Son of a ...
landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Son of a ...
Cease and desist.
Quick. Someone kidnap this dude and hold him for ransom. Tell DB we will not hesitate to hang him from his feet from burton tower in a ohio hoodie.
There are worse things.
DB as AD.
but nothing immediately comes to mind. Freaking terrible!
Why do people feel the need to upvote your posts?
Why do you feel the need to butt into your son's life?
He must be referring to the fact that 12 has a 1 in it. Right?...
I don't get why so many people are opposed to a mascot. I think it could be a positive thing. Especially for the younger fan base.
Not to mention finally having a mascot to play with in the NCAA Football Mascot Game.
If it looks idiotic, I want nothing to do with it.
it will look idiotic.
He (literally) doesn’t get it. Seriously though, you’re cool with the gradual encroachment on the program we keep experiencing in the form of hashtags on the field, Rawk music, etc? Mascot talk is a clear escalation, and cannot be tolerated.
Shouldn't you be focusing on your own Wildcats instead of trolling Michigan blogs?
My personal reasons:
1. Mascots creep me the fuck out.
2. The only reason I can think that schools would keep a mascot around is the history of the mascot, and we haven't had one, so why should we get one.
3. Mascots don't make anything better. As a matter of fact, whenever you hear a story about a mascot, it's about how they embarrassed the school in some way.
4. There are some shitty looking mascots, ours would probably be too.
you must be new here
Make with the video link or I call Shenanigans!
Why would someone photoshop a guy in a wingless bat/grey monkey hybrid costume in front of a bunch of cheerleaders?
I hope your being sarcastic.
You know the program is heading in the right direction when this is what we're worrying about in the offseason. Seriously, though, this aggression will not stand, man.
Aren't cheer competitions notoriously cheezy? I thought all of the music was just like NOW Music mash-ups
Its probably just the cheer team trying to integrate something. I HIGHLY doubt we would debut a mascot at a cheer competition if we were to debut one...
shouldn't be out in public with that tacky thing either.
It's just T-Wolf keeping himself in shape.
What's the worst that happens? Some old fucks see the mascot and have a heart attack? Some whiny ass alums return their diplomas to Mary Sue? I don't think adding a mascot is going to stop the Al Glicks of the world from donating.
I don't want some goofy looking thing prancing around the sidelines. We had a mascot. A REAL Wolverine.
If Michigan gets a mascot, I want it to look badass and not friendly.
Cause this could happen
Does this goofball really change the way you feel about your alma mater?
FYI: I don't give two craps about purdue sports. All I care about is the world class research Purdue Physics and Biology produces.
You went to a school with a mascot. Did his presence on the football field and basketball court really affect your experience as a Purdue student and/or fan?
and I answered I don't give two craps about Purdue sports. I care about Michigan.
Honestly, Pete looks like Joan Rivers' inbred son. The whole purdue sports experience is just like AAA baseball game. Thanks but no thanks.
What's wrong with AAA baseball games? I loved going to see the Tigers from 1999-2006
then you are doing it wrong. Kids have a good time you never notice anything because you are watching football, what part of this is that bad? yeah if the mascot looks dumb its stupid but the idea of a mascot literally has no bearing on the atmosphere for you at a game.
Neither then do advertisements on the scoreboards, Michigan Stadium brought to you by ____, even more obnoxious music (say dubstep), permanent hashtags, corporate flags flown around the stadium instead of the current big ten team flags, sponsored events such as interceptions (and that was an allstate good hands interception!), advertisements on the big screens during timeouts, I could go on.
And yet no of these have anything to do with a mascot as a cheerleading event. For all we know, the rules at the cheerleading event dictate that all teams have a mascot.
But my comments speak more to the question of having a mascot in the general, regardless of what transpired in this specific instance.
I just wish they would bring back the planes advertising for the Vu.
I would argue that one, some of those would impact the "atmosphere" of the stadium because your experience watching the game would be interrupted. I'm sure there were some people who got pissed when there were video scoreboards to start, or the first time there were cheerleaders (especially since they were all dudes) or hell I'm sure someone was pissed about the changing atmosphere the first time the band played. My point is you as a general fan would most likely not be impacted in any way by the existence of a mascot. I would also argue that I would prefer to see ads in michigan stadium rather than see ticket prices go up to see this crap home schedule but thats just me personally, I wouldn't argue that doesn't somewhat change the atmosphere.
Not true. I'd like to remain anonymous*, but suffice it to say that I'm a multi-billionaire alumnus who owns a football team in the AFC East and I would have the building(s) that bear my name torn down if Michigan trots out a mascot.
Hopefully Dave Brandon reads this and decides not to proceed.
*Please don't betray my confidence if you're able to discern my identity.
But it's amazing how fast you can find things out on wikipedia.
My yearly donations would stop. No question.
I'm sure a school with an endowment in the billions will miss your one or two hundred a year.
Are you serious? do you actually care about michigan football? I mean seriously people its a god damn mascot. It would be created to keep kids happy at a football game, it would not destroy the sanctity of michigan football. LSU has a mascot and is the hardest place in the country to play. Alabama has a mascot, ND has one of the easiest mascots to want to punch in the face and yet both of those schools make up the pinnacle of college football along with michigan, seriously there is a reason that people make fun of the michigan fanbase for being incredibly pretentious despite having a reputation as being more or less the opposite of intimidating and its because of shit like this.
Have this played on the big screens at the stadium on a loop leading up to kickoff, or have a mascot? Discuss…
not cool man, not cool
That is unacceptable. The mascot thing should be a dead issue. I'd roit if that thing walked into the Big House or anywhere else for that matter.
This just in, Michigan switches from leather helmets to a hard shell helmet. PANIC!
Because, player safety and conforming to the rules of the game is equitable to a sweaty engineering student dressed up as an animal, embarrassing a whole bunch of people as he does so.
Where's the embarrassment? Only embarrassment I would see is the guy wearing the suit and he would have to want to be in it in the first place, so no embarrassment. Why would it matter when Michigan is finishing 11-2 or better from here on out!? Mascots are not made for you and me, its made for little Jimmy that gets excited to see a mascot walk up to him in the stands and gives him a high five and take a picture. Jimmy is happy now! You and I should only worry about the product on the field. Not mascots, not the shade of maize we are using, not if we look like a bumble bee, and not # on the field. Go Blue!
I think a mascot could really help us sell out some football games. Lord knows what a struggle it's been without one.
Don't mess with it.
But Michigan has had a mascot in the past... so ah, not sure what your point is here.
So, we both agree we have had a mascot in the past. So the tradition thing isn't about a mascot, it is about an animal versus a person as a mascot.
Or, you can just play the tradition card if you just don't like something that hasn't been around for a little while.
Just our of curiosity, do you also favor large advertisements posted on the scoreboard? I bet they could make some that kids will really like. And it's pure profit for the U. And other teams have that.
The other thing I would add about Michigan's tradition of not having a person dressed up in a costume mascot, is that it's one of many things that sets Michigan apart from other schools.
Wait. I don't agree.
When did Michigan ever have a person dressed up like a cartoon character as a mascot?
Note that "Willy the Wolverine" was never a Michigan Mascot, but an advertising premise by a store on State Street that sold unlicensed Michigan gear. They managed to sneak the thing on to the field a couple of times, but it was always quickly apprehended and escorted off the field.
That's awful. It reminds me (unpleasantly) of the Willy the Wolverine atrocity that some tools tried to foist on UMich in the late '80s. IIRC they were also going to keep 97.3% of all proceeds related to Willy merchandise. What a deal!
I remember Willy walking around the big house in the mid and late 80s. Luckily he was never allowed to enter the big house. I'll have to say the old Willy looked a lot better than this newer version in the video.
Yuck!!!! The only mascot I would like to see are the live wolverines that use to be brought over from the Detroit Zoo in the 40s.
But I wouldn't be surprised at all if this was some attempt to gather marketing intel by the athletic department. Basically, they're trying to gauge the reaction of people by showing it at a relatively lesser-known venue. Of course the problem is the type of people who attend cheerleading events will be excited about anything.
Things that will happen if we get a mascot:
1. I might have to look at it if I watch the sidelines instead of the game on the field.
2. My degree will lose 20% of its prestige.
3. Michigan will lose its auto-bid to the Rose Bowl if it wins the conference.
I never realized that Michigan's AD actually hails from out west.
Isn't there some corporate synergy you should be molesting right now?
We all wake up the next morning and find out the Soviet Union was the real victor of the Cold War and now the only option for breakfast is Borscht?
I really don't want a mascot. I know that sounds whiny, but I really don't want one. The #goblue hashtag was annoying, but it's not something that's going to enrage me. It's the spring game, is temporary, and is probably something people are going to have to get used to in teh long term (I'm assuming Twitter is here to stay).
Even the songs don't bother me, but this REALLY, REALLY would bother me. I really hate mascots. I've never seen one I've liked besides a live animal or a real person (ND, Trojan, etc.) Obviously, that won't work for us so don't do it!
that Brandon ordered the cheer team to incorporate a mascot into their routine. If we protest loudly enough, he'll order them not to in next year's competition.
Yes I'm sure if the athletic department had the intention of implementing the use of a mascot, they would unveil it at a cheerleading competition in Florida... in April.
And the spring game was yesterday too... If it were for real, it would have been there yesterday...
It wasn't the final event - just prelims in the video. I doubt Brandon even knew about it but I do agree that the AD knows what he is doing.
For all the moral outrage on here, though, my bet is that if there is a cute stuffed animal that most of the posters would buy one for their kid. Anything with an "M" on it will sell and if your kid points at it and wants it then you'll get it. Or if you are on a business trip and flying back and looking for something to get your kid and see it, you'll cave and get it because it will have cute googly eyes and it's better than a damn pen.
I don't like the idea of a mascot any more than anyone else. But if it brings in enough revenue to keep seat prices down and advertising out of the stadium, then so be it.
could at least not be a squirrel? I know that they're not very active, but Dave can run over to Royal Oak and see one in real life, or even get on the YouTubes and see film of a wolverine.
At the very least ... and i would be on board with letting a real wolverine roam the field ... the mascot guy should have to walk on all fours and perfect that Mustelidae amble.
people jumping on the anti-mascot bandwagon because its the popular thing to do? I like it..THERE I said it
I like the fact the people are jumping on the anti-mascot bandwagon as well. It's not only the popular thing to do, it's the right thing to do. Michigan has a mascot tradition: they tried having a mascot for two seasons, and decided it was too fucking dangerous. Wolverines are big, tough, and mean. That's why M has the animal as a mascot. Our mascot tradition is that we'd have a mascot if it wasn't too dangerous.
Having some goof runing around in a squirrel suit robs the Michigan experience of its gravitas. Michigan becomes just like the other guys. There are some cool mascots (e.g. USC and FSU), but none of them are human-dressed-as-animal mascots. All of the human-dressed-as-animal mascots suck.
And I don't buy the "we have to do it so kids will like us" argument, either. There's plenty of stuffed toys with M on them for the kids. And damn few if any kids are going to have the mascot jump into the stands and high-five them. There aren't that many kids in attendence, and those that are aren't likely to be close enough to the field to matter.
Michigan has a mascot tradition. If people want to break that, fine - but there needs to be a damn good reason, and I haven't heard one yet. "Think of the kids" doesn't fly.
Am I missing something here? Isn't it possible the cheerleaders just had a mascot for their routine so they made one? Just like those MSU students who made that paper mache, bear looking wolverine mascot thing several years ago just so they had something to slam into the goal post?
I don't think this makes anything official.
Don't you know what a panic thread is?
You must not have your tin foil hat on correctly. This is clearly a sign of DB screwing everything that is good and holy about MICH TRADITION up.
Or not. I really don't personally know.
I really don't care if we have a mascot one way or another. If we do, good, little kids will have something to enjoy if they're not into football yet. If we don't, nothing changes.
he'll restrict its activities to outside the stadium structure itself, so it can wander around outside the stands and have its picture taken with about 20,000 little kids, whose parents will then go buy the stuffed plush toy version at the M Den for $29.95, and the little girls and boys will bring them to bed and take them in the car and scream when they've lost it. There will also be plenty of them sold to 17-yr old boys because their hot girlfriend wants one. Purists will gnash their teefs and rend their garments, but as long as it doesn't enter the stands or get onto the field their outrage will be a minority view. Brandon will count the dollars and will enjoy all the photo ops that will make their way onto the 6:00 news of Bob and Norma from Flat Rock with their grandson Jimmy having his photo taken with Willy or whatever the hell DB will call it.
I bought one of these from the MDen. I named him Lloyd. I set him by my bedroom window to ward off evil spirits. He is the guardian of my bedroom.
*Guardian of my virginity.
/s, couldn't resist the perfect setup
I wouldn't have a problem with this, as long as it wasn't the camel's nose.
To make my own mascot constume and show up this year just to watch ya'll freak out on game day.
I will read your obituary with a somber silence.
live up to your name.
A is for Artichoke
D is for Demon Deacon
I is for Ichabod
D is for Dinosaur with Lightning Bolt Pajamas
E is for Eutetic (for more information, go to the source)
A is for Anteater
S is for Shocker
(clue for DB and his Marketing 101 students: Mascots are _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, and I didn't even mention Rhode Island School of Design...)
Right, because no school has ever had a good looking mascot. Nice straw man yo.
That Eutetic thing looks like its fixing to get banned from stadiums for touching other mascots inappropriately
Great RISD penis mascot reference. I've always admired the balls (pun intended) it took to do that
the cheerleaders got second place at that competition. Way to represent Michigan.
I found out about the mascot about a week ago but was trying to figure out the best way to tell the MGoBlog community. We can over react to situations like this.
only appearance at the Big House. The jet pack guy swoops in, grabs the mascot, and deposits it from a great height over East Lansing (the only place in Michigan where Mascots belong).
Just a thought, but would people be pposed to those? Is it just the wolverine costume that people hate?
I would love that, especially put it in a cage by the opponents lockerroom.
But the PETA assholes would be on Michigan faster than Bobby Petrino was on his mistress.
that wouldbe pretty cool. But why wouldn't PETA like it? Other schools have live mascots, e.g. LSU...
Because those insane people think it would be like harassing the animal and other ridiculous things like that. See at LSU, they don't give a shit. About anyone's opinion. Their coach eats grass for God sake.
And they get a ton of shit from PETA over it. I remember reading somewhere how PETA wanted to replace the Georgia Bulldog with a robot version
Let them boycott.
They also have another one of it in a #17 football jersey.
Is that the video unveils some delectable midriff baring outfits, and all anyone can talk about is the dude sweating his balls off in the Florida heat wearing a furry costume.
They actually have a mascot division at the NCA competitions.
Were we required to have some kind of a mascot in order to compete in that competition? If so, it may not necessarily be a sign of the apocalypse.
Freshman for me and first year for Bo!
I'm not sure why everyone's surprised, he said he would do this.
In other news, Joe Mathis saw the mascot and said it is now his favorite mascot, more to change tomorrow.
This isn't just a slippery marketing slope anymore, it's a metal dorm food tray at the top of the Arb on a snowy January night. We're going to take that ride, consequences be damned. Turn up the Pop Evil.
If it looks like a tough, mean thing I'll be for it. I don't wany any smiling, goofy looking thing. I also don't want one that looks like it's constipated (sparty).
If they must, GIVE ME MEAN DAMNIT.
I was at the Victors Classic as an alumni cheerleader. The current cheer members there for the spring game said the mascot is limited to the competition only (thankfully) FWIW. In NCA competition, teams are awarded points for having a mascot, thus they had to have one. No doubt it could be a slippery slope but I (want to?) believe it is not slated for general use at this time.
Michigan switched from UCA to NCA (different competitions, same company) because UCA is in early January and we are usually in a bowl game (first world problems!). They are considering switching back due to conflicts with final exams (NCA is in April).
In my haste to help cease panic I only skimmed the board posts and apologize if this has been covered. ps FWIW the current cheer members also strongly disliked the mascot.
A former cheerleader that reads MGoBlog. Marry me?
Yep I'm a lurker, but addicted. Pretty sure I bored my fellow alumni team members with trivial knowledge of the recruits and embarrassed myself welcoming them to Michigan as they walked by on the sidelines. Thanks a lot, MGoBlog. And I don't think my crush on Shane Morris is age-appropriate. Then again, most of you guys have one too, so I guess it's ok.
Have you even had your back rubbed by a cloven hoof?
maybe she digs ungulates?
With like, facts and stuff.
Sorry to disappoint, MW. /s ...now if the team wears those crop tops in the Big House I'll start my own panic thread. I don't expect much support on that point around here, but I don't think those things are classy at all.
I mean, I'd rather look at that than a mascot, for obvious reasons, but I've always liked how our cheerleaders have looked like, well, cheerleaders, and not like there should be poles on the field, like some southern teams. And when they pull out those yellow tops for big games, that's plenty sexy while still staying classy.
As long as they don't bring out those tennis mom white polo shirts again....
I understand this is a panic thread....but for those who wish to be comforted, no need to worry just yet. Using a mascot in the cheer portion of the cheerleaders' competition gives them bonus points.
Click on the "score sheets" link
Then look at page 3 of the score sheets
You'll notice it says "BONUS" and gives the team points for 'Effective Mascot Incorporation'
Therefore I don't believe it's a Dave Brandon master plan to introduce a mascot but instead a way for the cheerleaders to do better in their competition. And I also believe the cheerleaders have been using a mascot in their competitions for multiple years and we have yet to see it during a game of any sort. Soooo no need to push the giant red panic button just yet
You sir, are truly a visionary. You joined this blog over a year and a half ago, waited silently in the shadows, knowing full well that in a moment of crisis, you would be there to avert disaster. I must say, I will sleep better at night knowing that we have a guardian watching over us, ready to launch his desperately needed wisdom at the appropriate time. Until the next crisis is upon us, I bid you farewell.
Well you sir are very welcome. However FWIW not everyone who reads this blog is a "sir"....no need to be jumping to conclusions. Until the next disaster, I bid you farewell.
Oh snap! Fyi though, judging by your username, I figured you were the Les from Hardcore Pawn
It's almost as good as the guy who signed up in 2008, then had his first post a month ago when people were wondering what the Gymnastics team was going to do while Crisler was being renovated
Damit, it wont embed. Darth Vader says Noooooo .
It looks like a monkey or a weasel or something, so I am sure it can't be our mascot.
that would be acceptable to me, is a real LIVE wolverine....and we get to wrap a bloody porkchop necklace around the opposing mascot. Let chaos ensue. Profit?
No porkchop needed. That's what is so awesome about a wolverine.
This is worse than when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
I thought that Pop Evil was bad...
At least that maize looks pretty maize-y.
Searching for positives here.
From two different girls on the Dance Team that this mascot will be gracing our sidelines in the near future. If not this coming year, the following one for sure.
I was told that there were a few prototypes and the Athletic Department settled on the one pictured above.
Again, take it FWIW.
I'm actually becoming quite alarmed by this whole situation. Again, I'm not positive of the inevitability of this occuring, but I was in a box for the spring game and some corporate-types wearing M gear were discussing incorporating a Wolverine mascot. Generally, their conversation seemed to be favoring the idea and their wives were also pretty enthusiastic. Apparently this is more of an attempt to reach out to a younger crowd and for the mascot to make appearances as AA-area events, like Pioneer HS games.
difference between HS games and Hallowed Ground that is Mr Yost's House. If it wasnt good enough for him, not good enough for me.