In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order at the regular season. We sorted the playoff teams based on how we’re predicting the NFL playoffs will shape out. The NFL breaks ties in draft order by reverse order of strength of schedule. Thus we don’t know for sure who will be picking #14 and #15 between Indianapolis and Minnesota’s pick (which is owned by Philadelphia), as the NFL has not confirmed the order officially.Follow paulmbanks
In the build-up to the 2016 NFL Draft, the narrative around Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook paralleled a story line from the Kevin Costner film “Draft Day.”
The media just would not shut up about how Cook wasn’t named a team captain at MSU, and you could almost hear Costner’s character repeatedly asking, as he did in the film about the fictional blue chip prospect, “WHY DIDN’T HIS TEAMMATES COME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY?!”Follow paulmbanks
In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on the actual current order as of December 21st, with some good help from our friends at NFL Trade Rumors.
Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings, Happy Kwanza, Joyous Hannukah, Joy Noel, Make the Yuletide gay and a warm festivus for the rest of us.Follow paulmbanks
2016-17 Michigan State basketball is quite young, but that’s the wave of future in college basketball- winning primarily through a good mix of blue chip recruit freshmen complemented with a few talented veterans.
MSU, currently ranked 12th in the AP poll, has both with #TheClass, as Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo landed the best freshmen haul of his entire career for 2016-17.Follow paulmbanks
It’s November 8th B1G basketball fans! Huzzah, if you’re reading this it means that we actually made it through the strangest, ugliest and most low brow election cycle in the history of our glorious democracy. Election Day fell on the latest possible day that it possibly could, and that’s unfortunate, given how one poll showed that 13% of respondents preferred a meteor hitting the Earth to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.
Hey, it’s all over tomorrow and then we can all move on to other past times like college hoops, which tips off its season on Friday.
Viva la Revolucion!Follow paulmbanks
As Nathaniel Hawthorne famously wrote “families are always rising and falling in America.” It’s the same with B1G programs. The Golden Age of Michigan State football, and thus of MSU athletics, is over for now. Not saying it’s over for good, but it is for now and I really don’t think the Spartans have hit rock bottom yet.
I think there’s still plenty more plunging and “SPARTY NOOOOOOOO” moments to come. I think we’ll see a few in Spartan Stadium on Saturday too.Follow paulmbanks
Well, it was sure fun while it lasted- this idea that the Michigan State football program had reached “reload, not rebuild status.”
And thanks for the memories “who nationally has it better than us” memes with pictures of Michigan State football Coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo. On the weekend that Michigan State basketball began practicing, we learned that the 2016 Michigan State football season was a lost cause.Follow paulmbanks
“A body like Arnold with a Denzel face,” Salt n Pepa rapped in their 1993 hit “What a man.” They’re referring to actors Arnold Schwarznegger and Denzel Washington, and it turns out the latter has indeed inspired a namesake who’s gone on to become famous in his own right.
Denzel Valentine is the only other Denzel that anyone has ever heard of; that’s not a coincidence. The argument is now settled.Follow paulmbanks
Life after Connor Cook is going much smoother, at least initially, than life after Kirk Cousins for Michigan State.
Tyler O’Connor was much more ready to step in and assume the position than Andrew Maxwell was. It helps that O’Connor started, arguably, Michigan State‘s biggest win of the 2015 season and thus had more real experience than Cousins’ successors had.Follow paulmbanks
Notre Dame football Coach Brian Kelly took ownership of all that went wrong on defense for his team tonight.
“Those are the guys we have. We can’t trade em, they’re not getting cut. We recruited them, so I don’t want to hear anybody– I told our staff: Those are our guys, so we’ve gotta get ’em better,” Kelly said.Follow paulmbanks
Before tonight’s contest kicked off, we had the chance to say to this Michigan State football team: “Congratulations on completing your preseason. Welcome to the regular season now Michigan State!” It’s extremely rare for a team to get a bye in week two, especially when that off week comes after facing a lowly FCS foe.
Thus it’s not until week three that Michigan State football played a real team in a real game. What an oddity.
However, what a performance it truly was.Follow paulmbanks