Spartan Summer - Iron Sharpens Iron

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Spartan Summer - Iron Sharpens Iron

What are the Spartans doing this Summer?  Working hard in preparation for greatness.  Their rivals have other Summer plans.

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I’ve always gotten a kick out of the question that is mostly just a polite way for people to start conversation but is kind of silly anyway.

“So, what do you have planned for the Summer?”

Well, between Monday and Friday – and a lot of Saturdays and even some Sundays here and there – I’m going to get up every day and go to work.

I might spend a week at some point on some sort of vacation with my family – but, in order to answer your question directly, I’m going to do mostly the same things this Summer that I do during the Spring, Fall, and Winter with exceptions made for the fact that the weather in the Summer allows for more outdoor activity.

But when the question is posed to the Michigan State Spartans, it’s a fair question since this is what they have planned for the Summer –

They’re being beasts for the Summer.

They’re waking up early and lifting extremely heavy things in order to make themselves stronger.

They’re running and running and running and running and running and running up steep inclines all over the place – including inside of Spartan Stadium – in the sweltering heat in order to increase their stamina and overall physical condition.

They’re pushing really cumbersome things around in order to increase their lower body strength and enhance their ability to gain low-to-the-ground leverage over other humans.

And they’re doing all of that stuff together in order to continue to develop their team chemistry and drive that internal cohesion that is so important for a football team to have.

What are some of Michigan State’s rivals doing this Summer?

I have several very reliable sources across the Big Ten who have provided me with rock solid (and confidential) information regarding some of the other plans for Big Ten programs –

OHIO STATE

Ohio State’s entire team is spending four weeks on the road traveling with the Cincinnati Reds in order to get a taste for Americana and learn some important things about baseball.

For the other periods of the Summer, the Buckeyes are each assigned to learn how to play a musical instrument.

According to my source, Nick Bosa is struggling in his attempts to learn how to play the tuba.

PENN STATE

Penn State’s football team is taking a communal arts and crafts class at the College Park Public Library that’s being taught by former Pennsylvania senator, Rick Santorum (Penn State, Class of 1980).

Aside from his noted career as a public servant, Santorum also has a passion for arts and crafts and takes great pride in teaching this class to the Penn State football team each summer.

Santorum selects a different area of focus each Summer and we have it on very good background that this Summer’s focus is pottery.

The class takes place Monday through Friday from 8:30a until 4:30p and runs from June 11th through July 27th.

Good luck, Nittany Lions!

NORTHWESTERN

Northwestern’s football team has a unique Summer program that includes spending every weekday morning (8:30a through 11:30a) learning all of the tricks of the trade related to the fine art of improvisational comedy from Billy Eichner (Northwestern, Class of 2000).

INDIANA

Indiana’s football players are given the Summer off to do whatever they want to do.

Our sources have relayed to us that lot of the Hoosiers have chosen to spend their Summer with Wyandotte, MI native and proud Indiana University alum Lee Majors at his home in Malibu.

Lee Majors gives the Hoosiers the freedom to run along the Malibu beach that lays peacefully in front of the Majors Estate and, in the evenings, Majors regales the IU student athletes with tales of his escapades while filming the hit television programs The Six Million Dollar Man and The Fall Guy.

Years ago, Majors brought former wife Farrah Fawcett around to entertain the fellas with her own stories of her Hollywood experiences but he doesn’t do so any more because Farrah Fawcett is dead.

If readers of SpartansWire have any reliable information related to the Summer plans of any of the other programs in the Big Ten, please alert us so we can give those programs the respect they deserve.

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