By Phil Hecken
Last evening, the University of Michigan unveiled their new basketball uniforms for the 2016 season, with what I have to say was about a little fanfare for such a “major” release in a LONG time. They unveiled the unis at Crisler Center before several hundred students, but the event didn’t *seem* to generate the media attention one would think it would. This might not be such a bad thing. But usually these releases are accompanied by a full media-type blitz, complete with huge, full color graphics packages from Nike (or Jordan Brand, who are technically the manufacturer of the unis), press releases explaining how they’re faster, stronger, lighter, etc. But unless I missed something, none of that happened.
With that said, the uniforms are probably about what we were expecting — a white, gold (maize) and blue set for both the men and women, pretty simplistic in design, and quite nice. Here are some photos from the unveil (click on any photos below to enlarge):
Nice, right? Very basic (and classic). All three uniforms feature a block “MICHIGAN” arched across the chest, with the collar and sleeves having a simple striping pattern. Since I’m not a Nike-phile, I’m not sure what or which generation of jersey this is, but the jerseys feature noticeable ventilation holes. The Jumpman logo (UM is now the fifth school to have this branding, joining North Carolina, Georgetown, California and Marquette) is on the right shoulder, with the B1G logo on the left.
The shorts feature a block “M” on the waistband, with another Jumpman logo on the left side and block “M” down both sides. There is a striping pattern on the hem.
Altogether, a very nice set — certainly more restrained than they were under adidas; of course, we’ve yet to see if Nike/Jordan introduce any special uniforms that push the bounds of taste any further. But for now, these are pretty nice, if restrained.
Here’s a few shots from the MGOblue blog, which gives some nice tight shots, and also shows the back of the jersey (which seems to have an odd shoulder cut):
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
Just one colorization today, but it relates to last Saturday’s post, which featured a great lede by Leo Strawn, Jr. In that post, Leo included a black and white photo of Tuffy Leemans from his playing days at George Washington University:
In the comments that followed the post, it was hoped that someone would colorize that photo. Not coincidentally, that piece also featured some tremendous colorizations by George Chilvers (please scroll down from the above link if you missed them last weekend), and George saw the colorization request…and did what he does best.
Tuffy Leemans – By popular demand from (last Satur)day :)
Thanks, George. Great stuff as always!
UW’s Friday Flashback
We’ve seen lots of uni-related memorials for JosÃ© FernÃ¡ndez this week, so my Friday Flashback column on ESPN takes a look back at some notable moments in MLB memorial history (including Jason Simontacchi’s black ankle band for Darryl Kile in 2002, as seen here).
By Paul, pinch-hitting for Phil
Baseball News: The Padres marked Dick Enberg’s final home game on Thursday night by mowing his signature “Oh my!” phrase into the outfield grass. … The JosÃ© FernÃ¡ndez jersey that had gone missing from a memorial shrine in Miami has been returned (thanks, Mike). … The tarp at Fenway Park now has a giant Red Sox-themed ad from L.L. Bean (from Josh Claywell). … Speaking of the Sox, they added a sleeve patch last night for David Ortiz’s final series, with a matching cap patch. Ortiz becomes, by my count, the fifth MLB player to be honored with a farewell patch while still an active player, joining Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter. … With the Marlins playing the Nats in DC last night, the Nats Park scoreboard show a JosÃ© FernÃ¡ndez jersey, instead of the Marlins logo, atop the Marlins batting order. They also put “16” on the back of the mound, something i don’t think I’ve ever seen before for a visiting player (from David Raglin and Noah Petro, respectively). … “Couldn’t get a screenshot so I took one from the MLB feed: Mookie Betts was wearing a sweatshirt under his jersey,” says Omar Jalife. “Not sure if this is something he usually does but I don’t remember anything on the ticker like this (except for Randall Cobb).”
NFL News: The Bills will wear solid-white tomorrow (thanks, Mike). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: The Cowboys will wear blue at home on Thanksgiving Day against Washington (from Mance Fine). … Steelers WR Antonio Brown, barred from wearing blue cleats, will wear team-colored cleats that honor Arnold Palmer instead. … We’ve had several notes about one- and two-bar facemasks lately, which reminds me that Chiefs WR Otis Taylor had an unusual mask setup: Instead of a two-bar, he had two separate one-bars. Weird, right? … Samuel Lam asked about the sweater being worn by a guy on the 49ers sideline during Super Bowl XXIII. It’s apparently the old logo from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.
College/HS Football News: The Dallas Morning News has a big package on helmets and concussions, and the threat they pose to high school football, which of course is a very big deal in Texas. … UAB’s new uniforms, part of their new deal with Under Armour, can be seen here. “Those uniforms are just for the next scrimmage (mid-October) and the spring game, with a full 2017 reveal still planned,” says Nick Salyers. ” The uniforms mimic the Nike uniforms from before UAB’s football program was shut down, including scale patterns on the sleeve panels.” … College football players can’t do commercial endorsements. But their girlfriends can (from Ian Albrecht). … Cross-sport move by Miami, which has added a memorial decal for JosÃ© FernÃ¡ndez (thanks, Mike). … Riverdale HS in Mount Blanchard, OH played their first game of a three year heritage series last night throwing back to one of the three schools that consolidated to form the Riverdale Falcons in 1962. Jack Marshall notes last night, they became the Mount Blanchard Hurricanes.
Hockey News: The Capitals will wear their red throwback alternates for all Thursday and Friday home dates this season (from Ed Kendrick). … A legal case that hinged on the question of whether a hockey glove is just a glove or “an article of plastic” went all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court (from Mike Styczen).
Basketball News: New court design for the Cavs (from Robert Hayes). … This rundown of NBA uni changes for the upcoming season has a bunch of omissions. My own annual rundown will be published in a few weeks, shortly before the start of the regular season. … New uniform for Youngstown State.
Grab Bag: At the Ryder Cup, a bag of clubs with Arnold Palmer’s name was placed near the first tee, and a bunch of fans wore Palmer T-shirts. Also, a group of fans wore hockey jerseys. “This link discusses their connection to the late Flip Saunders and a Timberwolves patch with which they honor him,” says Douglas Ford. … New logo for Long John Silver’s. … American Airlines flight attendants say their new uniforms are making them sick (from Andrew Hoenig). … Portland, Ore., is the latest police department to embrace Pinktober (from @FormerDirtDart). … Sad news yesterday, as word came out that the Carnegie Deli will be closing at the end of the year. It was never my favorite local pastrami option (that would be Katz’s), but it’s still an NYC institution, and I’ll mourn its loss. The owner says she’ll keep busy by “licensing the iconic Carnegie Deli brand.” Of course. … Chivas (they play in LigaMX) will be wearing a pink striped jersey instead of their red one (from Omar Jalife).
That’s all for today — sorry for the relative dearth of content, but I was sick (hopefully nothing serious, but enough so that I took my first sick day from the office in two years) yesterday, and probably won’t be fully recovered today either.
Big thanks to Paul for handling the ticker duties in my stead, and of course, George for the great colorization. Back with SMUW tomorrow. Everyone have a good Saturday.
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