Sometimes you get so hyped, your body forgets how to function.
In these sorts of situations, your brain tends to make things up as it goes along, flailing your arms about and shimmying your hips in involuntary joy.
This was the case for Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello, whose reaction to an Adreian Payne putback dunk Tuesday night against the Ohio State Buckeyes defied explanation.
Upon seeing Payne’s mighty dunk, the part in Costello’s mind that processes joy exploded into pieces. The following celebration was spotted by Kiley Kmiec of Next Impulse Sports. It included jumping, knee-gyrating and an arm shooting involuntarily behind his head.
A GIF of the wild moment was crafted by the transcendent CJ Fogler, who continues to package everything good and right in sports into repeating vignettes of perfection.
In case you missed the game and are wondering whether the dunk merited such a mind-bending reaction from the bench, well, indeed it did.
Payne followed up a Denzel Valentine miss with a putback that effectively declared martial law on the rim and the entire surrounding countryside. The Izzone student section nearly hopped out of their jocks.
While the Spartans managed to open up a 17-point lead on the Buckeyes in the second half, it wasn’t all Mai Tai's and highlight slams for Michigan State.
Several no-calls by the officiating crew and a surging Buckeyes comeback in the final minutes of the game had Spartans head coach Tom Izzo frothing at the lips. Izzo stormed off the court after the end of the first half, stopping only to give his best Gregg Popovich impression during a halftime interview, via Larry Brown of Larry Brown Sports.
Despite their late defensive breakdown, the Spartans managed to escape with an overtime victory at home. They now sit in the early pole position atop the Big Ten with a 3-0 conference record (14-1 overall).
While Izzo might not be feeling the joy after this squeaker at home, Spartan fans should be happy with the result. There are no guarantees in the bloodbath that is Big Ten conference play, and it’s likely even the top teams will lose a disappointing home game.
Look for the Spartans to regain their sense of sturdy, home-court advantage Saturday against Richard Pitino and his pesky Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Costello and the gang—probably running wind sprints as we speak.