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New Michigan Sugar Bowl Uniforms a Good Idea for Now: Fan Reaction
The Wolverines restored their winning tradition despite falling short of a Big Ten title, but now they're deviating from their traditions a little bit by introducing a new Sugar Bowl uniform for the game against Virginia Tech.
The new uniforms, of the white road variety, feature a block M on the upper right chest and two blue stripes on both sleeves.
Head coach Brady Hoke said that players were shown concepts from Adidas, the Wolverines' apparel sponsor, and then were given the option to choose which ones they preferred.
The trend of changing uniforms has ranged from something that many fans enjoy, which also helps new jersey sales, to something that the diehard fans are a little tired of seeing.
The diehards think that Michigan's uniforms should remain unchanged because of their classic nature. When it comes to the home uniforms, I agree wholeheartedly. As for the road ones in such a unique season, it's not such a bad thing to experiment.
As Hoke said, it's something the players enjoy and it's good for sales and also recruiting. The throwback-inspired uniforms for the Notre Dame night game also made things more interesting and made the game an even bigger, more anticipated event.
Now that the Wolverines have changed things up a bit and allowed for different uniform combinations in 2011-2012, however, they should tone things down in the future.
A little experimentation is good but Michigan has a reputation for tradition and it's something they should preserve going forward by minimizing this kind of thing so they don't get a different reputation, one of a program that puts money too high on the pedestal like a few other teams known for changing their uniforms seemingly every season or even week-to-week.
Nick Meyer is a lifelong Michigan fan in the metro Detroit area.
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