camo jerseys for players and coaches--looking in your direction, osu and oregon.
maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
camo jerseys for players and coaches--looking in your direction, osu and oregon.
I think a mascot would be fine. Just make it look cool and not cartoony. I like the Willy name, go with something like that and debut him by him running down the tunnel in a surprise type thing at halftime and beat up the EMU mascot or something like that.
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Beat up the EMU mascot? What has Swoop ever done to you? Sheesh.
I think a mascot would be fine. Just make it look cool
Ay, there's the rub.
Most mascots look cartoony, though. Just look at our rivals. Sparty and Brutus look about as cartoony as you can get.
But not the ND guy dressed like a leprechaun . He just looks like a tool.
If we have to get a mascot it should have nothing to do with a Wolverine. My two top choices are Clippy the office assistant or The Noid from Dominoes fame. Nothing would throw off a spread teams timing like avoiding the noid.
On one of my copies of Office, I actually downloaded a dolphin that I saw on one of our Japanese employee's computers....He was pretty cool.
Whether to make a Dolphin Mascot/Rosenberg joke....or make a "The Cove" joke about being concerned what state the dolphin was in on your Japanese employee's computer....Everyone make your own joke.
after following Michigan football for over 40 years is that we don't have a LIVE wolverine mascot. And don't tell me that it would be too vicious to have on the sidelines. Hunter Thompson had TWO, count em, TWO pet wolverines on his ranch! If a wolverine is raised from infancy by humans it can be tame, more or less, in their company. I'm sure if Brandon put the word out to fans for a tame live wolverine for a mascot, we would soon have one snarling on the sidelines.
I'm no advocate of a mascot, but if DB is going to TRY one...I hope he don't also burden us with a cutesy name, too.
(as someone else suggested in the comments in the MIchigan Today article Victor Valiant posted the link to...one obvious one would be Victor...)
Two live Wolverines, male and female, named Victor and Hail(ey), respectively.
I am opposed to any cheesy fake mascot, and I think real wolverines are, uh, problematic. However, I do have fond memories of Whiskey and Brandy pushing the ball around at halftime.
Here's a pretty comprehensive recap of the Michigan mascot story: http://michigantoday.umich.edu/2011/06/story.php?id=8003&tr=y&auid=8513677
Please no! I love the fact that we are one of the few programs without a mascot. Please don't parade some idiot along the sideline. This would turn me against Brandon
I'm pretty sure the author is wrong about at least one thing:
Yost was a visionary but he was also a competitor. He built Michigan Stadium so that, some day, it could be expanded to fit some 300,000 football fans. (Michigan Stadium is not even halfway there more than eight decades later.)
Like a tall tale, this number keeps getting inflated. The story used to be Yost wanted it to hold 140,000 fans, and built footings put in that could eventually support that. In recent years, sportswriters have been claiming he wanted 200,000 seats. This is the first time I've seen 300,000 claimed.
I'm having trouble envisioning any mascot that won't be Bucky-lite or way too goofy. I have a hard time believing families are going to decide to buy tickets for the first time because Michigan added a person running around in a giant manbearpig suit. Isn't there, y'know, a waiting list to get season tickets as it is?
I understand DB's impulse to wring all of the possible revenue out of Michigan football. At a certain point, you're damaging the brand. Would a mascot itself mean the end of the M football tradition? No, but soon it will be the "Wilbert the Wolverine T-Shirt Toss sponsored by TCF Bank." I can appreciate the night game, understand the merchandising of the fauxbacks, but adding something that substantively redirects attention and changes the game experience starts to really alter the Michigan Football atmosphere.
Also, I'm real tired of the "DB understands and respects the tradition" line just being said for the sake of it. Who would've thought we'd have a box of curly fries at a Michigan game, even if it was the commercialized Big Chill? I know that the "Arby's" logo prevented me and a ton of other students from buying Big Chill merch. I understand modernizing and increasing revenue, but maybe, just maybe, if he's trying to add things that alter our tradition he DOESN'T really understand its importance? Sure, I'm sure he knows the tradition, but it's kind of clear he doesn't respect it or its importance.
In conclusion, GET OFF MY LAWN.
I have a stuffed wolverine that's wearing a blue t shirt with a block m on it and is wearing a maize sailor hat. If the mascot looked like this I'd have no problem with one. I'll see if I can find it and post the picture because it's the only one of it's kind I've ever seen.
edit: mother has it at work. Once she brings it back I'll post a picture.
I also like the old school wolverine with the block M t-shirt and sailor hat. And wasn't Willy the Wolverine generally popular, especially with the students? I definitely remember him roaming the sidelines for a very short time. I'm not sure a Wolverine is particularly marketable as a mascot, but if Penn State can market that carpet remnant they call a Nittany Lion, then anything is possible. I used to like the old days when the cheerleaders would pick up the opponents mascot and run him in to the goalpost groin first. Back to the Nittany Lion--that thing looks to be about the same quality as the gorilla suit from "Trading Places."
Unless its live...do not want.
I have a feeling that what Brian mentioned is starting to come true, you give one inch you give a mile, DB is slowly bur surley corporatizing (is that a word?) the Michigan brand into one that sells out every bit of marketing space and will soon be having bobblehead giveaways and ketchup/mustard races during TV timeouts.
Other Brandon trial balloons:
University of Michigan Men's Glee Club (founded 1859) "Glee" show.
TV show where he and Gene Smith trade lives and share mascots.
"American Mascot Idol" TV show where winner gets to wear fur suit and prance around on the field; panel of judges to include the Ohio U mascot guy, Big Bird, Terrelle Pryor, and whoever currently lives in Keith Richard's skin suit.
Wait...did I forget Barney the Dinosaur? I'm all for Barney being on the sidelines at games.
That could be a remake of "Trading Places".
(And doesn't Glee owe us one since we gave one of ours to them?)
As long as Barney is eaten by a live wolverine, I'd be all for that.
The state of Michigan does not have any wild wolverines left, unless some naturally migrated back to the state from Canada that I am not aware of. Being a Wildlife Biologist, I follow many wildlife issues, especially ones in Michigan. Having a reintroduction plan for wolverines would be a suitable first step in bringing the population back. It kind of sounds strange to be called the "wolverine" state when we no longer have wild wolverines in the state, then again California still has the Grizzly bear on their state flag.
I listen to 97.1 on a daily basis, and when news came out a couple years ago that the last remaining wild wolverine passed away the Karsch and Anderson show had a survey on what should be some possibilities of a mascot for the University of Michigan? I remember someone's response was that the mascot should be a painting of that last wolverine from photos taken of him.
And I think I spent most of the game watching the xheerleaders sneak up on him to ram his crotch into the goalposts. In hindsight, I apologize to my father for NOT WATCHING THE GODAMNED GAME! I am sure I missed a lot of great of tackle runs.
Please db, break this chain of ADD at sporting events. for the adults.
As an alum and someone fond of this particular non-tradition, I am fine with no mascot. My kids, however, like to have their photo taken with every plush-like figure, life-size or handheld.
Thinking back when I was a young lad, I could have cared less about a mascot. I wanted to see Bo yell, Jamie Morris run, Greg Skrepenak dominate, and Mark Messner destroy people. If I had seen Sparty back then, I would have kicked him in the shin.
Sparty's one step aheaad of you. He wears shinguards called greaves.
Maybe you could kick him under his skirt.
I sat down with my kids to watch "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" on Hub Network because I foolishly have digital cable and I couldn't resist my daughter doing the guilt face saying, "Will you watch my show with me?"......we could have the first mascot that is Flash animation like this show.
I don't know what it is about cincy, but I was trying to google for pix from a mascot baseball game I suffered through (trying to watch the Cubs a couple years ago) and found that cincy puts on all sorts of scary games involving herds of mascots...click play if you dare:
either a live, rabid wolverine, or nothing, I say.
Cincy is just weird, man. Give me Cleveland with family and comforting road construction any day.
I'll have to agree with you about Cleveland Vs. Cincy. Although Cincy has the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge and one of the first skyscrapers.
Concrete reinforced frame skyscraper and the model for the superfriends headquarters, the justice league.
where is that?
And union terminal seen from 75
We don't have a mascot?
Bo was everything we stand for at Michigan. RIP big guy!!!