If for no other reason than to watch people freak out like children.
New Football Uniformz Spotted?
We got the two or three Block M's; right sleeve, left sleeve (upper right chest?). Then you got a Big Beautiful B1G logo (maybe that's the upper right chest). Then the centered adidas logo. Then the Outback Bowl patch because you just gotta have an Outback Bowl patch and then, DO NOT FORGET BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER FORGET, your standard Legends jersey patch for the dozens of guys who now seem to be fitted with them, maybe another Block M on the back collar if you are one of the guys who can't seem to find an adidas jersey that opponents don't try to throw you down with and what you end up with is... you guessed it...
Seriously; it was bad enough getting keelhauled and molested by Alabama. But to also have prostrated ourselves to the world of Uniform$ at the same time, when they looked like ... Alabama
You and Herm would get along well.
I kind of hope we wear pink uniforms with golden tassels around the crotch because the reaction on this site would be amazing. Michigan football will continue to be Michigan football regardless of the OMG UNIFORMZ.
Where can I order?
God I hope they wear those for the bowl game. Im a big fan of those.
Completely agree but I still like the white ones we wore for Alabama more.
I thought those were great, and I wish they were the standard road jerseys.
Now they remind me of 41-14. Other than that, I think they look good.
Even Bo's 74 & 75 teams tried variations on the away unis (white pants).
Of course, leave the home unis alone.
We be considered the underdog, and therefore be wearing white jerseys in the bowl game?
Yea that's how they decide who is the home team, Vegas betting lines.
What I was referring to wise guy. I was always under the impression that the team ranked higher wears the home jersey.
Bowl officials count the number of first order maternal relatives of the listed starting lineup for both teams who live in state hosting the bowl. The team with most maternal relatives living in state is the "home" team and gets to decide which Pro Combat uniform their opponent must wear.
I am a wise guy. I am wise so I will tell you this to enlighten you. The higher ranked team isn't always the favored team.
They determine designated home teams by bowl tie ins.
- Last year, the B1G team was the road team. This year they're the home team. This is how all bowl games except the BCS title game designate home teams
- If only one team from a tie-in conference is in the game against one from a non tie-in, they team from tie-in conference is usually the home team. (See: 2005 Rose Bowl)
agreed. for sure
Looks slutty, does it come in pink?
Good catch. With maize pants those might look very odd.
thats exactly what I was thinking
It makes me think of WVU for some reason. I don't like it, but I'm a traditionalist.
yellow pants working with that. Very WVU.
Very appropriate, but ... I'm tired of this particular animated GIF. Sorry.
Oh Christ no.....
Do you work for the CIA...you managed to spot a photobombed jersey somewhere on the internet?
Please God no.
If it lands us a few recruits I don't mind a new uniform from time to time since for some reason all recruits seem to love new/non-traditional/multiple uniforms. But, I don't think any of our special uniforms look that good. Also, they don't seem to fit as well as they are often either too big or too small. They just don't seem to be quite as good and I don't think we look good in them, so hopefully the kids take notice and like them.
have certainly helped Bama recruit.
For Alabama and USC's recruiting...
unlike bama and usc we haven't won a championship most current recruits will remember, so keeping the brand name up is a little more difficult among recruits for us.
Even being a national name and one of the original football schools on top of great academics and a sterling reputation aren't enough. We have to dress like bumblebees and old school pirates to get kids to come to our school. We should join the Big East too. We'd fit in there now.
Guhh, stupid wow expirences
Spotted..like with spots on them? FREAKOUT !!!
NO NO NO
Dick with the away uniforms, but I will be PISSED if the team ever wears those on the field.
...would've looked cool with the Sugar Bowl jerseys last year. Blue-on-blue I'm not a fan of. High schools and MAC teams dress like that.
I'd like them if the sleeves were blue and the block M's were maize.
wait... but then it would be just like.... normal. Why would you want that?
I will say the one I did like was the version with the white pants. I'd love to see a home uniform w/ white pants/blue top as a special uniform one day. That is if we are gonna mess...still not as good as the traditional IMO.
Don't even suggest such a thing. Horrible thought! Out road jerseys have always been pretty iffy but our homes are what make the game memorable and great. There will never be a defensible home alternative, never, no, stop, going postal, god fing damnit quite messing with our traditions.
I agree & would rather never see a non-traditional jersey & probably wouldn't want one at home. But, if we are gonna wear a non-traditional jersey in a bowl game or neutral site game where we are wearing home jerseys that's the scenario I would suggest this in. But, I totally agree that I'd rather see the traditional look if it were up to me.
I completely agree. West Virginia was my first thought when I saw that.
(Haven't found anything in the search bracket about it)
since we've been seeing alternate uniforms for some games being used, does anyone have any cool designs they would want to share? Maybe with our mgoblogging super powers we can make D-Brandon consider it.. or at least see some cool ideas of what some alt uniforms could look like
edit: with some good photoshopping skillz would be sweet to see what they look like in a picture
I would like to see a uniform made from wolverine fur complete with wolverine claws extending from the shoulder pads. C'mon Dave Brandon. Don't be a pussy. Do it.
as long as there is rabies residew on the tips of the claws, expecially when we go to war with those motherfookers every november
Looks just like the ones we wore against Alabama but instead of a white jersey, they're blue.
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.
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.
I'll take option C) Anything Dave Brandon does...regardless of athletic department success.
First, don't mess with the perfection.
Second, that is ugly.
Third, I am sure that the team will wet them. It will be our seventh uniform in the last two years (UTL, home, away, MSU last year, sugar bowl, Alabama and that thing).
We are now Oregon without the cool designs. That is not good.
Only one was worn at home and every change from traditional came from a special event game other than the inexplicable msu game uniforms. Its not like its just random lets try a new uniform at home vs iowa or something.
So I gather the bowl game is not going to go well for us.
I meant "wear" them.
Would we be the home team if rated lower?
Even if the uniformz didn't mess with tradition, and didn't look terrible, you gotta wonder at what point having different uniformz for every game of significance will start doing more harm than good. Doesn't it seem like fewer and fewer people care each time Brandon pulls this special uniform bullcrap?
There is already evidence from the NFL at least that the league is at least somewhat concerned about the sudden infatuation with alternative uniforms harming brand equity for teams, especially if the marketing associated with it is not handled well. That being said, the effects on individual teams vary significantly. In the case of college football, I think it might be similar - there is plenty of evidence that an iconic brand like Michigan resonates strongly with the fanbase and that there is resistance to change in the face of uncertainty (like this photo of yet another alternative jersey), but I dare say, from a marketing standpoint, that Michigan would typically suffer less on the sales end than teams with a smaller potential (and less dedicated) market.
The frightening part, at least in my opinion, might be that the athletic department is well aware of that.
Don't hate them, not wildly enthusiastic either. The players and their positions are more important.
You know what? It is 3:30 AM, I'm mostly drunk at this point, I had a great dinner, and I had a really nice night hanging out with some good friends and seeing a few I haven't seen in awhile. I am not about to read three pages of comments as this has probably been stated before. Please for the love of God don't change the home uniforms. Minor things here and there like a block M, or "Michigan" on the collar are fine. Hell even the B1G on the shoulder is fine by me. Keep the damn home uniforms a blue jersey with maise (whatever your definition of that actually is) pants. I tolerate some change with the away uniforms, but the home ones are kinda sacred if you ask me. We are hopefully making something out of nothing.
Do crappy design uniformz contribute to losing?
I can think of it going both ways: when you go out on the field looking like a fool, your opponent gets a morale boost and your morale is dampened because you know you look like a jackass.
Think of the really bad designs... MSU bumblebee clown and the mustard-on-marshmallow puff for the Alabama game. I know i would be embarrassed to wear these, and would get a kick of plowing someone wearing such a silly looking getup into the ground (if i were able, obvs)
On the other hand, maybe looking like a fool makes the opposition take you less seriously, counting on you to feel and play foolishly.
But JMFR is still JMFR even if he was out there in pink overalls.
Do I smell a photoshop?
Do I smell a photoshop?
You've never played organized sports have you?
I like them. I really liked the away uniforms we wore against MSU sans the bumblebee stripes. The Sugar Bowl jerseys would look good with white pants. I'm looking forward to the chrome-like helmet.
adidas sucks, I have been disappointed with just about everything they've done since Michigan pick them up. Except the bright maize, love it. If you're going to make a crappy alternate uniform make that son of a bitch stand out. Nike has made a living off of that and I believe they're alternates have just looked better. Don't have Michigan wear a uniform style that Michigan State wears on a weekly basis. That's not thinking outside of the box.
Even though I think messing with the jerseys is a pooptastic idea... I would like to see a concept of a Sugar Bowl style home jersey for this game.
Also, I want to see what they could do with a matte painted helmet.
I completely agree about the helmet! I would love to see a matte finish to the blue, with gloss maize wings! I think that would look great! As far as the jerseys.... No need to mess with perfection!
MGoBoard when someone says uniformz: rabble!rabble!rabble!