Tom Izzo hilariously lists out MSU’s bizarre, freakish injuries


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Tom Izzo has seen some of his Michigan State Spartans underachieve, overachieve and everything in between. Often in the same season. One of the few reasons he’s earned the nickname “Mr. March” is because his teams often struggle in midseason and/or start slowly. Last year’s Spartans had an 18-1 start to the season, the best in school history. They looked like a national champion.

However, Sparty then had a brutal 5-7 stretch over from January 25th to March 9th. February was not kind.

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VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody


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It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and “working it” and lusting after young women.

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Tom Izzo and Nick Saban: greatest coaching duo in history?


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Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio were voted the nation’s number 1 coaching combo in a recent poll; up from #7 last year. Yes, in the two college sports that people care about, you can’t find a better one-two punch then H to tha Izzo and MD. However, there was once a time in Spartan lore when both Tom Izzo and Nick Saban were coaching in East Lansing, Michigan.

The overlap period was 1995-1999, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better pair in modern college sports history than Izzo and Saban. The two remain close friends today.

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Brutally honest B1G Basketball rankings; Bo Ryan supreme overlord


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As Tom Izzo pointed out Wednesday night in Chicago, Bo Ryan and the Badgers are sitting up top, and then you can flip a coin 2-10 in the Big Ten this season. That’s entirely correct. The Badgers are the class of the league. There’s a whole bunch of teams that are in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in (2-10) in the second tier. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be going to the post season.

So enjoy it Bo Ryan, you’re in the penthouse.

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Washington QB Kirk Cousins will be starting somewhere in ’15


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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?

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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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