LJ: "They're our little sisters."

LJ: "They're our little sisters."

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LJ: "They're our little sisters."

The news from this week’s Big Ten Media Days continues to trickle out and LJ Scott’s comments about UMAA’s attitude towards Michigan State are like a bag of delicious Skittles for Spartans with a sweet tooth…

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It was a fair question – and, thanks to the age-old arrogance from which the question stems, it’s one that seems to be timeless.

As LJ Scott sat at his own podium during the Big Ten Media Days players’ session, he was asked plenty of questions about his decision to come back to Michigan State for his senior year, his focus on securing the football this coming season, what it meant to be asked to represent the program at the Media Days event, and much more.

But as one question was asked, an undeniable hush fell over the gaggle of scribes gathered around LJ.

“Why do you think the Michigan players have a lack of respect for Michigan State?”

LJ smiled a big, broad smile that shows why, in addition to being a bruising beast who is poised to plow over all comers this season, he’s as smooth as Lando Calrissian.

“They’re our little sisters.”

The vibe in the zone there suggested that LJ just had said, “Yeah, Patina Miller and I have a thing – it’s cool.  She loves State and sometimes we just chill.  She especially likes The Peanut Barrel so we usually hang there and play darts.”

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We’ve established that we’re bullish on LJ this season.

If you’re interested in some “traditional” examinations on how we think LJ is going to bludgeon opponents this season, check out these offerings –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/07/24/b1g-media-days-lj-scott-spartan-beast/

https://spartanswire.com/2018/07/15/ranking-the-nations-running-backs/

https://spartanswire.com/2018/04/20/lj-ready-to-rumble/

So, now that we’ve reiterated our thoughts on how LJ is ready and poised to come through on the field this season, let’s address his comments here.

First order of business – he was there, at Big Ten Media Days, one of three Spartans chosen by Mark Dantonio to represent the program.

That alone demonstrates that Dantonio has confidence in LJ.

And, Dantonio is more aware than we are that LJ isn’t shy about saying things that might be seen as “controversial” or “bulletin board-ey.”

When Dantonio selected LJ as one of his guys to make the trip to Chicago, he knew what LJ may or may not say with the microphones in front of him.

And, after three seasons that have shown that LJ has potential to be a monster back with a bright NFL future, Dantonio knew there might be a “quote” out of LJ’s session that would make headlines.

And, at this point, it’s reasonable for Spartans to say to themselves in reaction to LJ’s comments here, “You know what?  After twelve years of dominating those guys who continue, for unknown reasons, to refer to us as ‘Lil bros’, if LJ wants to speak the truth, I got his back – we all do…”

It was merely weeks ago when UMAA’s Devin Bush actually pulled out the “Lil Bros” moniker – we immediately put that into its proper perspective here –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/07/15/umaas-devin-bush-tries-to-throw-shade-at-lil-bros/

And so, if LJ comes back at a question that’s perfectly legitimate regarding the very strange and disconnected-from-reality position that the UMAAers have about Michigan State being their “Lil Bro,” with some blunt, perhaps third-rail-esque truth, I’d go ahead and say, “I’m cool with you, LJ.”

Of course, the UMAAers are going to pin this up on their bulletin boards and the UMAAers on the Twitter are going to go bananas.

Fine.

Very under-addressed item regarding the season ahead and LJ’s role as the season progresses –

LJ did not play against UMAA in last year’s epic 14-10 beat-down in Ann Arbor.

You think LJ is a bit pumped and primed to turn it on for the clash in East Lansing on October 20th?

It says here that this is the type of thing that actually gets LJ more focused.

He has a mouth on him, that’s understood.

And after returning for a final season in Green & White, it seems to me that LJ is going to soak up every bit of his experience – on and off the field.

And here’s the last, important thing for everyone to recognize when examining LJ’s comments (that nobody is really going to come right out and say:

He’s right.

 

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