Originally posted on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 10/16/12
  The proverb “Pride comes before the fall” comes from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. But for Spartan fans this saying is much more than a proverb, it is the mentality of the football program and has been for five years. Following the 2007 loss to Michigan, Mark Dantonio was asked if he was aware that the Wolverines had a moment of silence at midfield to mock the Spartan coach. Earlier in the 2007 season Dantonio was informed that the Wolverines had lost to Appalachian State and jokingly replied by asking if the Spartans should have a “moment of silence” for the Wolverines. Dantonio responded to the mock by saying, “They need to check themselves sometimes. But just remember, pride comes before the fall.”             The proverb is meant to explain that the next step after being full of arrogance could be falling flat on your face. Dantonio was trying to say that the University of Michigan’s football program had become cocky and arrogant in a sense. Following that statement Michigan State has beaten Michigan four times in a row and will try for their fifth this weekend. But have the Spartans forgotten that “Pride comes before the fall”?             Michigan State came into the season ranked 13th in the nation and many fans and players alike believed that this team deserved to be ranked higher. All pre-season the media hyped up this team and apparently some if not most of the players bought into it. Players were quoted saying things such as there is “No drop-off from Kirk Cousins to Andrew Maxwell.” Pretty lofty expectations for a player who made his first career collegiate start this season. Andrew himself said that the team’s goals were the Rose Bowl and the National Title. Again, pretty lofty expectations for a team replacing its winningest quarterback and its top three receivers.             The Rose Bowl goal seemed realistic, but the National Title hopes seemed a bit far off this season. This team has come to expect success, but that has not been the staple of this program. This program under Mark Dantonio has always seemed to overachieve; yet this year’s team has underachieved thus far. The Spartan players need to put down the press clippings (I will not single out a collegiate athlete) and get back to work. They cannot expect success they must go out and grab it.             This team has one last shot at the B1G Title and it starts in Ann Arbor. The Spartans must beat Michigan and Nebraska (for tie-breaking sake) and most likely will need to win out. To achieve this goal despite the slim chances Michigan State must remember, “Pride comes before the fall.”  Side Notes: Dion Sims is questionable for Saturday. James Kittredge (DT) and Kurtis Drummond (S) are both listed as starters for Saturday. Taiwan Jones and Chris Norman are listed as co-starters at OLB
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