While we wait for someone to create an MGoRegistry for Brian (MDen? American Tailgater?), I thought I'd throw an idea out to the community regarding the mascot fiasco.
It seems that Brandon's motivation for even considering such a horrific idea was rooted in marketing. He wants added publicity for the university through a mascot, which leads to additional revenue. At least I hope that's why and it isn't just so he can get the mascot on one of those ESPN commercials. This idea seems short-sighted to me. How much marketing or revenue can such a mascot really bring in - especially at the expense of alienating a large portion of the fan base?
Here's my idea - why not create an animal habitat and bring in some actual wolverines? You can create this habitat in the area between Crisler and Michigan Stadium. During game-days it would be free admission with a ticket stub and all the kids he wants can come get their picture taken near the wolverines. When there isn't a game going on they can charge a small amount of money (kids free, alums discounted, etc.) to come and see the habitat. They can put in some nice museum-like information, including a history of the original wolverine mascots, Biff and Bennie.
I can already picture the panning camera shots of kids jostling for position in front of the glass while ABC comes back from commercial during a Michigan beat down of a rival.
Special Bonus: While confirming the names of the original live mascots, I came upon this unique "fact" on Wikipedia:
Blogger Brian Cook, owner of the popular blog MGoBlog, was given the middle name "Biff" by his parents as a tribute to this legend of Michigan sports.
Can any readers confirm whether this is true?