Detroit’s 2014 Report Card #1: Starting Pitching

Tiger Talk host Tony Garcia and I have given Detroit its two-week moratorium. We mourned, we cried, we flew through all five stages of depression before Kansas City lost a postseason game.

Now begins the tough part of the job. Grading and judging our beloved team, stacking them against one another to decide who makes the cut and who may hit the cutting room floor. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #9 – 10/30/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down last weekend’s performances by the Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey teams.

Later in the show, the hosts check in on the other Big Ten teams and preview men’s hockey’s upcoming home series against No. 14 Ferris State. Read More…

Kreutz’s Goal Off the Bench Helps Spartans Tie Fighting Irish

In a hard fought match that went back and forth all night between Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Spartans came out of South Bend, Indiana with a 1-1 draw.

For the opening minutes of the match, the Spartans controlled the possession game and worked the ball around the pitch, but could not put themselves into good scoring opportunities. Read More…

Lions Den – #19 – 10/29/14

It was a wacky game in Wembley on Sunday, as the Detroit Lions miraculously came away with a 22-21 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in London, England.

On this episode of Lions Den, host Michael Higer and co-hosts Louis Bilotta and Chris Boggus recap the Lions’ thrilling victory. The guys discuss how the Lions have been able to recover from their mistakes this year and also whether Nick Fairley has played his last game as a Lion following his knee injury. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – DeMarcus Leak

For this week’s Athlete of the Week, host of The Pact, Anthony Serafino, sits down with DeMarcus Leak, a sophomore on the Michigan State track and field team.

A native of Bangor, Michigan, Leak earned a season-best in the high jump at the SPIRE Invitational last season with a jump of 7.09 meters. Read More…

Women’s Gymnastics Prepares for the Upcoming Season

In just a few short months, Michigan State women’s gymnastics will return to action for their 2014-2015 season. Coming off an eighth-place finish in the Big Ten Conference and finishing No. 39 in the country, the team is ready to return to competition in Jenison Field House.

The Spartans’ 2013-2014 season concluded with a “disappointing day” at the B1G Championships, according to head coach Kathie Klages. At the tournament, then-junior Gillian Carr was seriously injured in warm-ups, causing early problems for the team. The championships continued with three Lady Spartans falling, one on bars and two on beam, which lead led to one of these low scores counting in the final team score.

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Roll Out: MSU Wrestling Preview

It is that magical time for wrestling fans. Time to roll out the mats and bust out the headgear, or in my athletically challenged case, pull out the computer. For Michigan State wrestling fans, the season is rapidly approaching. Head coach and parrot aficionado Tom Minkel recently released the MSU grappling schedule.

It will not be an easy season this year, as the Spartans take on eight of the top 25 teams from last year, including a home dual against four-time reigning NCAA Champion, Penn State. In total, Michigan State will take on six ranked teams at home in the Jenison Field House.

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Opinion: Men’s Soccer Ready for Fighting Irish

In the last three years, the Spartans and Fighting Irish have met on the pitch five times. Three times during the regular season and two times during the NCAA Tournament.

The last time Michigan State beat Notre Dame was in 2010 when redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, redshirt senior defender, Ryan Keener, and redshirt senior defender, Josh Barens, were freshman and adjusting to life in East Lansing. Read More…

A Home-Grown Team: MSU Cross Country

To an outsider, a team’s success is most often seen in the numbers. A No. 1 national ranking, four invitational team wins and consistently placing multiple runners in the top-15 can weigh heavy in the books, but for the Michigan State University women’s cross country team, success in numbers is not the only reason to feel triumphant.

The state of Michigan is finding itself at the center of collegiate cross country, and is home to two nationally ranked top-five teams. MSU and the University of Michigan have danced around each other in the polls since the beginning of the year. Read More…

Horsepower – #18 – 10/27/14

This week on Horsepower, host Cameron Billes chats with special guest Vince Ellis from the Detroit Free Press.

They discuss the Pistons ending their trade drought, Stan Van Gundy’s effect in the locker room and how the team will handle the shooting guard position after the injuries to Jodie Meeks and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Read More…

Lions Pull Off Miraculous Win in London

The Atlanta Falcons were unable to hold onto their 21-0 early lead in London, England, allowing the Lions to score 24 unanswered points in the second half.

Detroit defied all odds early Sunday in Wembley Stadium facing a streaky Falcons team. Starting their third-string center, it was clear the Lions’ No. 1 defense would have Matt Ryan’s number all game, but the usual Lions pressure did not come around until the second half. Two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception shook Matty Ice’s confidence and held the red-hot offense to zero points in the second half of the game. Read More…

Spartans and Wildcats Draw in Defensive Battle

In a hard-fought match between both sides, Michigan State and Northwestern could only notch one goal apiece in 110 minutes of play.

The Wildcats came out with high pressure against the Spartans, but Michigan State would set themselves up first for scoring opportunities as they earned a corner kick in the second minute and redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, whipped in a cross in the eighth minute that was grabbed by senior goalkeeper, Tyler Miller. Read More…

Shooting Guard Struggle

A day after the news came out that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a strained knee, the Pistons were hit with more shooting guard related injury news.

A report came out Oct. 14 saying Jodie Meeks will be out six to eight weeks with a back injury. Read More…

Follow the Leader

Following our offseason update podcast last week, I wanted to address an issue that came up often during last season: leadership.

Leadership is an intangible quality that you either have or you do not, and last year, this Michigan State baseball team was lacking some true leaders. During tough games against Central Michigan (0-3 record against Central during the season) and in four extra-inning games (0-4 on season) there was little leadership presence to speak of. Read More…

Izzo Rocks Michigan State Madness

On an unseasonably warm October night, Spartan fans from around the state packed in to the Breslin Center to witness the spectacle that is Michigan State Madness (formerly known as Midnight Madness). Lines wrapped all the way around the stadium, one even stretching from the Magic Johnson statue to Shaw Lane.

Coach Tom Izzo has built quite the reputation for flashy entrances, and spectators were clueless as to what he might do this time. In recent years, Izzo rode in on a horse, came in dressed as Iron Man and even had a little help from a real-life Spartan, Gerard Butler. Last year, he faked out everyone in the building (myself included) when he pretended to get shot out of a giant cannon. Read More…

It’s Personal: No. 8 Spartans Win 35-11 Against Rival Wolverines

The No. 8 Michigan State Spartans knew they needed a win against their in-state rivals on Saturday. Although the Spartans have seemingly taken control of the rivalry in the Mark Dantonio era, the team made sure they were not overlooking the Wolverines. MSU was in control for all four quarters, winning 35-11.

Michigan State opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off with a Jeremy Langford two-yard rush. Read More…

Spartans Dominate Michigan Again, Win 35-11

After a slow start in the first half, the Michigan State Spartans dominated on both sides of the ball in their 35-11 victory over the Wolverines.

Tony Lippett scored a touchdown with a 70-yard catch and run from Connor Cook.  After this, R.J. Williamson intercepted a Devin Gardner pass for a touchdown.  The Wolverines drove into the MSU red zone twice in the second half, only to be stopped on fourth down and have a pass intercepted by Taiwan Jones. Read More…

HALFTIME: MSU 14 – UM 3

The Spartans came out firing on their first drive, as Jeremy Langford capped a 75-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.  There were no more points for MSU until their final drive of the half, where Langford rushed in for a 1-yard score. At halftime, the Spartans lead the Wolverines 14-3.

Michigan State linebacker Chris Frey was ejected for targeting, and Lawrence Thomas recovered a Michigan fumble.  Michigan defensive back Delano Hill recovered a fumble of his own late in the first half.  Michigan kicker Matt Wile made a 48-yard kick after the turnover. Read More…

Lions Leap Across the Pond

In Week 8, the Detroit Lions return to London for the first time since 1993, as they take on the lowly Atlanta Falcons. Detroit comes into this game with a lot of momentum, being winners of their last two games, tied for first in the NFC North and still maintaining the NFL’s No. 1 defense.

However, fans were a bit worried this week with the news that all three of the Lions’ tight ends may be unable to play Sunday. Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Eric Ebron (hamstring) were listed as “Out” on the Lions’ injury report Friday, while Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was listed as doubtful. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 9 & NFL Wk 8 – 10/24/14

So some football team with a losing record from Ann Arbor is coming to East Lansing as 16.5-point underdogs on Saturday. That in itself is humiliating, but a cover by the Michigan State Spartans would be even better. Rivalry week is here at MSU, so Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the big game on this week’s Walk the Line.

There are some other great NCAA and NFL matchups to talk about, but the Spartans vs. the Wolverines is all we students here at MSU really care about. Go Green!

This is where the real season begins! Our delectable menu on this week’s show… Read More…

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