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Daily Brews: Dave Brandon says ESPN paid for lights at Michigan Stadium on one condition

The latest with the Michigan Wolverines and college sports world for Aug. 21.

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Happy Wednesday, Michigan Wolverines fans and readers alike. Here is a look at what is going on in the world of U-M Athletics and the country.

Today’s Brews are somewhat focused on the past.

Brandon says ESPN paid for lights at Big House...with a catch

Like a Randy Orton RKO out of nowhere, former Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon appeared back on our radar this week when he made an appearance on the Attack Each Day podcast hosted by Jim and Jack Harbaugh.

Brandon spoke about some of the upgrades at Michigan Stadium when he was the athletic director and revealed that the reason that they have lights now is because ESPN footed the bill for it.

“Everything’s controversial,” Brandon said. “I put lights on the stadium. I got so sick of... we’d play those afternoon games and bring in those portable lights and there’s shadows on the field.

“I actually got ESPN to pay for it. It didn’t cost us a dime. All we had to do was promise to play a night game once a year.”

He also added comments on the video boards and the backlit Block M that now serves as a compass of sorts to Ann Arbor to the south of downtown.

“We put those lights up there and we put those big video boards,” Brandon said. “Do you remember, we used to have those little, dinky LED things? And then we backlit that block ‘M,’ and from downtown Ann Arbor it’s like a beacon to the stadium.

“I think some of those views really defined the brand and the program, and it really makes the athletic department — more the athletic facilities — jump out as an integral part of the university.”

Say what you will about the guy (we won’t, because it’s already been said), but all of these were positive changes.

Joey Galloway says Michigan will disappoint in 2019

Whoa.A former player at Ohio State thinks that Michigan, who has entered the season with high expectations plenty of times and has not won the Big Ten since 2004, has a chance to not live up to the hype this year?

Here’s what ESPN analyst Joey Galloway had to say about your Wolverines:

“Michigan (will disappoint) and I don’t even think it’s Michigan’s fault to be honest with you,” Galloway said on ESPN’s Get Up!. “They get so much respect in the preseason that people keep thinking, ‘hey, they’ve got a chance to get to the championship this season’ Well, they don’t. There’s still a gap between Michigan and Ohio State from a talent standpoint. And so every time we go into a season and people start saying Michigan can get there and into the top ten, I don’t think they can pull it off.”

This is neither a bold prediction or a hot take. End transmission.

Big House to sell ungodly milkshake creation

Last week, we ran down some of the options of the new food coming to concessions at Michigan Stadium, but this one never came up and was not something I was able to try.

There’s not much analysis to this. I just want to know if you would try this on your own or not. That much dairy and sugar seems like it would either have you waiting in line for the restrooms or have your kids bouncing off the walls. I cannot in good conscience tell you that you should not buy this, but tread lightly.

The One Where U-M Volleyball Pays Tribute to Friends

Everyone loves a good themed sporting event and Michigan Volleyball has one right up your alley if you’re a fan of iconic TV sitcom “Friends.”

The admission of $10 gets you into the game and the above mug commemorating the 25th anniversary of the debut of the adventures of Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe. If you like mugs, volleyball and “Friends,” go check it out.

National Brews

  • Brandon Peters, who transferred from Michigan this spring, has been named the starting quarterback for Illinois Football, the program announced on Tuesday. The former four-star recruit and Jim Harbaugh’s first true quarterback commit at Michigan gets a crack at his former team on Oct. 12 when the Wolverines head to Champaign.
  • Bo Nix has been named the starting quarterback at Auburn this season as a true freshman, beating out redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood. Nix, a five-star recruit and top-ranked dual threat QB, is the third of the top three players at his position to be named the starter as a freshman with Jayden Samuels (Arizona State) and Sam Howell (North Carolina) also about set for their roles. It could soon be a fourth if Max Duggan wins the job down at TCU.
  • In bowl game naming rights news, the Sun Bowl will hence forth be known as the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl after striking a deal with Frosted Flakes for the event. The matchup will continue to take place between ACC and Pac-12 teams.

That’s it for today. We’ll be back tomorrow at the same Bat Time and same Bat Place.