Should the helmet numbers stay?

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on January 10th, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I really like the helmet numbers and am wondering if they will return for next season. It's encouraging that coach Hoke is open to what the players like so they could be here to stay.

I think they should stay and have an occasional game where the team wears the Legacy helmet. But if the numbers stay, NO helmet stickers!

What's your opinion?


kevin holt

January 10th, 2012 at 6:10 PM ^

I hate making a slippery slope argument, but it seems like change breeds change. I agree completely with you, and I would be okay with the single change, but there's too much being stirred around already to feel comfortable. This includes having something around 5 jerseys over this past season, having the #21 patch (not saying it's bad, just something different and publicized), and the numbers staying for more than the UTL game. Maybe it's Brandon, maybe not, but there's a line to be drawn between giving deserving players a choice of their preferences and allowing them to change everything. I'm not being a codger or anything, I just get uneasy about that stuff I guess.

Yost Ghost

January 10th, 2012 at 10:03 PM ^

You really can't make something more perfect than it already is. Now I'm all for tinkering with the away uniforms because I think they need some work. But leave the rest alone. It's already the most recognized and appreciated unifom in all of sports.


January 10th, 2012 at 6:08 PM ^

Because UM has had them in the past... but I'd prefer perfection (our regular helmets) undisturbed.


Also, I don't agree with this: It's encouraging that coach Hoke is open to what the players like so they could be here to stay.


You don't build tradition on being overly open to what the players like, uniform-wise.  You become Maryland that way.

Perkis-Size Me

January 10th, 2012 at 6:08 PM ^

With all the stupid ideas we had this year with regards to uniform changes (I still don't understand the MSU legacy uniforms and those damn white pants), this would be one addition I'd be okay with retaining.

It actually looks pretty cool and has somewhat more of an old school feel to it.


January 10th, 2012 at 6:20 PM ^

I personally think it takes away from the winged helmet brand. I feel this image below speaks for itself. Adding anything else could be tacky and unnecessary. 

But if Coach Hoke and THE TEAM want numbers, then I am all for it. 


January 10th, 2012 at 8:15 PM ^

I think 1. We could use the numbers as an alternate for some games (the home uniforms themselves will/should never be changed), 2. I think it could be cool to keep the clean helmet for home games and the numbered helmet for away games.

No matter what, no helmet stickers. You don'y put stickers on an epic-looking Ferrari, why put them on our epic helmets?


January 10th, 2012 at 6:22 PM ^

If the numbers stay, i think the facemasks gotta go gray.  I'd prefer if the home jersey stayed the same, we did a little bit better with a road jersey, and ONE home game per year with a legacy jersey (ND, lil' bro, or tSIO)


January 10th, 2012 at 6:26 PM ^

god helmet stickers were ugly as all get out, but still have more tradition to them then these numbers. I like the numbers, but don't want to see them in every game


January 10th, 2012 at 6:27 PM ^

No numbers, no helmet stickers. Please just give us that smooth clean look. The only time numbers/gray facemasks are cool is when they wear the legacy gear.

no joke its hoke

January 10th, 2012 at 6:30 PM ^

I would like to see what the Ducks did and make them chrome with chrome facemasks. the wings and numbers on the side with that chrome look would be awesome!!

signed: Dave Brandon or any 12 year old kid


January 11th, 2012 at 8:58 AM ^

but I agree with your sarcastic remark. Not the sarcasm. Those Oregon helmets were the coolest thing I have ever seen on a football field. The michigan version of that same idea would immediatly get all 5 star recruits to sign for us forever. Somebody with mad graphics skillz should hook up a mock version for us to peruse.


January 10th, 2012 at 6:34 PM ^

I'm fine either way. I like the numbers, but I also like the clean helmet. If this turned out to be Hoke's change to the uniforms, then it sure as hell beats piping and helmet stickers.


January 10th, 2012 at 6:36 PM ^

Michigan has the most iconic uniforms in college football without the helmet numbers.  It was cool for a season, but I'd like to see them go, along with those damn alternate uniforms.

I would like to see the helmet stickers return, though.


January 10th, 2012 at 6:43 PM ^

I'm a traditionalist about the uniforms, but I am okay with the numbers on the helmet.  They are functional for one thing -- easier to figure out who is who on some plays.  There were also actually used in the past and therefore a real throwback, not some fake throwback.

I don't think they detract from the classic helmets.  I could go either way. 

Since I am a child of the Bo era, I am also in favor of the helmet stickers, but I realize I am in a minority on that here.


January 10th, 2012 at 6:53 PM ^

I'd rather not have the numbers.  And no helmet stickers.  When you have the best helmets in college football, as we do, you don't need any clutter.  Let them be clean of anything but the wing. 

Speaking of the wing, I'd rather have the 80's/90's wing.  Not the thinner one we have had the last few years. 


January 10th, 2012 at 6:59 PM ^

Don't like them. Just being honest. I don't really care if they keep them, because I'd rather see helmet stickers than anymore of the bumblebee bullshit we wore for MSU. Leave the damn uniform alone!


January 10th, 2012 at 6:59 PM ^

I don't really care that much, and if the team / Hoke like them, I am fine. 

My personal preference is that the helmets look better without them, but that is just my opinion.