Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is a fine football coach. He also has great taste in movies.
According to the Lansing State Journal on Wednesday, Dantonio said that he had shown his players the 1998 Adam Sandler comedy, “The Waterboy,” to inspire them prior to Saturday’s 10-7 victory over Ohio State in Columbus – even reminding them of the message from the film at halftime.
No, not “Rudy” or “Gladiator” – “The Waterboy.”
There was a method behind Dantonio’s selection of film. He reportedly used “visualize and attack,” the same catchphrase that the coach of Bobby Boucher – Sandler’s character in the movie – used to help him transition from water boy to football star. It helped the Spartans earn their first victory at Ohio State since 1998. As pointed out by BTN.com’s Brent Yarina, it looks like MSU’s Denicos Allen really took the movie to heart.
No word on if Dantonio is planning a showing of “Don’t Mess With the Zohan” for MSU’s next game, vs. Michigan, on October 15.