The Waterboy Helped Inspire Michigan State Against Ohio State
There have been few people over the past 13 years or so who can tackle quite like Bobby Boucher. He may have only been the team’s water boy and had no prior football experience, but the guy could hit like a train. Get Boucher pissed off and watch out.
For that reason, it makes sense that a college coach would want to inspire his guys by taking a page out of the coach’s book who groomed Boucher into a tackling machine. Coach Klein advised Bobby to “visualize the attack,” which is exactly what Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio told his players to do during halftime of their 10-7 win over Ohio State last weekend.
After having watched the inspiration film The Waterboy as a team on Friday night, Dantonio gave the advice to his players during the break. It must have worked, because the next thing you know linebacker Denicos Allen was jumping over a player to sack Ohio State quarterback Joe Bauserman. Dantonio said the team plans to hang a picture of the play in the MSU football offices and caption it “The Waterboy.”
It is no surprise Boucher was able to motivate the Spartans to come up with a huge win. He has inspired so many of us since his playing days in the late 90s, and it’s great to see the legend living on throughout college athletics nationwide.
Chest bump to Sports by Brooks Live for the story.