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Jason’s Journal: Disappointing

The Spartans just did not show up to play on Saturday. That is just the way it was. Whether it was the weeklong interval between games, the bus ride down to Chicago or the 100 minute delay, Michigan State came out flat against their archrival on a big stage with three very important points on the line.

What irks me about this game is not so much the fact that it was a loss, but more of how the Spartans played. The fact that Michigan State came out flat and cracked when the Wolverines applied pressure in the second period is disappointing to say the least, especially when they had a full week to get mentally prepared for the UM onslaught. Read More…

Hayes: Does the Streak End at 17 for Izzo?

For those familiar with Monty Python and the Holy Grail (read: had nerdy parents/family members), you know the famous scene where the Black Knight refuses to admit defeat despite losing all of his limbs.

Well I can now admit that I am the version of the delusional combatant pictured in the film. Read More…

Free Throw Futility Pushing Spartans to the Bubble

After Michigan State’s latest in a series of disappointing loss, this time at the hands of the Illini, a berth in the NCAA Tournament has become less and less of a certainty. MSU has not been left out of the big dance since 1997, but this could be the year the streak is snapped. This fall from grace can be attributed mainly to atrocious free throw shooting. Read More…

Spartans Blown Away in the Windy City

The ice conditions were not perfect, which caused the opening faceoff to be delayed for a total of one hour and 40 minutes. Once the puck dropped, the Wolverines made the adjustments the Spartans did not.

After Michigan State derailed Michigan’s winning streak last week, the Wolverines found their mojo Saturday night under the stars at Soldier Field in Chicago. Backed by 31 saves from Zach Nagelvoort and four goals from four different players, No. 14 Michigan cruised to a 4-1 win over Michigan State. Read More…

Coach Minkel’s Lasting Impact

In the middle of the arduous task that is the Big Ten wrestling schedule, it seems like a change of pace would be nice.

Not many people really understand exactly what Tom Minkel has done, or who the man is. Minkel is in his 24th season as head coach of the Michigan State wrestling team. During his time as head coach, Minkel has produced 37 All-Americans, 13 Big Ten Champions and two NCAA champions. Read More…

Detroit Lions’ Offseason Three-Step Plan

This past season was arguably the best season Lions fans have been a part of since the Barry Sanders days. The emergence of Golden Tate, the rock-solid coaching of newly hired Jim Caldwell and staff, the No. 1 defense in the entire league and the almost-complete domination of the NFC North to cap off the 2014 season. Read More…

Men’s Swim and Dive Defeated on Senior Day

The Spartan men were crushed by the No. 5 University of Michigan men’s swim and dive team Saturday.

On Senior Day, MSU fell to the Wolverines 178-106. Michigan walked away with three new pool records in the 200 medley relay, the 200 butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay. Read More…

Spartans Ready for Outdoor Clash Against Michigan

After a day of practice at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Spartans are ready to take the ice against Michigan in the Hockey City Classic Saturday night. It has been a week of preparation and anxiety for the Spartans, who are 1-1-1 lifetime outdoors against Michigan. It will also be the first time these schools have met in an out-of-state game since 1968. Read More…

Spartans Fight Hard but Fall Short to Michigan

The Spartans returned back home for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, after their loss on the road against Ohio State, 76-62. The starting lineup for the Spartans was Tori Jankoska, Aerial Powers, Lexi Gussert, Becca Mills and Anna Morrissey.

The women started the night out strong with a three-pointer from Gussert. It did not stop there. Read More…

Behind the Mask – 2/4/15

The Cold War turns hot once again as the Spartans and the Wolverines get ready to face off at Soldier Field in Chicago with three very important points on the line.

Spartan hockey broadcaster, Scott Moore, guest stars with hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal in this latest edition of Behind the Mask. Read More…

Spartan Wrestlers Shutout by Penn State

Michigan State wrestling faced a daunting task when the four-time defending NCAA Champion and fifth-ranked Penn State came to Jenison Field House on Feb. 1. The Spartans could not keep up and lost 35-0.

The Spartans started with a loss when Mitch Rogaliner lost against No. 8 Jordan Conaway, 13-6. Read More…

Impact Sports Signing Day Feature: MSU Football

There is one thing that is constant about following college football recruiting, is that I keep getting older and they stay the same age.

As creepy as that may sound, Mark Dantonio and the MSU football program need to spend countless minutes, hours, days and nights on the road recruiting to be able to compete with the top teams in the nation. Read More…

Red Wings Making the Grade

After 48 games, the Detroit Red Wings are in a good position to make it to the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season. They currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division at 28-11-9 (65 points) and are riding a six-game winning streak after their 5-4 win over Florida on Tuesday night.

As was the case last year, the young guns in Detroit have led the way for a successful season so far. Let’s take a look at how the position groups have fared and how they project going into the stretch run for the playoffs. Read More…

College Baseball Top 25 Released

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and sub-freezing temperatures?  It does not have the same ring to it, but fans of the Michigan State baseball team are getting closer to experiencing warmer temperatures and watching their Spartans play ball.

As we enter the spring semester, there are a few storylines that have sprung up here in late January. The first one being that the Spartans have begun team practices as confirmed here by head coach Jake Boss’s Twitter account: Read More…

Corner Kick – Third Spartan Drafted, Second Heading to Canada

With the 58th pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the Vancouver Whitecaps selected former Michigan State forward, Adam Montague.
On this episode of Corner Kick, Montague joins host, Brooks Laimbeer, and Red Cedar Rowdie, Luke Ferris, to discuss being drafted by the Whitecaps and what he needs to do to prepare for the MLS.

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Behind the Mask – 1/28/15

Its Rivalry Week! Michigan vs. Michigan State is just around the corner and Jason and Brian are anxious to get you all up to date on what will likely be a thrilling series between the Spartans and their much-hated rivals from Ann Arbor.

In addition our hosts break down last weekend’s thrilling series sweep against Ohio State. All that and more on Behind the Mask. Read More…

MSU Men’s Soccer Season Recap

A few weeks removed from the end of the men’s soccer season, it is only natural that a little nostalgia creeps through the cracks of the shut door. For the Spartans, it was a very successful season, reaching their second Elite Eight in two years, although they were undoubtedly crushed not to progress further in the College Cup. Throughout the season, they endured many evenly-contested games and individual players received the accolades that they deserved, on the field and off.

Now, let’s attempt to relive the season briefly. Read More…

Men’s Tennis with Big Win in Athens

For its third year, Michigan State men’s tennis traveled to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournament and the team did not disappoint.

There were 60 teams nationally broken up into 15 regions and the Spartans played in Athens, Georgia in a four-team regional. Michigan State had a tough first-round task against host team Georgia, who are ranked No. 8 nationally with highly-ranked doubles and singles players. Read More…

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