Best tweets hilariously slamming Big ten football last night


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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.

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Oregon Ducks vs Michigan St: Brutally honest preview


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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.

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


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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.

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2014 Michigan St. season preview with Steve Mariucci


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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.

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MSU football seriously needs to drop the childish inferiority complex


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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.”

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


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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.

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


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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. 

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Fox Sports hires Holly Sonders away from Golf Channel


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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.

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VIDEO: Michigan State football season promo GET HYPED!


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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.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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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.

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The World Cup Sweet 16 and their college hoops doppelgangers


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It’s down to 16 teams; single game elimination in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just like in March madness, it’s “survive and advance” time. So I decided to match each country with their corresponding college basketball program. If you’re a college hoops fan, but still need a rooting interest in the World Cup, this will help you pick a team.

I’m still not sure how much Americans have embraced soccer; as of yet. I do know they’ve embraced skipping work to go drink and watch sports during the day.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round FINAL


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  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.

So without further ado, here is our FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED: 6:00 PM CST

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