You know what? Last week doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. Ancient philosophers keep telling me to live each day to the fullest and then let it go when it’s done. I think we should do that. So, who are we playing this week, anyway?
Sparty, huh? Hey, waddayaknow. My old friend.
I grew up rooting for all the teams in Michigan; I lived in a remote part of the state, so I didn’t get much interaction with either fan base. I basically just saw people walking around in a Sparty coat or a Wolverines jacket sometimes; didn’t think anything of it. When the 11:00 news came on, I’d root for both.
I still never really cared as much about this rivalry until last year. Sure, they were winning games for a while, but even that was about us. It wasn’t personal to me yet. But then the fumbled punt happened, and I can tell you that not many memories have stuck with me as much as the aftermath of that game, when Michigan State fans were shouting and screaming and running through U-M buildings.
You want a joke? Try 2-5. You want something funny? Well, I think going into Spartan Stadium and beating the Sparty-loving shit out of them for 60 minutes is pretty darn funny - especially after all the smack talk and pride they managed to chew up and spit out over the years.
You know, you rarely get a chance to spend a week focusing on one, single thing. It’s relaxing, in a way. Focuses you. This week, I don’t really care about the playoff, or the ACC or Bama or Washington. None of that matters. Paul Finebaum and the other trolls will have to wait a week for our attention. It’s only about Sparty right now, and that feels good.
There were a lot of jokes last year about how you can’t get out of the fact that a game is 60 minutes. You have to stay on your feet for every single one. So, thanks, Sparty. I think I got the lesson. I think the team will remember that, too, this time around. And next year, and the year after. We’ll make sure not to forget.
Oh, and - good luck, by the way. Whatever the score, make sure to stick around for 60 minutes.
We’ll get back to jokes next week.