mascot of the Delaware Blue Hens?
U-M Furry Mascot on HBO Real Sports?
The Blue Hens mascot looks like woody the woodpecker on steroids. His name is Youdee (get it UD, like University of Delaware).
That actually was a "Michigan" mascot but I think it might be MSU's version of it. If i remember correctly, State used to bring their own UofM mascot to games to Sparty could beat him up and beat him in a race and so on.
Another reason why we don't have a mascot tho. That thing was hideous
The thing being hideous was part of the fun for them. I know a former Sparty mascot and they are very proud of their fake Michigan mascot.
world's biggest inferiority complex to us. And this is one of the best examples.
wow. before today, i never thought i could respect MSU any less... and now this. will wonders never cease?
go blue, beat LBU!!
They do this every time we play them in East Lansing. The "Wolverine mascot" they trot out is a blue Muppet-like character with big googly eyes that Sparty beats up. Even though it should be obvious that it's not real, you would not believe how many MSU fans believe it is.
They haven't done it since 2003, but yes, they used to. If I'm not mistaken, it's called "Willy the Wolverine."
I don't know about last year, but he was there in '07. I saw him.
That thing is absolutely horrendous. It think Tim Cow is right -- this is probably MSU's fake Michigan mascot.
are you calling me fat?
Nope. I will never forget that glorious day when you put up 313 on the Buckeyes.
that they would bother to have a fake U of M mascot. MSU is the stalker of U of M football.
WTF? I have a request to make of Dave Brandon and his invincible Pimp Hand.
we used to bring a real one in a cage to the games. Its name was "Biff"
I seem to remember reading somewhere that they were named Biff and Bennie.
EDIT: Found a photo. HT MVictors.
Another edit: Just realized this photo is also in your link. Apparently I'm SMRT today.
I think you're right. This was just the easiest one to find.
Yes, that is MSU's fake mascot. Pretty sure Bill Martin put that crap to a stop, because I don't remember seeing it since 2003 or 2005.
I don't remember ever seeing a Michigan mascot on the field (except the real live Wolverine back in the old days). I sure hope we never have one in the future! Its Bush League.
I seem to remember wandering around Ann Arbor in the late 80's and getting a little coupon book that had a Willy the Wolverine on the cover. I also seem to remember reading somewhere else that this was a failed attempt at a mascot by the University and that he may have even been to a few games. The sad part about a wolverine is that any mascot based on it would look silly (think Bucky the Badger). The other sad part is that I think it would be cool if Michigan had one.....
Its all a matter of opinion on whether Michigan should have a mascot or not. And judging by the negative feedback on my "no mascot" comment you are not alone in your desire for a mascot. I'm not a fan of them - however, if Michigan was to have one, I hope it'd more like the Stanford Cardinal, Oregon Duck, or Ohio mascot than like the ND Leprechaun!
It looks like cookie monster on crack.
haha, one of the greatest family guy flashbacks.
but the other one seemed more appropriate. Also... other awesome images:
Older types here might remember the "Willie the Wolverine" campaign at Michigan. As I recall, a couple of doofuses were trying to establish their cheesy creation as the official UMich sports mascot. To make matters worse, they wanted a huge cut of any merchandise featuring said mascot. They were relentless, but common sense carried the day. No Willie.
Glad we have a vigilant group of fans out there who block the nonsense. I was a big Cowboys' fan until Jerry Jones forced this on us:
I am still a fan, but it is just different.
Ouch -- that looks like a Loony Tunes reject.
I was on campus for the Willie campaign. Common sense and a student body that hated the thing made sure Willie disappeared.
Good thing they didn't try to revive their idea during the Goss AD days or I'm sure we would have had Willie in addition to the Halo.
when was this? Also, Willie is Northwestern's mascot's name.
Also, i can't find a picture of said Willy the wolverine. Anyone? (dont know if the FB page has a pic, can't access at work)
Why would Northwestern have a Willie the Wolverine mascot?
I hated the halo. It looked like something you would see in Tennessee or Florida. It was so out of character with the brick architecture. At least they made an attempt to keep the spirit of the architecture with the skyboxes although I don't really like them because for me the charm of Michigan stadium was how it didn't tower over the surroundings.
I remember they had sold it to the people who put out those coupon books they used to pass out on the corner. I can't find any images of it online though.
The University banned it:
(Don't bother going to the site...it's just a shill for a free trial membership)
WILLY THE WOLVERINE BANNED FROM UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STADIUM
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 25 1989 /PRNewswire/ -- Woe is Willy the Wolverine.
The seven-foot creation of a pair of University of Michigan students has been selected Grand Marshall of the university's annual Homecoming Parade, Oct. 27, and as official tour guide for Parents Weekend, Nov. 3-5.
Yet the university administration has permanently barred Willy from attending any of the school's football games. Moreover, they refuse to explain their hostility to the furry giant, who has become a campus favorite since his arrival in Ann Arbor in the winter of 1988.
There's even a completely dead facebook page, with one member, trying to bring him back-
If you want to get an idea what it might be like, UVU are the Wolverines, and have a mascot who does a lot of "cool" stuff:
With his own, more successful Facebook page (Take a look for a better view of the costume):
(I'm so glad we don't have a Mascot...)
It does sound like this one is from MSU though.
Taking a break from the action on the field, there is something walking up and down the sidelines calling itself "Willie Wolverine". Nobody knows what's up with this thing. It's a full-body wolverine costume outfitted in pads and a football uniform that looks somewhat unlicensed. The head looks like it might be papier mache. Is this a try-out for a new official mascot? Did someone make it himself? Is it a Spartan plant? I heard later that it was just some guy in a homemade costume who talked his way onto the field (nice security, MSU), but I don't know whether that's true.
Where's the C&D letter for that?
"... who has become a campus favorite since his arrival in Ann Arbor in the winter of 1988..."
Ah, clever! Completely baseless, though -- I never met anyone who claimed to like that monstrosity.
I was there for the "Willy" Campaign and that ain't it. The Willy I remember was a lot more cartoonish; equally embarrassing. "...campus favorite?" HA! I never met a soul who thought Willy was even a remotely good idea.
I like that we don't have a mascot. I like that we don't feel the NEED to have a mascot just because everyone else does. We're Michigan. We do our own thing, our own way; blaze our own trails. LEADERS and Best!!
Considering how the "Michigan" mascot behaves (constantly prancing around the shot as the other mascots work out), I'm thinking it might be a Sparty joke.
Didn't Michigan have an actual wolverine back in the day? Obviously there's no way it would happen in the modern era. Maybe they can hire Hugh Jackman to walk around?
I am glad someone else brought that up. I keep thinking I remember them having one in a cage on the sidelines and it was like in the last 10 years?
I need to cross check the dates with those which I was hitting the bottle to excess on gameday.
See the link to Biff above. The live wolverines became too mean to have around.
Bring it back, as ill-tempered as possible. Put it by the OSU band and when they play the same three songs over and over, I guarantee the thing will go nuts and kill everyone in sight wearing scarlet and gray.
Exactly what a mascot should do.
it better be a Delaware Blue Hen. Hard to imagine MSU making up a fake Michigan mascot and sening it to mascot camp.
MSU makes up a lot of fake mascots. It's kind of their thing... they played Hawaii so they had a kid go out dressed as a Hawaiian Punch can. I assume it's not illegal unless the other school complains.
As for sending it to mascot camp, that was clearly a gag. Mildly amusing, I guess. That thing is so effing hideous, it's hard not to laugh.
Oh good, a thread that I can shoehorn my ongoing gripe into.
Have any of you ever checked out the chalkboard at the Chil's in Arborland? It has a big "Welcome to Chili's Ann Arbor!" written on it, and then a drawing or two figures hugging a chili pepper.
One of them looks like a pelican or possibly a white finch, and the other looks like a brown and black malamute. The first thing is wearing a green shirt with a "E" on it and I am willing to accept that this the EMU Eagle with the beak drawn wrong. The second is I DON'T KNOW because I refuse to believe that they are representing that thing as an actual wolverine. I'm hoping Concordia goes by "The Huskies" because otherwise....
The Cleary University Malamutes
Like I said before, I haven't seen it the last few trips to East Lansing, so at some point Bill Martin likely put a stop to it.
Credit where credit's due... that's a pretty realistic looking mascot. If we had one, it would probably look something like that.
Let's thank Jah that we don't.
I know some people get bent out of shape about MSU's fake Wolverine, but I don't - if nothing else, this should keep the Michigan AD from ever developing an actual mascot.
Their use of 'scUM' is incredibly clever. Exactly like you would expect out of the high academic standards of Michigan State.
As many have said, that was MSU's fake Wolverine mascot. They brought it to camp in 2004 the last time I was at the same camp as Sparty, and had it act like a jerk all the time.
It would have been acceptable if they were just using it to give more people a chance to practice/learn with the big suit on, but to have it act lazy and mean in the skits they put on was a bit ridiculous. Camp is supposed to be big on learning and development, low on animosity, but I guess MSU didn't get the memo.
is the guy in the costume like the backup Sparty? Do they need a second string dude in case Sparty consumes too much Natty Light?
Kansas City Chiefs do the same thing ... I went to a Lions game at Arrowhead back in '98 (?) and the Chiefs mascot, "KC Wolf" ran over a bogus Lions mascot with a four-wheeler. The crowd went bonkers.
You can see him pull a similar schtick on a Raiders "fan" here:
Pretty clever, huh?
Considering the trend of mascot on mascot violence...
I'd be all for a Wolverine mascott if Barwis was in the suit.
And may the best sparticus win. Norfolk's spartan logo/helment/uni's kick the spit out of Msu's so that is worth a look on the web as well. This video makes me want to go back to school in this conference.
I have no idea how to embed so maybe somebody can help a brother out.