December 3rd, 2009 at 9:04 AM ^

It's pretty hard for Dantonio to sell the concept of MSU transcending their tradition of defining themselves not on their own merits, but in comparison to UM, especially when he has a UM game clock in the locker room.

They nailed the "pride" thing though; they just forgot to apply it to themselves. Thankfully, the football gods are taking care of that for them.


December 3rd, 2009 at 9:45 AM ^

I enjoyed the first comment about how most Spartan fans will take the high road and not rub our noses in their wins. I wonder how that guy likes living on his isolated island where he's never met another Spartan fan.


December 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 AM ^

Its amazing how oblivious some people are.

I just wonder if they realize that we really don't care about them at all except when we play them.

We are their biggest rival, so it only makes sense that they would compare themselves to us. In addition to MSU, Michigan has OSU, ND, and some would argue PSU, Wisconsin, etc as rivals. OSU is our biggest rival, and naturally we measure our success in comparison with theirs. That is part of what makes the past two football seasons so painful. Its terrible to lose to OSU, but its even worse when they are winning the Big Ten and going to BCS bowls.

Of course they want to create a culture where they don't compare themselves to us. That would make it less painful when we go back to dominating them.

Unfortunately, it will never happen (when I say "it" I mean them not comparing themselves to us).


December 3rd, 2009 at 11:36 AM ^

I just wonder if they realize that we really don't care about them at all except when we play them./i>

You realize you are posting about the MSU football team during the offseason right? I care about Sparty but I think of it more like that friend with benefits who really wants to be your girlfriend but you just think she isn't good enough for you. I would never consider Sparty my number one, but hey sometimes when we meet up it is just fun.

919 Brown

December 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 AM ^

I enjoyed reading this comment the most.

"I was floored, statements like "Dantonio runs a loose ship, no discipline, look at how he let a guy that went to jail back on the team"...etc, ad nauseum. I crushed that, noting Dantonio had blown players out(Burrell, Williams, etc) for far less, the works, even the Jenrette story, which has cost our secondary dearly over two seasons imo.I ended with.. "The guy that was running UM's defense over, that guy, #41, well, he did get in a fight and paid a pretty stiff penalty for it, MD did not dump him to the curb though, supported him, and did not try to manipulate the legal process...but.... he was not slinging narcotics out of his dorm room like Feagin, resulting in a dorm being fire bombed...right?"

Yea man, you crushed that. Ski mask much?

Tim Waymen

December 3rd, 2009 at 10:52 AM ^

That's trite. He might as well just start talking about how all State girls are hot and all UM girls are ugly. MSU fans are so cool? It's no different from how some ND fans like to gloat about how they are the classiest fans ever (some believe that).

And that guy is kidding himself if he thinks that 1) rubbing in a rivalry loss is that unusual (as much as I don't like it) and 2) MSU fans never do that. Strange inferiority complex they have. I kind of like how OSU fans just hate us. I like to say that it's more pure that way.