Four MSU Football Players who could be 1st round draft picks


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Heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, we did a feature on eight MSU football players who could be selected in the 2015 or 2016 Draft (read it here). Today, as we’re just 18 days away from the kick-off of MSU football season (Michigan State travels a very short distance to visit Western Michigan in yet another Friday night tilt) we take a closer look at four Spartans who could be first round picks this April.

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“Talk about” and 7 more crimes against sports journalism


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Sports journalism is a world populated by shopworn cliches and tired, predictable narratives, but the “talk about” might truly be the abyss. We’ve all fallen victim to it at some point in our career. Either through osmosis from others doing the talk about, or just being inexperienced, we’ve made that horrendous mistake at some point.

However, most of us grow and develop beyond it.

The talk about is the clearest signal you can find of a reporter who either a.) is terrible at their job or b.) has completely given up.

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Michigan State football has chip on their shoulder, literally


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Michigan State football bares a striking resemblance to the Chicago White Sox in that both programs identify themselves by having a consistent chip on their shoulder. Lots of sports franchises utilize this motivation, but Michigan State and the White Sox have the same exact chip- the “we come second in our region” chip.

For MSU, the incessant oppressor is the Michigan Wolverines football program. For the Sox, it’s the Chicago Cubs. In both cases that chip defines the fan base. And it transcends winning and losing. It’s all about attention and branding.

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HBO Real Sports to vivisect “Everyone gets a trophy” culture


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(UPDATE: Follow-up with additional video)

Michigan State basketball Coach Tom Izzo seems to agree with this writer about how we’re currently living in the “everyone gets a trophy” generation.

We’re currently in the midst of college football award watch list season; the perfect example of this offense. Not only is it absurd that players are being handed “preseason” awards (like that guy you knew in college who was “prelaw” or “premed”, but pretty much anybody who started a game in their career are named to these watch lists.

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Michigan State Football: Never Too Early Season Preview


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We could be re-hashing the era of “Big 2, Little 8″ in the Big Ten right now. Except this time, it’s a different school from the state of Great Lakes Splendor that is on par with Ohio State. Michigan State football has done much more than just arrived; it’s elite. The Buckeyes are still the class of the league, but the Spartans are the clear cut number two.

So I guess you could call it “Big 2, Little 12.”

And even with Jim Harbaugh in tow, Michigan is still the current “little brother” to Michigan State football right now.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  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.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/25/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  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.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/25/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  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.

Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

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MSU’s Branden Dawson: NBA Draft stock analysis


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Former Michigan State wing Branden Dawson had an up and down career in East Lansing. Mostly up; certainly positive for the most past, but it was a mixed bag no doubt. The inconsistencies of his playing career match his NBA Draft grade/prospectus: results may vary.

However, he does resemble a solid second round pick.

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Michigan St. “NBA Draft 2nd Round St.” a misnomer


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The “2nd round state” label is often applied to Michigan St. basketball as a pejorative. Although there is an air of condescension surrounding this concept, it’s not actually a negative. Because after all, who, outside of Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and a select few in this rarified are, can claim to be “1st round state?”

Or “NBA Draft Lottery State?”

Michigan St. Coach Tom Izzo said last season, “now anyone who stays all four years, people look at you like you’re diseased or something.”

It turns out, “2nd round state” is actually a bit of a misnomer. The shoe doesn’t quite fit.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Why Caleb Swanigan could choose Purdue over Michigan St.


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Caleb Swanigan, the five star big man from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, publicly committed to Michigan State four weeks ago. Just last week he gave a public statement that was a re-affirmation/vote of confidence. Well, that’s long gone now.

Swanigan de-committed from MSU, dropping the Spartans recruiting class from consensus top three to only the top 20 now.

The 6’9″ 280 Center/Power Forward is a consensus top ten national prospect, and a huge get for wherever he ends up. Tom Izzo has been Eric Gordoned now.

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