EAST LANSING, Mich. Football is played just a notch below total rage. It's that extreme intensity that makes the sport so popular and fills stadiums around the country every week.
There are going to be late hits and personal fouls at times. You can't be on the verge of rage and not cross the line occasionally.
Controlling the rage isn't easy for these guys. Itrequires tremendous discipline to take it to the limit and then totally shut it off in an instant.
Michigan State defensive end William Gholston, a 20-year-old sophomore, clearly crossed the line a couple times in last week's game against Michigan. He punched a player and dangerously twisted the helmet of another at the bottom of a pile. He also stood at midfield, waving his arms in the air to get the crowd pumped up, while the game was stoppedbecause an opponent was on the ground injured.
Both of the actions warranted an automatic ejection, not just 15-yard penalties. The reaction, meanwhile,completely lac...