MSU Takes 2017 B1G Women’s Golf Championship Title – Spartan Will at its Finest
Apr 23rd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Like a well trained, well equipped, motivated, and organized force;  the Michigan State Women’s Golf Team decided the 2017 B1G Women’s Golf Championship was their prize to capture. To those who were desiring of holding off MSU – our sincerest condolences.  Oh, and the truck you believe just hit you? It looked to be the color Green – more specifically WEB Color: 18453B.

2017 MSU Women’s Golf Team. Yes, they are smiling. The reason? They know (as do many opponents) that after three rounds they are likely taking a title home with them.

MSU blitzed the competition in the 3rd and Final Round of play to claim the victory at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.  The Spartans overcame #12 Northwestern’s 4 stroke lead at the start of the day and beat them by 2 strokes overall – finishing the tournament at + 2 PAR (866) to the Wildcats +4 (868).

The reward – a sixth B1G Championship for Head Coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll and a trip (for the entire team) to the NCAA Regional Championships.

For the Tournament MSU’s Sarah Burnham (JR) placed 2nd at -5 PAR (211), Allyson Geer (F) finished 4th EVEN PAR (216), Katie Sharp (RS JR) placed (T) 5th at +2 PAR (218), Carolyn Markley (SO) and Paz Marfa (F) placed (T) 25th at +12 PAR (228) and Logan Otter (RS F) finished at +21 PAR (T) 53rd.

Similar to its taking the title of the Buckeye Classic last weekend MSU overcame a national power (Texas last week and Northwestern this week) after spotting the competition a first round lead.

For the 2017 B1G Championship MSU wore down Northwestern’s 10 stroke lead after round 1 in two distinctly different manners.  On Saturday MSU’s Burnham scorched the PAR 72 course with a  B1G Championship and MSU all-time individual round low (-9 PAR 63).  On Sunday the entire MSU squad was the total difference.  MSU adhered to the adage play-the-course-not-the-competition.  Geer, Sharp, Markely shot under PAR final rounds and Otter shot +1 PAR. Burham shot a +3 PAR and Marfa shot a +4 PAR.  Meanwhile Northwestern seemed to do the opposite and faded in the final day as four players shot +5 to +12 PAR for the round.

Michigan’s Elodie Van Dievoet shot a -2 PAR for the final round (-6 210 overall) to claim the individual title by one stroke over Burnham.  It is the second week in a row Burnham placed 2nd in the individual scoring to pace the squad in its title grabbing venture.  Burnham was the B1G Golfer of the Week last week and given her unprecedented round on Saturday will likely receive similar recognition this week.

As for Slobodnik-Stoll it is another B1G Title in a stellar career.  The former MSU player in 20 coaching seasons has led MSU to six B1G Titles, and with today’s victory 18 NCAA Regional appearances.

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, alongside her mentor and former MSU women’s golf coach, Mary Fossum. With today’s title, the two have combined to win 12 Big Ten Championships.


Spartan Surge – 2018 Women’s B1G Golf Championship: Round 2
Apr 22nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Sarah Burnham

Spartan Sarah Burnham (JR) shot a scintillating -9 PAR 63 on Saturday to lead a surging MSU at the 2017 the B1G women’s Golf Championships on the TPC River’s Bend course in Maineville Ohio.  Burnham’s 2nd round result is the lowest single round score in B1G Women’s Championship and MSU team history. After two rounds Sarah sits at -8 PAR (136) which provides her with a 4 shot lead over Elodie Van Dievoet of Michigan and Emie Peronnin of Minnesota heading into Sunday’s Final Round.

MSU shot a combined -5 PAR (283) to vault into 2nd place behind #12 Northwestern who retained its 1st place standing by shooting a combined -3 PAR (285). The Spartans and Wildcats have three players each in the Top 10 Leader-board heading into the 3rd Round.  The Spartans (+5 PAR) are 8 strokes behind the Wildcats (-3 PAR).

Burnham was not the only Spartan to experience good fortune on Saturday as five of the six team members equaled or improved on their results from Friday’s opening round.  Freshman, and the state of Michigan’s perennial top female amateur golfer; Allyson Geer replicated Friday’s score and stands in 9th place overall.  RS Sophomore Katie Sharp improved three strokes from Friday’s round to shoot an EVEN PAR (72).  Sharp stands in 10 place overall.  Paz Marfa, the Freshman from Barcelona, Spain is in 21st.  Sophomore Carolyn Markley, who hails from the host city of the tournament is in 41st place and RS Freshman Logan Otter improved six strokes from Friday’s round and is in 75th place.

You can follow the championship via live stats [here].

Round 1 Recap is located [here].

Can Spartans Find Their Groove? – 2016 Women’s B1G Golf Championships
Apr 22nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Sarah Burnham

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll’s MSU Women’s Golf team stand in 5th place after Round 1 in the 2016 B1G Golf Championship.  Can the Spartans find their groove and move to the top of the leaderboard? They did it last week to take the Buckeye Classic.  However, MSU will have to make up 10 strokes (or about 1.5 strokes a player) – I would not count them out.

Why? MSU has two All-American’s on the six member card who are a clear threat to take the individual title;  Sarah Burnham (JR) and Allyson Geer (FR).  Both carded a +1PAR and sit at 4 stokes off the lead.  Both are used to thriving on the big stage.  Burnham represented the United States in last year’s World University Games – finishing 9th and helping the USA to a Bronze Medal.  And as for Geer, simply put; she is the best female amateur golfer in the state of Michigan.  Geer was named 2016 Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Player of the Year, won the 2015 and 2016 Michigan State Amateur Championships, becoming the youngest and just the third player in the last 23 years to win the event in consecutive years, and has been ranked #1 in Michigan since 2013.  MSU also has four battle tested teammates to help make up the ground in Katie Sharp, Carolyn Markley, Paz Marfa, and Logan Otter.

You can follow the championship via live stats [here].

US & USMC Stand Tall at TUS HQ.


TUS HQ Grounds at – The Valley Club, Sun Valley Idaho.











Highly placed sources tell TUS that both Burnham and Geer feel their college career’s will not be complete until they take on The Marine (TUS’s MSU HOFer Tommy Hardenbergh.) on the links.  Our source says that Burnham was overheard saying, “None of this St. Augustine Florida or Portage Lake Michigan Cabin home course stuff.  Ideally I want a site such as the TUS HQ Valley Club course in Sun Valley, Idaho.”  Supposedly added Geer, “In fact, we should simply be able to compete for the TUS Cup.”  When asked for comment, TUS Compliance Officer GoSt8Go says “the ladies are Spartans and therefore – by rule – automatically eligible to be considered for membership in TUS.  Membership Committee Chairperson Maureen Whitman (aka Boston Spartan) says “both players – and in fact the whole squad – could gain membership in a Special Plebiscite.”  TUS Cup Director Rick Hurula (aka Trophy) says, “The Marine is tough tee through green, but I might as well start looking into shipping cost for the TUS Cup heading to East Lansing. We can ship it to Dave Pruder, and he can handle it from there.”

The scorecards and standings after Round 1.

Notice the Greer Eagle on the 18th hole.  Nice Finish!

Are the Other Shoes Starting to Drop?
Apr 21st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Wait for the other shoe to drop

A common experience of tenement living in apartment-style housing in New York City, and other large cities, during the manufacturing boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Apartments were built, similar in design, with the bedrooms located directly above and underneath one another. Thus, it was normal to hear a neighbor removing their shoes in the apartment above. As one shoe made a sound hitting the floor, the expectation for the other shoe to make a similar disturbance was created.


(idiomatic) To defer action or decision until another matter is finished or resolved.
(idiomatic) To await a seemingly inevitable event, especially one that is not desirable.

Source: Wikidictionary

Auston Robertson a sophomore Defensive Lineman for the Michigan State University football program has been charged with sexual criminal misconduct.  The charges were filed this morning by Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon. The official charge is third-degree criminal sexual conduct.  A third-degree charge relates to alleged non-consensual sexual penetration with force or coercion, the victim being incapacitated or other factors.  The court record states that Roberton’s charge involves force or coercion.  The story as reported in the Free-Press is [here].

First, Roberston has been charged and he is innocent until proven guilty.  However, this is not Roberston’s first run-in with the law for similar type of conduct.

The result in the earlier case: Robertson participated and successfully completed a court mandated Diversionary Program.  Do Diversionary Programs create and document Alternate Facts?

Seems like more and more athletes are benefiting from this newly named type of extra-curriculum. For example, Kansas Jayhawk Josh Jackson is getting the honor to participate in a Diversionary Program before NBA Draft day.

The filing against Robertson is the first of possibly four to be made against MSU football players.  The other three are from a separate incident.  Should we expect the other shoes to begin dropping?

Day Trip to AA x 2
Apr 18th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The softball and baseball teams from Michigan State University travel 63 miles to the southeast to Ann Arbor, Michigan today to take on the Wolverines of the University of Michigan.

Both games are scheduled to start at 6PM.  Both games will be streamed live on BTNPlus and BTNToGo.  According to MSU and BTN, the softball game is scheduled to be telecast on BTN.  Note:  Yesterday DirecTV noted a “New” program change and listed the baseball game as being on BTN. Either way we will see MSU at UofM.

Both UofM squads are nationally ranked.  Technically, today’s baseball game is a extra scheduled contest and considered a non-conference game.

Softball preview is [here].

Baseball preview is [here].


42 Day
Apr 15th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

On this day 70 years-ago. Jack Roosevelt (Jackie) Robinson from Cairo Georgia made his debut as a major league baseball player.  In front of 26,623 ticket holders at Ebbets field in Brooklyn, NY. Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodger teammates defeated the Boston Braves (5-3).  Robinson played 1st base and went 0-3 at the plate.  Howie Schultz replaced Robinson for defensive purposes in the 9th.  The plate umpire was Babe Pinelli and the game took 2:26 to complete.  The game was broadcast via Radio on WHN with Red Barber making the call and Connie Desmond providing commentary.

Robinson would garner his first hit in the next game (two days later).  Robinson would play 10 seasons in the majors – all with Brooklyn – wearing the number 42.  Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot.  He had a career batting average of .311.

This day was named for #42 twenty years ago and his number retired from use by all major league baseball teams.

Note:  in 1948 the Dodgers would trade minor league catcher Cliff Dapper from Montreal to the Atlanta Crackers for announcer Ernie Harwell. It is the only such trade of its kind.  Harwell would replace Red Barber who had been hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.  Harwell would leave the Dodger radio booth after the 1949 season.  Vin Scully would start his career with the Dodgers the following season and be their principle announcer through the end of the 2016 season.

On this date:  Terrorists explode bombs during the Boston Marathon killing three (2013), The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage (1912), The 16th President of the United States; Abe Lincoln was assassinated (1865), and the U.S. ratified a peace-treaty with Britain (1783).

So what are your thoughts about Jackie, barriers (artificial or not) and breaking them, National Days honoring people or events, announcing baseball games for 67 years for the same team, baseball games completing in 2-2.5 hours on average and the fact that major league baseball tracks and references almost everything – including visits to the White House?

How Many Relievers Does It Take To Win A Pennant?
Apr 14th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

What is the maximum amount of call-ups and send downs of pitching staff can a major league team perform in a year? If you are a Detroit Tigers fan it may be a number you want to know and understand how it can be performed while still winning a Division Title.

Ar 10 games into the season the Tigers are 7-3.  They have a strong enough batting order to be sitting in 1st place with Miggy and VMart batting below .200 with the other Mart on the disabled list. The Tiger’s defense is especially good up the middle and the top of the Starting Pitching rotation is solid.  The relief pitching is scary bad at this point and almost no lead in any game is truly safe.

Tonight’s game is a prime, but not isolated example.  The Tigers held a comfortable lead over the Indians in Cleveland after six innings – 6-0.  Starting Pitcher Daniel Norris while not on his “A” game kept the Tribe off the board.  Enter the relief staff in the 7th.  By the bottom of the 9th the score was 7-6 in Detroit’s favor and the Tigers hanging on for dear life with Cleveland at the plate.

The reality is there is no way the Tigers can play a 162 game schedule with a bullpen as porous as this current crew and make the post-season.  Are you seeing it the same way?

Apr 14th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

ˌənˈkämən adjective
  1. out of the ordinary; unusual.
    “lack of self-awareness is not uncommon for a person under the age of 19.”

It appears that Miles Bridges an 18 year-old student at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan is uncommon for an individual with his skill-set.

While most college-students are seeking to identify their career-path, Bridges appears to have a pretty good idea of what will be his first professional occupation.  People who make hiring decisions for employment in Bridges likely field of work, indicate Miles is ready for the next step.  People who would benefit financially (directly and indirectly) from Bridges seeking professional employment in the near-team (aka this month) also like the idea of Miles leaving school and securing that first paycheck.

As a matter of public-record, Miles has determined he likes college, and college life at Michigan State University. Bridges would like to enjoy this time of his life and not rush into his professional career.  Miles also thinks he can materially improve upon the skills needed for his professional career by staying in college.  Miles also wants to be a contributor – if not the leader – in adding to the legacy of his University in a positive manner.

Yes, we all know about the downsides of the choices Miles has made including all the negative blather generated by Media Talking Heads.  Hey, it is possible Miles could be the recipient of a MOAB bomb courtesy of the U.S. military.

However, if the choices Miles has made recently come to full fruition the implication is he will improve his skill set, gain additional mental preparation for post-college life, be recognized as a National Champion, be one the first five persons hired in his chosen professional, double his starting salary (e.g., selected #10 – #18 in 2017 versus #1-#5 in 2018), and best of all enjoy what Michigan State University offers – establishing life long friends, additional education on a variety of fronts, and possibly experiencing a couch burning.

Let the College Basketball Signing Period Dancing Begin
Apr 12th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

April 12th is the start of the official signing period for college basketball athlete’s (formal letter of intent). Signings can be made through May 17th.  Many players committed during the Early Signing Period (last November).

The Usual Prognosticators (officially banned from being a member in good standing of The Usual Suspects) have started all the blather.  They are incorrect in their predictions way,way more than they are correct.  However, much like Mel Kiper and Mock Draft 9,930.50 (for football) there predictions are about attracting eye balls not accuracy.

Here are some of the rags predictions.

Campus Insider




TUS (driven by TUS Compliance regime) is all about being correct and timely.  So membership, we want your bottom-line, no conditions or caveats.  what say you?

  1.  Will Miles Bridges return to MSU for sophomore season (Yes/No).
  2. Will Ben Carter be granted an additional season of college play at MSU (Yes/No).
  3. Who in addition to Xavier Tillman and Jaren Jackson will commit/join MSU Basketball for the 2017-2018 season?
Prace’s World
Apr 10th, 2017 by Ghost Of Biggie

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