"We probably will get crushed, so why not do it in style?"
"We probably will get crushed, so why not do it in style?"
You accidentally added a sarcasm tag at the end...
All White vs all Blue?!
Plese no "excessive" stripes.
They should come out in the same jersey as OSU just maize and blue. Where they have scarlet and gray. The game would feature 20 interceptions. 15 from OSU, because Gardners just looks if there is an open guy doesn't matter what team it is.
Black and blue.
The way this season has gone I really don't care.
But if we're gonna get beat we may as well do it in an embarrassing fashion (sure, pun intended).
We should have worn dirt-colored alternates for the MSU game. Then no one would have been able to tell how beat up our players were.
But those blood splatters would've been fitting as well.
Don't really mind it. As long as they aren't ugly. They have made some shitty looking alternates. So I have no hope this time will be Different.
Also if they are cool could we flip Hand? Recruits love jerseys. /s
I hope they don't put random words on the back in place of the names.
Would it be acceptable if every player for Michigan legally changed their last name to "The Team" for one game?
First name: The Team
Middle Name: The Team
Last Name: The Team
I hope they don't get the "random words" from a State of our Open Threads post.
This would be the only way I approve
That would before, actually. I'm already yelling them at my TV anyway. I propose our entire OL to have "3rd and 23" on their backs.
I suggest, "LOOK OUT DEVIN!" That way he has advance warning.
We could put Gardener's name on the front of his jersey since he's lying on his back half the game anyway.
...or how you spelled it?
the interior OL.
I propose our entire OL to have "3rd and 23" on their backs.
Bravo...That is hilarious.
That was brutal
every player will have "#MyUMich" on their nameplate
"Go" on half the team; "Blue" on the other half.
Turning The Game into The Fashion Show. Dislike.
UCLA vs USC is always blue vs red. I would absolutely love to see that in The Game. Both teams in their traditional home uniforms rather than these stupid gimmicky single-use shenanigans uniforms.
Is it really a report when one kid tweets it?
I'm hoping for another tweet on December 1: "Team decided to play practical joke by floating fake alternate jersery story to reporter, according to players I have spoken with."
They should look exactly like OSU's uniforms. Sure, Gardner will throw a lot of picks, but Miller will too. This could be a great equalizer!
That is all.
Thanks for clarifying that that was in fact all. The period after "this" didn't suffice.
But I didn't want to leave any room for interpretation.
...that Ohio isn't wearing scarlet. Our jerseys could have resembled White Flags.
Yes, it is important to remember that no Michigan jersey was ever worn for the first time. Every Michigan jersey has always been worn, from time immemorial. Same with our helmets. They always have looked that way. Even the first time they were worn, they always looked that way.
Anyone who says different is just out to make a fast buck.
Well, it would be one thing if there were a tweak or a change for the entire season or "from this point forward" but that's explicitly NOT what they're doing if they go with an alternate. It is a one time attention/money grab.
I'm pretty sure the wings weren't added to the helmet for either one-time sales or to grab the recruits attention. To me the thing that's most frustrating is that they're using one of the iconic symbols of the program for a quick fix.
Let's wear all highlighter yellow with chromed wings on our Maizezzzz helmets and have huge Arby's labels on the jerseys. The names can be replaced by the player's favorite menu item. Think of the marketing synergy:
"Curly Fries pitches it to Roast Beef n' Cheder. No, wait. It's the sandwich option! Jamocha Shake is open deep!"
I actually think this may be the tipping point for me. Funny, all the pain of this season and this is what breaks me.
In my mind Funchess was Jamocha Shake.
you mean these?
PLEASE DON'T SEND ME TO BOLIVIA
Absolutely nothing reedeeming about these.
Hoke approves of this message. He's thinkin' Arby's.
the macaroni noodle. That has to be somewhere on the uniformz.
Are you somehow suggesting the blog's collective panties haven't been in a bunch over the past couple months as the season has gone downhill? Are you reading the same blog I am?
So people are only allowed to be unhappy about one thing at a time now? I thought the general nature of this blog was to be unhappy about all things at all times.
Do not ever doubt the depth and breadth of our unhappiness.
So if my car breaks down in the morning, am I not allowed to get upset when a restaurant screws up my order for lunch?
I'm just saying your logic doesn't make any sense.
we have threads deriding the abysmal playcalling, and threads defending it.
We also have a thread warning us about more uniformz shenanigans.
Why don't you start the "Uniformz Appreciation" thread?
Edit: This was in response to "No joke it's Hoke." Sometimes the response linkage seems a little hinky.
This is something new to get angry at.
doesn't sound too bad. It has felt like way worse than that....
We need some flames, and maybe fluorescent orange. In flames. On the helmet. With black pants, and maybe a giant Adidas logo instead of numbers. And maybe it's time they introduce our new mascot Gulo, a wolverine with rabies who's also in flames.
let's be the first team to have QR codes instead of player numbers, so the viewer at home can scan the television, and have a built-in web re-direct to an interactive that sells the flame uniforms in our new flame orange, or get priority seating, or Quizno's coupons!
Fuck this shit.
His Dudeness? Is that you?
At quarterback, Number 98, #DevinGardner.
Hashtags are super hot right now.
Good. If ohio is going to year in and year disrespect this rivalry by wearing some ugly shit taking away from the classic look, I say we spit right back in their face.
Chrome helmets? Fine.
Chrome helmets with built in maize LED strips that outline the wing!!
WE'LL SHOW THEM!!!
if they're wearing them too why not
How dare Dave Brandon pollute the Game presented by SBC Global or whatever it was
Actually, several acquisitions later, I believe it might be more correct to say, "Presented by SBC Global, But Although Bell South Is Now AT&T As Well, You Still Get Access To Yahoo! Content"
At least we will look fabulous as we die in droves.
As long as I can read the Number from the stands I don't care what they wear.
How about a temporary tattoo booth for the ohio fans (presented by AT&T)?
Fucking with the home blues. Sweet.
My decision to not renew my four tickets keeps looking better and better.
Thank you Dave.
You're not renewing your tickets? This is news to me.
/s (But seriously you've said it like 15 times)
And every time he says it sound more and more like a fair weather tool!
Sorry mGrowOld. I love ya, but you need to get laid, kill a innocent woodland creature, or go on vacation or SOMETHING to break you out of your piss poor attitude. I'm planning on getting a luxury box in the near future, and if you don't cheer up I'm not going to invite you up. Keep your tickets, cheer your ass off, and GO BLUE!
Hey Sten. I am a pretty positive and cheerful guy. I'd be willing to take MGrowCrankyBalls spot in your suite. Thanks in advance!!
Well, that's just your opinion man
Did I say something specifically that you didn't like? Seems like lately you've been taking shots at me for some reason.
You've just been so grumpy and depressing lately when you used to be a voice of "Old" reason. Lighten up man, everything is going to be alright.
Yes, as a matter of fact you did mGrow, my brother. You said you weren't going to renew your season tickets, which pisses me off to no end. How long have you had these tickets? If you had them did you take a hiatus when RR went 3-9? How about when Michigan lost to App. St. and Oregon? Get a grip man. Things are THAT bad, we're transitioning, and if you give up your seats now, you're going to regret it, trust me.
When I get it, I'll be sure to let you know.
At this point I bet there's a 90% chance you have season tickets next year. You've now said it so many times that I think you're just saying it to say it.
This is like when your gf tells you she's breaking up with you. The first time she says it you think she's serious, but once she's said it 15 times you realize that's just her way of saying she's pissed. And I think you're pissed. But no one would talk about their season tickets that much if they didn't care about them. You clearly do, so you won't let them go unrenewed.
Let me also say that there's nothing wrong with that.
No I'm definitely breaking up with her. But hey that just opens the door for you, Brown Bear and Sten to swoop in and sweep her off her feet.
For the mere sum of about 3k. But hey-message delivered guys. I being mention it again.
I'm going to hold you to this. And god help you if I see you at a game...
I didnt say i was never attending a game again. I said I wasnt renewing the things that shall not be mentioned again.
Tbh, I don't mind those ones in the picture, especially with the sleeve underneath
I am so sick of you whiny people bitching about jerseys. They could trot to the field in hot pink jerseys while the band plays some terrible song by that awful band The Beetles, but as long as they win, I don't care. I swear, some of you are more concerned about the fucking uniforms than winning the game.
Sorry, but this is classic whining about whining. I do see your point but if people don't like them they don't like them and they're/we're going to voice that. It'd be one thing if what the trotted out there were good looking "alternates" but they haven't been. Here exists a medium we can bitch about! There's only one game a week so discussing the actual game that's two weeks away isn't all that realistic yet either.
people have no idea whether they like them or not because they don't even know if they exist yet
they're just looking for an excuse to self-flagellate as always
Yea, The Beetles were sooo awful.
I realize I am not alone.
What does this garbage by Tiffany (redundant?) have to do with The Beatles or their anti-fans?
I know! They were really bad. I am glad you agree.
However, The BEATLES were awesome.
Love them or hate them I don't care, but at least spell their name correctly.
some of you are more concerned about the fucking uniforms than winning the game."
I, for one, hate the brain-dead offensive play-calling and embarrassing losses as well.
But I think I'm also entitled to my own opinion on the idea of someone with an MBA mentality shitting all over that which Bo once called "the uniform with the proudest tradition in all of college football."
Losing is bad enough without the additional irritation of "what is that shit they're wearing?"
Congratulations, you've just repeated the single most disingenuous bullshit meme that's extant on MGoBlog.
But to be completely accurate, it's pink tutus, not pink jerseys.
Some of us became Michigan fans due to a large envelope that came in the mail during our Senior year of high school and would be Michigan fans regardless of whether or not the football team had ever worn a winged helmet or won a single game.
Who cares about tradition anymore. These alterantes for both teams are unfitting for a game of this magnitude. As for jerseys themselves, not a huge fan although I do like the underarmor gear with the words "Victors" and "Valiant". I like the home jerseys more.
The Game at noon [x]
Cold weather [x]
Fan Bases and teams that hate each other [x]
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everything buckeye related. They are the worst. Does that help?
I wanna be able to say that this time, our alternates won't look blah and unnecessary and they'll actually be sleek albeit untraditional.
But I'm pretty sure they'll be blah and asthetically-unpleasant and overall kinda wtf-ish.
Who cares. Michigan could come out wearing bumblebee uniforms with the Dominos logo on the back and I am fine with that as long as they come out ready to play against an older and more talented Ohio State squad. The only tradition Michigan fans should care about fulfilling regarding 'The Game' is the team playing a very tough and competive game against our biggest rival. Considering the recent struggles in this area, what uniforms we are wearing should be irrelevant.
You, sir, are awarded the world. Thank you.
So if the helmet was stripped of its wings and was instead covered with an anatomically correct and very graphic photo of a vagina, you'd be cool with that?
wearing nothing but helmets and some type of underwear, so they are not flapping in the wind? Would that work? I feel that might work. And shoes. shoes are fine. But definitely no shirts.
Winnng is all that matters, not what they don, Don.
OSU is going all white so the only question we'll have to face is will we be sporting.....
All Blue or
Normal blue home uni's with blue matte and chrome maize winged helmets. Make it happen DB.
Also this - 1979 two tone Maize britches (Simpkins) with helmet awards and no name on the jerseys.
Damn man... the all maize just made me want to piss. God no.
Wouldn't be the first time if Michigan wears Maize.
The sad thing is, if they were to design a maize-out uniform, it would probably be mismatched and ill-fitting just like that picture.
We're wearing MSU's uniforms so that after the 45-3 trucking it wasn't us.
Otherwise, we might've been subjected to a Pink-Out... Just don't do the Stars-and-stripes theme like NW did. My BIL (active USN) is really annoyed at all the "honoring our active military" stuff, which he called "marketing gimmicks." He went on a mini-tirade about how it's patronizing - not to be confused with patriotic - and there just to sell tickets and jerseys.
But alternate jerseys can't hurt, right?
Stupid, yet oh so predictable. The Brand, The Brand, The Brand.
yes, we're the only team in the country wearing alternates
oh that Brandon, I'm so embarassed by his attempts to do the same thing everyone else does
But one of the things I liked about Michigan was the iconic uniforms. And that they didn't need to resort to the same alternate uniform gimmics for attention like other teams did. But whatever, that horse has been out of the barn for a couple years now. I'm just hoping it's something more traditional along the lines of the UTL I and Sugar Bowl alternates and not something that looks like it belongs on an arena league team like the Cowbow Classic or Outback Bowl alternates.
But why would you want to do the same thing that everybody else does? If we are so concerned about copying other schools, then congratulations, we're going 7-5, just like everybody else does.
As the man said not too long ago, This Is Michigan. Unfortunately, we've reached the point where we're trying to sell "same-ness" instead of uniqueness.
Leaders and Best, not Followers and Best, right?
A follower is someone who does what everyone else does because everyone else is doing it. Simply doing something that everyone else does doesn't make you a follower. Sometimes everyone does it because it's a good idea.
I'm not a follower because I brush my teeth in the morning or because I get my oil changed in my car, just like everyone else does. Sometimes there's a good reason why most people or groups are doing something a particular way.
the Brandon, the Brandon.
When the fuck did we play Baylor in bumblebee whites???
I must have been on a bender that weekend (entirely possible). It is completely wiped from my memory.
I think he was mocking the MSU alternates from that game.
not sure if serious
It was Baylor?
Was terribly thought out.
first ... this makes this season even more of a joke.
1. Be Different
Hold a clear and defendable point of difference in the market.
2. Be Authentic
Are relatable and authentic in your market relationships.
3. Be Attractive
Draw everyone toward you.
4. Be Dependable
Deliver on your promise time after time after time.
5. Be Clear in you Message
Always simple, clear, well-defined.
6. Be Loved
Be loved by your own people and those that seek to interact with them.
7. Be Worthy
Good brands build value back into the organisation.
8. Be Accountable
Be measured to demonstrate and improve performance.
Do all of these things and then......... do this to it....
the "Tsar Bomba" of 1961?
EXCEPT: Don't mess with the helmet AND no stripes!
Please Dave Brandon: put down your thinking cap, Michigan doesn't need gimmicks. Michigan needs to WIN. Get us an offensive identity and an O Line coach and a real QB coach.
Bama, Oklahoma, USC. These schools don't need gimmicky unis to draw attnetion. Winning will get all the recruits you'll ever need. Helmets that look like Christmas ornamets are for schools with no class.
Stay Classy DB
And that comes from someone who didn't mind the so-called bumblebees.
Someone is going to have to answer to me!!
this reversed colored helmet really highlights that if you look at the "negative space" of the helmet, you see a laughing pac man.
once you see it, it's hard to unsee it
will flip back to us if we offer more gimmicky uniformz like we did in '11. After all, recruits eat that shit up.
We have to offer him better academics.
I hate ALL of them and believe each team should just stick with one away and one home uniform FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON. The alternative "comic book" jersey's add absolutely nothing to the gameday experience, player performance, or brand ID. The only possible benefit I can see is more shameless profiteering by the athletic department in selling more merchandise - pretty much the same motivation as the obscene $4.50 water bottles which I've never forgiven Brandon for.
So, David, if you're reading this blog, here's a suggestion: stop saying yes whenever a sports clothing manufacturer waves a bunch of money in your face in exchange for making OUR team look like a bunch of ass-clowns!
If you're gonna die, die with your boots on. Or, if no boots, a poorly translated facsimile of some revisionist history wrapped in a commercialized platitude (all yours from the Mden for $179).
My vote is all white, for a white-on-white game. Then I hope it snows. Not impossible in late November. Blizzard snow. A complete white out so that I don't have to see anything that's happening on the field.
That would be great.
UM-Dearborn won the game?!
fuck it... shirts VS skins
I remember when Alabama got Uniformz.
Basically they just put houndstooth faintly in the numbers.
It is possible to not have Uniformz and still recruit a half decent class.
I just read about 90% of the comments posted in this thread and realized how grateful I am to not be a 50+ year old living in the past of Michigan athletics. Maybe we should go back to leather helmets since that's "Michigan Tradition." Maybe we should just line up in Wing T since that's "Bo's offense." Maybe we should just take the Big House down to 90,000 seats since that's "how it started." Most of you are pitiful and you wonder why there's such a disconnect from the students to the alumni.
"You can't begin your future when you're still living in your past." Get with the times, or get left behind, old timers.
Just wondering, how old are you?
I'm 18. Guys my age go to Michigan & play on the team.
But I think wearing alternates against ohio and vice versa should not happen PERIOD. There is no better picture than seeing the Blue jerseys w/Maize numbers line up against the white and scarlet jerseys ones in November at noon.
That is college football.
I'm not against alternates at all. The kids really do like the concept of new gear because it's exciting and NEW. I've seen it first hand and I've experienced the feeling as a player on a team where we got the chance to wear all-orange Nike pro combats.
I would personally rather not see us or Ohio State wear alternates, but I get it. I understand it. It's 2013. Not 1969. I'm not going to sit here and cry about Dave Brandon "creating profit." I mean that's what he's supposed to do; that's his job. Bo's teams wore white pants. I can only imagine this blog back in those days when that change was made.
yeah, it's got to be a major chore to be able to do nothing right
HOKE SUCKS, NO MORE MICHIGAN MAN BS
UNIFORMZ SUCK, NOT MICHIGAN TRADITION
that us "older" alumni go to games and get there on time, while students do not. Just sayin'
You're not 50+, and you also don't know fuck-all about football since you think that Bo was running the Wing T.
Keep the traditional uniforms. Just add sweater vests.
worse. The inevtiable huge embarassing beatdown was bad enough. Now this.
Alternate jerseys are here to stay. The younger generations like them. That includes potential recruits. If you don't adapt you become extinct. Yes, that can even happen to Michigan. To some degree it already has. Stop being whiny old fucking dinasaurs...change happens. Embrace it or get the fuck out of the way.
Alabama is laughing.
And this collective board is whining like petulant brats. Your point?
just chose dinosaur-y Alabama over MBA-driven Uniformz-y Michigan.
Michigan isn't winning as much as dinosaur-y Alabama or uniformz-y Oregon.
Uniformz may not be the answer to winning and losing, but they may have something to do with holding on to the devotees of the team that once wore what Bo once called "the uniform with the proudest tradition in college football."
What you're hearing is "feedback." "Whining" is just a term of arbitrary deprecation. Stop whining.
Most of the younger people that I know hate them. I also doubt the recruits really care much about them at all. Is Dashwn Hand going to Alabama becuase of their alternate unis? yeah no
As evidence by the fact that people who have a vested interested in the financial outcome of their production causes me to respectfully disagree. It's called economics. If they were not making money with them they would disappear.
If it makes money it must be good?
This mindset brought Maryland and Rutgers to the B1G, and is rapidly eroding something special (college football - michigan in particular) into a generic, mediocre product.
It's shortsighted at best.
He's going there to bank.
I know in their 20s hate them. On the other hand my 12 year old nephew loves them.
They are surprisingly bad academically. #109. Not good. But if he plays football, the recruiters could convince him they are better.
Let's have a different uni for every game! MORE NEWER FOR THE ADD GENERATION!!!!!1 LOL OLDSTERZ
That's a logical impossibility. By their nature, alternate jerseys show up once and then disappear forever. They're like a ridiculously garish outift a desperate whore puts on in a pathetic attempt to appear attractive to younger paying customers out on the street. Worn once, and then discarded.
Clearly we lost Hand due to Alabama's alternate uniforms.
Lovely...poorly veiled denial.
What ever happened to not wearing alternates at home? I thought DB said we were saving them for bowl games or some random away game bumblebee shit.
Soooo it's not worth anything
It's worth negative-something
I don't have an issue with the occasional alternate jersey, especially when an opponent wears them, too. I just hope the uniform looks nice, and not bumble bee-esque. And I would have been fine with UM wearing a good-looking alternate jersey against Northwestern, as well.
Also, my favorite MBB uniforms are the all blue, so I'd likely be a fan of that look on the football team. Go blue, indeed.
I don't care what they wear as long as they win. Go Blue! Beat Ohio!
That they'll run, catch, throw and block better- I'm for it!
Instead of alternate uniforms, how about an alternate result?
I absoutely hate the idea of wearing alternative uniforms, however It is very unlikely the plan to wear alternate uniforms was established in the recent weeks. I'm sure this was the plan all along, and Brandon thought at this point in the season we would have a fighting chance against OSU and the uniforms would be "added hype" to The Game. Either way, the idea of both teams wearing alternates really makes this game feel like a commercialized product.
This sounds like another one of Dave Brandon's trial balloons. The info was leaked, people will freak out, then he will secretly cancel the idea a week later and scold us all for making a big deal out of mere rumors.
in God's ear.
Nice. First a beat down by Ohio and now uniformz. This is going to suck.
Where the heck is Herm? We need Herm at a time like this. I hope he isn't dead.
He probably graduated and got a job.
Old school Cylon helmets or GTFO.
The Sugar Bowl Uniformz were the only alternate's I've liked. My gut says we'll have normal jerseys and a chrome helmet. I wouldn't be opposed to busting out the matte helmet again.
The matte helmets were great. Those should be worn more often.
is floating this rumor so that, when M shows up wearing proper uniforms, everyone is so relieved that they don't notice M getting beaten 50-14.
Two defensive touchdowns?
Goddammit Dave, just get it over with and make the team wear NASCAR jerseys covered in ads and logos.
Need to worry more about the team and fixing all their problems and leave the dress code alone. I'm sick of seeing a team that can't run a lick and a QB that looks shell shocked. Keep the alternate uniforms in the closet. Play football.
I'm taking my kids to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and missing the game for the first time in a long ass time. Good grief!
I dragged myself out to a bar in the middle of the night to watch a 3-8 Michigan team get utterly destroyed by Ohio in front of a half dozen Buckeye fans in 2008.
anyone who chooses to skip this game because this season was too hard on them is ridiculous
I say we go with some Jeremy Scott designed uniformz. Blow what ever everyone else has out of the water. Our helmets have wings. Why not the shoes?
It will be my third in my lifetime (I've been to two UMvMSU and 5 UMvND) - I don't get to pick when the universe aligns correctly to allow me to watch these in person. I really don't feel confident by any stretch, just happy to get to be there. I don't care what they wear. I do think a chrome helmet with darker chrome wing would look cool, though. Maybe somebody with graphic skillz could mock up something? Just win, baby. Go Blue!!!
Paint those yellow wings white and add some white stars around the blue, then you end up looking pretty patriotic!
White numbers and letters, impossible to identify players. Full-grill black visors. Instead of a team dance, we'll roll around in the mud for 20 minutes before kickoff.
It'll ease the 65-3 beatdown we'll be on (57 yarder by Wile after we have 1st and goal from the two).
Al will wear a canary glow-job MBB uni from last year, singlet and all. Forced to 'stroll' the sidelines. Brady will wear a wrestling uni.
I love how everyone automatically assumes they're going to be terrible. Can we save the meltdown for when we actually see them?
ed: Of course, they very well may be terrible... But I'll reserve judgment for when I actually see them. Alternates for big rivalry games are quite common in CFB.
ed2: I hope they're all highlighter yellow, maybe we can blind OSU's defense.