No really, one month from today!

Fast forward one month from today and I’ll be getting nervous about watching my Michigan State Spartans take on the Boise State Broncos in good old East Lansing.

The new trifecta of mega-scoreboards should be online by then too, wish I could be there in-person to experience that.  I’ll actually be in Indianapolis for work for the first two Spartan games, but I’ll find a way to be in front of a TV, don’t worry about me.

It’s a Friday night game against a formidable opponent to kick-off the season; very cool. Both teams had great 2011 seasons and both teams have a lot of questions that need to be answered.

Anybody else fired up for this?

Go Green!

 

All-Time Winningest College Football Programs – 2012 (Post-Penn State Penalty) Update

Now that the NCAA dropped the bomb on Penn State, the all-time winning percentages have changes as the Nittany Lions had been #9 at 68.940%. After the adjustment, Penn State is now #11 at 65.832%. Tennessee moves up to #9 and Florida State enters the top ten.

Using the NCAA as the source, here are the top 10 college football progams based solely on the percentage of winning games:

1. Michigan  73.570%

2. Notre Dame  73.138%

3. Oklahoma  71.761%

4. Texas  71.622%

5. Ohio State  71.375%

6. Alabama  70.986%

7. Southern Cal  70.270%

8. Nebraska  70.121%

9. Tennessee  68.719%

10. Florida State  66.414%

Three of the top 10 are B1G schools (it was four, but Penn State got vacated upon).  The University of Michigan is number one.  I hate that. I’m a Michigan State University grad, and always hated Michigan football growing up.  For the record, my MSU Spartans came in #28 at 59.389%.

If you want to see the big list, click here.

One Month Out.

We’re getting to the point were we can almost see light at the end of the tunnel.

Yep, in just about one month, on August 31st at 8:00pm, college football 2012 begins with my Michigan State Spartans versus the Boise State Broncos.

As much as I love the spring and summer, I absolutely live for fall. The evenings begin to cool. You bust out a sweatshirt. Start wearing socks again. Make some chili. Park your ass on the couch with a fine cigar and watch some Michigan State football! That sounds pretty dang good to me.

Here’s MSU’s schedule for the year with the current TV info included:

Looks like six confirmed TV games including Central Michigan which is kind of a surprise to me, but I like it.  You know the Michigan game will be televised, and probably Ohio State too, so that’s eight games on TV with decent odds of Nebraska and Northwestern making the cut too. Not bad.

Okay, I’m ready. Bring it on. One month, I can do this.

GO GREEN!

“Michigan Men” Behaving Badly.

University of Michigan fans like to look down their noses at MSU student-athletes as being inferior, thugs and felons as compared to their “Michigan Men”.  That attitude has never been justified, especially after a day like yesterday…

Running back Fitz Toussaint was suspended yesterday after being arrested for DUI. He apparently had some cocktails, ran a red light, got pulled, blew a .12 and was treated to a night in the slammer.  I would guess Coach Hoke will suspend him for one game (Alabama, yikes), but we’ll see.

Then defensive end Frank Clark was suspended yesterday after being charged with second-degree home invasion, which is a felony.  Basically, he was in possesion of a Macbook Air which was stolen from a dorm room. I’m surprised the old Catholepistemiad doesn’t give each student a Mac, or maybe they do and one just wasn’t enough? Anyways, assuming he doesn’t go to jail, he’ll probably get a one-gamer too.

Fitz and Frank are suspended from the team until their legal issues are sorted, and then the coaches will determine their fate. Everybody deserves a second chance, I do believe that.

Just don’t take after receiver Darryl Stonum who bagged two DUI, got dismissed and decided to move back to Texas and play for Baylor anyway.  That’s a Michigan Man for you.

I honestly don’t hold it against Michigan when young men make stupid mistakes; that’s just going to happen from time to time. So let’s not kid ourselves by pretending to be better than anybody else.  Lawyer-up Michigan Men!

Hammered.

My heart goes out to Penn State players, coaches, alumni and fans as they got hammered by the NCAA today.  It’s been a very, very tough almost year since the Sandusky story broke, and from what we learned today, things aren’t going back to normal for a long, long time. My condolences Nittany Lion nation.

At the same time, it is right.

The people in charge, including the long-beloved coach, made some very bad decisions and now the shit-bomb has blown up in their faces and got all up in their noses and mouths. In the most simple of terms, They covered up a pedofile rapist to protect their cash-generating football team. And then they let him persist.

God help their souls.

With all great travesties, it’s the innocent who get it the worst. The victimized children, of course and without question, are the real casualties.

Then there are the players, coaches, alumini and fans. You are all victims in a way. You all have been raped, just not by Sandusky. And not by the NCAA. No, it was your own leaders who did this to you.

Given time, tears will dry,wounds will heal and things will return to normal. But things will never be the same.