'14 Pounding Of UMAA And The Text From The Neutral Observer

'14 Pounding Of UMAA And The Text From The Neutral Observer

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'14 Pounding Of UMAA And The Text From The Neutral Observer

Jeremy Langford’s touchdown in the final minute was as logical as the mind of a Vulcan.

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As the final minute of the game clock wound down on October 25th, 2014 during Michigan State’s game against UMAA at Spartan Stadium, I got a text from a neutral observer that said, “If State puts it in here, they’ll regret it down the road.”

Michigan State was leading 28-11 and had the ball inside UMAA’s 10-yard line with 00:35 left in the game at the time of the text from the neutral observer.

The neutral observer’s thinking was logical – if Michigan State rams in a “meaningless” touchdown long after the result of the game had been decided, the Spartans would get it handed back to them by UMAA in the future.

The logic continued that Mark Dantonio should just have Connor Cook kneel on the final snap and not “rattle the UMAA cage” since rattling the UMAA cage would only lead to future pain and humiliation for Green & Whiters.

It’s important to reiterate that the person who sent me the text was a neutral observer – he had no affiliation to (i.e. understanding of) Michigan State or UMAA.

I’m not saying that the neutral observer didn’t know what he was talking about.

All I’m saying is that the neutral observer still likes to denigrate the Cubs by saying that the Cubs did not hit the ball very well during the 2016 World Series.

I’m also saying that the neutral observer laughed at me when I predicted in August of 2015 that the 2015 Michigan State Spartans would play in the College Football Playoff that season.

I’m also saying that the neutral observer didn’t understand that logic didn’t apply as Michigan State lined up on 3rd and goal from the 5-yard line with 00:35 left in that Michigan State vs UMAA game in 2014.

Or, perhaps more to the point, the logic in the moment made it very clear that Michigan State should, in fact, ram that late score in and extend the lead to 35-11 with 00:30 left to play.

Logic stated then and it states now that Michigan State could ram in late scores for the next twenty five games in the rivalry and the Spartans still would have plenty of years left to even things up with UMAA.

The neutral observing texter didn’t understand how many decades of condescension and sanctimonious arrogance had led to the moment at hand.

The neutral observing texter didn’t know what “We deserved better…” means.

The neutral observing texter was not cognizant of the fact that UMAA spent decades blocking Michigan Agricultural College’s development as an institution.

The neutral observing texter wasn’t aware of the fact that UMAA spent decades blocking Michigan State College and Michigan State University in its efforts to gain entry into the Big Ten.

The neutral observing texter didn’t know that Michigan State has never actually “beaten” UMAA – that UMAA has merely been screwed by officiating, a fraudulent clock operator, or a crowned field turf.

The neutral observing texter didn’t know that Desmond Howard points to jersey sales and “brand equity” when trying to pretend that Michigan State isn’t one of UMAA’s rivals.

The neutral observing texter also probably had UMAA and the points that afternoon – Michigan State was a 17.5 favorite.

Mark Dantonio knew and knows all of the things the neutral observing texter didn’t know when that text came my way that afternoon – and Dantonio will ram in more late scores every chance he gets.

And this coming October 20th in East Lansing, Dantonio’s going to have another shot at ramming in late scores.

Enjoy some clips from the pounding Michigan State put on a weak, wounded, and feeble UMAA squad that appeared to be better suited for a reading of some of Sylvia Plath’s later works at Frankenmuth’s annual celebration of confessional poetry of the 20th century.

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