The winged helmet wins out. After weeks of voting, BTN.com readers selected Michigan’s iconic lid as the champion of the 2013 Big Ten Helmet Bracket. The Wolverines obliterated tourney darling and Leaders Division champ Indiana, 78%-22%, to record their second BTN.com aesthetic competition in as many summers. Last year, Michigan took our uniform bracket.
The Indiana football team unveiled six new helmets Monday in a YouTube video that can be found at the bottom of this post. Let’s just say, the Hoosiers, who wore two helmets the last couple of years (No. 1; No. 2), will have plenty of options to consider every week this season.
We’ve reached the championship of the 2013 Big Ten helmet bracket, and based on the matchup, either BTN.com readers are bigger fans of Indiana’s helmet than others or Michigan fans stuffed the ballot box to create a favorable pairing. Either way, BTN.com readers have spoken, and it’s between Legends Division champ Michigan and Leaders Division champ Indiana. See all the tourney’s results and vote for your 2013 champion in this post. Voting ends June 5.
For the third consecutive year, believe it or not, Penn State’s iconic uniform will undergo a slight makeover. Relax, Penn State fans: This year’s facelift isn’t nearly as noticeable as last year’s much-talked-about nameplates on the back of the jerseys.
While Round 1 of the Big Ten Helmet Bracket was all chalk, Round 2 featured a couple upsets, including this stunner: No. 4 Indiana over No. 1 Ohio State. Big Ten fans advanced the Hoosiers, in a 54%-46% decision, setting up a Leaders Division final of Indiana vs. No. 3 Penn State.
The Sun Belt Conference released its new logo Sunday afternoon. You might be asking yourself, “OK, what does that have to do with the Big Ten?” Nothing, really, other than it looks like the conference may have used the Big Ten basketball tourney logo for inspiration. Everybody loves pinwheels!
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It was all chalk in the opening round of our Big Ten helmet bracket. The biggest winner: Michigan State routed Northwestern, 71 percent to 29 percent. Now, it’s time for Round 2. See all of the matchups and cast your votes in this post.
Remember this terrific Ricky Stanzi America-themed print from last summer? The artist, Sean Thompson, is at it again. This year, Thompson has a piece that will interest a few Big Ten fan bases; it’s called “Evy,” and it’s of former Michigan player, Michigan State assistant and Iowa head coach/athletic director Forest Evashevski.
Last summer, I compiled a Big Ten football uniform bracket for fans to vote on. Unsurprisingly, Michigan won – although there were upsets along the way. This year, it’s time for a helmet bracket (only primary lids considered).
Pictured above is Wyoming’s new football field. It’s pretty sweet, isn’t it? The illustrations of the state’s Teton Mountains in both end zones is the headliner. Wyoming’s decision to include the iconic mountains in the end zones got me thinking: What thing synonymous with Big Ten towns/cities would be cool additions to Big Ten end zones? I asked the question on Twitter, and Big Ten fans responded.
As we all know, the Rose Bowl is kind of a big deal. It’s not called The Grandaddy of Them All for nothing, after all. To that point, the Rose Bowl will become the first bowl to host its 100th game Jan. 1, 2014. Such a momentous occasion deserves recognition, and that’s exactly what will happen.
Michigan State will wear a special “B” decal on its helmet that honors the Boston victims during today’s spring game live on BTN/BTN2Go. The decal, which is located on the back left side of the helmet, is the Boston Red Sox logo. See the decal on the helmet in this post.
It’s not going to be a regular spring game Saturday for UMass, and for obvious reasons. With all the terrible events that have transpired the last week in Boston and its surrounding areas, the game was going to feature plenty of emotion. They’ll be even more now as a result of the school’s terrific decision to go all out in honoring the Boston Marathon victims.
There are candy stripe pants, and then there are candy stripe blazers. Indiana AD Fred Glass showed off the latter during Saturday afternoon’s annual spring game at Memorial Stadium.
A couple years ago, the idea of a college football team lining up in different helmets during a spring game was the furthest thing from fans’ minds. Times have changed, though, and a majority of teams boast at least two helmets to choose from every week. In this weekend’s spring action alone, we saw a trio of Big Ten teams divide their squads by helmet design.
How much does Brady Hoke dislike rival Ohio State? Enough, apparently, that the Michigan coach has replaced the team’s red-numbered quarterback practice jerseys with full-on orange ones. Not just any orange jersey, either.
Nebraska, which moves into the state-of-the-art Pinnacle Bank Arena next season, unveiled its new court design Thursday afternoon. While the stained hardwood effect is one that’s best in small doses, this is a better look than what the Huskers have had in their first two Big Ten seasons.
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The 2012-13 hoops season now complete, it’s time to look back at all of the alternate/throwback uniforms Big Ten teams wore during the successful campaign. By my count, there were 13 new special looks, four of which came from NCAA runner-up Michigan.
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Louisville and Michigan don’t tip off for a few hours, but some vendor(s) have the NCAA championship t-shirts on display at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. See both shirts in this post.
The Illinois baseball team will wear special stars and stripes jerseys vs. Northwestern on Sunday, April 28, as part of the second annual “Honor and Serve Day” at Illinois Field. According to the FightingIllini.com release, the event is designed to honor University of Illinois student veterans and all of America’s heroes, and to serve the Champaign-Urbana community.
The Final Four doesn’t tip until Saturday, but the floor is set at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Get your first look at this year’s Final Four court, courtesy of @gashaheen, in this post.
It’s been a tough season for Michigan basketball jerseys. In mid-January, Trey Burke and Jordan Morgan’s jerseys ripped at Minnesota, causing the Wolverines to wear last year’s road uni the rest of the season. Another Michigan jersey met its demise in Saturday’s NCAA tourney victory over VCU. This time, it was Glenn Robinson III’s home jersey.
Turns out, a Big Ten team will wear the new adidas camouflage (Zubaz?) uniform this postseason. Michigan tweeted a photo of the team’s uniform for Friday’s quarterfinal game vs. Wisconsin, and it’s the school’s version of what Cincinnati and Notre Dame, among others, have worn this week. See a photo of the picture in this post.
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament is back at the United Center in Chicago for the first time since 2007. Before the action tips early Thursday, here’s a look at what the Big Ten tourney court looks like in the Chicago Bulls’ stadium.
Under Armour has brought the Northwestern Stripe back to the school’s athletic uniforms, and the seven-time national championship lacrosse team’s threads are no exception. The Stripe is everywhere – even on the team’s socks.