That’s what a man shouted out to me yesterday at the Post Office. “Go Spartans!” I turned around and gave him a thumbs up, and turned back around and grinned.
My high school mascot was a Colt (yes, a baby horse. very intimidating, isn’t it? Why didn’t they just call us the Puppies?), and my college mascot was a Bear (much better, thank goodness). So why “Go Spartans?”
Because I bought a Michigan State jacket at a close-out sale at a store called Steve and Barry’s in Joplin, MO last year after Christmas. It was something like a ridiculous $7. A nice letter jacket. Nice and warm. They had all sorts of colleges, but Michigan State offered the least obnoxious colors. My apologies to those of you that attended a “colorful” university. If I had gone to University of Illinois, I would have bought that jacket. Bright orange sleeves and all. But, I was just looking for a warm jacket.
But, I never anticipated the reactions I would get by wearing it. I had one guy accuse me of being a fair-weathered fan, since last year their basketball team was doing well. I laughed and explained that I didn’t even follow college basketball and explained that I’d just gotten a good deal on this jacket.
After several encounters just like that, I decided to come up with a story that was shorter than “Well, you see, I got it for a really good price and it was the least obnoxious of all the other ones there.” So now I just say, “Yes, my nephew goes there.” They don’t know my oldest nephew is 15. Just call him Doogie Howser.