I loved what we wore for the Sugar Bowl, but I think jerseys like this & the Bama game's (different big block of color on shoulders) look like some video game Generic User Created Team Uniform 1.
New Football Uniformz Spotted?
I'm buying two for my spoiled kids, I can bet on that. Could be worse.
Looks like something WVU would wear.
I would like to see regular home unis w/ blue pants for once.
I want to see MOAR CHROME!
The team will look good winning in this uniform. I'm getting used to the football fashion show, I guess.
Even though I'd rather stick to Michigan's traditional navy uniforms, I don't mind them.
Plus it helps with recruiting. A lot of kids want to switch up their uniforms for something a little every once in awhile... and it could help show other uncommitted guys that Michigan isn't afraid to do that.
So you mean that we'll get LaQuon and McQuay if we show them alternate jerseys?
Those look ugly as piss
They look nice to me. I like the different uniforms because that seems to be something recruits like these days. I realize most people on here don't like anything different, but most of us aren't 17-21 year olds.
tell me, how does stupid traditional boring Alabama and USC recruit with their same old boring jerseys?
Michigan creating different uniforms are done for one reason and one reason only: $
People out there buying these jerseys are the only reason they continue to be made...and that one is ugly as hell and an embarrassment to this university
Oregon...recruits love them & their many uniforms and everything Nike.
That would be a good example if the only thing Nike did for them was uniforms. It would be pretty easy to make the case that the facilities (thanks to Nike) make a much bigger impression on recruits.
How much tradition does Oregon really have? Does anyone see the jerseys they wore before 2000 and have the recognition that top programs have?...They are not on the tradition level Michigan, Alabama, USC, etc. are, they have their own niche and have developed a nice thing for them...Michigan does not have to do that to attract recruits, just like USC and Alabama do not have to do that to attract recruits...it also doesn't help that Michigan's jersey concepts have been only meh at best
Do you think the majority of recruits care about tradition? I'm not totally sure, but I kinda doubt it. Take a traditionally power football program that is down right now versus a less traditional one that is up....like Tennessee vs Oregon. Do you think kids care about the tradition and winning at Tennessee versus the cool newest uniforms at Oregon? I'd also bet Tennessee would trade their traditional uniforms for Oregon's recent success in a heart beat.
I also think if you try to overly hang onto the past it takes away from your ability to adapt to the future. Things change and if you want to stay on top you need to adapt. I don't think UM can sit on it's laurals of the most tradition rich school in the country and expect that to be enough. I love the traditions there, but I think you need a healthy balance. Remember in my original response that I would prefer the original jersey, but if a few changes here and there means we land more recruits and actually start winning conference championships I'm ok with that.
haven't been what you would call elite, in the sense of bringing in top 10 recruiting classes on a consistent basis. For the most part Oregon has been in the 15-25 range. Oregon is at the level they are because they bring in the right type of player for their system, and than do a good job of developing those players. They are not bringing in five star recruits hand over fist by any stretch. The incrediable facilities don't hurt either, and those are mostly likely a bigger deal to recruits.
I think hockeyguy hit the nail on the head, Michigan doesn't need to do this to attract recruits. The tradition, university and brand speak for themselves. It would also be a little different if the concepts were any good, but for the most part they haven't been.
That is the dumbest reasoning in all of these posts. Oregon has been trotting out special uniforms for more than a decade now, yet nobody paid attention to them. You know why? Cause they were still a .500 team. But now that they're had like 8 losses the last 5 years, people are paying attention to them. Winning matters above all else
Dear Dave Brandon,
Why do you hate me? I care about your product (Michigan Football) more than any 34-year-old probably should. I'm a lifelong fan and an alum. I attend games. I cherish memories of Harbaugh and Morris, Desmond's "the catch," Biakabatuka's 313 yds. vs. Ohio, Mercury Hayes vs. Virginia, Woodson vs. everyone, Brady in 2000 Orange Bowl, Marquise Walker's catch vs. Iowa, Perry vs. MSU, Braylonfest, Manningham vs. Penn St, Tate and Denard vs. ND. In other words, I'm fully invested. I live for this.
It seems like you care more about people who are not like me.
P.S. This is not just about the uniformz.
I just laid my heart out there. I guess my heart is a troll.
Maybe just maybe Brandon has what is best for Michigan at heart and realizes die hard fans that post on message boards make up like 5% of the fanbase and the money to remain elite comes from the other 95%. Just a thought.
Spoken like a true assault rifle.
The over the top traditionalists where the ones who sent the Fab Five all those racist letters. The Jersey looks nice tho. Uniforms change thats the tradition , get used to it
You are very wrong.
It wasn't Ohio fans writing a letter and signing it "Michigan grad?"
Ohio State fans can't write.
people who dislike alternate uniforms with the kind of people who wrote those letters, mmmk?
Whatever, man. I'm not talking about "kinds of people." I'm talking about myself.
This thing I love has colors attached to it. Now that color is highlighter yellow and I'm blinded by it in crowds and on courts. Now the gods I worship where bumblebee costumes.
Just win, I guess.
I'm going to eat some chips.
it was directed at the comment you observed was "very wrong".
Ask a current player if they like the uniforms changing, if the answer is yes then realize their opinion matters more and deal with it.
Uniforms do not land recruits. No recruit in their right mind is going to pick a school based on that. Besides do we even want them here if they don't want to play in our traditional uniforms.
Sleeves/shoulders shouldn't be a different color than the body of the jersey. That doesn't even look good on a hockey sweater.
..mess with the best uniform in college football. Seriously, does "New Coke" ring a bell? You can have the the best of both worlds by leaving the home uniform alone (other than returing to the Braylon Edwards era homes) and then experimenting with the aways. That being said, I still believe they are approaching the variety from the wrong angle. We need to stop focusing on trying to "splash" the jerseys. How about some blue pants with a nice clean white jersey for away games. They can even adopt the Northwestern look with the name across the front in blue on a white jersey with blue pants.....maize trim. Of course, once they don the home uniforms we stay with our traditional look.
But I'll say; I hate whoever thought up this particular mutation of Michigan's iconic "home" maize and blue uniforms; widely regarded as the finest, purest design in the game. And I hate the Athletic Department bean-counters who feel the need to pull stunts like this. And I hate all of the fans who support stunts like this.
I could just leave it at "hate." But instead, I just want to send my sincerest appreciation and best wishes to all who took the time to write how much this concept offends them.
How are all of those 'Bama Kickoff Classic designs working out for everybody? Like a bad hangover, it would seem.
Here's a question: Since it is money that rules (the merchandising of jerseys part); what sort of payoff would it take, from thoughtful alums and other interested traditionalists, to get the Athletic Department to forego this apparent latest-stunt? What's in it, for the Athletic Dpartment? What would it take, bottom line, to change their minds? Everybody's got a price. What is it? Trouble is, the way things are in CFB marketing, they could start to really use that against us. Coming up with ever-more embarassing uniform designs, and holding them out to ransom traditionalism. Like holding a gun to the dog's head. If you don't pay us off,
the dog gets it we'll put the team in these dumbass unis...
While I have hated most of the special uniformz, I have never thought of the home uniforms as iconic. The helmets are iconic. I am fine as long as they don't touch them.
And when it comes to the Mona Lisa, it's just that enigmatic smile that people really care about. As for the rest of it, we could paint over the background; some cool pattern, like an Escher drawing. Or better yet, one of Dali's two-dimensional alarm clocks dripping off the edge of a table. We could put a bowler on her, or an apple covering her face a la Magritte.
The kids would like it, and we could sell a lot more posters of the juiced-up painting at the Louvre gift shop.
You just compared the Michigan helmet and uniform to the Mona Lisa? You probably didn't have any credibility left but you've most certainly lost it if you did.
And you completely missed the point.
I love the contempt on display. It really gives some hope for humanity
My lawn. Get off it.
It's just a flip of the Cowboy Classic jersey.
More evidence it's legit: Michigan is the designated home team for the bowl game.
More evidence? Looky here, from the Uniform Layout released back in July-
Michigan may consider designing a special bowl game jersey if the opportunity presents itself. However, a final determination will be made later in the year.
which means he has his finger on the racing pulse of your average 20-35 year-old gullible American male with lousy taste and a burning desire to buy the latest shiny new thing.
But the average Michigan man is supposed to have good taste and a burning desire for the classic things in life.
I loved the BLOCK M for last year's UTL. That was awesome and different. But like the poster said above, just changing the color scheme in some way doesn't automatically make it cool. As another poster said, this uniform is one of the standard customs available for most football video games. "Hey, lets change the colors of the shoulders and sleeves!" does not make it creative.
I was not opposed to the changing of the uniforms much but it is starting to bother me. I want to see Michigan play a big game and see the good ol' blue uni's. The Tom Harmon throwback jersey thread yesterday made this even more true to me. Those were f'n incredible. Just blue with the maize number. They were awesome.
If *IF* we go all funky and have a jersey that in non-traditional, then I would prefer to have a jersey that stands out in design beyond simply changing the shoulders. To me, I've to feel that this is the worst combo possible. Keep the traditional uni's more often, but when you do change it, change it to match our tradition (like the Harmon throwbacks), or if that is not going to happen, change the uni's with a purpose and make the design interesting at least - examples would be the UTL block M or taking some cues from Oregon.
Welcome back to my lawn.
Ok I've got a question. Which is a greater afront to the delicate sensibilities of the board?
1. Our fourth string tailback moving to cornerback
2. Our alleged new alternative jerseys
We are a very delicate and sensitive fanbase these days......
The actual greatest affront to the delicate sensibilities of the board, as you demonstrate, is:
3. People having opinions about things.