10:30 p.m.: I've been asking the question 'what does it mean to be a Spartan?' for the past few days- but when I asked the question to myself, I honestly had a hard time picking one answer.
Being a Spartan is staying up late to watch our football team run trick plays in overtime to beat Notre Dame or throw Hail Mary passes with no time left to take down Wisconsin. It's waking up at 7 a.m. to go tailgating for every home football game (which we won ours today over Minnesota 31-24 - GO GREEN!) It's going every year to the historic Joe Louis Arena to watch our hockey team take on Michigan in a storied rivalry. It's traveling a short road down to Detroit or a longer one to Indianapolis to watch our men's basketball team play in back-to-back Final Fours.
It's being able to celebrate Big Ten Championships. It's about being able to walk around campus (most of the time in the snow) and yell "Go Green!" and hear the more than anticipated response of "Go White!" It's taking a picture in front of the Sparty Statue or even with Sparty himself. It's about sticking together through tough losses and cheering for your team no matter what
But more importantly, being a Spartan is something more than any of us can really put into words. I captured just a glimpse of what it means to be a Spartan in this video of Spartan game day. To hear more on what it truly means to be a part of the Green and White, just ask any Spartan - they'd be more than happy to tell you.
11:30 a.m.: Happy game day Spartan Nation! Check out some pictures from tailgating and of some fans that visited the trophy this morning. I also included a picture of the Spartan's Big Ten Trophy from 2010 for some motivation. Stay tuned for a video later that will recap all the Spartan game day traditions. It's a beautiful football Saturday here in East Lansing - GO GREEN!