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Opinion: Since When is Going for the Championship Frowned Upon?

This past Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was a snoozefest for the first 250 or so laps, but once it got under 100 laps to go, I had a feeling that told me: “Something is going to happen here, and it’s going to be BIG.” And boy was I right.

Jimmie Johnson, who was eliminated from championship contention, won the race, but that was completely overshadowed by the events that transpired on pit road after the checkered flag had flown on the eighth race of the Chase and the 34th race of the Sprint Cup season. Read More…

A Team Win in More Ways than One

The women’s cross country team can now mark the Big Ten Championship off their list as champions for the second year in a row. Not only that, but conference weekend is done and the Spartan women still claim the No. 1 spot in the nation.

The team not only claimed the overall champion, Leah O’Connor, as their own, but was also the only team to put all five scorers in the top 11. This put the Spartans at a score of 26, the third-lowest in Big Ten history and half of what second-place University of Wisconsin received at 55 points. Read More…

Lions Den – #20 – 11/5/14

On this 20th edition of Lions Den, hosts Michael Higer, Louis Bilotta and Chris Boggus are eager to talk Lions football following the bye week.

Louis presents to the crew a set of buy/sell topics, they delve into Reggie Bush’s comments on the coaching staff and preview the Lions’ Week 10 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Stay tuned to hear why one host believes this will be the Lions’ toughest opponent so far this season. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – Aerial Powers

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Aerial Powers, the redshirt sophomore forward for MSU women’s basketball from Detroit, Michigan.

After missing the 2013-2013 season due to injury, Powers came out and dominated last season. Powers won numerous Big Ten accolades as well as posting great numbers in the regular season games. She started all 33 of the games she played in, averaging 13.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Read More…

Opinion: Lions Ebroff with First Pick

Entering the 2014 NFL Draft, the last thing Lions fans had on their minds was drafting a tight end with the 10th overall pick. With the new four-year contract signed by Brandon Pettigrew and the emergence of undrafted rookie Joe Fauria, tight end looked to be a position of strength.

When the Lions picked Eric Ebron out of North Carolina, fans everywhere were perplexed. With Joe Lombardi coming over from the Saints as offensive coordinator, the assumption was Ebron would be used as a Jimmy Graham-type player. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #10 – 11/5/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal welcome the host of The Pact, the one and only Anthony Serafino as a special guest.

Jason, Brian and Fino will break down Michigan State’s weekend split with Ferris State and give a preview of this weekend’s matchup on the road against the University of New Hampshire. They’ll also take a look at the women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams and much more! Read More…

Softball Recruit has High Hopes for Time at MSU

Ebonee Echols, a senior at Northgate High School in Newnan, Georgia, has recently made her verbal commitment to play on Michigan State University’s varsity softball team.

Echols, who currently leads her high school team in RBIs, was not shy about her enthusiasm for coming to Michigan State.

“I’m excited I get to play the sport I love at one of the highest levels at an amazing school like Michigan State,” Echols said. Read More…

Dantonio and Players Talk Importance of Budding Ohio State “Rivalry”

Michigan State has developed brief “rivalries” with Big Ten opponents over the years.

Most recently was with Wisconsin, a series that reached it’s peak in 2011 when the teams faced off in two classic matchups. The Spartans took the first game after Keith Nichol caught a hail mary from Kirk Cousins as time expired. The two teams faced off again in the inaugural Big Ten Championship, with Wisconsin barely edging the Spartans. Read More…

Schedule for MSU Gymnastics Released

Michigan State University’s gymnastic schedule for the 2014 season has been released. This year, the women’s gymnastics team will face off against seven other Big Ten teams, bringing their season-long schedule to 12 meets.

The team will begin their season with the annual Green vs. White scrimmage on Dec. 21, followed by the Meet The Spartans event on Jan. 4, both held in East Lansing. Read More…

MSU Club Dodgeball Competes in Annual Tournament

On Sunday, November 2, an annual dodgeball tournament started by former captain Ian Childs was held in East Lansing. The premise of the tournament was to showcase good teams and encourage out-of-state teams to come play early in the season.

This year, Western Kentucky, Grand Valley, Central Michigan and DePaul University all attended the early season tournament. Each team played each other once. The Spartans were able to win two of four games. Read More…

Men’s Basketball Opens Preseason With Win

Michigan State welcomed back senior Russell Byrd to start the 2014-2015 basketball preseason, as MSU beat the former Spartan and The Masters College 97-56 Monday night.

Byrd scored the first three points for the Mustangs and led the team with 22 points on 7-22 shooting. 19 of his 22 shots were from behind the arc.

Byrd spoke before the coaches at the postgame press conference. Read More…

The Return of Russell Byrd

Who remembers Russell Byrd? You should.

It is hard to forget the majestic shot that Byrd put up last year against Iowa that put the Spartans ahead in a tight game. The former MSU guard transferred from MSU to The Master’s College this past year to finish his senior year. Read More…

Swim and Dive Competes in Buffalo

The Michigan State swim and dive team traveled to Buffalo, New York to compete against Army and Buffalo in a two day meet.

To end the two day meet, the MSU men beat Buffalo 185-130 and Army 188.5-164.5. The women fell to Buffalo 173-142, and Army defeated MSU in the last race to make the final score 179.5-173.5. Read More…

Opinion: Best-Case/Worst-Case Scenarios for Men’s Basketball’s “Big Three”

A new men’s basketball season is finally upon us, and with it comes the endless speculation by fans and experts alike. The success or struggles of Travis Trice, Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson will determine the success or struggles of the Michigan State Spartans as a whole.

Here are the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the Spartans’ “Big Three.” Read More…

Spartans Fall to Wolverines in Front of Record-Breaking DeMartin Crowd

A back and forth Mitten Derby between the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines, in front of a record-breaking crowd of 3,003 at DeMartin Stadium, saw five goals in 90 minutes on Sunday.

The Wolverines got off to a quick start within the first minute when junior midfielder, William Mellors-Blair, got in behind the Spartan defense on a through ball and ripped a shot at junior goalkeeper, Zach Bennett, which Bennett easily saved. Read More…

Cross Country Runs to Top of Big Ten Championship

Redshirt senior Leah O’Connor led Michigan State women’s cross country to its second straight and fourth Big Ten title in five years this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. The Big Ten Championship was the first leg of the postseason competition for MSU.

The women came in first place with 26 total points and the team put four runners in the top ten, more than any other team. The score is the third-lowest in Big Ten history. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Bounces Back with Big Win

After virtually no puck luck in a disappointing loss Friday night, the puck had a change of heart Saturday night and started to bounce in Michigan State’s favor.

Four different Spartans scored, eight different Spartans registered at least a point and Jake Hildebrand made 19 saves to power Michigan State (2-4) to a 4-1 win to earn a split in the weekend series against Ferris State. Read More…

Men’s Soccer Looks to Defeat In-State Rival

Sunday at 2 p.m,  the Michigan State men’s soccer team will attempt to replicate the success of their acquaintances playing American football. The Spartans and Michigan Wolverines will be battling again for the Big Bear Trophy, which currently resides in East Lansing.

In years past, Michigan State has had immense success at home, winning the last five contests at DeMartin Stadium against their in-state rivals. Michigan comes in at 5-7-3 (2-2-2 in the Big Ten) while MSU boasts a 9-3-4 (3-1-2) record that has kept them in the top 25. Given the teams’ records this season, one would expect the streak to continue. Read More…

Field Hockey Falls on Senior Day to Louisville

It was not the senior day the No. 19 Spartans were looking for as they fell to No. 9 Louisville 2-1 on Saturday. Becky Stiles got Michigan State’s lone tally and Sierra Patton made two saves.

Both offenses were rather quiet in the first half with Louisville outshooting the Spartans 5-2. Once the second half started, the offense showed up. Read More…

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