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MSU basketball vs. Tuskegee at Jenison Field House pre-game dish (with links)

This should be a fun event, a good night to reflect and settle into nostalgia, even if not an evening for competitive basketball.

As I wrote in today’s Spartan Tipoff, there is little to be gained from a basketball perspective for Michigan State tonight against Division-II Tuskegee (other than perhaps a chance at playing time and confidence for Russell Byrd and Matt Costello).

But that’s not really what tonight or this weekend is about. And I think it’s OK to step away from the rigors of a season for a minute to celebrate your past.

I do think a four-team, two-day event with Loyola and Mississippi State on one side and MSU and Bowling Green (another team from that 1963 Mideast Regional) on the other would have been really cool.

MSU athletic director Mark Hollis tried to get Loyola up here for this game, but the Ramblers and Mississippi State wound up scheduling a game (tonight, as well) against each other in Chicago, to commemorate their matchup 50 years ago.

If you’ve missed any of it, here are links to our coverage leading into this game at Jenison. It’s been an interesting couple weeks delving into this.

Tonight’s 9 p.m. tipoff is on ESPNU if you’re unable to attend.

At the center of change: 1963 game at Jenison Field House ‘a defining moment’ for integration in sports

Timeline: 1963 Jension game’s place amid turbulent and changing times

MSU AD Mark Holllis helps Jenison come alive to host one last game

Updates needed, but Jenison still key part of MSU’s future

Historic Jenison is home to memorable moments (with timeline)

VIDEO: Game of chance, an historic moment at Jenison Field House

VIDEO: Remembering Jenison Field House, with Tom Izzo, Mark Hollis, Gus Ganakas, Jack Ebling, Earle Robinson, Doug Herner and Tim Staudt.

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9 Responses to MSU basketball vs. Tuskegee at Jenison Field House pre-game dish (with links)

  1. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
    I have no posters for my own
    I am so lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
    Wish I had someone to call on the phone
    Now I’m a reporter, a lonely reporter
    Away from Kazoo through no wish of my own
    That’s why I’m lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
    I wish that I could go back home
    Comments never a comment
    I get no letters in the email
    I’ve been forgotten, yes, forgotten
    Oh how I wonder, how is it I failed
    Now I’m a reporter, a lonely reporter
    Away from Kazoo through no wish of my own
    That’s why I’m lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
    I wish that I could go back home

  2. avatar Dave says:

    Pay no attention to any idiot posters. I never comment and always read your columns. I have co-workers who read everyday also. I’m glad the Journal finally hired a columnist. People who negatively personally attack writers are the lowest common denominator. They’ve got nothing better to do.

    • avatar Graham Couch says:

      No worries, Dave. I don’t take any of it personally. Part of the gig. Happy to no longer be at an organization where comments matter. Here, it’s about the work. And, for the most part, I enjoy the interaction. You develop thick skin over the years.

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      I also look for them daily and read them when they appear. Unlike you I do comment when it strikes me to do so. Today’s entry happens to be satirical comment on the lack of response readers are providing in a forum intended for that purpose. It is not intended as a personal attack on Mr. Couch. In fact I would like to see a great deal of intelligent comment and interaction here. Far from being an idiot I will stack my synapses against most people I encounter. I don’t know about Graham but the lack of participation discourages me.

  3. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    outside of the state of michigan i don’t think anyone in the country is aware of what is going on in jenison this weekend..i have not seen or heard a word about any of it in the national media..if this was happening down in ann robber the big ten network would have televised the reunion game..pathetic..

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