perfectly sums it up, thanks for that!
Sounds slightly out of context. As usual: never trust the media.
A lot of people say they'll support MSU in every game but one. I, personally, hope they lose every single game. Why? Because I don't want to hurt Kirk's feelings.
I usually wish sparty good will when they aren't playing us. I guess Kirk doesn't want me to do that anymore. Very well then.
I'll go with our guy... @ :40
This seems overblown. Now Stanton ripping up his cover of a video game because it had Desmond on the cover... The was a dumb MSU QB.
Now, now. There can be more than one dumb MSU QB.
As long as you don't diss DJ Jeff Smoker, tearin' up the club scene in Grand Rapids.
The qoute is a direct reflection of the coach he has had up there. They are obsessed with Michigan, because their coach is. In my opinion is a little unhealthy, and causes the non obssesed to wonder what the hell is this kid thinking.
"The Kirk's gonna get you Kramer, Kirk holds grudges"
"Hands off Kirk, Kramer, don't touch Kirk"
"Kirk likes spicy chicken"
It might be a new article. but didnt Cousins say this like over the summer or even last year?
These arent new sentiments from him. And I give these comments and the ensuing hullabaloo over them a big fucking YAWN
Lets play the game already, yo
I'm actually not bothered by this all that much - the kid loves his school and takes it seriously. We act like it is juvenille for him to be so passionate, yet you'll see grown men on Saturday screaming at college kids for screwing up something on the field, calling for them to be benched, kicked off the team, or worse. So whatever - it's a rivalry game and maybe Kirk buys into it more than others, but I could care less.
And not to be an ass or anything, but it's not like UM hasn't had some dumb talkers in the past.
motivates him I guess
It's been said before, but it's worth reiterating how MSU truly brings the inferiority complex upon themselves. It is not Michigan (or its fans) that make Spartans feel like the second-rate institution in this state, it is just an inevitable facet of their own behavior.
MSU, like many "State" schools, tries to 1-up their rivals by trying to adopt the elements of their counterpart. The prime example of this is schools calling themselves "THE university in ________". Further, academically, MSU fosters programs to directly compete with those established by UM. They then advertise these to the public with direct comparison about their 'numbers' versus ours.
In many other areas as well, we (as Michigan fans) are frequently not the ones forcing a comparison of schools. The Spartans are bringing it on themselves. Further, talk about setting oneself up for failure: it is immensely challenging to overcome a competitor by walking in their footsteps. Spartans have created an atmosphere of inferiority due to their (self inflicted, persistent) comparison with the established forerunner.
To say it differently, Spartans are second rate because they want only what Michigan already has. They do not appreciate the natural strengths and weaknesses of two invididuals/programs, they only want what 'big brother' holds - and more of it. Further, they seem incapable of pursuing interests aside from those where UM has gone before.
If MSU (+fans) were to embrace the qualities that set them apart from UM, like certain strengths in teaching, some science, environmental fields, (and aesthetics - women?), they would not feel nearly as bad about their self-imposed rivalry. True, there will be inevitable overlap and comparison of certain things, like football and basketball, but that will be far from the deep-seeded spite held by most Spartans.
This is also the reason why there is such a disparity in viewpoints between the two fanbases about this rivalry. UM, as an institution, desires very little that lives in MSU. On the flip side, MSU wants seemingly everything UM holds - academically, athletically, in both titles and accomplishments... just like a little brother.
TL;DR: If MSU didn't seek only to take from UM, but instead forged their own path, they might not bring such an air of inferiority about themselves.
EDIT: Err, Sorry. I meant this as a reply, but as my thoutghts coalesced into text, it got too long. So then i was going to try and post it as a new topic on MGoBoard for peer review, but I guess I don't have enough points to post there or something. Sorry for the hijack.