Monthly Archives: December 2013

Rose Bowl game day eve: Time for your analysis and predictions

After the first couple weeks of this MSU football season, I didn’t think I’d been writing a blog post from anywhere near Pasadena on New Year’s Eve. But alas, the Spartans have had a remarkable season, improbable and entertaining, dominating … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments | | |

Cook, Langford, Lippett, Fowler and Warner – as MSU’s Rose Bowl offense; it’s incredible imagery

LOS ANGELES — It was an incredible scene, if you step back and think about it. Connor Cook, Jeremy Langford, Tony Lippett, Bennie Fowler and Dave Warner — representing Michigan State’s offense at a Rose Bowl press event. Langford, Fowler … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments | | |

Four big gains for Spartans in Texas, beyond victory

AUSTIN, Texas — This time of year, the meaning of games is as much in the growth as the result. In that regard, No. 5 Michigan State’s 92-78 win at Texas is more important for how it happened, and four … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments | | |

Texas 38, MSU 36 – halftime musings: First half was a win for Spartans

AUSTIN, Texas — All things considered, this first half was a win for Michigan State. It could have been much worse. Texas led 8-2 and then 28-21. The Longhorns had the crowd buzzing, the Spartans in foul trouble, finishing the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments | | |

MSU at Texas pregame dish: Spartans favored, but shouldn’t be

AUSTIN, Texas — If this game were played two months from now, on any floor, Michigan State would be a sensible favorite — with more experience and talent than Texas. But this is now and, right now, the young Longhorns … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment | | |

Rose Bowl ticket prices falling, and LSJ / Freep Rose Bowl book set to order

Any fear over this year’s Rose Bowl being the rare ticket market that keeps on surging toward a netherworld no one can afford … Well, those prognostications are bunk, as expected. Rose Bowl ticket prices, as predicted by most brokers, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments | | |

Dantonio to Texas rumors silly, as is notion Texas is a better job, for Dantonio

Texas is one of the two or three marquee coaching jobs in college football, probably alone at the top with Ohio State, just ahead of Michigan, USC, Alabama, then probably Oklahoma, Nebraska and Florida. And then, of course, whatever team … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 20 Comments | | |

MSU 67, Oakland 63 – first thoughts: Dawson decided much of this game, same goes for the season

AUBURN HILLS — Branden Dawson will be my column off this game. He’s the most lasting story line of Michigan State’s 67-63 win today over Oakland, the reason the Spartans won, and had to dig out of a hole to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments | | |

Oakland 31, MSU 30 – halftime musings: Spartans have to learn to take advantage of their advantages

AUBURN HILLS — If this sport were just about jump-shooting, there would be no difference between the Big Ten and the Horizon League, or Michigan State and Oakland. Athleticism and size matters, though. Or it’s supposed to. In this first … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments | | |

Rose Bowl tickets: MSU donor arguments valid, but giving and fandom is relative

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably read the column I wrote Thursday for the Lansing State Journal, after MSU made the decision to reward every season ticket holder who’d requested Rose Bowl tickets with at least two, at the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments | | |