There's going to be a banner?
alternate headline: man does job
Dave Brandon creates the future: the tag: the picture
The Michigan Marching Band has been informed that they won't be going to Dallas, presumably because it puts a dent in the pile of money Michigan will get by selling a home game. Sorry, people who bought tickets. Yes, seats for the band are in the contract. Yes, you've been duped. No, you can't get a refund unless you pay $500 to get on the refund waiting list.
Think about that as you look at a home schedule on which Michigan State is the featured attraction. Dave Brandon couldn't even get the Nebraska game to not be on the road in the same year OSU and ND are. He sold a home game to Jerry Jones because it sounded like a lot of money, then we found out that because the minimum ticket price was $125 he could have scheduled a home and home instead. Jerry Jones is probably laughing his ass off somewhere.
Anyway. I think we should start a Dave Brandon for Governor fund. I'd vote for him! With no ulterior motives whatsoever! #DB4MGov!
There's going to be a banner?
there's going to be a press release about it soon, but DB sold the banner for 1.3 million. But it's OK, he's going to replace with a new, spiffy banner, featuring #HASHTAGS!!!!!
Detroit City government has Emergency Manager.....since 2010.
Bravo David Brandon, or should we call you Ebenezer from now on?
Sucks that there will be no musical retort to the incessantly played "Go, Bama, Go" diddy.
God damn! Listening to that football tune for an entire afternoon is not quite living hell, but it's a close second best.
Based on my 07 rose bowl experience, living hell is living to that ridiculous two bar USC diddy with the v fingers. Gain three yards? Play it. Hold the opponent to three yards? Play it. Basically they played it every play on which we disnt score
Probably diverting those funds to fly the mascot down there.
You can see the MSU marching band in the background. This is MSU's mascot for Michigan, not Michigan's mascot for Michigan.
Let's wait to see if he can respond to all the strongly worded letters we're going to write to him, but if nothing changes, I propose that we do something similar to the "kickstarter" campaign to get the band there. If Brian doesn't want to deal with it, I volunteer to undertake this. Not sure how about the exact logistics of fundraising, but I'll figure out a way. Which, strangely enough, should've been Brandon's response to this issue.
As long as we can get the announcer to say "Presenting the Michigan Marching Band! ... brought to you by those fine ladies and gents over at MGoBlog!"
I'd be whole-heartedly in support of a kickstarter campaign... but NOT YET. This is something the athletic department SHOULD be paying for, and right now the focus should be on maximizing our pressure on it to do so. Only if, several weeks from now, it proves that no amount of backlash will result in the university paying for the band to attend, only then should we launch a kickstarter campaign. Otherwise such a campaign actually benefits the AD for making what we view as a poor decision.
...but have the band's seats already been sold? Since tickets have been sold out for a while?
Its ok Jerry is great at putting up temporary seating for big games.
The goal of college football is not to maximize profits. Hope that clears things up.
You hire a corporate guy, you get corporate stuff.
All hail Dave BRANDon.
I find this absolutely shocking. We all know DB plays fast and loose with what we consider tradition -- RAWK, Arby's, Pop Evil, jerseys -- but the MMB is an integral part of both Michigan tradition and game day. The idea that they won't be at this game, which let's face it, is in a large part about building Michigan's "brand" in the SEC and drawing national attention, is ridiculous. I will tweet my anger immediately.
Shocking? When was the last time the band travelled outside the midwest for a non-conference game? Does anyone remember for sure if they went when we played at Oregon or UCLA? I don't think they did.
They didn't go to any of the games out west. Those were actually away games, though. Difference here is this is a neutral-site game and the plan all along was for the band to go until whatever happened to make that change.
It's a neutral-site game with logistics that are much more like a west coast trip than a bus ride to Michiana or Columbus. The band doesn't even go to our home games in Evanston. DB isn't creating the future here, he's maintaining the status quo.
Do tickets to away games in Evanston cost $125?
Did it cost Don Canham $2 to make a hot dog in 1982? If tickets were overpriced, they wouldn't be sold out.
NO BAND?!? ARE YOU KIDDING??
I was on the fence about coming down for this game. Now there's no way in hell I'm going. So much of the college football experience comes from hearing the band.
Brandon, why could you not have scheduled a home-and-home?
I have to say, I love Michigan even more now (if that's possible). As someone who was in a marching band in high school , it makes me happy that we are appreciated to this extent at Michigan. I'm smiling (even though I should be disappointed, considering the circumstances) reading all these comments of support. Thank you.
This costs a lot of money.
Ohio sent their band to Austin thanks to a massive private donation. So it's not feasible for the Athletic Department.
So we are you so mad at Dave Brandon? The band will be at Notre Dame and Columbus. Get back on the meds.
and the band was in the contract.
Yes, if brining the band was out of the question why not make it clear right away? Why an ambush in April? I smell something fishy going on . . . save costs on the band and sell their seats for extra revenue.
I got an idea . . . let's save even more costs by not bringing anyone from the Michigan Administration. We can also make extra revenue by selling the expensive suites they would have used.
However, it is not the athletic department that funds the MMB's travels to Columbus and South Bend. The band is separate and has its own funding organization.
The MMB has always been a part of the School of Music, unlike most colleges where the marching band is part of the athletic department. Of course, the athletic department transfers monies to the School of Music for bowl game expenses for the MMB, and other expenses where appropriate. But I think the separation of MMB from the athletic dept has always limited MMB funding vis-a-vis other schools.
Difference is Ohio State's game at Texas was an away game. This is a neutral-site game. If it was at Alabama I could understand. But the freaking contract has seats reserved for the band. They should be there and this should've been in the budget from day one.
u bet bama is doing the same thing. its a really expensive holiday weekend trip.
#MMBtoDALLAS #BringTheBand ....Because we all know DB loves #HASHTAGS
Dave Brandon would sell his soul for 4 farthings and a signed Craig James photo.
I dropped a penny and Dave said "Mine that is mine I need that."
This much backlash just hours after the annoucement, I don't see how the band won't be able to go now. There's plenty of time to raise money. I'll be sending Brandon an email right away.
Bama fans have a much shorter distance to travel so I've feared from day one that our fans will be badly outnumbered at this game. The least Brandon and the athletic department can do is send the band.
i highly beg to differ that the band members will be happy with the decision. i've already heard that several of the band members are pissed.
thats all that can be said
By whom? You?
Who else should rally the team by playing "The Victors"? Suggestions?
Everyone relax! My boom box is loud as hell and I have some fight songs on cassette tape. Problem solved, and you're welcome. Dave IS helping us get kick ass recruits, so quit your bitching. He is a big reason our facilities are better and that shit head (RRod) is gone.
While I can't agrue against the fact that the band isn't going (which is awful everyway you slice it), people should know the facts about the money. I'm a sport management major (yes it's an actual major now, it's no longer a joke major for athletes) at Michigan and David Brandon came and spoke to a group of students about a variety of topics, one of which was the game in Dallas. He had no intention of ever playing a game there but Jerry Jones and espn said name your price so he did. He said he gave them about what Michigan made on UTL plus a little and to his shock they agreed to pay us that and more. So yes we did lose a home game but we're making just as much/more than what we would've made. Brian should check his facts before he goes on a rant saying David Brandon is making us lose money on this game because it's quite the opposite.
If he "named his price" then why did he not include items like the band so that it would not turn into a de-facto road game against a school that is twice as close?
You're missing the point. When you name the price for a game like this in college football, you include the ****ing bands in the proposal. That should be the end of the discussion.
They not only are part if the tradition, but they're also part of the overall image, or 'brand' if you like using that word. Companies spend millions of dollars trying to find jingles that will get stuck in people's heads and make them think of a product, and Michigan has its own built-in (very highly rated) 'jingle' that happens to be near and dear to a number of us. Heck, there's video of me playing "The Victors" on a tiny xylophone as a 7-yr-old, and I barely even knew what football was at the time ('80's child from New England), I just liked the song that much. How much better does marketing get than that?
Michigan's going to play "the biggest non-conference game of the season," and one of our greatest traditions and marketing tools won't be there getting national TV time. Seems worth a #WTF to me.
If the outrage is big enough, and that is what it looks like it is going to be - Mr. Brandon (and the entire Athletic Department) will have to change their plans and send the Band to Dallas. Maybe a donor will foot the bill? Or maybe a student group or the band members will raise the money? Who knows, but I think it will happen. David Brandon might have the pimp hand, but the pimp hand's pimp (body?) is one of the strongest fan bases in the nation that spend the cash to make the pimp hand so powerful.
in San Diego, but Jerryworld? No, we want to save on cash.
What the fuck is the world coming to?
I hate you Ron Burgund...Dave Brandon, I hate you!