Today we celebrate the first week of football practice with an iconic view of the Michigan football experience : The winged helmets.
The Michigan "winged" helmet design dates back to 1938 when Coach Fritz Crisler arrived from Princeton to begin a new era in Michigan football. The now famous helmet made it's debut in the 1938 season opener against Michigan State. The Wolverines defeated Sparty on that day (14-0) to gain their first win over MSU in four years.
Today, universities athletic departments spend millions of dollars developing their brand. But in 1938, Crisler simply took advantage of features of a leather helmet the Spalding Sporting Goods Company produced. His real innovation was to paint the helmet maize and blue so his quarterback could easily identify his recievers.
Reminder: Don't forget to vote Michigan over Texas in the ESPN Helmet Clash.