So I was listening to the pre-game on radio this morning and they interviewed Jon Falk. He was asked something along the lines of "well even with all new uniforms these days, we'll never see anything change with the helmets will we Jon?" Falk chuckled in agreement but then went on to say that they were looking at adding a metallic element to the helmets so they "glow" like ND's did, but that it was difficult to add the metallic element to our specific colors. And that we "may see something new next year." Wait, wut? First I've heard of this, snd I'm sadly not shocked, if true.
We are looking at getting shiny helmets "like Notre Dame"--Jon Falk
Why that would be a travesty
Y U NO LIKE HELMETZZZ?!?!?
ALL CAPS ANGER! NO NO NO NO!!!! EXCLAMATION POINTS TO PROVE I AM SERIOUS!!!!
I would love to see glossy maize wings with matte blue...that'd be about the only change aside from award stickers coming back I'd care for.
I agree with you. I would love to see an all matte helmet with our traditional design.
hmm ... interesting. I had never thought of this. I wonder if we have one of the only helmet designs that could pull off a dual matte/gloss pattern? I'm still not really in favor of trying, but it's a less horrifying idea than totally metallic or totally matte.
.. Nothing wrong with a little change as long as they keep the old school the primary helmet.
Our screaming highlighter yellow is not glossy enough?
The maize already is glossy, but if we pull a nd on our beautiful helmets the history would be ruined.
Completely black helmet. The wings will be glossy, and the rest will be matte. And red numbers. Because why not?
This. Is. Outrage!
But seriously, please no.
FREAK OUT BEFORE WE KNOW WHAT THE CHANGES, HOWEVER INSIGNIFICANT THEY MAY BE!!!!!!!!!!!
Sparkly? DEAR GOD, NO!
Do. not. want.
Notre Dame's new helmets drive me crazy.
destroyed their very cool helmets last year. I'd have put them at number two coolest in 2010, I doubt they crack the top 20ish in 2011/12.
I wouldn't mind this, don't hate me bro.
Not all-out christmas like MSU this year, but something that made the wings stand out. I think I might really dig that for a game. Never changing the design or completely changed the coating so that it looks like a compeltely different helment (again, MSU), but making the wings pop out? I'm down.
But then again I loved the UTL uniforms... didn't care much for the MSU away or Alabama uni's.
I think the wings stand out pretty well already...since they're maize surrounded by blue
Maybe we can get an alternate logo that features Calvin pissing on the Michigan logo too. The kids seem to love that Calvin and Hobbes.
Fear level: 8 out of 10.
Don't mind that much, esp with the chuckling about major changes. Lets see it
Yeah I would like confirmation from a second listener's interpretation to be sure he wasn't joking.
no f'n way.
This makes me vomit just a little bit in my mouth. Ugh.
I'd even be ok with helmet stickers. But don't mess with the base look of the helmet. Notre Dame's shiny helmets are stupid. Our helmets are not
Nightmares do come true
There already is small metallic flakes in the maze wings, so they would have to be going really crazy to further it. I am gonna say I doubt that we do anything more than wants done. Seriously, at some point it's too much. Our tradition is conservatism, Oregon has a tradition of changing every other week. College football can have both.
GET OFF MY LAWN!
don't. Signed, Fan
Sorry. Must use caps. HE'S JOKING, RIGHT!?!??!??!
This idea should be taken out back and killed with an axe.
Could we see a matte finished helmet. Like how Minnesotas look. No shiny-ness.
Why shouldn't our program be more like Minnesota's? No shininess. Haven't won anything metallic in living memory, in fact.
Is nothing sacred anymore? Where does it stop? Hell, why don't we just piss on other great things as well. How about Arlington National Cemetery and Casino Resort?
Leave our helmets alone.
The numbers were one thing, I liked that. I think that should be a permanent addition, but after that no changes. The helmets are iconic. It's our calling card.
Good, I'd rather see tradition burned quickly rather than let it die slowly. Hell, get it over with quickly Brandon. Please, just pick a game and put ads, logos, and all the goddamn marketing you want in the stadium. Then make the team wear pink girdles, all maize uniforms, black helmets, a mascot, and strippers on the sidelines. Would that appease all demographics and make you enough money? I really don't care anymore, I've lost the will to fight this.
Instead of "All in" or some other horseshit line, why not just be honest... "Michigan: The New Oregon!". Goddamn you Dave Brandon, damn you to hell.
Shut up. Seriously, all of the recruits love this stuff. Everytime we break out something new everyone tweets about it. We have to keep up with other teams. What is so wrong about trying something new, it isn't hurting you so calm down. You're acting like you forgot to put on your Depends this morning and got stuck in traffic.
The "recruits love this stuff" line is such a tired one. I have never once found it convincing no matter how many times you people try to convince me it's a good argument. Also, we should not be trying to "keep up with other teams." You're really selling the school short if you believe that.
Yes, it's been proven in various scientific studies that wide eyed recruits love shiny things...seriously? Leave the helmets alone.
People TWEET about it??
Well then, that changes everything, I'm totally on board now.
Sigh.....ultimately uniforms and facilities don't mean shit. A team could have brand new uni's every week, and practice in a billion dollar facility, but if they don't win, nobody will want to play for them
If "all of the recruits" love this stuff, nobody would ever go to Michigan or Penn State. "All of the recruits" is a stupid thing to say and is proof that you aren't critically thinking through the whole "kids love it" crap.
Add Alabama, USC, Texas, Florida, LSU, Ohio to that list.... no one would go to any of those schools either. Michigan is right in there with them. We don't need gimmicks.
It works for Oregon... hey great, that's part of their schtick. It never should be part of ours, we don't need it.
BRAND ON, DAVE.
the "strippers on the sideline" idea needs further study, Herm.
I volunteer to head up a committee to investigate this idea in depth...
sweet. I've been waiting to buy Michigan gear until they got a mascot and shiny helmets but now, thanks to the GENIUS that is Dave Brandon, i will relent and start buying stuff.
I totally remember this... I found it actually comical because of the hopeless attempt at establishing a mascot at the university. I still laugh to this day.
I don't think you remember it how you think you remember it.
Cuz it's only scary to its own fanbase, yet hilarious to literally everyone else's
That's the fake Michigan mascot that MSU trots out whenever we play there. Sparty then beats him up to wild applause.
I really need to unsee that. It's gonna take a lot of therapy.
Let's get real radical and wear no helmets at all
i wouldnt mind seeing the wings getting just a touch of a super neon maze like color..not too much neon but just alittle some vibrant radiant color. looking just clean and like flowing with energy and greatness as we head towards national championship era..like how the rams went from yellow to gold..but not that bold just..looks like speed and superior mixed with a newness just for big games only..i am a die hard fan for 32yrs now since birth..hate if you want..tints of neon or some suddle supermaze color design..but dont change nothing else
If we MUST make a change, I wouldn't mind seeing us go with white base, maize wings outlined in dark blue, dark blue masks. I would prefer the numbers OR the stickers, but that's me.The general idea is similar to the Chargers' helms.
I would withhold judgement til I saw a pic of the metallic though.
I'm not listening!!!
of Alabama. Our jersey/helmet is way better, yet some how they manage not to mess with a classic.
He's just trolling the fans. Brady got a question about changing the helmets just last week on "Inside Michigan Football" and both he and Brandstander said you don't mess with the winged helmet.
Come on, really....
No, no, no.
Falk is kidding. Dave Brandon's inbox would explode with hate email if he even considered this.
The alternative seems absurd.
I don't love the uniform changes that have happened so far, but they're tolerable to slightly silly at worst. This, however, would be unacceptable. A few things are untouchable, the helmets being one of them. The fight song and touching the banner come to mind as well. I would be extremely disappointed in the AD if he allowed this to happen.
Changing the helmets is as frightening as...
A big hairy man coming at you with a crowbar in an alley.
Fear level: 5/10 if the escape door is unlocked, 8/10 if it's locked.
just punked the whole Michigan fan base
and that's NOT a Halloween "boooooooooo"
I'm ok with this. We can keep up with the times while keeping our integrity.
Evolution is good.
Bo just stood up and shook his fist at the sky or down at the sky, and he probly punched Woody Hayes in the face.
Jon Falk. It is way passed April fools day!
Brony helmets FTW
Sometimes I'm not sure if he is a Michigan Man or a Marketing Man first.
I generally like to reserve judgment until I see the product, but I think it will be really hard to improve on the original.
For a quick effect of making the yellow more "shiny" I made a mockup. Here is the original first and the happy shiny one second. I think it would be hard not to make the whole helmet look cheap with "metallizing"
No. I don't understand the fascination with all things shiny. What, does the American television audience consist of a bunch of feeble-minded idiots with the maturity of toddlers? Apparently so. I don't need to see our Michigan players running around looking like a bunch of poofters with sparkles and gimmicks adorning a once great uniform.
It's not happening. The only thing I could see is maybe like Michigan State's helmet. It's the same helmet, but it looks metallic.
No. Just No. This isn' ND. This isn't msu. This isn't Oregon. THIS IS MICHIGAN FERGODSAKE!! That winged helmet has been built by 75+ years of tradition and has become a instantly regocnizable symbol of our program. Let's just keep it the way it is.
Please God NO! Do not put fucking Christmas ornaments on our beloved Wolverines' heads!
This is Michigan. We should never copy ND or MSU...ever.
NO METALLIC HELMETS!!
You're such a kidder!
You gotta watch out for guys with his kind of sense of humor---you just never know what they'll come up with next!
I'm on the fence on this idea. While I love our helmets and don't ever want to mess with our awesome tradition/history, part of me wants to see some iteration of a matte helmet. I wish our uniforms would stop changing though. Enough with the yellow piping that seems to change from year to year.
/insert appropriate animated gif here
This is the worst idea I have ever heard.
Guy Who Killed the Goose Who Laid The Golden Egg
I got an idea straight out of the kustom kar culture. First, make the blue out of 30 coats of metal flake blue alternating with coats of clear acrylic. It'll be deep and lustrous. Then you take the wings and turn them into retro '50s-style flames like it's a chopped and channelled '57 Chevy. To top it off, you create a Wolverine mascot, only make him look like Rat Fink, designed by Big Daddy Roth.
should be the block O on my neighbors porch.
Doing this crap for recruiting purposes is utter horseshit!!!!!!
The top recruiting teams in the country and the No. 1 Team in the country for the last two years doesn't pull uniform or equipment stunts to attract recruits.
WINNING ON THE BIGGEST STAGES GETS THE BEST RECRUITS! WIN AND THE BEST RECRUITS WILL KNOCK DOWN YOUR DOOR!!!
Alabama, USC, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma DON'T DO THIS. (Maybe LSU did it once, I think)
The uniform bullshit last year was downright embarrassing. Gimicks don't get kids to sign with a particular school. The coaches, the scheme and WINNING gets kids to go there.
I'm interested to see a mockup of the helmet, but I don't want to see us become ND or godferbid...Oregon.
The Notre Dame helmets make me have seizures.
The Maze wing all ready has the metallic flake that makes it pop.
The only change I wouldn't mind would be going with a matte look. I thought that Minnesota and Illinois blue matte helmets looked pretty good. We could even expand upon that by making the blue matte and keep the maize wings glossy.
But even then that would only be for one game.