Matte helmets too!!
Plus matte helmets with nice Maize wings.
My only worry is, if that jersey is for the bowl game, then what was the one for found in the lockerroom?.....
It's possible it was designed/prototyped before Michigan knew their home/road bowl designation.
Only problem is that Michigan is the home team...
My only guess is that they needed a home and away jersey, as Adidas didn't know if Michigan would be the home or away team for their bowl when the jersey's were made. Outrage is less now that it's the away version.
I also believe it is fairly common for Adidas to send other prototypes for the team to use/wear in practice (on a regular basis). This is done as a way to test different materials, styles, fittings, and even color combination I'm sure.
I guess unless you count Brian as an old codger, or easlily more than half this blogs readers that often prefer that new uniforms not be debuted every two weeks or so
Haha thats exactly what I was going to say. I love these uniforms. Let all the whining and complain begin. Theres nothing wrong with these for one game.
How about two games (Alabama)? How about three, four, five games (2011 ND, MSU, Sugar Bowl)? At what point do we no longer have the most recognizable and powerful brand in college football?
I usually consider myself pretty progressive on uniform design (for instance, I really like Oregon's assortment), so I don't classify myself as an "old codger." But it feels like we're cashing in our tradition to sell a few one-off jerseys.
I'm not sure we do now, or did years ago (have the most recognizable and powerful brand in college football). Similar to how many fans can't imagine a recruit every wanting to go to another school over THIS IS MICHIGAN FERGODSAKES (TM), many people on this blog wear rose colored (or maize as it may be) glasses when it comes to our uniforms and the overall brand. There are many schools that have history and prestige simlar to Michigan. Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, Texas to name the most prominate. I agree the winged helmet is likely the most famous helmet, but our uniforms are no more recognizable than Penn States or Notre Dames. Everybody needs to relax on the uniform hatred.
Yes, this. I don't think most neutral observes could tell out jerseys from West Virginia's or Cal's without seeing the helmets along with them. Our brand is in the helmet and the block M, not in the lack of piping or whatever people want to believe
Your post is so full of shit I don't know where to begin.
Michigan has the the most recognizable brand in college football in the same universe where the Horror, RichRod, and generally the last 10 years never happened.
Those teams you mentioend are largely absent the entire new uniform trend. And it does not matter one bit whether we have ther #1 or the #10 most recognizable brand in college football--its a very very strong brand and brand name, so messing with it, like if we are any pne of the other 100 schools out there, is dumb.
I agree with you totally... I understand a lot of it is to get the players excited and this "new era" of marketing college athletics ... however, as the post above suggest, is changing the unitforms worth getting lost in all of the "noise"? For someone in there mid-20's I tend to side on tradition and nothing is more recognizable than the block M, maize and blue and of course the winged helmet. Why fix something that isnt broke?!
Has Penn State, Texas, Alabama and USC changed their uniforms 4 or 5 times, in as many years?
when talking about uniforms, i specifcally mentioned penn state and notre dame. penn state added names to the back of their jersey's this year, which in my opinion is a much bigger change than a one or two off unique jersey per year. Notre dame has changed theirs more than we have.
I get not liking the uniforms, i just don't get the massive OMG freakouts that come with them. I watch football and cheer on michigan for the actual games, players and plays. Fashion doesn't play a big role in my fandom.
For the most part, I like Dave Brandon and what he has overseen in his tenure as AD, but cannot believe that which he has wrought unto the UM brand imagery, most noteworthy being our uniforms - these are beyond ugly and bear no relevance whatsoever to the historical Michigan brand.
Standard techniques give standard results.
Awful!! I like that helmet look on other teams, but not on this helmet.
They're Matte, not shiny. And in general, these look like shit. It's the Bama uniform, with some colors flopped. WHYYYYYYYYY
Anybody got the number for Ann Arbor Torch and Pitchfork?
I agree, this stuff is for Cal and WV.
I don't understand this at all. Dave Brandon has been so about the "BRAND" in so many ways. The split M is gone. The Block M is everywhere. Every AD twitter account has the same avatar, Block M with their sport.
He's been extremely uniform, everywhere except for the damn football uniforms!!
This is tradition, history, those uniforms and helmets ARE michigan football. And that he has no qualms about selling to adidas on a semi-weekly basis.
I did the counting below. This is the EIGTH jersey Michigan will have worn in our last 25 football games. We've had a new look every THREE games. Ridiculous.
Big shock, it's ugly. Sell jerseys, make $$.
Dave Brandon doesn't care if it's bad wow (which it is) or good wow (as in at least it doesn't look like the sparty shitstain helmets from last year)
I always hoped we could do better than "at least our helmet is not a shitstain". The issue is, people already own our traditional jerseys, and the only time they buy new ones is when there is a new player they can get. Well, new players come along too slowly, but Adidas can crap one of these jerseys out in a second and DB can sell a stack of them for fat profit even if it looks terrible. People want to be part of the fan experience and for a lot of them it means buying a horrible jersey they have a 50ish% of always relating to a defeat.
Does anyone look at the jersey they bought for the Alabama game and think "Man, this jersey not only looks great, but it reminds me of our awesome game against 'Bama!"
Kinda like the helmet, not too pumped about the jersey.
Looking DAMN good! If Kovacs likes them we all should! Just temporary folks!
Just temporary? Yeah, until the next piss ugly uniform
Like the Matte paint.
Can tolerate the white w/blue shoulder look.
Can't stand the way the numbers look.
EDIT: Also think they should have done blue pants.
Matte helmets are nice.
Whose team sports Nike Pro Combat on those "special days".
I hate our pro-combat jerseys for the Michigan game and I've said that several times here. Wear 'em against Nebraska, or in some bullshit bowl, not for games that matter.
It kinda looks like the yellow on the helmet is normal and only the blue is matte.
Kovacs' looks really tan. Like reaallly tan.
And, uh, well-endowed... maybe a bit too much detail for a mannequin?
From those pics, the maize pants kinda look bad with the jerseys. Should try some blue pants, imho.
If we're the home team, we should wear blue jerseys with maize numbers. Maize pants. And the most Iconic helmet in college sports.
If we're the road team, we should wear white jerseys, maize pants, and the most Iconic helmet in college sports.
Why is that so hard?
Oh, I agree, there's no reason to touch them other than using modern materials and such.
But if you're gonna screw with them, at least make them look semi nice. Maize pants with white jerseys with maize numbers, a strip of blue on the shoulders, and blue helments is just... imbalanced. Yes, it would look like Toledo or WVU, but aren't we already nearly there?
Blue pants would have made Michigan look like Toledo. How about white jerseys with blue numbers, outlined with maize. Blue block M's on the sleeves and white pants.
Go Michigan Mountaineers!
Surprisingly, me likey those helmets!
Nothing terrible in a vacuum, but nothing helps branding quite like constantly changing the way you look.
Love the helmet. Jersey looks okay. I'd rather have a Bennigan's or an Applebee's patch on the left shoulder though. Better prices on their menus.
Isn't Michigan the home team?