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Fingers Crossed for This Sparty Fan

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I grew up as a Spartan fan, after my older brother and several family members went to MSU for undergrad. When I was applying to colleges, I only applied to Michigan State. It wasn't that I was pressured from my family to do so, but instead I loved the idea of the legacy my family had been building there. I loved that it was close to home but not too close, and I especially loved the idea of going to Big Ten football games.

From my freshman year through my senior year, I had season tickets. I stood on the wobbly bleachers on hot days and freezing days and downright miserable days, and the MSU teams I saw on the field during my time as a student weren't as impressive as they have been the last two years. We never beat Michigan while I was a student, for example.

Yet after grad school and getting married to my college sweetheart, my Sparty sweetheart, I've been happy to have season tickets in an alumni section of Spartan Stadium and actually have an amazing team to watch. For the last two seasons, we've had a perfect home record. Who could ask for more?

There was the Notre Dame game with the fake field goal in overtime to win the game. There were wins against Michigan. There was that Hail Mary pass against Wisconsin during Homecoming. So many magical moments for Spartan fans over the last couple of years.

And now I'm excited to say that it's quite possible we'll be representing the Legends division of the Big Ten in the championship game. It's scary to think that these last two games are winable, because we've had situations where there have been winable games and those become our Achilles heel.

But I can only hope that this year will be different.

I received an email about requesting tickets for the Big Ten Championship game, should the Spartans clinch the Legends division over the next two weeks. The game will be played in Indiana on December 3rd, and I'd love nothing more than to represent the Michigan State Spartan alumni at the game.

Baby steps though. Coach Dantonio, Kirk Cousins and other players continue to say that they are looking at things one game at a time. But as Coach D said, they helped keep fate in their hands with their impressive win over Iowa, the first time they've beaten Iowa on the road since the late 1980s.

I've been a Spartan since that time, and it's been a wild ride up to what could prove to be a very exciting end to the season for our boys in green and white.

Let's go State!

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