October 1st, 2011 at 1:59 PM ^

I thought I would hate it, but in the end I like that it's a more accurate throwback than the "Legacy" mish-mash uniforms.  The helmet number font is even accurate. It satisfies the uni-watcher in me, even if I understand the slippery slope argument against them.

Raback Omaba

October 1st, 2011 at 2:06 PM ^

I like them - there's no doubt about that. But I'm not sure I like them as an "Every Saturday" thing...perhaps keep them in the closet and only bring them out for certain occasions, such as night games etc.

It's one of those things like "Why mess with a good thing?".....and if there's one thing in College Football that is a good thing, it's the Michigan Football helmets.


I say keep them in the closet for special occasions..like 3 to 4 times a year, not every game.


October 1st, 2011 at 2:17 PM ^

I'd prefer a clean look to the helmet, but the numbers don't muss it up anywhere near as much as pride stickers. I can love with them


October 1st, 2011 at 3:51 PM ^

I agree. That totally adds to the whole environment of this being for the players. That has to be huge for recruiting and also keeping the guys already on the team having fun on game day.  Hoke talks about Saturdays being fun after all the work.


October 1st, 2011 at 4:18 PM ^

I have some sympathy for the tradition(ish) argument since it does have some basis in history.  But the "players want it" argument doesn't fly.  If the players wanted all-black Pro Combat Fukkin Warriorz uniforms and never wanted to hear The Victors again, would you be OK with it?


October 1st, 2011 at 5:07 PM ^

Why is it all that different?  Are you saying that

- if the players want the helmet numbers, I can't say anything because the players like it and it's traditional

- but if they want black jerseys then I can say something because the players like it but it's not traditional?

Logically speaking then, the "players want it" argument isn't relevant unless you're willing to apply it to things you'd absolutely hate as well.  What you're telling me is it's about the history instead.


October 1st, 2011 at 4:50 PM ^

Perhaps in a parallel universe, Michigan wears black jerseys, dark blue pants, and black shoes and socks while wearing a maize helmet with blue wings and blue sticker numbers.

In all seriousness, I think the helmet stickers are full of win.  It's a perfect way to get some stickers on the helmet (which a decent fraction of the fanbase desires) without the out-and-out clutter traditional sticker deployment creates.


October 2nd, 2011 at 11:45 AM ^


Um, we were not very good the decade that Michigan wore numbers on the helmets.  We got good when Bo came in and removed the numbers.  

So here's an idea:  Since we are so keen on selective-memory throwbacks, let's honor those great Bo teams and take the numbers off the helmets.


October 1st, 2011 at 5:38 PM ^

I will defer to the players on this but I don't like the numbers but do like stickers. The reason is that the stickers tell you something you wouldn't otherwise know - this player has performed well in the eyes of the coaches. This also probably has something to do with the fact that I grew up with Michigan football in the 70's when the stickers were in use. Loved seeing those helmets by the time we played tSIO every year. The numbers add nothing - just look down to the jersey if you want the player's number.


October 1st, 2011 at 2:53 PM ^

If they keep the numbers that just means that I will have to buy all new Michigan gear.  I own nothing that pictures the helmet with a number on the side.... Time to spend money


October 1st, 2011 at 3:01 PM ^

Doesn't really matter what we as fans think. Our core customers, the players, like them. So they stay.

That being said, I do like them.