Michigan State hockey has gone 8-4-1 since the beginning of January and the team is looking to finish the season strong by competing against the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota for first place in the Big Ten. Head coach, Tom Anastos, calls in to discuss the team’s success these past few months and what the Spartans need to do in order to have success against the University of Wisconsin this weekend at home.
Concussions have been a huge issue in the sports world for the past few years and MSU sports journalism professor, Joanne Gerstner, is writing a book on youth concussions and sports. The book is aimed at coaches, athletes and parents. Gerstner called-in to The Pact to discuss her book with Fino and Faith, and how concussions need to stop being ignored at the youth level.
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.
Michigan State men’s hockey lost 4-1 against the University of Michigan in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago. MSU Impact Sports hockey reporter, Brian Bobal, joins the panel to discuss the atmosphere as well as recap the game.
Mr. Soccer in the state of Michigan and a 2015 MSU men’s soccer recruit, DeJuan Jones, calls in to discuss how he was recruited by MSU and what he hopes to bring to the team next fall.
With the NFL season disastrously coming to an end for the Seahawks when the Patriots unexpectedly snatched away Seattle’s treacherous toss, Super Bowl XLIX concluded and we all began the six-month wait until next season’s games kick off with a feeling of, “What the **** just happened?”. The panel relives last night’s entertaining Super Bowl and concludes if XLIX could have been the best ever and if the best quarterback in NFL history was behind center for the four-time champs.
The Pact panel talks about Michigan State Spartans hockey with MSU Impact Sports hockey reporter, Brian Bobal, about their weekend series sweep over Ohio State.
Michigan State women’s basketball had a huge win over Wisconsin while Michigan State men’s basketball lost by a basket at Nebraska. Fino and Faith recap both games.
MSU men’s basketball reporter, Andrew Hayes, recaps Sunday’s overtime win over Northwestern and discusses the retirement plans of Breslin Center PA Announcer, Terry Braverman.
MSU men’s and women’s soccer reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, and Michigan State men’s soccer head coach, Damon Rensing, talk about Fatai Alashe and Adam Montague, who are currently down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the 2015 MLS Combine, and discuss where they may be drafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. Read More…
Locally, it has been a successful weekend for the state of Michigan overall as Michigan State football dominated, the Detroit Lions finally found a way past the division foe Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Tigers looked headed to the playoffs with the return of a top pitcher.
After Saturday’s 73-14 victory for Michigan State football over Eastern Michigan, the panel looks to find the negatives in the Spartans’ dominating performance and if the offense or defense impressed them more?
Football is finally here and The Pact kicks off the season with an entire hour dedicated to only MSU and Lions football.
After the Spartans’ 45-7 “statement” against Jacksonville State, the panel debates what they saw on the field, if it surprised them, what positions surprised them, which disappointed them and what should be the concern headed into Eugene, Ore., to face the No. 3 Ducks.
In the second half of the show, The Pact welcomes local Detroit Lions historian and The Game 730AM’s The Drive with Jack Ebling producer, Doug Warren, to discuss Week 1 for the Lions, the recent cuts to trim the roster down to 53 and if the demoralized Lions fans have any hope for the Playoffs.
The Tigers have fallen out of first place, the Royals are hot, and with 40 games remaining Detroit is beginning to freak out. Should Tigers fans be worried? Is this the most underachieving Detroit team ever? What is wrong at Comerica?
The Lions traveled to Oakland, Calf. this past week and lost a last-second preseason game to the Raiders. Can we take anything from this loss? Is the third preseason game the only one that matters?
With the official news that Notre Dame has removed four likely starters from its football team in the midst of an investigation into academic fraud, what does this mean for head coach Brian Kelly and what does it mean for the Spartans?
Football has officially arrived. The first preseason practice took place Saturday and today was the MSU Football Media Day. Fino and Spartan Red Zone host and reporter Dan Tyler and Bradley Allen were in attendance. Dan Tyler joins the show to offer his perspective on the Spartans during Media Day.
With the massive news Thursday that David Price was coming to Detroit, the panel finally gets a chance to discuss the move for the Tigers. The panel welcomes Tiger Talk host, Tony Garcia, to gain his perspective on the move and the future of the Tigers.
This week’s debate began once again with soccer, as Lansing United gave us no choice but to keep discussing their success as they head to New Jersey to play the New York Red Bulls U-23 in the NPSL National Semifinals. In their inaugural season, United started in a league of 80+ and now sit in the final four, two wins away from at NPSL National Championship. Forward Brian Cunningham joined the panel to discuss the approach during the upcoming week, what it will be like playing away from the Lansing fans and what his plans after the season are.
The panel continued to roll right into MSU football for the first time in awhile, debating the relevancy of the watch lists and the Spartans who made a list or two. Each panelist proposed their strongest favorite to win a watch list and Fino makes it clear what he takes into account when reading the preseason lists.
Finally, with Rupert Murdoch’s recent $80 billion bid to purchase Timer Warner, the panel discusses what would change in the sports and entertainment world with Fox Sports 1 and ESPN and how they could become legitimate competitors.
This week’s show covered local and world soccer while also touching on the storylines of the NBA free agency and LeBron James’ second decision to return home to Cleveland.
The World Cup has come to an end and the panel debates the Final match and Fino regretfully pays up on a bet between Faith and himself.
As the world’s tournament came to end end, so did the regular season of local soccer team, Lansing United. United wrapped up a Great Lakes West Championship with a 2-2 tie against Detroit City F.C. in front of 2,014 fans at MSU’s DeMartin Stadium. Team owner, Jeremy Sampson joins the show to discuss the dream weekend and announce a massive statement to United fans and the city of East Lansing.
Finally, with LeBron returning to Cleveland, the panel couldn’t resist trying to predict the success of The King with or without Kevin Love and how the Heat may falter with the movement of James.
The U.S. is out of the World Cup, MLB All-Stars have been announced, and the Red Wings did nothing in free agency.
The U.S. fell to Belgium in the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the panel is curious if America will keep watching after Team USA is gone?
Also, is Miguel Cabrera the only Tiger deserving a start in the Midsummer Classic? Were all deserving Tigers awarded a roster spot? Can Porcello slip in with help from Detroit…and Chicago?
Finally, the Detroit Red Wings were turned down by at least five different defensmen in their free agency search for a blueliner. Were the Wings simply going after unreachable talent or are players preferring anywhere but Detroit and Babcock’s bench?
The Spartans face off against Eastern Michigan after a bye week and will then take on Wyoming during homecoming week. These games will wrap up the non-conference season for MSU, as Mark Dantonio hopes to earn two victories while the team builds up momentum heading into the Big Ten season.
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.
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.
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…
The panel welcomes a new producer as well as a host of heated debate topics to dig into this week.
The Pact lost the first and only producer of the show, Lou Divizio, as he moved up in the world. Jonathan Yales now takes over to lead the second generation of the show to new heights.
This week’s show began again with guest reporter, Zac Sweirad, to discuss the outcome of MSU baseball’s season and the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Neb.
The show kicks off with a special guest, Zac Sweirad, Impact Sports’ MSU baseball reporter, who adds to the panel’s discussion of the team’s season and what to expect in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
The topics then shift to playoffs and begin with a heated debate about the Chris Kreider-Carey Price collision in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The show wraps up with a discussion about the NBA playoffs and how much the Serge Ibaka injury will hurt the Oklahoma City Thunder against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.