When UMAA’s Australian punter had trouble with the snap, Michigan State executed the rest of the play in a way that guaranteed joy forever. And ever. And it introduced a moment of schadenfreude for all Spartans that will never, ever go away.
For some reason, there was a camera rolling on this pretty typical UMAA fan (more on that in a moment) as she was sitting in her barcalounger, watching the Michigan State vs UMAA game in 2015.
The camera sits stationary as she watches the final few minutes of the game.
There is quite a bit to unpack here.
Let’s start with the fact that she – and her male friend, Neil, who is speaking with her but is out of sight – spends most of her time talking about the game later in the season when UMAA goes up against Ohio State.
This demonstrates what we will forever address here at SpartansWire – the way in which the entire UMAA treats the game against Michigan State as if it doesn’t matter. Which is curious when one considers that Michigan State is 8-3 against UMAA ever since Mark Dantonio took over in East Lansing.
Also, her specific initial remark regarding Ohio State is humorous – as Michigan State faces a 4th and 19 on the Spartans’ final offensive series, she asks, “What are they gonna do, Neil?”
Neil responds with a fairly flat, “Throw it up and pray.”
Her response, further demonstrating her fairly typical UMAA DNA, is, “Yeah, that’s normally what OSU’s game plan is…”
It really is weird – these folks just don’t seem to see the facts of the situations with regard to their series of games against Ohio State and their non-rivals from East Lansing.
So, according to this UMAA fan, OSU’s game plan is to “throw it up and pray?”
I guess that’s how Ohio State has managed to achieve a 15-3 advantage against UMAA since 2000.
But I digress.
Watching and listening to this UMAA fan as the fateful play approaches is certainly an exercise in schadenfreude.
And there is nothing at all wrong with that.
Her “OMGs” that are repeated are nice, despite their foolishness. She appears to be an adult yet she verbalizes the “OMG” thing as if she’s texting her 14 year old friend during Science class.
To her credit, however, after Connor Cook’s 4th and 19 heave falls incomplete, she isn’t buying into Neil’s assumption that UMAA has won this game.
Neil says, “I think it’s over.”
She says, “Yeah, let’s just not say that until it is…you don’t understand, they have a way of messing things up…”
The assumption here is that she’s referring to UMAA’s penchant for “messing things up.”
If that is, indeed, what she’s referring to – and we’re going to go ahead and make that assumption since it would be quite something for a UMAAer to acknowledge that Michigan State has “a way of messing things up” for UMAA – then let’s give her a little more credit for having a small bit of awareness.
She also deserves credit for knowing that Michigan State has one timeout left, despite Neil’s insistence that State has two timeouts left.
How about this comment from her as UMAA tries rather meekly to run out the clock, “Look at that – that’s what’s called really good defense.”
She joins in with Desmond Howard as he’s shown on the broadcast giving the smiley thumbs up from the sideline.
She continues her commentary about the game against Ohio State later in the season.
Her terrific commentary on Ohio State includes an agreement with Neil that they’re beatable and, “You know what it is – they’re not even impressive this year. It’s just, like, they’ve been able to win, because, like, they play safe.”
She’s really smart.
And then the Australian punter has trouble with the snap.
And this woman sees something that she will never be able to un-see.
My general sense regarding this fine woman is that she’s originally from somewhere in Massachusetts and that she attended UMAA because she didn’t get accepted into Brown.
And she’s watching this game from her (rather pedestrian) apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
And that she thinks that Michigan State is located in Lansing, Michigan.
While she freaks in the moment of the play, she illustrates her standard UMAAness by really just sort of offering snarky (and rather toothless) comments about how UMAA screwed it up but sort of not really understanding just how much of a killer this really was.
And always will be.