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Man, I'm glad to be alive during the Izzo era:
I first met Keaton Gillogly, the radio voice of the Michigan State women's basketball team and a below-average pool player, at an East Lansing sports
What a great quote:
"Amid that frenzy, it never felt like they had a chance to win, and I was impressed that they didn't flee the court in a blind panic."
"I made my long campus walk on Tuesday afternoon. The students were lined up at the Breslin Center six hours ahead of game time. There was talk of a massive Jimmy John's delivery from a mysterious benefactor, but I'm not sure how that played out. "
IT WAS PIZZA, YOU FOOL!
Finally a true writer. Great column.
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Been eagerly awaiting this column ever since he first mentioned that he was doing a Midwest road trip. +1 OP.
fantastic article, great finishing quote also
Not really a fan of MSU being compared to NC State. But otherwise a good read.
In the hallway outside, Izzo was holding court with a small group of reporters. "We had a little ax to grind," he admitted with a grin. "We didn't feel disrespected, but ..."
The rest went unspoken. He let himself enjoy the result for a moment, before shaking his head at the prospect of facing revenge in Ann Arbor. "It should make for a fun game up at their place," he said.
"Or not," a reporter offered.
"Don't kid yourself," said Izzo.
Amazing that some reporters think they can say whatever they want.
I firmly believe our players will thrive in that condition. Where scum fell apart, our team will come together.
I also believe their arena won't reach half of what the Breslin brought yesterday. That was just another level.
Good article. I took minorexception to the statement that scUM has a better campus. IMHO, that can't be farther from the truth.
Crisler during OSU was quieter than Breslin during Purdue.
Why? It seems like he nailed the relationship dynamic on the head with the similarities.
MSU is a better school, has more athletics success and isn't part of the same university system as the other large public state school.
Great article. Something like this should get more pub, but I gave it the click and took the time to read it. I love Feb and March when all these stories start to come out.
"In the Breslin Alien Warship, the extraterrestrial foot soldiers surround the court in the "Izzone." When I stepped into the circus — a whiteout — I was ambushed by the reality of what happens when you put 4,000 of the angriest fans together in a rage cauldron, then introduce an element like the Michigan Wolverines."
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Agreed. You can definitely argue that it's a nicer town, but nicer campus is just wrong by most measures. Then again, you wouldn't necessarily see that unless you've visited our campus in spring, summer, or fall.
I'll forgive him that one comment in order to draw the comparison he was trying to draw, especially since the article on the whole was so well done.
Great article. Loved it front to back. Thanks for posting, OP.
Thank you, Denicos.
That's just their football rival. They will bring it for their true basketball rival. Lol.
You're sticking up for a bunch of buildings slapped in the middle of pavement over the beautiful and lush natural scenery of our campus?
Bob, do you hate Earth?
Bummmppp!!! And +1. Masterfully written article. I enjoyed every moment of that epic Beatdown! Ball don't lie. Suk it walvies...yall got jailsexed. Lmfao!!!
"The noise reached such deafening levels — the Izzone put the Ohio State kids to shame, if you want a comparison — that it felt like the players in maize and blue might be in actual physical danger. Amid that frenzy, it never felt like they had a chance to win, and I was impressed that they didn't flee the court in a blind panic."
"I made one last stop at the Breslin Center. The line was much longer now, with the game just hours away, and the mood wasn't as festive as I expected. The students huddled together on the sidewalk, and their chants had a seething, pre-revolutionary quality to them. At my hotel, just two blocks way, I could hear them getting louder and more ominous as the night wore on."
It's not enough to bash in heads, you have to bash in minds.
He was trying a little too hard to do the UNC/NCSU comparison:
"2. The other school (Michigan, UNC) has a nicer town, campus, and academic reputation, and is known as one of the nation's top public universities.
3. To make matters worse, the other school also has a different chief rival (Ohio State, Duke)."
No one who has spent a day at both UM and MSU would agree UM has a nicer campus. The academic reputation mainly exist because UM people spend most of their time talking about how great UM is and the world has bought it. In basketball, which is what this article is about, MSU is absolutely UM's top rival. Anyway, I know I'm preaching to the choir here.
Only if he hears someone else compliment it.
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