DB will have a talk with JB and we'll be wearing them against Staee Sunday and all games through the NC game.
Uniformz: Michigan Elects NOT to Wear Basketball Sleeves for Tournament
...you guys REALLY have to stop thinking that Dave Brandon is the one who decides this stuff.
Trust me, I'm going on 9 full years in athletics administration. 5 of that at the BCS level. Dave Brandon is fundraising...he's not sitting in some box Gladiator style giving a thumbs up/thumbs down to jerseys.
I GUARANTEE we've worn jerseys in MULTIPLE sports that Brandon doesn't like. Guarantee it.
This has a lot more to do with the TEAM than anything else.
If Coach B, the captians and the team wanted to wear these...we'd be wearing them. Period.
My guess is that we have shooters who don't want anything on their shoulders. We don't even have guys who wear the tight under armour/pro combat like undershirts like many other teams do. When I played, I HATED sleeves. It was just distracting to me.
This is absolutely something the coaches and Director of Basketball Ops discussed and decided they didn't want to do.
Even if Brandon wanted them, he's not going to MAKE any team wear something they're uncomfortable with. Football, Basketball, or any sport. He may press one way or another, but ultimately it's a team decision.
Dave Brandon is 100% more likely to say "ABSOLUTELY NOT!" to a jersey than "YOU MUST DO THIS" to a jersey. And the only time I can see him saying no is if he thought it hurt our brand. Like if we rolled out in metallic gold helmets with a blue block M in the middle.
This is an interesting and credible post.
When you suggest that Brandon would not make any team memebers wear anything that was a distraction, or substandard, or otherwise undesired, I find it impossible to argue with you. Indeed, the word we get is that many of the players just loved some of our most abominable recent uniformz. Judging by some players' choices in tattoos, there's not much accounting for taste.
But there's another question; you already alluded to it. It is whether Brandon can impose his will as the Brand Manager of Michigan Athletics, and say to adidas, "No. Enough. Michigan football and basketball have a certain traditional look, and we will not alter it." We see that in their contracts with Nike, Alabama and Southern Cal are able to resist most if not all of the manufacturer's urges for variegated "tributes."
Is Michigan's adidas contract significantly different from the Nike contracts with Alabama and USC? Do you think that Michigan is forced into more designz, essentially for the benefit of adidas sales? Or do you think that Michigan is merely invited to pick out things that the players like, subject to Brandon's approval?
In my mind, the final arbiter is always Brandon. Brandon always has the option to say that something is inconsistent with the brand. Maybe Michigan's players really did veto the basketball jerseys with sleeves. That one, it seems to me, ought to be very much left to the players. But it also raises the question about why would other teams consent to sleeved jerseys? Why, if so many basketball players are used to traditional sleeveless basketball jerseys and opposed to wearing new-fangled jerseys with sleeves, would other teams consent to the adidas design?
Exactly. Brandon can always say, "no, we're not messing with our Jerseys" and I'm sure the players would be just fine with that. I bet some of the Alabama or USC or Penn State players would dig clowniformz if given the choice, but I bet it's their ADs who send the message to Nike that they're not gonna mess with a great thing, so don't waste your time designing crap for us.
Is it the AD or the head coach who makes that decision? Brandon seems to be a softer target here so people go after him, but it could be that Hoke (gasp) is okay with the alternate uniforms, and so it goes. I think it's likely that he - like most coaches nowadays - probably doesn't lose a lot of sleep over what uniforms his team wears.
The few schools that don't wear alternate uniforms (or at least not often) are generally those who either currently have, or recently had, control-freak head coaches, like Bob Knight, Joe Paterno and Nick Saban, who wouldn't tolerate change. Their ADs probably were afraid to go against their wishes.
I'm not sure who makes those decisions at UM or elewehere, but I am pretty sure that both the AD and Hoke could have veto power over clowniformz. My educated guess based on limited character judgment is that Hoke doesn't mind either way (he's probably fine with whatever the players want or whatever Brandon wants) and Brandon might lean towards them because of the revenue (and what he's said about a mascot, etc.). Similarly, I bet Brandon could easily say "enough of this Special K crap, let's bring the focus back to the band" if he was so inclined.
It's not like he picks every song or jersey, but it certainly seems like he gives the green light to his marketing/pr/branding people (who he played a role in selecting) to do whatever they want within certain limits. This whole kerfuffle is about the differences in where Brandon vs. each of us fans draws that line re: encroaching on our tradition vs. making profit.
I'm not a big fan of all the uniform changes, but a lot people seem to be operating under the assumption that someone is forcing someone else to wear them. Either Brandon is forcing the teams to wear uniforms they don't want or Adidas is forcing Brandon to use uniforms he doesn't like. Maybe no one is forcing anyone to do anything. Maybe Adidas presented the athletic department with a new uniform and it was actually well received. Just because you (and most of the posters here) don't like all the uniforms, doesn't mean there's some coersion going on behind the scenes.
Like I said, I don't really care for them either. But I don't think there's some heavy hand forcing all this stuff on people who don't want it. And certainly Michigan is not in some contractual obligation that they can't get out of.
EDIT: And just for good measure, because it bears repeating: Stop acting like Adidas is alone is designing dumb alternative uniforms. Nike has put out more than their share of stupid looking special retro-tech unis.
Apparently Adidas unveiled short sleeved jerseys for the Golden State Warriors earlier this month. This is what they look like:
Those are appalling uniformz.
It is not the jerseys that are appalling, it is the sleeves. Without the sleeves those jerseys would be fine.
>shudder< effing soccer jerseys. Nasty. Fuckin Adidas!
Why do people keep blaming Adidas, specifically? Nike has been pumping out ugly, dumb, alt-uniforms just as readily.
Only in the sense that every short sleeve shirt ever created looks like a soccer jersey...
Here's a shot of them in action. Short sleeve basketball uniforms look so weird. It's like the team forgot to take their warm-ups off when the game started.
This just has the look and feel of the White Sox and their shorts experiment. Like we'll look back in 20 years and go "oh Lord what were they thinking." I hope to hell I'm right.
wow... adidas managed to make the jerseys look worse by pairing them with those shorts.
The color difference between the jerseys and the shorts was really apparent. It looked dumb. I'd be surprised if the Warriors wore those jerseys on a regular basis.
wearing that authentic Spurs uniform in a pickup game.
Either that, or they bodypainted that thing on him.
Is there any chance that this is a PR move by the NBA through Adidas to cover up some of the ink that has permeated the league? I know it isn't a new concern, but the league seems overly obsessed with their "thug" image and I would bet they view tattoos as part of that image. I do not share this feeling and have a tattoo myself. Just wondering if there could be some reasoning behind these hideous jerseys.
Edit: Please understand I do not agree with this if it is the reasoning, I'm just making an observation.
/tin-foil hat time
I honestly think there is a reason but it has nothing to do with tattoos. The NBA has been heavily considering adding advertisements to jerseys, in my view this is just a way for the NBA to add extra ad-space to uniforms. Adidas has the NBA contract. The NBA says "Hey Adidas, start brainstorming ways to incorporate ads onto jerseys." Adidas adds sleeves. In reality, NBA/basketball jerseys offer little surface area for ads, but the addition of sleeves provides some nice ad patch real-estate.
/end tin-foil hat time
I have rethought my post and removed it. Instead, please enough this gif that I found when googling the phrase "cat basketball."
How much say do the players get over these Uniformz (compared to AD's say)?
If the change is purely cosmetic I would say the players have little to no input; but in this case where the jersey itself fits differently I bet if the players tried them and said they didn't like it, that would carry a lot of weight.
Different sport, but weren't there some football games in which some players were wearing different (i.e., old version) jerseys because the special alt ones were somehow functionally worse? Like they were too stretchy and/or ripping too readily or something. I seem to remember players coming out after the half in different jerseys.
I thought the o line changed their jerseys because they were getting held partly because of excess fabric below the arm pits. I don't know how those bball jerseys would feel to wear for 40 minutes. Maybe they feel the same as a regular tank top jersey, but probably not. But the style change isn't for improved function but purely cosmetic and man does that seem stupid as hell.
Why would any coach essentially say "I know this isn't what you are used to wearing but why don't we switch things up for our most important games of the year"
I liked it when some college basketball players elected to wear shirts under their jerseys. I'm not too sure about mandatory jerseys built with sleeves already.
Glen Rice did that quite often.
look at how tired those sleeves made him. I bet that if he didn't have sleeves he wouldn't be sweating so much.
Sleeves under the jersey only look good, I think, if there's a border on the jersey. (Which there seems to be less and less of these days.) Otherwise it looks like....that.
DB has opted for full sleeves instead, more room for logos and advertisements
Adidas logic: let's impose a totally new uniform style that none of these kids are used to for the most important games of their lives.
Let's make new uniforms for fans to buy. If fans don't like them they aren't any less to buy a uniform entirely- so they still will buy our old uniforms. If fans like them they may also buy a whole new uniform
I doubt Adidas cares too much about players performance or comfort in the jerseys- unless it becomes a big pushback that would push schools away from Adidas. Even if they are universaly panned and players say they suck- it won't hurt Adidas financially unless school drop them.
Uniforms are going to keep changing because it makes money- and no one turns down money. KU-MIZZOU split for money, A&M and Texas, MD and Duke, etc.... If there's money in it- it will happen- no matter the tradition, fan reaction, or anything else.
I don't like the uniforms fwiw- but I also don't feel inclined to vomit or feel any repulsion to them. I'd like our retros all the time..
...at this point, I'm ready to just let the kids show up in whatever they want and then let the teams go shirt vs. skins
This uniform business is just getting really fucking ridiculous. It's literally the easiest part of the game and yet in the past couple years it has been relentlessly tinkered with & shit upon.
Unfortunately, this is much more likely a result a Beilein and the team giving a strong HELL NO to the idea than DB suddenly caring about fan opinion.
knee pads, socks, wrist bands, its surprising that there would be any skin left showing
Turtlenecks, with long, ruffled sleeves.
You mean ...
Love how this turns into a Dave Brandon bashing thread when it should be an adidas bashing thread.
He didn't make the designs. He rejected them.
Any time $, uniforms, or tradition comes up he will ultimately be called out in a thread....
I get why some people dislike him- but it gets old... Especially when the sports programs he oversees are all on the upswing and financially incredibly well off (and for many cases he deserves tons of credit for the upswings due to hires and facility changes)...
I wish I could upvote this eleventy-billion times. So many people bitch about Dave Brandon and how he's doing "anything to make a buck". No shit: you want elite teams? You need elite facilities. How do you get elite facilities? Money. It's amazing how many people view that as so appalling or negative, when in reality, our athletics are on a huge upswing.
By that logic he could slap a 2-foot advertisement for Burger King on the football jerseys and a State Farm ad on the helmets and you'd be OK with it because it's making money for the necessary facilities?
If that sounds appalling, then please realize that everyone has a line they don't want crossed, and that once you've got an enormous pile of money, you don't need to wreck everything that fans like in order to look for more.
Bullshit. It is a logical extreme that disproves the premise. Soulfire specifically defended "doing anything to make a buck." A straw man would be if he'd defended something specific and I were the one who interpreted that to mean "doing anything."
You act like he didn't put "anything to make a buck" in quotes. That phrase was clearly used to represent the view of Brandon that the anti-Brandon crowd has. Not even an exaggerated representation, either, as plenty of posters have made that exact accusation.
He defended Brandon and the idea that making money is good for the athletic department, and you said he'd probably be OK with putting commercial logos on football helmets and jersey with 2 ft ads. Your comment might not technically be a straw man, but you offered an extreme example that no one would endorse then said "you'd be OK with it." Yes, I get you're using an extremem example to make a point, but you're also misrepresenting his original position.
All that said, the second half of your comment is a lot more fair (even though you do suggest Brandon is wrecking "everything fans like" and that there is some kind of homogenous sense of "what fans like").
Actually, I didn't defend "doing anything to make a buck" like you assert, hence the quotes around doing anything to make a buck. I was arguing that MGoBlog members who feel that way about him shouldn't, and that they mischaracterize DB by doing so. I didn't enumerate that, but I didn't feel I had to. In that respect, yes, you provided a straw man argument.
I understand there's a line you mention, I agree there's a line. Providing alternate uniforms and embracing social media do not cross that line, in my opinion. Brandon's ability to market the university has been tremendous, and while I understand sometimes we have to put up with uniforms we don't like to look at for a game, don't you think all of the new facilities and upgrades might be worth it? I certainly do.
Fair enough. I get what you're saying. My only quibble now is that I don't think the uniformz are necessary to have the facilities upgrades. Truth is, the revenue gain from them is probably miniscule in comparison to ticket revenue and TV revenue.
MaizeAndBlueWahoo, I think you can change your signature now.
It's a better quote now that it ain't true.
That'd be a lot of points!
People love the coaches- but give too little credit for who hired them.
People love the new facilities- but don't like new prices and advertizing
Now that doesn't mean all changes are equal- some things should never be touched- some to the point of being obvious:
school colors (creating new ones- not maize v. neon- although I see why that bothers people), mascot, helmets, block M...
But some things although important to many will have changes:
advertizing in areas it wasn't before, unifroms- more types and different styles, twitter/media- even on the court etc.
No one is going to please everyone- and balancing tradition, school culture, and success is not easy. But as long as you keep the untoucahbles alone, and dont run from what built Michigan- if you have success that is what the job is. And to say DB did any of the unnacceptable things seems silly to me- and he sure has been very successful!
Evansville did this for a long time.
And that guy looks like he's having a great time, too!
He seriously looks like he's thinking, "I can't wait for this game to be over! I hate Mom for making me play basketball. God, I just want to go home..."
That's just the smell of the Kansas guy's pit sweat
...or a baseball BP jersey.
if he wasn't carrying the extra weight of the sleeves.
Thank you Athletic Department for rejecting this. I am not usually against the uniforms, who cares what we look like... But this one, thank you so much...
But... but.. the wasted advertising space!!
You guys got it all wrong. FADS ARE AWESOME!!!! You should hear all the compliments I get on my double bicep barb wire tattoos. Sometimes I wear bibs with one strap undone and no shirt underneath. People get so jealous.
Back in high school, hated playing basketball with sleeves. It was always "sun's out, guns out" for me playing basketball. That was probably more psychological than anything, but I always felt like the sleeves made my shot feel funny.
In the end, my guess is it wasn't so much DB saying no to them, but the players saying they didn't want them. If the players wanted them, I'm sure Michigan would be wearing them as well.
You sir. Are 100% correct.
I always wore a t-shirt underneath. A lot of those HS gyms weren't well-heated and it could be downright chilly if you were just in a tank top. We had also made the transition to baggy uniforms, which was good from a shorts perspective but meant that the jersey was always really loose. The t-shirt kept it in place.
The first time someone misses a few shots in a row, it would be natural to start thinking about the sleeve clinging to his shoulder and upper arm. You don't make a change like that while the season is in progress; you make it in practice before the season starts.
i imagine the unis with sleeves would be more like a tight-fitting under armour style shirt than a t-shirt.
Although I do remember going to a b-ball game at Crisler against Iowa freshman year with some friends. Iowa was out on the floor warming up in their shorts and t-shirts over their jerseys. One of the girls said, "Man, they must really be bad. They can't even afford real uniforms." Same girl who cheered along with the rest of us during her first basketball game and turned to me to ask, "Which color are we?"
...in CollegeBasketballTalk, there is some speculation that (for the teams that will be wearing them - Louisville has accepted, I believe) they will bear some stylistic resemblence (varying depending on team, I am sure) to the uniforms that will appear in the McDonald's All-American Game, as you'll note below:
God....they look terrible
But don't the kids love 'em?
I frankly have also never really understood the need for a singlet in basketball. With all the new fabrics now I just don't see sleeves being a hinderance. It seems like a convention that has outlived its usefulness.