UMAA's Devin Bush - "I hate Michigan State."

UMAA's Devin Bush - "I hate Michigan State."

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UMAA's Devin Bush - "I hate Michigan State."

Hmm. This chap seems to have a tendency to flap his mouth a bit. It says more about him and the football program to which he belongs than it does about anything else.

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Under normal circumstances, we at SpartansWire stay as far away as we can from directing any real criticisms at the student athletes who make up the football and basketball programs of Michigan State and its opponents.

I was a college kid once – and if anyone typing at a computer from some far away land rattled off a bunch of criticisms about my lackluster performance of beer swilling at any given time, it would have irritated me, particularly if the criticisms were coming from a typist who didn’t really have any real experience swilling beer in a competitive and meaningful environment.

We tend to leave our barbs for the coaches – and, of course, the fans and pundits since the fans and pundits (especially this one) are the true experts.

However, there are times when the student athletes put themselves into the spotlight in ways that warrant some examination.

UMAA’s Devin Bush seems to be a guy who has a penchant for saying things and Twittering things and Instabooking things that can be construed as “off putting” and/or “denigrating.”

It appears as though Devin Bush has a burr located somewhere on or in his person and it’s causing him to say things about Michigan State that some might interpret as being “ornery” and/or “disparaging.”

It’s important to note that this latest “thing” that Devin Bush has said came out of his mouth in response to some questions – so, it’s not like he was sitting in his car and he just randomly decided to say some derogatory things about Michigan State into a tape recorder and Twitter out the audio from the tape recording.

But, his choice of words – whether they were in response to a question or if he shouted them out into the ether while riding his bicycle on the way to that really neat an avant garde delicatessen Zingerman’s – are worthy of some thoughts.

During an interview with WXYT-FM’s “Jamie and Stoney Show” that aired today, Bush was asked which of UMAA’s rivals he disliked more.

Pretty good question – and, pretty nice effort on the part of these guys to, perhaps, reel Bush into a trap.

Mission accomplished.

“I hate Michigan State, I don’t like Michigan State,” said Bush. “I don’t like Ohio State either, but I just don’t like Michigan State. I don’t even want to touch their green.

“I don’t like Michigan State.”

Okay – that’s all fine and cool and probably pretty innocent and not anything to get too riled up about.

His reference to not wanting to touch Michigan State’s green is sort of unusual and kind of reminds me of how first and second graders talk about contracting “cooties” but I’m cool with it and maybe I should just interpret it as good, old fashioned college sports fun.

However, back in July, SpartansWire published this piece in response to Bush’s Twitter in which he referred to Michigan State as “lil bros” –

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

Devin Bush doesn’t appear to have a deep and thorough understanding of the dynamics related to the rivalry between Michigan State and UMAA that UMAA works overtime to pretend doesn’t even exist.

So, Bush has done a few things with his comments and Twitters and such –

A) He’s violated the UMAA Code of Ethics by saying things – out loud – about Michigan State that suggest that UMAA actually does, indeed, acknowledge that Michigan State University exists and is a rival of UMAA’s.

B) He’s demonstrated that nobody at UMAA ever says anything to the UMAA student athletes along the lines of, “Guys – I don’t ever want to see or hear any trash talking from you guys about the school we shall never name because if you know anything at all about the non-rivalry we have with that school, you know that whenever we give those guys even the slightest reason to get mad at us, it ends up catching us in the butt when it comes time to play the game against the non-rival. So, as hard as it might be, just keep your mouths shut when it comes to the school that we all have worked so hard for so many decades to pretend like we don’t care about.  Okay?  Everyone got it?”

C) He’s given even more tangible evidence to idea that, despite UMAAers’ attempts to pretend like the facts aren’t the facts, UMAA knows and understands full well that Michigan State has dominated UMAA in the way that Sherman dominated Atlanta.

We get it, Devin – it’s hard being dominated by anyone, particularly the one school that UMAA has said during its monthly clandestine meetings located in caves and bunkers under candle light that it simply cannot be dominated by.

LJ Scott opened his mouth at Big Ten Media Days in response to Bush’s “lil bro” comments and we provided thoughts on LJ’s misjudgment here –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/08/07/lj-on-little-sisters-comment-i-definitely-heard-about-it-from-the-coaches/

At Michigan State, coaches are on top of this stuff.

While I don’t have any empirical data that point to my theory that UMAA coaches don’t pay any real mind to this whole thing with their players, I wonder if the J, Ira and Nikki Harris Family Head Coach at UMAA will pull Devin Bush aside and say something along these lines to him, “Devin – buddy – remember – we just don’t need to say anything at all about those guys. Play down the whole thing. When someone asks you about that school, just pretend like you didn’t hear the question and, instead, start talking about our rivalry with Minnesota and how the Little Brown Jug is what’s important to our school.  Don’t take the bait. That’s how we roll with this whole thing around here.”

The results on the field and in the press and through the Twitters suggest that UMAA has a lot of holes in its boat.

Not only does UMAA’s J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Head Coach have a 1-6 record against UMAA’s rivals, he has very little command of the war of words that tends to play a part in the rivalry that he and his entire school’s community have convinced themselves through shock therapy, hypnosis, Vegan dieting, 12-step programs, religious retreats, Bikram yoga, and meditation is not a rivalry.

But, Devin – thank you.

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