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It’s Personal: No. 8 Spartans Win 35-11 Against Rival Wolverines

The No. 8 Michigan State Spartans knew they needed a win against their in-state rivals on Saturday. Although the Spartans have seemingly taken control of the rivalry in the Mark Dantonio era, the team made sure they were not overlooking the Wolverines. MSU was in control for all four quarters, winning 35-11.

Michigan State opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off with a Jeremy Langford two-yard rush. Read More…

Lions Leap Across the Pond

In Week 8, the Detroit Lions return to London for the first time since 1993, as they take on the lowly Atlanta Falcons. Detroit comes into this game with a lot of momentum, being winners of their last two games, tied for first in the NFC North and still maintaining the NFL’s No. 1 defense.

However, fans were a bit worried this week with the news that all three of the Lions’ tight ends may be unable to play Sunday. Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Eric Ebron (hamstring) were listed as “Out” on the Lions’ injury report Friday, while Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was listed as doubtful. Read More…

Impact Izzone — 10/24/14

It is officially 10 days until MSU men’s preseason basketball starts. Hosts Andrew Hayes and Blake Froling talk about all the festivities leading up to tip-off including the Izzone Campout and Midnight Madness.

The hosts give their predictions for Izzo’s entrance and much more on this edition of Impact Izzone. Read More…

Zoltowski Nominated for Rhodes Scholarship

Senior David Zoltowski of the men’s swimming and diving team has been nominated for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship along with five other Michigan State students.

“I’m very honored and I would love the opportunity to get to interview and I am just hoping for the best,” Zoltowski said. Read More…

Mullane Advances to Quarterfinals of ITA Midwest Regionals

It was an exciting weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Championships were held. The Michigan State men’s tennis team had a successful weekend, advancing to the quarterfinals in both the singles and doubles main draw tournaments.

During the singles portion of the tournament, the Spartans had four participants, including junior John Patrick Mullane, who began play as the No. 8 seed in the 64-player field. Mullane defeated Jorge Gonzalez Soler of UW-Green Bay, Matt Mendez of Ohio State and Eddy Covalschi of Notre Dame before bowing out against No. 13 seed Aron Hiltzik of Illinois in the quarterfinals. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #8 – 10/23/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, Jason Ruff and Brain Bobal recap MSU’s opening series against UMass.

In addition, the hosts look ahead to the Spartans’ raod trip to Boston University and UMass-Lowell and check in on MSU women’s field hockey and club ice hockey. Read More…

Kurtis Drummond: “What We Did Last Year Means Nothing This Year”

It is clear that the change in trend of Michigan State’s rivalry with Michigan has not changed MSU’s attitude about the game.

Kurtis Drummond was one of five MSU players who joined Mark Dantonio in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.  Drummond alongside fellow seniors Travis Jackson and Jeremy Langford answered questions after Mark Dantonio’s laughter filled Q&A. Read More…

Golden Grizzlies Score Two Late Goals to Defeat Spartans

In a back and forth game, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies capitalized on two attempts to defeat the Michigan State Spartans 2-0 at home.

Michigan State found themselves with an early corner kick in the sixth minute, as a ball from junior midfielder, Jason Stacy, found the head of senior midfielder, Fatai Alashe, but he could not put the header on target. Read More…

Opinion: It’s X-Factor Season

The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, which means it is time for writers and bloggers to start filling headlines with their relatively unfounded predictions for college basketball.

One of my current favorites is the notion that, for the second year in a row, Branden Dawson will be the “x-factor” for Michigan State this year. Read More…

Lions Den – #18 – 10/22/14

What a Sunday it was for the Detroit Lions. After being down by 13 points with under six minutes to go to the New Orleans Saints, the Lions somehow escaped with a 24-23 victory.

On this episode of Lions Den, host Michael Higer is joined by co-hosts Louis Bilotta and Chris Boggus to recap the Lions’ miraculous win. Also on the show, the guys discuss whether the Lions’ successes fall solely on the coaching staff, just what is wrong with the running game and do the Lions deserve to be higher ranked than the Green Bay Packers. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – Ben Miller

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Ben Miller, a fifth-year senior for Michigan State cross country.

Miller graduated in Spring 2014 and is currently working on his MBA at MSU while consistently ranking in the team’s top five. He is the school record holder in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:23.89. Read More…

Dantonio Takes More “Diplomatic” Approach While Discussing Michigan Rivalry

The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry has always been a heated one on the football field, but when Mark Dantonio took over as head coach of the Spartans in 2007, the teams were headed in different directions.

Michigan State was annually competing to simply make a bowl game while the Wolverines were focused on winning Big Ten titles and beyond. Read More…

Tiger Talk – #14 – Dan Dickerson Interview

In this edition of Tiger Talk, host Tony Garcia is joined by a new guest. Dan Dickerson, the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers Radio Network comes in to share his expertise.

The two discuss the Detroit Tigers before they became a perennial powerhouse. In the early 2000’s Dickerson was mentored by the great Ernie Harwell. Dickerson shares that life changing experience, what he learned during that time and how it was still enjoyable to announce for a team that  was not good. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #25 – 10/21/14

The Spartan Red Zone trio of Dan Tyler, Andre Sims, and Brad Allen welcome quarterback Connor Cook to the studio.

Last week’s big 56-17 win over Indiana is discussed, as well as this Saturday’s rivalry matchup with the Wolverines and even what all the guys are being for Halloween. Read More…

Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament Taking Shape

With the men’s soccer season entering its final stretch, the Big Ten Tournament is drawing close. Michigan State will be hoping to capture the first seed, although it faces intense opposition.

The top spot currently belongs to Penn State, who is sitting atop the Big Ten leaderboard, but has a game in hand on both Michigan State and fourth place Ohio State. However, Maryland and Northwestern will be jockeying for No. 1 as well, and the tightly-contested battle for the top spot is only getting started. Read More…

Women’s Tennis Splits at Midwest Regionals

Michigan State women’s tennis served a split victory at the Midwest Regionals at the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign, Illinois.

The first day of the Midwest Regionals proved victorious as MSU women’s tennis won both of their first round matches and one second round match. Read More…

Opinion: An MSU Football Fan’s Reason to Worry

It’s finally here – Michigan Week.

Every season, there is one game labeled on the calendars for the Michigan State football team and its fans as a ‘must-win’ when the Spartans face in-state rival, University of Michigan.  This year, the game seems to be losing its luster because of the collapse of the Michigan football program. It is the ultimate role reversal.

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Red Wings Dominate Home-and-Home Against Maple Leafs

Following back to back losses, including a heartbreaker against Boston in a shootout, the Detroit Red Wings were looking to bounce back in a home-and-home matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The series started out in Toronto on Friday night, and the teams had to quickly head back to Detroit and play the following night.

Game one saw an abundance of contribution from numerous Red Wings, particularly on the first line. Halfway through the first period, the captain, Henrik Zetterberg, found Johan Franzen for the first goal of the game. It was also his first of the season. Jimmy Howard held the Maple Leafs scoreless in the first period, standing firm in net. Read More…

Lions Send Saints Marching Home

The Detroit Lions rallied late in their Week 7 matchup to overcome Sean Payton’s prolific New Orleans Saints offense 24-23.

The Lions did not waste a second scoring 14 of their points in the last four minutes of the game. The stout Lions defense pitched another shutout against the run game, holding the crowded Saints backfield to only 60 yards. Averaging 133 yards per game on the ground, Drew Brees realized early that the game would have to be won through the air. Brees’ lights out performance of 342 yards and two touchdowns was not enough to beat the Detroit Lions. Read More…

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