MVictors Uncovers a Winged Helmet Paint Change

MVictors Uncovers a Winged Helmet Paint Change

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 9th, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Greg Dooley recently visited Capitol Varsity Sports in Oxford, OH to learn more about the process for reconditioning Michigan's famed winged helmets. His post on the visit is well worth your time. 

Greg followed up that post with one today that reveals that Michigan began including gold flakes into the maize paint in 2012 and this year's helmets continue the practice. 

Before checking with #1000SSS, I asked around and couldn’t find anyone aware of the change or a release talking about the flakes.*   I checked out some close-ups of photos and didn’t really notice anything.  Sap found one U-M collector, Dan Oles, who got his hands on a 2012 helmet that indeed had the flakes.  Oles wrote to Sap, “I contacted a few players via twitter asking if the regular season helmets had maize glitter paint. They all confirmed that they did.”  Oles even shot a note to Jon Falk who confirmed the change.

Fast forward to today.  I verified with media relations & with Falk that indeed the team had the bedazzled headgear in 2012.  The change to the paint was announced as part of the Cowboy Classic uniform reveal…but the news release didn’t call out the gold flakes:

"Michigan will be utilizing a new paint technology on the maize wings on the helmet in order to better highlight the most recognizable helmet in college football and create a more durable surface."

Those highlights included the shiny flecks.  (My understanding is it’s not real gold a la Notre Dame).  I also confirmed they’ve got the same look on the helmets this year as well.

Here's a close up of a 2013 helmet that Greg took at yesterday's practice.

What's your verdict?

or Interview w/ Author of "The Big House" Interview w/ Author of "The Big House"

Submitted by MGoShoe on September 21st, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Over at, Greg Dooley has posted a great interview with Dr. Robert Soderstrom, author of The Big House, Fielding Yost and the Building of Michigan Stadium (Huron River Press, 2005).

Topics covered include the difference between conducting research on football history at Michigan and Illinois; an idea of what it takes to do the level of research needed for a book of this magnitude; the difficulties he had convincing a publisher that anyone would care about "a stadium"; Soderstrom's opinion of the stadium renovation; how important it was for the project's success that it was led by Fielding Yost and that it was done when it was done; how close the project came to failing miserably because of water issues during excavation; and then there's this:

MVictors: One of the greatest tales of Michigan Stadium involves a crane or steam shovel being buried beneath the stadium, lost in all that water and sand during the build. But you didn’t find any evidence of this in your research?

Soderstrom: [laughs] I was unable to confirm that and I’ve heard that story since I arrive in Ann Arbor way back in 1968. I could not find anything in the current literature, either in the Ann Arbor News or the Michigan Daily or anything. I can’t imagine that wouldn’t have been recorded by somebody if in fact they had lost a whole steam shovel. The [excavator] lost everything else. I also asked his granddaughter and she said she never heard that story from her grandfather.

Sorry to burst anyone's bubble about the great apocryphal Michigan Stadium steam shovel. All in all, another great read and must reading for any Michigan Stadium aficionado (aren't we all?).