It’s Rivalry Week here in the Great Lakes State, and I don’t just mean the Lions versus 0-16, or the entire state versus that dastardly unemployment line. This Saturday, the 12th ranked 5-1 Michigan Harbaughs play host to the miraculously still-undefeated Michigan State “Mike D’Antonis” in what is perhaps the biggest matchup in the history of the battle for Paul Bunyan.
Every season comes Hate Week, where tradition dictates that the students of the away team try to spray paint a designated landmark on the home team’s campus. Specifically, U of M students tag Michigan State’s Sparty statute, whereas the fine folks of East Lansing aim to turn Michigan’s famous Diag green and white. Each school has people protecting their landmark for a week straight. It’s tradition, it’s all in good fun, and no one takes it too personally if they get bested by that other school down the road.
However, just like the abolishment of hazing and the dubstepification of tailgate, leave it to the younger generation to once again R. Kelly all over the face of tradition. Get off my goddamn lawn.
😳😳😳 So disrespectful. 😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/zkraUAsfxu
— Alvin Ellis (@AEllisIII) October 15, 2015
Last night, some maize and blue doofuses decided that it was a good idea to vandalize Michigan State’s statue of Earvin “Magic” Johnson that sits outside of the Breslin Center, painting MSU’s most famous hoops alum in yellow-face and giving him a “Beat State” motto, to boot.
I’d normally be surprised that a school with a fan base famous for its appreciation of history would be so liberal in throwing up two freedom rockets in the face of tradition, but then again, this is the same program that came out under the lights against Notre Dame looking like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in X-Men.
Look, youths currently attending Michigan State and Michigan. Hate Week isn’t some vandalism anarchy free-for-all. This isn’t ‘Nam. There are rules. MSU goes for the Diag. U of M goes for Sparty. Lone wolves going out and vandalizing random monuments — particularly those of men who have been the face of kicking the ass of what was once a disease that spelled an instant death sentence — just kind of takes the fun out of it. Stop it.
[via The Only Colors]