87 Days Until Kickoff - Roses Were Green in 1987

87 Days Until Kickoff - Roses Were Green in 1987

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87 Days Until Kickoff - Roses Were Green in 1987

In 1987, the Spartans reached the Promised Land of Pasadena behind Lorenzo White, Percy Snow, Bobby McAllister, Andre Rison, and so many others.  But how about some of the other incredible things that took place during the year that we all remember as being the time when roses were green?

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It won’t ever get old, celebrating the magical season of 1987 when Michigan State steamrolled its way to the Big Ten Championship and earned a return trip to the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

The victory in that Rose Bowl – a thrilling 20-17 win over USC – capped off a sensational season for the Spartans.

But the year was full of big moments.

How about a refresher on some of what was going on in throughout 1987 in addition to the dominance of the Green & White?

On June 12th, President Ronald Reagan gave one of the more memorable speeches of all time as he stood feet from the Berlin Wall and told Soviet head honcho, Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!”

How about the movie that assured all men would be faithful to their wives for a spell?

Glenn Close freaked out every man in America in the movie that also assured that any woman who might be tip-toeing into a perilous area would feel the need to say, “Don’t worry – I’m not going to boil your kid’s pet rabbit.”

Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen opened up NBC’s traditional New Year’s Day broadcast with the perfect touch of pomp and circumstance and Olsen says, “Not only would I have loved to have played for George Perles, I would have loved to have played WITH George Perles…”

How about Ray Nitschke in this 1987 Miller Lite commercial?

For the Millennials who think that ESPN invented the universe, how about a reminder that the network that now dominates the galaxy was once a fledgling cable television network that produced (and actually aired) commercials like this one –

This was, in fact, a tv commercial for McDonald’s in 1987.  And it’s not like this ran once and then the McDonald’s people decided to take it off the air.  The McDonald’s people ran this commercial more times than a Monjubian prince washes his toes –

Lorenzo White and the Spartan “Gang Green” defense pounded the ball, played tough, solid defense, and never let USC get much going in any way on that New Year’s Day….

For anyone that never had the chance to watch MTV when the network actually was a station that played large-scale productions that posed as music videos, perhaps this video of Genesis’s “Land of Confusion” is a nice example of what this whole thing was all about.

In terms of wondering what Genesis was getting at with the meaning of their number “Land of Confusion,” is it possible that they were referencing the viewer’s brain while watching this video?

If you lived in Buffalo in 1987 and tuned into the WKBW 11 O’Clock newscast, this is how that broadcast would greet you each night –

Despite seeming to tire and wilt just a tad during a lull in the fourth quarter, Michigan State rolled up its sleeves and got the job done.

Bobby McAllister found Andre Rison down the sideline on an amazing pass and catch that set up kicker John Langeloh for a 36-yard kick that would prove to be the game winner late.

Then, a muffed center exchange that Trojan quarterback Rodney Peete couldn’t handle was gobbled up by Todd Krumm and the Spartans wound up securing the win and the roses were, indeed, green from Pasadena all the way to Paw Paw…

Spartans won’t ever forget the magical ride that 1987 team took all of us on….

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