Let’s talk about the Big Ten in the Miniature Football Bowl Championship Series (MFBCS). There are two divisions. The West is mostly out of Chicago. But, Coach 55 (Dan Williams) from Detroit is leading at 3-1 with his Illinois squad. They won their first three games and then lost to Ron Christianson’s Wisconsin Bulldog’s on the last play by a score of 28-24. Phillip Anthony Ryan coaches Nebraska and Frank Johnson coaches Perdue in that division as well, and they have games in. There are six other teams, for a total of nine teams in the Big Ten West.
In the Big Ten East you’ve got me, The Hulk, with Michigan State at 5-0. There’s Michigan, coached by Damon Lucas at 3-2. There are seven other strong teams in the East for a total of 18 coaches competing in the MFBCS Big Ten. That’s great! You don’t get a lot of leagues that can gather that many coaches. There are some strong coaches here too, so the competition should be tough.
As far as my Michigan State Spartans, I can tell you we have a Heisman candidate already with Blake Ezor. He’s leading the country in rushing with 1,146 rushing yards in five games. The next closest rusher has 643 yards. To be honest, it was a mistake that Blake is so good. I had planned and wanted Lorenzo White to be my main running back. But our first game was against Jimbo Dunagan’s Ohio State and the board was so slow, Lorenzo wouldn’t run! So I had to give it to Ezor and he had a phenomenal game. So we stuck with him after that.
A fun fact is that the fifth leading rusher in the nation is our quarterback, Mike Marshall, who is actually a friend that went to Michigan State with me. He was Parade Magazine’s number one ranked high school player in the country in 1975. He ended up signing with MSU. Coach Muddy Waters recruited Mike as a quarterback. Before his freshman year started in 1976, MSU fired Waters and hired Darryl Rogers. Coach Rogers told Mike Marshall they weren’t going to have black quarterbacks. Mike moved to defensive back. He had two interceptions in a key win against Michigan that sealed a share of the Big Ten title in 1978. So he has his championship ring. He was a great player and he’s a good guy. For my Spartans, he plays quarterback.
I love being back on the gridiron! We had a great game day at Jimbo’s house, which is a really nice venue for Electric Football. There’s a lot of space in his basement. Everybody was keeping their distance and staying masked up with one or two masks. Jimbo was taking everybody’s temperature before he would let them enter. It was well done, a lot of fun, and safe. I just love playing, win or lose. There’s been some really great competition and we’re looking forward to the Horse Trailer Classic in Oak Grove, Kentucky, March 5th, 6th, and 7th. We’ve got our out of conference games scheduled against Brian Phillips’s Syracruse, Rafiyq McDanul’s Georgia, and Barry Stephenson’s Oklahoma. The best way to test your team is to face the best. That’s some stiff competition!!