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Not-so-happy valley

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.

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.

ugh.

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!!.

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Day 2

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!

Spartan Stadium

Spartan Stadium

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??!

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Piece #10

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!

#1 Mascot in the US!

Go Green!

Go White!

The fabulous Prezioso sisters, Sparty and me

The fabulous Prezioso sisters, Sparty and me

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