LJ On 'Little Sisters' Comment: "I definitely heard about it from the coaches..."

LJ On 'Little Sisters' Comment: "I definitely heard about it from the coaches..."

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LJ On 'Little Sisters' Comment: "I definitely heard about it from the coaches..."

At Big Ten Media Days, LJ Scott, responding to comments from UMAA’s Devin Bush about Michigan State as the “lil bros,” referred to UMAA as MSU’s “little sisters.”  And he’s heard about it from his own coaches…

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A couple of weeks ago, in a demonstration that they might not teach History in Ann Arbor, UMAA linebacker Devin Bush pulled out the old, trusty “lil bros” language and aimed it right at Michigan State.

We provided some commentary at the time – it’s here –

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

Then, at Big Ten Media Days, LJ Scott was asked about the way UMAA doesn’t show respect to the Spartans, despite an 8-2 MSU advantage in the rivalry over the last decade.

We provided some commentary when LJ Scott responded by saying, “They’re our little sisters…” – it’s here –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/07/27/lj-theyre-our-little-sisters/

In East Lansing, at Michigan State’s own Media Day, LJ was front and center once again.

He spoke with a casual confidence that let Spartans know that he’s driven, committed, and that he came back to take care of some unfinished business.

“Individually, I didn’t feel I was performing to the best of my ability, and then collectively as a team, it was the chemistry, it was everyone coming back,” Scott said. “And honestly, (the fumbles) were a reason. It’s out of my mind now, but it never was in my mind, because that’s something I just don’t do. Things happen. I’ll make sure in 2018 there won’t be those same mistakes.”

All Spartans know about the fumbles.

And everyone can rest assured that LJ knows about them, too.

But things got especially interesting with LJ a couple of weeks ago at Big Ten Media Days.

In the wake of Devin Bush’s “lil bros” comments, LJ was asked about his thoughts on how and why UMAA seems to continue to show a lack of respect for the Spartans.

“They’re like our little sisters.”

That was LJ’s response.

It might not have been out of character for the confident LJ – but it was out of character for Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State program.

We all know how this works now – Michigan State has experienced it now for well over a century –

The UMAAers go to great lengths to act as if Michigan State is irrelevant to them, that MSU doesn’t register when they’re thinking about the important elements of the season ahead, that the annual “match up” with the Spartans is on par with the semi-regular match up with Purdue, and then they refer to Michigan State as their “little brother.”

To be fair, over the long haul, Michigan State has had just a few periods when that perspective has come back to bite UMAA in the backside.

Biggie Munn and Duffy Daughtery would never be mistaken for a little brother by anyone in Maize and Blue.

Yes, George Perles had a few moments where he was the big boy in the house.

But nobody has stomped that “little brother” thing to smithereens in stronger and more emphatic fashion than Mark Dantonio.

The record (8-3 in his eleven years, 8-2 in the last decade just to provide a nice, clean way of looking at it) speaks for itself.

 

But it’s been more than just the record that has made the “little brother” stuff coming out of Ann Arbor seem petty, small, and pretty ridiculous.

The way the Spartans – as a program – have handled themselves during this amazing period of success has allowed all Spartans to puff their chest even more.

The Spartans have let the UMAAers do the talking – and it’s important (and interesting) to note that the UMAAers do their talking off the field.

Michigan State has kept its mouth shut, has focused on winning, has leveraged the disrespect, and has let the results speak for themselves.

When LJ said, “They’re our little sisters…” it might have been the first time anyone in Green & White strayed from the mandate.

And so, it was a good and important question posed to LJ at Media Day in East Lansing – have the coaches said anything to you about that “little sisters” comment?

“I definitely heard about it, and I’m gonna keep hearing about it,” Scott said. “I said it, but at the end of the day, it’s about the Spartan dawgs. It’s about the team, about what we’re gonna do in 2018.”

Of course he heard about it.

You can hear Dantonio right now – “Keep your damn mouth shut.  Let them do the talking – we’ll take care of all of that crap on the field.”

It’s not like it’s a secret – Michigan State is loaded this year and, in case you’ve been under a rock for the last few weeks, people seem to be catching on to the idea that UMAA’s J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Head Football Coach hasn’t performed well against Michigan State and Ohio State.

The annual backyard clash between the Little Brothers and the Little Sisters takes place on October 20th in East Lansing.

And we’ve provided commentary on how everyone should embrace the fact that the programs are on a collision course – it’s here –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/07/11/embrace-it-state-umaa-on-a-collision-course-in-18/

Each team has some work to do before that afternoon – UMAA opens at Notre Dame and Michigan State has a gargantuan challenge in Only Happy For Three Quarters Valley along with a tough game with Northwestern.

No matter what the records are as the two rivals/non-rivals tee it up on October 20th, all of the quotes and the babble and the tweets and the blah, blah, blah will be on everyone’s mind.

The sense here is that you’re not going to hear much more of anything out of LJ’s mouth regarding anyone being a little sister, a little cousin, a little step brother, a little foster child, or a little person of any kind.

There is also another sense here – LJ Scott didn’t play in last year’s 14-10 Spartan victory in Ann Arbor because of a shoulder injury.

The sense is that LJ came back for his senior year for a lot of reasons.

Playing in the October 20th game against his little sisters is among the biggest reasons.

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