Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. There was even a recent Sprint commercial that poked fun at couch-burning riots. Some embraced him and the idea of advancing the Michigan tradition. Their plan was to sell merchandise in the short-term, building a fanbase for Willy before selling him to the University to serve as the official, on-the-field mascot. The student creators of Willy the Wolverine even came up with a costumed version. i feel that any student should have that right whether they be in elementary, middle, high school or college why should a student be able to feel that sense of pride for their school i say let the student body decide it is their school after all and if you no longer attend said school then what right do you have to say who should and shouldn’t have a mascot screw tradition not everything has to be the same from year to year. As a young kid I attended MSU games and saw Sparty. NO MASCOT. Brandon should take the question to UM students/alumni- not himself. (I honestly can't tell if I'm just being vain in worrying about this, or if a donation of a chunk of gear like this does Michigan's reputation a smidge of incremental harm.) The dog had been trained not to bark, and fans could bring bags to games back then, so no one knew what Whiskey’s owners, Dave and Trudy Rogers, were up to. The days of Whiskey and Brandy were glorious. Have an M -e award ceremony! We’re the leaders and best. 4) small BY USING THE ANTIGUA WEBSITE ("OUR WEBSITE"), YOU AGREE TO FOLLOW AND BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE. Now, if both ND and USC spring to mind, they like Michigan, do NOT….wait, pardon me….they DO have mascots! She noted that some students had embraced the mascot. Willy was the result of six rounds of market research, Blumenkranz told the Michigan Daily at the time. (This also applies to Hampton-Sydney – Randolph-Macon and Michigan-Ohio State during the Rich Rodriguez years.) Oatmeal Gray Central Michigan Alumni Long Sleeve T-Shirt. INDEMNIFICATION: You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Antigua and its officers, directors, owners, agents, employees, affiliates, licensees and licensors from and against any and all claims, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising from or related to your use of our website and/or Marketing Tools and for your violation of any of the Terms of Use. It owned a mascot — and not one it would have to return to the zoo — but chose to keep him stored in the bottom of a file cabinet. When you return to the same Antigua Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Antigua features that you customized. I think UM can live with the idea of a Mascot, as long as it can stand for something beyond generating the “mine is better than yours” attitude most of them seem to project. I loved seeing Whiskey pushing the ball across the field. There, my $.02 are on the table. This is Michigan! The M Den is the Official Merchandise Retailer of Michigan Athletics. Pay it forward, man...someone else in need can use that stuff. It just looks pretentious. I think it’s classy. Traditions change. Finally, it’s important to note that this list is more or less arbitrary, completely subject to my own whims and still, undoubtedly, bound to earn a few emailed death threats. Antigua may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered. But if I turn on the TV in the fall and see a \”cuddly wolverine\” prancing around, I\’ll puke! The more Michigan appeal out there the better. Needless to say that tradition had to go. NO to a mascot. , A post shared by LPGA Girls Golf of Phoenix (@girlsgolfofphoenix) on Sep 6, 2019 at 8:07pm PDT, Captions in order: Antigua Squad #antiguapartner South Rim of Yellowstone Where’s my bf’s legs? You can also get it from Underground Printing, the Bo Store, and Nicola's Books. (Oh and that Florida jealousy effect? Fielding Yost himself introduced Biff and Bennie in 1927. I remember the Daily sportswriter comment the next monday – “THAT is why we don’t want a mascot”. I do have an M-Den stuffed wolverine and the teeth are made of felt. My biggest beef, though, is grammar related. Antigua may change, suspend or discontinue or restrict any of our website features at any time without prior notice. Shows that we're charitable. TERMINATION: Your failure to comply with any of the Terms of Use automatically revokes your authorization to use our website and Marketing Tools, and terminates any and all rights granted to you under the Terms of Use. What about you? I remember every time i was at a pep rally or any sports event and i would see that mascot it would give me a sense of pride i would hold my head a little higher and feel better about my school in whole. And not having a mascot (unlike all of our rivals) IS PART OF OUR TRADITION. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Antigua , and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information. Privacy Policy Should I direct the donations so that the gear ends up in the hands of folks less likely to grift or end up in a mugshot? This is something Deadspin’s Drew Magary shrewdly pointed out a few months ago. You may not use any Antigua trademark as part of your company name, corporate name, trade name or domain name. To Mascot, or not to Mascot, that is the question. The student section, in fact the whole stadium really got into her “touchdowns”. Such links do not constitute Antigua's endorsement of any third party, its website, or its goods or services. The costume and character’s actions will make what we want to personify. ANTIGUA PROVIDES OUR WEBSITE AND MARKETING TOOLS "AS IS," AND DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, QUIET ENJOYMENT, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. That might change under Athletic Director Dave Brandon. I take that stuff seriously. A cute wolverine would be ideal. Michigan does not need a mascot. Nothing inhumane, but that way, you’d have a wolverine on the field, pushing a ball up the field, in the tradition of Whiskey and Brandy. My opinion is a simple yet strong one. ..and Earth to Eric ’93: We ARE the Leaders and Best!! Stuffed toys from the M Den are more than enough to keep toddlers happy. All very different, but everybody loves them.”. Somehow the program (gasp) survived introducing women. !” That’s repulsively grotesque. Leaders don’t need idiots in furry costumes pumping their fists. I’ve always thought that if Michigan ever has a mascot, live or otherwise, its name should be Victor. No matter the region, no matter how long the school’s been around, no matter whether public or private, mascots are the rule. I don't think you realize how privileged and elitist you sound. Wolverines are too powerful and ferocious to ever try to emulate. I read innumerable Bleacher Report articles, which all, strangely, ended up contradicting each other. Michigan’s first attempt at a live mascot was carried off by no less a tradition-builder than Fielding Yost himself, longtime head football coach (1901-23, 1925-26) and athletic director (1921-41), first at the Michigan Stadium Dedication Game against Ohio State (Oct. 22, 1927) and again when Michigan played Navy that season. I hope you’ll still have me for a couch-burning sometime, Mountaineers. I am SO getting old, and SO remember the dog scoring the goal and halftime, and the cheers! Ornament - CMU Alumni Maroon. MSU – we could have Kermit the Frog since Sparty looks like a Muppet, and so forth. Archival records show that Levy forwarded the letter to U-M’s in-house counsel. The plan was for the wolverines to be walked around on leashes. shows his face. Let’s have a mascot. The Terms of Use are the entire agreement between you and Antigua relating to our website or Marketing Tools. Do we want Michigan to perpetuate the same kind of arrogance vis-a-vis NO mascot? Not a chance. LSU Fan points at Opposing Fan: “TIGER BAIT!”. This is Michigan, we pave our own way. The video above. Not all mascots are tacky, but they do all have at least one thing in common: they project the spirit of their University. I was never aware of any mascot while attending UM or after. You have no items in your saved shopping cart. I know what the purely altruistic answer is - donate it blindly w/r/t whether it's Michigan gear or something else. What I abhor is this idea that Michigan must be like all the other schools. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Antigua to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area. That's plain. The bottom line is I have too much, and only wear three t-shirts and maybe two sweatshirts while the others just sit idle. I disagree with Eisen, having played college ball myself. I've thought about donating the gear to a children's center since there are teens my size or bigger, and the gear might get good use from a teen in need. Then-athletic director Jack Weidenbach refused to take meetings with pro-Willy students and told the Michigan Daily that U-M wasn’t interested, period. Why do we continually act like snobs and think we are better than everyone else and our tradition is better than anyones else’s? Corny…yes. I would be in favor of a muscular wolverine with a block M sweatshirt. He probably has an already-established grave yard for old Michigan gear with a hourly Changing of the Guard ritual and a daily Tomb of the Missing Sock ceremony. Who cares if it’s “good for college football” that Notre Dame is No. It’s football season! I’ve got other priorities for the Michigan Experience right now. You use outside links at your own risk. Willy didn’t take long to rise to an impressive stature on campus. You may download and display Antigua trademarks and images for use on your website, as long as they are used properly and not in a misleading way. Daily sports writer Jamie Burgess spoke up in Willy’s favor. I have always been puzzled why Michigan had no visible mascot. How much revenue is ENOUGH revenue? like the OSU nut,the ND lepricon or Sparty.GO BLUE! This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. Even during the darkest days of the Tyrone Willingham era, you could expect to see the Irish on TV. When a homeless guy wears it, it's clothing. It’s important to know all you can on this subject, especially as we start a new year, because fans are your most personal connection to each school: You’re probably not peeing beside Nick Saban at a bar urinal, but you are beside the ‘Bama fan. I may end up giving the clothes to St. Vinnie's or The Salvation Army, both of which seem to be good at clothing distribution (or sales of used clothing, directing sales to needy people). Strand Art. Let’s take pride in who we are at Michigan, not act like some copycat wannabe. A little levity is never a sin either.