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…

Electric Crowd Witnesses Tennis Heartbreaker

“Wow, I’ve never played in front of this many people. These fans are so behind you.”

Freshman tennis player Jasper Koenen was amazed by the 180 plus spectators packed in the MSU Indoor tennis facility on Thursday afternoon, as the MSU men’s tennis team took on the University of Memphis, who are ranked No. 21 in the country.

The stakes were big, it was the third home match of the season and over 1000 people were invited on a Facebook event; it had all the characteristics of an enticing match. However, the Spartans could not hang on in the end and dropped a close match to Memphis, 5-2. Read More…

Lineup Shuffle Sparks Spartans

Tum Tum Nairn can thank the Illini for his new starting job.

After a debilitating loss to Illinois at the Breslin on February 7, changes needed to be made. With Travis Trice struggling mightily and the offense AWOL, Coach Izzo needed to do something to get his team out of a funk before it was too late. Read More…

Men’s Golf Wins Three in Big Ten Match Play Championship

The entire Big Ten Conference traveled to the Hammock Beach Resort in sunny Palm Coast, Florida for the conference’s match play championship.

Match play, compared to the more common stroke play, keeps track of the player who has the lower score on each hole rather than all holes combined. The player who wins the hole gets one point. 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…

The Pact – 2/16/15

After a blowout win against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., MSU men’s basketball had a huge win over the Ohio State Buckeyes at home on Valentine’s Day. In the first segment, Fino and Faith debate what that big win over the Buckeyes means for the team this late in the season.

MSU Impact Sports men’s basketball reporter, Andrew Hayes, joins the panel in the second segment to give his take on the win over Ohio State as well as what the Spartans to impress him on Valentine’s Day.

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Spartans Lose Hard-Fought Battle to No. 5 Terrapins

The Spartans returned to the Breslin for the Play4Kay pink out Monday night against No. 5 Maryland, following their win on the road against Penn State.

Aerial Powers was honored at the beginning of the game for being the youngest Spartan women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points. Read More…

Corner Kick – 2015 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Recruiting

National Signing Day has passed and high school seniors have signed their national letters of intent.

Topdrawersoccer.com has four Big Ten teams in their Top 20 2015 recruiting classes — Maryland at No. 3, Michigan State at No. 8, Ohio State at No. 17 and Michigan at No. 20.

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Gymnastics Split Weekend Meets

It was a busy weekend for the MSU Gymnastics team as they went up against Michigan on Friday and Pittsburgh on Sunday at Jenison Field House.

Michigan edged out MSU with a score of 196.725 – 194.850 for the annual alumni meet. Despite the loss, junior Lisa Burt had a standout night competing as an all-arounder. She ended the night with a total score of 39.400. Read More…

Sacrifice, a Hat Trick, and a Sweep

Before the game Saturday night, Tom Anastos entered the locker room, looked around at the players and slapped the Big Ten standings on the video board showing the team what was at stake. Three hours later, after a grueling and hard-fought 3-2 win that got the Spartans back to .500 on the season, he entered the same locker room and handed the game puck to Mackenzie MacEachern. Read More…

Spartans Blank Nittany Lions

An injury to Brent Darnell opened up the door for J.T. Stenglein to see his first action since Dec. 5. He made the most of it, notching a goal to help the Spartans on their way to a 3-0 win over Penn State at Munn Arena Friday night.

Goals from Mackenzie MacEachern, Stenglein and Matt DeBlouw gave Jake Hildebrand all the support he needed, as he stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season. Read More…

Riding Win Streak, Men’s Tennis Faces a Familiar Foe

Last week, the Spartan men’s tennis team were injury ridden and anticipating the challenging, chippy teams of Ball State and Eastern Illinois.

“Playing on the road is never easy and Ball State has been a competitive team for as long as I know,” said head coach Gene Orlando last week. “They won the conference tournament in the MAC, which has some quality teams.”

Ball State is Orlando’s alma mater. And last year, Michigan State had a scare by only winning the meet, 4-3. But the men dominated both Ball State and Eastern Illinois last weekend, 7-0, and now have five-straight victories. Read More…

Behind the Mask – 2/12/15

On this episode of Behind the Mask, Jason and Brian recap both the men’s and women’s teams’ tough weekend.

In addition, our hosts preview this weekend’s series with some special A-Team shoutouts.

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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…

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