I published the following blog entry the night before last year's NCAA championship. I bring it up because the tourney is starting anew, and State is still a punchline in virtue. And I know it will get more reads here than my blog ever did.
One reason I wanted to avoid a headline like "Sparty sucks", or
"Michigan State Eats Cock" is because crass is not a decent substitute
for clever. Clever is a Michigan thing.
Michigan State exists because not everyone who can't get into Michigan wants to live for 5 years in Mt Pleasant or Big Rapids.
friends who have been cheering for State should remember that they are
not Spartans. They are Wolverines. Wolverines do not cheer for Spartans.
Dantonio (State football coach) was actually quite clear on this point.
He was quite adamant that no Spartan would root for Michigan to beat
OSU last November, even though a Michigan upset would potentially send
MSU to the Rose Bowl.
This is also that same coach who decided
to ridicule Mike Hart's height after Hart concluded a 4-year, 711 yard
career sweep of the Spartans. I know this because I immortalized it on
the t-shirt I was wearing tonight while rooting against State.
is the same school who responded to a season hockey sweep by goonery,
and beating the hell out of Steve Kampfer while he lay face down and
unconscious on the ice. The State News defended the incident by
claiming a Michigan starter shouldn't have been playing in the final
minutes of a game with a 2-goal lead.
Many warmy and fuzzy soft
news pieces are gushing over the home-court favorite Spartans, and the
meaning and identity of this team to the State of Michigan. Bullshit!
Is Sparty what we really need to represent the State of Michigan and
city of Detroit? Sparty is the goddamn problem!
In a city with a
crumbling school system and violent crime, to we really need to idolize
an athletic program ripe with early draft defectors (Taylor, Randolph,
Brown, Peterson, Cleaves et al.) and trigger-happy holsterless
pistoleers (See: Plaxico Burress)?
Should we expect the
combination of expansive Detroit urban home abandonment and a student
body with a history for arson to result in anything beneficial, win or
While Michigan's auto rival states in the South gloat over
Detroit's fall, should we emulate a program that gloats in this year's
downturn of the Michigan football program? (http://blog.mlive.com/ganggreen/2008/10/dantonios_moment_of_silence_co.html
don't mean to be apocalyptic, and I am not particularly religious. But
you reap what you sow, be careful what calf you put on a golden
pedestal, etc. etc. Of my friends, Michigan alum aplenty, we should be
mindful that Detroit (and the state of Michigan) can still succeed IN
SPITE OF the values represented by Michigan State.
So let me
remind you of the meaning of rivalry, loyalty, and thoroughness. 1) If
I wanted to cheer for Michigan State, I would have applied there.2) I
am a Wolverine, and I do not cheer for Spartans. 3) I do not want the
Spartans to succeed, in either the name of the State or the Big Ten,
because the Spartans lack class and values.
(previously posted by author on guerrillarant.blogspot.com)