and comments that the unis are ugly, adding that they make the players look fat. . . She even said, "They did something to the helmets, too." Now granted, my kid is bright, but.
So...the jerseys. Was it worth the freakout?
For some reason I love the fact that an eight-year-old said that the jerseys made the players look fat.
My nine year old was pissed you couldn't see the numbers but said he still wanted one. He wanted Jeremy Gallon yesterday.
When I was 9, I just wanted a Michigan jersey. I wouldn't have cared if it had Zubaz stripes.
A school with 133 years of football tradition shouldn't wear shitty jerseys just so they can sell a few replicas to 9 year olds.
Between these and the hockey jerseys for th GLI, it's almost as if DB held a design contest to see who could put as many block M's as possible in a uniform. For the good of "the Brand," of course.
The Revolution will be synergized!
Yeah, Dave Brandon couldn't help slapping as many block Ms as possible on those 1975 jerseys they wore at the GLI. (http://tinyurl.com/bkjcktk)
I heard my grandfather say "what happened to the shiny helmets??!" But the new helmets looked great, jerseys looked like trash. I am still waiting for the white pants to come out, I personally think it looks awesome
I was at the game. I couldn't tell who was who. It was horrible.
Numbers were unreadable, and NOT FUCKING MAIZE. Look at what the cheerleaders were wearing, get the pantone number, and buy some fucking maize material for some pants.
Is this stuff thought out ahead of time, or really just a test to see if fans will buy anything? Why would someone buy this, the MSU shirt from last year, or the bumblebee abomination from Jerrah world?
Alternate unis are just silly for a football team with the tradition we have (or USC, or Alabama, or Penn St., or OSU for that matter).
The brand has already been built with winning football games for more than 100 years. We're debasing that brand by putting our football players in clown costumes so we can sell worthless shit.
I did think yesterday's game was very exciting, and am looking forward to a great season next year. As long as I can tell who's playing.
1) Stop fucking with the uniforms
2) Win games
If the numnbers were blue, lose the matte finish on the helmets and I could live with them. It is not like the home blues, where we actually do have a tradition of varying up the away uniforms. The yellow numbers could barely be seen or read with any accuracy during the broad cast. I mean, didn't they think that playing in the sunshinse state, where it might actually be sunny, there wouldn't be a reflection off the numbers?
These incarnations as a whole were horrible. Frankly, I never in my life remember a time in my fandom where we even spoke about the jerseys. Now, its "whats next" as the season and games approach. Times have changed, and for the worst in my epinion.
Sure, you can argue that we have changed up the away uniforms in the past. But do you know who was the designated "home" team for the Outback Bowl? We were. We gave up the opportunity to wear our beautiful home uniform so we could wear those unreadable piles of crap. So effectively, we did change our home uniform for this game.
Numbers couldn't be read, and it was aggravating trying to see who was who on the field. Other than that I thought the jerseys looked okay. The matte finish was nice.
They were definitely a lot better than the Bama jerseys as well as the 2011 MSU jerseys
As a whole not awful save for the numbers. They were terrible. I really didnt mind the matte finish. I was eh about them before but honestly the matte looked good.
I disliked both the uniforms and the helmets. While I could read the numbers, it would have been a lot easier if they had been blue. My personal reality, however, is that I don't care that much . . . this isn't a hill I would die on. I'd gladly trade a win yesterday for playing the next season in these uniforms.
We should take all that time and energy used in making these fancy uniforms and put it into, you know, playing football better.
We're not Oregon. We can't throw out ridiculous uniforms whenever we want. Every once in a while? Sure. Tis the culture, whether we agree with it or not.
But what I really want to see is some throwback from the real old days, when uniforms were plain blue with the blocky maize numbers and the paints were truly maize, much darker than this neon yellow. Take the field looking like we're right out of the 40's (with some modernity for safety/comfort/performance) on the day we honor Tom Harmon.
They may not have looked too bad, but a statistic Brandon should look at is that we are only 2-3 now playing in alternate uniforms... I'm sick of them, though.
Misgivings about looks aside (hockey jerszeyzzz!!one!!!11), I Couldn't see the numbers from distance, which is kind of a big deal...
I thought it was rather sweet of us to pay homage to our neighbors to the south, the Toledo Rockets.
We were the home team but thought it a better idea to wear a one off cheesy uniform than the classic iconic Michigan blue? That says it all to me about Brandon.
On a side note with bowl games why aren't both teams allowed to wear their home uniforms. Unless there's two teams with virtually similar unis like USC and Iowa state this really shouldn't ever be an issue. The home uniforms are almost always the more significant of the choices and it would make bowl specific jersey sales probably escalate as well.
Watched the game with a girl who had never watched UM before. She asked why our numbers were neon yellow.
That's a fail in my book.
These are the most Wal-Mart looking jerseys we've had yet. I am waiting for Brandon to take off the wings and stick a block M on the helmet. And then come the camo jerseys. Both are coming. I just know it.
but I could get behind some really outrageous ones if they went for it, like uniforms that have fireballs come off of the sleeves and helmets with maize and blue laser beams shooting out of them...
Hoke's record wearing traditional home uniform is much better. Couldn't read numbers. I'd rather have a more productive team so I would care more about small details such as these. Granted they may not have changed during a season, but the Bo era had many uniform changes to both helmet and jersey. Doubt it was much of a topic.
They really didn't look as bad as I thought they would, but the numbers absolutely should have been blue.
I did not like the uniforms. Just use the normal away jerseys. You couldn't read the numbers, the shoulder pad design was bad, overall ugly!! Just stay with the usual jerseys!
I don't usually give a damn about this sort of thing, but these jerseys were cartoonish. Aside from just being plain ugly, they looked like the tacky type of jerseys that a D2 school (or Toledo, as pointed out above). They do not look anything like something that a traditional power in college football would wear. As a program that emphasizes our great tradition, our winningest record of all time and all of the other great accomplishments from decades ago, why would we wear jerseys of a MAC / WAC team?
Also, obvious fail on not being able to see the numbers.
Also, also, I had a few people over to watch the game. My friend's wife, who knows nothing of college football, kept commenting on how ugly our jerseys are. Another friend, who is a ND fan, kept making fun of us for wearing what looked like knock-off Michigan merchandise that is sold at Wallmart or Meijers. Sadly, I had no response.
Aesthetcally, they were better than expected. Not being able to read the numbers reminds me of the Seinfeld where George gets the Yankees to wear cotton uniforms that shrink after the first wearing. Do they really not think these things through?
Change the letters to blue (or at least thicker borders), make all the yellows match, preferably a less bright yellow, keep the matte helmets and I think it's a reasonable bowl uni.
It seems to me that the jerseys were approved in a fluorescent-lit conference room, and they turned out to be a total fail out on the field with the numbers being unreadable in sunlight. Boo, uniformz.
I liked the helmets. I even liked the close-up shots of the players which showed the helmets with the shoulders. Ordinarily, I would not have been so keen to see our numbers, except I was always straining to see if Denard was in the backfield, or under center, or playing the electron receiver position. Unfortunately, there were dreads at most of those positions, which made it nearly impossible to tell. However, I did notice that as the shadows drew longer, the numbers became clearer, an old elvish trick.
Don't worry about it. It's all part of the B1G's Master Plan!
Brandon has hopped aboard Delaney's innovative strategy to make the B1G more attractive to television eyeballs in the South, where the population is growing. So the B1G is encouraging a few small changes to cater to this new fanbase:
Now that the state of Michigan has adopted exemplary Southern-friendly laws to appeal to its sister states in the South, the school is changing its name to The University of Michissippi.
The winged helmets will be dropped in favor of yellow helmets with a script, "Ole Mich" on each side.
The jerseys will be a less Yankee shade of blue, and instead will sport the school's official sky blue and yellow colors, sporting a variety of interesting designs and of course the "Ole Mich" logo.
Our fellow B1Gers at the newly-renamed Michissippi State will ring cowbells at games, which is "udderly" more fitting for a Southern-style agricultural school. The school's packaging major will offer a concentration in fried chicken take-out bucket design.
The long term goal of the conference is to absorb such legendary football schools as Jamaica's University of the West Indies and the fabled University of Havana.
I didn't like the Alabama game jerseys at first, but after seeing the uniforms yesterday, I loved them. The things they wore yesterday were a disgrace. Same thing with the jerseys the hockey team wore on Saturday. C'mon adidas.
As for matte vs shiny helmets...I didn't mind the matte, but shiny will always win.
Agree about the football jerseys. I was at the outback bowl in the lower bowl and I couldn't read the numbers. Jersey fail for using a yellow font against the a white background.
I actually liked the gli jerseys. It was a clean look, especially compared to the big chill rat design.
I didn't "freak out" when they were announced and I'm not freaking out now. Didn't really like them then, still don't, and just generally going on with life. It was a one game thing.