How College Football Rivalries Predicted the Future of American Politics

Alberta did not offer a one-to-one comparison between the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State and the “competition” between Democrats and Republicans in contemporary American politics. The Democratic Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, is a graduate of the state of Michigan, while the pro-Trump president of the Republican Party in the state is the University of Michigan regent named Ron Weiser, who, in March 2021, casually listed “assassination” as one of the ways GOP representatives who voted to impeach Trump could be removed from office. (“Though I should have chosen my words more carefully, anyone who knows me knows I would never support violence,” he later said.) to choose their side — has been predicted the way Americans have assembled into groups of college football fans for decades.

The STAEE photograph speaks to an issue endemic in both politics and sport. Despite continuing social and professional relationships with a small number of Michigan State graduates, who for someone smarter, more successful, and kinder than I am, my feelings about the State Michigan as an organization mostly revolves around seeing Michiganns on Twitter retweet as the dumbest damn thing their dumbest fans say and do. Or, alternatively, when thinking about the MSU program’s low moments from football competition, like the 2011 game in which its team committed six individual fouls, including one facing a defender grabbed Michigan defender Denard Robinson’s helmet and pulled it to his head and oddly twisted his neck back, while he was lying on the ground after the play ended. After that game, MSU’s defensive coordinator at the time Pat Narduzzi said the plan was to play dirty: “That’s what we were trying to do, sixty minutes of unnecessary roughness.” (He later said he was “joking around” when he made the comment and discouraged cheap shots.) During a 2017 game, a Spartan defensive lineman made one. suffocating gesture to a Michigan player, who dropped a probable game- save pass; Before the 2018 game, Bang’s team (in the presence of then-coach Mark Dantonio) performed a ritual called “Spartan Walk” in a way to “accidentally” run into some players. of Michigan while they were stretching.

It drove me crazy. I love it when Harbaugh’s teams beat Dantonio twice on the road at Spartan Stadium, in 2016 and 2018, and then at the Big House in 2019 44-10, in a season that ended as Dantonio’s final season. He went out to the bottom, as far as the rivalry was concerned. Good! Negative Party!

The game is the first game I came in the season that can be described as having an electric atmosphere. Both ESPN’s College GameDay and Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff national television programs aired on location. Tickets are stupidly expensive. I paid $450 per pair for a pair in the lower region. Disgusting.

MSU’s backport scene is spacious yet lively, with plenty of activity in various parking lots and urban and apartment complexes. Tim and I found something called the “Meijer Fan Experience” near the stadium, which was a banner that said Meijer fan experience above what was, as far as I could tell, just a large field of mud. (Meijer is a local supermarket chain. Representative of the West Michigan Republican Party, Peter Meijer, the heir to the family, voted to impeach Donald Trump, which means he is one of those people. which Ron Weiser refers to in his “assassination” comment, which Weiser clarified, should not be construed as advocating violence.) The GameDay setting is on a nearby area with artificial grass; it was bigger than I expected, with an elevated stage and multi-level lighting rig. In the background, it looks like a castle surrounded by farmers celebrating the harvest. In every direction, there were people coming and going and a staggering amount of empty beer cans, mugs and other trash on the ground. As you walk, you pass between regions of body-vibrating bass. This sensory onslaught combined with the brain haze caused by beer left me feeling pleasantly disoriented. For some reason, I was looking at the back of a box that was part of the Meijer Fan Experience. How College Football Rivalries Predicted the Future of American Politics

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