No, I don't like losing at all, and that was ugly - we did not play well. But I was watching this one with my 13 year old son. I get him to a couple of games a year and he is becoming a die-hard Wolverine. He is playing middle school ball, and has worked his way up to starting both ways and special teams - he dreams of following in the footsteps of our local hero Des Morgan. But he is still learning about how to play all out and yet be a sportsman on the field, and a gentleman off. Today the Spartans provided a wealth of teachable moments.
The frequent unsportsmanlike conduct (like attempting to injure and remove your opponent with cheap shots like that facemask yank) showed what it is like when young men aren't taught or don't learn these lessons. Clearly Kirk Cousin's dramatic "character" speech fell on deaf ears. My son was somewhat shocked and disturbed, but learned a lot from the contrast between that ugliness, and the character and behavior of Wolverines like Denard.