MSU Fans celebrate 2nd Spartan touchdown at Ritz Koney Bar & Grille in downtown Grand Rapids
MSU fan shows her permanent Spartan tattoo on her lip
GRAND RAPIDS/MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Michigan and Michigan State fans were cheering just as loudly here in West Michigan as they were in East Lansing.
We stopped by the Ritz Koney Bar & Grille in downtown Grand Rapids, a Spartan bar. We got there just in time to see Michigan State score their second touchdown.
"It's definitely a good game, super fun, great rivalry, I went there, I loved it, so much so, that I even got a tattoo," said Brittany Tuori."
"Coming from England, we don't have this thing over there, so it's just fun to see everyone get involved," said Ross Sherman.
"I respect Michigan State. I get along with them, I'm not one of the fans who hates State," said Jon Snikkers, one of the only Michigan fans in Ritz Koney Bar & Grille.
Fans in Muskegon didn't gather just to watch the game, but to benefit a good cause.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore held its first ever tailgating fundraiser, sponsored by Raymond James & Associates of Muskegon.
The event wasn't just anywhere; green and blue fans walked the board the LST 393 Veterans Museum on the Lakeshore.
"So far it has exceeded our expectations for year one, we are so happy," said Cindy Timmerman, executive director of BBBS of the Lakeshore.
"All about having fun and bringing people together for a common cause. Second, for your respected teams you appreciate," said Stephanie Cathey of Norton Shores.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore estimates they raised upwards of $10-thousand dollars today.
Timmerman says there are about 100 kids on the waiting list. Her dream is to get enough money to get those kids served.