Right Field

Congratulations to the Michigan State Spartans

As NRO’s resident Ohio State fan, let me say congratulations to the Michigan State Spartans and their victory last night in the Big 10 championship game (I’m a purist a refuse to use B1G). 

But Michigan State’s victory shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody. Just four days ago, Mark Dantonio was named the Big 10 coach of the year. I even predicted a Ohio State loss earlier this week (I’m an honest fan.)

Michigan State’s only loss of the year was a heartbreaker to Notre Dame. A game in which the Spartan defense committed five drive-sustaining penalties that let Notre Dame stay in the game. If not for that sloppy play in September, it would be the Spartans in the title game vs. FSU and not the Auburn Tigers.

As for Michigan State’s coach, Mark Dantonio, he was a fan favorite when he was with Ohio State during the Tressel era as the defensive coordinator and he left a huge hole to fill when he became head coach at Cincinnati in 2003:

Dantonio admits leaving Tressel’s staff wasn’t easy. He left behind a defense that was the nation’s second stingiest against the run last season, allowing 62.3 yards per game. The year before, Dantoni’s defense lifted OSU to a 14-0 record and its first national championship in 34 years.

“Losing him was a big loss,” OSU senior cornerback Dustin Fox said. “Any time you lose a great leader like him, it’s going to be a loss. It will be fun to play against him, but it will be weird. We still talk on the phone a lot. And I tell him, ‘I’ll be on the sidelines harassing you.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll have my eyes on you if the play comes my way.”

And of note, Dantonio’s record at Michigan State (starting in 2007) vs. Ohio State is 2 – 5. Michigan’s record vs. Ohio State during that same period of time is 1 — 6

Again, congratulations to Michigan State and I look forward to the rematch on November 8, 2014.

 

 

Members of the National Review editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

Most Popular

The Economy

Here Comes the Biden Blame Game

During the eight years that President Obama and his team managed the economy, Americans were regularly assured that the president’s Keynesian policies would deliver striking growth in the years ahead. The growth repeatedly failed to materialize, and what followed was a master class in blamesmanship. No matter ... Read More
The Economy

Here Comes the Biden Blame Game

During the eight years that President Obama and his team managed the economy, Americans were regularly assured that the president’s Keynesian policies would deliver striking growth in the years ahead. The growth repeatedly failed to materialize, and what followed was a master class in blamesmanship. No matter ... Read More
U.S.

The Coming Anti-COVID Restriction Backlash

The backlash is coming. It already seems clear that the first major political and cultural eruption of the Biden years will be a roiling populist backlash against the next round of COVID restrictions. We saw this sentiment play out in sporadic anti-lockdown demonstrations last spring, and it has driven ... Read More
U.S.

The Coming Anti-COVID Restriction Backlash

The backlash is coming. It already seems clear that the first major political and cultural eruption of the Biden years will be a roiling populist backlash against the next round of COVID restrictions. We saw this sentiment play out in sporadic anti-lockdown demonstrations last spring, and it has driven ... Read More

The Rural Way

Almost every national Election Night reveals the same old red/blue map. The country geographically is a sea of red. The coasts and small areas along the southern border and around the Great Lakes remain blue atolls. Yet when the maps are recalibrated for population rather than area, the blue areas blow up, ... Read More

The Rural Way

Almost every national Election Night reveals the same old red/blue map. The country geographically is a sea of red. The coasts and small areas along the southern border and around the Great Lakes remain blue atolls. Yet when the maps are recalibrated for population rather than area, the blue areas blow up, ... Read More
Elections

A Hard Look at Those Post-Election Legal Efforts

On the menu today: Michigan certifies its vote totals; the General Services Administration starts the transition; and it’s time for a hard, unflinching look at the president’s post-election legal efforts. What Did the President Get from His Legal Team? Michigan and Georgia have certified their election ... Read More
Elections

A Hard Look at Those Post-Election Legal Efforts

On the menu today: Michigan certifies its vote totals; the General Services Administration starts the transition; and it’s time for a hard, unflinching look at the president’s post-election legal efforts. What Did the President Get from His Legal Team? Michigan and Georgia have certified their election ... Read More