#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs #10 MSU Spartans Preview


bo pelini cat nebraska-cornhuskers

Watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers destroy my alma mater last night was a pure joy. Wait, what? You just said you enjoyed watching the school you graduated from getting annihilated. Well, yes, because I knew it was coming. In fact the score I predicted in my Illinois v. Nebraska game preview was eerily similar to what the final score actually was. Plus after dealing with apathy for Illini material all season, it was refreshing to see a true college football program and a true college football fan base.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, both the coaching staff and their fans, seemed to know that I was watching, because they were pushing all my buttons last Saturday night.

[Read more...]

Washington QB Kirk Cousins will be starting somewhere in ’15


kirk cousins michigan state

Three MSU quarterbacks started, and won in week three: Drew Stanton, Brian Hoyer and Kirk Cousins. Don’t forget Nick Foles in Philly, who transferred from Michigan State. Someone should call Jeff Smoker’s agent; and draft Connor Cook early in the first round this May.

Kirk Cousins will be a full time starter in this league. Somewhere. He’s proven himself now. It may not be in Washington; where they have gone all in with Robert Griffin III. Every year, the idea of mortgaging the house on RG3 seems to look yet another Daniel Snyder mistake. We know there have been gone quite a few of those.

Maybe he can deal Cousins away for something to build his franchise around?

[Read more...]

Best tweets hilariously slamming Big ten football last night


michigan-notre-dame

Was it the worst day in Big 10 football history yesterday? Perhaps.

Was it the worst day in the history of Big Ten football from a national perception/brand damage stand point? Absolutely. No doubt it was nothing short of catastrophic. I did a cover story for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition previewing and predicting this season in August. (link here) I also listed the biggest story-lines. I did not have “Big Ten football will resemble a bunch of mediocre mid-majors by week two” as one one of them.

If you don’t turn on the Big Ten Network again until basketball season, no one would blame you. Well, it’s worth it to see Teddy Greenstein do his work (Dave Revsine and Gerry Di Nardo are very talented too), but non Tedward reasons to watch BTN are few and far between. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that this league’s broadcast arm of its Sports Information Department exists. Because now you can see games that would otherwise never be televised.

[Read more...]

Oregon Ducks vs Michigan St: Brutally honest preview


oregon-ducks-2015-nfl-mock-draft

Like Kermit the Frog told us, “it’s not easy being green.” It’s the primary color of both teams playing the primary college football game of the preconference. Well, sort of. The Oregon Ducks now have about 1,345 different team colors; because Oregon rolls out a new uniform for just about every drive of every game of every season.

The University of Nike Product Development and Marketing Focus Groups has a foil in Stanford. If the Cardinal wore green instead, you’d have the Michigan State Spartans. The college football pundits at FOX Sports agree with me.

[Read more...]

Michigan State, East Division, class of B1G after week 1


connor-cook-michigan-state-football

Michigan State is the class of the Big Ten East division, and the East is the strongest of the two divisions. That’s what the B1G punditocracy was saying all summer long. Week one did nothing to prove otherwise. Maryland and Michigan won big, and they are two teams to watch out for. Especially since Ohio State looked very vulnerable.

Michigan State did not.

The Spartans were as good as advertised in week one. Here to break it down with me is Allison Hayes of Big Ten Network and City36oTV.

[Read more...]

2014 Michigan St. season preview with Steve Mariucci


steve mariucci

As has been well documented, NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci is a big time Michigan State guy and close personal friend of Tom Izzo. So when I caught up to Mariucci at NFL Network Media Day, I couldn’t help but talk some Sparty. After we discussed some NFL of course, Mariucci used to coach the San Francisco 49ers, and they play in the league’s toughest division, the NFC West.

So in this exclusive interview we talked about the Niners as well as the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.

Hey, the NFL is a copy cat league and right now everyone is trying to copy the winning hand possessed by the Seattle Seahawks. And that includes the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and even the Niners. But after we talk NFC West, we get into the MSU Spartans.

[Read more...]

MSU football seriously needs to drop the childish inferiority complex


no-fly-zone-msu-football

Being a Michigan State fan means having always having a chip on your shoulder.

Actually, that chip defines them. It’s like being a Chicago White Sox fan. In that fan base, the chip is also the defining characteristic. Whether it’s the Chicago Cubs in the case of the latter, or Michigan and now Ohio State in the case of the former, there’s always a “favorite” to define yourself in opposition to.

There’s always a mill to find some grist, a side to be a thorn to, some gears to grind against. For MSU football, it’s even there in within their own University. Remember, this still a so-called “basketball school.”

[Read more...]

MSU QB Connor Cook still has a tremendous chip on his shoulder


connor-cook

Being a Michigan State fan means having always having a chip on your shoulder.

Actually, that chip defines them. It’s like being a Chicago White Sox fan. In that fan base, the chip is also the defining characteristic. Whether it’s the Chicago Cubs in the case of the latter, or Michigan and now Ohio State in the case of the former, there’s always a “favorite” to define yourself in opposition to.

There’s always a mill to find some grist, a side to be a thorn to, some gears to grind against. For Michigan State football, it’s even there in within their own University. Remember, this still a so-called “basketball school.”

It’s cool though: MSU QB Connor Cook feels your pain.

[Read more...]

Ohio State once again Big Ten favorite, MSU not far behind


rose-bowl-big-ten

Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away.  The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well. 

[Read more...]

Fox Sports hires Holly Sonders away from Golf Channel


holly sonders

Holly Sonders is moving up in the world. It was just announced that he is joining FOX Sports as a golf reporter and host of the network’s coverage of the USGA championships beginning in January 2015.
Sonders will also serve as a sideline reporter for NFL broadcasts. In the meantime, Sonders can currently be seen on “Morning Drive” and “School of Golf” on the NBC’s the Golf Channel. She was a four-year member of the Michigan State University golf team, and the Lady Spartans won the 2007 Big 10 title during her time in East Lansing.

[Read more...]

VIDEO: Michigan State football season promo GET HYPED!


michigan-state-football-rose-bowl

Michigan State football returned to national prominence in 2013. The Spartans are now back to what they were in the Duffy Daugherty era. Almost.  MSU went 13-1, 8-0 in conference and own the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl. College Football Playoff berth is the next goal for Michigan State football, and it won’t be easy given all the talent that graduated on defense.

[Read more...]

2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


nba draft logo

Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

[Read more...]