Game vs. OSU from 11-23-74. I don't like the pants or the stickers.
White pants and helmet stickers on BTN now
I love the idea of white pants for away games but still hate the helm stickers
The all white is horrendous. It doesn't even look like Michigan. But I don't understand the aversion to helmet stickers, especially given that Bo was the first coach to use them.
I think the aversion to the stickers is they look like shit on an otherwise clean, classic helmet. I understand that there's no reason to hate them from a tradition perspective, since Bo started them, but they destroy the look of the best helmets in college football.
It's just not for me. Like a bumper sticker on a Bentley.
haha great comparison. It is very much like putting a bumper sticker on a luxury car.
Like when Kid Rock put the Hooters one on Rev Runs?! That was classic
But it's football, not interior design. Helmets are supposed to be scuffed. Uniforms are supposed to be dirty and grass-stained. To me, the helmet stickers have a blue collar look. They also make the helmets look like they've seen some action.
i think the players number on the helmet looks pretty sweet
I like the helmet numbers, totally agree with the analogy of the bumper sticker, it serves no purpose and I think it's a major distraction for the eyes.
See, I don't understand some of the anti-sticker arguments:
"it ruins the classic look"- so, the stickers we had for 25 years somehow ruin the look that we have only had for the past 15? I think some peoples ideas of "classic" are different. Stickers are classic to me. That's what they wore during my first game, and when I grew up watching them.
"it makes thehelmet too crowded" - yet many like adding the numbers, making the wings "taller", etc. Those all "crowd" the helmet as well.
I love the numbers on the helmet as a throwback, and I love the stickers. The helmets don't start getting crowded with stickers until the last third of the season anyway. You have the first 7-8 games to enjoy the "clean" look.
Where did you find your avatar? Do you know if that's the only picture surviving or were there more you could have chosen from?
Eh, if it makes them happy then I'm okay with having a few grayed out posts.
This was one of the most controversial games ever, Michigan and OSU tie, they end up in a tie for the conference. By all the rules, Michigan should have gone to the Rose Bowl, but since the QB Franklin got hurt, someone not sure who, calls for a special vote on the BT rep to the rose bowl. In those days, the BT champ went to the Rose bowl, no other teams went to Bowl games at that time. The Schools AD's vote and a narrow vote Michigan is voted out and OSU is voted in to the Rose Bowl. The key swing vote that doomed Michigan...Michigan State.
Lantry was interviewed on the radio a couple years back about the end of this game. He said he got hundreds of letters from OSU fans that sat in the end zone for that game tell him he got robbed but they were still happy they were going to the Rose Bowl over us.
I'm thankful I wasn't alive yet to see this unfold. 10-0 going into the Ohio State game and then to lose on a field goal that was good but was called no good...I wouldn't have survived.
I've noticed that some schools (I think Iowa is one) still use the shorter goalposts. How can there not be an NCAA rule requiring the taller ones?
I love the stickers, I was born in 79 and grew up seeing them
i think the athletic director vote for the rose bowl rep problem was from 1973 game at michigan
the 1974 game featured what looked like harry banks scoring a touchdown but the offiicials said no-----then a possible game-winning field goal that was ruled wide when again it looked good
Before my time but I don't think the white looks so bad. Although we kind of looked like Penn State with winged helmets.
those old roadies would have been a good start; i owned a replica of that eras road jersey.
i'm still not sold on the white pants however.
I think the maize-and-blue shoulder stripes are strong enough that there is a clear distinction between our uniforms of this era and Penn State's. Probably the main objection is that maize pants are standard issue now and I for one have misgivings about our current white away jerseys.
But this game is very very boring. I know there is a lot on the line and two great teams and the era was different and all that, but I am glad things have opened up a lot more in college football. It's like when you read a list of greatest movies and actually watch Casablanca and fall asleep after half an hour; great for it's time but doesn't hold my ADD very well.
VarsityBlue posted some alternate uniform mock-ups back in the day.... A modern version of the white on white looks pretty nice in my opinion.
Why don't we just invert the home uniform for road games and have maize jersey's and blue pants?
just got back from the DC alumni fundraiser with the coaches. one of the questions was if he'd bring back helmet stickers. verbatim response: "no."