MSU football: Captain triumvirate named

MSU elected its football captains today. No surprises here: Senior LB Chris Norman, junior LB Max Bullough and QB Andrew Maxwell received the majority of votes from their teammates, with a fourth spot to rotate throughout the season as the Spartans have done the past two years.

The trio makes sense. All three have displayed leadership throughout camp and their time on campus. And all three have distinct traits that complement each other.

“I think that’s important. Guys on the team don’t respond to one certain kind of leadership style,” Maxwell said. “And knowing which guys respond to which dictates how you lead. Does a guy get going when you get in his face and when you challenge him a little bit? Or is this a guy who needs a little, ‘Hey, you’re tired, we’re tired, let’s do this, let’s go.’ We have a little of all of that in our captains group, and we can help the team that way.”

That Maxwell got the nod as a first-year starter shows the belief his teammates have in his ability to lead the offense. He calls himself more of a lead-by-example type of player who tempers his “grassroots personal style relating to the guys” with how to motivate a group with strong words when needed.

Bullough brings your classic hype-’em-up, fire-and-brimstone style of drive in the thick of battle that’s expected from a linebacker. It’s almost seemed predestined he’d eventually ascend to a captaincy due to his Spartan bloodlines – his father, Shane, was a captain in 1986.

Norman, though also a linebacker, provides a more big-picture view. Like Maxwell, he’s not afraid to speak loudly when necessary. However, Norman’s great gift is introspection and adding a deep faith-based component – landing somewhere between Bullough and Kirk Cousins’ temperament.

Meshing those voices together will be critical for a team that doesn’t return any captains. Coach Mark Dantonio openly wondered where and how the leadership would be dispensed this season. His players chose three guys who he said “are great representatives of Michigan State football, and I think they’ll do an outstanding job leading our football team.”

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181 Responses to MSU football: Captain triumvirate named

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Thanks Chris, this holy trinity is a perfect combination, Maxwell for the offense, Norman to provide red meat and keep complacency at bay and Norman with the well grounded character that Cousins displayed that will provide stability during adversity.

  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    One Hundred and fourteen men sailed up from the win in Tampa Bay
    Rolled off their Solari quips, and here’s what they had to say
    “We’re callin’ everyone to ride along to a Pacific Shore
    We can laugh our lives away and win the Rose Bowl once more”

    But no one at ESPN heard them callin’, no one came at all
    ‘Cause they were too busy watchin’ that sale of Wolverine gear at the mall
    As a storm was blowin’ out on the peaceful Bristol sea
    114 men sailed off to history

    Ride, captains ride upon your mystery trip
    Be amazed at the friends you have here after your Solari quips
    Ride captains ride upon your Rose Bowl trip
    On your way to a title that talking heads might have missed

  3. avatar Chris Solari says:

    Two interesting tidbits and ties that bind them: Two of the captains are linebackers (Norman and Bullough), and two of them share No. 10 (Maxwell and Norman).

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      That’s called synergy.

      • avatar Chris Solari says:

        Kudos! One of my all-time favorite buzzwords. It’s what we strive for in this corner o’ the web.

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Rexrode promised an article regarding the chemistry between Solari and Callaway before the Eastern Michigan game, maybe he will explore the synergy of Calloway being an Eastern grad,
          Will Calloway be assigned to interview Mike Hart?

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            You do poke the beast, but then if you can’t poke ‘em on a blog, where can you?

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          For a while in the 80/90′s it was the most overused and misunderstood word in the English language.

      • avatar Wearer of the belt says:

        Not so young marine, the offensive line is the best I have seen at MSU in six years I really like Jack Allen. Turn on your television tonight.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Watched your piece. even handed and some what insightful. I would have added in there some place that when Capt. Kirk started his first game he was a FANG with less stars and rehearsals, he turned out pretty well. (FA New Guy). You guys spent way too much time talking about lack of playing time than was needed.

          • avatar Wearer of the belt says:

            Appreciate the comments, what impresses me this year is the depth and athleticism at the 2s in both lines. The O line are flat backers by that I mean they bend at the knees not the waist. They have to set the tone and get MSU running game back into the middle of production. Over 6 years Mark Dantonio has constructed a team capable of winning championships. No other program or coach has done that that was not allready there in 2007. They are just going to have to be constructed differantly on Offense this year.

          • avatar wearer of the belt says:

            The thing that is most impressive to me about the offensive line is that they are flat backers, that is they bend with their knees, waist benders are generally not as athletic and explosive off the ball. Mark Dantion has added depth and athelticisms to both line particularly the 2 positions.

          • avatar wearer of the belt says:

            Offensive line are flat backers by that I mean they bend at the knees and not the waist more athletic and explosive off the ball. What is most impressive to me is that both lines have more depth and athelticism
            the 2 positions are very impressive on both lines.

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            I think we got that you like the flat backs of the O line, there Ger.

  4. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Welcome the voyages of Spartan Trek the Next Generation following in the footsteps of Captain Kirk.

  5. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    The BTN will air its MSU fall camp show in four hours (10 P.M. EDT). For those who can’t wait, Chris Vannini at The Only Colors has compiled DiNardo’s, Resvine’s, and Dienhart’s Tweeted observations:

  6. avatar The Tanner says:

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  7. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Dam, marine tan fan just found us

  8. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Watching Ot of outback bowl now Johnny Adams. Shoed good tight coverage, marine that MSU lacrosse player and my right shoulder in a camera shot

  9. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Size of the new scoreboard was abundantly obvious during the Fox-Det Season Preview – WOW, humongous! (and synergistic with the smaller ones at the other end)

  10. avatar Ben Green says:

    Thanks for the Captain info, Chris, your observations, and Dantonio’s take. Nice job!

    • avatar Ben Green says:

      I see my comment is awaiting moderation. I assume Chris will reject it since it’s complimentary. I heard Chris in the hallway observing, “I don’t need no stinking compliments. We feed on criticism, not kudos. Criticize, dudz, or don’t say nut’n!”

  11. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    First the outback bowl than rocket capped off by preview 31 all Cousins getting the ball now 1:26 to go 76 yards away

  12. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Rocket my heart is racing, take care of that heart coach

  13. avatar The Tanner says:

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  14. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Somebody call the DNR, goose poop all over the blog.

  15. avatar NAZSpartan says:

    Does Kirk Gibson still hold any MSU receiving records?

  16. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Max Bullough. This is the rock upon which the MSU defense is built.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      And what a great presence All who participated demonstrated last night in both shows

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Maxwell and Gholston were very articulate and polished, wished the Johnny Adams interview were longer, maybe there was some stuff on the cutting room floor.

        • avatar MSUBeachwalker says:

          Really a treat to see /hear how they present themselves—-fine representatives. (then I stayed up for the Outback & got nervous all over again!)

  17. avatar Scott says:

    Yeah enjoyed the Wisconsin game too

  18. avatar ATLSpartan says:

    Something has changed. I used to NEVER feel comfortable before a football game. Always had that lurking feeling that the team would could lay an egg, like at Lincoln last year.

    As I sit here today, I think we are going to roll Boise, and it all comes down to confidence in that defense. We are going to dominate some games, starting with this one.

    Additionally, all of this depth could give us some nasty special teams play. We are going to have some top notch athletes on special teams, trying to get noticed and make a statement.

    This should be fun. Go Green

  19. avatar Mishsparty says:

    Can either of you compare this years 2nd scrimmage to last years? Better or worse. Go Green!!!

  20. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    T minus 7 days and counting.

  21. avatar David says:

    ATTENTION SPARTAN FANS: NEW FOOTBALL TRADITION: Yell the M – S – U at the end of the alma mater during pregame.

  22. avatar wearer of the belt says:

    Not so young marine, Mark Dantonion said two years ago that he wanted to get more athletic in the offensive line. It appears that he has done so. You can tell that because they are flat backers , that is they are knee benders not bending at the waist. That allows for more explosion off the ball. The depth of both lines is much stronger especially at the two positions. Over the last 6 seasons no other coach has built their team up to compete for championships that was not allready at that level prior to 2007

    • avatar Breadtruck86 says:

      “Dantonio”, you old goat..:)

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Breadtruck that was not Dantonio , Dantonio does not come on the blog it was an old Indiana Coach who owns an Italian rest in Bloomington.

        • avatar Breadtruck86 says:

          81 – thank you. I know to whom I was referring, and was merely giving him grief for not spelling “Dantonio” correctly for the second time today. I am a fan of the “old goat” (as he’s labeled himself), and respect his opinion. Thus, the testosterone-sapping :) symbol in my original post.

          • avatar Breadtruck86 says:

            I’ve also met and spoken to our coach on a few occasions, and I’m frankly afraid to call him an old goat…..

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            The guy I know is NOT, I repeat NOT, and old goat – I’m old, but only spent a few years with the goats, I identify better with the bulldogs.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Speaking of old Indiana Coaches
        I believe has a vm from Lee Corso when he sent him the book he wrote Rivalry Saturday, he can tell you about it at the tailgate he saved it.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      As I said earlier, good info; but, a little less emphasis on the supposed inexperience on the O side of the ball, by the time the Spartans get into the regular season (which is what counts as far as going to the Rose Bowl, after all) the O will have played a myriad of defenses (none of which will have been as good as what they see each day in practice) and no longer be inexperienced. Media is making a Mt Everest out of this prairie dog hill.

      • avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

        The way they kept talking about the QB and WR inexperience, I got the feeling they really couldn’t find anything else to complain about…..if nothing else is broken, they have to keep mentioning the same thing over and over!!

  23. avatar Spartan 81 says:


    There was a comment last night by Dinardo that he thought MSU looked tired in their 21st practice, is that just not natural to every team during the dog days of training , I thought a player made a comment to Joe that around day 13 the Dog Days hit. When Camp breaks will the players get a day off this weekend and do you think they looked tired to you while watching practice?

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      It was Max Bullough from my pre-camp story. http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20120729/GW01/307290111/MSU-football-high-expectations-Spartans-prepare-grind-camp

      “It’s about day 13, when you have a week left and you’ve been getting up at 6 every morning and watching film and going to meetings and practice,” junior linebacker Max Bullough said. “Those are the things that bring a team together – when no one wants to be there and everyone feels the same way. …
      “As much as we all love football and as much as its fun to be around everyone, there undoubtedly comes that point in camp. That’s just the way it is.”

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Thanks so the fatigue no big deal , every team has it, will Dantonio give the team today and tomorrow off now that camp has broken and start the prep for Boise on Sunday?

        • avatar Chris Solari says:

          The team wrapped up camp around noonish yesterday. They’re off until Sunday night, when Dantonio said he’ll start the Boise State prep with night practice under the lights.

  24. avatar The Tanner says:

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    • avatar Tan Fan says:

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      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        As I’ve said repeatedly, if you could read, the silly show on nbc is an affront to all warriors. Chairwarmers probably think it’s good PR, but it is demeaning a commitment of sacrifice by attempting to turn what is the actual scariest moments for millions of active duty and veteran military members into a reality show to sell peanut butter.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        What the hell is wrong with you endangering that mans life and family by mentioning his name. Stop that crap

  25. avatar MSUDersh says:

    So how has Le’veon looked, speed wise? We already know he has good hands, both receiving and carrying, and he can be a load to bring down. But he lacks top end breakaway speed like Rock had, and doesn’t seem as quick.initially as Baker, either.

    Can he take it to another level at the top end this season?

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      The thin about Le’Veon that I remember from last year is that tacklers seem to bounce off him, it’s like grade school kids trying to tackle Jim Brown or Clinton Jones. He just keeps motoring!

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Watching the Outback Bowl last night Gruden said he had a hell of a straight arm, it was all Oglethorpe an NFL first rounder could handle and more than most front sevens in the big.

      • avatar MSUDersh says:

        Yeah we know he’s tough to take down – imagine how good he’d be if he can start running away from people!

        • avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

          I think he throws in too many jukes and spin moves to ever really get to his top speed….if the O Line opens holes for him this year, like I think they will, we may see that burst more often!!

          Either way, I love this young man as the number 1 running back and I’ll enjoy him evading the defense with spins or top speed…..Go Green!!

          • avatar GoSt8Go says:

            If he had that kind of speed we wouldn’t be talking about him at this level, and maybe not at MSU – he’d be gone or have his name right up there with Barkley

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            He’s #10 on some people’s Hiesman lists, Needs to have a big game in the Nationally televised games and lead Spartans to Rose Bowl, he’ll be in the conversation and probably invited to NY.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      I’m enjoying Bell and glad we don’t have to play against him.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      So much to ask of a two-star recruit! There are ways to develop sprinting and acceleration (a little), but it’s a lot tougher to do the former for someone over 200 lbs. My guess is that the coaches have already developed Bell’s speed to the extent it can be without sacrificing other techniques that Bell has in spades.

      I’m probably slighting an RB or two, but I can’t remember a back I’ve enjoyed watching run more than Bell since the late-’90s (Barry Sanders).

    • avatar Trophy says:

      Lorenzo White didn’t have “break away” speed either.

  26. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    This is a surprising low ranking:

    One can only conclude that Rittenberg thinks Number 16 ain’t getting a December invite to the Downtown Athletic Club.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Like most, except some who will always be fooled by the Paris Hiltons of the world (ie., that they actual have talent), he realizes that dreadlocks trophy will be awarded for surviving the season. AAJC has only 2 DII level teams to play this year. At the end of the year, he’ll be like Indiana Jones on the ship when Marion Ravenwood asks if there’s any place that doesn’t hurt and he points to his nose.

  27. avatar The Tanner says:

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  28. avatar The Tanner says:

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  29. avatar Tanfan says:

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  30. avatar The Tanner says:

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  31. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Not that I ever share my opinion, but Jason Sehorn is an idiot. Here’s his evaluation of the Paris Hilton’s chances of beating us this year, “Law of averages have to play out, and Michigan’s a pretty good football team,” said Sehorn. “Michigan State has had their number for a while, but I think, right now, Michigan’s a little more explosive on offense.

    Again, some reality TV star talking about football. When will they learn that dreadlocks can only be explosive against DII level talent.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Thats like saying law of averages France is going to win a war because their uniforms are flashy

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        Isn’t that what Notre Dame’s doing: Wearing outfits that’ll make their opponents laugh (or lapse into puzzled torpor)?

    • avatar ATLSpartan says:

      I have to admit I am a bit nervous on the scUM game. Only because this is their best chance in a long time, at Ann Arbor, Senior QB who even though he has not proven to be an overly effective QB thus far, anyone who does something for 4 years will inevitably get better at it. MSU is breaking in a new QB and a new set of receivers. It could be a year where we struggle to put points on the board.

      This is their best chance, because next year we will be even better with a talented senior QB, a bunch of gifted receivers, and a defense that once again loses only a couple of seniors. I think we slap them around in East Lansing next year.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Oct 20 is there last chance five in a row they are done and they know it we may have to win a tight one late on a Johnny Adams pick six

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      Sehorn is using the same appeal I used to use for about 20 years [1985-2007] from time to time, but with the teams reversed. Simply put: “They’re due.”

      The irony of this role reversal is dulcine with a hint of surrealism…

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        So given that length of waiting for your ship to come in, I’d say, well I’ll be dead when Paris Hilton does actually win. Seriously, they will be 2-4 and in disarray when we visit.

  32. avatar The Tanner says:

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  33. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Marine this idiot has no inside info

  34. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    What’s really cool about these guys
    is that this was the first MSC team to beat UM four times in a row. All in Ann Arbor, no less.

  35. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    An observation on Rexrode’s blog describing a scene from BTN’s Spartan preview:

    “Discussing why his offensive line is so athletic, Mark Dantonio mentioned that Dan France was an outside linebacker in high school, Chris McDonald was a track athlete, and Jack Allen was a prominent wrestler. One thing I’ve noticed about Dantonio: He always seems to have a pretty good handle on the high school bios of his players.”

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      If you ever watch a lacrosse game, you’ll find that most of the good players are 2 or 3 sport athletes, commentators talk that up. Big in the B1G isn’t enough.

      • avatar Wearer of the belt says:

        Pretty observant not so young marine, I always looked for those kind of athletes wherever I could.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Some of us do know where of we speak, WOTB. @Prep school we had to play a sport each term, it’s how I found lacrosse because I sure couldn’t hit a baseball.

  36. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Was saving this for a new thread but here goes. Will repeat if necessary. Apologies to Kindle

    Well I pulled outta Manton a rollin’ down that US 131 washboard
    I got my Jeep wound up and she’s a runnin’ like a never before
    There’s a speed zone ahead alright I don’t see a cop in sight
    Six days til the game and I’m a gonna make it to campus that night

    I got my CVT gears and a Chrysler all wheel drive
    I’m takin’ little white pills and my eyes are open wide
    I just passed a Greenie and a White I been a passin’ everything in sight
    Six days til the game and I’m a gonna make it to campus that night

    Well it seems like a decade since I cheered my Spartans goodbye
    I could have a lotta teams but I’m not like a some other guys
    I could find one to play with fight but I could never make believe it’s alright
    Six days til the game and I’m a gonna make it to campus that night

    [ guitar ]

    MSP is a checkin’ on down the line
    Well I’m a little overspeed and my registration’s a little behind
    But nothin’ bothers me tonight I can dodge all the bears alright
    Six days til the game and I’m a gonna make it to campus that night

    Well my rig’s a little old but that don’t mean she’s slow
    There’s a flame from her back and that smoke’s a blowin’ black as coal
    My Spartans are comin’ in sight if you think I’m a happy you’re right
    Six days til the game and I’m a gonna make it to campus that night
    Six days til the game and I’m a gonna make it to campus that night
    Six days til the game and I’m a gonna make it to campus that night

  37. avatar ATLSpartan says:

    Got confused and posted this to the idle, aging and abandoned “Hey Joe” blog, and wondered why I couldn’t find it here :)

    I owe Drew Sharp an apology. I just read through the transcript of his on-line chat and he was very respectful of the Spartans. He has them winning the Oct 20th tilt with scUM and regardless of the outcome of that game he clearly made the point that, “MSU isn’t going away, they will be good for quite a while.”

    You know that was not easy for him to admit. I think when adversaries acknowledge superiority, you have thoroughly decimated your foe.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      You certainly have got their attention. Drew is just a go with the flow kinda guy (my guess) like Ger on BTN, once he believes, he believes and doesn’t try to keep making somebody famous for being famous. (like all the other sycophants who spew Paris Hilton is great and have tried to win arguments on here)

    • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

      Good points

    • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

      I would have to agree with those points

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      I saw the same and I have railed on Drew here, and via e-mail: he gives as good as he gets. Listening to Joe in Tampa I realized that Drew probably isn’t as bad as I ever made him out to be. Still, he doesn’t often pick the middle the ground when he does opine.

  38. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Man enough with the stupid tennis, geez. It’s over get to the golf.

  39. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies

    Story on the other site, symphathies to the Marine.

  40. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Drew Sharp? That’s not a Spartan chat.

    This was a Spartan chat:

    Just like the LSJ time & day. With a new, less obtrusive photo!

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      It’s dubious form to overhype a Freep reporter on this LSJ blog, but since The Shadows don’t have a Chat up yet, I’ll nix my reservations and share some highlights from Rexrode’s chat:

      * Asked what it looked like “behind the blue wall”, Joe said, “Other than the Clockwork Orange-like film sessions, forced to watch every Michigan-Ohio State game from the 1970s in a dark room with my eyelids pinned open, everyone has been really nice.”

      * On MSU football restrictions: “As long as they still allow me to eat Hostess products while walking around the practice field, I’m cool.”

      * On concerns about Maxwell’s accuracy in practice: “Yes. I think MSU should consider calling the whole thing off, or at least switching Maxwell to punt coverage for a while.” (Pretty sure that was sarcasm, with a lovely Drew Stanton call-back pirouette.)

      * The team “…has NFL players starting on both sides of the ball.”

      * Asked, “Who has a better upcoming season. Dantonio or Izzo”, Joe said, :I think both of them could win championships, but I actually think Dantonio has a slightly better chance.”

      * Q: “What is the appropriate beers to bratwurst ratio for a tailgate for an 8 pm kickoff?” A: “3 to 1, multiplied as many times as you can stay on both feet.” (In that case I humbly advise not driving until the next evening.)

      * MBB starters: “…I’m going Appling, Harris, Valentine, Dawson, Payne. Yep, I’m predicting a small lineup and I think Valentine is going to force this staff to start him. But yes, I do expect some Nix and Payne together.”

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Thanks for posting that

  41. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    The Free Press actually did an article featuring Gerry DiNardo and his hesitancy to drink the Maize Kool-Aid:

    Selected DiNardo quotes: “… top 10 teams usually have deep talent and experience in the defensive line. I don’t see that in this team yet. Top 10 teams have great morale. Second-year programs are more difficult with morale than the first year. The first year the coach comes in and he sells a new message and everybody buys in. The second year there’s players that even though they bought into the message they’re not part of the plan. So that’s a morale issue that you have to deal with in year two that you didn’t in year one… How about expectations? There’s tremendous expectations on the Michigan team this year. There was none a year ago…I’m not saying they’re not a top 10 team in mid-season or end of the season, I’m saying right now it’s more of a team that can play into the top 10 than a team that starts in the top 10….

    “…they’re going to have to keep Denard healthy and going to have to develop the defensive line. If Michigan’s a Top 10 team, then so is Nebraska and so is Michigan State. I look at those three during fall camp and, man, those three teams are close.”

    • avatar Wearer of the belt says:

      Keeping him healthy on Sept 2 will present a challenge

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      You have to give Gerry his due, he has listened, he has observed, and he has opined. He believe in what he says, unlike some other talking heads who are paid to keep people who are famous for being famous, well – famous.

      • avatar Wearer of the belt says:

        Not so young marine. I believe even an old goat can learn from observation over the last six years Mark Dantonio has developed the depth and athleticism necessary to compete for championships. And this year the online has flat backs not waist benders

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        CNN showing first steps on the moon by Armstrong now

      • avatar Wearer of the belt says:

        Even an old goat is not too old to learn

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        I think Howard influenced him as well

      • avatar wearer of the belt says:

        One of the advantages to being an old goat is that you get to learn from being wrong, I drank the wrong colored koolaid for four and one half years the last year and a half I saw the pieces coming together mainly stockpiling of depth and athleticism first on the D and now on the O lines.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          We are certainly glad you did, and the Gene Washington Fund appreciates your contributions to the GOB’s donation(s). (as in you told him his bet was inane, so he welched)

  42. avatar The Tanner says:

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  43. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    It’s Dinardo not dinardy

  44. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Interesting trade for the Dodgers (and EJ ownership group), everyone is saying they spent too much, their saying it’s for the fans and they didn’t write a check for $200M, it’s just payroll. Very different perspective, I think sometimes baseball fans and writers act as if the money teams spend is their money, not the owners. I’m also sure the fans in LA are going bonkers like the Detroiters did when Prince came aboard.

    • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

      Beckett has 6 maybe seven starts in him, there is no price on winning , I wish the trigger could have been pulled on this a month earlier.

  45. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Good article by Brian on the G&W site (sponge worthy) and I would just add to his predictions about Agent 86′s ability to face the foreseen BSU pressure that when you train like you are going to fight (and I’m not talking about the dead sport of boxing or the silly new pugilistic mayhem that has supplanted it), especially against the calibre of Defense that Coach Narduzzi is going to field, whatever the Red horde throws at you falls into the “been there, done that” category. As I have repeatedly espoused, the Spartans will NOT see a defense as good as the 1 they play against every day until January and maybe not then.

    Soccer is 3-0, Women’s Volleyball wins their showcase, Women’s soccer draws and Field Hockey draws with perennial power BC.

  46. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    If OSU transfer defensive end Kenny Hayes reamins healthy, then the commitment of this kid
    should fulfill Spartan needs for young DEs.

    The Chicago resident attended camps at MSU, UW, and Notre Dame over the summer, and has notable offers from the Irish, Iowa State, and Purdue. He’s the 12th commit to MSU’s class of 2013.

  47. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hey, Military Brat,

    Typhoon Bolaven is beating up our OLD stomping grounds

  48. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    This is just too funny not to post. One of opur former antagonists couldn’t get on the deprecated nbc show (even though he called in all his markers) for this:

    Ton of Cash is a show on VH1 that premiered on August 17, 2011. It is hosted by Dhani Jones. The show centers around a group of contestants trying to haul $1,000,000 from L.A. to Las Vegas. It currently is shown on Thursday mornings at 2AM Eastern on VH1. The show was moved to the later timeslot due to low ratings. In addition to the timeslot change, VH1 no longer airs repeats of the show during the week.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      (One million dollars in $1 bills weighs, of course, only 1100 pounds.)

    • avatar Java Bob says:

      Now why condemm a good piece of televison before you even watch it, I need my beemer back bro, I needs tons of cash dont you understand.

      ” when I fight authority authority always wins.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Son, if you’d actually attended classes and graduated from the Paris Hilton College of the Midwest, you’d have know that long before it cost 25% of your yearly income. Remember that authority comes in many shades of gray

  49. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    The Detroit Free Press is previewing the B1G Legends Division today. As an appetizer, Rexrode made three bold predictions for the North (or West–or Norris) Division:

    Despite these predictions, he calls MSU the favorite to win the West. The elixir of his thoughts: “The Spartans have the strongest combination of lines in the Big Ten.”

    It seems I’m limited to one link per post, so look below for the link to that brief article, and to a page with all of the Freep writers’ Legends predictions.

  50. avatar The Tanner says:

    Capers fill in for Leveon baby !!!

    Chris Hill fill in for Capers baby !!!

    Big Ten network analyst love Taylor Peppers baby !!!

    The Tanner bring the goods baby !!!

  51. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    An independent analysis of seven analyst groups’ past pre-season predictions determined that the two most reliable B1G pronosticators are cfbmatrix.com and collegefootballpoll.com. The former had predicted the Legends top teams to be UM [7-1], MSU [6-2], and UNL [5-3].

    The latter predictions have just been released. They show a three-way tie atop the Legends division at 7-1, with UM over MSU, UNL over UM, and MSU over UNL. The situation is like that of 2010; the BCS Standings would determine the Legends Representative–and in this scenario, Michigan would go to Indianapolis (and the Rose Bowl). Here’s the link:
    Note that UM’s predicted here to win out at home. And to beat Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Wisconsin–all outside the state of Michigan. I say that if they can do all of that, then they’ll have earned it.

    (In equally likely news, I’m going to be MSU’s honorary team captain at whichever BCS Bowl MSU goes to this season.)

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