Ladies and gentlemen, it’s April 18, 2012, and we have our first bulletin board material filed away on CFT.
The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, while a perfectly good one, clearly takes a backseat in Ann Arbor to other games such as… oh, I don’t know… Ohio State. I’m half-scared to say this, but I’d even put the game against Notre Dame higher on the hate-o-meter for Michigan than the game against Michigan State (thoughts, Wolverine fans?).
Be that as it may, it has to be annoying for U-M knowing they’ve lost the last four meetings against the Spartans. Adding to that irritation would be Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, who had this to say about recruiting against the Wolverines.
“We’re laying in the weeds,” Dantonio told ESPN’s Brian Bennett. “We’ve beat Michigan the last four years. So where’s the threat?”
I suppose when you’ve won four in a row against your big in-state rival, you’ve earned the right to talk some smack. That said, don’t expect the Spartans to continue to dominate this series in the future, at least not while Brady Hoke is around.
But you have to love this stuff from Dantonio; selfishly, it gives me something to write about.
The only thing missing now is for Hoke to begin referring to Michigan State as “Michigan.”