a terrible blight on our fine country
We've all seen the ESPN commercials featuring college mascots. ESPN Race for the Heisman (Sponsored by Nissan), etc.
However, just a moment ago, while perusing EDSBS, I came across an ad that led me to these videos. (Playlist Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpaQ0B_u17E&index=2&list=PLbsTzthpl0yk74L9-mTS2JzUlv0Z2UNri)
These were the first time I can remember ever seeing a college mascot in a commercial that wasn't at least ostensibly advertising the broadcast network in question. This is just an outright advertisement for Reeces' Puffs cereal.
We all know that companies would love to get college athletes in their ads if they could. Companies would've been champing at the bit to get Denard and his smile to eat their cereal on TV and flash that winning smile. Both because of their name factor and school allegiance. Regardless of your feelings on that, they currently can't, because then the NCAA, who has no problems benefiting from sponsorship, would stop them from playing any further.
I'm just wondering what your take on this is. Is it acceptable for schools to use what is ostemsibly the "12th Man/6th Man" in ads, and profit from that where the athletes are not permitted to do so? Without exception, University Mascots are "played" by students at University events, sometimes a student athlete in their own right (often a gymnast). Who currently plays Goldy? Would the NCAA have a problem if that studen were on scholarship and was inside the Goldy costume for this commercial? He wouldn't be using his own likeness - but at the same time, the school and company are profiting off of the character he represents. Is this any different than Michigan just happening to sell thousands of "16" jersies?
Moreover, is this why Dave Brandon was pushing for a Mascot? Another potential revenue stream for the university?
Buying shoes for the kids yesterday which was right next door to a Rally House (a chain sports apparel store for those who don't know) in Grandville. They're having a sale of 50% off all UM Adidas apparel. Their sign said the sale was in store and on-line. it's worth checking out, they have a pretty big selection and still a lot in stock at that location.
Just saw an article in the Daily about new UofM initiatives to curb alcohol abuse.
As part of the plan:
The University will also pilot a program to alert the parents of first-year-students who incur a second alcohol or drug violation.
Am curious the thoughts of the board on this new initiative. I personally feel kind of odd about this. Seems a bit intrusive and kind of a nanny state thing. Personally, I don't drink, other than a toast at a wedding or the like, so something like this wouldn't impact me. Still, isn't college a place where students start to learn to take ownership for their own behavior? Not sure what to think.
Well, next Tuesday is the middle of game week, so this is the final TCT for the year.
I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a good thread topic, but I don't have much besides the Dave Brandon hate and the Rutgers embarrasement, and of course HARBAUGH.
So, simple question, finances don't matter - you get TWO cars forever. One for you/one for the spouse/2 to share. Figure they're always immaculate and someoe else is footing the bill for gas, insurance, repairs, etc. Remember - you don't get to trade these 2 in. If you both end up with Mazda Miatas I hope you're not planning to haul the kids around. Or live in the snow...
What are your 2 cars for the rest of your life?
This afternoon Drew & Marc on 105.1 spent quite a bit of the show discussing John Bacon's latest book. Including references throughout the show.
You can listen here LINK
Additionally they mentioned Bacon will be live in studio tomorrow, but I don't know the time. They may not be the most sportscentric show on the air but they both like Michigan. Marc is an Alum and based on some comments it seems he's a regular here on the blog but I don't know if he posts.
Marc if you are on here, what time will Bacon be on the show tomorrow?
Hi all, I'm a relative newcomer to the mgoblog world, and I have been thoroughly impressed since joining last winter. I just want to give a shout out of thanks to the mods (and the self moderating instincts of the whole community) for keeping things focused without stifling random fun threads during the summer lull in sports news. Also, I want to take a moment to thank Brian, Ace. Seth & co. for keeping content flowing for the past 6 months. Mgoblog is truly a unique corner of the Internet. I'm really looking forward to being here this year for football / basketball season! Anyone else care to shout out some appreciation?
Edit: This is also a great thread for razzing me about how I am a brown nosers. Y'all are the best. Get creative and bring out your GIFS!