OT- Help the Blockhams by Sharing your Favorite/Best/Worst Sparty Stereotypes

Submitted by Six Zero on May 3rd, 2012 at 8:15 AM

For those of you following along with The Blockhams, there's been some recent discussion about how the Blockhams lil bro Bump has broken away from being a simple Sparty cliche.

BUT... later today readers will see the MSU ribbing taken down an unexpected path in today's Blockhams strip, one that will continue into and conclude in next week's strips.

I have my own favorites when it comes to stories about Sparty fans and the things only they are capable of... but I thought it might be fun and interesting to hear from the MGoCommunity:

What are you favorite Sparty cliches?  What stereotypes ring most true?  Or which ones are just too bizarre to be anything but true?

The best ideas might be utilized in next week's Blockhams comics... and certainly it might be a fun thread to read on a quiet Thursday. Thanks everyone, and GO BLUE!


Today's post is now live... and now you can all possibly see where all this is going.  Stay tuned for next week's unforgettable edition of...

And also, thanks for the responses this morning.
I am inspired.



May 3rd, 2012 at 11:22 AM ^

The quintessential Sparty brah stereotype:

-- Got rejected from Michigan.  Got into MSU.....and flunked out after three semesters.  Graduated from Ferris instead.  Still had time to participate in two couch burnings.

-- Considers himself an alum because of those three semesters.  Insists State fans are better because they're all alums, not "Wal-Mart Wolverines" who didn't go to the school.  Does not see the contradiction in the claim that most couch-burnings, riots, and graffiti damage in Ann Arbor (which is a whore, by the way) come from troublemakers "outside the community."

-- Has only two pieces of Sparty memorabilia on his '97 Grand Am: bumper stickers that say "U Call It Maize We Call It Corn" and "Have You Kicked A Wolverine Today?"

-- Favorite teams are "whoever is playing Meatchicken" and "Michigan State" in that order.  Roots against Michigan even if MSU needs Michigan to win.  Fall Saturdays are ruined when Michigan wins and State loses, tainted when Michigan wins and State wins, goes to the bar in a great mood when Michigan loses regardless of the fact that MSU just lost to Northwestern.

-- Knows exactly when MSU beats Michigan in hockey and makes sure you do, too.  Didn't even know they were playing if Michigan won.  Anyway let them have their hockey - Dantonio will let 'em know who's a real man in the fall.

-- Reminds you about Izzo when Michigan beats them in football.  Reminds you about Dantonio when Michigan beats them in basketball.  Reminds you about Wal-Mart Wolverines when Michigan wins in both.  If he doesn't suddenly have the flu that day.



May 3rd, 2012 at 11:59 AM ^

I like that they all brag about how their study abroad program is one of the best in the nation. Of course it is; once people get to East Lansing they immediately start trying to leave.

Also their insistence that everyone who roots for State went to State, whereas everyone who roots for Michigan MUST be a "Wal-verine". Last I checked, they sold MSU apparel at Wal-Mart too.

Finally: I went to high school with a girl who went to MSU. Totally die-hard, called UM ScUM, the whole deal. Then she decides she wants to be an architect. Where'd she transfer? Damn straight.


May 3rd, 2012 at 9:38 PM ^

the Walmart Wolverine schtick.  I have been a Wolverines fan my whole life...since before I can remember (Thanks Dad!).  To tell me that since I chose to serve in the military after HS, (still in) that I can't be a fan...that is just ridiculous.  It is so transparent that the reason for this is that they are so hard pressed to find Sparty fans outside of the their student/alumni/employee base.  It infuriates them that U of M has international recognition and a large fanbase beyond alumni.  I know I shouldn't let it get to me, but sometimes it does.  Either way, Walmart down here in GA doesn't sell Michigan merchandise. 


May 3rd, 2012 at 12:45 PM ^

you see Big Ten flags hanging from apartments all over the place.  Two years ago after they had beaten us, there was an MSU flag hanging with the "S" backwards.  It helped ease the pain a tiny bit.


May 3rd, 2012 at 12:47 PM ^

Its actually kind of a cool thing, but I love it that every time I discuss academics with a Sparty they like to bring up the fact that it has the #1 hospitality/hotel management program in the country.  That statement never fails to make me laugh even though its a fine profession.  It's just funny to me.


Smash Lampjaw

May 3rd, 2012 at 3:37 PM ^

I have vacationed in northern Michigan via western Michigan for many years, so this may refer to years less recent, but I can't believe how those areas blossom into green if ever there is hope of some success coming in the fall. Very annoying how everything that could be green becomes green- and such a gaudy, awful green- only to fade away in subsequent years.


May 4th, 2012 at 11:10 AM ^

Most of my friends are MSU fans or grads, they're all nerds not bros, but one thing that really does strike me and has been touched on is that their allegiance and fandom for MSU is built more on a hatred for Michigan than a true love for Michigan State. They really do pay as much or more attention to Michigan than MSU.