The Commemorative Uniforms Have Landed

Submitted by Brian on July 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 PM

This was inevitable, I guess. Jib your sail and batten your hats:

Michigan Football Uniform

I am filled with a moderate distaste, so these are probably good as far as alternate uniforms go. I rank them above the infamous MSU bumblebee jerseys. So we've got that going for us unless the gloves…


…look like that. That brings out the uniformz tag.

Upside: no helmet frippery. No numbers, either, but oddly the announcement says the Alabama uniforms will have them. It's just the rest of the season that won't:

Last season's practice of placing the player numbers on the famed winged helmet will be suspended after the season opener in Dallas.


Michigan will wear its traditional home and road uniforms for the remainder of the regular season.

No six uniform changes this year, though the "regular season" leaves the door open for Commemorative Bowl Things.

BONUS: They're adding an American flag to the back of the helmet just to clear up any confusion about Michigan football's patriotism.



July 24th, 2012 at 11:52 AM ^

This game is looking worse and worse every day:

*neutral field in sterile pro arena

*insane ticket prices

*essentially no financial benefit

*suspended players will likely be out

*uniformz on a huge national stage instead of having two of the most classic looks on the field at the same time.

*odds are we start the season with a loss (potentially in embarrassing fashion)

*even if we pull off the upset, replay of the game over the years will always be accompanied with wondering why we had to wear those awful things during such an otherwise classic game.


July 24th, 2012 at 6:34 PM ^

Wow. Chill. I'm sure the team expected all fans to have the exact same feelings about these unis as they do. For that matter, I'm sure that every player on the team loves these, because it's easy to get 100+ college kids to agree on what looks cool. I'm sure you're right. As for the outcome of the game, as I stated, odds are that we lose by double digits. No really, they are; check the lines. The "embarrassing fashion" piece is also true regardless of who's a pun. By the way, I'm very hurt that you've questioned my level of fandom. Please let me know when my blog comments prove unequivocally that I am a true fan, like you.


July 24th, 2012 at 8:37 AM ^

Let's all forgo the snark and the chance to get that zinger in on DB a moment. I, too thought we were the home team. If DB shirked a chance for us to wear our blues because he wanted to get this shit bag on the field I'm going to sit here and rant impotently and still watch every UM game.

M Fanfare

July 23rd, 2012 at 11:11 PM ^

The sad thing is those would be fine if they changed the maize panel to white and the thin piping on the border of the panel from blue to maize (or removed it).


July 24th, 2012 at 3:47 PM ^

I'd rather have a cutting-edge program that sticks out in recruits' minds, and for better or worse the program has to cater to the tastes of 17-year-olds in some ways.  To me uniform changes are part of the CFB landscape today and an important part of the program's attempts to present itself. Our away jerseys are not that great to be honest.  Non-dark blue or -white jerseys at a home game might see me taking up arms in protest but I have a fairly thick skin as far as aesthetics of uniforms are concerned.


July 24th, 2012 at 10:11 AM ^

My first thought upon viewing the big maize strip was that they are insidiously inching closer to all maize.  Maybe the powers that be thought we'd never notice (not that they would care though)?  That combined with the gloves gave me a shudder as I was suddenly reminded of some trends found in the BHGP B1G/Pro Combat line. 


July 24th, 2012 at 3:57 AM ^

I agree, but... i can see why the staff allows it: they need to stay current. It keeps recruits interested. thats a big part of why Oregon's recruiting was so good, they were unique.  the staff does a pretty good job of keeping tradition and they haven't bastardized the unifor like rich rod.Hoke expects tradition, rich rod didnt. Maize piping... seriously? anyway, i feel your frustration but it is also kinda cool to see your favorite team sport something fresh.


July 23rd, 2012 at 11:17 PM ^

I too am relieved that Michigan does not hate 'Merica.


Also, at the risk of getting taken behind the woodshed, I would actually prefer the Pro Combat gloves, with a simple block M to these Ransom Note things.


July 23rd, 2012 at 11:21 PM ^

I don't like this one much at all... but then, I thought the UTL jerseys looked horrible too before I saw them on the field of play. I still say if we're playing a team like Bama (or PSU or USC) who also sticks to the clean, classy jersey look, that we should too... but it's an away jersey, so I'm not going to get worked up about it.