Dave Brandon is a stand-up guy

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 22nd, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Major respect to Dave Brandon who has apprently invited the kid  from Oklahoma to a game. The story where the kid was forced to take off their Michigan t-shirt because the school district is full of babies with brown diapers.

Michael Rothstein @mikerothstein

Brandon said they are inviting Barton & his parents to a Michigan football game and will put him on the big screen. Also bought him a shirt



Gob Blueth

August 22nd, 2012 at 1:05 PM ^

According to my sources (Mark Snyder's Tweeter) Brandon actually got the Mden to make him an inside out shirt to wear to school.  I assume this means print on the inside, which IMO is pretty badass.

Edit: It's actually a Michigan Wolverines shirt with "Michigan" on the inside, meaning he probably still can't wear it to school.  As Brandon says, "To hell with 'em".


August 22nd, 2012 at 1:11 PM ^

This is a pretty cool move by Brandon, and it would be just that much better if the kid wore that very "banned" shirt to the stadium, as there is perhaps no better place for him to don that shirt.


August 22nd, 2012 at 1:47 PM ^

I'm glad to see he did something to capitalize on this story. Whether you agree or disagree with the story behind the shirt, this is just a smart PR move.

Lucky Socks

August 22nd, 2012 at 2:07 PM ^

Ive wanted to start a discussion on Brandon for a while, but don't have the points to do it. It's always seemed like people are overly critical of him. I personally believe he's done a fantastic job as AD. Not perfect obviously but I would hire him again in a heartbeat. How does everyone else feel about his job so far?

Also I digress - good gesture by DB but I thought for sure this thread was going to be about the fundraising he's rumored to start or ex-athletes at U of M.


August 22nd, 2012 at 5:49 PM ^

Dave Brandon gets a very unfair shake by the proprieters of Mgoblog.  As if Brian is not out to make a $$ or two himself. 

MGoBlog is part of the machine.  Hocking T Shirts, Magazines, Kickstarter contributions etc.  It is very very hypocritical of Brian to hate Dave Brandon so much for doing the exact same things that Brian does over here: MARKETING AND BRANDING.

For the record, I love this site...but the myopic hatred of Brandon gets ridiculous sometimes.


August 22nd, 2012 at 8:51 PM ^

Your argument is invalid.  Nobody has ever claimed marketing and branding are bad.

The more apt argument is that Brandon is re-branding something that doesn't need to be rebranded.  The quintessential example of this, IMO, is the mascot issue.  Brandon argues we need a mascot to get young fans loving Michigan.  Since when has there been an issue with young fans?  The only thing a mascot does is continue the conversion of the classic, traditional M gameday to something more akin to a hockey game, with the added side effect of creating some cheap money-making opportunities.

I'm all for a lot of the stuff he's done, but when he messes with gameday and stadium atmosphere, he fails miserably.  I fell in love with Michigan when I was a kid because of everything about gameday and Brandon is slowly taking it away.

The FannMan

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:18 PM ^

I am generally not a fan of Brandon.  But, in one move, he somehow beat Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and whatever-the-hell other schools are in that state.