The Michigan-Michigan State game always requires a little more attention from everyone involved because of its importance for state bragging rights and the Big Ten conference race, but Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has even more on his mind as he tries to find a way to stop his team’s five-game losing streak against the No. 2-ranked team in the country.
For Dantonio, that means shutting out much of the rest of the outside world.
The World Series begins this week in Ohio, where the American League champion Cleveland Indians host the National League champion Chicago Cubs in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Dantonio is an Ohio native from Zanesville and was an assistant coach at Ohio State and head coach at Cincinnati before taking over MSU in 2007.
Appearing on his weekly Monday morning spot on WJR-AM (760) in Detroit, Dantonio reminded everyone of where his thoughts are this week.
After talking about Michigan as well as the factors that led to a 28-17 loss at Maryland this past Saturday, hosts Paul W. Smith and Steve Courtney attempted to end the segment with a lighthearted question about Dantonio’s thoughts on the World Series.
“Do your Ohio days have you leaning towards the Indians in the World Series or not?”
Dantonio said yes. Asked if that meant he was picking Cleveland to win the Fall Classic, Dantonio admitted he’s got one focus right now.
“Yeah, I’m living in a bubble right now, Paul, so I don’t even know what’s going on out there.”
For the record, one of the two teams is going to put an end to a championship drought much longer than Michigan State’s current losing streak. Cleveland last won a World Series in 1948. The Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945 and haven’t won it since 1908.