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The Spartan Battle Cry!

Posted on: March 28, 2010 11:43 pm
 
Why do you all consistently and constantly underrate and root against the Spartans? Has nothing over the past decade showed you that it's foolish to doubt Coach Izzo and the Spartan ballers? Of course you haven't learned anything, and that's why the keep getting underrated by fans and sports analysts, and are always picked against.

This year was just a perfect example of how the Spartans continued to prove the doubters wrong. First, their opening game against 12th seed New Mexico State was being seen as of the "big upsets of the first round" with NMS being one of the teams to upset a higher team in the first round. That was foolish, and of course the Spartans made it seem that way when they took them down with Kalin Lucas dropping a career high 25 points.

Then they had to face Greivis Vasquez and the 4th seeded Maryland Terrapins. Vasquez was supposed to prove why he's one of the best players in the NCAA and lead Maryland to a win over the Spartans. Almost everyone was picking them to win this game. Especially when Lucas went out in the first half with a torn Achilles tendon. However, the Spartans against proved the doubters wrong with Lucas's replacement (Korie Lucious) hitting the game winning shot. Into the Sweet 16 for the Spartans.

Then the world was shocked and Northern Iowa took down the mighty and favorites of the tourney, Kansas. This would seemly make the Spartans path to the Final Four much easier, but of course the doubters came strong again. They believed this Northern Iowa team would continue to ride their wave of upset magic through to the Elite Eight and take out the Spartans. Ali Farokhmanesh and Adam Koch were going to be too much with their big time outside shooting and Jordan Eglseder was going to be too much in the middle for the Spartans. However, yet again the Spartans proved victorious despite the majority of the fans in all polls picking Northern Iowa, and most of the sports analysts and bracketologists picking the UNI Panthers. On to the Elite Eight goes MSu.

Another big upset happened when the new favorite of the Midwest bracket, the Ohio State Buckeyes, lost to Tennessee. Everyone was looking forward to a MSU vs. OSU show down where the Buckeyes would be led by Evan Turner to the Final Four. But despite OSU getting taken out by the Volunteers, MSu was still the underdog. Tennessee was going to be too much for the Spartans: they were too athletic, too quick, too much on offense for the Spartans with too many athletic and feisty defenders in J.P. Prince and Wayne Chism. Chism was supposed to abuse the Spartans in the paint and dominate them down there. However, he was held to 13 points and 3 rebounds in this game. The Spartans again prove the haters and doubters wrong and move onto the Final Four.

This is Coach Tom Izzo's 6th Final Four appearance out of the last 12 years. That's a new record! He's been in the Final Four 50% of the time out of the last decade (and couple of years). If you still don't believe this guy is the greatest coach in all of the NCAA, you're just not paying attention. The guy had done it all, been able to light a fire under his players’ behinds and inspire them to play great basketball despite all the odds, all the fans, and all the analysts being against them.

The Spartans have lost their best player in the Kalin Lucas, but his replacement has been very good in his absence. Lucious has stepped up when called upon, and while he might not be making tons of plays throughout the game, he's always there when it counts. Durrell Summers is showing why he's going to become the new lead Spartan when Lucas goes to the draft, and he's been a scoring machine in the tourney. Morgan has been everywhere with his athleticism and showing he can do it all. Green is a beast in the paint! He might be short, but he's got the big body and can bang with anyone down low. The kid is only a sophomore, so watch out!

The Spartans will have to face the Butler Bulldogs in the Final Four matchup to go to the National Championship game in back to back years. I'm sure the haters and doubters will be out again, raving about how Butler took down Syracuse and Kansas State and will win the game and go to the title game. This won't surprise me, just like when they win the game go to the title game two years in a row I won't be surprised either.

So keep doubting, keep hating, and keep being an unbeliever in the Spartans, but they don't need you to believe in them to win. They have Coach Izzo, they have the hardworking, defensive, mentality that they need to be successful. I can see Coach Izzo standing in the locker-room before the game against Butler giving them a pre-game speech. He give a King Leonidas type speech to his soldiers (players) and will end with "...and tonight WE DINE IN HELL! Well, Indianapolis, but I don't see the difference." You say this madness? No, THESE ARE THE SPARTANS!!!


Comments

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:48 pm
 

The Spartan Battle Cry!

I've already said I have no allegiance to either UoM or MSU because I don't got to either one. I'm sure it's different if you actually go to a big university, but I don't (at least not yet) so I don't have any allegiance. I've never been a big college fan (for either football or basketball) and have always been more into the pro sports. I don't care what the "rules" are for you die hard college fans, but  I don't have to apply by them so deal with it!

And my point was not that MSU is the best team on planet earth and should be the favorite to win the title; never said that at all. My main point, if you really comprehended what I wrote well enough, was that they are continually underrated, disrespected, and underappreciated by fans and anyalysts alike. It doesn't matter if they are playing a 16 seed or a 1 seed, they are always seen as the underdogs and unlikely to win. They've been picked against no matter who their opponent is and it never makes any sense.

For how easy you keep saying their competition to get the Final Four has been, explan why the majority has always picked and expected them to lose all of those games? If those teams weren't very good and MSU had an easy ride, why did no one else think they could win? That's my main point.



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 7:42 pm
 

The Spartan Battle Cry!

Theres no split. Everyone knows I root for the Suns first. You all may not like that I can defend the Celtics but theres no question whos first. Nonethelss, its even more funny that you claim to be a fan of both and respect both when Michigan is the better football school and Michigan State the better basketball school. Hmm.....

So much to the point that after I pointed it out you had to choose which way to go and went with the Michigan basketball avi in your favorite teams instead of Michigan State football one. You have NO ALLIEGENCE if you root for rivals. Your merely not a fan of either. You would understand if you were a true fan of how it works with college sports. Red Sox/Yankees, Celtics/Lakers, Cardinals/Cubs, Pats/Colts, etc. These are some rivalries that exist that are close to what college sports have but in reality theres not many.

In college sports pretty much every school has a rival school. And when you play that rival, it makes the entire season not as bad if you win (or greater if its already successful). You root for ANYONE against your rival. The fact you can root for both is laughable.

Nonetheless, for your main point, as I said, Michigan State is a GOOD team, not great. They haven't beaten a great team yet and won't face one until the Finals. They avoided the top 3 seeds in their region alltogether.

Butler beat the #1 and #2 seed in their region. West Vriginia as a #2 beat their #1 who was pretty much considered the 2nd best team in the country. Duke had to play their #3. The highest seed MSU faced was a #4. They got gifts all the way down the line. If you think they're one of the 4 best teams in the country your delusional. I respect Tom Izzo and what he's accomplished and would love Arizona to have a coach like him, but lets not chalk this run up to anything more than a team catching break after break along the way.



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 8:52 am
 

The Spartan Battle Cry!

Fact still remains people have been picking against them from the beginning of time. Everyone was picking against them all year as well even though they went all the way through to the title game.

I'm not a big college sports fan and I don't go to any major Division 1-A college, so I have no allegiance to anything other than all team in Michigan. I've been a fan of UoM football since I've been watching sports and I've been a fan of MSU basketball since I started watching sports. Never have I waivered between the two; when it's football season I'm a Wolverines fan, but when it's basketball season I'm a Spartan fan. Always has been that way and nothing has ever changed it. Is is bandwagonning when I've been fan of that team all my life? I don't think so.

And to try and down play my argument just because I'm a Michigan doesn't mean anything; in fact it should mean it's even more impressive that I actually argue for my "rival" school. Fact remains the Spartans are always far better than anyone gives them credit for, and no matter what happens, they never give them credit. I'm not speaking about individuals, but just the majority of people as a whole.

And I'll take being an MSU and UoM fan over splitting between the Celtics and Suns (depending on who's more successful at the time). I'd never be split fan between two pro teams; that's just insane.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2010 12:26 am
 

The Spartan Battle Cry!

1) Your a Michigan Wolverines fan. Why are you hyping up your rival? It makes no sense.
So what. I root for A&M all the time... (Sarcasm)



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 12:02 am
 

The Spartan Battle Cry!

1) Your a Michigan Wolverines fan. Why are you hyping up your rival? It makes no sense.

2) It was not foolish for anyone to pick against MSU in the first round against NMSU. Though Im not one of those people, they won by 3 points. Hardly a blowout.

3) 2nd round you nearly blow a double digit lead and need a buzzer-beater to beat Maryland.

4) Your losing at half to NIU, a team from the Missouri Valley. One upset over Kansas doesn't make you a great team. They were good, especially defensively, but MSU was vulnerable there.

5) Then against Tennessee they played a strong game, and were fortunate that Tennessee missed a FT for the lead with under 10 seconds left.

I mean Tom Izzo is a great coach no question and this Spartans team is a GOOD team, not great, and they have a very good chance to win the title. But the way you talk about them like people should have expected this from them (when last I checked you had them going out in the Sweet 16), thats just simply retarded. They were a middle of the pack team by the time the Big Ten tourney rolled around. They got a fortunate upset from Northern Iowa, and then another from Tennessee. The best team they've beaten in this tourney was probably Maryland (maybe Tennessee), in either case neither an elite team.

I don't have anything against the Spartans. I don't care if they win, though I would probably root for WVU or Butler at this point (and hope if not that Duke doesn't win), but its pretty funny watching a Michigan fan rooting for the arch-rival merely because they're the more successful basketball program in the state. Maybe if the Fab Five walk through the door again you'll be back on that wagon.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 11:33 am
 

The Spartan Battle Cry!

Hear Hear!  Great write up!

Go State!



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2010 11:44 pm
 

The Spartan Battle Cry!

Go Spartans!


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