Helmet Decals

So word is out that the helmet decals will return and the Legends program will be modified in some manner, starting with the patch on the jersey.  Bacs:

bacs tweet

Regarding the helmet stickers:  I’m not surprised (my spies confirmed a lot of chatter weeks ago) and you can imagine that I’m pretty jacked up and looking forward to the decal reveal. I’d prefer a replica or close variation of the Bo-era decals, but I’d go with a block M or whatever.  I know Dr. Sap has a few ideas that we’ll reveal down the road.  Heck, I’d even go with this design if it would mean cheaper tickets & Twizzler prices:Im loving it

On the Legends jerseys, I’ll start with Bacon’s tweet.  I think he’s probably right that Canham or Bo wouldn’t have been crazy about the concept, but I wonder if they would be ok with unwinding this (at least the jersey portion) after it was already unveiled. 

I need more info on what exactly happening here, but I really like the Legends program including the patch on the jersey.  Whether you like the aesthetics of the patch or not, what this concept did was bring these great players to the forefront and got people (people other than yrs truly) talking about them again.  Dave Brandon had to sell the families of those who had previously retired jersey numbers to bring them back on the field, so now what?  

Legends Program Montage(Bennie McCready & Jake Ryan | Ox Wistert | Mark Harmon)

I know that the athletic department has at least tried to reach out to certain family members of Legends recently I assume to, ahem, talk this through.

I think the biggest problem with the Legends program is that it became a burden on the coaching staff to dole out these jerseys to the “right” player and they felt obligated to include the families as much as possible.  It was probably easier to not bother.  My take, and what I’d sell to the families—just let the coach decide who gets the jersey and leave it at that.  If the designated player and the families form a relationship after that, all the better, but I wouldn’t ask the coaches to work all that out ahead of time.  To Desmond, one of the living Legends (along with Ox Wistert), I’d say the same thing – don’t worry about whether the player “earned” the right to wear #21, just let the coaches assign the number and that’s that.  It should be an honor to Desmond that his name is on any jersey on the sideline.    This bureaucratic burden was why RichRod buried the #1 jersey. 

So, before I blast away any further I’ll chill until I hear more.  My questions — Do the special Legends lockers in the stadium go away?  Does the section of the Towsley museum carved out for the Legends vanish?   Of course the biggest question – do the previously retired jerseys go back in the vault?

No matter what, looks like we’ll have some interesting tweaks to the Uniform Timeline this fall.


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14. January 2013 · Comments Off on What If Denard had Decals? · Categories: 2012 · Tags: , , , ,

image_thumb166[1] Guest post by Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis

Last year, we kept track of the helmet stickers every game for each player deserving these awards based on not only individual, but team accomplishments.  After the Ohio State game, Denard Robinson led all players with 42 award decals.

Ever since then I wondered what would Denard’s helmet look like if it had decals on it?  With a little PhotoShop work, wonder no more.

Below are a couple of possibilities – one with all 42 decals on one side, and another with half, or 21 on one side.

Denard Robinson with Helmet Decals Denard Robinson with Rich Rodriguez

In order to fit 42 decals on one side of the helmet, the decal size would need to be reduced, but you get the idea.  That’s what happens when you are made of Dilithium!

Think there are a lot of decals on Denard’s helmet?

Mike Hammerstein in 1985 and Desmond Howard in 1991 were two former UM players that had a ton of decals on their helmets.  #66 sported 47 decals on his helmet in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska:

Mike Hammerstein helmet Mike Hammerstein Fiesta Bowl

#21 in the 1992 Rose Bowl and against OSU in 1991:

Desmond Howard helmet Desmond Howard helmet

To me, there was nothing like seeing Michigan and Ohio State clash at the end of the season. Having both teams’ helmets filled with decals just added to the spectacle.

So I ask you, wouldn’t you rather see the winged helmet decorated with decals at the end of the season, or would you rather see the same old wings and stripes with nothing on it?

Remember, THIS IS MICHIGAN, and the decals are a tradition that Bo started back when he was at Miami (Ohio) and brought to Michigan in 1969.


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24. September 2012 · Comments Off on Dr. Sap’s Decals | Notre Dame · Categories: 2012 · Tags: , ,

Ed.  Dr. Sap is back with his decals for week 4.   I added the Editor’s pick and Fan award again this week.  Here are the picks from Week 1 and Week 2 and Week 3.

clip_image002[1]Back when Bo was coaching the Michigan Football team, he awarded decals for individual as well as TEAM accomplishments.   He also selected Champions each week.

Not only were the obvious categories (offense, defense, special teams) selected, but Bo also made it a point to recognize the not so obvious ones – Scout Team Champions and Team Hustlers – each week.  


JEREMY GALLON – While he only had three receptions for 33 yards, he seemed to always be there when Michigan needed a first down. Gallon is starting to emerge as Denard’s possession receiver.


JORDAN KOVACS – Kovacs played another solid game, notching 5 solo tackles, 7 in total to lead the team in both categories as well as 1 tackle for loss. I wish this guy wasn’t a senior – I’d love to have him around for three more years.


MATT WILE – Boomed all three of his kickoffs with such efficiency that ND did not have the opportunity to return any of them – they all went for touchbacks. I’m sure Bo would have liked to have had Wile back in 1989– his kicks would have grounded Rocket Ismail, for sure.


DEVIN GARDNER – DG took some big shots during the game. Whether he was catching the ball, going up to try and make a catch, or crashing into the NBC-TV Stage, Gardner was going ALL OUT to make plays. For a guy who wasn’t thrilled about all the contact he gets playing WR, he’s taking his fair share and not letting it bother him.


WHITE SOCKS – Nice to see the white socks on the road again – they just look “it” with the white jerseys, especially pulled all the way up to the knees – CLASSIC!

socks wrists
MAIZE LACES – A few of the players, like Elliott Mealer and Desmond Morgan, wore yellow laces on their cleats.  I don’t think you have to be Billy Taylor to realize how cool they looked!


JAKE RYAN -  From my vantage point #47 was an absolute monster and if rocking flowing locks counts for anything, he was an absolute magician.


TO ANY MICHIGAN FAN.. who visited South Bend and had to sit in the end zone near the tunnel within the vicinity of those ridiculous Maiden speakers blasting out the sound of the Irish band:
  • Where’s The Party? (Notre Dame 13, Michigan 6)
  • Denard Postgame
  • Recent Historical Analysis – Notre Dame-Michigan
  • Happy Birthday to Shoelace !
  • More mail, this time including an actual piece of USPS mail.  A big thanks to everyone for all the comments, tweets, emails and real mails lately:

    An actual Helmet StickerMy jaw dropped when I open this piece of mail.  A former 80s-era player is a fan of the new Dr. Sap’s Decals segment and sent me an actual sticker from his helmet, check this out:


    He added in his note, “Funny thing I never noticed before but it appears that the “wolverine” part of the sticker is clear so the blue of the helmet visible through the sticker.”   It certainly does appear that way and that’s wild.   Note the paint on left side appears to be a bit of paint that peeled off the helmet. 

    For sticker sticklers, the decal measures 7/8” high and just about 1.5” wide.  A seller is offering sheets of Michigan football helmet decals on eBay right now (but the wolverine is blue, not clear, FWIW).

    Griese A Good Michigan Man.  As you might guess, PR firms more and more seem to be looking to blogs and social media outlets to promote their product/cause/whatever.   Since I received four emails from these guys, I surrender, and want to let you know that Brian Griese has been awarded the 2011 Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, presented each year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  Griese won for his work with his charity Judi’s House [website].  Congrats to Griese and always great to see these guys giving back.

    Gerry Ford Signed Program.  From reader Gary:

    I have a 1934 U of M vs. Northwestern football program.  President Ford has formally signed the cover of this Program as "Gerald R. Ford" and also has informally signed his team photo as "Gerry Ford".  The Program is in extremely good condition considering its age.   Do you have any idea as to what this Program may be worth?

    First off, I’d love to see a pic (it wasn’t attached) so I asked Gary to send me one.   My initial take: While I’m not an expert in Presidential autographs, I’m guessing when you toss in that he’s got it signed both ways (as the distinguished gentleman, Gerald R. Ford, and as the familiar Gerry), and it’s on program from Ford’s senior year, man—that’s got to be worth a good $500 easily, probably more.

    Vintage Picture Pages.  From reader Tom who sent this along, a news clipping from the Detroit Times following the 69-0 win over Pitt in October 1947.  Nice tackle by Michigan’s lineman on the Panther defender trying to get to Chappuis! 


    I love that they used to do these diagrammed photos back in the day.  For those who couldn’t attend the game it must have been mother’s milk to get these type of pics in the paper on Sunday. 

    Inspiration?  Hmm, lately the Victors Club adopted a new subject line in the emails to its readers, hmmm: