2009 MGoShirt Alert

Submitted by Six Zero on August 8th, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Gentlemen (and ladies), the 2009 Michigan football season is less than a MONTH away.  You have very little time to prepare the gameday menu, to put a new coat of lacquer on the beer pong table, or to spend quality time with your wife before she loses you every Saturday for the next three odd months.  You’re also going to need something to wear… and that’s where I come in. 

It’s time for the...
That’s right folks—Because all of you demanded it, Brian is now rolling out the MGoBlog apparel in a brand new store.  And… wait for it… That’s not all— we’re even going to ask YOU to decide on a shirt or two that will be featured in this 2009 line!

Over the next three weeks I’ll be unveiling a new shirt design every day from Monday to Friday.  Each will rejoice in the glory of Michigan football, and by necessity, none will actually say Michigan football.  For each shirt design we’ll be asking readers to ‘score’ each shirt on a scale of ***** (5 stars, Chad Henne) to * (1 star, Cobrani Mixon), based on the following criteria:

1.     Visual Quality:  Regardless of the message or joke, does the shirt look good?  Certainly I’ll be doing my part to create aesthetically pleasing and professional designs, but the best design should be something that everyone is happy with.

2.    Character/Humor:  Assuming the shirt is funny… how funny is it?  Does the joke work, or does it miss its mark?  If the shirt is NOT meant to be humorous, then what IS it attempting to be?  And is it successful in that regard?

3.    Michigan Pride:  How well does the shirt represent the glory and honor of Michigan football?  Our various enemies are always looking for new ways to ridicule the block M and tear us down, and we’re certainly not going to give them any extra ammunition.

4.    Mass Appeal:  There is an inevitable culture here at MgoBlog, and for many reasons it is why you visit this site and not another random Michigan blog.  So that’s great—Tacopants and Muppets are the order of business around here.  But what happens when your Uncle Joe, also a loyal M fan, sees the shirt?  Or perhaps the blue hair three rows behind you?  Will the general UM fan base get the shirt’s message, and does it matter anyway?

5.    Marketability:  Most importantly, is this shirt something you would wear, or even more appropriately, something you would BUY??  A design can be hilarious or interesting to look at, but if it’s not going to sell it’s really not what we’re looking for.  We’re looking for something that all of you will be willing to spend your hard-earned money on and wear with pride on gameday.

Each day for the next three weeks, starting Monday, will see the release of a new t-shirt design by yours truly.  We’ll allow the judging of each to last for a limited time and then tabulate the results to see which designs the MgoBlog community has chosen as their favorites.  The top selection will then be made available for future purchase during the 2009 season.

2009 MgoShirt Alert is all about celebrating the culture of Michigan Football, and everyone is encouraged to take part.  When all is said and done I hope to see everyone wearing the gear we’ve created at MGoBlog.  Look for the first design tomorrow.  GO BLUE!!



August 8th, 2009 at 11:17 AM ^

I am looking forward to seeing what Six Zero has in mind. I always wanted to see a shirt with the evolution of man on the front, with a Michigan o-lineman as the last one (each person getting more upright like the usual evolution of man, but then becoming less upright, bigger and evolving to a big, nasty lineman in a 3-point-stance). I don't know how to make it look like a Michigan lineman without running into trademark issues (maybe just a hint of a winged helmet or something), but I thought it would be a cool. An mgoblog-ism could be added to the back.

Six Zero

August 9th, 2009 at 7:02 PM ^

Very nice stuff-- hand-scoped or LiveTrace?

The problem here is two things:
Number one, your design, while firmly rooted in awesomeness, infringes on the property of the U of M. Twice. The block M and the winged helmet are OUT. We can't use 'em. Especially when you're putting it on a shirt to sell for your own profit. I'm not a true expert here, but the last thing we want to do is piss off the mothership. Plus there's even some consideration as to whether or not Desmond would have a right to the money earned as a result of said T-shirt. (Not to say there's not ways to get around this, but that's another story).

Number two is the fine array of colors you used. I might be wrong but I counted somewhere between 12 to 14 separate hues in this graphic-- so screen printing is out. That would force Brian to pursue photographic reproduction, which would raise the price of each shirt, perhaps more than he can ask for. All told I've tried to keep each design as single color on a colored shirt, unless otherwise accounted for with the management.

Still, great art-- I'm definitely a fan!


August 10th, 2009 at 12:06 AM ^

No way I can or will take credit for that. Praise be to a person referring to themselves as VFO5; I found the image using Google->Images. I was just using it as reference to the concept. Apparently the piece was done using vector rendering, whatever the hell that is, with Adobe Illustrator. I put the link up above but here it is again:


I was thinking of having everything in silhouette to avoid all the jazz (legal, cost, complexity, etc) you're referring to. Both the 'Evolution of Man' and 'The Pose' are images identifiable unto themselves; silhouettes shouldn't diminish the punch line at all. For a little more pop/depth/definition, the outline of the left leg and football could be 'no printed" (if that's a phrase). So Maize shirt, blue ink, no-print outlines for definition where needed.

Bummer if we can't pull it off though. Would things change if the shirts were sold at cost (no profit? Duh, that's not the point of the store but, I just want a kick ass shirt. Maybe put reference on it to MGOBLOG or the store so it works as advertising thus making it worth your/Brian's while? Hell just the word of mouth at tailgates would probably make it worth it without explicit reference to the site (nice shirt, where'd you get it?...)

Whatever, looking forward to what you've got for us to see.


August 8th, 2009 at 11:44 AM ^

if you don't compensate him for the use of his name. At least give him some Wolf Chow or something. I finally bought a "Worst State Ever" shirt because they had them in 3x and I can wear it on my drive to AA from Atlanta for the Western Michigan game.


August 8th, 2009 at 2:01 PM ^

This is great. I look forward to seeing Six Zero's designs, especially considering some of the work he's shown on the blog in the past.

In addition, I would like to see a contest that's open to the MGoBlog community as a whole. I know we have a lot of creative, funny and talented people amongst the readership. I, for one, would love to take part in a t-shirt (or other) design contest with you all.


August 8th, 2009 at 5:28 PM ^

but it's going to be a bit more difficult to rate the shirts without any idea what upcoming designs will look like.

Maybe we can get Promote RichRod to play the role of the law school professor and curve the results at the end?


August 8th, 2009 at 5:28 PM ^

I would prefer something with Denard Robinson or Gallon.
A picture of either athlete running.
The phrase "He's so fast he makes Speedy Gonzalez look like Regular Gonzalez."


August 8th, 2009 at 11:27 PM ^

What exactly is the point of a t-shirt contest when all the designs are made by one and only one person. Might as well just post them all up at Mgostore and let people but whichever ones they want.


August 9th, 2009 at 8:29 AM ^

Before you put the extr coat of lacquer/polyeurethane on that Beer Pong table, make sure you sand it 1st...I made that mistake 2 years ago. The miserable weather for the '07 OSU game bubbled up my extra coat and it made for more some extra work to get it back prime condition :)


August 9th, 2009 at 9:14 PM ^

Any chance there could be a design submitted that might be liked by our female counterparts?

Unfortunately all my ideas are probably offensive:
The leaders and breast
The breast and brightest

is it too corny to envision :

to the victors go the spoils


August 11th, 2009 at 4:08 PM ^

and reading mgoblog.

Clicked on the MGOSTORE. Selected my shirt, my size, my quantity.

Then the Man say I can only use my credit card, not paypal. This would require I get up -- right during the part where Ella sings Queen and true love is revealed.

I don't think so.

So I'll have no shirt. Accept Paypal!