A clean block M

Submitted by dahblue on August 17th, 2010 at 12:51 PM

It looks like Dave Brandon is kicking it old-school with a nice, clean block M:


No lines, no stripe across the middle, no halo.  It's just what it should be.  Hopefully, it'll be painted over the backside of the scoreboards this season as an interim change before the HD Michivision screens arrive...next year?



August 17th, 2010 at 12:58 PM ^

Love it. I really like the clean, simple look of the Block M. And I hope they paint it over too, need to make everything clean and consistent. 

Edit: Of course as M-Wolverine pointed out the blue outline is slick too.


August 17th, 2010 at 1:11 PM ^

I absolutely despize the "split-m" ("Michigan" through the middle).  I don't know if it is the obvious "well duh it's michigan" or the fact that the point of the M goes through it's "legs", but I can't stand it.

Good riddance split-m!


August 17th, 2010 at 1:27 PM ^

I actually like the blue outline around it.  To me, when the maize M is on a white background it's not so "crisp".  The blue outline provides that crispness.

Oh well, I'm not going to flip out over it.


August 17th, 2010 at 1:41 PM ^

I agree that is some instances it doesn't look crisp.  However, in other situations it does.  For example, I have a new "dry-fit type" Adidas long shirt that simply has the maize block M on the left chest.  It would look sloppy or not as slick of there were an outline around it or it have "Michigan" across the logo.

Mr. Robot

August 17th, 2010 at 1:30 PM ^

My preference is the nice big block M, with or without outline, but frankly, I like all of our logos, from the banner M, to the block M, to the skinny one the Bo Hat.


August 17th, 2010 at 7:42 PM ^

+1 for remembering the skinny block M on the old-style caps, my favorite alternative logo to the simple, solid block M Brandon is re-introducing.  I did never like the split M.  It seemed to me like we were ceding some ownership of the M brand to other block-M schools like Marshall, Missouri, and Minnesota -- god help you if you can't tell the Minnesota M apart from ours -- and their logos by spelling out our name. Like we needed it.  We're Michigan, we don't need no stinkin' words.


August 17th, 2010 at 7:48 PM ^

Looks like it's the "old"-style blue outline M.  Is it part of the turf, or just painted on?  It might've been too late to change the turf order when the logo change-up was made, and we won't see the maize-only block M on the field until the turf is repainted or replaced. Or maybe they did it for TV viz, I dunno.  I really do like the minimalism of the outline-free M, though, and would like to see it implemented as much as possible.


August 17th, 2010 at 11:39 PM ^

None of the lettering on the field is painted, it is all inlaid. They actually ordered the wrong color initially. When they had the first open house for the public the field was supposed to be complete. When they laid out the lettering the maize color was dingy, like the event staff and usher's jackets at the big house and had to be re-ordered.

The field crew laid out 5 yard rolls that unrolled sideline to sideline and used what looked like a torch or something to marry the rubber(?) seams together from the underside. The turf is light enough to be blown around by the wind before they dump the silica sand on it. When the endzone lettering and block M came in it was already dyed in the maize color and cut in to the turf. The process went really fast. If you looko closely at the yellow lines that indicate the team's sideline boundaries you can see the old color originally ordered. Those lines were installed before the alleged "Oh Shit" moment they realized it was the wrong shade, and never changed it. Just a tidbit of useless knowledge for your enjoyment.

Bando Calrissian

August 17th, 2010 at 2:32 PM ^

Can this translate into the M adidas uses on things like the Bo hat?  Towards the end of the Nike era, and continuing on with adidas, the M they use has become far too bold and wide.


August 17th, 2010 at 3:53 PM ^

Are you sure you're agreeing?  The two of you seem to be calling for two different things.

Anyway, to answer the question above, at the M-Den I saw both the old-school Bo-style skinny M hat and the block M hat for sale. 


August 17th, 2010 at 3:06 PM ^

When I first looked at the link I thought there was a dot after it as well.  My first thought was "cool", I liked the idea of it being a period!!!!!  M (period).....was how I read it.  Mades sense until I seen it was actually the trademark logo.  Too bad.....I kind of like M....period.

Graham Brown

August 17th, 2010 at 3:43 PM ^

Speaking of clean block M's, and maybe this will happen in due time, but I always thought the outer face of the scoreboard should be changed from its current design (M with Michigan written across) to a plain maize M on a blue background.  Even more tits-in-face, the M should light up at night.


August 17th, 2010 at 6:07 PM ^

...but with our battle cry, "Go Blue," why is it we're featuring maize? I've never understood this apart from the fact that maize is a "hot" color and blue a cool, recessive color.


August 17th, 2010 at 6:16 PM ^

1. Blue is an extremely common team color. Maize is much more unique.

2. Blue outs would suck for obvious reasons

3. FWIW I believe there were student shirts while I was still in high school that said "Go Blue, Wear Maize." No one is attempting to replace "Go Blue," we own it and it's great, but maize apparently needs love too (see point 1)


August 17th, 2010 at 6:28 PM ^

Hands down the plain block M is the best.

I've often wondered why it was ever messed with in the first place.

Everyone knows who's M that is. Maybe we had to spell it out for some less educated rivals of ours? hmmmmm....

I also like the blue outline, adds definition. When on a blue shirt, it would blend in and wouldn't matter. When on any other light color, it would add definition.

The "period" is awesome, and although it's a trademark, i choose to look at it as a period. that was awesome.