UPDATE: Apparently a bunch of people out there are butt hurt that I made the assumption that Gerard Butler received some sort of compensation for his appearance at Midnight Madness Friday night and subsequent attendance on the field for Michigan State’s football game Saturday. Even if Butler did pay his own way out there, last time I checked field passes to a football game weren’t free.
Oh wait, I get it. Michigan State’s mascot is the Spartan, Gerard Butler starred in a movie about the real Spartans (“300″), so flying him to East Lansing to make a cameo at MSU’s annual Midnight Madness was some great cross-promotion. Clever girl (Jurassic Park legend’s voice after he realized the V-raps set him up).
But one thing is for certain, Butler didn’t front the bill for his trip, which makes you wonder just how much that the university had to pay him for the courtesy appearance at the event. I’d venture to say that it was at least 10 stacks, if not more, and in this economy that money may have been better served elsewhere.
On the other hand, it is a small price to pay to get students and alumni juiced about the upcoming season, and the Sparta chant is pretty legendary.