We take this brief timeout from coverage of our nine-teams-in-nine-days NFL training camps tour, to provide an update on the latest shot in the state of Michigan’s backyard college football brawl — Michigan vs. Michigan State.
Or, as it’s known in some corners in the Great Lakes State, the Arrogant Asses vs. the Cow College. Etc.
I spoke to Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins this morning about temping for RG3 until he is fully ready to return from his mangled right knee. I’ll have that story up later today.
But I had to ask Cousins, the former Michigan State quarterback, about the comment that circulated yesterday from former Michigan centre Steve Everitt — who is no less outspoken now, at age 42, than he was as a Wolverine from 1988-92 and as an NFLer with the Browns, Ravens and Eagles from 1993-99.
Cousins quarterbacked the Spartans to three consecutive victories over the Wolverines, from 2009-11, and was a backup in 2008 when MSU’s four-game winning streak began. At the end of his college career, Cousins said he could now “walk the streets” of Michigan rather than the alleys for the rest of his life.
According to spartannation.com (via Mlive.com), a reactionary comment from Everitt (right) now adorns a wall inside the Michigan State football facility, which reads: “He can walk on the streets. What does that mean? Like, every other Michigan State class for the last 80 years isn’t allowed to leave their house?”
The 2010, 2011 and 2012 Spartan classes were the first since the late ’60s to have a winning record against the Wolverines. Before the early 1950s, Michigan dominated the rivalry since its beginning in 1898.
Here’s what Cousins had to say in reply to Everitt:
“It’s a good rivalry, and a friendly rivalry. (MSU) coach (Mark) Dantonio always said that line to us, that if you win that game, for the next year — because the town you’re from in Michigan is divided between Michigan and Michigan State fans — whenever you go home you can walk downtown a little more confidently if you won the game. If you lose the game, metaphorically you’re going to take the alleys, and kinda sheepishly shy away from being in front of people who want to let you know that you’ve lost. The thought was when I said it was, you know, we beat them four straight times. Every time we had a chance to play them, we won. So when I go home to Holland, Mich., the rest of my life, I’ll walk around pretty confidently. If people want to start talking about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, I don’t really have a whole lot to say — except hold up four fingers. But I understand his comment. He can certainly say what he wants.”
Your serve, Everitt.