When it was announced that Michigan would be wearing "Throwback" jerseys for the Notre Dame game this year, fans were told it was a one shot deal. Something "special" for the first night game in Big House history.
We hated them. And we weren't alone. As Brian at MGoBlog said:
Tomorrow we'll enter the ranks of schools that dress up like clowns for a little bit of money from a shoe company.
Bingo. They weren't about honoring tradition, they were simply about making an extra buck.
But it was only a one-time deal, right?
Then these trotted out onto
If you woke from a coma and turned on the TV, you probably thought Baylor was playing...some DIII school doing their Michigan impression (NOTE: You might have also thought that no matter what U-M was wearing after watching the O-line play. But that's for a different post).
Who knew the MZone was so prescient when, in a post lambasting MSU's "Pro Combat" uniforms before the game, we said this:
Of course the response from the ADs and shoe companies is that "it's only one game a year."
Sure, for now. Because it's a slippery slope. All these ADs love them a couple extra dollars, even if they're selling out 8 home games a years x110,000 seats. So I don't think it's a total stretch to someday see even the Wolverines in "throwback jerseys" for ND, "pro combat" unis for MSU, and a "hey, stupid people might buy this!" look for OSU, leaving longtime fans staring at the colorful promotions running around down on the field and asking themselves, Who the hell is that?
Michigan has now played two of its three biggest rivals -- Notre Dame and Michigan State -- and in each instance, nobody looked like Notre Dame, Michigan State or Michigan. Instead, they looked like gimmicks used to put asses in the seats at some arena league football game.
Michigan is consistently rated as having one of the best - if not the best - looking uniforms in all of college football. Yet in our biggest games this season, we've instead dressed in costumes.
But what do you think? Do you like the different looks and unis? Sometimes? Never?
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