OT: This is What Happens When You Have A Mascot

OT: This is What Happens When You Have A Mascot

Submitted by drboud on September 15th, 2012 at 8:28 PM

So I am generally against the idea of having a mascot, although I do understand how it makes us more likeable to a younger audience. Anyway need another reason to be glad that we don't?


I give you from the University of Minnesota:

link in case I messed up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IohQEpXLgiE#!

Mod edited to fix embed

Mascot survey at women's basketball game

Mascot survey at women's basketball game

Submitted by Stewart52 on November 14th, 2011 at 7:28 PM
Hey guys, I'm at the women's basketball game right now, and we just got handed a survey about the affect a mascot would have on attendance at womens basketball games. The survey was for a group in an upper level sports marketing class, so it wasn't anything sponsored by the athletic department, but you gotta wonder if the athletic department brought up the idea for the project. I know in mechanical engineering a lot of the projects are sponsored by me professors, I don't know if the sports marketing program works the same way. Anyway I don't know if this means anything, but it was definitely a shock to get handed the survey. Im posting this on my phone, I'll post pictures of the survey when I get back. Also, I saw Trey Burke show up early today, looks like he learned his lesson from last time. Go blue!

Mention of a Mascot in the UM/Alabama Contract (Commence Panic)

Mention of a Mascot in the UM/Alabama Contract (Commence Panic)

Submitted by goblue7612 on October 3rd, 2011 at 3:33 PM

In this annarbor.com article regarding the contract signed for the UM/Alabama game there is this gem of a quote.



"The U-M marching band will receive free entry and reserved seating. U-M cheerleaders, dance team and mascots will also receive free entry."



Do you think this is a contingency plan or that there is a legitimate possibility of a mascot (or multiple mascots) unveiled in the opening game next year?


Let the meltdown begin.

A mascot compromise?

A mascot compromise?

Submitted by AC1997 on June 20th, 2011 at 9:31 PM

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?

I've told the pimp hand to talk to the, er, Hand

I've told the pimp hand to talk to the, er, Hand

Submitted by Blue in Seattle on June 20th, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I've been in favor of most decisions of the pimp hand and the athletic department.  But finally joing the ranks of the idiotic phone mascots is something I can't get behind.

Create a Michigan Wolverines mascot, win two football tickets

This is one of those things that makes Michigan unique, like Winged Helmets make Michigan unique.
There is no way a foam mascot could be truly terrifying.  It is just going to look stupid.
I was with you on the "Mashup throwback Homage" uniforms, but I'm off the band wagon of "change is good" with this contest.

Live animals, Willy the Wolverine, Rich Eisen, Groupon, and DB's mascot hopes

Live animals, Willy the Wolverine, Rich Eisen, Groupon, and DB's mascot hopes

Submitted by VictorValiant on June 17th, 2011 at 2:31 AM

Fascinating read for any Michigan fan in Michigan Today about why Michigan doesn't have a mascot:



i'm ok without a gameday mascot.  there are plenty of traditions on gameday to fill even the Big House

OT: Capital One Bowl Mascot Challenge

OT: Capital One Bowl Mascot Challenge

Submitted by hartattack26 on December 2nd, 2010 at 3:31 PM

First off, I am completely prepared to get neg-banged for this post but let me plead my case.

The Old Dominion Mascot is close to beating the Oregon Duck in the Final Four of the Mascot Challenge. This is crazy because Old Dominion just got football 2 years ago and aside from basketball is virtually unnoticed in the sports world. I call upon the mgoblog community to help the ODU mascot Big Blue by voting at www.capitalonebowl.com  I was hoping he would be facing Brutus but o well. Heres why:

1) Michigan doesn't have a mascot so why not?

2) When is the last time you got to beat Oregon?

3) His name is Big Blue...close enough right?

4) It's a distraction from all the CC posts and negativity on this board

5)  It would be funny to see a mascot nobody has even heard of beat out every major mascot in D-1 football

Picture Pages - Mascot Tackling Angles

Picture Pages - Mascot Tackling Angles

Submitted by Meeechigan Dan on September 24th, 2010 at 4:30 PM

[Ed: bump.]

There has been spirited debate about the angles that Ohio University LB Rufus took in tackling the OSU RB Brutus during last Saturday's game. Does increased head mass require a higher tackling angle, or should traditional non-encephalitic technique be employed?

It is early in the game, with OSU lined up in a 1-1-9.  The RB is parallel with the fat dork carrying the flag. The OLine of nine band weenies is clearly off the line of scrimmage in an illegal formation, but this doesn't get called; we're in the Horseshoe, after all.

Unblocked, Rufus arrows towards Brutus demonstrating, at first glance, excellent technique with arms wide to wrap up the opponent.

But here the question of angle v. encephalitis comes into play. What can’t be seen at this angle is that the RB’s momentum is carrying him past the impact point targeted by the OU LB, exposing why a traditional, lower attack point is desired. The OSU RB pulls away with a little, mincing gesture with his forearm and clocks the fat dork (FD) in the head with his opposite elbow. By the way, WTF is with that running OSU dude on the left side of page? I’ll tell you what it is: too many men on the field.

At this point, it looks like the unblocked OU LB will tackle for a decisive TFL.

But then we see the consequences of hitting the OSU player too high: with help from the OSU FD, Brutus maintains his balance and stands up Rufus.

If Rufus hits the OSU player just above the knees, then there is no opportunity for Brutus to recover. The OLine here is still in pre-snap formation revealing that this is a trick play.

Rufus begins to slip as the RB deflects his momentum…

…and loses contain letting the RB into the secondary with a convoy of blockers...

The RB makes a mistake: he slows up and begins to taunt the OU sideline. Rufus cuts between the WR and the TE in pursuit...

Notice the poor blocking on the part of the OSU WR running with Brutus downfield. How can you let Rufus approach your RB untouched? Again, the OU LB takes waaaay too high of an angle at the goal line. Seriously, what is this? Who tackles a player this high? Shame on the RB for walking into the end zone. Typical OSU classiness.

Rufus hits high...

...and already in the end zone, the OU LB commits the personal foul with unnecessary roughness…

...yet still demonstating why it is important to hit the player low; he still can't get him down. Bonus: notice the abused, defeated expression on Brutus's face...

This is not football; it is more reminiscent of Bogs in Shawshank. The infamous punch that got Rufus suspended from the OU team leaves Brutus a shell of mascot.

Teammates hang their heads in shame.

Takeaways: Even large-headed mascots must maintain proper tacking angles. They should not compensate for higher mass distribution with a higher attack point. Paradoxically, the higher mass point makes mascots more vulnerable to the classic leg tackle.

Also, there is no place in football for the kind of personal foul witnessed at the end of the play. Even when the other team is execrable as OSU, keep it clean. Don't sink to their level.

Edit: Special thanks to a friend who took those pictures in the endzone (I pulled the link so that we stop overloading her server).