This Week's Obsession: Leaders Numbers

This Week's Obsession: Leaders Numbers

Submitted by Seth on September 11th, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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If they're going to do it, might as well be Gardner. [Fuller]

Schedule for roundtable Legends jerseys:

  • Akron: Brian Cook switches to #1
  • Minnesota: Seth Fisher will wear #2
  • Nebraska: Mathlete shall don #77
  • Ohio State: Blue in South Bend changes to #7
  • 30 seconds before the end of the season: Ace Anbender will change to #32

A question:

Brian started to mention this in the game column but I thought it warranted some obsession. So now that ol' 98 is unretired and #12 has once again been abandoned before reaching its seniority* I'd like your thoughts on the Luminaries Numbers. Would you run the Interesting Integer program differently? Which have you been happy with, and which annoyed you the most?

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To infinitely weird numbers and beyond!
[Photo sent in by Scott Rains]

Brian: I would cleave as closely to the old numbers' origins as I could. 98 would be a skill guy, as would 47 and 21, 11 would be on the defensive line, 2 would be a defensive back. Ford's number would be some sort of DL/LB since it can't be an OL and the front seven on D is a little thing. I'd avoid switching anyone to those numbers after they'd been established. You can get it after your freshman or sophomore year, but after that your number is your number. Kovacs is 32, dammit, and Gallon is 10.

I was most happy with Gardner as 98, because that is weird and weird is good. Weird makes Michigan not Generic Sporting Experience. I am least happy with Funchess switching to 87, because who has any association with 19? Well, you would have. And shouldn't 87 be a lot more rough and tumble? Yes. To get the 87 you should have to sass the president.

Wait. No. I was least happy with Kovacs switching to 11 with two games left in his career because I think Kovacs should have his jersey legend'd right now and handed to any walk-on who finds playing time outside of the offensive line. 32, man. 32.

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Actually it was Ford who sassed the tight end.
[Photo from HTTV Kramer article, courtesy of Gerald R Ford Presidential Library]

[After the jump: Un-retire 77!]