Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/23/14

As Michigan State Spartan fans prepare for a much anticipated meeting from the Michigan Wolverines, they can sleep easy knowing the Spartan Marching Band is protecting the sacred Spartan Statue from the dastardly Wolverines.

Michigan fans who try to harm Sparty by putting the putrid maize and blue colors on the statue will have a hard time getting by the marching band who have been camped put 24/7 during Michigan week, and take it from a reporter trying to get quotes, they are tough as nails.

This is not a job anybody participating in takes lightly. When asked for an interview or a little bit of insight on what they were doing, the men watching over the precious statue weren’t willing to talk, because the task they have at hand is a serious one. They would even move away when pictures were being taken. I even tried to crack a joke or two, but they kept straight faces as if they were made of stone; these guys meant business. I stayed persistent and I was told that it’s not only about protecting the statue from Michigan fans, it’s about tradition. An unindentified man told me they have been protecting Sparty for 66 years, and before that they would hide out in trees by the union.

According to Michigan State’s official athletic site “The Spartan” was designed and produced by Leonard D. Jungwirth of the art department, and dedicated in June of 1945. It stands ten feet-six inches, and is mounted on a brick-and-concrete base five feet-four inches high. The statue weighs three tons and is one of the largest free standing ceramic figures in the world.

Sparty watch has been in full effect all week.

“We can’t give you any interviews, why would we want to let anybody know how were watching over the statue,” a different unidentified Spartan Watch participant seemingly jokingly said. “We don’t want them (Wolverine fans) to know anything.”

If that’s not commitment I don’t know what is. Anything to chase me away; I could have been with ESPN and I’m sure the faithful marching band wouldn’t have given an inch. The Spartan marching band was founded in 1870, and it’s good to know that they not only play the greatest fight song in the world, but they also watch after Sparty with a warrior-like will.

Spartan fans can rest easy knowing that their beloved statue, along with tradition, are both safe under the watchful eyes of fans defending the statue like Spartan warriors defending their leader.

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