Monthly Archives: September 2013

Why MSU is a football school, more than a basketball school

Each time I refer to Michigan State as a “football school”, or as not being a basketball school — as I did at the end of Sunday’s LSJ column — I get a smattering of emails or tweets disagreeing or … Continue reading

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What adding ‘Tum Tum’ means for MSU basketball

Let me begin by saying that I’ve never seen Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn play before, beyond his highlight tape. And I have no real measurement of how good he’ll be at Michigan State, beyond his national recruiting ranking of … Continue reading

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No live chat today, but ask me your MSU football, hoops and life philosophy questions here

I won’t be holding our usual weekly live chat today at Michigan State hockey media day conflicts with our usual time this afternoon. It’s a one-week hiatus, a live chat bye week so to speak. Our chats this fall … Continue reading

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First thought: MSU will – and should – kick itself for this one (with Connor Cook benching explanation, reaction)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Aside from one egregious pass interference call, the Spartans beat themselves in this 17-13 defeat to Notre Dame. Four other penalties in the defensive secondary, four drops, a missed field goal and several baffling play calls … Continue reading

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MSU at Notre Dame halftime analysis: The Spartans are beating themselves

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Michigan State is trailing Notre Dame 10-7 by its own doing. Two pass interference calls, a defensive holding, three dropped passes (by each of MSU’s starting wideouts), a missed chip-shot field goal (which ended Kevin Muma’s … Continue reading

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MSU at Notre Dame pregame dish: 5 things I’ll be watching in today’s game

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Finally a new dateline. A road game. In a football-driven sports culture, we wait all year for this season. In Michigan State’s case, this is really the beginning of it. In two weeks, at Iowa, the … Continue reading

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Game Day eve: Time for your analysis and predictions for MSU at Notre Dame

Ye of little faith. No one on this blog — me included — saw Michigan State’s offensive outburst coming. The Spartans’ 55-17 win over Youngstown State somewhat resets expectations for this offense. To what, I’m curious. Notre Dame is a … Continue reading

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Remember East Lansing’s Randy Kinder, Thomas Jackson? Kinder talks familiar tale with Notre Dame running backs; Jackson heads to Butler HOF

Every once in a while, two unconnected story lines are joined closely enough to turn into one blog post. Here’s to former East Lansing High School stars, Randy Kinder and Thomas Jackson. Thank you. Kinder was an all-everything running back … Continue reading

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What Mark Dantonio said – about the ‘Go Blue’ skywriter, Arnett, LT and the next step for MSU; And what I think

No quarterback breaking news from Mark Dantonio’s weekly press conference today and it wasn’t even the story of the day. Don’t know about you, but it was nice to have a different discussion for once. Michigan State’s head coach did … Continue reading

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MSU might be ideal team for Vegas, which has Notre Dame as an early 7-point favorite

Las Vegas oddsmakers aren’t trying to pick the score when they set a betting line — they’re to incur action. The perfect line is one that brings in a lot of money on both sides. With that in mind, Michigan … Continue reading

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