MSU Impact Sports

Spartan Playbook: Double Leg Takedown – Mike McClure

MSU heavyweight Mike McClure teaches how to execute a double leg takedown. He walks through each step and shows what to look for from an opposing wrestler.

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Spartan Playbook connects sports fans to the most high-profile athletes at Michigan State University. In each episode of Spartan Playbook, the most strategic moves in each sport are explored.

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Warning Track – #2 – 3/26/14

In the second episode of Warning Trackco-hosts Zac Swierad and Brett Kast are joined over the phone by MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr.

They discuss the upcoming schedule, this season’s team motto, players to watch, and why the Michigan Wolverines are not on the schedule.

Brett and Zac also discuss the recent struggles at Ohio State, along with a breakdown of coach Boss’ interview.

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MSU Hockey: Final Press Conference

Tom Anastos, head coach of the Michigan State men’s hockey team, addressed the media for one last time Tuesday. In his third season behind the bench, Anastos and his Spartans recorded an 11-18-7 overall record and went 5-9-6-4 in conference play.

Anastos’ opening statement recapped his team’s play in the Big Ten Tournament, and said that, “from a performance standpoint, we were obviously disappointed.”

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Secret Society – #6 – 3/26/14

Michigan State Ultimate returns for another episode of Secret Society with Bradley Allen!

Captain Max Bommarito brought Eitan Spivak, Josh Fendrick and Michael Giles visit the WDBM studios to talk about Burning Couch’s upcoming tournaments, and to share some stories about their experiences with ultimate frisbee.

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Opinion: The Sweet Sixteen and Onward

Per usual, the NCAA Tournament has brought happiness, sadness, upsets and glory, and we have only made it through the Round of 32.

Going into the Sweet Sixteen, there are no perfect brackets left and no one will win a $1 billion from the hands of Warren Buffet and Dan Gilbert. But there is still basketball to be played.

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Spartans NCAA Tournament Journey Ends Tuesday Night

After getting through the first round in the NCAA Tournament, the Lady Spartans were in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tuesday night to take on the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Spartans fell to the Tar Heels 62-53 and will not be advancing in the tournament. MSU head coach Suzy Merchant said how difficult this game was compared to others.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #6 – 3/25/14

Octopi Hockeytown returns again with a happier tone than last week. The Red Wings took seven of eight points from four games in the past week, and look as though they will be able to make a solid playoff run.

Gustav Nyquist has seven points on the week, scoring six goals and recording one assist with a +8 rating.

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Report: Tom Izzo to Be Targeted by Pistons

March Madness is upon us, but could the Pistons be looking to join the action? According to a Sports Illustrated report, the Pistons are expected to pursue Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo to be their new head coach this offseason.

Detroit fired their first year coach Maurice Cheeks back on February 9, and have been led by John Loyer ever since. During that time the Pistons have failed to live up to their preseason expectations and have produced a record of 26-44.

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Opinion: Ihedigbo Confirms He Is Heading to Detroit

Former Ravens safety James Ihedigbo will be reunited with his old defensive coordinator Teryl Austin this offseason after his deal with the Detroit Lions is finalized.

The free agent safety Ihedigbo tweeted Monday night that he is officially becoming a Lion.

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Merchantaries – #4 – 3/25/14

Jennifer Aldridge, host of Merchantaries, welcomes her co-host Sierra Williams for a special NCAA Tournament episode.

Together they break down the Lady Spartans’ first game in the the NCAA Tournament as well as their predictions and opinions on the rest of the Tournament.

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Tiger Talk – #3 – 3/24/14

We are full of opinions, digressions and predictions on this episode of Tiger Talk.

Your charming host, Richie Cozzolino, along with panelists Zac Swierad and Brett Kast and producer Jonathan Yales, discuss the future for Detroit at the shortstop position. Should the Tigers have traded Jose Alvarez for a brand-spanking new Andrew Romine at short with Jose Iglesias out for nearly the whole year?

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The Pact – #23 – 3/24/14

March Madness is upon us and The Pact has you covered.

MSU basketball is front and center with both men’s and women’s tournaments, as Spartan Nation has its eyes fixed on two national titles.

Fino, Faith and Austin open the show with an analysis of the men’s run thus far. Who has stepped up in the clutch, and who needs to show more? These three break it down.

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Bittersweet Spartan Symphony

Last.

This bittersweet adjective is one that MSU seniors have been using a lot lately when referring to the winter of their collegiate experience. The last semester, last class, last chance.

For Michigan State’s heavyweight, Mike McClure, his last season for MSU went out on a highlight. McClure finished the NCAA Championship with a fifth place finish and secured All-American honors over the weekend. McClure is the first Spartan All-American heavyweight since Don Whipp in 1993.

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Corner Kick: A Conversation with Women’s Soccer

We had the honor of hosting some of the men’s soccer players in studio, but now it is time to dig into the women’s team.

Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz, Courtney Clem and Michelle Dear stop by the studio to talk about last season, what the team is focusing on this spring and to find out who these ladies are.

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Opinion: Tigers’ Recent Trade Epitomizes Offseason

With just a week until Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers, it seemed as if the Tigers’ wheeling and dealing had finally cooled off. Monday morning however, fans woke up to the news that the Tigers had shipped utility-man Steve Lombardozzi to Baltimore for shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Tigers fans may be familiar with Lombardozzi, even though most have never even seen him step onto the field in a Tigers’ uniform. Lombardozzi was a piece of the controversial trade that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals in December. The Tigers also acquired pitchers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol in the trade.

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No. 2 Buckeyes a Little Too Much for Spartans

Despite a strong effort by Michigan State (6-10, 0-3), the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-2, 3-0) defeated the Spartans 5-2 Sunday. The loss was the Spartans first loss at home this season.

The Buckeyes extended their Big Ten regular season match win streak to 86-consecutive matches.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, the Detroit Red Wings and their fans had plenty to be excited about.

The Wings had games against Toronto and Chicago, two Original Six teams, as well as a game against Eastern Conference powerhouse, Pittsburgh. They ended with a home-and-home against the Minnesota Wild.

Detroit opened this week with a game at the United Center against longtime rival, Chicago Blackhawks. The first period experienced a scoreless tie, with both goaltenders standing firm in net.

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Impact Izzone – Tournament Edition #2

Madness does not even begin to describe the first three days of this year’s NCAA Tournament. Hayes and Blake do their best to wrap their minds around the insanity as well as their preferred method of disposing of their useless brackets.

They also breakdown MSU’s chances moving forward and some surprisingly scary teams.

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Spartans Survive Crimson, Advance to Sweet Sixteen

Harvard almost blew up everybody’s bracket on Saturday night. That is, if your bracket has not already been blown up.

With 17:38 remaining in the game, a Branden Dawson throw-down gave the No. 4 seeded Spartans a 16-point lead and all of the momentum they needed to bury No. 12 Harvard, but the Crimson pulled the upset in the second round, and they had their eyes on the Sweet Sixteen.

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