Let's break stride to talk football for a minute. As soon as national signing day was in the books, Ohio STATE Coach Urban Meyer was talking about Michigan State like his new arch-rival. He wouldn't say our name, but talked us up like the top team in the conference. And that same day, ESPN called the 2014 football league race in our favor. (So much for "little brother", right Fitz Toussaint?)
Now to women's basketball, or in this case actually, girls basketball. The top Spartan recruit, signed last November, Lexi Gussert was chasing all sorts of scoring records throughout her senior season. Then last week she was named "Player of the Year" in Class D. Then almost immediately afterwards, she was named as "Miss Basketball" for the State of Michigan. And she finished her high school career on the Breslin floor with her future teammates watching. Not bad!
Back to football. The College Football Hall of Fame announced 75 candidates for new membership, and several Spartans are on the list. Kirk Gibson, Clinton Jones, and Lorenzo White are up for the honor. Even Daryl Rogers made the cut. He wasn't with us for long, but he did coin the famous term "arrogant asses in Ann Arbor" to describe those chUMps. We can remember him for 24-16 in 1978, and for the fabulous "AA" reference.
Now on to education. As in, the College of Education at Michigan State. One of the gems of the MSU campus, the College of Education just made it 20 years in a row ranked as the #1 graduate school of Education in America. Not bad for the place chUMps call "Moo U", eh? (Michigan State also ranks #1 in Nuclear Physics, a field that has nothing to do with horses and cows.)
And we finish in Hollywood, where an East Lansing boy became famous despite his red hair. Tim Busfield, a good outfielder who also made his name as a "thirtysomething" kind of guy, is also our kind of guy. Busfield left the playing field at Patriarche Park to head west, then returned to mid-Michigan two years ago where he lives in a Little House hear Howell with actress (and wife) Melissa Gilbert. And despite never actually attending MSU, he says he is, and always will be, a Spartan.
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