It's Never Too Early To Get Ready

It's Never Too Early To Get Ready

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It's Never Too Early To Get Ready

If you think this is a “slow” or “dead” period, think again.  Mark Dantonio and his program spend time thinking, focusing, and preparing for this every day of the year.  We should do the same…

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As has become more and more the case for Spartans, I continue to get a chuckle out of the way the folks from UMAA like to pretend like the football matchup they back into each year against their “lesser” in-state Big Ten non-rivals really doesn’t matter to them.

Fine with me.

And, like Coach D, I don’t have any issue at all in letting the world know that this game that Michigan State plows into head first every year matters more than any other game on the schedule.

And wouldn’t you know it?

The program that sleep walks through the entire thing – and by “entire thing” I mean EVERYTHING related to the game and the rivalry and the preparations and the game planning and the tailgating and the intensity and the focus and the rah-rah and the fist pumping and the teeth grinding and the staying awake at night envisioning success all year round – has a record of 3-8 in the annual matchup that they go to such great lengths to tell everyone doesn’t matter.

If that’s how they prefer to approach things, that’s cool, I guess.

I like the approach that my school takes.

The approach that my school takes has led to an 8-3 record over the eleven years since Mark Dantonio arrived in East Lansing.

It’s also worth pointing out what’s been pointed out to everyone many times but still doesn’t seem to resonate with the UMAAers – ever since Mike Hart showed UMAA’s true colors with all of that “Little Brother” nonsense, Michigan State is 8-2 in the rivalry.

This coming season, Michigan State hosts UMAA at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, October 20th in the seventh game of the season.

I already have my entire family’s airplane tickets secured, my hotel reservations locked in, my tailgate location and plans all in place, I’ve nailed down what I’ll be wearing that day (with contingency plans in case the weather is inclement), I’ve nailed down the full menu of booze and food for the tailgate, I’ve prepared my children and wife for the need to be fully and completely dialed in, and I’ve begun to consider the six or seven different options for a banner our family will make and showcase in Spartan Stadium from Section 10, just behind the UMAA bench and right next to the Spartan Student Section.

That’s how Spartans approach this thing.

You UMAAers that like to wake up one day and sort of realize that you have Michigan State on the schedule that afternoon – continued good luck to all of you with that strategy.

Spartans – enjoy this highlight clip that shows how one strategy has proven to be more successful – and much more fun.

For the Green & White, it’s never too early to get ready…..

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