Men’s Sports

Opinion: A Plea for a More Informed MSU Fan

The NBA Draft has come and gone, and once again, I am reminded why I loathe sports from time to time.

I could spend more of my time talking about how gross I find mock drafts and that every single “source” mentioned by people such as Chad Ford are most likely lying. Something that Ford has joked about on Twitter, but I will not.

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Mike Sadler Named Preseason First-Team All-American

Mike Sadler was one of the best punters in the nation last season, pinning a nation-leading 24 punts within the opponent’s 10-yard-line. Despite his impressive numbers and knack for converting fake punts in clutch situations, he was not named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award last season, given each year to the nation’s top punter.

Going into 2014, however, Athlon Sports projects that Sadler is a front runner for the Award, naming him as their preseason First-Team All-American.

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Jacobs the Only Spartan Drafted

It took until day two of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but a future member of the Spartan hockey family was finally selected.

Joshua Jacobs was selected by the New Jersey Devils with the 11th pick of the second round, 41st overall, in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. The smooth-skating defenseman from Shelby Township, Mich. was the only future Spartan to be selected in the Draft.

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Phil Osaer Named Director of Hockey Operations

With Adam Nightingale stepping down at the end of the pastmen’s hockey season to coach the Shattuck-St.Mary’s high school hockey team in Fairbault, Minn., a gap opened up in a vital position for the Spartan hockey program. That gap has now been filled by Phil Osaer.

Osaer is a native of Livonia, Mich. and earned his business administration degree from Ferris State University. While at Ferris he played goaltender for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001. After college, Phil spent 12 seasons in professional hockey and was an instructor at Suburban Hockey Schools in Farmington Hills, Mich.

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Way-Too-Early Prediction: Oregon (Sept. 6)

In what is arguably the biggest non-conference game in Michigan State football history, the Spartans will travel across the country to face Oregon in a game between two top 10 teams that has playoff implications.

A victory in a game of this magnitude and national exposure could solidify MSU as an elite football program. The Spartans open as a 13-point underdog.

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Spartans Return from NCAA Outdoor Championship

In a sport like track and field, you win some and you lose some. In a place like Eugene, Ore., home of this year’s NCAA Outdoor Championship, it is hard to not go in with high expectations.

Michigan State track and field saw five of their top athletes take on the nation’s best this past week at the Outdoor Championship. Junior Leah O’Connor was the star of the week, with a well-planned first place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase on Friday. Since her last visit to Eugene for the 2013 Outdoor Championship, she has made it her goal to stand on the podium and take part in the “victory lap” tradition.

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The Pact – #36 – 6/23/14

On this week’s show, Fino Faith and Austin welcomed MSU basketball redshirt senior Keenan Wetzel into the studio. With the recent transfers and fast approaching season on the horizon, MSU basketball was not the discussion however. Wetzel’s off-the-court endeavor, The Cager, a short film written and directed by Wetzel starring ex-Spartan Delvon Roe, was where the discussion began. Accompanied by fellow MSU student and the film’s producer, Nick Stachurski, the two showcased their individual plans and goals for the 25-minute film about a former college basketball star adjusting to life without a back up plan.

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Non-Conference Schedule Preview: Hockey

At last year’s postseason press conference, Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos said that he would include a wide variety of non-conference teams for the Spartans to play in the upcoming seasons. Now with the official 2014-15 hockey schedule released, the Spartans boast a strong but flexible schedule that even Tom Izzo would be proud of. Read More…

Conference Schedule Preview: Hockey

The 2014-2015 Big Ten hockey schedule has been released, as Tom Anastos and the Spartans will look to improve last season’s conference record of 5-9-6-4. And despite finishing second to last, Michigan State lost four regulation games by one goal and had wins over some of the best teams in the country.

For Anastos, there is a lot of motivation for this team to improve starting with their first conference match-up in Columbus, Ohio with Ohio State. Read More…

Position Group Breakdown: Linebackers

Over the last two weeks,  Impact Sports previewed 2014’s “No Fly Zone,” comprising of the cornerback and safety units.

This week, the focus is on the linebackers — one of the most impressive units of the 2013 season that will feature some new faces next season after the departure of a few key players.

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Darqueze Dennard Inks $8-Million Deal with Bengals

The 2013 Jim Thorpe Award winning cornerback, Darqueze Dennard, hoped to be a top-10 pick in the draft this year. And in one of the best NFL Drafts for defensive backs, Dennard fell to the 24th pick, being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dennard officially signed a four-year contract with Cincinnati last Thursday. The deal will net Dennard $8 million.

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The Pact – #35 – 6/16/14

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil this past Thursday and with already a weekend of soccer now behind, The Pact held its first ever show devoted mainly to soccer.

To begin the show, Fino and Faith welcomed Lansing United owner Jeremy Sampson as he watched the USA’s first match of the World Cup live at a local pub. Jeremy shed light on the recent successes of the local amateur soccer team both in the standings and in the team finances and the community.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Jacksonville State (Aug. 29)

Michigan State is coming into the 2014 season as the defending Big Ten Champions with a 10-game winning streak. They have not lost at home since November 2012. With a win in the 100th Rose Bowl and a preseason ranking in the top 10, the ceiling for MSU football is a National Championship, but where is the floor?

If the Spartans lose their first game, it will be the biggest disaster a Big Ten team has experienced in non-conference play since No. 5 Michigan lost to unranked Appalachian State in 2007.

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Breaking down the Class of 2014: Linebackers

After losing Max Bullough and Denicos Allen to graduation, the Spartans will get to see some fresh faces at the linebacker position this fall. Wrapping up the incoming freshman class on the defensive side of the ball, let’s take a look at the linebackers in the class of 2014.

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Breaking down MSU’s 2015 Commits

With a wide range of offensive and defensive threats arriving on campus this fall, Michigan State football hopes to continue bringing in talent and building its program. With the recent verbal commitment from Noah Listermann, the Spartans are building a solid recruiting class for 2015. Here is a look at who has committed thus far:

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Last Leg – #8 – 6/10/14

Alexa McCarthy, host of Last Leg, is back just in time for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship this week in Eugene, Oregon.

McCarthy runs through all five of MSU’s athletes who will be attending the Championship and talks with the women making their way to nationals: Leah O’Connor, Rachele Schulist and Tori Franklin. With them, she covers everything from motivational rituals, first time jitters and teammate bonding.

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The Pact – #34 – 6/9/14

This week marked a big show for The Pact with recent MSU football and basketball signings going down and with the seasons coming up faster than the panel expected.

Fino and Faith welcomed Dan Kilbridge of 247sports.com to discuss and debate the current signees of the 2015 football class (OG Kyonta Stallworth, OT Noah Listermann, CB Tyson Smith, QB Jayru Campbell and QB Brian Lewerke.). Read More…

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