Is this going to be a thing now? Why do our warmups say tweet it up? It seems like Dave Brandon cares a ton about little things to make our program look like a glorified minor league baseball team instead of caring about the on field performance of our teams and Al Borges.
Mens basketball twitter handle warmups
Huh? Since when does he not care about on-field performance?
I don't know about the rest of your post, but I really didn't like the shirts. Normally, the warmups are something that I look to buy, but nothing that looks like that will make it in to my closet.
It's just a warmup. Lighten up.
Maybe he will...
Warm up to it?
Regardless of any opinions one might have about Brandon, those warmups were a picante combination of pitiful and desperate.
Remember when Michigan warmups were MIchigan warmups? Not WE ON or WE WORK or twitter handles or other stupid marketing shit?
Remember when people cared what the warm ups said?
Oh yeah, people never did and—outside of this blog—people never will.
Haha. I actually liked the WE ON thing, because it meant something to the team. I admit I wanted the shirt but I think I bought the rise to the occasion one instead. Even though all the teams had those.
Why does a warm up bother you so much.
It out he wants the teams to suck so he can market the crap out of it. Seriously it's time to acknowledge the future or at least the freakin present.
The game has changed those that don't adapt get left behind. I don't like a lot of it either but I also don't have the privilege of understanding the strategy or intent and I'm sure both of those are meant to help not hurt.
Not putting your players' twitter handles on their warmups is getting "left behind"?
Who knew representing your school instead of your social media presence was so out of style...
Warm ups it's the incrimination that because DB try's stuff he has bad intentions and doesn't care about on field/court/pitch etc. the last AD was sailing a boat in a time of crisis and people here want to tie a stupid warm up, alternate jersey, macaroni or whatever to something bigger than it is.
It's not about the name on the back of your jersey.
nor the front.
it's about the name on your twitter account.
All true. And still, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
It was a social media promotion for a game over a holiday break. They broadcast tweets on screens around the arena if you included the specific hashtag.
But this is clearly DB selling out the athletics program to Big Twitter! How can you not see this?!?!
Oh my goodness what is the big deal. If the kids that are actually on the team love it then so what. Times change and for those stuck on tradition I understand that but remember a tradition has to start from somewhere.
"The game has changed?" Name one team that has twitter handle warmups. Also Bama, PSU, USC, and Texas don't do this shit and seem to be doing just fine financially.
I can guarantee that other schools will be doing this. I bet both the players and the recruits love this.
Could be pushing other things with the warmups:
Well what's the hashtag?
Is there anything that the AD can do, outside of giving tickets away for free, that will make people happy?
Yeah, the twitter thing is a little tacky. But jeez people, its the warm ups against a team most of us have never heard of before during thanksgiving break. I feel like people here look for reasons to rage at the Athletic Department, and every single little thing they do is the cause of ire on the blog.
People would complain. The irrational hatred of DB is just too much now.
The anti Dave Brandon/AD circle jerk on this blog is ridiculous some times.
Yes. In a perfect world we would be the same program that we were in the 1970s. But the problem is the world has changed. If we transplanted our program in 1970 to now, then there is no way in hell we could keep up with the Bamas and Oregons of the world. We either have to get with it, and try to modernize accordingly, or we will fall by the wayside.
Bama? How about you give us just 5 examples of Bama modernizing the game day experience the way the AD at Michigan is attempting to?
But we have to modernize the things that matter, like the play on the field. Maybe that's coming, and maybe it's not, but if we were seeing a consistently solid football team on the field, who could compete outside the Big Ten as well (with good teams, not just MAC teams), a) people wouldn't be so preoccupied with what new gimmick the AD was putting out, and b) the AD might not feel they needed to put out as much gimmicky stuff.
"Is there anything that the AD can do, outside of giving tickets away for free, that will make people happy?"
Sure, realize that he doesn't have to "build" a brand at Michigan. The amount of money that the school brings in from product sales hasn't changed relative to their peers as a result of all of the stuff he has done. While the dollar amount has increased, I believe that as of the last time the rankings of collegiate sales were released, Michigan was sitting in the same position in the top 5 that they generally are at. So even if he is being successful at bringing in new consumers, he is negating that by driving people away. Why not try to keep the people he has, and use them to bring in new people. It has worked for a very long time, so maybe this is a case of not needing to reinvent the wheel.
Beat me to it
Oh man I wish I had known about that! I'm exactly the kind of fan that stuff is marketed towards. I love traditional stuff, but I love semi-exclusive "unique" stuff too!
For the low (ha!) price of $50, the AD would print a shirt with your twitter handle, foam hand 3 goggles, and an upper bowl ticket for the game. They called it a tweet up. Retweeted folk in the stands using a specific hash tag. Should just be a one time event
Getting upset over this. Oregon has a million uniforms and everyone says it's great for recruits and the team. DB does anything at all and he's selling out Michigan. I give up. Let DB do his job and shut up and enjoy Michigan sports...or not!
DB said we would never wear alternate unis in the big house again and it was a one time thing against ND. Surprise, we're wearing them for our biggest rival. I'm 19 and love night games etc. but I do not get the fascination with wearing a uniform that doesn't belong to you with various stripes and what not.
I don't care either way, but didn't that rumor get debunked?
17 hours until:
THIS IS NOT REAL
The maize tops or blue ones? How soon will they be available at Mden?
In a perfect world we would be like the traditional programs like Alabama who are excellent at blending tradition with the new. I like night games, the suites, the big scoreboards. I always laughed at programs like Oregon and Maryland who sold their soul for marketing and now we are becoming just like them.
In a perfect world we would be the same program that we were in the 1970s.
Coach Hoke? Is that you??
We averaged 1.6 losses a year during the 70s. That's a pretty awesome time for Michigan football, and we ended every year in the top 8, (except for 1979). Yes we didn't win a MNC, but we were pretty damn close many times. I'd take that over what we've had the last decade.
To run the Athletic Dept. because you've successfully run so many multi-million dollar enterprises in the past. Or perhaps I can hire you to teach my kids how not to whine? Neither? I thought you'd have one of the two down by the time you leaned how to post on a blog....
If I was in charge of the athletics departent, I would put the McDonalds emblem on every uniform and matte helmets for every game because the recruits love them!
It did allow me to tweet about the size of Bielfeldt's calves. For that alone it was hilarious.
Dakich, is that you?
MGoBloggers hate everything and that is hilarious to me. It's annoying as hell but hilarious nonetheless.
that you're right
The irrationality on this thread is ridiculous. Quick...without looking it up, how many of you can say what state Coppin State is in? This was a fun one-time thing, that is 100% about the student-athletes on the team and 0% about any of you, and that's how it should be. Coach Alexander is known as a legendary tweeter, and its not like this is taking any focus off of a competitive game. So many of you have decided that Brandon can do no right, when the AD is doing better under him than it has in decades. He is a great director, his methods do seem a little corporate at times, but that's reality folks...
This wasn't at all about the team. Did you not see the flyer that someone posted earlier in the thread? This was an attempt to sell tickets in the upper level for $50. How is that about the team?
As far as Coach Alexander being a legendary tweeter, who do you think knows about that? I'm guessing the majority of his followers that aren't basketball players are also readers of this website as well. It is only the crazy people like us that follow the guy, not including myself because I don't use twitter, but I'm still crazy enough to have an MGotab on my browser.
It just feels like yet another poorly thought out idea to "build the brand" by the AD. Every time I hear about building the brand it annoys me, because he seems to fail to realize that building the brand isn't about change when it comes to Michigan. The Michigan brand is built around tradition.
How one can see a basketball warmup uniform and instantly think- Borges sucks....that is amazing!!
And I still thought Borges sucks.
If Dave brandon cured cancer Bando Calrissian would be on here bitching about how unorthodox his methods were.
We care about warmups now?
Tacky in the sense that you're pretty obviously using athletes as unpaid spokesmen.
But who cares.
Not a big deal.
Side note: Basketball warmups have been pretty cool in the Beilein era. At least two have: "Queme los barcos" and "We On"
This thread is so appropriate for the state of this site right now.
Some down time? Nothing to bitch about for a few hours?
Ah, let's turn the wrath to these social media jerseyz! Curse you Hunter Lochmann!!!!!
I don't say much as you can see, although I have been around for a couple of years and this year is the worst I have ever seen some of the fans react to anything to do with Michigan Football and AD Brandon. All I see is a bunch of whimpering, "supposed" fans doing nothing but putting down anything to do with the programs, student atheletes, coaches, administrators, you name it, if it can be bitched about you will do it.
I don't see you out there everyday busting your butt for the program like everyone I mentioned does, so why doesn't everyone just maybe grow up and act like you may have gotten an education at UofM and they may have actually taught you something about manners, respect, responsibility, dignity, perseverence and how to grow up.
I would have given anything to attend UofM but there happened to be a war on at the time I got out of school and I ended up going into the service and making a 24 year career out of it and evidently I learned a lot more about growing up and respect than if I would have attened Uof M from the looks of it.
I do not like the way the football program is now either but give the kids a chance to grow up into the type of players the team needs to represent the university and you. I have to say that I don't believe there is anyone on this board that is bitching, that could do a better job at the present. Hopefully there will be some changes made, but we will have to wait and see. In the meantime why don't you support the team and the university that you profess to love so much!!!!!!!! End of sermen!
Thanks for your service, on behalf of the class of 2010!
I don't think the bitching is as bad as you see it (i.e. I have yet to see anyone bitching about the players), but I understand your sentiment.
Don't take the following as a denigration of your service, because it most certainly isn't intended as such.
What you are describing as your desire for the ways fans should act is a description of how someone in the military should act. The vast majority of us are not, nor have been in the military. That means that we have not been trained to follow orders. We have, hopefully, been taught to question and critique. Those two traits are not something the military covets in its members, but are extremely important in a society such as ours. While I also did not attend Michigan, I have attended multiple universities, and despite their failings, they all at least pay lip-service to the idea of critical thinking.
What you call whimpering, many of us see as a productive exercise of our cognitive abilities. Before you critique us for doing so, perhaps you should think about that.
between critical thinking and incessant criticism.
You are of course correct. But incessant criticism is still possible with critical thinking. Aside from perhaps the "Fickle" post, nothing on the front page has crossed the line into criticism for the sake of criticism. It has all been backed up by data and an attempt at explanation. Even if you count the "Fickle" post as a failure, I don't think that is too bad. If you had to cover this team in the sort of detail Brian does, don't you think you would have cracked at some point this year?
Amen. This entire forum has become almost unbearable to read. The level of the dialogue here has fallen off a cliff in just a couple of years. It's really pretty unbelievable how rapidly that happened.
For the record: A high majority of the people in this thread are not bitching about the warmups. In fact, there are more people bitching about the bitching.
Hey guys, young kids love twitter if you haven't noticed. So I don't see what the big deal is. Might seem stupid to us old farts but some high school basketball player might think its cool. Get over yourself, it's just a warmup.
So the AD is making marketing decisions based upon the hypothetical preferrences of a high-school kid? Sounds brilliant.
However, if that is the logic behind doing it, then they screwed it up. I doubt a bunch of kids are going out of there way to watch Michigan the day after Thanksgiving when they play some MEAC school at 3 PM on BTN. If they were really doing it for those reasons, wouldn't it have made a hell of a lot more sense to debut the shirts for a nationally televised game? I think we might have a pretty big one coming up against both Duke & Arizona.
This was an attempt to sell over-priced tickets in the upper bowl of a crappy game. Nothing more.
He's 16 and is the twitter demographic. I hope Michigan doesn't become full NASCAR in a decade..
How in the hell do the basketball warm-ups have anything to do with Borges?
Because basketball warmups can't call an offensive touchdown, either.
The issue to me is that Michigan basketball seems to be at least semi-interested in modernization and using modern marketing tools, a modern offense, etc. to produce and sell a competitive product, while football does not. But as far as blaming Brando - seems a bit unfair. I am pretty sure they planned this a few months in advance.
As far a Borges and football - it all seems stuck in the 80s (offensively). The offense has looked old, predictable. I was watching Iowa today and thought "man, if Michigan blocked and played even 2/3 as good as the vanilla offense, we'd have 1-2 more wins." That is a sad thought. That IOWA has a better coached offense.
Let the kids wear want they want to wear. Some of you guys worry about all the wrong shit. Its no longer 1973 and Bob Knight is not coaching this team. You guys are probably the same ones that despised the Fab Five in the shadows....
Do you really think the kids on the team picked these out? This was a marketing ploy, as explained by the flyer that was posted earlier in the thread. This has absolutely nothing to do with individual choice by the student-athletes. This was the AD trying to make a buck on a non-conference game being played the day after Thanksgiving.
Why was Nik wearing a different warm up.
Is twitter.ca a thing?
seriously. what is this thread about? a twitter handle during the men's basketball game somehow is relevant to the OC position of the football.