Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Bowls & NFL Wk 15 – 12/13/14

It’s the final Walk the Line of 2014. What a great year this was!

Now it’s on to the 2015 Cotton Bowl for the Michigan State Spartans football team, who will head to Dallas for a New Year’s Day matchup against the 3-point favorite Baylor Bears. Will it be a fourth-consecutive bowl victory for Mark Dantonio?

Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the best bowls, including the playoff pairings of the Rose Bowl (Oregon -9.5) & Sugar Bowl (Alabama -10), and NFL Week 15 (Detroit -8 vs. the Minnesota Vikings). Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Clarkson

What better way to kick off winter break than with some college hockey? This Sunday, Michigan State (5-9-1) (1-2-1) will host the Clarkson Golden Knights (6-7-4) (4-1-2) at Munn Ice Arena.

It will also be the night of the annual Teddy Bear Toss, where teddy bears are thrown onto the ice following MSU’s first goal and will be donated to children’s charities in the Lansing area. Read More…

Corner Kick – College Cup Edition

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and topdrawersoccer.com reporter, J.R. Eskilson, recap the Elite Eight matchups and give their predictions for the College Cup and who they believe will win the National Championship.
Brooks and J.R. also discuss who will likely go to the MLS Combine from the Michigan State men’s soccer team and who will be drafted in the 2015 MLS Draft.

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Lions Den – #25 – 12/11/14

The Detroit Lions came away with a 34-17 win on Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14.

On this episode of Lions Den, hosts Michael Higer and Louis Bilotta break down the Lions’ victory and what they saw from the team as they push for a playoff spot with their record now at 9-4. Read More…

Opinion: Cubs Ink Lester: What Does it Mean for Tigers/Scherzer?

When Detroit’s ace Max Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract in the last offseason, people thought he was crazy.

Coming off of a Cy Young season, by far his best showing in his career, people believed that agent Scott Boras should get Scherzer a deal, and soon, before he or the market value declined. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – Jarred Gambrell

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Jarred Gambrell, a senior jumper for Michigan State track & field.

Gambrell’s collegiate bests include 7.17m/23-6.25 in the long jump and 15.46m/50-8.75 in the triple jump.

Impact Sports journalist, Jordan Yagiela, sat down with Gambrell and learned more about the student-athlete.

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Opinion: Not Time to Worry About Men’s Basketball

Being a Michigan State basketball fan has had its perks for quite some time now. Unfortunately, the men’s basketball team has been dropped out of the top 25 rankings as of Monday after a tough loss to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. While it is disheartening to not see a Spartan head among the top-ranked teams in the country, the lack of ranking is deserved.

The basketball team is now 6-3 on the year, a record that has been fluffed up with victories against teams like Santa Clara and the UAPB Golden Lions. The Spartans were forced to rely on a 25-point performance from senior guard Travis Trice in order to beat Navy by a score of 64-59. Read More…

Hawkeyes Soar Over Spartans at Home

Riding high off of a 27-6 victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies in Dekalb, Illinois, the Spartan wrestling team came into Iowa City on a high note Saturday night. This high note was extinguished by the symphony that was the Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team.

Squaring off against the top ranked team in the country is always a tough task and the Spartans ended up finding themselves on the wrong side of a 37-0 score. Read More…

Pinned Down – #7 – 12/8/14

In the seventh podcast of the year, host Nick Carver and co-host Luke Robins discuss the Spartan wrestling weekend.

MSU went 1-1 on the weekend, and the two comment on what exactly that means for the season. They also preview next weekend’s open at Northern Iowa and look forward to when final exams end.  Read More…

Michigan State Spartans Baseball Releases 2015 Schedule

While there is not much news in the world of MSU baseball right now, the announcement of the 2015 schedule certainly pumped up fans in anticipation of the upcoming season.

There are many exciting games and matchups the Spartans will participate in this year. MSU plays nine games against NCAA Tournament teams from last year.   Read More…

Spartans Represent Well at Winter Nationals

In the midst of bitter cold winter weather, three Spartan swimmers managed to come away from the 2014 AT&T Winter Nationals with strong swims.

Senior Shelby Lacy, freshman Alex Trompke and senior Hannah Pugh represented the Spartans in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the three day meet this weekend. Read More…

Michigan State: Out

College Football Playoff:
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State

As expected, MIchigan State’s 10-2 record and second place finish in the Big Ten East was not enough to secure them a spot in the elusive College Football Playoff. MSU’s only two losses came to Oregon and Ohio State, both of which were selected into the “Football Four”. Read More…

Spartans Bounce Back with Thrilling Tie Saturday Night

The difference between Friday night’s game and Saturday night’s game was night and day. Brent Darnell scored twice and Jake Hildebrand had a strong bounce-back game with 21 saves in leading the Spartans to a thrilling 3-3 tie against Minnesota. Michigan State would go on to win the shootout to gain the extra point in the Big Ten standings.

It was one of the best team games of the season according to head coach Tom Anastos, one night after one of the worst for the Spartans. Read More…

Men’s Soccer Falls to Friars in Elite Eight

Fighters fight, and Michigan State fought until the final whistle in their Elite Eight match against Providence College.

“The guys wanted this day and this game so much,” head coach Damon Rensing said. “I think when you look at the five goals scored, these are five incredible goals.” Read More…

Men’s Basketball Snaps Losing Streak with Blowout Win

Michigan State got back to its winning ways Saturday afternoon with an 85-52 blowout over Arkansas Pine Bluff.

After struggling mightily against Notre Dame, the Spartans were able to use their superior size and athleticism to beat the Lions handily. Read More…

Horsepower – #22 – 12/6/14

On this episode of Horsepower, Cameron Billes is out so Colin Jackson takes the reigns, assisted by the newest member of Horsepower, Isaac Constans.

Colin and Isaac talk about the NBA, the Pistons’ tough season and forecast the winter games. Is there any way that the Pistons can patch up all of the holes that have led to their terrible start? Tune in to Horsepower to find out. Read More…

Men’s Soccer Hosts Providence with Final Four on Line

Michigan State has made the Elite Eight again, for the second time in the past two years. However, you will not hear anybody on the soccer team bragging about that; they want more.

Preparing to face the Providence Friars with a chance to drive down to the college soccer Final Four (or the College Cup), the Spartans soccer team will be looking to defend their home field as well as they have defended their goal this season. With a trip to Cary, North Carolina on the line and guaranteed national ESPN coverage, this is State’s biggest game of the year. Read More…

Gophers Beat Spartans in Big Ten Home Opener

Over 5,000 fans left Munn Ice Arena disappointed Friday night, as the Michigan State Spartans fell to the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5-0 in Michigan State’s Big Ten home opener.

The Spartans started strong and set the pace early in the game, but an early penalty by JT Stenglein gave Minnesota’s powerplay (which was .293 coming into this game) a chance to take the momentum. A nifty passing play set up Travis Boyd (no relation to Ron Boyd of MSU) for a tap-in and an easy power-play goal, which made it 1-0 Gophers. Read More…

Tigers Trade for RHP Shane Greene in Three-Team Deal

The Detroit Tigers made the first of what is sure to be many moves in the 2014-15 offseason.

The Tigers acquired starting pitcher Shane Greene from the New York Yankees in a three-team deal that sent starting pitcher Robbie Ray and minor-league infielder Domingo Leyba to the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they sent shortstop Didi Gregorious to the Yankees. Read More…

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