Get to these great area Spartan hot spots to join the crowd and catch a Green and White victory in the Cotton Bowl.

Get to these great area Spartan hot spots to join the crowd and catch a Green and White victory in the Cotton Bowl.

Happy holidays, sports fans! The holidays are particularly merry if you're a Spartan as Michigan State Basketball appears on course for another awesome campaign and of course as we await the Cotton Bowl and our last taste of Spartan Football for the year. Coach Dantonio and the 2014 team continue to spoil Spartan nation with unbridled success, delivering a rock solid 10-win season and another top notch bowl match-up on New Years Day. If you're lucky enough to be going to Dallas and the most architecturally advanced public sports stadium on the planet, than awesome! Good for you and enjoy the game. Blow your voice up screaming Go Green! Go White!

For the rest of us that plan on being home for New Years Day, there are a ton of great places in the Greater Lansing area to catch the game with a few hundred other proud Spartan football fans like you. Everyone has their favorites of course, but let me highly recommend the Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe, Buffalo Wild Wings, Harrison Road House, Nuthouse Sports Grill and Reno's Sports Bar and Grill. These are all awesome spots to see a big Spartan game and offer menus and environments that are sure to please. I've said it before and I'll say it again - if you want to watch a big game like this year's Cotton Bowl, prepare to get to your pub of choice in plenty of time. People that show up 10 minutes before a big game and expect to sit down right away at a table are nuts. Plan ahead, get there early and come hungry.

No matter where you go, be ready to cheer for the Spartans! We're experiencing something around here we havent seen in a really long time with a football program that is loaded, an amazing coach and a team that is in the national championship hunt every year. Let's be thankful and be loud, as we rally for a win over Baylor, January 1st, 2015 at 12:30 pm. Be there!