that is nice bonus change
But it's nothing new, and it could be way, way, WAY worse.
Although, actually, in a way, I like this little guy. I think it's because it's embarassing to the Buckeyes and also because in the modern day, somebody would see this and scream RACIST! (Seriously... it's like the head of a Black character from a 1930's cartoon).
While the basketball team may have to wait for another week to make the cover, Michigan and MGoBlog mascot Kate Upton is on the cover of the SI Swimsuit Issue for 2013.
Congrats to Kate, and another unofficial title for Michigan athletics.
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Someone said they wanted to make a gif out of the video clip of the Young UM Fan harassing Goldy Gopher. Here's my video clip of Young UM Fan and Goldy.
There is another stupid mascot article over at the Detroit News, calling for Michigan to relent and add a Mascot. (Link: http://detnews.com/article/20110803/OPINION03/108030411/1131/sports0201/What%E2%80%99s-the-fuss-Michigan?-Just-get-a-mascot-already) I hope Dave Brandon doesn't cave to this idiocy, and that Michigan gets back to its regular winning ways. I wish there was some way for the alumni base to make clear their feelings on this.
Since there was the other thread about the mascots fighting and someone starts to speculate about the results. I figured that I would I would try to do it justice.
The setting: An abandoned warehouse somewhere in Detroit. The inside has been renovated so that it has a fighting pit and stands around the outside. The noise of the crowd is loud as wagers are made back and forth and a cloud of smoke lingers in the air (This is an illegal fight ring...think they care about the smoking ban?). People from all over the world have packed this warehouse/stadium to witness fights of a most bizarre nature.
A hush falls over the crowd as the announcer begins to speak. "For our next series of fights, we have arranged for the various mascots of the Big 10 or 12 or whatever the hell they call themselves these days to fight it out. This will crown the Big10 Mascot Champion." The crowed erupts into a cheer and the announcer makes a hand motion for them to settle down.
"Through a series of rankings that is no less arbitrary than the BCS, we have decided that the wolverine should be the champion. We have selected the order of the fights to be random...and our first challenger is...."
"...the Spartan. The Spartan is an ancient warrior from Greece. Their feats are legendary and have been immortalized in a few movies. Currently, the Spartan stands as the mascot for Michigan State." A few cheers come out from the crowd but those are soon drowned out by the boos from the rest of the corwd. The announcer makes the husing motion again and the crowd quiets.
"And in this corner, we introduce an animal that really needs no introduction. It is one of the most feared animals in the wild and has been known to chase bears off from kills. They have taken down moose from a dead stop. They have scaled mountains that have made mountain goats nervous. In general a bad ass...". The crowd erupts in cheers.
"...Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you...the WOLVERINE!!!!". The crowd goes wild and the wolverine enters the fighting pit, his paws outstretched in the air. He does a couple fist pumps and then makes a feint towards the Spartan and the Spartan backs down. The wolverine goes to his corner.
"Ladies and Gentlemen...Let the fight begin....."
The Spartan advances out of his corner and throws his spear towards the wolverine. The wolverine deftly moves out of the way of the spear and the crowd goes wild. Money exchanges hands quickly as the bets start to fly. The wolverine goes over to the spear and grabs it in his mouth and bites it in half. The Spartan goes wide eyed as he realizes his best weapon is now sawdust.
The wolverine lunges towards the Spartan and the Spartan raises his shield up and pushes the wolverine back harmlessly. The wolverine looks at the Spartan, this is not going to be an easy fight and he scurries back to his feet for another lunge. By this time, the Spartan has grabbed his sword and tries to parry the wolverine. The wolverine grabs the sword in his mouth and bites that in half too.
The Spartan realizing he is out of options reaches for a dagger but the wolverine grabs on to his wrist and starts to gnaw at the skin and bone. The Spartan howls out in pain and drops the dagger. The wolverine then lashes out with his paws.....the Spartan reels back. The wolverine goes for his finishing lunge, but the Spartan manages to block with his shield. The wolverine stumbles back and then regains his footing.
This time, the wolverine leaps over the shield and grabs the Spartan by the neck. A few shakes of the head and the Spartan is finished. The wolverine emerges victorious....
Purdue has announced that the new multi-racial, reworked Purdue Pete mascot has been scrapped and they're going back to the original. Glad they listened to those who care about the university and its athletics image.