cars. I saw a Tesla the other day with a car pool access OK sticker. It made an awesome car look kind of stupid.
I would hate them, but I think this is a thing for the coach to decide; it's a thing between him and his players.
I also hate jeggings, in case anyone wondered how I stood on those.
I find nothing wrong with the idea of helmet stickers. When they introduced the numbers on the helmets last season I thought it was a nice addition to the helmet. If they decide to take the numbers off this season I hope they put something like helmet stickers on the helmets. It's really not that big of a deal to change things up with the uniforms every once in a while. As far as the jerserys go, it's kinda nice having different jerserys for big games, it adds another element to game and it makes it more fun.
I like the clean, crisp look of our helmets as-is (though I did think the numbers on them were a great addition, very "classic" feeling and sad to see them go after the Alabama game). That being said, my preference probably means nothing to the players or coaches. If they want it, let 'em have it.
I'll still watch them every Saturday (or Thursday).
The M helmet is iconic and looks best when it's pristine in all it's sublime maize and blue glory.
Say it ain't so, Brady! Stickers suck grandma's bunions!
Who cares? Just win baby.
Hoke likes to point..i bet he puts a finger on the helmets
model a few stickers for us....uh.....what am I saying....working too damn hard.
as long as they put them on the inside of the helmet...
Call me a homer if you like, but Ohio State is the only school that pulls off the sticker look.