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WHAT’S IT TAKE~~~~To get a Daryl Rogers (RIP) response on TUS?
Jul 12th, 2018 by Kindle

Daryl Rogers died Tuesday in Fresno, California, in his sleep, at age 83.

LYNN HENNING’S ARTICLE:

Former Detroit Lions and Michigan State football coach Darryl Rogers is dead at the age of 83.

Rogers coached at MSU from 1976 to 1979 and then at Arizona State from 1980 to 1984. He then jumped to the NFL to coach the Lions from 1985 to 1988.

Rogers also coached collegiately at San Jose State and Fresno State, his alma mater.

Next time they show the video of Kirk Gibson rounding first base at Dodger Stadium, cranking his right arm back and forth in a moment of sublime baseball glee after Gibson had just won Game 1 of the 1988 World Series with a home run, remember the celebrities and Hall of Famers who made that slice of baseball history possible.

Gibson.

Dennis Eckersley.

Tommy Lasorda.

And yes … Darryl Rogers.

Indirectly, a football coach set it all in motion.

A football coach who died Tuesday in Fresno, California, in his sleep, at age 83.

Rogers coached the Lions from 1985-88 after running the Spartans from 1976-79. He was a coach who, like one of his California brethren, Don (Air) Coryell, believed the fastest path to and end zone was by way of a forward pass.

But, ah, the difference in Rogers, the difference in his work and in his life, the reason he is most remembered today by a football-turned-baseball player, and by a sports writer who covered him nearly nightly during that amazing 1978 season, is the goodness he regularly displayed, as he did on a chilly January day in East Lansing just ahead of that ’78 season.

Gibson was then playing football and only football, as he waded through the winter of his junior year. He was an All-American. He was a 6-foot-3, 220-pound beast who had run for NFL scouts the 40-yard dash in, yes, 4.28 seconds.

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Gibson, who now works as a Tigers analyst on FSD telecasts, recalled the moment Wednesday.

“Darryl walks up to me out of the clear blue,” Gibson remembered, “and says: You want to be a top-five, first-round pick?’”

“And I said, sure. And he says, ‘Go out for baseball.’

“I said: How does that make me a top-five NFL pick and player?

“And he explained.”

Rogers, who had grown up tough in Long Beach, California, was both smart enough and decent enough to appreciate two of life’s realities.

Gibson was of such excellence as an athlete Rogers knew he could play Big Ten baseball, especially after MSU’s baseball coach, Danny Litwhiler, had mentioned Gibson’s work in some earlier American Legion games when Gibson was a teen in Waterford. Gibson could help Litwhiler and, most of all, likely raise a 20-year-old’s market price if he had two sports cooking.

But even more fundamentally, the quality that spurred Rogers to offer baseball as an option was inherent in a man who, quite truthfully, remains one of the best people I’ve known in 40-plus years of covering sports.

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Rogers wasn’t about to get proprietary with Gibson. There was no ownership in the head coach’s mind. There was, rather, an easy sense of stewardship he extended to everyone, every day.

Gibson quoted Rogers, who had decided spring football was going to be well, superfluous, for a player of Gibson’s celestial skills.

“I don’t want to see you in football this spring,” Gibson remembers Rogers saying. “You’ll be ready for football next fall. Play baseball and you’ll increase your leverage.”

Gibson went out for baseball. He hadn’t played seriously for a few years. He soon was slamming pitches beyond the Red Cedar River. The Tigers got him that June in the first round, with the 12th overall pick, all because they and Gibson had done an artful job convincing clubs in front that Gibson was going to play in the NFL.

In fact he was going to be the first overall pick in the ’79 draft, which was confirmed when, after he signed with the Tigers, after he had a first summer of minor-league baseball at Lakeland, Florida, he returned to East Lansing, to his teammates and to his coach, and helped the Spartans win that autumn’s Big Ten co-championship by way of individual plays that yet remain among the most remarkable dynamics some of us ever have seen on a football field.

Rogers had unleashed Gibson when he arrived in East Lansing in April of 1976, a few months after MSU had gotten all but a NCAA probation lift-sentence. Rogers had been airing it out as head coach at San Jose State and MSU’s new athletic director, Joe Kearney, who had been at the University of Washington, knew all about the coach who might bring a new brand of football to the grind-and-groan Big Ten.

Rogers spotted, on the first day of spring drills, a quarterback from Pittsburgh, Eddie Smith, who was buried on the depth chart and had been planning on transferring. Rogers asked all of his quarterbacks to line up and throw the football. He decided in a nanosecond that Smith, then a sophomore, was his new QB.

It was Smith who for the next three seasons hooked up so often with Gibson on pass plays that were straight from Cape Canaveral.

A year later, in 1979, everything was upside down. A new president, Cecil Mackey, who wasn’t from the region and who had no love for the sports sphere, had taken charge in East Lansing. Kearney and Rogers jumped together to become the new AD-football coach tandem at Arizona State.

Six years later the Lions called. Rogers wasn’t interested. That is, until he got word a day later about budget cuts, big ones, coming ASU’s way.

Rogers called Russ Thomas, then the Lions’ general manager.

“Is that job still open?”

“Sure is.”

“I’ll take it.”

It wasn’t a great interlude, for any of the parties. The Lions were the Lions and by autumn 1988. Rogers, who had flippantly said after one loss. “What’s it take to get fired around here?” was gone.

The “what’s it take” remark was, for those who knew Rogers, on a par with another line oft-quoted that earned him the enmity of University of Michigan fans.

It came during a an MSU football banquet when Rogers quoted one of his assistant coaches, saying of Michigan, that the Wolverines were “arrogant asses.”

Rogers meant it jocularly, for a captive MSU audience, and even if he should have known better, it wasn’t said with any venom. It was Rogers being Rogers in a way Gibson remembered Wednesday.

“He had a smart-alecky way of getting his point across,” Gibson said. “There were always these great lines. Let me tell you, Darryl was a special guy. He cared about football, but he cared about you, as well.

“There are special people in your life who you want to make sure are not taken for granted,” Gibson said. “Things happen, and it’s disappointing, because I’ve had such a great experience with Darryl Rogers. If you could see some of the emails flying around from some of my teammates.”

The relationship continued. Each year, The Sparty Party, an annual golf reunion arranged by one of Gibson’s old MSU teammates, Mark Tapling, was a staple at some splashy national resort. Rogers was always there, as he was this spring, with one of his old staffers and one of the ’78 team’s favorite assistant coaches, Bob Baker.

Rogers had been there last autumn at Spartan Stadium, the last time I saw him, the last conversation enjoyed with a man who was indelible, when Gibson was celebrated by the Spartans for being inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame.

The ’78 gang turned out that night. Their kinship assured it. The coach flew in from Fresno, with wife, Marsha.

“After that game,” Gibson said, speaking of the night when MSU played one of its few clunkers from 2017, against Notre Dame, “we said to him, ‘We might go over and have a drink at Kellogg (Center).’

“And then I said, ‘Might you come over and have one with us?’

“So, sure enough,” Gibson recalled, “it’s now 12:30, 1 o’clock, and here comes Darryl.

“We loved it.

“And he loved it, too.”

lynn.henning@detroitnews.com

Twitter @Lynn_Henning

the Fourth Is Not Over Yet.
Jul 5th, 2018 by Ghost Of Biggie

Click on the link below.

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Works from the 5th Ave Beach in Manistee. Thanks to Tom and all those who served including these fellows below.

Lee Greenwood said it best.

NBA Draft 2018
Jun 21st, 2018 by USMC Retired

I’m not going to tie in a bunch of stories because you have either read them all by this point or have read none of them to this point and I don’t think putting them here will change that for anyone.

Both Miles and J3 are expected to go in the top 15 selections with J3 going(3-4) before Miles(13-15). There could be trades and payouts prior to their actual selection that could affect these numbers.

There is no competing Tigers game tonight, so unless you are into Euro Football , there isn’t much else to watch @1900. esPn will carry the broadcast of the NBA Hype Show (NHS) with all the speculation prior and post – none of which will affect anything.

In as much as today is the Summer Solstice, I may be making the turn on on the turn to back 9 of the 2nd 18 today (just to say I was playing golf at >2100.

I know it’s a big day in both these fine young men’s lives and I hope they both get drafted by a team where they can shine and continue to develop and carry a positive image of Spartan Basketball forward for years to come.

 

Inspirational Story Not Many Knew Until Now
Jun 16th, 2018 by Ghost Of Biggie

https://sports.yahoo.com/emancipation-ethan-ancick-010811368.html

This is the story of a local Manton basketball star not many knew until now. We have to forgive him the decision to attend that other school to the South East.

Spartans Storm the Desert
Jun 15th, 2018 by Trophy

ASU provided AZ Spartans with game ticket allotment at 10:00AM this morning.  I was working and took about 15 minutes before I clicked the link… SOLD OUT.  I’m sure ASU was impressed with the response from the Spartan Nation.   ASU hasn’t sold out a home game in decades, so there will be ample opportunity to buy tix.  MSU sales start 7/23.  ASU’s early bird season ticket discount ends today, so they will make more tix available after they determine season ticket sales are over.   Plus, scalping is legal in AZ and there will be dozens of people selling tix outside the stadium.    Have a great weekend and Father’s Day!!!

Solari has the Spartans 11-1 this Fall
Jun 13th, 2018 by USMC Retired

The loss is not to the Used Car Salesman in Columbus either (he has us winning that game 24-16), but to Glad Glade.

 

My opinion was that the Glade wasn’t all that good last year and the loss of the RB to the pros didn’t strengthen their position in my mind.  They squeezed by the better teams in the Conference, snuck by a very WEAK Pac12 team, and  lost to us.

 

https://www.theonlycolors.com/2018/6/11/17450604/chris-solari-predicts-11-1-season-for-michigan-state

Spartans Storm the Desert – Ticket update from Kevin Vaughn, AZSpartans
Jun 10th, 2018 by Trophy

AZ Spartans – Just had a meeting with the Arizona State University Group Ticketing Department regarding our tickets for the MSU vs ASU game on Sept 8th. Here are the latest details:

— Ticket Deposits will be taken as early as late next week. We’ll be provided a “link” to click and select one of three different ticket pricing locations.

— The three general locations as of now will be section 26/27; section 24/25 or section 310. We may have options to section 28 (which I was previously told) but they are holding that section until they have all season ticket holder deposits in case they need that section. They’ll add that section to our available sections if it becomes available. We’ll be notified when those tickets become available on a first come, first serve basis. I.e… if you are in section 27 and want to upgrade to section 28 that may become available closer to the game. We’ll be notified if/when that happens according to ASU.

— Coach D and MSU Football Team will come out of the tunnel by section 24/25 and be on the sideline below our sections.

— Ticket prices are as follows: Section 26/27 are $84/ea; Section 24/25 are $64/ea and Section 310 is $36/ea.

— Once you place your ticket deposit, you’ll receive a “link” in which you can forward to friends, family, etc and they can use the link to order tickets and sit next to or close by. So, make sure to send your link and have the friend, etc use that link to order their tickets so the software program matches you up.

— The software program allocates seats based on how early you place the order and side by side links. Orders placed the earliest take priority over those placed later. So, once we get the link next week, place your orders to get best available tickets.

— Tickets will be allocated around July 26th. You’ll receive an email to log into your account and then you can print your tickets or send to your cell phone.

Please keep in mind these are GROUP tickets, which are discounted, but are not exact seat locations that you are purchasing. You are buying into a section with our group and then they are allocating your ticket. Single game tickets don’t go on sale until August 8th so we are placing our orders before that happens.

Lastly, there are many ways to purchase tickets for this game. You can decide to place a deposit and get a group ticket with our link. You can purchase a ticket to a suite provided by the Spartan Dawgs Todd Murray. You can purchase from the MSU Athletic Dept who has tickets in section 21-23 for regular price or you can purchase through a reseller like Stub Hub or you can even buy ASU Season Tickets and have tickets to this and other games. So, we are just trying to provide an option to sit together and cheer on the Spartans!

If you have questions, post them and I’ll try to answer. Otherwise, I’ll post the link when received from ASU… hopefully end of next week. With all your support, we’ll have a tremendous Spartans Storm the Desert Weekend!! Have a great weekend and GO GREEN!!

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AZ Spartans – Just had a meeting with the Arizona State University Group Ticketing Department regarding our tickets for the MSU vs ASU game on Sept 8th. Here are the latest details:

— Ticket Deposits will be taken as early as late next week. We’ll be provided a “link” to click and select one of three different ticket pricing locations.

— The three general locations as of now will be section 26/27; section 24/25 or section 310. We may have options to section 28 (which I was previously told) but they are holding that section until they have all season ticket holder deposits in case they need that section. They’ll add that section to our available sections if it becomes available. We’ll be notified when those tickets become available on a first come, first serve basis. I.e… if you are in section 27 and want to upgrade to section 28 that may become available closer to the game. We’ll be notified if/when that happens according to ASU.

— Coach D and MSU Football Team will come out of the tunnel by section 24/25 and be on the sideline below our sections.

— Ticket prices are as follows: Section 26/27 are $84/ea; Section 24/25 are $64/ea and Section 310 is $36/ea.

— Once you place your ticket deposit, you’ll receive a “link” in which you can forward to friends, family, etc and they can use the link to order tickets and sit next to or close by. So, make sure to send your link and have the friend, etc use that link to order their tickets so the software program matches you up.

— The software program allocates seats based on how early you place the order and side by side links. Orders placed the earliest take priority over those placed later. So, once we get the link next week, place your orders to get best available tickets.

— Tickets will be allocated around July 26th. You’ll receive an email to log into your account and then you can print your tickets or send to your cell phone.

Please keep in mind these are GROUP tickets, which are discounted, but are not exact seat locations that you are purchasing. You are buying into a section with our group and then they are allocating your ticket. Single game tickets don’t go on sale until August 8th so we are placing our orders before that happens.

Lastly, there are many ways to purchase tickets for this game. You can decide to place a deposit and get a group ticket with our link. You can purchase a ticket to a suite provided by the Spartan Dawgs Todd Murray. You can purchase from the MSU Athletic Dept who has tickets in section 21-23 for regular price or you can purchase through a reseller like Stub Hub or you can even buy ASU Season Tickets and have tickets to this and other games. So, we are just trying to provide an option to sit together and cheer on the Spartans!

If you have questions, post them and I’ll try to answer. Otherwise, I’ll post the link when received from ASU… hopefully end of next week. With all your support, we’ll have a tremendous Spartans Storm the Desert Weekend!! Have a great weekend and GO GREEN!!

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Spartans Storm the Desert… 9/8/18…. Update
Jun 6th, 2018 by Trophy

Art- Thanks for sending me the link.

AZ Spartans are working with ASU to set up tickets for the game.  We are trying for 3 areas in 3 price ranges, but it will be several weeks before ASU is ready to sell tix.  I will try to notify as soon as they are available.  Planned events so far:

  1. Friday night concert at Wasted Grain, (the home of AZ Spartans), in downtown Scottsdale. A band called Verve Pipe from Grand Rapids, they are friends of one our alumni.  Tix available on EventBrite.  I purchased extra, so let me know if they are sold out.
  2. Party bus from Wasted Grain to ASU stadium and back on Saturday.
  3. AZ Spartans tailgate at ASU, all you can eat/drink, music, games, TV’s, Air-Conditioned tent, Dancing Bears, etc. location to be announced closer to game day.
  4. Hotel rooms blocked for Spartans Swarm the Desert at Marriott Suites in Old Town, rates from $99/night, not sure how many are left.
  5. Let me know if you are interested in playing golf on Friday, I can set up games at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, maybe Friday morning with lunch after.

Call or email anytime, rhurula@gmail.com, 602-689-9120

Trophy

Spartan 2018 Football Schedule–See questions and offers below.
Jun 1st, 2018 by Kindle

September 1st game with Aggies moved to Friday August 31st.

Note: Game times for the first two games have been announced:

The August 31st game vs. Utah State will be 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

The September 8th game vs. Arizona State will be 10:45 PM Eastern Time.

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From Previous Post RE: GAME ONE:

USMCRetired and Ghost of Biggie are inquiring if anyone else may plan on attending.

 

From Trophy out in the Baby State (Because Arizona is the newest contiguous state in the Union) is asking about GAME TWO:

“How many of you will be a part of “Spartans Swarm the Desert” this September?   We are having a concert with “the Verve”, a group out of Grand Rapids, on Friday night before the game, Tickets on sale right now to AZ Spartans.  Let me know and I will buy them. Also, we will have blocks of game tix available through ASU this summer.  Will keep you posted on that. ”

 

 

Nick Ward is Removing His Name from the NBA Draft
May 29th, 2018 by USMC Retired

Short and to the point, Nick Ward will be scowling at I3T for another year

 

Here is the Journal take on it:

https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/sports/college/msu/mens-basketball/2018/05/29/nick-ward-michigan-state-basketball-return-nba-draft/653772002/

 

So, what say YOU, TUS, Good move, too early to tell, or who cares?

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