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CRDNLSCHMCPSN11
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Member since Dec 2014
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re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
Creative is somehow boring? The school nickname is the Tigers. So put an awesome looking Tiger on the helmet and be done with it. It's really not that complicated. A bland letter really isn't inspiring. I do like the helmets in the last two pictures.
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Drydock
US Navy Fan
Osage County
Member since Oct 2013
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re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
Problem is this. Tiger head looks decent in twitter photos. Looks decent in TV closeups. From the stands, its's just a blob or some squiggly lines. From the stands, the M just stands out.


blueprint_one
Missouri Fan
Columbia, MO
Member since Oct 2015
626 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
I knew someone would say something..

The 50 Most Instantly Recognizable College Football Helmets

via Bleacher Report

Mizzou’s black and gold is a deadly combo if I may so, but some aren’t fans of the team essentially stealing the Michigan Wolverines' block M on the helmet.

LINK


the808bass
SE Missouri Fan
The Lou
Member since Oct 2012
77372 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
It doesn’t bother Minnesota, Memphis, Marshall or Miami of Ohio.

Also, Michigan doesn’t use the block M on their helmets.


reedus23
St. Louis
Member since Sep 2011
25301 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
I don't mind the oval tiger if they want to use it for branding and put it on media guides or tickets or merchandise. My own personal opinion is I prefer the block M on the helmets.

I think they tried the tiger to attract the younger generations. Traditions hold value too though.


surgicalvenom
Missouri Fan
Omaha
Member since Jan 2014
3490 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
There can be 2 logos. Arkansas uses 2. The hog and the hog head.


outlawjoseywales
Missouri Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Sep 2012
1789 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
Same helmets against Florida ?? Yes !!!


Lou2theZou
Missouri Fan
St. Louis
Member since Jun 2019
265 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
You saw into the future - Block M Helmets are back This time in white - are we gonna go on a Block M Helmet winning streak??


MizzouJim
Missouri Fan
Member since Nov 2013
352 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
Bleacher report sucks. Someone else’s ignorance isn’t our problem. We should do whatever makes the largest group of our fans happy. The block M gold metallic plus variants are cool and at the same time classic. Michigan doesn’t wear an M on their helmets anyway. But Minnesota does and so does Maryland. I watched their game tonight. And the helmets for both have an M outlined by a yellow pretty close to Michigan’s color. Nobody cares. We shouldn’t either.


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Athos
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re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
Gotta say. Those versions of the all whites look slick with the M. If we win again, roll the M back again.


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blueprint_one
Missouri Fan
Columbia, MO
Member since Oct 2015
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re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
Some of you guys are delusional, so I'll just back it up with better sources.

According to an article on STLtoday.com, the decision to make the change is partially based on the fact that the "M" is borderline indistinguishable from other school logos. More specifically, Coach Gary Pinkel said:

"...studies showed that MU's most distinct icons are the word 'Mizzou' and its Tiger-head logo. And nationally...the 'M' is easily confused with Michigan or others."

-Gary Pinkel

LINK


surgicalvenom
Missouri Fan
Omaha
Member since Jan 2014
3490 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
According to reality, college sports are very regional unless you have a bluelood program. SEC ppl will know what the "M" is and thats all that matters. The "M" and actual stripes on the helmet and pants is a much better fit for the "tradition" of SEC football.


blueprint_one
Missouri Fan
Columbia, MO
Member since Oct 2015
626 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
So obviously I'm with Pinkel.. It's simply about being unique.

M stands for so much in college football, and for Pinkel, something didn’t feel right about the block M, the logo that had been used by the athletic department for years. It wasn’t “Missouri” enough. “We got Astroturf in our stadium right after I got here, and I went into Mike Alden’s office and I said ‘Mike, if you are asking me what I want to put in the middle, I do not want to put the M in. We’ve had this M forever.’ I said, ‘Mike, it’s not Missouri…and we’ve got to be who we are.’”

Pinkel thought the focus ought to be the Tiger, and he began to encourage creatives within the athletic department to brand the program accordingly. And splat! The tiger head was suddenly at midfield. New logos were rolled out, and the block M was eventually phased out.

Next Pinkel was inspired by his own kids, who had hung back in Toledo and wanted their pops to bring them back some Missouri athletic gear for Christmas. After Pinkel promised he would, later his son called back with a brazen qualifier: “Dad, just to let you know we don’t really want Missouri on it. We want Mizzou on it.” Wow.

That statement turned out to be a light bulb moment for Pinkel. So he went back the next day to Alden and said, “How do you figure this? Let’s call ourselves ‘Mizzou.’”

Perhaps Missouri had become rather blah. But Mizzou…that had a little pop to it. In Pinkel’s opinion, it was a unique nickname, something that connected people.

Finally after Pinkel had done all that, he began to brand the football field. “For us to build a winning program, we had to start winning home games,” Pinkel said in The 100-Yard Journey



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Mizz-SEC
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re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game

Nice article and overview.

The only helmet logo I'm not a fan of is the most recent ink blot. The oval tiger and Block M are both sharp as hell, especially in gold flake.

As far as confusion with Michigan... Who'd be dumb enough to turn on the TV seeing Missouri vs. Georgia or whoever, with the team names and score on the screen, and somehow think Georgia's playing Michigan?

SEC football is the brand and if they want to go old school M to fit in so be it. Looks great.


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surgicalvenom
Missouri Fan
Omaha
Member since Jan 2014
3490 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
In the Big 12 I 100% agree. The SEC is different. The "M" has a 40 yr legacy, that agrees more with SEC tradition. So Pinkel wasn't wrong because he was coaching a big 12 program at the time.


CRDNLSCHMCPSN11
Missouri Fan
Member since Dec 2014
11999 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
Interesting. I have never once thought that.


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blueprint_one
Missouri Fan
Columbia, MO
Member since Oct 2015
626 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
quote:

The "M" has a 40 yr legacy, that agrees more with SEC tradition.


Nobody in the SEC gives a shite about Mizzou's "M" block from the Big 12, Big 8 days except maybe Texas A&M.


Athos
Missouri Fan
Member since Sep 2016
7789 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game


All the Rantards on here love the Block M Zou has sported the last two years. You’re fighting a hilariously stupid battle over and over again.


MIZ_COU
Missouri Fan
I'm right here
Member since Oct 2013
13771 posts

re: Block M Helmets are back for the UK game
if only we still had the block M in the north end zone


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