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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Eight Michigan State football players who will get drafted


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NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr did an ESPN conference call with the nation’s media and the one college program that kept coming up was…Miami? Notre Dame? USC?

Nope.

Someone from the SEC?

No, it was a Big Ten program.

Ohio State? Michigan?

Neither, it was Michigan State football actually. Yes, the Spartans are loaded with prospects; for both the 2015 NFL Draft and 2016 NFL Draft.

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Michigan State’s Trae Waynes: this NFL Draft’s #1 CB


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Michigan State corner Trae Waynes is another member of the “no fly zone,” (the original no fly zone, remember that the Arizona Cardinals took the name from the MSU Spartans, who had it first) will join former Jim Thorpe award winner Darquezze Denard by becoming a first round NFL draft pick.

NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock, on media conference call this week to preview this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.

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2015-16 Michigan St. basketball season preview


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Michigan St. basketball has absolutely nothing to apologize for. MSU lost their first game versus a real team this past season to national champion Duke in a very lopsided fashion. It happened in Indianapolis in late November.

The Spartans lost their last game of the 2014-15 season in Indy (at a much bigger venue) to Duke in even more lopsided fashion. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, Michigan St. basketball made tremendous strides in between those two games.

Tom Izzo‘s side grew by leaps and bounds this season (teams that lose at home to Texas Southern don’t typically go to the Final Four) State’s growth and development, as well as the exciting recruits coming to East Lansing next season, make them the #8 team in our exceedingly early 2015-16 preseason rankings.

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