Colorado Brewery Release Honors Mike Sadler Today
June 2nd, 2017 by Kindle

The beer label is pictured above. (Photo: Jagged Mountain Brewery)

As most MSU fans know by now, and has been discussed here, Jagged Mountain Brewery in Denver, co-owned by MSU alum RJ Banat, created a craft beer called “Hey Diddle Diddle” that is named after one of Mike Sadler’s most famous trick plays from his time as a Spartan. The wheat ale debuted last night at the Colorado Spartan Social and the brewery – located a few blocks from Coors Field – is having its official release party today, June 2nd.

“Based on everything I know about Mike – a super-funny, witty guy – I think it’s just awesome to have a beer in his name,” said Banat, a Sterling Heights native who graduated from MSU in 1997. “It’s been fun, it’s been a great time. And we feel very privileged and honored to be the guys who were asked to do this.”


Tonight’s the night! We finally get to taste ‘s “Hey Diddle Diddle” honoring at the .

Spartans from the Front Range and beyond celebrated Spartan spirit and generosity in support of the MSU Rocky Mountain Alumni Club and the Michael Sadler Foundation.  The evening included food, refreshments, live music, a silent auction of MSU sports memorabilia and a program featuring former MSU Football players, current NFL players, and other notable Spartans.
6:00pm – VIP Reception
7:00pm – Doors open for general admission ticket holders, silent auction opens
7:45pm – Program begins
9:00pm – Silent auction closes
9:45pm(ish) – Program ends, silent auction check-out

Former Spartans Taybor Pepper, Bennie Fowler, Conner Kruse, Blake Treadwell, Coach Staten and Executive Director of Admissions, Jim Cotter, were among those in attendance.

Nathaniel Bolt of reported that a number of people were visibly emotional when they talked about the heart of Mike Sadler. People who knew him and did not know him alike.  “His effect was so powerful the brewmaster of “Hey Diddle Diddle”, who never met Mike, brought half the event to tears with his speech.”


  • Just spoke with former lineman Blake Treadwell. his favorite memory of Mike — talking about life after football…fittingly over a beer.
  • One of the main games here is “Heads or Tails” — everyone who made a $10 donation at the door gets to participate.  A commemorative Sadler/Fultz coin is flipped. Players select heads or tails until only one person remains. Winner takes home the coin.
  • Main event here is the silent auction. Items such as a Tom Izzo signed basketball and Mark Dantonio signed jersey up for bid.
  • Autographed memorabilia from Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine, and many others up for bid as well.
  • Bennie Fowler and Darqueze Dennard both commit to giving $2500 to the Colorado Spartans and Michael Sadler Foundation.
  • Lots of others ranging from $1000, $500, $250 and a large amount of $100 donations.
  • Mark Staten puts a signed B1G championship ball, his own sideline passes and tickets. Goes for $600.  The winner received a long snap from Taybor Pepper that went a little too high. His response: “Now you know what Mike had to deal with.”  Taybor Pepper’s mother Donna Pepper, “These are the things hardest for me…we always assumed Sadler would be a part of these “reunions” for years to come. Breaks my heart.”
  • Fun thing happen[ed] as Mark Staten takes podium [and says] former players here will get quizzed on old plays to see if they remember the playbook.
  • Video montage: Most of the clips from B1G championship against OSU and Rose Bowl. Players and crowd having a great time interacting with one another.

Taybor Pepper, long-snapper on the famous play samples the brew.


The Michael Sadler Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Any gift to the foundation is tax-deductible.

The Michael Sadler Foundation exists to develop programs and awards that emphasize the values Michael embraced: academic excellence, athletic achievement, leadership and character strength.

46 Responses  
  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 2nd, 201710:45 amat

    PHENOMENAL Post, Kindle! Way to dig deep; provide plenty of details of this well-conceived, well-attended, bittersweet gathering; and finish matter-of-factly with the most important item of all.

    In the previous thread, 79Spartan said he would stop by Jagged Mountain on Tuesday. My guess is that it will be sold out by then (if it is not sold out already). But we will keep our fingers crossed. (Not to apply pressure, but even a chance to talk with the owner/brewmaster would be a coup for TUS.)

    • Kindle writes:
      June 2nd, 20175:47 pmat

      Gosh..high praise. Thanks 89.

      Let’s hope 79 gets that chat chance as well as a good sampling.

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 2nd, 201710:59 amat

    * I had mentioned that Brian Bowen will announce his fate tomorrow. But the Louisville Courier-Journal has already reported that Bowen is enrolled at the local University, so I think that closes the discussion regarding Bowen as a future Spartan.

    * From
    “An MSU spokesman confirms that WR/CB Kaleel Gaines is no longer part of the Spartans’ football program. Report that he will go to AZ juco.”

    Gaines looked promising in the spring game. It would be interesting if he happens to be going to the same school that Cassius Peat went to — and whether he, like Peat, might return to MSU.

    * Former MSU wbb assistant coach Rick Albro has been named the head wbb coach at Davenport University.

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      June 2nd, 201712:28 pmat

      A bit more on Gaines. He is apparently going to Western AZ C.C. — whereas Peat went to Pima C.C. The Free Press article on Gaines says that he did not play last year, but the 2016 MSU stats pdf document lists him as a participant in the RU game.

      With Gaines leaving, MSU will have seven cornerbacks on scholarship this fall. It seems that Dantonio has been awarding scholarships to walk-ons in anticipation of scholars leaving the program — which suggests that red-shirt freshman CB Corey Pryor may be on scholarship shortly. On the other hand, Dantonio may wish to use remaining scholarship chits (it turns out that MSU has more than I thought it did) on players at other positions (especially if Copeland gets his act together and can contribute significantly this fall).

  • Kindle writes:
    June 2nd, 20176:06 pmat

    Nathaniel Bott and isportsweb finally got around to publishing a report on last night’s event in Denver. I am going to submit it here in toto to spare you the constant pop up video disruptions you would encounter by linking the story. The speech by Brewmaster Glaser is heartfelt.

    “Karen Sadler “touched” by the support and outcome of Colorado Spartans Social”
    June 2, 2017 by Nathaniel Bott

    Spartan fans and alums traveled across the country to attend last night’s Colorado Spartans Social, and the money raised will go a long way for both the Rocky Mountain Alumni Club of MSU and the Michael Sadler Foundation. But that wasn’t the main focus of anyone at the event.

    “It’s great to raise some money for the foundation but just to see all of the support here and see what Michael meant to people, that’s the prize,” Karen Sadler, Mike’s mother, who was a main factor in putting the event together, said.

    It was evident in everyone who spoke on Thursday evening that honoring Mike was their main purpose for attending. As R.J. Banat, an MSU graduate and co-owner of Jagged Mountain Brewery to speak, he complimented brewmaster Adam Glaser on the “art” it took to create “Hey Diddle Diddle” and invited to Colorado native to talk more about the process of creating it.

    Glaser took the microphone and delivered a speech six minutes and four seconds in length. Less than a minute of that was spent talking about the brew, and even then, Mike remained the focus of his words.

    “First and foremost, this was a very easy decision to want to be a part of this beer and to make this happen in honor of Mike. I never knew Mike personally, but through this project, I’ve had the privilege of learning who he was. I learned about his passions in life. His unique sense of humor. His ability to make every person that he met feel that they were important and that they truly mattered. I learned about his sincerity. He was never fake. So much of learning who he was was imparted on me by Karen. I have so much respect for your Karen. You have showed so much strength and grace. Kindness and openness and love. If I could see Mike through the reflection of you –– and I have no doubt in my mind that he is –– than he is a man worth remembering, honoring, and celebrating. Through this project, I feel like I have gotten to know Mike Sadler very closely. I have mourned him. I have struggled with his loss. I wish I was not up here speaking with you today. This has been the most rewarding project I have ever done that I never want to do again. ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ is a reflection of Mike. His ability to be a friend to anyone. His deep and complex personality. His light-hearted nature, and never taking life too seriously. His pursuit for excellence on and off the field. And of course, it reflects his love for home-brewing and craft beer.”

    Glaser then briefly talked about the beer and how every ingredient reflected the way that Mike brewed his beer. Mike loved wheat-based ales, so the beer was that. Mike loved fruit additions in his beer, so oranges and apricots were added. Finally, a rosebud tea created by Glaser was added in remembrance of the Rose Bowl season Mike played an integral part of and the moments this past season when roses were placed at the 3-yard line of every game in his memory. Adam then wrapped up his speech.

    “This project has had a very profound effect on me. It’s taught me how to live my life, how to approach and treat others. Life is short and it is important, and a reminder every day, that you should live your life to it’s fullest. Mike Sadler exemplified that philosophy of life. So on behalf of Jagged Mountain, here’s to Mike Sadler. He showed us all how to live and how to love. In his memory, may Mike Sadler live on forever –– in our hearts, and in the way we live our lives. And to Karen, for assuring Mike will live on forever in all of us. Go Spartans, and Go Green. ”

    His speech brought over half of the room to tears, and left plenty more teary-eyed. Based on Banat’s words after the event, Glaser practiced his speech every day in advance in order to have his words impact everyone.

    “It’s amazing that two people who never met could have such an effect that Michael obviously did on Adam and to so many of the people here,” Karen said. “The majority of people at this event never met but they knew of him, what he did and what he represented. I think that says a lot about the life that he lived and that’s why he is the inspiration that he is to so many people.”

    Upon the events conclusion, people who never met Karen, Mike, or any of the Sadler family shared their compassion and condolences with the family.

    All in all, the first annual Colorado Spartans Social joint event with the Michael Sadler Foundation saw over 80 items in a silent auction awarded to the highest-bidding patrons of the event. The items were mostly sports memorabilia, framed photos or equipment autographed by coaches and former players, and game/event tickets for MSU athletics.

    “I thought the turnout was terrific and it was a great event — a huge success,” Karen said. “I’m grateful for all of the players that showed up and all of Mike’s friends and coaches. I hope we do it every year and that it is a signature event for both of our foundations every year.”

    • Ben Green writes:
      June 4th, 20177:23 amat

      Wow! Touching speech by Adam Glaser. Sounds like a very successful event that Karen Sadler very much appreciated. Thanks for posting all this.

  • Kindle writes:
    June 2nd, 20176:10 pmat

    On how much beer is left…updated about an hour ago…It is now 8:12PM Eastern time June 2nd

    Nathaniel Bott‏ @Nathaniel_Bott 53m53 minutes ago
    284 bottles of the beer for now. Jagged Mountain will keep it on tap all night until it runs out.

    Sir Oakley crafted tap handle for “Hey Diddle Diddle” at the Jagged Mountain Brewery

  • USMC Retired writes:
    June 2nd, 20178:19 pmat

    Kool Kidney BEANS! I earmarked my entire donation to the Stadler Foundation earlier this year.

  • JustABum writes:
    June 3rd, 20177:17 amat

    Kindle, great post and comments!

  • JerseyJohn writes:
    June 3rd, 20178:24 amat

    can’t believe my beloved Packers released taybor pepper. he never even got on the field. why would they sign him in the first place?

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 3rd, 20171:47 pmat

    * Saw this was posted maybe an hour after Kindle’s last entry [on]:
    “I’m here on work, but I also love beer. Got one of the last bottles. The 284 bottles sold out in 1.5 hours on a two per customer limit.”

    (A strange lot size, 284. It is not divisible by six — although it is divisible by four.)

    * Switching gears entirely: Hollis and Dantonio will meet with several MSU Trustees at a cloistered Monday “work session”. MSU spokesman Jason Cody says some time will be spent on “athletic issues”, but most of the meeting will deal with the budget.

    (Hollis had been missing similar Board meetings in recent months due to other commitments; his assistant [Greg?] Ianni has been attending in his stead, but apparently (albeit not surprisingly) the football program’s problems have hitherto not come up in such sessions.)

    • 79 Spartan writes:
      June 3rd, 20173:15 pmat

      Sh!+ !!!

      • 89 Chemistry writes:
        June 5th, 201710:25 amat

        You’ll always have Kauai…

  • USMC Retired writes:
    June 3rd, 20172:34 pmat

    Is there an unwritten rule in baseball (as there are for so many other little events) that the Umpire MUST be over weight?

    • NorthForkRancher writes:
      June 3rd, 20176:17 pmat

      It seems so…and while perhaps there should be a shape-up rule, I am more concerned about the quality of their vision than their appearance.

      As an aside~~
      Last night I saw C.B. Bucknor, the first base umpire (Tigers vs. White Sox game), tweak his knee while running to get in place to watch a play at first base. He had to leave the game for an inning. Buckner is not overweight as the photo below will testify.

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      June 5th, 201710:24 amat

      Baseball officials do not sometimes need to sprint as some officials in other major team sports do, right? That would lead to umpires looking like baseball players — including, in some cases, ol’ Cecil Fielder…

  • USMC Retired writes:
    June 4th, 20175:47 amat

    Well yea, there are a few good left handed golfers, too

  • USMC Retired writes:
    June 4th, 201712:55 pmat

    Some more FAT umpires screwing the Tigers – again
    Actually it’s the same one as yesterday

  • USMC Retired writes:
    June 4th, 20172:38 pmat

    Tigers imploding BP on full display

    Seems to be more EMPTY seats than usual

    • USMC Retired writes:
      June 4th, 20173:37 pmat

      Walk off by J-Up; 7-4 win

  • JustABum writes:
    June 4th, 20174:49 pmat

    I turned off the game after the Sox’s double tied the game, cursing A.Wilson was getting hit hard and should have gotten the hook. No faith.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      June 5th, 20175:34 amat

      Who’d a thunk it, right.

      • JustABum writes:
        June 5th, 20179:50 amat

        That’s baseball, and likely to happen with two teams struggling to get to .500.

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 5th, 201710:33 amat

    * Over the weekend, safety Kenney Lyke texted the Detroit Free Press regarding an initial report by ESPN. At its core: “I will be attending Mississippi Delta Community [C]ollege to take care of my studies and better my craft…”

    According to Chris Solari, “Lyke said his goal is to land in an SEC school, potentially Ole Miss. He said he was one credit short during spring semester of being eligible at MSU.”

    * Shakur Brown, a 6′, 180# cornerback from Woodland High in Stockbridge, GA., will be a Spartan scholar this fall. (He played WR, but he excelled at CB.) Per Solari: “He committed to West Virginia in January, but never signed with the Mountaineers and kept his recruitment open. Brown also had offers from Minnesota, Purdue, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, among others.”

    * More from Solari. This is about Lewerke and injuries:

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 5th, 201710:53 amat

    A peripheral sports note:

    Some Members may find themselves wondering about former FBI Director and soon-to-be TV-screen fixture James Comey. For the record, then: He is 6’8″ and got two B.A.s (chemistry and religion) at William and Mary, but did not play varsity basketball there. You’re welcome.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      June 5th, 201710:59 amat

      Does NOT surprise me in the least

  • USMC Retired writes:
    June 5th, 201711:01 amat

    Heading out tomorrow to play in the Varsity S Club fund raiser @Forest Acres.

    Then Thursday we’ll play Angel Crossing near Battle Creak

  • USMC Retired writes:
    June 5th, 20171:33 pmat

    The foolish AD for the Acorns who let the pants for tattoos debacle thrive has just fired Matta as Basketball Coach

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      June 5th, 20173:06 pmat

      Wow. Busy news day.

      Staying in Lansing area before heading home on Friday? It should be a great week for golf! Happy (continued) travels.

  • JustABum writes:
    June 5th, 20172:08 pmat

    The Title lX investigation report by the Day Jones law firm is on line:

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      June 5th, 20173:13 pmat

      What I took from summaries is that Dantonio acted properly in his duties and that Blackwell violated the “Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct” in some undetermined way. (Blackwell declined to be be interviewed by Jones Day, and did not interview the three players with pending criminal charges.)

  • 79 Spartan writes:
    June 5th, 20173:10 pmat

    Good news… I just called Jagged Mountain Brewery and they still have Hey Diddle Diddle on tap and I can fill my growler to go.

    I will be heading downtown tomorrow after my meeting to pick up a pint and a growler.

    Will report back some time Wednesday.

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      June 5th, 20173:15 pmat

      What is a growler? Does it retain pressure?

      • 79 Spartan writes:
        June 5th, 20173:30 pmat

        Basically, a big jug, usually 64oz.
        No, it does not retain pressure, unless you purchase a specialty one, so need to drink within 48hrs. My wife and I plan on doing that Wednesday with friends.

    • Kindle writes:
      June 5th, 20175:48 pmat

      Big LIKE!!

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 5th, 20173:24 pmat

    * From David Jesse [], late this afternoon (ET):

    “BREAKING: MSU Board issues vote of confidence for Dantonio, AD Hollis and Pres. Simon”

    * The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office has announced that it will charge three persons with sexual assault. It is clear from numerous phrases in the County Prosecutor’s release that these are the MSU football players that many of us have been wondering about.

    “[A]n individual who previously worked for the Michigan State football program” is not going to be charged by the ICPO.

    • JustABum writes:
      June 5th, 20173:31 pmat

      Yeah, no fourth arrest warrant is mentioned in any of the articles. MSU can’t provide the names and we won’t know until we read about the arrests.

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      June 5th, 20173:31 pmat

      The latter seems to be a still-emerging story. Solari undated the Freep article about 15 minutes ago with this:

      “The authorization [for charges] means police can now obtain arrest warrants from a judge or magistrate. A clerk in 54B District Court in East Lansing said that will not happen Monday.”

      Whether that means arraignments will happen this week is unclear; it could be that one of the soon-to-be defendants is out of state.

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 5th, 20173:42 pmat

    N.b.: Shakur Brown [u.v.] is a consensus three-star recruit, but the list of other schools that extended offers to him is hardly shabby.

  • NorthForkRancher writes:
    June 5th, 20175:55 pmat

    And this—Thad Motta is out.

    Longtime Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta will not return to the Buckeyes for the 2017-18 season.

    The surprising news, announced by the school on Monday, means that college basketball will have an unusually late high-profile coaching search. Ohio State athletic disappointed by the spring recruiting period.

    • GoSt8Go writes:
      June 5th, 20178:13 pmat

      I read one article (not sure about your link) that stated he’s been having ongoing health issues – I think I knew that. I’ve never enjoyed his bench coaching, but he could always recruit, and it doesn’t seem like he’s getting the same recruits he was 3, maybe 4, years ago.

      • NorthForkRancher writes:
        June 5th, 201711:46 pmat

        Matta has had a bad back—and don’t I know, after 3 fusion surgeries, that doesn’t improve as one ages?!! Matta said his chronic pain wore on him through the years, from a botched surgery 10 years ago, and his focus now is on getting healthy.

        I can’t say I liked or disliked Matta. He was an opposing coach who did, and didn’t do, on-court, anything that our own coach did, or didn’t do. And he never asked a player (ala Tom Crean & Cody Zeller) to pretend he’d been hit in the chestnuts merely to gain an advantage.

        But, Thad Matta, now only age 49, made five Sweet Sixteens in one eight-year stretch. Matta’s teams won at least 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons, making him the school’s career leader in wins and games. He won five regular-season Big Ten titles and four league tournaments, the most championships of any league coach over the last 13 seasons.

        Matta had three years remaining on a contract extension he signed in 2012. Smith said a national search for his replacement will begin immediately, and Matta will participate in the search.

        Matta coached the Buckeyes from 2005 to 2017 and took them to two Final Fours. Ohio State finished 17-15 this year, the worst season in Matta’s 17 years as a head coach. In the Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State lost in the first round to Rutgers, the lowest-seeded team.

        Other than politics, which we don’t discuss here, THANKFULLY, it’s a slow news month for Spartans (oh–hot times with the Nassar and Football thing aside) I’m including a link to the timeline of the rise and fall of Thad Matta at OSU.

        It is interesting. It is telling.

        Statements of support by folks in authority. What’s the point? We have seen this movie too many times in too many theatres of sport and life in general to believe them any longer. These have become cliche and super redundant. Let’s face it–if you are beleaguered and your boss gives you a statement in a show of support…you are doomed.

        Most recent case in point—AD Smith on March 17, 2017, stated his show of support for Matta.
        Yesterday Smith sat next to a tearful Matta saying they’d agreed to a separation…yadda, yadda,,,,

        As for coaching again, he said: “Never say never.”

        • NorthForkRancher writes:
          June 5th, 201711:50 pmat

          Two OSU/Minnesota fan comments of note:

          “All boils down to what have you done for me lately.”

          “Vast swaths of empty seats at OSU’s cavernous arena this past year foretold this outcome. (Also tells us here in Minny to celebrate rickety old Williams/Fenway and not clamor for a 20,000 seat sterile monolith that yawns indifference at even .500 teams. As for Matta’s replacement, look for pal Sid to issue the warning bells on Pitino Junior’s imminent departure for said cavernous, 20,000-seat Value City mausoleum if Pitnino Junior does not get an immediate raise and ten year extension. Don’t take the bait or eat that cheese this time.”

  • JustABum writes:
    June 6th, 20172:51 amat

    Should I be shocked TUS shows more interest in Matta’s firing than the findings of the Title lX Jones Day report, the Ingham County Prosecutor’s decision and the press to reaction to the latest developments with MSU’s sexual assaults? And, the only balanced report by the mainstream media is from a source that is suing MSU. Go figure, but in line with TUS’s reaction.

  • JustABum writes:
    June 6th, 20173:08 amat

    USMC Ret. here’s great article illuminating a huge fault of the toothless tigers, the bullpen!

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