Earlier today, ESPN put out a feature listing the “best football tradition” for each of the schools in the top 25. Michigan, which comes in at No. 7, isn’t hurting for those.
The Wolverines have a storied program that dates back to some of the earliest days of college football. The program also has the sport’s biggest stadium.
While selections for other programs include things having to do with fans’ cheer, the band, and pregame traditions, among other things. For Michigan, ESPN went with a famous aesthetic choice.
Michigan has one of the sport’s most iconic helmets, which is what ESPN has chosen as the program’s best tradition.
From ESPN’s Dan Murphy:
“Michigan coach Fritz Crisler had his new team’s cowhide helmets painted blue with a bright maize winged design upon his arrival in 1938. Crisler thought the paint would help his receivers stand out in a crowd when they went downfield for a pass. The design has been standing out as one of sports’ most instantly recognizable uniform designs for more than 80 years.”
The full article is a fun read for college football die-hards, though Michigan fans may not like one of the other selections on the list.
For Ohio State, rather than go with “dotting the i,” or one of the Buckeyes’ numerous other traditions, ESPN went with “beating Michigan.”