Hate Week Part 1: Test your knowledge at the greatest "Sparty NO!" moments! With this quiz!

Submitted by WingsNWolverines on October 29th, 2013 at 12:46 AM
I felt to get the hate week rolling it would be a great idea to celebrate some Michigan St misery from games past with this fun little quiz I found on Facebook! It's 26 of the worst "SPARTY NO!" moments! You have 5 minutes to fill in the correct teams MSU lost to and it's actually pretty tricky on some of them. I got 12/26. Let's see how well you know Spartan nightmares? http://m.sporcle.com/games/schnoxl/sparty_no


Bando Calrissian

October 29th, 2013 at 1:09 AM ^

Bummer it stops at 2000. There were some downright gems in the 90s. I think it was against Purdue, Sparty managed to let them back in the game late with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, then blew the onside kick, and let them drive down the field. Blew a two-score lead in the blink of an eye.


October 29th, 2013 at 10:39 AM ^

That was 1997, the same day we had our Judgment Day game with Penn State.

That was one of many epic losses when Saban was coaching them. Just a few weeks earlier, they lost to a bad Northwestern team in Evanston when NU blocked their game winning field goal in the final seconds. The Michigan game was the following week and Gary Barnett later said he could tell right away the MSU players were thinking about nothing but Michigan, and it came back to bite them,

The following year, Saban took an unranked and not very talented team into Columbus and beat the Bucks who were ranked #1. The next week, they lost at home to Purdue 26-25 in the final minute and didn't even make a bowl game.

I remember watching MSU's season opener that year and they were down to Colorado State by a touchdown in the 4th quarter when Saban pulled his QB who had been struggling most of the day, and put in freshman Ryan Van Dyke. It was a disaster and they ended up losing. I kind of thought that was a dick move my Saban putting the freshman QB in with just 2 minutes left in the game, having all the pressure be on him to win. When Van Dyke couldn't get it done, he was literally crying on the sideline.

I was 11 and 12 when MSU lost those back to back games to Central in the early 90s. Unfortunately, I have no memories of them.


October 29th, 2013 at 9:33 AM ^

He's paraphrasing Goodwill Hunting.  Matt Damon and Robin Williams say this to each other when they both have excuses to not find ladies.  He's applying it here because you're using the fact that M has lost to weak opponents as an excuse to not make fun of Sparty, which is an important part of life to be missing out on. 


October 29th, 2013 at 7:41 AM ^

Do they ask about the 2001 NU game where #16 State gets an excessive celebration penalty on a punt ret TD which forces them to kickoff from their own 20 with 11 seconds left and allows NU to complete one pass on the ensuing play to just get 3 seconds to kick a walk-off winning field goal?


October 29th, 2013 at 8:37 AM ^

Leading 10-7 with under 2 minutes to go, they just needed to run out the clock. I actually think they could have just taken a knee but they chose to plunge into the line with their back, Hylant Hickson. He of course fumbled and Jeff George drove Illinois for a TD and the win.

It's actually a pet peeve of mine when coaches decide to run between the tackles when they could just take a knee. You still see it quite often. At the end of the first half, maybe the logic is that you could break a big run but it seems like the risk of fumbling and giving up points is greater than ripping off a 60+ yard run on the last play of the half. But you see it at the end of games as well. We may have even been able to just take a knee against Indiana this year at the end when Fitz rumbled for the TD but not sure.


October 29th, 2013 at 9:59 AM ^

They have the wrong answer for the last one. Beujter played for Illinois.

I got that wrong, and I couldn't figure out where the apostrophe in Hawaii goes.


October 29th, 2013 at 11:11 AM ^

I managed 19/26 - the conclusion that I can draw from this is that I am more or less a football nerd and have watched too many MSU games that didn't involve Michigan necessarily. 

Some of those are great moments though - I still remember clearly the 2002 Purdue-MSU game where they brought in Kyle Orton to throw one pass, and it resulted in the game-winning TD. For a moment, I liked Purdue. 


October 29th, 2013 at 11:22 AM ^

I got a similar score, but I think it didn't have much to do with watching too many MSU games. The most helpful thing was being able to recognize the names of opposing players and the team they were on. When the first two words are "Jim Sorgi", I don't even need to read the rest to know Wisconsin. More obscure players from the more distant past were more difficult. It would have been a lot harder if they had left the names out and just described the situations.


October 29th, 2013 at 12:36 PM ^

In the MAKE PLAYS game against Notre Dame in 2006 when they got the ball back for the last time to try and regain the lead, whoever caught the kickoff took a knee at the 15. Classic.

I think they safetied themselves against Notre Dame on a kick off in the 80s also. I'll try and find a video. 

edit: Here it is. At :30

tyler durden

October 29th, 2013 at 12:45 PM ^


Being an MSU alum I nailed these in about 2:30. I've apparently blocked the idiocy of the 2001 game at NU that happened right in front of me (MSU only had 10 defenders on the field when NU completed the 54 yard pass). 

I also blanked on the 2001 PSU game. Was in attendence for that one as well. 

Good quiz.