I was watching the Central Michigan at Michigan State game on Saturday and I saw something that raised my blood pressure to a dangerous level. And...No, it wasn't Mark Dantonio.
For those of you that missed it, it was a great game ending in with a timeless Sparty meltdown. Down 27-20 Central rallied and scored a touchdown in the final minute. Rather than kick the PAT to send it to OT, they went for the win. The two point conversion failed and it looked like they would lose 26-27. BUT, After a perfect on-side kick and a couple of plays they were in position to kick the game winning 47 yard field goal. They miss it, but Sparty was called off-sides and they get another chance from 42 yards.
Eight seconds left. Right before the eventual game winning FG ESPN pans the noisy and anxious Central Michigan section at Spartan Stadium -- and I see this:
I can only assume the guy on the phone was a MSU fan calling his friends complaining that they were going to lose another game they had in the win column. But more importantly, notice the brunet female CMU fan making noise. Now take your eyes two people to her left. Yes, the fan wearing a "M" hat. He looks like he does not have any idea what to do in such a critical moment of the game...
Rather than follow the lead of the Chippewa fans sitting around him by making some noise or clapping his hands, this poor misguided Wolverine fan takes out his keys and starts shaking them. Wow. I can see Yost's head spin off his shoulders now.
I will admit, I thought the "key play" shtick was cute..... in 1980. I am posting this as a public service, in case you are unsure on what to do next time you are in Michigan Stadium. If just one Michigan fan changes his behavior, it will be worth it. At critical moments in the game put your keys in your pocket and scream. If you absolutely have to jingle your keys, go ahead and multitask : open your mouth and scream while holding your keys.