So, why not?

Fresh off pure domination in the Big House, I’ve come up with a new slogan for Sparta going forward.

Why not?

The Spartans redefined execution today.  They ran at will, they blocked ferociously, they broke tackles, they created turnovers, and, perhaps most importantly, in the words of an inebriated Spartans fan in Washington, D.C., they made you say “Heisman, my ass” about Denard Robinson.

Why not?

Here are the knocks on State. “They had the luxury of five straight home games.” Yes, now they’ve walked into the largest NCAA football stadium and knocked off No. 18 Michigan. “Wisconsin was overrated.” A vauge argument, but beyond that, okay, now they’ve beaten two ranked teams.  I mean, what other knocks are there? I’ve heard “they aren’t that good.” “The defense sucks.” Blah, blah, blah. Why not?

So here is what State’s schedule looks like:

v. Illinois

@ Northwestern

@ #15 Iowa

v. Minnesota

v. Purdue

@ Penn State

Does anyone see a team on that schedule that makes you say, “No wayyy they beat that team.” If there is, you really have a soft grasp on college football.  That’s a very winnable schedule for a very talented team that has done nothing but take care of business this year.

Rose Bowl. Why not? National Champions. Sure, why not?

2 Responses to “So, why not?”

  1. Tiger Rick Says:

    When you sober up, you will realize this was not that great a victory for Dantonio and his Band of Criminals. State will lose two, probably three games in the Big Ten, first being against Zook’s Illini. They do not have to play OSU, so they caught a break, but Tressel isn’t going to lose until the big dance. This game is always MSU’s Rose Bowl and they spend 365 days a year preparing for it. Rich Rod is a fraud, in many ways his reign of terror in three years is far far worse than the Millen, Mohrningweg, Maricucci, Marinelli decade of the Lions. Denard is not a Big Ten quarterback and it showed when he tried to force those passes, he may have lost the game more than State winning it, he should have lost two before the State game and it finally caught up to him, although I think he is a nice kid, unlike many of those in East Lansing, who have criminal records. There is always a silver lining in every cloud and for the Wolverines, it is one day closer to sending Bill Martin’s hillbilly back to the hollers where he can retire with the ghost of another West Virginian Wolverine, Fielding Yost, who like Rich Rod was also a disengenuous piece of work. Yost was a racist and an anti-semite, who used semi pro athletes in his point a minute teams at the turn of the century, (google the case of Willis Ward, who I think your dad knew, Yost wouldn’t let him play against Georgia Tech because he didn’t want to piss of the folk down there as the to racial issues.) The true great coaches at Michigan were Crisler, Oosterbaan, Schembechler, Moeller and Carr. Dantonio has not, and will not, win a Big Ten title, which any true college fan knows is the real measure of success in college football.

  2. Tiger Rick Says:

    While you were suffering through the brown bottle flu, you missed the Lions first official victory of the season. You are lucky, I can pick up your slack and report to your followers. Junior and I normally hang out on the Comerica Park side of Brush street, but we decided to throw caution to the wind and went down for the Meijer sponsored Lion Alumni autograph signing and the other pregame activities outside of Ford Field on game day. After an hour or so we decided to approach a few scalpers who were unrealistic. We found one guy outside Chelios’ place who wanted $80 for two tickets, I countered with $40, he came down to $50 which I was prepared to pay. Junior, in an unscripted move, said it wasn’t worth it and started walking away, I followed and you guessed it, the guy came chasing after us for the $40.

    The atmosphere inside Ford Field was very calm, nothing like the NFL stadiums you see in Oliver Stone movies. The ubiquitous downriver bleach blonds who haunt the Joe and Comerica were there hustling drinks and tripping over themselves, but otherwise it was very boring. The skinheads from northern Oakland County were even peacefully coexisting with their African American brethern.

    If the Lions said the game was a sellout, Tom Lewand is now selling tickets to ghosts because I estimate the place was half empty. The suites on one side were completely dark and empty. The suites on the restaurant side were about 60-79% filled, by, IMHO, people who do business with the auto company.

    It was nice to see a young quarterback actually play a game at Ford Field,even if the Lions got to him on several occasions. King finally decided to throw to Calvin and, to be honest, his passes were not all that great, Calvin just went out and got them. The only real excitement came from the guy who sings Forward Down the Field.

    The Lions honored Dick LeBeau, who had the weekend off, at halftime. LeBeau, who was one of my heroes growing up, specifically mentioned “the Corner” and how special it was to play at Tiger Stadium. Several old Lions were there including your dad’s buddy, Mike Lucci, who looks like he could still play. Lem Barney showed up looking like he just stepped out of one of those old Pam Grier movies from the seventies. Conspicuous by his absence was Barry Sanders, the most overrated running back in football history. Don’t believe me, ask his father who said Jim Brown was the greatest he ever saw.

    We left after the third quarter to go catch the end of the Rangers – Rays game and the party was going strong outside the stadium. The Elwood was rockin. We had to step over a few people on Brush street who had the same bug you did and starred out at the Comerica park through the iron rails. It was a perfect, sky blue, seventy degree day. Junior said that he wished he was inside Comerica today instead of Ford Field because that would mean the Tigers were in the playoffs. And with that, we took our last look, until Tigerfest, of the best place on earth.

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