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HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE: Musical Edition

Is it Saturday yet? Goodness I am ready to play this game.

Because we are going to keep this blog a place of positive thoughts this week, we are choosing to ignore the game last night since the basketball team did too.

Ahem.

Every good event has a theme song. There’s no possible way to do anything correctly without the right song to accompany whatever the activity is.

Today’s post features what has become the theme song of Michigan State’s football season this year. You know it, you love it: Rich Homie Quan’s “Type of Way.” I have been known to listen to it 4-5 times in a row while I perform my morning shower dance parties. Trust me, it’s better than coffee. If Mark Dantonio can get down to it, then so can you. Today I spotted a new version of this song on Twitter that filled me with a joy I have never known. It’s not rapped by Rich Homie Quan, rather an individual named Blaze1 and it is amazing. Please take a listen: sendspace.com/pro/dl/fzxuau 

(If you don’t want to download it, a bit more about the song is featured here)

See? If that doesn’t help your hype for the week, I don’t know what will.

In addition to embracing Type of Way, the Michigan State football staff has taken to social media to drum up their own hype leading up to the Big Ten Title Game this weekend. It’s been wildly publicized that if MSU makes it to the Rose Bowl, it will be their first trip to Pasadena since 1988. Today, the MSU Football Equipment account tweeted out a picture of the Rose Bowl jerseys from MSU’s win in 1988. I love them.

Shoulder logos are incredible.

Shoulder logos are incredible.

Our final hype tool of the day is the video MSU athletics released in November that highlights some of the gear that the Spartans have worn throughout the season. I’m not sure what the Spartans will be wearing on Saturday, but this video makes me want to suit up and tackle 13 people. I think that’s my theme this week – I really want to get out there and tackle someone. I think I missed my calling.

We’re almost there everyone. Almost game time. Let’s play Type of Way/Spartan Version of Type of Way as many times as we can before game time. I’ve always been of the opinion that life would be better if it were a musical, and this week is no exception.

GO GREEN!

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You will be the ones

Let’s talk about Mark Dantonio, Big Ten Coach of the year for the second time in three years. 40 wins in four years. Two Big Ten Championship Games in three seasons.

Mark Dantonio took a beleaguered and pathetic Michigan State football team and made it a Big Ten powerhouse. He took a program barely treading water since the departure of Nick Saban and gave it life, and more than life, a personality, an identity and a belief system. He’s got guts. He believe in defense. He knows the power of the underdog. He takes coal and turns it into diamonds.

He brooks no nonsense. His first season at Michigan State, he announced the Big Ten wouldn’t have MSU to kick around anymore. His “pride comes before the fall” quote is the most famous from his 2007 post-Michigan presser, but the real takeaway is this, “I’m telling them it’s not over…It’s not over and it will never be over here. It’s just starting.” After that first loss, Dantonio has gone 5-1 against Michigan.

Dantonio draws the ire of a lot of Big Ten fans for his shortness, his scowl and his grumpy demeanor. Next question.

But for MSU fans, Dantonio is a savior, the perfect fit for a program that was on its way to sinking to Purdue-levels of suckitude. For those of use who sat through John L, Bobby Williams, et al, Dantonio is a breath of fresh air, a coach who cares deeply about winning and shows it. More than that, he has the guts to ask “Why not us?” Why NOT Michigan State? Big Ten Champs? In the Rose Bowl? National Championships? Why not us?

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HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE: Max Bullough Edition

I know that Sarah and I have been largely basketball focused this year on the blog (ok, completely basketball focused on the blog), but it wasn’t because we didn’t care. In fact, we probably cared a bit too much. After the first few games, and especially after the Notre Dame game, we weren’t sure what else we could share or offer to the story.

Obviously things have taken a dramatic turn since then, and what was looking like a dismal season has turned into a run of the ages. A team that was terrifying to watch early on, has turned into a team that is playing for a Big Ten title on Saturday. I don’t think many, if any, saw the Spartans here. But it has been fun, right? I don’t know about you, but I am feeling some type of way about this Spartan squad.

To gear up for Saturday night, Sarah and I are going to post a series of hype pieces…videos, quotes, etc. I have spent an extraordinary amount of time this week reading about the game, the match up, the coaches, the BCS, etc. I feel as though my brain might explode!

Earlier this afternoon, senior Max Bullough participated in a Big Ten Title Game presser and it was INCREDIBLE. He was dialed in and gave, perhaps, one of the best interviews I’ve ever heard from a Spartan. Obviously Kirk Cousins leads the way in greatest pressers of all time, but Max made some headway in the standings.

Spartan Pride, Indeed.

Spartan Pride, Indeed.

Max is Spartan Royalty. His grandfather, father, and uncle all played for the Spartans and his little brother currently plays on the team. Max is exactly the kind of person you want leading your football team. He’s tough, he loves the school, he plays hard every single game, loves his coach, and says all the right things. Today was no exception. Listening to Max and hearing how important the game is to him was nothing short of incredible. If he is an example of how focused the team is going into practices this week, than I cannot wait to see how they look on Saturday.

A couple of highlights:

On what winning the Big Ten and going to the Rose Bowl would mean to Michigan State:

“…to be able to feel that feeling and know what it’s like, to be able to say I’ve done it, to say we brought Michigan State back to where we think it should be, I think that just creates, like I said, a tangible goal instead of just a dream or a vision that’s out in front of you all the time.”

On Michigan State being overlooked and underrated:

“We’re worried about going there and being 12‑1 like Coach D said, and worrying about things we can control.  We can’t control who talks about what, who says this or that, where Ohio State goes if they win or lose.  There’s only so many things we can control, and right now it’s Tuesday’s practice.  On Saturday it’ll be the energy and the aggressiveness and the way that we execute plays.”

On how Michigan State football has changed with the arrival of Coach Dantonio:

“…people look at Michigan State differently today than when I walked in here and when Coach D walked in here. But I think if you come to play Michigan State now, if nothing else you’re coming for a fight.  You’re playing a football game that’s going to be a fight, going to be a battle.  We’re not going to quit.  We’ve got some of the best players in the country on this football team, and we’re excited to be a part of that.”

Why not Michigan State?

“If we come out and win this Saturday, then why not.  Why not talk about us?  What have we not done that takes us out of that argument?  We’ve won just as many games. …and we play some of the best offenses in the country.  We just make them look bad sometimes, so they might not think they’re that great.  That’s the reality behind it.  You know?”

On no suspensions for the Ohio State players involved in the fight during the Michigan game:

“First of all, I’m excited that no one is suspended.  I hope no one does get suspended.  I want to play their best.  I think if we were in that same situation they’d say the same.  I think you always want to play the best. ”

On Big Ten perception:

” I can’t control who likes who, who wants what, who votes for who, who’s voted All‑Big 10, who’s voted this, I can’t control that.  I just can’t.  I can control what I do today at practice, I can control what I say to my team or what my actions are during the weekend and on Saturday, and it’s been good enough 11 times this year, so I’m counting on it being good enough again.”

(Quotes from ASAP Sports. For the full transcript, go here.)

RARRRRRRRRR!

RARRRRRRRRR!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I could get out on the field and tackle someone right now.

Max Bullough is exactly the type of guy I want representing my football team. And honestly, isn’t that all we’ve ever really wanted? Since the Dantonio era started, I feel as though we finally have guys we can get behind. Kirk Cousins did it first, but Max Bullough is carrying the torch. As Spartan fans, we endured a lot of crazy and finally have consistent guys that we can rally around. Seeing our players look at the coach and believe in him and his system is incredible.

As Coach D has said: Why not us? Why not?

GO GREEN! (Hype, hype, hype, hype)

#chaseit #p4rb #poundgreenpound #youwillbetheones #etc

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It Ain’t Easy Being Green, Part Whatever

Now that the BCS Championship confetti has settled, with Nick Saban climbing to the top of the crystal football and flashing his freaky white teeth, and now that the Golden Domers have returned to the bosom of Touchdown Jesus, it’s time for every non-Alabama team in the nation to take stock for 2013.

And in the New Year spirit of fresh starts, we at Sports Squared will look ahead to the 2013 Spartans, while paying only the briefest attention to the trainwreck that was the 2012 season. The Spartans have had a number of big-name departures, the most expected of which were junior linebacker William Gholston and junior running back Le’veon Bell. With the departure of kicker Dan Conroy (senior) and tight end Dion Sims, MSU is losing more than 70% of its offensive points from this season, so needless to say MSU is a big ol’ question mark heading into 2013.

First thing’s first- Offense. Offense was where Michigan State’s season lived and ultimately died this year. Aside from the outstanding play of Bell, the

Connor Cook MSU quarterback

More of this in 2013?

Spartans were a tragedy on offense. The passing game was nothing short of abysmal, and barely showed signs of improvement, even up through MSU’s victory over TCU in the BW3 bowl. The main question at hand for MSU’s offense is who will be under center when the Spartans kick off against Western Michigan on August 31. Andrew Maxwell was kind of a massive disappointment for a red-shirt junior who’s supposed to have a great skill set- and he can obviously throw the ball far, and well. However, throughout the season his decision-making left something to be desired, and he never really found a rhythm with MSU’s young receiving corps.

On the other hand, red-shirt freshman Connor Cook looked poised and calm when he got reps during MSU’s bowl game- so much so that Coach D. kept him in for the game’s pivotal final drive. This is an area I’m not ready to issue an opinion on yet- I don’t think we should send Maxwell out to pasture, but I do think Cook has shown incredible promise. Whatever happens, I trust MSU’s coaching staff to make the right decision here- like they did when they chose Kirk Cousins as MSU’s starting QB over Keith Nichol. Continue reading

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Between the hashes: Big Ten Title game

The matchup: YOUR Michigan State Spartans vs. the Wisconsin Badgers

Kickoff: 8:17 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

The Line: Wisconsin by 10

It’s now about 12 hours before kickoff in one of the biggest games of the past decade for Michigan State football, but apparently no one told the Big Ten that Wisconsin is already going to the Rose Bowl, because they’re still insisting on holding the game.

Denicos Allen celebrates a sack of Russel Wilson. (Photo LSJ)

In a detail unrelated to any of the football analysis that follows, I got in the car last night and someone on sports radio was talking about how Wisconsin was going to win. Fine. But when posed with the question, “How can MSU pull this off (again)?” said talking head replied with “Well, they’ll have to play good defense, and they’ll have to do it without cheating.” Look here sir. That defense gave up the fewest yards per game in the Big 10. Yes, even fewer than Wisconsin. They had no penalties in the first matchup. Just because you saw a YouTube video of William Gholston trying to give Denard Robinson a Swedish neck massage does not mean Michigan State has a defense full of cheaters. They have a defense full of beasts and head hunters.

On to the matchup! There are a few key points that will determine the outcome of this game, and I’m going to dig into them below. Quick summary: Running game, non-offensive scoring, pass pressure and emotional magnitude.

Key to victory 1: The running game. One thing most people seem to agree on is that running the ball will be of the utmost importance in this game. For the Spartans, this means they need to execute the running game better than they have at times this season and contain Montee “Moneyball” Ball. The key to Michigan State getting some significant yardage on the ground is it’s young offense line, which has recently shaped up into a decent blocking unit. If Le’veon Bell can get in the neighborhood of 100 yards, it should do wonders for the Spartans passing game and offensive rhythm.

On the other side of the ball, Michigan State needs to exploit Wisconsin’s somewhat patchwork offensive line (more on this later). Montee Ball is a strong, tough back, but not extremely explosive and if MSU can take away the inside, Wisconsin will be forced to work him to the edges of the field, where he can be dangerous, but not lethal.

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P4RB: Who wins? We win!

Hype Day 5. Here we have a great roll of 2010 highlights, including Captain Kirk pumping up the team before kickoff. This video also features one of our favorite parts of the past two years DENARD SMAAAAAAAAAAAAASH.

Real talk though, I recently relocated from Michigan to Minnesota, and this is undoubtedly Badger Country (The Wisconsin border is about 1.5 hours away, and roughly 25 to 50 percent of people in the area are Madison grads.) Nothing would bring me more pleasure than to put up an MSU Rose Bowl pennant in my office next week. Today, I’m just decked out this season’s lucky St. Louis Final Four shirt. Stay tuned for a real analysis of this matchup later today, but until then, go Green!

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See Their Line is Weakening…

You thought we forgot about the hype today, didn’t you? Nope! We did not. A little late tonight, but I was driving from Cincinnati to East Lansing (leg 1 of my journey to Indianapolis… I know, I went the wrong way, but I’ll still be in Indy on Saturday. Don’t worry.) and couldn’t post on the road.

While I was driving, I had a lot of time to reflect on my days as an MSU undergrad. I attended the university from 2004-2008… For my first two years of football memories, I had the “pleasure” of having John L. Smith as the head football coach. Sarah and I did some reminiscing of those days (actually, we did a LOT of cringing and a LOT of yelling) on gchat earlier today.  Those were miserable times, and yet, I still went to every football game. I, and many of my friends, thought we could be the difference…that we could be there when things turned around. Luckily we had the chance to see the change.

I remember being at the MSU basketball game the day that Mark Dantonio was introduced as the new head coach. John L had slapped his way out of East Lansing and in marched Coach D. I could tell from that minute that he was going to be a success. He had that look about him: no-nonsense, serious, a man on a mission. He had a similar demeanor to Tom Izzo. You rarely saw a smile, but when you did you knew it meant one of two things: he was either SO mad he could hardly think straight or someone had done something REALLY great. The Spartans needed someone they could respect; someone they could depend on. Mark Dantonio is that person.

Coach D said not long ago that this journey started in 2007. I don’t think the journey will end Saturday. It seems like everyone is counting the Spartans out. That’s fine. MSU has been counted out this year and last. We’ll be ok. We don’t need the commentators, the talking heads, or anyone telling us we can do it. We’ve been told over and over we’re just a minor stepping stone in Wisconsin’s path to the Rose Bowl.

I wouldn’t be so sure.

This video today is one of my favorites. The video starts with Legendary (see what I did there?) coach Duffy Daugherty singing the MSU fight song…if he doesn’t get you excited for Saturday, I don’t know what will.

GO GREEN!

P4RB

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