I didn't see this discussed yet, but a slight mention by Brian regarding this weekend's half-time show by the MMB got me thinking. As you may recall if you were in attendance, and not stuck in a line waiting for some stadium grub or a restroom, the MMB performed a pretty creative and funny show during the break of the NW game. I found the content relavent since we have debated several times on this blog about the necessity of some to continue to refer to MSU as "little brother". For all of the humor and back-and-fotrth that the matra has created over the past 5 years, it seems there are enough who wish it would just go away. The balance of power has been restored after this years win, and there is no logical evidence that suggests that Sparty will have another 4 game run like they enjoyed since Mike Hart graduated.
With all of that being said, it is fair to think that perhaps the moniker will not die. When the MMB uses it as a half-time feature to denigrate the school that's located "North until you smell it, West until you step in it", you know that it's use and understanding has escaped the control of the former players, current coaches, and casual fans of the rivalry. Evidenced by the laughing and obvious applause that the comments received by the crowd in attendance on Saturday, I think that, for better or for worse, it is now permanently part of the Michigan Football Lexicon. So, like Spartan Bob so famously started nearly a decade ago... let the debates begin.