Are These Michigan's Alternate Jerseys for the Notre Dame Game? Because They're Delightfully Awful

By DJ Byrnes on August 8, 2014 at 2:01p
152 Comments

Sorry for two Michigan-centric posts in a row.... but I'm hopeful I'm bearing some hilariously good news.

Michigan, like most teams in the 21st century, will wear some alternate jerseys for some big games this year. Notre Dame and Penn State will both be played under the lights, but given the timing of this ad and Notre Dame's closer proximity on the schedule, it can be assumed these will debut against the Irish As the graphic indicates, M will be trotting these out for the night game against Penn State:

To which I say: I can only hope we're lucky enough to live in a world where these jerseys got okay'd by multiple people from Michigan and ADIDAS. (I suppose this is a good time to mention Michigan lost the rights to "Maize" when they left Nike and signed with ADIDAS for $80 million in 2008.

The black stripes on the sleeves (against dark navy blue) slay me. The idea of Devin Gardner wearing 98 again slays me.

Tip of the cap to ADIDAS. I am not usually a fan of their work, but they hit this one out of the park.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. Good Lord. Ugly.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

That looks like something you'd get at the Thrift Shop!.........What..What..What....What....What!

Gooz-fra-bah...

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M Man's picture

DJ - They cannot possibly be for our night game with Notre Dame.  That one is in South Bend.  We'll wear white.  The Germans wear gray.

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RenegadeBuckeye's picture

Pfft...that comment is so like 80 posts ago or sumthin...keep up M Man.

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Just when you thought their uniforms couldn't get any more hideous...

Embrace it.

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M Man's picture

Well I happen to think Michigan's standard home football uniforms are probably the best and most iconic in all of college football.  I'd be happy to argue that point, by the way, with anyone other than an Ohio State or a Notre Dame alum.  If you can actually find me a Notre Dame alum.

Which is why this adidas abomination should never happen.

I have a couple of mundane thoughts about all of this.

First, I do not get the notion that these things spur alternate jersey sales and are a money maker for Michigan.  I've seen our numbers for Athletic Department revenue.  All of licensing is a tiny fraction of revenue.  The biggest portion after ticket sales and before tv revenue?  It's people like me; booster money and donations are the #2 item in revenue.  They should not be pissing us off.

Do alternate uniformze thrill the 18, 19 and 20 year-olds who make up the football roster?  Maybe.  I dunno.  But they keep recruiting way over their heads, at Alabama, USC and Penn State.  Without alternate uniformze.

We are not amused.

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RenegadeBuckeye's picture

We are not amused.

Well, we are amused. That will do. Thanks ADIDAS.

BrutusBuckey3's picture

Just to be clear...you think scUM's uniforms are better/more iconic than Ohio State's? 

M Man's picture

Just to be clear... Absolutely.  

And I expect very few fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes to agree with me.  Honestly, I'd expect a much harder argument with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who are usually our rivals in the "Best Uniforms" polls.

Now, I happen to think that the best-looking road-look in the Big Ten conference is OSU.  There's something about OSU's road jersey that looks nice and balanced.  I can't think of another classic college football uniform that translates to 'away whites' quite like OSU.

There's nothing particularly "iconic" about OSU's current football uniforms, which date to 1968.  Your guys wore this thing in '66-67, which looks like maybe a Georgia helmet:

And before that was this thing:

And before that there was this one (rear view shown):

"Icons," not.

I would say that OSU is the best team-exponent of the modern "helmet sticker" thing.  Nobody does it better than the Buckeyes.  But like Michigan having not invented the Spalding FH5 helmet design, OSU didn't invent the helmet sticker.

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741's picture

I actually would have agreed with you... right up until the point Adidas came into the picture. UofM's iconic uniform status is all but destroyed.

M Man's picture

There have been all of a handful of games, in Michigan's 1,200+ football game history, where we've succumbed to "alternate" uniforms.  Offhand; 2 night games versus Notre Dame; 1 game in East Lansing; and couple of bowl games.  If I've forgotten any, it's because of my lack of interest.  I'm not a fan of alternates unless they are really carefully done, and for something other than the whim of equipment manufacturers.

So as I say; while I am not a fan, the rare Michigan/adidas dabbling can't destroy tradition.  btw: Michigan's adidas contract is up in 2016, depending on one additional option year.

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741's picture

I'm not anti alternate uniforms provided they are done well. (I think for the most part Nike has done a nice job at Ohio State and a number of other places.)

Further, even the minor tweaks Adidas has made to the classic Michigan uniform detract from it's former greatness, IMHO.

Prickly_Pete's picture

I'd like to see their marketing wizard AD do a cross-marketing campaign and add a patch of a Dominoes Pizza logo somewhere on the jersey. 

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RenegadeBuckeye's picture

Scratch and sniff uni's that smell like cheesy bread...mmm...I'm in.

robobuck's picture

Little pepperoni helmet stickers?

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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AngryWoody's picture

I don't usually have an opinion on jerseys, but good God those are awful.

Our Honor Defend!

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@OSUDefender's picture

I saw a disease-infected sewer rat cough up something that looked like that.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Looks like something one of the silly gangs wore in "The Warriors."

Wolverines, come out and look laaaaa-aaammmme! 

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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James Mee's picture

They do that on their own. They almost to Akron. Also, they have a new found rivalry with the Ohio Bobcats. I really feel this is more on their level. Maybe a move to the MAC, where they could really be competitive is in the works. Never know what Dave Brandon will do. 

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apack614's picture

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

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Crumb's picture

Maybe it's a new tactic to get the opposing team to laugh so hard it messes with their play. Or a tactic to damage the vision of opponents and referees and fans everywhere.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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OSUStu's picture

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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phxbuck's picture

WTF am I looking at?

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OSUStu's picture

All

Day 

Dream 

About 

Shitty-Unis

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Love the Korn reference....

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

"All Day I Dream About Soccer" as an ADIDAS catch-line waaaaay predates the Korn song (also -- the song is horrible).  In seventh grade, we'd replace soccer with sex because 7th graders are immature.  A few years later, Jonathan Davis, as an adult, thinks its funny and in a stroke of gross immaturity (or, just trying to be cool, kind of like the rest of his songs) writes the song.  There are maybe 2 Korn songs ever that I can stand.

/rant

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Mizzillion's picture

Gawd, those horrible.  LOL   The responses to the tweet are awesome though.  Here are a few....

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Hovenaut's picture

Sunglasses?

I'd recommend these:

(Now also in blue!)

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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BuddhaBuck's picture

Makes you wonder if the designers were wearing those sunglasses while designing the uniforms.

Don't text while driving.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

"Nice work, Ferguson. I really like the solid colors on the lettering and sleeves."

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GoBucksToledo's picture

Shouldn't those have rose-colored lenses?

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buckeyeradar's picture

Don't you mean Rose Bowl colored lenses?  NO! They can watch the Rose Bowl on the tube with or without sun glasses.

Buckeye in Texas

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hit_the_couch's picture

Seeing those snazzy shades reminded me of this classic; take it away, boys...

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Poison nuts's picture

Hovenaut, you rule! I mean this in the best way possible - you are truly great at internet-ing!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Hovenaut's picture

I'm here to help...:)

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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labuck's picture

Poison, this doesn't give you free reign on posts or extra helmet stickers.

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Poison nuts's picture

It doesn't? Damn! I was hoping playing teacher's pet would allow me to say what I want, whenever I want & maybe a few thousand stickers...no, not going to happen? Well in that case - Hove, I find your internet-ing skills to be decent. Nothing more - nothing less.  ;)

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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Hovenaut's picture

I just have an extra hs for you, I'd avoid spending it on any Adidas jerseys...

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

labuck's picture

Well played..well played.

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lljjgg's picture

Did the MDen just drop a massive hint

 Oh, they dropped something alright!

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gneptuneproductions's picture

I thought they're playing @ ND? They were home last year.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

you are.... not wrong. saw dark colors assumed home. it's fixed.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Jabba the Hoke's picture

They do play at ND this season, must be for PSU.

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Twelven-OH's picture

yeah... psu, says so in the bottom left of pic

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741's picture

OMG, Adidas must be stopped. 

Or not.

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WC Buckeye's picture

One must wonder to oneself: is the adidas design team so totally bereft of talent that this it the best it can do?!? Kudos to them for originality, but every shit I take is a little different from all the rest, too - that doesn't make it a piece of art.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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Hovenaut's picture

So...

These will be available at Wal-Mart. Right?

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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apack614's picture

No these will be passed out to African children kind of like the losing Super Bowl teams shirts each year

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions." - Woody Hayes

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Nappy's picture

Risking contracting Ebola is bad enough, don't subject them to having to wear these.

Fan of bacon since 1981

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buckeyedude's picture

Right. Because that would be cruel.

 

 

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RenegadeBuckeye's picture

Absolutely they'll be at Walmart.  And as a special bonus, the Brady Hoke sized jerseys can also serve as a tent.

mh277907's picture

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

buckeyebobcat

BUCKNUTINmi's picture

They play at ND this year.

HilltopHustle's picture

They're gonna wear THOSE against Penn State's classic all-whites? Good luck with that, champs.

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SoCalBuck26's picture

Maybe it's an OSU alumnus working in the Adidas design department trolling.  Only explanation I can think of, for such an ugly uni.

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cronimi's picture

Nah, an OSU alum would refuse to design a uni for TTUN. A Sparty alum on the other hand..... 

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Is that a soccer jersey? Rugby, maybe? All I know for certain, is that monstrosity does not resemble any football jersey that should be worn in the 21st (or really any other) century.

So, in conclusion...

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Yep, spot on. Pretty sure I wore something similar when I was 6 playing youth soccer.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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swainpm's picture

Well fellas they did just hold a soccer game in Ann Arbor that sold the place out. Maybe Branden is hoping people will mistake the product on the field and show up again. Afterall, he has to sellout the stadium some how (now that there are no fireworks).

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

I don't know Reds; scUM always likes to brag about their NC's - these jerseys fit the time frame they were winning them; 1920 or so. 

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

HA! Maybe Adidas will complete the ensemble with leather helmets! 

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hit_the_couch's picture

Those are terribly ugly, fugly even. It looks like a soccer jersey almost. It suits TSUN, though.

Strange things are going on in Germany. I wonder if Puma made that and is trolling Adidas.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Buckeye BadDog's picture

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
- Albert Einstein

"Nothing that comes easy is worth a dime." - Woody Hayes

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

BadDog found the designer! Well done, sir!

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Patriot4098's picture

They've been crap for so long, they just decided to start dressing the part.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

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James Mee's picture

Two things: 

1. I didn't know they lost the trademark to Maize. That just makes me soooo happy. 

2. I know that recruits like the cool jerseys and stuff, but someone should tell them that they like the jerseys to not look so.....terrible. 

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M Man's picture

It's the worst and most mis-reported story on this otherwise fine blog.  Michigan lost nothing with Nike's trademarking "Maize."  We didn't have to change any colors; we don't have to do anything or not do anything.

Adidas can't use the word "maize" in its own product promotion.  bfd.  I don't care.

And just to show that I don't fuck around, I will say again as I have before on this here blog.  DJ's link to that old Michigan Daily "story" is worthless.  I emailed Lexi Zimmerman and I got a reply.  Years ago.  She has no idea how she got thrust into the "Maize" dispute.  Although she ought to.  She was never a Daily reporter.  She and her writing partner were asked to do an athletes' viewpoint column.  She can't remember who told her what, where, when or why about Nike and Adidas at Michigan.  It was a worthless throwaway comment.

RenegadeBuckeye's picture

I guess I can understand your desire to speak "the truth" about uni colors and all that...but honestly...that team up north just fucking sucks. And has for a while. That should be your concern.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

How would it be possible for a company trademark a color...?!?

M Man's picture

How would it be possible for a company trademark a color...?!?

Exactly.  They can't.  And Nike didn't trademark anything other than the descriptive name "Maize" in connection with sports apparel.  It's a myth, that Michigan somehow had to change colors or anything else, when we ended our contract with Nike, and became the Number-1 (guaranteed in our contract) adidas school.

An intellectual property attorney explained it very well with this example; it's the reason that different competitor companies call the same color "tan" or "desert" or "stone" or "khaki" or "bark" or anything else.

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Groveport Heisman's picture

It actually does kind of matter since you guys lost the rights to advertise the word "maize". I mean if tOSU lost the rights to say "scarlet" it would be a big fucking deal. It kind of matters when a lot of you fans up there call yourselves the "maize and blue". Its not some silly little thing and trying to call DJ out on it is utter bullshit. What we all want to know is where the highlighter yellow disappeared too? Why is it not the same as a few years back?

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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M Man's picture

But that's the point.  Everything you just wrote is wrong.  We can still call ourselves "the Maize and Blue."  Like here, on a current page of the Athletic Department's website, MGoBlue.com.

Or here, where the University of Michigan's Global Communications department talks about exactly what we want to call "Maize."

So you see, what you say we can't do...  uh, we can do.  Thank you very little.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I called out D.J.'s linking to that old Michigan Daily article as bullshit for the reason that I actually contacted the co-author of that rambling column and she had no freaking idea about the actual background, details and legality of the issue.  She was repeating some unfounded rumor that somebody (she has no recollection who) told her.

The colors that appear in various components of Michigan's home uniforms have evolved over time, just like the same components of OSU's football uniforms (Grays lighter and darker, helmets getting all sparkly, etc).  Now in proving the point, everybody needs to understand that it is hard to do comparisons of colors via photography.  But the basic and indisputable notion is that Michigan's football "maize" gradually went from a kind of a goldish yellow in the 50's, 60's and early 70's, to the highlighter yellow of which you speak.  And it's been highlighter yellow for a long time now, which translates better on television.

It's interesting, the difference between what one sees in person, versus what one sees on television or in photography.  Color shifts can be pretty dramatic.  A lot of Michigan fans who are in-person attendees would like a "less-highlighter" shade, although it doesn't bother me.  Brian Cook at discussed it on MGoBlog here and here.

When you suggest that "highlighter yellow disappeared;" it didn't.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Enjoy your SUN and blue panini sandwich uniformzzz. 

We will all be laughing at you. 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

But even with your "maize and blue"  sunglasses on, you have to admit that the above marketed jerseys are TURRIBLE!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

causeicouldntgo43's picture

I prefer the "highlighter" yellow shade. It helps me remember Michigan losses more clearly.

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original buckeye's picture

I don't care how bad those uniforms are--they're far from being the most laughable thing about that Michigan program right now.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Michigan + Adidas = a match made in heaven.

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Mizzillion's picture
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Whoa Nellie's picture

They were obviously going for this:

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

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CPDenn's picture

Next time some of you bitch about the pro combats we get, please remember these. Thank you, based Nike gods.

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

If their goal was a sort of real looking throwback I think they nailed it (not joking).  Yes they are ugly, but so are some of the things the Steelers, Bears, and Packers wear when they go throwback.

If the intent was to modernize the throwback or just a "cool looking" alternate.  They failed miserably.  Curious as to what the rest of it would like though.

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BrutusBuckey3's picture

Designed by Stevie Wonder

charles's picture

They're so bad, that might be an insult to Stevie Wonder.

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Earle's picture

Stevie Wonder can hear how ugly those are.

Just say no to italics abuse.

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GOOMBAY's picture

I believe the tennis scoring would be: unforced error.

BuckeyeGT2002's picture

Dear Adidas;

No. Just...no.

Sincerely,

Every human being with functioning eyeballs

Because I couldn't go for three...

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Byaaaahhh's picture

I did not know about the loss of "maize." Giggles ensued as I read the article.

Turning the stripes on the sleeves yellow would just take this atrocity masterpiece to the next level.

I can't believe I spent time doing this.
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GOOMBAY's picture

Wow. That's approaching a level usually reserved for roller derby and horse racing jerseys.

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Rob Reese's picture

I did not know about the loss of "maize." Giggles ensued as I read the article.

Me neither.  This is rich news indeed. I'll have to investigate this further.  I'm simply beside myself and giddy imagining the opportunity to correct my Walverine associates as they yap it up about the "maize and blue".  

tOSU class of 2009, College of Arts and Sciences

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GoBucksOSU's picture
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CTBuckeye's picture

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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RenegadeBuckeye's picture

"I think they look sharp."
-Maryland uni

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Zaphod Beeblebrox's picture

That jersey is a damn joke...just like meeeechegan football!

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charles's picture

What, when you buy a jersey like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh?

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toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Won't they need give their fans winged hats with the jersey and the free bowl of soup?

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Barnsey69's picture

50 bucks the Smail's kid picks his nose and wipes it on that jersey..?

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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sharks's picture

If I was 9route, I'd give you multiple helmet stickers

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

+3 HS
WC Buckeye's picture

"But hey, it looks good on YOU!"

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

+4 HS
charles's picture

I'm not one to tinker with photo editing things, but if someone could put the jersey on Smails in this pic, that would be infinity upvotes.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

You only had to ask.
 

I don't know why I do these things.
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charles's picture

+ ∞  to you sir

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jamesrbrown322's picture

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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allinosu's picture

Honestly looks like a penal facilities home jersey

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gosolow2000's picture

Ha Ha, you said Penal.

NCBuckeye2011's picture

A little off topic but it seems a little hypocritical that they use #98 for the advertisement when we all know that's Devin Gardner's jersey. #98 and #47 (who's that, jake ryan?) sold in stores yet Devin and 47 have no rights in terms of profiting off of their likeness.

M Man's picture

You can get your #5 Ohio State NCAA Replica game jersey here, for $90.00 (Club member price $81.00) with $5.99 flat rate shipping.  It's from the Official Store of Ohio State Athletics.  Who's number 5?  Was that number picked at random?

And as always, if Braxton Miller, Devin Gardner, Jake Ryan or the ghost of Tom Harmon don't like this shameless marketing, they can quit.  Devin Gardner has completed his undergraduate degree.  He'll have a masters degree by the time he ends his football playing days at Michigan.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Hey, it could be Michael Wiley, Mike D'Andrea, Chimdi Chekwa... There are options. Or a Buckeye fan who was born in May, or the 5th of any month, or is the 5th born child. There are a variety of reasons that someone may want a #5 jersey.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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M Man's picture

Upvoted, for the brilliant exploitation of "Chimdi Chekwa."

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Raekwon McMillan. 

Class of 2010.

JoeAndSo's picture

They should go back to the post game Fireworks idea.

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯"  - Joey Bosa

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Citrus's picture

I think these jerseys make a lot of sense. TTUN has been getting beat up quite a bit recently. These units look like giant bruises. Its art. 

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

If you like these, you'll absolutely love when they unveil the leather helmets.

Read my entire screen name....

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buckeyedude's picture

I see bumble bees. Again.

My eyes hurt.

 

 

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Speaking of bees... To borrow from a classic SNL skit - whoever designed these must have been "buzzing off" so much they went blind!

Bucks1's picture

I say we give them permission to wear them at The Shoe when they visit!

"I will pound you and pound you until you quit." - Woody Hayes

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Rob Reese's picture

tOSU class of 2009, College of Arts and Sciences

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Where's MMan, KHolmes & other *ichigan fans? What say you gentlemen?

Maybe they're too embarrassed pissed to comment. 

DannyBeane's picture

Has anyone posted the Family Guy everyone is vomiting gif yet?

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Rob Reese's picture

haha, good call.  +1 for remembering it, although I think this is a slight variation of it

tOSU class of 2009, College of Arts and Sciences

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KBonay's picture

Reminds me of this, like Hoke posing with a player

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Myc24's picture

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

heh.

"Because I couldn't go for three!"  - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Geraffi's picture

In Adidas defense, what can you really do with those hideous colors anyway?

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oh_dad55's picture

I think they asked them to come up with an alternative maze and blue.

Oh_Dad

BuckeyeChief's picture

This has to be a troll attempt by Adidas.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

OC-BUCKEYE's picture

It looks like something you might buy from Old Navy for 10 or 15$.  ADIDAS is so cheap!  And yet that hideous jersey is PRICELESS!

Jim Tressel for President!

TheTeam16's picture

We finally roll out all blue jerseys and this is what they come up with...holy shit I am going to have a coronary. The best helmet in sports should not be placed on top of this garbage. 

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Buck Commander's picture

Those are so fuckin ugly I wouldn't wipe my ass with them........Well maybe I would!

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

BrutusBuckey3's picture

Greatest thread ever. 

Jabba1977's picture

Those jerseys are uglier than a Modern Art Masterpiece!!! Ha Ha Ha!!!

SECHATER77

M Man's picture

Blue pants.  (And no shoulder stripes for the players?)  I'm thinkin' that maybe just fireworks would have been a better idea.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Wow, it looks even worse as an ensemble.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Hovenaut's picture

I have to believe these will be short-lived.

Good Lord.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Dear Andy Gieger and Gene Smith,

Thank you for keeping THE Ohio State University athletic teams and apparel contracted with Nike. 

Your Pal,

Chief Big Dump

M Man's picture

Study: Michigan's apparel contract with Adidas (worth $8.2 million) most lucrative public deal in America

...

According to a study done by the Portland Business Journal, Michigan's contract with Adidas (which is currently set to expire in 2016) is the most lucrative public apparel deal in the country. Yes, more than Oregon's flashy contractual arrangement with Nike.

Private schools, like Notre Dame, are not required to make apparel contracts available and they were not included in this study.

Per the study, Michigan currently receives a total of $8.2 million annually from Adidas stemming from the contract signed in 2007 between the two parties.

Michigan receives $4.4 million in equipment and apparel, and $3.8 million in cash. That's more than twice as much as the next-highest school in the Big Ten, Nebraska, which makes a total of $4 million from Adidas.

The highest Nike-earning school in the Big Ten? Ohio State, who hauls in $3.7 million.

Why does Michigan continue to make so much more money from its apparel provider than anyone else nationally? Well, per the contract, Michigan will always be Adidas' No. 1 school in terms of payment.

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2014/01/study_michigans_appare...

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Rob Reese's picture

WalMart is a chain with a lot of traffic.

tOSU class of 2009, College of Arts and Sciences

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Cool story. Michigan football teams still look like clowns and not coincidentally have been playing like clowns the entire Adidas era. 

You may have a nice Adidas contract but the revenue and licensing you're losing out on by terrible looking gear end up a net loss (OSU does not partake in Collegiate Licensing junk). As respectable as the financial section in the Portland Business Journal is, all you Michigan fans know that Adidas has destroyed your uniforms. 

Once again, happy to be on team Nike. 

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M Man's picture

What is the percentage of OSU athletic department revenue that is derived from licensing?

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Adidas wants it's money back.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I would hope they were getting paid that well to wear those shitty Adidas alternates

Class of 2010.

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MaximusBlue's picture

132 comments about our uniforms? You guys sure love Michigan.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Your team gives us so much good fodder for ridicule, it's difficult to pass up, Maximus!

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highwire's picture

Says the guy with an account on a rival forum.

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allinosu's picture

If you think that's bad, you should see how many for your fat coach.

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Pa_snoborder's picture

Yeah just like everyone who talks crap about Justin Beiber or Nickelback actually loves them.  Get over yourself. 

"No one puts baby in a corner!" - P.Swayze.

Pa_snoborder's picture

M man, with all due respect to your relentless postings, it's pointless.  Why?  Because you like that crappy team up north.  That and you're making crappy team up north comments on THE (sorry kirk H, I'm a proud fan not bought out by ESPN) Ohio State's main fan based website.  So in 'Remember the Titans' style I bid you: Na-Na-Na-Na, Hey-Hey-Hey, Goodbye. 

"No one puts baby in a corner!" - P.Swayze.

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Meatchicken's picture

If Bo was still alive, he would beat the shit out of Dave Brandon. 

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M Man's picture

It's easily arguable that Bo took it upon himself to make more uniform changes than any other Michigan coach.  Bo added helmet stickers:

And for a time he put Michigan in all-white road uniforms: