Leaders And Best

August 1st, 2013 at 6:18 PM ^

Or has that page just not been updated yet? There is no statement on that page that they have changed the policy back. It's possible that page has not been updated to reflect the new policy.

Leaders And Best

August 1st, 2013 at 6:25 PM ^

That could have been updated in May or June 2013. This policy change went into effect in the last week I think.

When you say this was brought to your attention, did someone actually get a statement about a change in policy or are you/or someone else just inferring it from seeing on that webpage? If it's the latter, I would wait until I hear something official before assuming it to be fact.


August 1st, 2013 at 6:56 PM ^

He's just showing the vast power he has over all of us. The power to give and take away whenever he chooses. We all are supposed to believe he's benevolent after this "stunt" (and that's exactly what this is, a planned stunt) to make him appear like a nice guy.  He created the issue in the first place people!



August 1st, 2013 at 6:25 PM ^

I'm sure DB got calls and emails.  I sent him an email and got this response yesterday:




Thanks, Tom....

I appreciate your input on this matter.
Good wishes and Go Blue!

David A. Brandon

The Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics

The University of Michigan 

1000 South State Street | Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2201

Wolverine Devotee

August 1st, 2013 at 6:27 PM ^

I tweeted him that I have supported every decision and backed him up on everything...except this and said I was disappointed. He clearly cracked and changed it because of me.

The sheep has become the shepherd.



August 1st, 2013 at 6:31 PM ^

... was Brandon involved in the original decision? Was he supportive?  There is changing his mind based on response, and then there is finding out about the stupid shit your team decided to do and fixing it. 


either way, glad they've about faced.  This was just stupid beyond words. 


August 1st, 2013 at 6:36 PM ^

I still find it odd that they won't just put down seat pads in the stadium to begin with, some really cool yellow seat pads with the block M emblem in the middle.


August 1st, 2013 at 6:40 PM ^

Banning outside seat cushions makes a lot of sense from a security perspective. The fact that it allows the AD to make a little extra money is just an added benefit. 

Doctor Wolverine

August 1st, 2013 at 7:21 PM ^

Seat cushions as a security risk makes no sense to me. Why design a bomb that looks like a seat cushion? Wouldn't it be easier just to strap a bomb to your chest and walk in...if that's what you are going for? There are seriously a million ways to get a seat cushion sized bomb into a stadium. Why penalize the masses of well-adjusted people to change something that wasn't a risk in the first place?


August 1st, 2013 at 10:15 PM ^

I imagine it'd be pretty easy to cut a slit in the end of one and stuff a bunch of contraband into the middle of it. Of course, just about anything you could fit in there could be just as easily stuffed into a pocket, but I don't want to give the AD any ideas about banning pants with pockets.


August 1st, 2013 at 10:38 PM ^

What's behind the backtracking is that all this security theater nonsense is not actually for our safety. There was no legitimate security issue, and the smokescreen deployed in this case failed to cow the fanbase into silence. So the financial bottom line just looked worse than expected once they realized what a bad PR move it was.

They might have seen it coming if they'd hired employees on the business side who don't call themselves things like Lochdog.


August 3rd, 2013 at 3:26 AM ^

Well, what I wrote out was something along the lines of that they really don't have any other option. If the security threat caused seat cushions to be banned, what other option, besides renting the seat cushions, does the AD have? They can't exactly just give them out, can they? That would be unprofitable and very challenging, logistically. Of course, the argument is probably moot, as the security threat apparently isn't real enough for them to continue the program.


August 1st, 2013 at 7:17 PM ^

but holy hell they should have figured out what the reaction was going to be before announcing it. How the people in the AD didn't know ahead of time that it was going to provoke a shitstorm is mind-boggling. And mind-bottling, too.

IF they truly were concerned about the security aspects of bringing in seat cushions, they should have planned on providing them free of charge. There are times when using every single opportunity to get cash out of the customers is counter-productive, and this is one of those times.


August 1st, 2013 at 8:10 PM ^

All these false alarms add up.  They create an indelible image of an AD that is hostile to its fans.  The tipping point comes when fans (who are already financially fatigued) decide it's just not worth the additional aggrevation.

Each B1G school gets the same TV money, large stadium or small.  When you are Michigan, you get extra money by being able to fill up your large stadium.  UNTIL YOU CHASE YOUR CUSTOMERS AWAY FOR NO GOOD REASON.

Sticking a finger in your customers' eyes just to see them squint and see how long they will take it until they scream is not a business model with much of a future.