OT: On the Adidas/Nike Issue
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I think I honestly might prefer this option.
They worked for Walter Payton.
You can keep all kindsa things in that pocket. Handy!
I loved Roos as a kid. I always got the high-tops. I thought they made me cool, but they didn't because I wasn't cool. Oh well.
I wont buy anything Adidas. I will buy everything Nike. SImple. I even will put a block M on my Nike hat. People stop me in the street to ask about it,
WE DON'T CARE. This is a board for Michigan sports, not your wardrobe preference. Would you let us know if you preferrred Gucci to Louis Vitton?
gotta be gucci mane
Come on you should know that, it's probably on your hand bag. Kidding, but you do raise a good point. It just seems the players want Nike.
gotta go with bold colors
They dont make the pro combat jerseys for every team. Penn State, USC, and other traditional teams dont get them so I think its more up to the school plus at least Nike continuously updates their stuff
They made them for Penn State and they said no thanks. IIRC a part of the reason switching to Adidas besides the money was Nike wanted full control of the unis.
I have both Nike and Adidas gear. I don't have anything against Adidas, but I do think that our uni's materials look cheaper than the Nike ones (example: the up-and-down curves running across the numbers for the first 2 years with Adidas). I also think Adidas hasn't done a good job of modernizing their equipment to the extent that Nike has. Nike is always coming out with titanium belt-buckles and specialized "bubble-pads." Little things like that are enjoyed by the players and recruits (not too mention advertised weight reduction and increased mobility). When they finally rolled out with the new jerseys players complained they were way too tight... so adidas' R&D Team screwed that up.
This week they are trying on a new pant... so maybe it's a sign of things to come. I do hope they get the new "Fit" jerseys to actually fit correctly. And I would like to see a white pant away alternate, but thats probably up to the coaches.
But I was amazed that our football players apparently chanted, "Nike, Nike, Nike!" at the conclusion of their meeting with Athletic Director Brandon concerning the coaching change. I've never heard of such a thing in our football program.
It doesn't matter one bit to me, what brand of golf shirts I might wear. Personally, I always sort of preferred Nike apparel and adidas shoes. Nike sure had some explaining to do about its weird cleat design that it brought out for some of the bowl games. But no matter what, our football players deserve a hearing, and I'd like to know what that whole thing was all about. And if our guys are complaining, I hope that Dave Brandon hauls some adidas big shots on to the carpet at 1000 S. State and tells them what our guys want.
I was going to bring this up, about the players chanting Nike. Most of us don't care, but players and recruits care. I doubt it would make or break a recruit's decision to go to one school or another but when Nike schools get special edition jerseys it definitely puts them in the spotlight and makes that school look cooler and more appealing
Fuck special edition jerseys. WE'RE MICHIGAN, we don't need no stupid special edition jerseys. And anyway, all the Nike combat crap last season looked terrible.
Like I said, it doesn't matter what we think. Players want Nike
Ran XC in high school and had the same pair of Nike running shoes for 4 years, and they're just starting to hurt my feet now. Guess it somewhat comes down to luck. Can we agree that Adidas running shoes are trash?
Their basketball shoes suck too. Was forced to wear those as a "team-picked" shoe two times in high school. Both times they were falling apart by the end of the season.
Ever think that people have different feet and running styles from you?
I dont know that this was necessary, he wasn't attacking anybody or enforcing his e-pinion on everybody...he was actually very respectful.
Soo true. Asics are amazingly comfortable for running. Nike does make great football cleats and gloves though. The vapors were the best cleats I ever owned
Everyone with a preference get yourcrap out here so it won't infest the rest of the board!
Personally, I don't care about the whole Nike v. Adidas debate. But it's pretty arrogant and dickish to make a thread berating people into not bringing something up because you don't care about it.
Make a thread about it. New unis? Discuss it there.
But when I open a practice video thread, somebody notices white pants, and suddenly the next ten posts are bitching about Adidas, that's thread hijacking and it's not even funny. Just annoying bitching.
When we're debating the basketball team, and somebody says the yellow in the jersey isn't right, that's fine. Just don't say, the yellow in the jersey isn't right, "and it's all Adidas fault and rargh", to which the next reply will be, "But Nike blah blah Pro-Combat blah blah shut up". The thread was about the basketball team.Not about choices of suppliers in a capitalist economy.
Pretty sure zero people have made that argument and actually meant it.
Time to get internet tough!
Me and my sword ain't scared!
Someone has a sandy vagina.
College Football's most lucrative athletic sponsorhip. Maybe everyone who is clamoring for a change can start pooling some $$$ together to make up the difference if Michigan goes back to Nike!
Any idea how long Michigan's contract with Adidas lasts?
What are we, British? Or worse, Canadians? No, I say no to Under Armour until they learn to spell like AMERICANS.
no thanks. the under armour name carries with it the shame of thousands of grade schoolers wearing compression shirts like they're t-shirts. i guess it's just their way of letting people know that they are atheletes even if they don't look like atheletes.
I think it runs to 2015
it is a 8 year contract. 3 years done, 5 to go. a next contract needs to be signed in 4 years.
the OP has absolutely no idea what goes on beyond the scenes. i don't expect him to know, but it's not as simple as bidding for a logo on uniforms. like others have said, it ABSOLUTELY affects recruiting, so it does MATTER.
Listen, Adidas and Nike are both reputable clothing/shoe companies. Both create products for major soccer, football, basketball, and baseball teams around the world.
Adidas recognized that Michigan was an elite athletic department, and offered them the highest apparel contract ever to a university. The contract stated that Michigan was always going to be #1 for Adidas, and if any other school received a more lucrative deal from Adidas, Michigan's deal would be made greater than that. Additionally, Adidas showed respect for Michigan's tradition and allowed them to have a say in the uniform design process.
Contrast that with Nike, whose existing contract with Michigan was very middle of the road compared to the other top schools they had signed. Ohio State's contract was more lucrative than Michigan's. Nike had complete say in the design process.
It seems like one company recognizes Michigan as the best, and the other hardly cares. I don't understand the outrage with the company that not only recognizes Michigan's importance, but also backs it up financially, in favor of the company who has never done anything special for Michigan in the past. All over a stupid logo? In other words, don't complain about your wife who is a 9 for the girl who is a 10 and doesn't even know your name!
IIRC Nike matched the deal we got with adidas except the whole always be the most lucrative deal part
My only problem with Adidas is that for some reason, the powers that be have changed our school colors from Maize and Blue to Highlighter-Yellow and Blue. Let's face it, Nike is sweeter. All of the top athletes wear it. Nobody cares about quality running shoes in the world of college football. If the players want it, and better times are remembered with the swoosh than the stripes, then they should go back.
Look at 2007 Michigan. The "Maize" is almost identical.
I think it is untrue.
What is true is that Michigan's "maize" has morphed through about 20 Pantone changes through the decades. But there wasn't any brand-specific change. Look through all the color images you can find.
We do have a kind of a highlighter "maize" now. It has been heading in that direction for years and years. It photographs better, and shows better on television.
You can really see it with the student section t-shirts. The new ones are so bright they're almost green. My nike student tee from a couple years ago is a much more maizy yellow, though still not quite maize.
and all the other construction projects, I'm all for it. Can we also argue about the best way to set up our running game next year? I loved re-reading all the old arguments from the last few years in the "Let's Not and Say We Did" thread.
I don't know what this allegiance to Nike is all about. Adidas was willing to go the extra mile to accomodate the University's terms and also gave more money. What's so great about Nike?
Frankly, Nike annoyed me with their "Football is everything" commercial. It was totally antithetical to what the University of Michigan is all about: leaders and best not just on the field, but in the classroom and in the community too.
Plus, by buying Nike you're bankrolling Phil Knight and Oregon football. I'd rather see the Ducks win the Pac-10 (or 11 or 12) than USC, but still.
Someone has their panties in a serious wad over this. Overreact a little?
If Adidas is so much worse than Nike than somebody better tell the NFL. Since they wear rebook which is owned by Adidas. My guess is that they wouldn't want their million dollar players out there in inferior equipment.
What's wrong with the new jersey?
Actually Nike will be the uniforms of the NFL starting in 2012. I think a lot of the preferences that kids have for Nike over Adidas is that it can be a culture preference. All of th freshest kicks that young teenagers where are Nike. Whether they are Air Force Ones, Jordans, Dunks, or Air Maxes. It ain't cool rockin' a whole sweatsuit of Adidas with a pair of Nike shoes. Plus, as much as us UM fans don't like the Oregon uniforms, many kids love how they have many different unis. Even if they do use their uniforms as marketing tool.
honestly if a student athlete's college choice comes down to the brand of clothes he is going to wear, he's probably not the type that you would want at Michigan.
I think we should go out and get "Starter" to make our stuff. Than I could get my jerseys for cheap at K-Mart
But then who would we buy our knockoffs from?
The players hate Adidas and want nike. Add that to the fact that most of the fans want nike as well.....
this is a stupid fuckin thread.
maybe we can get the Castanza Cotton rayon Blend..
almost no one under the age of 25 willingly wears adiddas shoes. Ugly and uncomfortable. Nike sets the trend when it comes to american sports. If I was a prospective scholarship athlete, particularly a basketball player I would hate to wear adiddas.
I love Nike! I am not "Fond" of Adidias, but i have spent over 5k off stuff from the Mden and it is all Adidias. If it has MICHIGAN on it, i am wearing it. I live down south, so i always have something with MICHIGAN on. I think we all grew up on Nike and wanting to "Be like Mike". I am pretty sure that we all grew up on "the Swoosh". Am i right or wrong? I always thought Adidias was for soccer a player...sad, huh. Here is the deal, if Adidias is with MICHIGAN, i am rocking it. If you do not like Adidias, do not buy it. Nike has terrible "Running Shoes"....more like God Awful, but i do have some "Pro Combat" stuff and that appeals to alot of recruits. I would like to see the "Tech Fit" stuff and have been trying to contact Adidias and the M-Den to see when this jersey will be available to the public.
So,Michigan is still Michigan and it will always be The Mazie and Blue!!
weird, i guess all those kids on campus wearing adidas or reebok or kswiss were all forced to wear them, or they're all 30 year old grad students.
Nobody under the age of 25 willingly wears Sambas or Gazelles? Just who is forcing them to wear such atrocities?
Seattle Maize where in the sound do you live?
I think Michigan should support the colors Maize and Sky Blue. I think it's pretty, and should wear it in honor of homosexuals around the world. GO SKY BLUE! (: