Guest Post by Steve ‘Dr. Sap’ Sapardanis
As I re-read my good friend John Kryk’s story (‘Wolverines on Your Head’) that appeared in the 2010 edition of mgoblog’s Hail To The Victors, I realized that there have been a few updates and corrections in the five years that have passed since it was written. In my never-ending quest to accurately recap the history of the Michigan Football helmet stickers, I have since determined, and confirmed with Jon Falk, that there were indeed three versions of the Wolverine decals. The image below recaps the nuances of the three versions:
For more information, check out my decal Q&A with Big Jon from a few months ago.
Here is a pictorial recap:
Version 1 (1969-1974)
Version 2 (1975-1982)
Version 3 (1985-1994)
So what happened in 1983 and 1984?
I’ve asked former players and I’ve asked Big Jon, and no one seems to have a concrete explanation as to WHY there were no decals on the helmets in 1983 & 1984. Initially, everyone I talked to was adamant that the decals were on the helmets those two years, but once I produced pictures of several players throughout those two years with blank helmets, they had no explanation.
I DO know that they were being kept track of on a wall in the locker room, but no one has an answer – not even your friendly neighborhood, Dr. Sap.
If anyone can help explain this dilemma, please respond to the Bat-Decal Signal below!
Related: Uniform Timeline