This is a memo to Michigan State fans, Michigan State University, Michigan State alums and Michigan State students. Y’all need to come together and stop this DUMB “tradition.” Burning things in the street after losing a college basketball game is classless and reflects POORLY on MSU. And this is a Spartan (sort of, I’m an Illini first and foremost) talking. I did my first semester of graduate school at Michigan State, and that happened to be spring 2000, the same exact semester the Spartans won it all.
The Big Ten has not won a national title since, and a small group of Michigan State “fans” have acted like IDIOTS just about every year when MSU gets eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Following last Marcht’s 71-61 loss to the Duke Blue Devils, at least seven couch fires were reported in East Lansing. This also happened in February after Michigan State lost to the Indiana Hoosiers. And this “ritual” goes back to 1999 when MSU was eliminated by Duke (the more things change, the more they stay the same) in the Final Four.
Congratulations cadre of Michigan State morons, you’ve done the impossible: made Duke more likable.