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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 11 & NFL Wk 10 – 11/7/14

Now the real season starts! With the Michigan State Spartans football team staring up at both TCU and Kansas State in the most recent NCAA College Football Playoff Poll, it’s going to take a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday and a cover of the -3.5 to leave a lasting impression on the selection committee.

In a rematch of last year’s Big Ten Championship game, MSU is in need of a convincing victory over Urban Meyer for the second straight season. Other great games Saturday include Notre Dame +2.5 @ Arizona St. and a death match between the aforementioned TCU, who sits at -6 versus K-State.

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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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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 9 & NFL Wk 8 – 10/24/14

So some football team with a losing record from Ann Arbor is coming to East Lansing as 16.5-point underdogs on Saturday. That in itself is humiliating, but a cover by the Michigan State Spartans would be even better. Rivalry week is here at MSU, so Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the big game on this week’s Walk the Line.

There are some other great NCAA and NFL matchups to talk about, but the Spartans vs. the Wolverines is all we students here at MSU really care about. Go Green!

This is where the real season begins! Our delectable menu on this week’s show… Read More…

Opening Night Goal Ends Major Slump for DeBlouw

It was a textbook sophomore slump last season for Matt DeBlouw. After scoring 10 goals in his freshman season, including three in the final three games of the season, he went without a single goal in his sophomore campaign.

But with every new season comes a clean slate, a chance to start over again, and DeBlouw and other Spartans made the most of it last night as the Spartans had scoring from three of their four lines in a 5-3 win over UMass. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 8 & NFL Wk 7 – 10/17/14

This year’s Michigan State Spartan football team is indisputably impressive, but are they destined to fail out of sheer boredom? The trend became reality last week with yet another 4th quarter filled with mental errors, causing MSU to yet again not cover the spread after holding a considerable lead.

Winning alone is not going to be good enough to get into the College Football Playoff. Teams need to win big and establish themselves as the best of the best. A relatively easy road test Saturday vs. the Indiana Hoosiers has MSU -15.5, and the Spartans better play 60 minutes of football at 100%.

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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 7 & NFL Wk 6 – 10/10/14

The MSU football team survived Nebraska last week by the skin of their teeth, and now it’s on to West Lafayette, where the Spartans are favored by 21 points against the Purdue Boilermakers. There’s potential for trouble, so see if Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer think Michigan State can cover the spread.

Overall, this is a fantastic week of college football. The push to the Championship Playoff has truly begun. Here is this week’s menu of games… Read More…

Walk the Line 2014 written edition: NCAA Wk 6; NFL Wk 5 – 10/3/14

Hello, Walk the Line fans! Dan Krier here. Thanks to this cold/flu/whatever it is I’ve picked up, our Walk the Line podcast will be taking a week off while my voice recovers.

Nonetheless, Brooks Laimbeer and I wanted to give our picks for this week’s great games like Saturday night’s MSU (-6.5) vs Nebraska matchup here in East Lansing. Can the Spartans cover the spread in what’s sure to be cold and rainy conditions? Here we go… Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 4; NFL Wk 3 – 9/19/14

Time for Michigan State to wreck a couple people. The Spartans head into Saturday as 45.5-point favorites vs. the Eagles of EMU from Ypsilanti. Yes, that’s a lot.

Brooks Laimbeer & Dan Krier discuss this week’s NCAA football top games, wondering if Jameis Winston’s unnecessary public display of deviance will cause FSU to let Clemson stay close. Ryan Smith drops in at the 16min mark to talk NFL Week 3 lines, allowing Dan & Ryan to vent about poor coaching that makes point spreads seem arbitrary. Can someone in charge please act like you deserve it? Thanks! Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 3; NFL Wk 2 – 9/11/14

Brooks Laimbeer joins Dan Krier to discuss this week’s NCAA football point spreads and last week’s tough Michigan State/Oregon game in Eugene. The Spartans played valiantly in a hostile environment and came up short, but the season isn’t buried by any stretch.

At the 23min mark, Ryan Smith stops by to talk NFL Week 2 lines with Dan, where the Detroit Lions have a chance to get to 2-0 on the season in a road test at Carolina. Always tough to be right early in the season, but it’s a fun time every week on Walk the Line! Read More…

Walk the Line: NCAA Football Week 1 – 8/27/14

Brooks Laimbeer joins Dan Krier this week on Walk the Line to discuss the official start to the 2014 NCAA football season. It’s time to talk point spreads and over/unders!

Michigan State’s first game is Friday against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in a matchup that has no official line. Do you think that will stop Dan from putting MSU -27.5? The question is, will they cover? Dan and Brooks break down the most relevant stats to predict their final scores. Read More…

Walk the Line: Football 2014 Kickoff Show – 8/22/14

Ryan Smith & Dan Krier usher in the 2014 football season with a Walk the Line discussion previewing the upcoming NCAA football campaign that will culminate in the first-ever championship playoff. What will it take for the Michigan State Spartans to earn a spot in the new Final Four?

Ryan and Dan also talk about the merits of point spreads and give their thoughts on Johnny Manziel’s presence in the NFL. It’s good to be back! Read More…

2014 FIFA World Cup – Final Recap Show

Time to bid farewell to the wonderful 2014 FIFA World Cup. Germany reigns supreme after a 1-0 fantastic finish victory over Argentina, capturing the country’s 4th ever world championship.

Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer discuss the final game, make personal picks for the All-Tournament Team, and ponder the future of United States soccer regarding potential ways to cultivate more fan interest in the sport that so many people have adored over the last few weeks. Read More…

2014 FIFA World Cup Final – Preview Show

After witnessing the 7-1 destruction of Brazil by an unrelenting German side, the world watched as Lionel Messi led Argentina to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final to face their old foes from Europe. After trading finals victories in 1986 & 1990, these two historic squads will square off again on Sunday in Rio to see who will be able to claim soccer supremacy.

Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer discuss the dismantling of Brazil in their semifinal humiliation and examine the possible outcomes for the Argentina / Germany title match. With a World Cup as wonderful as this one, a final for the ages is sure to be expected. One game left for all the glory. Here we go! Read More…

2014 FIFA World Cup – Semifinal Round Preview

Soccer fans have a fantastic four to finish out the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with usual suspects Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, and host Brazil left to battle it out for the most coveted trophy on the planet.

Dan Krier and Brooks Laimbeer break down the semifinals, discussing the remaining squads’ chances at moving on to the final match on July 13th. It seems appropriate that these historic teams are still standing in one of the best World Cups ever.
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2014 FIFA World Cup – Quarterfinal Round Preview

Although the United States soccer team was unable to defeat Belgium in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the eight remaining teams are about to kick off four of the most intriguing international football matches one could ever imagine.

Dan Krier and Brooks Laimbeer preview the Quarterfinal Round and give their picks on who will survive and who will go home. Does Brazil have what it takes to tackle the upstart Colombian squad? Will Belgium be able to shut down Argentina and Lionel Messi? Read More…

2014 FIFA World Cup – Knockout Round Update Show

All is right with the world!

To the joy of an entire nation, the United States survived the dreaded Group of Death to advance to the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Add that fact to one of the best overall World Cups in history and you have got something very special going on right now.

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2014 FIFA World Cup – Update Show

Amazing World Cup. Period.

The start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been filled with unbelievable moments and goals galore. Is this going to go down as the best World Cup ever?

Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer sum up the first half of the group stage, analyzing the best moments thus far while discussing where things appear to be headed in the upcoming week.

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Walk the Line – World Cup Ep.1 – 6/10/14

It only took four years to get here.

Starting this Thursday, June 12, sports fans around the globe will be treated to the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil. Never before has Brazil hosted this month-long tournament, and with all the world’s best teams ready for action, a classic for the ages is a distinct possibility.

Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the 16 opening games of the World Cup, analyzing the current betting lines and looking in-depth at such matches as USA vs. Ghana, which will take place on June 16, and England vs. Italy on June 14. Read More…

Walk the Line: 2014 NCAA Tourney Wrap-Up – UConn’s Covering Conquerors

Connecticut’s run to the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship was nothing short of spectacular. Plus…they covered the spread every game!

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