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We are fortunate enough to have a lot of guys around our program now who "get it".
Shortly after the current coaching staff was brought in, I had a chance to meet Dantonio and Mark Staten. Both were very polite, humble guys. I would casually speak with Coach Staten and kept up ties afterwards, but those drifted off with time and after my graduation. Shortly after my mom passed away in 2008, I got back in touch with him to reminisce about her coming to the 2007 football game against Pittsburgh. My dad was supposed to come but he bailed on me. After driving halfway to EL from Metro Detroit, he called me to say eff it he wasn't coming so my cancer-riddled mom got dressed, met him in Brighton, took the tickets and drove to meet me about an hour before kickoff. She was so exhausted from that much activity that I took her to my dorm so she could nap for an hour, then we walked over after it had started. I wrote Coach Staten to tell him how important being there with me was to her. How important that game and this program had become for us and how that was one of the last things her and I ever did together. I wrote him to explain that that is why I donate, buy the tickets, drive out of the state to watch them, buy all the merch and support that program as much as I do.
They have done an incredible job at reaching out to people over the years. They are some of the most personable, respectable people out there and it's such a shame that some people, even some of our own fans, can't see that.
Thanks for posting SpartanInHD, I enjoyed it very much. Sounds very familiar to my family.
P.S. Sorry for the teenagers that found their way into this thread.
Photo on strike.
My deepest condolences SpartanInHN.
Shouldn't do this, but -- we really do have the best AD in the country. Seriously.
My mother received a condolence card addressed to the family, with a handwritten note inside saying, "Sorry to hear of your loss. Spartan football and basketball is what it is because of fans like [my father's name]." Signed by "Spartan Ticket Office."
Needless to say, I hadn't given my parents' address to AD Hollis. It took some effort to find it.
Best AD in the world.
Thank you, Denicos.
From the time I was in about 7th grade, up until the time my dad passed away, it always seemed like MSU would go in the tank in anygame, anytime that my dad would talk into the same room as the TV. Basketball, football, hopscotch, whatever. He would walk into the room, we would throw a key interception, or the opponent goes on a run in basketball. We used to make him stay in the dining room if he was home during a game. (he was usually too busy working to sit down and enjoy sports)
I was almost expecting a letter from Hollis, Dantonio or Izzo saying "Condolences, but at least we dont have THAT working against us anymore!"
Edit: Very cool that they reached out to your family. That is awesome
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If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day.
NH. . . thanks for sharing your family with us. As I've read your letter and our friends and colleagues comments. . . I have at times laughed, cried, and groaned. When you mentioned your sister telling your dad about the Memphis game. . . it gave me a nostalgia I haven't felt for many years. I am old and lost my Spartan dad in 1995. . . but the memories of him and his Spartan teams are still fresh. I also appreciate you sharing Mark Hollis' correspondence. He is a genuinely nice man, and he is right. . . your family and your traditions are what makes Spartan teams what they are.
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