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.



May 20th, 2011 at 11:18 AM ^

I don't think that'll be the jersey. Michigan's never worn anything with that many stripes. Below is Matt Patanelli, football capt. 1936, donning a jersey with a Block M and bicep stripes. That's your jersey, IMHO.


May 20th, 2011 at 1:44 PM ^

Yeah but at least these look like throwback jerseys.  I think if I had a choice between this or a M moderation of the OSU ones, I'd take these.  I still hate them, though.  And if Brandon announces that these are the jerseys then I think the revolt will be as great as the one when they had the halo, and look what happened to that.  If they are truly planning to do this, I don't think they will ever see the light of day.


May 20th, 2011 at 11:31 AM ^

I don't actually know if these jerseys were ever worn in a game. It seems to me that they are akin to letter jackets, worn for photos and around campus. This seems evident from the fact recent team capts are pictured in similar "jerseys" for posterity. In any event:

Bob Wiese, Capt.1944

Art Renner, Capt. 1946

Jim Harbaugh, Capt. 1988

And here's David Bass in living color, Capt. 2004



May 20th, 2011 at 11:20 AM ^

I don't think anybody should be deferring to a double Engineering degree holder for style advice.  The Big Chill jersey was awesome, and so are the football throwbacks, though I'd prefer we didn't hop on the throwback bandwagon.


May 20th, 2011 at 2:25 PM ^

That is one of the worse drawings of a wolverine ever. A 5 year old could probably draw a better picture. If the tail was thinner it would look like a rat!  The big chill uniforms would have looked much better with a big block M, then the poorly drawn wolverine on the front!


May 20th, 2011 at 12:30 PM ^

The Big Chill jersey was neat because it was a one-time thing, and there was a clear antecendent to go back to that had all of the exact same ridiculousness (excepting the day-glo yellow and Arby's patch).  If Adidas releases something where they can't show me a picture of a letterman wearing somewhere in the murky past, I will join the crowd en route to AA Torch & Pitchfork.


May 20th, 2011 at 12:04 PM ^

We had our normal home and away jerseys but our coach decided that since our team was special and was going to be very good that the school would get us a "special" black uniform. Our school colors were red and white but the black, white and red uniforms were awesome and whenever we'd put them on for big games the team was always very excited and more amped up to be wearing the jerseys.
<br>We only wore them a few times during the year and every time we wore them we played better than we would have with the normal jerseys.

oriental andrew

May 20th, 2011 at 11:30 AM ^

I like the 1940s vintage unis, which are not too different from the current unis.  Main differences, aside from sleeve length, are few (see below).  Speaks to the timelessness and consistency of our (home) uniform design.

  • no names on back
  • no numbers on shoulders
  • no logos (duh)
  • darker maize


The Barwis Effect

May 21st, 2011 at 8:53 PM ^

The font style is slightly different, as well.  You can't see it in the image above, but there was an extra serif that isn't there on the current uniforms. 

Below is a picture of the 1947 National Champion Michigan Wolverines.  Look at #24, QB Howard Yerges, in the lower-left corner.  You can see the extra serif at the top of the #2 and at the top of the #4.  In fact, with the extra serif, the #4 actually resembles the right side of a 'Block M.'

For me, this uniform would be the perfect throwback, as this was the team that was awarded the AP National Championship in an unprecedented post-bowl vote, on the strength of their decisive win over USC in the Rose Bowl.  The team they unseated?  You guessed it.  None other than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.