Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, January 5, 2014
"Rise to the Occasion." That slogan was featured prominently on Michigan's Adidas warmup shirts during last year's memorable NCAA basketball tournament run.
It looks like Spartan fans are having some fun with the slogan. Check out this t-shirt that reads "Rose to the Occasion," in honor of MSU's 24-20 win over Stanford in this year's Rose Bowl Game.
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Of course the Michigan-themed shirt was worn on the basketball court, while the MSU shirt is football-related. And technically, the Wolverines did "Rise to the Occasion," making a run to the NCAA Championship before falling to Louisville in the final.
But, hey, this has turned into quite a bitter in-state rivalry over the past couple of years, so these jabs at the other school don't have to make perfect sense. Either way, this should create plenty of laughs among Big Ten fans.