Remember, Spartans - This Lasts Forever...

Remember, Spartans - This Lasts Forever...

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Remember, Spartans - This Lasts Forever...

The folks down the street sure did hoot and holler a lot this past October when they left East Lansing with the Paul Bunyan Trophy.  Don’t ever forget, though – the play that’s in the clip below will last forever.  Nothing will ever make it disappear.

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Several months ago, some folks (or, folk) had the gumption to ask pertinent questions about the fortunes of teams that have received what could be considered to be a disproportionate amount of hype relative to the actual accomplishments of the team.

I’m referring to Michigan State’s rival and the way the team has always been the recipient of piles and piles and piles of hype prior to every season.

In the leadup to the last batch of seasons, Michigan State’s rival has been the recipient, one could argue, of more hype than any other team in all of college football.

It’s perfectly fair to posit that the head coach of Michigan State’s rival has generated hype worthy of a team that has won several conference championships, perhaps a couple of appearances in the College Football Playoff, and maybe even a national championship.

The hype certainly has represented an amount that would be attached to a team that had, at the very least, won its division a time or two.

The problem that some of us have had with the hype I’m referencing is that none of it has been warranted since Michigan State’s rival has not won a game of real consequence in about fifteen years.

The college football regular season that just concluded was full of a lot of yelling, screaming, foot stomping, accusations about made up “infractions,” references to Michigan State being a “bush league” program, on-field behavior that I wouldn’t allow my 11-year old son to demonstrate in our own back yard, and lots and lots and lots of bravado.

Slogans, t-shirts, yelling, and, of course, weeping in the visiting locker room of Spartan Stadium.

Michigan State’s rival will look back on the 2018 season and have to acknowledge that the most meaningful moment came when it defeated Michigan State 21-7 at Spartan Stadium.

The head coach, after the game, wept in the Spartan Stadium visitors’ locker room.

SpartansWire doesn’t have anything at all against weeping.

It’s just that when a head coach of a program – and the overall program – works overtime to demonstrate condescension that is very carefully and strategically casual towards Michigan State despite the fact that the Spartans have owned their rivals for over a decade, that head coach’s weeping after a victory is forever viewed from a unique perspective.

When you weep in the Spartan Stadium locker room after defeating Michigan State, you don’t ever get to pretend that Michigan State is beneath you.

Ever again.

Sorry – that’s just how it works and everyone knows this.

It might be why there were such aggressive efforts on the part of the weeping victorious head coach in the week after the game to drive the narrative that Michigan State was being mean when the team walked across its home field as it has done before every home game for 12 years.

As we said immediately after the game that Michigan State lost 21-7, we congratulate the rivals for having won the game and for having done it with in-game toughness.

The rest of the “stuff” that Michigan State’s rivals did before and after that game was all just a bunch of garbage – and everyone knows this.

And while the Spartans’ rivals earned this season’s victory and had the chance to make it be a part of a championship of some kind, the fact is that Michigan State still maintains a significant advantage in the series over the last 12 years.

The other thing that can’t be overlooked is this:

The two teams play each other again next season.

There was an unusual dynamic that Michigan State’s rival drove in the aftermath of the game that attempted to somehow say that the result of the game finalized something or “righted” things.

None of that occurred, of course.

A game was won.

And another game between the two teams will take place again and again and again.

And while the Michigan State University community has more than a few flaws (that it’s very aware of since Michigan State has self-awareness), one thing that Michigan State Spartans have is a long memory.

All of the yelling and the screaming and the stomping and the buffoonish and childish behavior and the damage done to the midfield logo and the name calling and all of………..THAT……….is all going to be remembered for a very long time by Spartans.

Just like how Spartans will always remember that what happened in the clip right below won’t ever be disqualified or eliminated from existence just because a guy stomped his feet all over the Spartan Stadium midfield logo.

This won’t ever go away.

And Spartans everywhere are already gearing up for Michigan State’s next trip to the sight of this moment.

For right now, though, why not enjoy the moment that won’t ever go away no matter how many tears our rival’s head coach may weep in the visiting locker room at Spartan Stadium……..

 

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