I’m not sure if it speaks to how much Facebook has penetrated all of our lives or the general malaise among most MSU students, but this week marks a new low for all of us.
The social networking site now has an event called “Go Green Go White x 75,000.” One of the most fundamental cheers in Michigan State lore has a Facebook event to remind people to scream the cheer.
Now, I don’t necessarily have a problem with the idea behind the creation of the event. It just troubles me that this type of thing is actually necessary to let our students know, “Hey! Scream this loudly!”
Personally, I believe any time the “Go Green! Go White!” cheer starts up in Spartan Stadium, with the east side of the stadium yelling “Go Green!” and the west responding “Go White!," should be the loudest cheer of the game.
It should be ingrained in every Spartan that if you’re going to scream yourself hoarse you should do it during the famous cheer.
Are we that dominated by the Internet that we need a Facebook event to remind ourselves to scream ourselves hoarse for our team? Or is the student body becoming so lackluster that some people don’t know how to scream any more?
It’s inevitable that the “Go Green! Go White!” cheer pops up during the most memorable of Spartan sporting events. I will never forget the goosebumps I felt when hearing it ring out through a half-empty Michigan Stadium during the 2008 victory in Ann Arbor. After taking over the town, the stadium, and then the game, hearing that chant was just an affirmation of the Spartan dominance on the day.
Oh, and we didn’t need a Facebook event to tell us when to do it.
This team has had a tough season, but it’s going to be one that ends in postseason play for the third straight year. Head coach Mark Dantonio and his team deserves the best this university and its fans have to offer. It shouldn’t take the Internet or online social networking tools to get their fans—students especially—to get on their feet and cheer them on.
So on Saturday afternoon, when the ball is finally kicked off and the crowd comes to life, don’t be surprised to see a couple thousand people in the student section checking to see why their phones are buzzing and then nodding their heads.
Thank God for Facebook mobile alerts.