Impact Sports

A Home-Grown Team: MSU Cross Country

To an outsider, a team’s success is most often seen in the numbers. A No. 1 national ranking, four invitational team wins and consistently placing multiple runners in the top-15 can weigh heavy in the books, but for the Michigan State University women’s cross country team, success in numbers is not the only reason to feel triumphant.

The state of Michigan is finding itself at the center of collegiate cross country, and is home to two nationally ranked top-five teams. MSU and the University of Michigan have danced around each other in the polls since the beginning of the year. Read More…

Horsepower – #18 – 10/27/14

This week on Horsepower, host Cameron Billes chats with special guest Vince Ellis from the Detroit Free Press.

They discuss the Pistons ending their trade drought, Stan Van Gundy’s effect in the locker room and how the team will handle the shooting guard position after the injuries to Jodie Meeks and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Read More…

Lions Pull Off Miraculous Win in London

The Atlanta Falcons were unable to hold onto their 21-0 early lead in London, England, allowing the Lions to score 24 unanswered points in the second half.

Detroit defied all odds early Sunday in Wembley Stadium facing a streaky Falcons team. Starting their third-string center, it was clear the Lions’ No. 1 defense would have Matt Ryan’s number all game, but the usual Lions pressure did not come around until the second half. Two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception shook Matty Ice’s confidence and held the red-hot offense to zero points in the second half of the game. Read More…

Spartans and Wildcats Draw in Defensive Battle

In a hard-fought match between both sides, Michigan State and Northwestern could only notch one goal apiece in 110 minutes of play.

The Wildcats came out with high pressure against the Spartans, but Michigan State would set themselves up first for scoring opportunities as they earned a corner kick in the second minute and redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, whipped in a cross in the eighth minute that was grabbed by senior goalkeeper, Tyler Miller. Read More…

Shooting Guard Struggle

A day after the news came out that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a strained knee, the Pistons were hit with more shooting guard related injury news.

A report came out Oct. 14 saying Jodie Meeks will be out six to eight weeks with a back injury. Read More…

Follow the Leader

Following our offseason update podcast last week, I wanted to address an issue that came up often during last season: leadership.

Leadership is an intangible quality that you either have or you do not, and last year, this Michigan State baseball team was lacking some true leaders. During tough games against Central Michigan (0-3 record against Central during the season) and in four extra-inning games (0-4 on season) there was little leadership presence to speak of. Read More…

Izzo Rocks Michigan State Madness

On an unseasonably warm October night, Spartan fans from around the state packed in to the Breslin Center to witness the spectacle that is Michigan State Madness (formerly known as Midnight Madness). Lines wrapped all the way around the stadium, one even stretching from the Magic Johnson statue to Shaw Lane.

Coach Tom Izzo has built quite the reputation for flashy entrances, and spectators were clueless as to what he might do this time. In recent years, Izzo rode in on a horse, came in dressed as Iron Man and even had a little help from a real-life Spartan, Gerard Butler. Last year, he faked out everyone in the building (myself included) when he pretended to get shot out of a giant cannon. Read More…

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…

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