The annual Green and White game held by the Michigan State Spartan football program provided much needed relief for fans that witnessed the previous football game played by the Spartans. Before Saturday, the sour taste of a 49-7 defeat to the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day still lingered despite a share for the Big Ten Title last season. It was a brutal display of dominance, killing all the electricity in the stadium provided by the faithful in green and white. I know this first hand, I was there.
Moving forward from that defeat, we find ourselves at the beginning of a brand new season with lofty expectations. As they say, spring is the season of eternal optimism. It may have not felt like spring in Spartan Stadium on Saturday, but you could feel the optimism buzzing throughout the stands.
Spartan Nation has a lot to be excited about what's to come in the 2011 season. The annual Green and White game kicks off a period of extended anticipation for Spartan fans dreaming of their very first BCS Bowl.
Is it possible? Very much so, but that's the reason we attend spring games and pay close attention to key players. On paper, high-profile names garner more national respect in the spring. But this game isn't played on paper or with paper or really anything regarding paper. It is played on the gridiron, and that tells me that every team in the nation still has a chance to accomplish their goals.
At this time of the year, we are all optimists, no matter what comes out of your mouth. Here are a few key observations that I took from the Green and White game at Spartan Stadium.