In case anyone was interested.
In case anyone was interested.
The green-tinted glasses are a little thick, in that one.
Bad headline. This isn't Maize'n'Brew, it's an interview of The Only Colors site manager. It's a good read, but still a bad title
I would say a lot thick.
I didn't see anything egregious in there. If you haven't accepted the fact that they have a very solid team yet, your maize glasses are pretty darn thick too.
No one has any clue how the season will go, but on paper their defense should be stellar again, and if their running game improves on last year it'll be dangerous as well, especially against our unproven defensive line.
That's a long way of saying that I hope he's wrong, but I don't think his opinion comes across as ridiculously biased.
How about "2013 is a year that sets up as a possible run for a national title"? I had a good chuckle at that one.
To be fair, that may be about their schedule, with crossover games against Purdue, Illinois, and Indiana.* They have the easiest schedule possible in 2013 (unless you'd consider ND and Nebraska @ home and us away easier). I don't think they'll be in competition for the national title either, but if there ever is a year...
*Insert rant about MSU's guaranteed crossover against Indiana.
Not saying we would, its just our best opportunity in a long time. in 2013 Maxwell will be a Senior, and the WR corps should have a lot of experience, and its a fairly easy schedule with the tough games being Michigan at home and @Nebraska and @ND. Crossover games are Indiana, Purdue and Illinois.
I love how he goes on & on about recruiting nationally. If you don't count the midwest as "national" recruits", they have zero so far this year.
Last year they had 5 commits outside of the midwest with the highest being rated a 3*.
Chris cliams that MSU has just recently started to recruit nationally which isn't true. In fact, if you look back at some of JLS's recruiting classes, he had more national recruits than Dantonio. Smith hit California pretty hard.
what schools in the nation don't recruit nationally sometimes? Central Michigan has had kids from Florida and Texas. One kid I had class with played on the football team at CMU and he still wore freaking Texas A+M stuff to class.
of "national recruiting" means any kid who didn't attend E. Lansing High School.
Only thing off about it was calling it a preview, when it really felt like a recent history, and the insistence that they had all of thier success with only low rated recruits. Last seasons success was from a mixture of low, and high rated recruits, and an all senior passing offense. Dantonio has done a good job of developing talent, Worthy was only a low 3 star recruit, and Bell a 2 star, I forget what their safety was rated but he wasn't a national prospect, but Gholston was also a 5 star recruit, their stud linebackers a couple of 4 star locals, and I believe Greg Jones was a 4 star prospect previously.
The entire Big Ten took advantage of segregation because a lot of players had to go north for an opportunity. I do agree that State in particular was hit hard when schools in the south were finally allowed to do what they should have been doing all along, but MSU's "great teams" in the 1960's were the result of one recruit: Bubba Smith.
Darrell Royal wanted to offer Smith, but the SWC didn't allow him to. Smith was pretty much unstoppable in college, and was on their team that tied ND in what wasthen hyped as the "game of the century," but really wasn't all that great in retrospect.
MSU claimes MNC's in Smith's last two years, but some were awarded before the bowls back then. They won the UPI poll in 1965, but then lost the Rose Bowl. Their 1966 team won minor MNC's, as ND got both the AP (media) and UPI (coaches), which were the two major polls at the time.
They may or may not have legitimate claims to being "national champions," but one thing is for sure: without Bubba Smith, they wouldn't have even been in the conversation.
yes, it the days long ago the MNC was awarded prior to bowl games. Bowl games had zero impact on the Championship.
Interesting read on our little foes up in East Lansing
... which discussed the friendship between Bear Bryant and Duffy Daugherty, and how Bryant personally steered several talented black players to East Lansing because he couldn't recruit them to Alabama. In particular, it tells the story of Charlie Thornhill in great detail.
The 1966 national title is a matter of some controversy, as Alabama finished undefeated and untied while MSU and Notre Dame famously tied each other; yet the Tide finished #3 in both polls. The book detailed this as a sort of "punishment" for Alabama's still-racist policies.
College football history is definitely fascinating ...
Spartan tears taste like sugar.
That is all.