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Things Change and Others Stay The Same
May 13th, 2013 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Head Coach Mike Babcock decides that in order for his young 7th seeded team to take the series against the experienced and powerful 2nd seeded opponent he needs to switch up his line combinations.  It works brilliantly.  Is the year is 2013 or 2003?  Are the two teams involved the Detroit Red Wings or the Anaheim Ducks? The answer is Yes – to all.  Last night Babcock and the Red Wings beat the Ducks 3-2 in Game 7 in the West Conference Quarterfinals in Anaheim.  Babcock engineered the same result as Head Coach of the Ducks in a 4-0 sweep of the Red Wings in 2003.  Former Spartan Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goals for the Red Wings.

With realignment next season the two teams that have met the most times in the NHL playoffs over the last 25 years (six times) will no longer meet for Conference playoff domination.  The Red Wings now go on to play fellow member of the NHL’s Original Six – The Chicago Blackhawks.  Who takes this series TUS membership?

Detroit Tiger Jose Valverde entered yesterday’s contest between his team and the Cleveland Indians with a one run lead (3-2).  Valverde’s job as closer is to hold the lead and seal the victory.  He did not.  What does TUS membership think about the prospect of Pappa Grande going forward?  The one we experienced yesterday and last year or the one from previous seasons?

Another item to add for discussion in the category Sameness is MSU Women’s golf.  The Spartans advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals from the Central Region over the weekend.  It is the 2nd year in a row for the ladies in Green and White to advance to the Finals.

Change can be good and the Spartans Men’s Baseball team needed some.  The Spartans beat Iowa in Iowa City 4-2 on Sunday to avoid being swept by the lowly Hawkeyes.  The victory keeps MSU on pace to make the B1G Tournament but the loses on Friday and Saturday are worrisome.

A pleasant and surprising season of Men’s Tennis at MSU came to an end as the 43rd ranked Spartans lost to #25 Tulsa in the first round of NCAA Tournament.

 


45 Responses  
  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    May 13th, 20138:20 amat

    In 2013 the Blackhawks are the heavy favorites over the Red Wings. And what would the Norris family think of this situation?

    One advantage of having to watch Pappa Grande in the Closer Role is the opportunity for me to lose 7-10 pounds water weight through stress. PG needs the confidence and ability to throw something other than fast-balls

    Go Green and White on the golf-course and ball yard.

  • Spartan 81 writes:
    May 13th, 20139:32 amat

    Jeff two things, Hockey is different than other sports ie last year 8 seeded Kings with a more physical style run the table, Blackhawks are tremendously quick and skilled they close off the scoring lanes with quickness not physicality I give the wings a 40% chance

    Second I think Illinois will be hard pressed to win more than one game against the Gophers in Minny. So we should get in with two wins at Penn State, Illinois gets the tiebreaker. We have the advantage in that the Illini series is Thurs – Sat and ours if Friday-Sunday , so we will know if he have to sweep by Saturday evening.

  • Ghost Of Biggie writes:
    May 13th, 201312:00 pmat

    From what I read of the regular season meetings the Wings will be close but they can not be favored to win. Ted’s 40% chance may be a bit high but close.

    Also from what I read Papa Grande threw only fast balls and most were not over the plate. He has always been erratic with the strike zone but his redeeming quality used to be the difficult stuff to hit when he did put it over. That part seems to have departed leaving only balls and lame ducks. I’m afraid he has passed his prime and is only a less than average closer no longer sufficient for a team that is on the big stage. Like last year, the Tigers have a lot of talent which flashes overwhelmingly at times and makes mysterious disappearances at times, usually inopportune.

    • USMC(Ret.) writes:
      May 13th, 20131:10 pmat

      Papa No was driving the commentators from Cleveland nuts yesterday. Even the pitches that he got called as strikes, weren’t according to their “fox-track box”. A 1 pitch closer isn’t (I changed that just for you Jeff) ever gonna hack it.

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 13th, 20131:06 pmat

    The only pitcher who has been consistent is Mad Max. Others, Starters or Penners have been erratic. Good pitching will beat good hitting, but our hitting profile has been too predictable too. Prince swung on every 1st pitch he saw over the weekend.

    Revolutionary War was lost before it got started, too. But the Colonists let it play out anyway.

    Looking dicy for the Spartan ballers, but women golfers keep getting in and you never know. Unless the Karma that got the kid from Spain yesterday hits them, they can only have a positive experience which helps recruiting. I mean come to MSU all you HS phenoms, they’ll get you to the Dance.

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 13th, 20131:13 pmat

    “The Usual Suspects” is on AMC @1730P today, in case you haven’t gotten your fill of Kaiser Soze.

  • Spartan 81 writes:
    May 13th, 20132:20 pmat

    Not really that dicey, Gophers playing well Illinois will be had pressed to win more than one, and we will be hard pressed to lose more than one at Penn State, in baseball anything can happen but if the Gophers sweep we can even back into the postseason with one win in Happy Valley.

  • Ben Green writes:
    May 13th, 20136:15 pmat

    This version of the Red Wings is unlike any in the past couple decades. But their young players are developing quickly and playing well. It’s good to see the team playing as well as it has at the end of the regular season and in the play-offs. So there’s hope. Chicago has more talent. They roll 4 solid lines. Crawford has been playing exceptionally well in goal. His goals against and save percentage against the Wings this year and in the playoffs is stellar. It’s an uphill battle, no doubt. But there’s hope. No prediction, just hope. I’m satisfied they made it into the playoffs and the second round given their injuries and relatively young team. Anything else is gravy.

    Valverde’s blown save was a disappointment. His fastball isn’t what it once was. If that’s all he can rely on, the Tigers will be looking in another direction soon.

    Congrats to the Women golfers!

    I hope the baseball team does what it needs to do to make the tourney and a little help from Minnesota would help.

    • GoSt8Go writes:
      May 13th, 20137:16 pmat

      So are these Wings the NHL equivalent of the NBA’s Warrior’s: young, talented, learning fast?

      • Spartan 81 writes:
        May 13th, 20137:46 pmat

        That’s a pretty good comparison.

      • Ben Green writes:
        May 14th, 20135:13 amat

        Other than Draymond I’m not familiar with the Warriors but apparently there are similarities, Draymond being one of the young, talented players learning fast.

      • USMC(Ret.) writes:
        May 14th, 20135:36 amat

        With a feisty Spartan providing some inspiration. I don’t really think his hit/suspension provided any added motivation (it could have though), but his short handed goal sure did.

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 13th, 20136:30 pmat

    Dirks hits a grand salami and the Tigs are up 7-2 after 3. VMart had already hit a 2 run homer in the inning. The Tigers can flat out hit against AAA pitching.

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 13th, 20137:12 pmat

    Well the AAA pitcher left with an injury. Am I just imagining it or do the Tigers hit into an inordinate amount of double plays?

    • USMC(Ret.) writes:
      May 13th, 20138:03 pmat

      Yea Tigs, half a game up as the Wahoo’s split with the Yaks.

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      May 14th, 20137:50 amat

      Ironically the Tigers have a lot of company ahead of them in this list. They are 18th (out of 30 ) in MLB. It look like the Dodgers hit so many they must be scheduled.

      The DP Stats by Team

      • USMC(Ret.) writes:
        May 14th, 201312:15 pmat

        Looking at the data, the only team in Central that does it more than the Tigers is the Royals, but the difference would not be statistically significant over the season.

        Normalized numbers:

        Royals 0.66%
        Tigers 0.49%
        Clevla 0.42%
        WS 0.40%
        Minny 0.39%

        Thanks for the Data, Jeff

      • Ben Green writes:
        May 15th, 20135:15 amat

        I was not aware all the stats are available at that website. Excellent.

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 14th, 20134:53 amat

    Now, this is just too O. Henry: for Minneapolis, Heat Advisory from Tue, 12pm until Tue, 8pm CDT

    • Spartan 81 writes:
      May 14th, 20136:12 amat

      Sleet Sat morning 95today tornadoes this weekend, forecast for BTT Locusts

    • Spartan 81 writes:
      May 14th, 20136:29 pmat

      Marine we just lost a wide receiver recruit to the Kardashian world of hip hop music

  • Spartan 81 writes:
    May 14th, 20137:03 amat

    Just my uneducated guess but I think both teams are a year away from the Cup and the Finals

  • Spartan 81 writes:
    May 14th, 20137:43 amat

    Also Jeff and Tom Michigan is tied with Illinois just percentage points ahead,Michigan has to go on the road to Nebraska, so if either Michigan or Illinois loses two out of three and MSU wins two out of three at Penn State than MSU scrapes by and eliminates either Michigan or Illinois for the final spot. I wish 89 chem were here but in my uneducated guess that puts the percentages at least 66% in our favor.

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      May 14th, 20138:48 pmat

      I come up with 49% in MSU’s favor. But that assumes [1] that Illinois has the best chance to win two games among the three teams, and [2] that getting two at PSU is a 50/50 proposition.

      (If MSU sweeps PSU, the odds improve to about 99%–assuming UNL/MI is not a total mismatch.)

      • Spartan 81 writes:
        May 15th, 20136:26 amat

        Thanks the Marine thought it was50-50 unless we sweep as well

        • USMC(Ret.) writes:
          May 15th, 20131:21 pmat

          yea, but he’s an idiot

      • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
        May 15th, 20137:54 pmat

        89,

        You are alive!

        Good to see you providing the numbers ans analysis only Fox Sports suggests.

  • Lee Bates writes:
    May 14th, 201310:36 amat

    Why don’t we just sweep

  • Spartan 81 writes:
    May 14th, 201312:36 pmat

    That would be ideal and very possible, Illinois just swept them. just pointing out the possibilitys

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 15th, 20137:24 amat

    Looking at the box score for last night’s Tigers win, I see Whiplash and Papa No both pitched well and the the Tigers grounded in to 2 more DP’s (I think the article said KC leads the majors or Jr Circuit in that category) bottom of the order did the initial damage (Kelly and Infante) As much as most people don’t like Don Kelly, he’s played VERY well this year, when asked and Omar is just a pro.

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 15th, 201311:47 amat

    Today the Oilers scored in the second, but so did the Tigers. 4-1, bottom of the lineup comes through again with Garcia homering to score Peralta (walk) and Pena (single, which had scored the Hawaiian, who’d singled) Mad max shuts the Oilers down, he has 41 pitches through 3.

    • USMC(Ret.) writes:
      May 15th, 201312:21 pmat

      Spoke too soon, Mad Max gives up 4 in the 4th, Oilers up 5-4. Middle of he Tigers lineup not producing today

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 15th, 20131:25 pmat

    Just in case folks you were considering US Bank, my daughter wrote me a check to buy the groceries, she has an account at USBank, I went there to cash it, they were going to charge me $5 to cash it. I told the non-American behind the grill that he could pound sand, I could survive without giving his idiot bank $5 to cash their check. Guess what, he didn’t understand my ire,

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      May 15th, 20138:00 pmat

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  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 15th, 20131:31 pmat

    Tigers turn it over to the bullpen all tied in the 8th- New Mexico now in for Smiley, who got 2 outs, but gave up 2 singles; and advances the base runners to 3 and 2 with a wild pitch, then gets the strike out. Tigers batting. The Hawaiian got the tying RBI.

  • USMC(Ret.) writes:
    May 15th, 20132:17 pmat

    The bullpen (New Mexico and Coke) and the middle of the order don’t deliver, Miggy had the bases juiced in the 9th, doesn’t deliver. Fielder took the collar. VMart? nada.

  • Spartan 81 writes:
    May 15th, 20132:33 pmat

    Go to Wells Fargo and say Breadtruck 86 sent you. Thats where I put my Rose Bowl fund in honor of Breadtruck.

    • USMC(Ret.) writes:
      May 15th, 20136:37 pmat

      That’s where I bank in Fl, they don’t have them “up North” He works in a commercial WF bank

      • Spartan 81 writes:
        May 15th, 20137:12 pmat

        This time tomorrow we will have a real good idea of our baseball postseason, critical to win tomorrow so we can control our own destiny

        • USMC(Ret.) writes:
          May 16th, 20132:20 pmat

          1st pitch is 6:05P, a little less than 2 hours from this posting, I’ll be at dinner with 6 11/12 year olds and no other adult supervision. So if you hear of a murder/suicide in Columbus, I swear it won’t be me, I’ll be out back sweeping the floors.

  • Ben Green writes:
    May 16th, 20135:52 amat

    Another brutal B1G basketball schedule for the Spartans. The Spartans will play Nebraska and Minnesota at home only, and Purdue and Wisconsin on the road only for their “one plays”.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20130515/SPORTS07/305150068/michigan-state-basketball-schedule-big-ten

  • 79 Spartan writes:
    May 16th, 20131:57 pmat

    Not sure of my feelings yet about the conference re-alignment:

    • USMC(Ret.) writes:
      May 16th, 20132:23 pmat

      When we go to 14, they’ll have to change the Bball way of doing things, “one plays” are making the B1G Regular Season title a joke. (Rexrode and other’s opinions, not just mine). Not sure we got the best draw in that alignment, but I can stand NOT playing Whiskey every year.

  • Spartan 81 writes:
    May 16th, 20132:30 pmat

    Sounds like Izzo at one of those AAU tournaments.


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