It's not so much that MSU doesn't use its backs as that it's had trouble running behind a rebuilt O-line. If they can move the ball on the ground, they will.
All Time Record vs MSU [Once again SFW]
But didn't they leak the story about how Craig James KILLED FIVE HOOKERS? They've got to be telling nothing but facts here.
This reminds me of a book I bought from Borders a couple years back. It's called "Backyard Brawl," about the UM/MSU rivalry and it's history. There's plenty of old articles from the Ann Arbor News and the Lansing State Journal about most of the games. They had to include every MSU win over us and NOT include 35 wins we've had over Sparty in order for both schools to get equal coverage.
I'm sorry but that Paul Bunyan trophy is stupid anyway. MSU is the only side that gives a crap about it. They parade it on the field after a win like it's a Super Bowl trophy. With UM, they get it in the lockerroom and that's it. They don't hoist it up on the field like with the Little Brown Jug. The only thing Lloyd ever said about the trophy was that it's the ugliest in college football. I never once heard Bo talk about the trophy and his teams beat the living tar out of MSU 17 times in 20 years. There were even times in the 50's and 60's where Blue didn't bother taking the trophy back to Ann Arbor with them. They just left it on the field. Sparty had to paint the final score and keep it for the year even though they lost. I say let them keep it.
And no, Mike Hart did not start a curse when he made the little brother comment. I would put that more on RichRod and the worst 3 year stretch in program history. The last 3 seasons would have happened even if Hart had not said a thing.
Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ on a Cracker, you of all people ought to know that's complete bullshit. As bad as the three years under RR were, they don't begin to compare with the dumpster fire of 34-35-36, when we went 6-16, were shut out 11 times, and our combined point totals against MSU, Minnesota, and OSU over those three seasons were 13-62, 0-100, and 0-93, respectively.
Yes, we did not score a single point against the two major powers in our conference, OSU and Minnesota, for three straight seasons. Not a single fucking point.
I'm not carrying a torch for RR. His firing was justifiable, and hiring Hoke appears to have been a master stroke by David Brandon. However, calling RR's tenure the worst three-year stretch in Michigan's history is a willful distortion of history, one that is not supported by the facts on record.
And before you start mentioning the NCAA issues under RR, MVictors ran some time ago the story of the eventual firing of Harry Kipke, which was as much due to his shady, OSU-style practice of allowing players to get paid for summer jobs that they did not perform as it was the last three miserable years of his career at UM.
You're correct that that stretch was worse, but when you have to go back 75 years to find something worse than the last three years, well, that kind of sums it up. It was the worst three-year stretch in most fans' lifetimes.
I'm not saying you're wrong, but this has to be one of the silliest rants I've ever seen.
Also, it struck me that it's possible - unlikely, but possible - that my grandfather remembers those teams. I'll ask him which stretch was worse.
Isn't that the whole reason we are laughing at the Spartans? Because they are making their own justifications for why not to count games? You and jmblue sound just like MSU fans talking about the rivalry.
"Well, I can't remember it, so it doesn't count. The last 3 years count though because it just happened."
No, that's not what I'm saying. What I am saying is this: defending a three-year record by noting that during the Great Depression (75-77 years ago), we were a little worse, is not much of a defense at all.
If your only standard for success is "not the absolute worst in school history," you're setting the bar very low.
The block M stood for mediocrity in those days. Those years represent 85% of MSU's tradition. Every other decade has largely been nondescript.
I'm done wringing my hands about the spartans. Yeah, they beat Michigan the last 3 years. So did everyone else. Its time for a reality check. I'm not saying that Western Michigan is better than MSU. But if they played on a neutral field, I wouldn't put non-expendable money on either team. Be honest. You wouldn't either.
Sparty really pushes the Bunyan Trophy record as the "all-time record" because they don't want to admit how many times they have really lost to Michigan. When people are doing superficial "research," it is the Bunyan Trophy record that usually pops up, with no mention of other games.
The researcher has to possess enough logic or knowledge to figure out that the two teams played long before 1953. Apparently, they can't afford to hire that kind of researchers at the Detnews.
My overall sentiment is "Who gives a $h!t".
Will you sleep better at night if you get a bunch of victories from the 1910's-1940's?
Michigan historically has a better football program than MSU. Everyone with half a brain knows that.
We've beaten you three times in a row. I hope we make it four.
That is all.