Well, it’s been a nice summer away, but today is August 1st and football occurs this month. This means one thing to you dear reader; Shaw Lane Spartans is back open for business. The blog is going to run from August 1st – National Signing Day this year. It’s going to be a whole lot of unnecessary roughness and poor grammar on your eyeballs man. So settle in, have a beer and hopefully we can watch and enjoy some good football together.
In the off-season, we did our Special Teams preview. We also blogged about the Recruiting Cycles of Football to help us all remember that MSU focuses on winning instead of recruiting during the football season. The Mrs. hit John Deyo so hard at the Women’s Clinic that he transferred to WMU. Finally, but far from the least important thing: WE, THE MSU FANS, GOT JOHN L SMITH HIRED AS THE HEAD COACH AT ARKANSAS! This isn’t just a blogging accomplishment, this is a life accomplishment.
MSU recruiting off-season fanfare: Caleb Benenoch commits to MSU in March and decommits in June. MSU has more solid commitments over the summer from Dylan Chmura(TE from Wisconsin, son of Hall of Famer Mark Chmura!!!), Darian Hicks, Trey Kilgore and Jay Harris. A mildly more squishy commit from Devyn Salmon a week or so ago. We’re good once he’s visited EL in my mind. Here’s Your Shield to come on these guys before the season starts.
You might be wondering why I picked such a big picture that overshadows a good chunk of the rest of the post, because the scoreboards are big and I thought it would be, er, uh. You get it. These scoreboards are going to be huge. Dantonio emphasized they will be the “largest in the state.” See what he did there? Also: Texas Tech got 27 yards rushing. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.
On Penn State:
I’ll keep it short, because I’m tired of it and so are you. Football punishment seemed appropriate and necessary. I did not enjoy watching PSU have it’s program zombified by the Sandusky accusations, trial and convicition. I did not enjoy watching PSU have it’s program eviscerated to satisfy the NCAA’s moral, juicy, hypocritical center. I feel sorry for the PSU community who was uninvolved in this but is having to pay the price. Except for the denialists, it’s important to stand up for what you believe in, but not at the expense of learning the truth. Hopefully the victims can find their peace and the community can begin to move on.
Learn You Some Football
If you’ve not read any of Heck’s “Better Know A”… series this offseason, you should. He wrote pieces on Three Verticals, the Crack Toss, the Outside Zone, and Stunting. All of these links will make you better at watching football which in turn makes you a better person.
Anyway, more content later today. We’ll preview the Quarterback position which will probably turn out to be about 31 percent accurate. In the meantime, here’s a little something to get you pumped for 2012 courtesy of @Pietrang5.