Earlier today, I got down on people not coming to the game. There was a ridiculous amount of parking available and we didn’t have any luck passing off our tickets for free. I figured no one was coming to the game. At the root of it I felt like there was an entitlement to a team that’s good after two seasons in which MSU was indisputably good. I didn’t like the implied entitlement that by virtue of two good seasons fans now “deserve” a team that’s always competing for championships. As it turned out, the attendance was better than expected and it all worked.
Entitlement was the theme of the day in the face of the loss. A bunch of players sounded off on twitter because the refs stole the game. What? You know what cost MSU the game. Not stopping the Huskers on 4th and 10 on the final drive. Not being able to run out the clock in the fourth quarter.
I feel entitled to mouth off after the money dropped on season tickets, parking, concessions annually. I mean jeebus, I could have sponsored 5 or 6 kids in Africa who need food and shots and stuff. But I don’t, I give my money to Spartan football to slam my junk in a car door. I feel entitled to not watch crappy football.
So I am going to take my entitlement here and get a little pissed. If that’s not your bag tonight, I suggest you just move along now.
There have been a number of excuses surrounding the offense this season. Maxwell is young, the receivers are young, the Offensive Line is injured, Dan Roushar is an alien, but you know what. The offense did their job well enough today. On the day where the offense pulled through, the defense didn’t and the response? Blame the zebras? Oh, MSU only lost their four big ten games by 10 points?
Nope, the truth is that on the day where the offense did it’s job. The defense didn’t do theirs, which completely sucks. If Johnny Adams manages not to get a Personal Foul on Dennard’s pick-six, the game is over. If they manage to stop T-Magic on 4th and 10 on the final drive, the game is over. If they manage not to lose contain three times on Martinez the game isn’t even a damned game to start out with.
Outside of all that, WHEN YOU’RE RUSHING FOR 5.5 YARDS A CARRY FEEL FREE TO RUN ON 4th and 2 with 2 minutes left in the game, RUN THE DAMNED BALL. WHAT IN THE HOLY SHITBALLS DID MSU PUNT FOR? An extra 19 yards of field position? You’re either going to stop Martinez or you’re not. I don’t think the ball being at the 39 or the 20 really mattered a damn bit. Another coaching thing, when in the holy shit is MSU going to quit running between the tackles on 2nd and long? I cannot think of a single time this season where MSU has converted a 2nd and 9 or more for 5+ yards on the ground. I’m sure it’s happened, but it’s not happened a whole lot more times.
Anyway, that game was not a fun way to lose. (As though such a thing exists.) I’m going to turn off the computer and watch a football game I don’t give a shit about, like LSU-Bama. And I’ll be back ready to cheer on Monday. And so will you. And for the team it’ll be back to work(although likely twitter disabled). Enjoy the rest of your weekend.