This week’s show covered local and world soccer while also touching on the storylines of the NBA free agency and LeBron James’ second decision to return home to Cleveland.
The World Cup has come to an end and the panel debates the Final match and Fino regretfully pays up on a bet between Faith and himself.
As the world’s tournament came to end end, so did the regular season of local soccer team, Lansing United. United wrapped up a Great Lakes West Championship with a 2-2 tie against Detroit City F.C. in front of 2,014 fans at MSU’s DeMartin Stadium. Team owner, Jeremy Sampson joins the show to discuss the dream weekend and announce a massive statement to United fans and the city of East Lansing.
Finally, with LeBron returning to Cleveland, the panel couldn’t resist trying to predict the success of The King with or without Kevin Love and how the Heat may falter with the movement of James.
In front of a crowd of 2,014 at DeMartin Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University, Lansing United tied Detroit City F.C., 2-2, to clinch a spot in the Great Lakes playoffs.
Through the first 19 minutes of the first half, both teams went back and forth, opening up a few scoring chances, but neither could convert.
In the 20th minute, United forward, Brian Cunningham, changed the game when he went on the counter up the right-hand side of the field and hit a low-driving cross towards the Detroit six-yard box, which found the head of United forward, Matt Brown, who flicked it on to the back post and scored.
Michael, Louis and Chris are all in studio for this week’s episode of Lions Den.
Debates get heated as they break down where certain Lions stand in NFL rankings, Jimmy Graham’s tight end designation and an edition of “buy or sell”.
Tune in to hear which host believes the Lions are the next NFC North champions.
In an unexpected, yet understandable announcement by Michigan State Friday, redshirt sophomore Ezra Robinson previously stated that he received a release from his scholarship and is exploring his transfer options.
Robinson, who was redshirted in 2012 and played largely on special teams in 2013, was expected to be in the mix for the corner slot previously owned by Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard last year.
In front of a record breaking crowd of 1,166 fans at Archer Stadium, United moved one step closer to clinching a playoff berth in the Great Lakes Conference.
The Indiana Fire possessed the ball in the early minutes of the first half, which gave them an early scoring opportunity off a free kick. Fire midfielder Thomas Schmitt converted the free kick in the seventh minute.
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups were announced for the 2014 women’s basketball season last month, and the Spartans will take on Georgia Tech at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The game will take place December 4, 2014 and will be their second time meeting in program history and the second time in the Challenge.
When Stan Van Gundy accepted the job as President of Basketball Operations and head coach for the Detroit Pistons he made it no secret that he would make the team his own. Almost immediately Van Gundy let go five staff members, including assistant coach Rasheed Wallace. Various men who had worked with Van Gundy in the past replaced them.
Continuing to surround himself with people from his past, Van Gundy next hired old college basketball rival Jeff Bower as the organization’s general manager.
Miguel Cabrera. Duh. Max Scherzer, of course. Victor Martinez, another no brainer.
When the fan voting was finally over, the Detroit Tigers had three players selected to the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota: Cabrera coming off an MVP season, Scherzer after his Cy Young season, and Martinez who has continued his torrid pace since July, 2013.
Let’s take a look at these guys by the numbers through the first half of the season.
The Ramblers are 3-11-2 all-time against the Spartans and have only won once when playing in East Lansing.
A week of free agency has passed and Austin Goodman, host of Octopi Hockeytown, has a lot to say about the rejection that the Red Wings organization faced on the first day of free agency.
Through the first 10 minutes of the show, Austin talks about the first week of free agency, why the Wings were shunned and where their potentials ended up.
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.
The U.S. is out of the World Cup, MLB All-Stars have been announced, and the Red Wings did nothing in free agency.
The U.S. fell to Belgium in the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the panel is curious if America will keep watching after Team USA is gone?
Also, is Miguel Cabrera the only Tiger deserving a start in the Midsummer Classic? Were all deserving Tigers awarded a roster spot? Can Porcello slip in with help from Detroit…and Chicago?
Finally, the Detroit Red Wings were turned down by at least five different defensmen in their free agency search for a blueliner. Were the Wings simply going after unreachable talent or are players preferring anywhere but Detroit and Babcock’s bench?
Seven months have passed since the Michigan State men’s soccer team played their last soccer game against defending national champs, Notre Dame, in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans are looking to get back to the Elite Eight this season, but first they will have to make it through the new Big Ten and a few tough non-conference opponents early in the season.
A Piston is back on top of the leaderboards. It may only be the Summer League, but two games in, Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is leading the Orlando Summer League in points per game(28) and is top-five for rebounds per game (8.0). During Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Caldwell-Pope averaged a basket for almost every two minutes he was on the court.
The 2-0 Pistons should welcome these stats after a disappointing rookie season for their shooting guard.
The Spartans face off against Eastern Michigan after a bye week and will then take on Wyoming during homecoming week. These games will wrap up the non-conference season for MSU, as Mark Dantonio hopes to earn two victories while the team builds up momentum heading into the Big Ten season.
The NBA Draft has come and gone, and once again, I am reminded why I loathe sports from time to time.
I could spend more of my time talking about how gross I find mock drafts and that every single “source” mentioned by people such as Chad Ford are most likely lying. Something that Ford has joked about on Twitter, but I will not.