On my list of what it means to be a Spartan, is being in the Izzone. The Izzone is the men's basketball student section and plays a huge role in the atmosphere in the Breslin on game day. We're loud and crazy and are always cheering for our team. To be in the Izzone you have to prove your dedication by attending a one night campout, a day I look forward to every year (and trust me, I'm not that much of a camper). At the campout, there's food, games, bands and the team and Coach Izzo even come out to meet with the students and answer questions. Some members of the Izzone came by to visit the trophy.
Here is a video that summarizes the trophy's journey so far and continues on with the theme of what it means to be a Spartan.
This was a quick update tonight, for there is much to prepare for for tomorrow! We will see all you tailgaters bright and early before MSU takes on Minnesota at noon. The Stagg-Paterno trophy will be setup on the North side of the stadium from 8:30 a.m. until noon and then again from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. With that, sleep tight Spartan nation- we have a big game tomorrow! GO GREEN!
1:00 p.m.: Hello from Brody Square! The Stagg-Paterno trophy visited the Brody Cafeteria this morning and many students were able to get their picture taken with it on their way to eat either breakfast or lunch.
The Brody Complex is a group of six dorms that surround a main cafeteria. Many freshmen start their journeys at Michigan State here. I lived in Brody my freshman year and it is where I started learning about what it meant to be a Spartan. Whether it was late night cafeteria runs for some pizza or just hanging out in our lounge, I found out that being a Spartan means that you are always surrounded by friends who eventually turn into what you consider family
Another answer to the question of what it means to be a Spartan is the excitement on Friday afternoons. You can feel it in the air as everyone gets ready for the weekend ahead. This weekend is a big one on the campus of Michigan State. The men's basketball team plays in its exhibition game tonight which will serve as its last contest before it faces UNC at the Carrier Classic on Nov. 11th. And let's not forget about the main event tomorrow. The No. 15 Michigan State football team takes on Minnesota in a key Legends division matchup.
The sun is shining, campus is alive and I know I'm excited for this weekend to get started. See you all at the men's basketball exhibition game later. The trophy will be outside section 129 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.. In preparation for the men's game, I included a picture of our statue of one of MSU's greatest basketball legends - Magic Johnson. And as always, GO GREEN!