Day Trip to AA x 2
April 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].


51 Responses  
  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    April 18th, 20178:20 amat

    Looking at the travel map as of 10AM (EDT) it appears heading to Ann Arbor via U.S. 23 could be tricky.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      April 18th, 20171:04 pmat

      When I am going North or South, I stay away from that particular piece of concrete – best to go US127 out of EL to Jackson etc. US 23 is a nightmare north of I94

      • Ben Green writes:
        April 18th, 20173:52 pmat

        You are correct, Sir. It can be a nightmare even when work is not being done on it. Currently $120 million in road and bridge work is being done between Brighton and AA.

        • 79 Spartan writes:
          April 19th, 20177:48 amat

          My buddy who loves south of Brighton says it’s a cluster…

    • GoSt8Go writes:
      April 18th, 20173:59 pmat

      I try very hard to avoid W. Ypsi at all costs. Therefore, I cannot advise you either way about the quickest route, other than to turn around and go back home, have a cookie, you’ll be right as rain.

  • Kindle writes:
    April 18th, 201712:37 pmat

    Revealed yesterday:

    MSU football recruit issued MIP during recruitment visit
    By Marie Weidmayer

    April 17, 2017 9:05 pm

    MSU football recruit Jacub Panasiuk was issued an alcohol citation on Jan. 14 during his official recruitment visit to MSU.

    Panasiuk signed his National Letter of Intent for MSU on Feb. 1. He is a three-star defensive end recruit.

    On March 31, Panasiuk paid a fine of $155 to 54B District Court.

    Panasiuk will join his brother, sophomore defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk, on the team once summer football training camp begins.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      April 18th, 20171:02 pmat

      I’d say the key there is brother Mike making sure little brother enjoyed himself – I see nothing sinister here.

  • USMC Retired writes:
    April 18th, 20171:11 pmat

    For those who did NOT see this

    Sad to report the following:

    One must always remember that jet-ski’s while they have limited reverse – it is limited

  • USMC Retired writes:
    April 18th, 20173:14 pmat

    Rexrode getting some props on Around the Horn for his ‘Anthem Column” about Carrie Underwood in Nashville

    • Kindle writes:
      April 18th, 20174:20 pmat
      • Kindle writes:
        April 18th, 20174:23 pmat

        Of course Joe was being humble about it as you will note in these tweets:

        Jon Garcia‏ @JGarcia36
        Look @joerexrode, you got a shoutout on @AroundtheHorn

        Joe Rexrode‏Verified account @joerexrode 1h1 hour ago
        See, write about Carrie Underwood and your column doesn’t have to make sense.

        • USMC Retired writes:
          April 18th, 20174:47 pmat

          What a great tweet by Joe! can you tweet him the old Marine likes his act!

        • Ben Green writes:
          April 18th, 20175:02 pmat

          Actually his article makes much more than perfect sense. Humble Joe. Excellent article. His first few paragraphs set a palpable tone, an unmistakable sense of what it felt like to be there. Sure miss his articles. Excellent hockey game too. Here’s hoping the Predators complete the upset of the favored Black Hawks.

          • Ben Green writes:
            April 18th, 20175:18 pmat

            Joe before the game:

            Joe Rexrode‏Verified account @joerexrode 22 hours ago
            This anthem might be OK.

            Joe knows Spartans:

            Joe Rexrode Retweeted
            Jack Conklin‏Verified account @Jack_Conklin78 22 hours ago
            Let’s go @PredsNHL #3-0

            • Kindle writes:
              April 18th, 20176:37 pmat

              Ben, thanks for weighing in.

      • GoSt8Go writes:
        April 18th, 20177:17 pmat

        Miss Joe. Bigly. Sigh…………….

        • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
          April 18th, 20177:30 pmat

          Miss Joe UGE as well.

          • Kindle writes:
            April 18th, 201710:36 pmat

            hashtag sad

    • LeeBee writes:
      April 18th, 20175:52 pmat

      I watched the U-tube version. She absolutely nailed it!

      • Kindle writes:
        April 18th, 20176:38 pmat

        Good to know Lee. I will check her anthem out on youtube.

      • GoSt8Go writes:
        April 18th, 20177:21 pmat


  • USMC Retired writes:
    April 18th, 20175:17 pmat

    I know Jefe` and “She who must be obeyed” are probably multi tasking – but this pitcher for TB who Miggy hits like .450 against may be just the tonic he needs to get his bat going (HR in the 1st)

  • USMC Retired writes:
    April 18th, 20176:09 pmat

    Here’s an update from Coach about the youngster in the jet ski incident

    Mark Dantonio ✔@DantonioMark
    Our best to @Legendary__8 as he recovers. Good to hear him in good spirits. He is looking forward to the fall. . #GoGreen
    12:51 PM – 18 Apr 2017

  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    April 18th, 20176:25 pmat

    As The Marine aptly pointed out; I am multi-tasking (currently) between MSU, MSU and Tigers.

    Shae Dog is assisting, sitting in GoSt8Go’s usual spot. Linda is working late Clinic.

    Not happy with any of the current scores!

  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    April 18th, 20176:39 pmat

    Softball on the losing end 3-1. Plenty of opportunities but could not deliver.
    Baseball down 8-4 in 7th, not giving up.
    Tigers down 2-1 to Rays in 5th. not giving up
    Moved to playoff Hockey Canadiens vs. Rangers – rooting for the winner – whomever that is.
    Setting up Yahtzee for contest vs. Shae Dog

    • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
      April 18th, 20176:58 pmat

      Baseball getting absolutely torched in late innings – scoreboard may need 3 digits.

      • GoSt8Go writes:
        April 18th, 20177:27 pmat

        Jeez, 4-4 after 5 innings and then the wheels came off. Holy Mackeral, JL.

  • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
    April 18th, 20177:17 pmat

    Moving to the lighter human interest side of this post…

    All Everything Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been suspended 80 games (plus post-season if the team qualifies) for use of the illegal Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) nandrolone. One option to fill the Center-Field position would be 3rd basemen Junh Ho Kung. Ooops that cannot happen as Kung is stuck in his native South Korea after Immigration Services denied him entry into the U.S. after being convicted for 3rd DUI. Andrew McCutchen is slated to move from RF to CF.

    Think this is an isolated incident and not an indicator of a return to player abuse of PED’s. Think again… Eight major-violation suspensions of players on MLB rosters in the last year+.

    Nandralone has been on the banned substance list for most sports list since 1974. Background [here].

    • GoSt8Go writes:
      April 18th, 20177:45 pmat

      Entry issues everywhere. Pretty sure there’s still an active ban in Metropolitan Columbus, OH on a suspect looking very similar to I Believe. Subject was last seen post-game Bucs/Spartans 2015 wearing nothing, sprinting while clutching a can of Krylon Green in one hand and half empty jar of Sorghum in the other. At least 5 moms spent weeks trying to remove the combination Green/Sorghum from their hair and Scarlet jerseys. Haircuts and new jerseys were mysteriously provided, anonymously. The football program had No Comment.

    • Kindle writes:
      April 18th, 201710:47 pmat

      And now this on tax day–what say you Jeff?? (Hoping all will recognize as fake news.)

      IRS Announces Refunds Will Come In Form Of Forever Stamps This Year

      WASHINGTON—Stating that the policy change represented the kind of reform taxpayers have long demanded, the IRS announced Tuesday that all refunds for the 2016 fiscal year will be disbursed in the form of Forever stamps. “Persons anticipating a refund will receive a ream of Forever stamps equal to the expected amount within six to eight weeks of filing their taxes,” said IRS commissioner John Koskinen, explaining that someone with a $500 tax refund, for example, will receive an envelope containing 1,020 stamps, or roughly 51 booklets of the 49-cent postage. “We’re very excited about this change, and we think the public will be equally enthusiastic about getting a refund they can use immediately to mail a variety of items without having to bother with the extra step of purchasing stamps with cash.” Koskinen added that while a refund denominated in Forever stamps was not optional, taxpayers were free to choose among American flag, classic car, and Woodstock themes.

      • Jeffrey Lubeck writes:
        April 19th, 20172:09 amat

        And the books fit so easily in your back pocket next to your wallet (which is empty of cash).

      • USMC Retired writes:
        April 19th, 20177:24 amat

        If this had been posted 2 years ago, it might have had a more believable!

        • GoSt8Go writes:
          April 19th, 20175:27 pmat

          Are you saying it didn’t happen? NFR was interviewed 3 times as a rumored “associate” of the suspect. “You know this man!” was the first session. He replied “No, I don’t know this man, or beast.” A second time they continued “Surely, you knew this man!” He replied “No, and don’t call me Eeyore, er Shirley”. Finally, they insisted “You did, you did know this man!” A third time he responded in his best french accent: “no, and go away before I taunt you a second time”. Just then, a rooster crowed. NFR hung his head in shame having denied the I Believore three times. He now wanders the Northern Michigan Wilderness, monitors the police frequencies of all counties in Ohio, and sings a song that sounds akin to “Eeyore come back! You can blame it all on me”.

          • Kindle writes:
            April 19th, 20175:43 pmat

            +3 (And if you’ve never heard NFR sing you have missed something!)

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    April 19th, 20174:50 pmat

    * While not requiring a triple-digit scoreboard, the 12-4 baseball loss to MI yesterday was plenty disappointing.

    * Softball just finished beating Toledo, 13-7.

    * No surprise here:
    Women’s Golf will be in Mainsville, OH (wherever that is) for the B1G Championships this weekend.

    * Women’s Tennis beat NE and IA last weekend. They can guarantee a top-four B1G finish by beating fifth-place IL (home, Friday, 4 PM EDT), and finish the regular season at 8-1 NW on Sunday.

    * Softball might be on BTN Friday at 4 PM EDT when it hosts OSU in the first of a three-game series.

    * Baseball travels to Maryland this weekend.

    * Rowing appears to be involved in some double-dual meets in Cambridge, MA this weekend

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      April 21st, 201710:58 amat

      (Maineville is just outside of the Cincinnati beltway.)

  • Kindle writes:
    April 19th, 20175:34 pmat

    Tom, I did as you asked and messaged Joe Rexrode, telling him that you and the gang really liked his column.
    He replied, “Thank You!!”

    • USMC Retired writes:
      April 19th, 20176:38 pmat

      Good on you and Joe! Thank you!

  • USMC Retired writes:
    April 19th, 20176:35 pmat

    Just not sure this kid is real excited about coming to East Lansing

    Josh Vann @Vannj03
    Blessed and thankful to receive another offer from the University of Michigan State ✅@michiganstateu @MSU_Football
    8:48 PM – 18 Apr 2017

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      April 21st, 201710:40 amat

      That might be a variation of MSU’s “Michigan State is The University of Michigan” slogan.

  • Kindle writes:
    April 19th, 20179:27 pmat

    Tigers 7 Rays 6 in 8th inning.

    Justin Wilson, fresh, strikes out the side in the bottom of the eighth inning.

    Final inning of Tigers at Rays found Detroit leading 7-6.

    K-Rod to face Kiermaier, Longoria and Miller (2-3-4 hitters) with a 7-6 lead in the 9th.

    Up a run, Francisco Rodriguez walks the lead-off batter in the bottom of the ninth inning, which is not ideal. It’s Kevin Kiermaier.

    Rodriguez then allows a double to Evan Longoria. Even less ideal.

    And a few moments later, all three are on base with nobody out. Walk, double, intentional walk.

    K-Rod gets a dramatic bases-loaded strikeout and Rays manager Kevin Cash tossed for arguing 3rd strike.

    Home plate ump Larry Vanover didn’t ask for appeal to 1st base ump, which displeased Cash (and batter Steven Souza).

    Morrison then grounded into fielder’s choice to second, Longoria to third, Kiermaier scored, Longoria to third, Miller forced out at second. Longoria scored on throwing error by shortstop Iglesias.

    Rays win 8-7.

    So…..K-Rod gets a double-play ball to end game, but SS Jose Iglesias stumbles, taking a knee to the face and makes an errant throw lets another run score.

    Rays win 8-7.

    Jose Iglesias lay face down for several moments, then walked off field gingerly but under his own power with athletic trainers.

    anthony fenech @anthonyfenech
    It was a strange, strange game. It was not strange at all how the Tigers’ bullpen blew it.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      April 20th, 20175:29 amat

      In This case the BP may actually NOT be held accountable for this loss, as once again the Wunderkind fails in his job How do you start and outfield of a part timer and 2 rookies – their errors led to the 5-1 Rays lead which eventually the Tigers couldn’t deal with.

      How was the infield fly rule not called when Longoria let the popped up bunt drop? (nice base running by Jones – kneeling at home)

      The Tigers will win nothing as long Ausmus is the Mgr – nothing – write it down, folks, write it down.

  • JerseyJohn writes:
    April 20th, 20178:34 amat

    after reading today’s article in the freep I have come to this conclusion.

    Charles Rogers makes Plaxico Burress look like Albert Einstein.

  • USMC Retired writes:
    April 21st, 20176:06 amat

    Tiger Woods had back surgery yesterday – my friend Mike is here (he has had 4 back surgeries since a car rear ended him at a stoplight in 2003) and hasn’t hit the ball the same ever since – So Tiger is done. Since they caught him using growth hormones or stem cells, he has never been the same.

  • JustABum writes:
    April 21st, 20177:03 amat

    True, he’s unlikely to never don another green jacket, Claret Jug, Wanamaker or the US Open trophy.

    Drugs? Allegedly. Those house calls that Toronto doc made were for golf lessons not treatment for PEDs,… Mark Steinberg swears it’s true! I don’t recall if Hank Haney’s book eluded to how a muscular Tigger came about.other than his training with the seals etc. That became his obsession after his dad passed and Tiger was on his own…

    • USMC Retired writes:
      April 21st, 201711:47 amat

      the Growth hormones/stem cells were what helped recover so quickly when he injured himself except for this back stuff.

  • JustABum writes:
    April 21st, 20177:04 amat

    …he’s likely to never don… yes dear, I am listneign to you.

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    April 21st, 201710:51 amat

    This particular “other shoe” dropped quickly:

    Robertson started at defensive end in the 2017 Green and White scrimmage, and is one of two Spartan DEs that were 4-star recruits. He will have three years of eligibility remaining if he returns to active status with the Spartans.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      April 21st, 201711:39 amat

      Reading the article – this guy had some history of this kind of behavior.

      • JerseyJohn writes:
        April 21st, 201712:05 pmat

        are we that desperate for players? it obviously was major screwup taking this kid.

    • JerseyJohn writes:
      April 21st, 201712:22 pmat

      he may also have 10 to 20 years of eligibility for the state prison team. if these allegations are true.

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