September 12th, 2015 at 9:39 AM ^

They're an actual throwback, but looking great is a totally subjective opinion. Call it growing up on Carr (could probably say Crisler too) or whatever, but I'll never think the helmet looks better with stickers than without.


September 12th, 2015 at 11:39 AM ^

They do feel differently. My first memories are of John Kolesar taking care of Ohio State and Alabama. I love the helmet stickers.

That's why it's so hard to define "tradition" with a 136-year-old entity. You think of 1997, but I think of the 80s, five straight conference titles, Jim Harbaugh, Mark Messner, Tripp Welbourne, Vada Murray, John Kolesar, Jon Vaughn, Tony Boles, Leroy Hoard, Desmond Howard and Tyrone Wheatley before I get to 1997. And others think of the 1960s. And others, the Ten-Year War.


September 12th, 2015 at 10:36 AM ^

I don't dislike it. I think the fact that we're giving college-age kids stickers as a motivational tool/reward is kinda funny though. I do the same thing with my 2-year-old when he tells me or his mommy that he has to go potty. And it IS effective, so I'm all for it if Harbaugh thinks it will help.


September 12th, 2015 at 9:44 AM ^

...not crazy about them for two reasons:

1. It runs counter to the theme of "The Team" and emphasizes the individual.

2. They are too large. If some players, as having been reported, already have up to 9 of these large stickers on their helmets after one game, they're going to have to overlap at some point. Maybe they do layer them, I don't know. A smaller design, say half the size, would have been a better look, IMHO.

I just don't know...


September 12th, 2015 at 9:54 AM ^

Not everything needs to be about the team. The TEAM should play together, hold each other accountable, play for the guy next to him, etc. The TEAM is greater than its individual parts. But that doesn't mean individual performance should go unnoticed. And who knows, a lot of these stickers could be team related. We don't know the criteria.


September 12th, 2015 at 10:51 AM ^

The whole "The Team" thing was said by the guy who brought the stickers to Ann Arbor. We all bitched about having someone on Bo's level again to right the ship. We get the guy who's body houses the soul of Bo and we are complaining.

To me it's simple:

Bo = Gospel.


September 12th, 2015 at 9:55 AM ^

They don't look like the same color as the helmet stripes.  Somebody like Jake Butt is going to to have a two-tone helmet by the end of the year.

For the life of me, I can't understand why a big time program like Michigan can't ever get the colors to match.  It looks so amateurish.  Even my Jr. High School could do it.



September 12th, 2015 at 9:25 AM ^

I think they can look good at some places, but I was excited when Carr got rid of them and never cared to have them back.

The helmet is our signature and the most recognized piece of equipment in any sport. Now we are going to slap stickers all over them like preschoolers getting gold stars? No thanks...

At least our offensive linemen won't have cluttered helmets again this year....zing! (Just kidding, I hope they each get ten pancake blocks today...even if Utah State seemed to have success running the ball on Utah.)


September 12th, 2015 at 9:42 AM ^

We wanted Harbaugh, we got Harbaugh.  And all the things that come with him.  

Newsflash:  We're not going to love everything he does.  Harbaugh is a weird dude.  If he was your neighbor, you wouldn't answer the door bell every time.

But the wins will be worth it . . .