It was a cold, gloomy day in Michigan today. It made for a looooong day of Spartan football.
But at least we had a decisive win against Purdue to keep us happy!
Things were not the same in State College, PA. Penn State is a close second for me in college football. And I’ve been pulling for Joe Pa and his boys in their pursuit of a national championship this year.
This man is my favorite coach. Ever.
I came home from East Lansing on a post-victory high, and was busy getting ready for a dinner party tonight when I got a text that would change my mood. All my friend Brad wrote was: Turn on ABC. Now.
And I did.
And…… ouch. The Nittany Lions were down by 23-24 to Iowa. With just one second left in overtime.
Just like that – it felt like the season was over. And I could be focused on the fact that they made a great run of it. They only have one loss now. But it just seemed to knock the wind out of me. I could relate to all the sad faces in Beaver Stadium.
I left a sympathy voicemail for a friend who would be feeling the loss so much more strongly than I.
Sorry Papa Joe. Sorry Nittany Lions. Sorry to all the fans in Happy Valley. (and a few in Lapeer County, MI).
But it’s still a season to be darn proud of!
And MSU had a great win! 🙂
**note: This was actually posted at 11:48pm on Saturday night, and not on Sunday. So I DID (barely) meet the NaBloPoMo requirements!!.
Wow! What a game yesterday!
I was invited to join my friends Patrick & Jessica at the Michigan State-Wisconsin game. It was my first MSU game of the year.
And for a while I was worried that I had somehow brought bad luck to the team…. It didn’t look good for us. We were down by 11 points. Somehow my Spartans pulled to within 2 points towards the end of the 4th. A last minute field goal put us up 25-24 with 7 seconds left.
In the words of the Spartan Football announcer: It’s a BEAUTIFUL day for football!
Beyond the game, it was great to be back in my college town. Especially on a warm fall day. With all the fans wearing their spartan green, and the students hanging out on the lawns. The smell of tailgate grilling and autumn leaves.
And a slice of my favorite pizza – Georgio’s baked potato pizza with sour cream on top. mmmmmmm….
I’m curious: Do any of you love college football too? Especially when you can enjoy it live??!
10.) I went to Michigan State University.
And I am PROUD to be a Spartan! Growing up in Michigan, I was vaguely aware of the rivalry between University of Michigan (UofM) and Michigan State University (MSU). I really didn’t pick sides on the matter until I was a student at MSU.
The deciding factors for me were the amount of “green” space and the specialty programs. I graduated from what was Lyman Briggs School in the College of Natural Science. LBS is now LBC – it’s been reinstated to college status in the last year. What LBS meant to me was a uniquely challenging curriculum that integrated the sciences with art/philosophy/politics/pop culture. You didn’t just learn about science, you also learned how it interracted with society as a whole.
LBS was also a residential college – which meant that I got to live in a huge dorm that largely consisted of other science-minded kids like me. This was great because it gave me the freedom to fully be my “nerdy, tree-hugging, lab geek” self while I lived there. It was also a safe place to do class/dinner/game-room time in my own little corner of a huge campus. It really was the best of both worlds: Small college with lots of personal attention in the midst of a Large, Big Ten University.
As for the green space: My dorm window overlooked a large woodland, and there are lots of parks and natural woods distributed throughout campus. I still love to walk in the Rose Garden, or the 4-H Children’s Garden – or Beale natural area.
MSU was a place where I could breathe.
I definitely made the right choice for me, and I haven’t once looked back with regret. I made great friends, had lots of good & bad life experiences, learned to live on my own, grew up a WHOLE lot, and enjoyed some awesome Big Ten sports along the way.
#1 Mascot in the US!
The fabulous Prezioso sisters, Sparty and me