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Johnson Holds Off Harvick for Fourth Atlanta Win

Although he started 37th, when the green flag dropped 55 minutes after the scheduled start due to inclement weather, Jimmie Johnson made his way to the front in a hurry.  Once he got out front and in clean air he was the class of the field, never looking back en route to his fourth win of his career at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The six-time champion did not take the lead until lap 198 of 325, but after he did he led for a total of 92 laps and eventually captured his 71st career win. Johnson is now only five wins away from Dale Earnhardt for sixth most all time.   Read More…

NASCAR Weekend Preview — Atlanta

This weekend, NASCAR heads to its first intermediate track (1.5 miles) of the season in Hampton, Georgia: Atlanta Motor Speedway. Commonly referred to as “cookie cutter tracks,” One-and-a-half miles make up roughly 40 percent of the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule.

Like it or not, these intermediate tracks are raced on more than any other type of track nowadays, and when the checkered flag flies on the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 this Sunday afternoon, we will have a good idea of who the contenders are and who the pretenders are when it comes to the bulk of the races this season. Read More…

Joey Logano wins the Daytona 500

In 2008, if you told me that some kid named Joey Logano, who had just captured his first Xfinity Series win, would go on to win the Daytona 500, the world’s most prestigious stock car race, seven years later, I would have told you that you were out of your mind.

But he did just that this past Sunday, capturing the checkered flag in the first race of the season in his No. 22 Ford, to grab his first career Daytona 500 win and sweeping the weekend at Daytona for his manufacturer, Ford (Tyler Reddick won the Camping World Truck race and Ryan Reed won the Xfinity race).   Read More…

Jason’s Journal: Fighting for Each Other

By now, most have heard or seen the selfless heroics of Joe Cox, painfully sacrificing his body to keep Penn State off the board during a critical stretch of the first period of the February 14 matchup. Most people even know the touching story of Mackenzie MacEachern, who scored a hat trick to give the Spartans the series sweep that evening, giving the game puck to Cox without hesitation.

What most people do not know, is how that entire sequence of events, from Cox’s shot blocking to MacEachern’s selfless attitude, is evidence of a changing culture that is just starting to come to the fore. Read More…

Storylines and Predictions for the Great American Race

Well, it’s certainly that time of year again. Tempers have already flared, cars have already been wrecked and drivers have already been voicing their opinion, which can only mean one thing: The Great American Race is upon us, as the new NASCAR season will go green for official points racing this upcoming Sunday. Read More…

2015 NASCAR Season Preview

2014 was arguably the busiest season that NASCAR ever had.  It had brawls on pit road, clutch performances, drama on the track, tragedy off the track, a new and exciting playoff format and a first-time Sprint Cup champion.  The 2015 season will officially kick off this week at Daytona International Speedway.  From predictions, storylines and everything in between, let’s preview what to expect in the new season. Read More…

Kenseth Victorious, Harvick & Logano Get Heated

At approximately 8:23 pm on Saturday night, the engines of 25 of the world’s greatest stock car drivers roared to life after a couple months of silence. The NASCAR world rejoiced, as the drivers and teams focused to the task at hand for the evening: winning the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Read More…

Goaltender Controversy Nothing New for Detroit

Detroit Red Wings goaltender, Petr Mrazek, has proved efficient in the place of Jimmy Howard, who has missed the last ten games since a slight groin tear against Washington on Jan 10.

In ten games, Mrazek has gone 9-1, with a 2.54 GAA (goals against average) and a .913 save percentage. With Howard being activated off of injured reserve following Detroit’s 3-1 win over Arizona last Saturday, the expectation was that Howard would start tonight’s game in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. on NBCSN). However, head coach Mike Babcock has decided to give Mrazek the start and have Howard on the bench. Read More…

Sprint Unlimited Preview

Every year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season kicks off with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. But what everybody forgets is that there is a preseason race about one week before the real season begins.

Wait, you are telling me that NASCAR has a preseason?

YES, that is exactly what I’m saying!  But this preseason is much different from stick-and-ball sports.   Read More…

Jason’s Journal: Disappointing

The Spartans just did not show up to play on Saturday. That is just the way it was. Whether it was the weeklong interval between games, the bus ride down to Chicago or the 100 minute delay, Michigan State came out flat against their archrival on a big stage with three very important points on the line.

What irks me about this game is not so much the fact that it was a loss, but more of how the Spartans played. The fact that Michigan State came out flat and cracked when the Wolverines applied pressure in the second period is disappointing to say the least, especially when they had a full week to get mentally prepared for the UM onslaught. Read More…

Detroit Lions’ Offseason Three-Step Plan

This past season was arguably the best season Lions fans have been a part of since the Barry Sanders days. The emergence of Golden Tate, the rock-solid coaching of newly hired Jim Caldwell and staff, the No. 1 defense in the entire league and the almost-complete domination of the NFC North to cap off the 2014 season. Read More…

Red Wings Making the Grade

After 48 games, the Detroit Red Wings are in a good position to make it to the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season. They currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division at 28-11-9 (65 points) and are riding a six-game winning streak after their 5-4 win over Florida on Tuesday night.

As was the case last year, the young guns in Detroit have led the way for a successful season so far. Let’s take a look at how the position groups have fared and how they project going into the stretch run for the playoffs. Read More…

Jason’s Journal: Spartans Must Embrace Underdog Role

List how many underdog stories you have heard about Michigan State athletics in just the last two years and you should be able to pick four or five without even thinking.

This Friday and next Saturday, the Spartans will take on the No. 13 Michigan Wolverines whose offense is “unstoppable” according to BTN analyst Dan Kelly.

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Three-Point Play: Free Throws, Three-Pointers and “Trigga Trav”

The halfway point of the college basketball season is upon us. Three months of upsets, head-scratchers, blowouts and everything in between has made this season one of the most tumultuous and exciting in recent memory.

As for Michigan State, the season has been confusing to say the least. This team is an enigma, changing with every game and impossible for the experts to put a finger on. Here are three main storylines surrounding the troubled, yet explosive Spartans. Read More…

Two Big Ten Universities, Taylor Swift and a GIF War

This afternoon, Tony Garcia was just reminiscing about the greatest decision we all ever made – saying yes to MSU…
 


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The Midseason-Offseason Tigers Rumor Mill

If the droning July and August months of regular season baseball are the “dog days,” December and January should be considered the “polar (bear) nights” of the offseason.

Was that not clever enough? Sorry, the writing staff here is off its game. After all, we are smack in the middle of the “polar bear nights.” Read More…

Jason’s Journal: MSU Hockey New Year’s Resolutions

2015 is now upon us, and if you are a college hockey fan then you are salivating at the mouth because the bulk of the Big Ten season starts in earnest in a few short weeks.

For Michigan State hockey (7-10-1 overall), 2015 offers a chance to “right the ship” so to speak on a so far sub-par season. Here are my six New Year’s resolutions for Spartan hockey in 2015. Read More…

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