To help you and I get through the drudgery of August, I will present in this space a daily scoop of MSU football-ness, as inspired by a certain ice cream chain. August has 31 days, so I'll let you work it out from there. Here is today's flavor.
When I first started covering this beat in 2008, one of the first people I noticed at MSU football practice was a tall, scrawny guy wearing what looked like a customized fanny pack. He was all over the place, and it was his (very loud) air horn that signaled the change from one period to the next.
That was 2008. It's 2012, and the head student manager known as Stick is still a ubiquitous presence on the practice field, jogging between stations and blowing that horn.
Stick's given name is Preston Rogers – which I didn't know for a long time – and this will be his eighth season traversing the MSU practice fields. He's now a graduate assistant as he continues to pursue a career in equipment management. A couple of years ago, the MSU website profiled Stick (CLICK HERE).
You might've noticed him during an open practice, or during a game when he sprints onto the field to fetch a kicking tee.
When practices are open, it has become a ritual that Stick jogs by and gives all us reporters a fist bump, sometimes playfully shunning one of us because of what school we attended. Other times, he'll walk past us all and deadpan that he can't do interviews today. And every once in a while, he'll sidle up and blast his air horn just to make us jump.
Stick always manages to make us laugh, and you can tell he works his tail off. That's a good combination.