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1998 MICHIGAN STATE
By Tracy Sandier
Daily Sports Writer
A lot has happened in the past 100
years, but there has been at least one
constant - the heated rivalry between
Michigan and Michigan State.
Tomorrow's game marks the 100th
anniversary of this friendly - yeah,
right - game of football.
Rivalries can be tricky, but this one is
How huge? The massive trophy
awarded to the winning team portrays
Paul Bunyan, the mythical giant, stand-
ing on a map of Michigan and holding a
flag from each school.
"We've seen it the past two days,"
Michigan quarterback Tom Brady said.
"It's been on display. It's about seven or
eight feet tall, so I look up to it. It's a
pretty ugly trophy. Coach Carr always
says, 'You don't miss it 'til it's gone.'
Playing for that trophy is part of the tra-
dition, so we'll try to keep it in Ann
Fair enough, but there is more to this
game than a trophy.
Former Michigan football coach Bo
Schembechler is an expert on the game.
Schembechler's first season coaching
the Wolverines brought them a victory
over Ohio State and a Rose Bowl berth,
On the 100th anniversary of the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, both the
Wolverines and Spartans find themselves in a must-win situation.
but a loss to Michigan State.
"Even though we won the (Big Ten)
championship, beat Ohio State and had
a great year, everyone said, 'Bo doesn't
understand the importance of the
Michigan State game,"' Schembechler
said. "I said, 'OK, then we're going to
start to place a lot of emphasis on that
game.'... For the next 20 years, we beat
them 17 times."
Is the importance of this blue and
green bout beginning to sink in'?
m "Both teams could have a poor
record" said former Michigan offensive
tackle Jim Brandstatter, the current
WJR radio color analyst for the
Wolverines. "You win this game, in a lot
of ways, you can make your season."
Former Michigan left tackle and cur-
rent University Athletic Director Tom
Goss agrees that no matter how the
teams have performed entering the
game, a victory means everything.
"No matter who the better team is at
the time, the emotion that comes with
this game is unbelievable," Goss said.
"The athletes rise to a whole other level.
They're playing for the state champi-
Today, one team will earn bragging
rights for the next 52 weeks.
"This game means you have one year
where you can gloat or they can,"
For the next year, the rivalry will be a
topic at the water cooler.
"Basically, anywhere you go, every-
one you meet knows who won and how
well you played," former Michigan
kicker Remy Hamilton said.
The players also understand there is
no joy in spending the next 12 months
(hiding from Spartans.
"You don't want to go for a whole
year knowing that Michigan State beat
you," Michigan fullback Aaron Shea
said. "You can't have a successful sea-
son at Michigan and lose to Michigan
Spending a year under the stigma of a
loss today sticks in everyone's minds.
"if you go out and you don't play wsell
that day, for 365 days you've got to hear
about it," Brady said. "Everyone under-
stands that. It's a very emotional and
physical game. In terms of intensity, it's
like none other that we'll play"
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon and
East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows
have a friendly wager going.
If the Wolverines leave Michigan
Stadium victorious today, the
University's block "M" flag will fly
above East Lansing City Hall for a day
"Every play's a battle," Shea said.
"They play hard all game. We play hard
all game. It's for the state championship
and for bragging rights."
Not everyone is buying the hype.
"You want to play to see who"s the
best team in the state:" Michigan State
tailback Sedrick Irvin said. "But. all the
rivalry and all the hype, I'm just not a
guy who gets all into that. It's just a
game that I would like to win ... So,
excuse me for not being all excited
about it. That's just not me"
Even some Wolverines play down the
rivalry on the field.
"Your preparation is definitely
intense," Brady said. "But once you get
on the field, it's just like you're playing
Brady said that a minor scrape or
scratch won't keep anyone off the field.
"Any big game, you're going to shake
off the bumps and bruises," Brady said.
"You're going to get out there and play.
Every guy out there is going to be going
as hard as he can on every play. Injuries
aren't going to hold anyone back."
Spartan practice lends itself to the
same intensity as in Ann Arbor.
"The stakes kind of get higher when
we play Michigan, so they get higher
and higher each day in practice."
Michigan State quarterback Bill Burke
"We realize how huge this oame is for
us as a team for a lot of reasons," Burke
Michigan finds itself in unfamiliar
territory this early in the season.
"It's the first game of the Big Ten sea-
son," Shea said. "And we've got to go
out, play as hard as we can, get this first
game and get our confidence back to
where it should be.
There's more than just state pride at
"This year, I don't think there's any
question that whoever wins this game is
in the race," Schembechler said.
"Whoever loses it is probably not. With
both of them having two losses in non-
conference play, you have to win this
game. It's as simple as that."
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