Opponent Breakdown - INDIANA

Opponent Breakdown - INDIANA

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Opponent Breakdown - INDIANA

Aside from battling for the Old Brass Spittoon on Saturday, September 22nd in Bloomington, Michigan State will be fighting hard to match up against a program that represents the Cutters (among other things).

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The best thing to ever come out of Indiana University isn’t what you think it is.

SpartansWire happens to love The General, Robert Montgomery Knight.

SpartansWire thinks that Lee Corso is a bit of a clown who should be relieved of his television duties for the sake of his own dignity – and SpartansWire thinks that Corso’s tenure as the Indiana Hoosiers head football coach is best described in numbers: 41-68-2 overall record, 27-53-2 Big Ten mark in ten years.

SpartansWire thinks more people should know that Dick Enberg was among the greatest broadcasters of all time and that he was a proud graduate of Indiana University.

SpartansWire also thinks that while former Hoosier and current Cub hero Kyle Schwarber is a stout ball player, he’d be nowhere without the tutelage and general support of Walker Stadler and Sully Stadler.

Nick’s English Hut is a Big Ten tavern that belongs in the pantheon of Big Ten taverns, of course – but it’s still not IU’s crown jewel.

No, in order to properly prepare for the Spartans third opponent on the 2018 football schedule, all Spartans need to have a full and appropriate appreciation for the greatest thing to ever represent Indiana University.

In 1979, Peter Yates directed one of the finest coming-of-age films when he captured the bittersweet story of four Bloomington, Indiana locals coming to terms with the fact that life, as Hoosier native John Mellencamp (John Cougar, at the time) so famously said, goes on long after the thrill of living is gone.

“Breaking Away” won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Song Score.

In 2006, the American Film Institute named “Breaking Away” the eighth most inspiring movie in American history on its list of 100 Most Inspiring Movies.

In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Breaking Away” the eighth best sports movie of all time.

Don’t know much about “Breaking Away?”

Introducing Dennis Quaid as he and his core gang hang around IU’s Memorial Stadium while the Hoosiers prepare for the season –

The people who produced this trailer for the film should be imprisoned since it’s an absolutely horrific trailer for one of the best movies ever made – but here it is –

The only problem with Robyn Douglass’s performance as Dave Stoler’s IU sorority sister muse is that she spells “Robyn” with only one B.

If you aren’t aware of Indiana University’s annual Little 500 bicycle race, you should become aware of it.

I attended the Little 500 in 1985.

I was in high school at the time.

I saw college aged persons behave in ways I didn’t yet realize were acceptable ways of behavior (for college aged persons).

Michigan State doesn’t really have anything like IU’s Little 500.

And that’s okay since Michigan State has multiple kivas on campus – please revisit the tribute to Michigan State’s proud kiva tradition that SpartansWire published some time ago –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/05/05/kiva-tradition-a-proud-one-on-msu-campus-which-is-best/

But, separate from Indiana’s spectacular Little 500, the school has other sort-of-kind-of-maybe-somewhat spectacular things the Spartans will need to keep in mind in preparation for the game on September 22nd.

Who knew Hoagy Carmichael was an Indiana graduate?

Everyone knows that Mark Cuban is an Indiana graduate and, frankly, we’re all sick and tired of being reminded of it.

Don’t give short shrift to Indiana graduate Jamie Hyneman.  One of society’s leading special effects experts, Hyneman brings a fascinating perspective to the viewing experience of the wonderful program, “MythBusters” as the show’s acerbic host.

Christopher Mattheisen isn’t just an Indiana grad – he’s a proud American-Hungarian businessman, historian, economist, and the CEO of Magyar Telekom.  Talk about checking all of the boxes…

Indiana University also proudly touts Lissa Hunter as a graduate.  Her bona fides can be truncated down, apparently, to “artist” as this is how she is described in a number of listings of notable Indiana alumni.  She must be a whale of artist and I must be less knowledgable of artistic art than I thought I was since I don’t know of Hunter’s work.

And, in bringing things back full circle here, how many fans out there (including Indiana fans) are aware of the fact that when Lee Corso was shown the door following ten really pedestrian years as the Hoosiers’ head coach, Sam Wyche was named Indiana’s head coach?

How many people know that Sam Wyche’s career numbers as Indiana’s head coach look like this –

Years coached: 1983

Overall Record: 3-8

Big Ten Record: 2-7

Conference Finish: T-8th

Would you believe there isn’t even a photo on the Google machine that shows Wyche wearing any Indiana stuff?

Believe it.

But here he is as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals –

Here’s an Indiana Hoosiers hat signed by Wyche that’s kind of interesting.

Finally, as we wrap up this football game preview, how many readers are aware of the fact that Indiana’s former head coach, Kevin Wilson (head coach at IU from 2011-2016 and now the defensive coordinator at Ohio State) has chocolate ice cream inside of his head instead of a brain?

To be sure, Michigan State will need to be ready for the battle for the Old Brass Spittoon in Bloomington.

If the Spartans can avoid the temptation of being distracted and intimidated by ghosts of Hoosier football lore, the glare of the bright lights (figuratively and literally) of Memorial Stadium, and the legacy of Sam Wyche, Michigan State should be able to find a way to return to East Lansing with the Spittoon in tow.

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