Bradley Allen

Spartan Playbook: Grip Throw – Mike Van Ermen

Captain of MSU dodgeball Mike Van Ermen teaches how to become an expert with the grip throw. He displays why curve and movement is the best in the game.

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Spartan Playbook connects sports fans to the most high-profile athletes at Michigan State University. In each episode of Spartan Playbook, the most strategic moves in each sport are explored.

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Secret Society – #9 – 4/16/14

Michigan State Pompon assistant coach Alex Brekke and executive board member Melissa Novak chatted with Bradley Allen on episode nine of Secret Society. They discussed their love for the sport of pompon, what to look forward to next season, and some of their favorite memories.

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Secret Society – #8 – 4/9/14

Secret Society is back again for an eighth episode. And this week, Bradley Allen brings MSU dodgeball captains Mike Van Ermen and Colin O’Brien into the studio. Van Ermen and O’Brien share how they got their start in dodgeball and preview the upcoming NCDA Championships this weekend.

Also discussed is the dodgeball world’s love-hate relationship with the 2004 blockbuster movie, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and of course some of Mike, Colin and Bradley’s favorite MSU moments.

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Secret Society – #6 – 3/26/14

Michigan State Ultimate returns for another episode of Secret Society with Bradley Allen!

Captain Max Bommarito brought Eitan Spivak, Josh Fendrick and Michael Giles visit the WDBM studios to talk about Burning Couch’s upcoming tournaments, and to share some stories about their experiences with ultimate frisbee.

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Secret Society – #5 – 3/19/14

Secret Society is back with for episode five and Bradley Allen sat down for an intimate conversation with MSU men’s club soccer coach Scott Dane. Listen as they discuss Scott’s role in the local soccer community and reminisce on the good old days when Scott coached Bradley on his high school junior varsity team.

The two focus in on the 2012 National Championship run for the club soccer team and recap the 2013 season, where rain spoiled their chance to defend their crown.

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Secret Society – #4 – 3/12/14

Secrets are revealed on episode 4 of Secret Society as Bradley Allen talks with the Spartan Ski Club.

President Brennen O’berski, Vice President Kat Smith, Promotional Representative Brittney Heatherington and Junior Officer Charlie Nicoli share their experience with ski club— including their Relay for Life fundraiser, social events and ski trips.

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Secret Society – #3 – 3/5/14

Secret Society is back with episode three, and Bradley Allen brings fellow Impact Sports multimedia reporter Brett Kast into the studio late-night to talk about the Michigan Dodgeball Cup that took place Feb. 15 at IM West.

We also learn the details about Brett’s favorite MSU sports moment and a couple of his own secrets!

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Secret Society – #2 – 2/26/14

Bradley Allen sat down with four members of Michigan State Quidditch for episode two of Secret Society.

President Mel Walker and head coach Ian Hoopingarner explain how they got involved with Quidditch as well as what they ate for breakfast. Public Relations Coordinator Maggie Hermanson and Intramural Coordinator Kevin Fennell talk about the upcoming intramural season, two upcoming tournaments and give an inside scoop to what goes on in the quidditch community.

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Secret Society – #1 – 2/19/14

Michigan State men’s and women’s ultimate frisbee came into the studio with host Bradley Allen for the first episode of Secret Society.

Secret Society will be a regular podcast featuring guests representing MSU club sports. The first segment of every podcast will be focused on guest interviews about their sport and their team, while the second segment will consist of lighter questions that delve into the esoteric “secrets” of life on a club sports team at MSU.

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Men’s Ultimate Plays Hurt in Charlotte, Has Car Accidents on Way Home

The Michigan State men’s ultimate frisbee team, better known as The Burning Couch traveled to Charlotte, N.C., last weekend to play in their first tournament of the spring semester. While MSU hoped the tournament would prove a prime opportunity to face the nation’s top competition in ultimate frisbee, the injury-ridden team faced many roadblocks along the way and along the way back too.

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Club Quidditch Hosts Winter Fantasy Tournament

Lansing, Mich. – Flurries adding to the piles of deep snow did not stop quidditch players from playing all day Saturday.

The Spartan Spitfires, Michigan State’s co-ed quidditch team hosted a tournament at the Holt Soccer Complex Saturday. Ohio State, Bowling Green, Ball State, Central Michigan, Southern Illinois, Toledo and Miami of Ohio were some of the colleges represented at the tournament.

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Quidditch Gallery: Winter Fantasy Tournament

Lansing, Mich. – The Spartan Spitfires, Michigan State’s co-ed quidditch team hosted a tournament at the Holt Soccer Complex Saturday. Ohio State, Bowling Green, Ball State, Central Michigan, Southern Illinois, Toledo and Miami of Ohio were some of the colleges represented at the tournament.
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Opinion: Lions Season a Success on Thanksgiving

As I watched the Lions get set to take the field against the Packers on Thursday at Ford Field, it dawned on me how important a victory would be for the team. Obviously, being tied with the Bears atop the NFC North with a chance at a second playoff berth in three years, a divisional rival game is important. Obviously, it would be nice to win a game at home on Thanksgiving and avoid losing 10 straight on the holiday. Having the privilege of going to over a dozen Thanksgiving Day Lions games in my lifetime, I could sense something was different about this game. Read More…

Dodgeball Team Wins MSU Invitational

Michigan State’s dodgeball team hosted a six-team tournament at I.M. West last Sunday and took home the title with wins over Bowling Green, Ohio State and Siena Heights.  It was a huge win for the Spartans, who had a slow start to the 2013-14 season, coming into the tournament with an 0-5 record.

At their last practice before the tournament, captain Mike Van Ermen told his team this would be the biggest tournament of the year. Read More…

Spartan Dodgeball Gears Up for Tournament

MSU Dodgeball was firing on all cylinders late Thursday night at I.M. Circle, in their last practice before hosting a six team tournament this weekend.

The Spartans, who lost to Grand Valley in the National Championship last season, are looking to get back to the top of their game.  After three tough outings early this season, the Spartans are winless. But hope to get back to championship caliber play they are accustomed to.

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