Michigan-ND Throwbacks: Possibly Paleozoic Comment Count

Brian May 20th, 2011 at 11:12 AM

We haven't had a good uniform PANIC for a while, so… yeah… here's… this:


That, according to your favorite newspaper, resembles the "throwback" uniforms Michigan will don this fall. You'll note a few things:

your eyeballs are melting out of your sockets

those uniforms don't look anything like those of the 1960s, which look essentially identical to today's with the exception of the helmets…


…unless they were day-glo orange or something. I think MVictors would have notified us if this was the case by now.

there is a distinct resemblance between these monstrosities and the Big Chill stripey-bucktooth-weasel thing…


…in that both were obviously designed by Joad Cressbeckler. Doctor Saturday pointed me to this image of Michigan's uniforms down the years in which the only vague resemblance between the above and something from history is Michigan's 1891 uniforms.

we must have no taste if the Big Chill jerseys sold well enough for this to seem like a good idea.

Let's hope this a practical joke played on the Free Press as revenge, I guess. Get off my lawn.


Will Vereene

May 20th, 2011 at 10:12 PM ^

When I was looking at the post about the Michigan helmets from the Omaha paper, I noticed this image that probably closest matches the throwbacks that have surfaced.

It's not clear when these are from but it's sometime after the helmets went to molded plastic from leather (c. 1937) and before facemasks (c. ???)

The stripes don't look bad here because there not so close together as in the proposed throwback designs. Or it could be that they are longer sleeves that were probably used in a cool fall game day Saturday opposed to the second weekend of September.


May 21st, 2011 at 2:42 PM ^

You've apparently missed the fact that those jerseys aren't UM jerseys at all, but Princeton jerseys, and helmets. The photo is immediately adjacent to this part of the text:

"Crisler's design for the Princeton helmet graced the cover of Spalding's Official Football Guide for 1938. The photo depicts action from Princeton's game against the University of Chicago, Crisler's alma mater."

For a look at the entire cover from which that small fragment is taken, see this:


In other words, that dumpster fire throwback that Brandon is considering bears the closest resemblance to a Princeton jersey, not a UM jersey. The fact that future UM coach Fritz Crisler was coach of Princeton at the time doesn't alter that fact.


May 20th, 2011 at 10:48 PM ^

I Love These.

You would think the original idea was to put 3 stripes on the shoulders in reference to our helmet stripes. If we were still with Nike, we'd do that. 3 stripes with adidas is akin to saying Michigan is a shill. But i love the stitching over the M and numerals. I love the look. These will look good on football players.