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Dear Spartans: You wanted Michigan to take you seriously, now you have to deal with it

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For the past decade, Michigan State has pretty much dominated Michigan when it comes to football, there is no arguing that.

Heading into Saturday, the Spartans had beaten the Wolverines in eight of the previous ten matchups and covered the point spread in all 10 of those games. To say the rivalry was one-sided would be an understatement.

But for the Spartans and their fans, it was never good enough.

Something has been missing

Despite constantly taking Michigan behind the woodshed, there was always the feeling that something was missing from the big game. For Michigan State, their annual game against Michigan has always been their biggest game of the season. It has always been the one game they wanted to win at all cost. After all, the Wolverines have always been their biggest rival and they always will be.

But for Michigan, that has never been the case and it has bothered the Spartans (and many of their fans) for a long time, though they probably will not admit it.

You see, the Spartans and their fan base have longed for the Wolverines to take them seriously. They have longed to be on the same level as Ohio State when it comes to Michigan’s rivals. But they have never been able to get to that point. In fact, despite their success vs. Michigan over the past decade, they have never even come close.

Now, that has changed.

The Spartans got their wish

On Saturday, Mark Dantonio and his Spartans attempted to intimidate the Wolverines before the game and it backfired. The Michigan State players came onto the field 10 minutes late (when is a football coach ever late?) and proceeded with their walk across the field, plowing right through some of the Wolverines’ players who were rightfully on the field warming up. This all happened while Dantonio followed along, smiling.

Those actions did nothing but fire up Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines even more than they already were and it motivated them to destroy the Spartans over the next four quarters of play, which they did.

Because of the Spartans pregame actions, a sleeping bear has been awoken

Michigan State may never get to the same level as Ohio State when it comes to Michigan’s biggest rival, but one thing is for certain, the Wolverines will take them seriously for now on.

And the Spartans will have to deal with that.

BONUS CONTENT:

The pride came before the fall for Mark Dantonio’s Spartans in 21-7 loss to Michigan

Mark Dantonio is the master of using bulletin board material to help motivate his football team. In fact, I would be willing to bet he had a plethora of material that he presented to his team prior to their matchup on Saturday against their biggest rival, the Michigan Wolverines. One of his goals is to convince his players (and probably himself) that they are being unrightfully disrespected by their opponents on a weekly basis.

Who can blame Dantonio for using this strategy? After all, he has won multiple Big 10 titles, beat Michigan in 8 of the past 10 matchups heading into Saturday, and he even found a way to get the Spartans to a College Football Playoff.

But on Saturday, Dantonio made a huge mistake and his team would end up paying for it in a big way.

You see, during warmups, the Spartans were reportedly about 10 minutes late coming out onto the field. When the finally arrived, some of the Michigan players were already going through some of their own warmups around midfield.

This is when Spartans players got in a line and locked arms before beginning their 100-yard walk across the field. While they did this, Dantonio walked about five yards behind them.

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https://detroitsportsnation.com/msu-news/ddrysdale/pride-came-fall-mark-dantonios-spartans/10-2018/197317/

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BREAKING: Former Michigan State receiver arrested for domestic battery

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According to reports, former Michigan State wide receiver Hunter Rison has been arrested for domestic battery.

From: The Mercury

Kansas State wide receiver Hunter Rison is indefinitely suspended following his arrest Friday afternoon on a domestic battery charge.

The Riley County Police Department police arrested Rison at 1:56 p.m. in the 2200 block of College Avenue. He was charged with one count of domestic battery/knowing or reckless bodily to family/person in dating relationship. Rison is free on $1,000 bond.

First-year K-State head football coach Chris Klieman announced Rison’s suspension Saturday morning.

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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BREAKING: Nick Ward makes decision between Michigan State and NBA

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Michigan State forward Nick Ward has made his decision between the Spartans and the NBA.

Ward took to Instagram on Saturday to announce he has decided to declare for the NBA Draft and that he has hired an agent.

First off I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. These last 3 seasons at Michigan State have been incredible for me. I have been able to become not only a better basketball player but also a better man. I want to thank Coach Izzo and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and pushing me to be better everyday. I want to thank all the fans for the love and support and I also want to thank my teammates for helping me each and everyday. After consulting with the coaching Staff and my family I have decided to take the next step to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I have also hired an agent. Thank Spartan nation for everything. I will forever be a spartan! #GoGreen

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First off I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. These last 3 seasons at Michigan State have been incredible for me. I have been able to become not only a better basketball player but also a better man. I want to thank Coach Izzo and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and pushing me to be better everyday. I want to thank all the fans for the love and support and I also want to thank my teammates for helping me each and everyday. After consulting with the coaching Staff and my family I have decided to take the next step to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I have also hired an agent. Thank Spartan nation for everything. I will forever be a spartan! #GoGreen

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With new NCAA rules, Ward could still return to Michigan State, but most seem to think he has played his final game in a Spartans’ uniform.

BREAKING: Cassius Winston makes decision on future at Michigan State

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