Michigan Announces One-Use Jersey for Opening Game Against Alabama

Written By:  •  Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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When the Wolverines take the field in Arlington Texas, in the supersized Cowboys Stadium to take on Alabama in their opening game. They will be wearing special jerseys. Seen above, the traditional white is now shoulder-capped with maize, which in pinstriped in blue. The block M is in navy on the shoulders and on the hip of their pants.

Reports are saying, contrary to these photos released by Michigan athletics, that the players will sport the helmets with their uniform numbers on the side, as they wore last year.

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2011 Wolverines with numbered helmets

Also new to the team with be word-find jumble boggle gloves, surely meant to confuse.

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Can you find the word "Hail" 6 times?

New uniforms for Michigan was once a borderline-blasphemous statement. Now, its almost expected. These will be for one game. Do you like them? Do you see the point? Would you like them to be crazier? Will the ever-catered-to “youth” and “recruits” love them?

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  • anthony

    When it comes to uniforms, Michigan Football is akin to the New York Yankees or the Montreal Canadiens. Michigan has got to stop messing with their uniforms. Yeah, yeah, I know all about the fact that they use it as a recruiting tool to get young players excited about the program and make a ton of cash at the bookstore. I’m pretty sure the Yankees don’t need to recruit ballplayers to come to the Bronx because of all the mix and match uniforms they wear. NO, they come to the Bronx to wear the pinstripes. Plain and simple as those pinstripes are a symbol of winning and excellence. Same with the Canadiens. Michigan needs to just keep the blue and maize tradition going. Plain, simple and excellent.

  • D.C. Swinton

    These actually aren’t terrible. I feel like this should be the permanent white jersey. And I don’t really like the idea of having the number on the side of the helmet for any team anywhere. Alabama is the only that I can tolerate…maybe.

  • RC Thompson

    These unis are TERRIBLE. Mostly because ADIDAS is terrible at football identities.

    • Jimmy

      Yeah Adidas is terrible, such posers. Nike is wear the best uniforms are made. Michigan used to be with Nike too. Dumb.

      • kurt

        I couldn’t disagree more. Nike has made maybe 2 good one-off unis. LSU’s white unis were good against Auburn except for their purple armpits, and I can’t actually think of another good one they’ve made. I actually think the white unis Michigan wore in the Sugar Bowl were the best white unis they’ve had in years. Nike totally overhauls teams’ identities while Adidas just tweaks them. What Nike has done in recent years has made me really glad that Michigan made the change to Adidas.

  • lol

    I was under the impression that Michigan is no longer “Maize & Blue”, but “Sun & Blue”, as Nike owns the rights to Maize.

    see: http://www.michigandaily.com/content/lexi-zimmerman-and-courtney-fletcher-hurrah-sun-and-blue

    either way they still suck.

  • ingmar66

    This one is better than the 2011 version. Most of the times adidas gets it wrong with uniforms in any sport, but this time it is really more than half decent. Skip the numbers on the helmets, it looks ugly on the Wolverine helmet and only Bama should do it.

  • Nathan

    gloves are dumb

  • Joseph Newell

    the gloves are awful, but the rest, I can live with.

  • Skyler

    I love everything except the gloves. Nice!