Michigan Throwback Jersey for ND game

Submitted by Rescue_Dawn on May 20th, 2011 at 7:35 AM

One of the writers for the freep posted this on twitter...adidas provided this sample to the freep.

"Last week, athletic director Dave Brandon told a meeting of the state's sports editors that U-M intended to hold a nighttime unveiling of the jersey this summer and that U-M hoped fans would purchase a lot of jerseys, as they did for the Big Chill last winter."

here is the link to the freep site (OMG yes its the freep) 




a non emu

May 20th, 2011 at 8:17 AM ^

WTF is that? Throwback? Looks more like throw up to me.

I knew it wouldn't happen, but I was hoping they would just unveil the regular uniforms and say "We've been using the same uni for 7000 years, bitches!" and be done with it. What is this a throwback to?!


May 20th, 2011 at 8:19 AM ^

Gag me.  Those are awful.  I really don't understand the fascination with throwback jerseys.  If we are going to throw back at all, they should go back no further than Bo (isn't 40 years enough at this point?) and maybe put some stickers on those helmets.

Otherwise, quit turning what will obviously be a great game on its own merits into a frickin' costume ball.


May 20th, 2011 at 8:20 AM ^

... Oregon's been wearing ugly-as-shit uniforms full-time for like 7 or 8 years now, and recruits have been FLOCKING there*.  I actually think this would be a good thing -- recruits don't want to go somewhere that always just does the same old shit, they want to go somewhere that's edgy and DGAF what the rest of the world thinks.  Either way, the most important thing is that we win the game.

*Though possibly and hopefully for other (illegitimate) reasons


May 20th, 2011 at 11:11 AM ^

but it's a way for us to make ourselves stand out get some extra attention.  And I'll repeat that the most important thing for us to do is win the game -- if we don't do that, it doesn't really matter what we wear.  Personally I think it'd be badass if we wore those hideous things and still won -- it sends a message along the lines of "we can wear this stuff and still look awesome because we're that damn good" -- but that might be just me.

Obviously at the end of the day uniforms don't mean much to a recruit, but like I said, it's a good way to get some attention (as long as we win).

Wolverine In Exile

May 20th, 2011 at 8:32 AM ^

1) The cross stiching on the numbers is very "retro"... but I'm pretty sure seamstresses in the day could sew on numbers without blue thread running across the entire width of the letter

2) The jerseys I think they're trying to emulate (not copy, emulate) are the Fielding Yost "M sweaters" as seen in the photo immediately below:

You can see the block M on the front and what may be striping on the shoulder areas, but I don't think the "M sweaters" were ever actually jerseys. And if that's the case, then we shouldn't have the winged helmets either since Crisler brought those to michigan, not Yost. (although I wouldn't mind a Yost like "point a minute" whipping of ND that night). The artwork below I think better captures the actual jersey history (credit: http://blog.heritagesportsart.com/2010/08/university-of-michigan-football-uniform.html)

althought I do think the 1964 "maize" jersey is incorrect as pointed out in a previous MVictors post.

Personnally I'd go with the early 70's style  with the big long numbers, the white hip pads sticking out, white socks and maybe numbers on the helmets. But if you really wanted to go different, they should have gone with the 1891 design... beige sleeveless with a block M on the heart locale, with maize & blue striped long sleeves, brown leather-esque helmets with the "wing" design in a slightly offset brown 

oriental andrew

May 20th, 2011 at 9:55 AM ^

i like the 1940's vintage.  Plain blue long-sleeve jerseys (although probably too hot in september long sleeves) with no adornments, just the maize numbers.  Then again, that might really just mean that the only differences between the current and throwback jerseys would be (1) no shoulder numbers; (2) no name on back; and (3) slightly different color maize - ie, less highlighter yellow - for pants/jersey/helmet.  It'd be subtle, but also speak to the relative timelessness of our uniform designs.  


May 21st, 2011 at 12:47 PM ^

That would have been my design choice as well. That, or replace the bizare shoulder stripes on this one with the rugby stripes and give the team athletic faux-suede or brown vests with the M to wear in team pictures to emulate the look.


May 20th, 2011 at 8:36 AM ^

David Brandon wants more of your money.  I'm not surprised.  I hope I am right about his true passion being in politics, and I hope he leaves to run next year.  If he doesn't, there is a very good chance that Michigan Stadium is going to look like a rather large minor league baseball park someday.

the monarch

May 20th, 2011 at 9:33 AM ^

Right? I am getting a little annoyed with how many of is quotes directly state that we are doing things just for money. I know the man has a department to run--and fund--but I don't want to see how the sausage is made.


May 20th, 2011 at 8:53 AM ^

f. Numerals. Clearly visible, permanent Arabic numerals on one jersey at

least 8 and 10 inches in height front and back, respectively, of a color(s)

in distinct contrast with the jersey. All players of a team shall have the

same color and style numbers front and back. The individual bars must

be approximately 1-1/2 inches wide. Numbers on any part of the uniform

shall correspond with the mandatory front and back jersey numbers.


Source: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/rules/fielddiagrams/football.pdf p.16


My point here is that these jersey's aren't even legal per the NCAA's regulations, although the images provided may have just been that of replicas intended to be sold to the public.  There can be no large block M on the front of the jersey and there must be numbers which meet the requirements posted above.  There are more rules that indicate that any insignia may not be more than 16 square inches in area. 


May 20th, 2011 at 8:42 AM ^

WE DONT EVEN HAVE THROWBACK JERSEYS!! Those are ugly as shit, and we never even wore jerseys like that. Isnt that the point behind our jerseys? Tradition?


May 20th, 2011 at 8:47 AM ^

Here's my take:  if the current players want to wear them and like them, who gives a shit what we think?  Yeah, they may look ugly in this picture but it's just that: a picture.  Relax.


May 20th, 2011 at 8:48 AM ^

I know I am the minority here, but I actually like them.  My feeling was not immediate, however, after pondering it for a little while, they have grown on me.  As long as they don't mess with the helmet and have solid color pants and socks, these will look sharp under the lights.


May 20th, 2011 at 8:49 AM ^

The whole idea of "throwback" uniforms is kinda silly IME. Parts of those uniforms aren't even legal in the game anymore, to say nothing of the helmets. Take a look at the jerseys actually worn by teams of 100 years ago. They're more like sweaters. Tom Harmon's jersey is similar to today's style, but with longer sleeves. And, going back all the way to 1880, I can't find any photos with the stripes on the sleeves (that's not to say we never played an exhibition game with the San Quentin squad in the Victorian Era, but somehow, I doubt it).

I understand the desire for nostalgia, but for me, it never really works.

Mr. Robot

May 20th, 2011 at 8:56 AM ^

The Big Chill jersies grew on me for the novelty and because they weren't actually all that bad.

This is an historic game, to be sure, but it is still being played in the same stadium and its not like we've never had games go into night before. Sorry, but these are hideous and I have no intention of buying one. When in the world did we have stripes on the shoulders, anyway?


May 20th, 2011 at 9:09 AM ^

It's only one game. If they didn't go with something outlandish and eye-popping, then what would be the point in changing at all? Plus, how cool will it be when Denard takes off for a run and those striped sleeves blur together and turn green? He'll be full on camouflage with the turf, making him even harder to catch.


May 20th, 2011 at 9:16 AM ^

While UM is all about tradition and remembering those who came before us, these jerseys do not pay any homage to them.  They are an embarassment and lack any sort of semblance to jerseys past.  Two thumbs way down.