Michigan State Spartans

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 10 & NFL Wk 9 – 10/31/14

Happy Halloween from Walk the Line!

It’s a bye week for the Michigan State Spartans football team. It’s also a bye week for ex-Michigan Wolverines athletic director Dave Brandon, whose former team was pummeled last week 35-11 by a Spartans squad who showed the world what it’s like to shove it up into someone’s misplaced sense of superiority. Props to Dantonio. No more need to be diplomatic.

The question of MSU’s run to the College Football Playoff now centers on the Ohio State Buckeyes and a matchup here in East Lansing on Nov. 8th. In the meantime, the best of 2014 is just getting started. Our select menu on this week’s show… Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Ferris State

After a troubling weekend stint in Massachusetts, the Spartans return home to East Lansing to face another daunting opponent, the No. 15 Ferris State Bulldogs.

Know Thy Enemy and Know Thyself

Michigan State is reeling, no one can dispute that, but then again so are the Bulldogs. Both teams are riding a three-game losing streak heading into this weekend’s contest, and both teams were swept last weekend, (MSU by BU and UMass-Lowell, Ferris by Michigan Tech). Read More…

Behind the Mask – #9 – 10/30/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down last weekend’s performances by the Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey teams.

Later in the show, the hosts check in on the other Big Ten teams and preview men’s hockey’s upcoming home series against No. 14 Ferris State. Read More…

Kreutz’s Goal Off the Bench Helps Spartans Tie Fighting Irish

In a hard fought match that went back and forth all night between Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Spartans came out of South Bend, Indiana with a 1-1 draw.

For the opening minutes of the match, the Spartans controlled the possession game and worked the ball around the pitch, but could not put themselves into good scoring opportunities. Read More…

Women’s Gymnastics Prepares for the Upcoming Season

In just a few short months, Michigan State women’s gymnastics will return to action for their 2014-2015 season. Coming off an eighth-place finish in the Big Ten Conference and finishing No. 39 in the country, the team is ready to return to competition in Jenison Field House.

The Spartans’ 2013-2014 season concluded with a “disappointing day” at the B1G Championships, according to head coach Kathie Klages. At the tournament, then-junior Gillian Carr was seriously injured in warm-ups, causing early problems for the team. The championships continued with three Lady Spartans falling, one on bars and two on beam, which lead led to one of these low scores counting in the final team score.

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Roll Out: MSU Wrestling Preview

It is that magical time for wrestling fans. Time to roll out the mats and bust out the headgear, or in my athletically challenged case, pull out the computer. For Michigan State wrestling fans, the season is rapidly approaching. Head coach and parrot aficionado Tom Minkel recently released the MSU grappling schedule.

It will not be an easy season this year, as the Spartans take on eight of the top 25 teams from last year, including a home dual against four-time reigning NCAA Champion, Penn State. In total, Michigan State will take on six ranked teams at home in the Jenison Field House.

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Opinion: Men’s Soccer Ready for Fighting Irish

In the last three years, the Spartans and Fighting Irish have met on the pitch five times. Three times during the regular season and two times during the NCAA Tournament.

The last time Michigan State beat Notre Dame was in 2010 when redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, redshirt senior defender, Ryan Keener, and redshirt senior defender, Josh Barens, were freshman and adjusting to life in East Lansing. Read More…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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