If you are a Michigander, there is likely someone you know and love, who is also a Spartan.
Mine are my dad, sister, cousin, brother in law, and four friends.
Who are yours?
Don't know him, but I like Magic Johnson
Being from NC and a big canes fan gotta love some Rod Brind'amour
+1 for North Carolina.
Wow...ya know, I never really thought about it, but yes I guess I do have several friends I love who went to that piece o' shit school with the crap football team.
Those were the days!
Colin. Im still pissed he didn't get into Michigan. He didn't exactly fit in at state (although he had a good time he's just not a bro bro)
Is he still a Michigan fan or MSU?
i don't know about love, but I really enjoyed watching Plaxico PWN some ESS-EE-CEE speed against Florida in the Citrus Bowl.
I have heard great things about Cousins.
Total class act. I hope he throws a ton of interceptions tomorrow, but I'm okay with him doing very well for the rest of the season.
I hope someone knocks his helmet off tomorrow so that I can yell my usual: "Our pets heads are falling off!" and listen to crickets as my in-laws try to figure out what I mean. Good, clean fun.
I have heard most people have them. I know I do, but most of them aren't great.
Cousins is not only a stand up guy, he's an incredible quarterback. I think he is the best current pro qb prospect in the Big Ten. State is going to realize how great he really is when they are reduced to Maxwell/Boisture next season.
he's turning pro early from a credible source, I hate to break it to you, he'll be back in 2011.
He does seem like a pretty good kid, though. Agreed.
Total class act: He was on the Scott Van Pelt show last week on ESPN radio and had quite possibly the best college football player interview I've ever heard. He had nothing but good to say about Denard (I was expecting something like "Greg Jones is gunna destroy him, DUR!!!!"). Plus his summary of the rivalry was pretty dead on and made me laugh a little:
(SVP asked him about Michigan being down the last two years does that detract from their victories?)
Well, wether they're good or not we'll take whatever we can get, anytime we beat them we'll take it
Paraphrased, but you get the picture... great guy, Hope he hits Cam Gordon between the numbers on every drive though.
Cousins didn't refer to "The University of Puke" as one of his predecessors did?
I heard his interview on College Football Live. Well spoken young man. I was very impressed by his eloquence.
Cousins was on Jim Rome's radio show yesterday, and Rome asked him about Denard. He had nothing but good things to say about him, even saying that Denard doesn't get the credit he deserves for his passing. By Spartan standards, he seemed like a good guy.
I love many people who have been affiliated with that place, but the part of them that retains the taint of Sparty has no place in my affection. In other words, I block it out, but that doesn't mean it doesn't fester a bit. I also am sensitive to the fact that I care WAAAAYYYY too much about this game, and will be irrationally devastated if Michigan loses.
I love my best friend Chip enough that he has one of my four tickets for the game tomorrow
Which, will be awesome if we win, because he has to ride home with me and two other Wolverines; but then there's the other scenario......
Ok, ok. My grandparents used to be big on State, but that was because they had no strong affiliation one way or the other. After learning I was going to UM they became huge Michigan fans. Outside of that, nobody I know (that I care for) is a Spartan fan. I'm not sure if this is coincidence or not...
Any dude who goes all medievil on Ahmadinajad's great-great-great...great grandfather has my vote.
Steve Smith, of MSU basketball fame, for donating $2.5 million dollars for the Clara Bell Smith Student Athlete Academic Center at MSU.
It's GREAT to see athletes give back to the universities that helped them along.
Agree about Steve Smith. He also developed a yearly scholarship at his high school in Detroit; I really respect that.
Tom. Well, not LOVE, but he's a cool, smart guy. Made up for his time at MSU by getting a Master's at Cornell.
I actually only know one other person from MSU who turned out to be a total d*ck. We had a lot of mutual friends and he needed a roommate when he moved out to Chicago. I was a year out of college and looking to leave my ghetto for a more decent abode. Worked it out so we'd get a 2 BR apt together, but at the last minute (literally, within 2 weeks of when we were supposed to move in), he totally flaked out and said he wasn't moving in with me after all. I ended up homeless for a month with my stuff in storage for a month. I basically lived out of my suitcase at various friends' houses for that month (friends who all lived at home with their parents - home-cooked meals, at least!).
So after the Chris Perry game in '03, I was walking back to a friends dorm and there were a bunch of drunk Spartans half passed out on a picnic table. They were kinda angry but I decided to press the issue so I started talking shit like I tend to. This dude got up from like ten feet away and chucked something at me kinda fast but because I am so sweet I caught it. It was a disposable camera. My quick wit came into play and I realized I had a golden opportunity in my hands. So I wound up the camera and took a picture of a bunch of depressed Spartans after yet another loss. Best part is that it was their camera. I love those Spartans.
The guy in that picture is so spectacular.
Actually I just chucked the camera back at them after I took the picture. It was perfect.
or does the dude in that avatar look like Tom Brady? ish..
Magic and Mateen, and no one else.
Well, technically Kirk Gibsonn, too -- but I've just never even thought about him as a Spartan, so the cognitive dissonance is minimized.
I agree. Magic, for being a class-act and part of the greatest era of basketball, and Mateen, for spraining his ankle and playing in the second half against UF in the 2000 NCAA tourney. Even though the Freep calls it one of the most overrated returns in history.
I loved watching Gibby play baseball. He played it with the energy and excitement and need-to-win that he had from college football. There was a big difference between having 10 games and needing to win them all and 162 games, but he played like he needed to win them all.
I remember watching a game on TV where he was in the booth doing color, and the Tigers won it in extra innings. You could actually hear him jumping up and down in the booth with excitement. He is a fan, which made his color commentary better for fans in a lot of ways I think.
ranks just after 1998 Rosebowl win and 1989 NCAA B-ball Championship in my book.
My uncle, who can shred hot lixxx on the guitar, and my cousin, who wears only the freshest of Zubaz
All of them. Mom would be disappointed if you didn't love your little brother.
Wish I could vote because that is a +1 from me
but I like Magic a lot.
My brother, sister, brother-in-law, and one of my best friends from high school.
Thank you! I thought I was the only one with so many Spartans in the family…
My dad and I are huge Mich fans... my mom and brother are big state fans... my mom didn't really care much but my brother is trying to be a vet and wants to further his education at state... so whatev Go Blue!
... derrick mason. Of all the spartan receivers who went into the NFL he was one of the few who didn't waste his talent (rodgers, plax, muhammed)
He's the best goalie in the world right now and got the USA to within an inch of a gold medal.
I hated him when he was at MSU and was (wrongly) convinced that he would not be as good at the next level.
I, too, was pleasantly surprised by how well Ryan Miller has done in the NHL. If anything, I think he improved once he got to the show.
I'll never forget his performance in the Olympics. To me, that made his MSU history irrelevant.
I am particularly fond of Leonidas' wife in 300, but only in that 1 scene. Does that count?
(Sorry, that scene is the definition of NSFW)
Having gone to MSU, I met some really great people and numerous individuals who deserve respect. From a national standpoint, Steve Smith seems like a real class act, and Magic is one of the top-10 best NBA players in history. Sam Rami is pretty cool, and James Caan is one of the better actors working today. I'm sure there are others, but those are a couple that rush to mind.
That said, the average MSU "fan" is someone I can do without in my life.
I didn't realize James Caan was a Sparty. That's kinda cool. I like him a lot, good actor.
Tom Izzo, for being a great coach and a classy guy in a really, really sleazy profession.
The best coach in college basketball, hands down.
Master Chief is the only spartan I can tolerate, although I have found myself playing very poorly in Halo Reach just so I can hear, "The spartan is dead" come across the radio...
that dog that catches frisbees at halftime got his masters from MSU.
“Zeke the wonder dog” is his name; actually I think they are on about Zeke #3 or 4 because the dogs die eventually
my cleaning lady and the cashier at potbelly's this morning (no jokes)
Brian Hoyer because I'm a Pats fan and think he is a competent backup for Tom Brady and that is the natural order of things.
Dad and two of my sisters are sparty fans. But not very passionate ones so they don't talk much trash. My ex's dad was big time spartan fan. He even bought me an MSU shirt knowing my stance. I also went to the concrete jungle to see Pitt V MSU a couple years ago.
Haven't been to a college game since but am going to UM v. Iowa this year to get that bad taste out of my mouth from that game. Although I will say the tailgating was impressive at State.
results of her msu med school interview but before her Michigan interview. Until then I got nothin'
Tom Izzo. Magic Johnson. That is all.
give me douchebumps.
...is my lovely wife.
She can't tell her Sparty friends this, but she hopes our kids go to Michigan! I love this woman!
He played baseball for the Spartans this past, and ended up in the Tigers Low A affiliate, CT Tigers, where I work(ed) as a bat-boy. I hate Spartans, but Eric is the one exception. A very nice young man, who ends up playing foosball with me at the team BBQ.
I gotta admit that I like Sam Raimi quite a bit. Although he did leave State early to go film Evil Dead. That was definitely a wise move on his part.
Bonus Evil Dead note -- Evil Dead: The Musical is playing in Detroit right now at the City Theatre. We saw the preview show last night and I thought it was hilarious. I highly recommend it.
50+ replies and no one mentioned Bobby Williams? Seriously? He's awesome!
those were the days.
E-Ate, and I always kind of liked Matt Trannon. The rest can can get fricked.
my bro. but he wasnt a db about it until this week
Same with mine...Bonus for me since he really is my little brother.
growing up around East Lansing I have nothing but respect for Izzo he's always been a class act, Mateen and Magic too
I dunked on Kirk Manns once down at the WMU rec center when he was an assistant there and I was a (high-flying) member of the student body. Dude was a hell of a player but he got some of mine that day.
And my wife. She likes Michigan Football. She just preaches the book of Izzo a little too much.
a small handful of hot nurses at the Children's Hospital in Detroit that are State alums, one in particular.
That's all I'm gonna tell you.
Of course, they're my little brothers. My husband is a State grad, but not a Spartan (a lifelong Michigan fan), and his little brother, too.
Kirk Gibson definitely comes to mind first.
After that it'd be Magic, maybe Greg Kelser for doing Pistons games all these years ... meh, that's about all I got
Respect & like Magic, Gibson, & Izzo.
Javon Ringer. He put up decent numbers but never really drew attention to himself. Just handed the ball to the ref after a TD and walked back to the bench. Class act.
Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller, but only because they're Red Wings now.
Wouldn't say there are any Spartans I love but that dude could kick a football. Props where props are due.
Both my parents, my fiancee.
don't walk, just run for you sanity ...
Ha, she's actually a really good sport about it. She knows that it's something she's going to deal with for the rest of her life..
I'll probably get beat up for this one, but as a Blackhawks fan, I am a big Duncan Keith fan.
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Fullback in the 90's.
You picked the worst day to create this thread.
I thought it was the perfect day for this thread because that is what this rivalry is about for me… talking smack with the ones you love.
Magic in the all star game after the HIV announcement and Gibby in the World Series for LA - two great Spartan sports memories.
Magic, Kirk Gibson, Steve Smith and...
Greg Kelser (does a good job as color guy for the Pistons and occasionally during the NCAA tourney).
What an amazing, classy, awesome thread. Kudos all around, MGoUsers.
To return the favor:
* I've always been a huge Dhani Jones fan; I love football players who are much more than football players, and that's Dhani to a T. If you don't want his show on the Travel Channel, you are losing out big time. His endless quest to educate himself about different cultures and social strata is one I deeply respect.
* Rich Eisen is probably the most underrated sports media guy on the planet.
* I have had a world of respect for a long series of smart, tough, productive U-M O-Lineman: Long, Backus, Hutch, Jansen, all the way back to Skrepenak.
. . . was just sentenced to two years in the federal pokey for accepting bribes as a county commissioner. That's really terrible news.