I've run out of ways to try to explain things.
First, I would like to give another shoutout to the Spartan fans at the stadium on Saturday. Despite getting your hearts ripped out so many times this season, a sellout crowd sent out the senior class with a lot of support (except the students. Many of you still suck). Unfortunately, you got your hearts ripped out for one last time in 2012 with a 23-20 loss to Northwestern.
After raising ticket prices and donations, MSU is going to see a major drop-off in season ticket sales due to both quality of football and the 2013 schedule. Other than the Iowa monsoon, Spartan fans never gave up on this season, but MSU finished 2-5 at "The Woodshed," including 0-4 in Big Ten play by a total of 11 points.
Sometimes, sports are just weird. MSU became the second team in FBS history to play seven straight games decided by four points or less in one season. It makes no sense how Notre Dame gets Pitt to miss a chip-shot field goal, or Michigan gets a tipped hail mary and eventually beats Northwestern, how Ohio State hasn't really been that impressive this year, but has an outside shot at an AP national championship, while MSU has to deal with this every week.
There's just no way to explain things, and that might be the worst part. These aren't the JLS or Bobby Williams Spartans. These guys have fought to the end every time. The SOS turned heartbreaking losses into blowout ones, and gave up by the end of the year. The 2012 Spartans have never given up, they just haven't made the play or got a bad break late too many times. They haven't failed in all these close games — they have three wins by four points or less, after all — it has just been a strange, strange season.
My Freep column touches on the cruelness of sport.
First, looking back at my keys to the game.