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Bradshaw slams Sabin
May 25th, 2017 by USMC Retired

As a four-time Super Bowl champion, you’d think Terry Bradshaw could appreciate a proven winner like Nick Saban.

Apparently not.

Bradshaw, in a segment on the “Paul Finebaum Show,” called Saban’s salary for the 2017 season “shameful” and even took some further shots at the Alabama football coach.

“If he has the personality of Steve Spurrier, then I would like him,” Bradshaw said. “Spurrier, now you’re talking about a great coach. That’s a great coach, Steve Spurrier, not Saban.

“Saban hates people. The man doesn’t even like people.”

Saban surely hates losing.

He’s won five college football national titles, and signed a contract extension this offseason that makes him the highest paid coach in sports. He’ll make $11.15 million for 2017, thanks in part to a $4 million signing bonus.

 

Just not sure this is either appropriate or understandable (but then Bradshaw has always liked being the lightening rod)

Mixed Bag Saturday Thread: Spring Game to Final Four
Apr 1st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Saturday April 1st,  2017.  Is it time for April Fools pranks?  Not on this post, as there is way too much going on in TUSland.

  1.  No Joke, the empire known at UConn Women is over.  The streak of 110 games and 4 straight National Titles is caput.  Read [here].  12 Months and five days after losing by 60 points to UConn (in the 2016 Sweet 16) Mississippi State made up all those points, plus 2 more to dethrone the national champs in the 2017 Women’s Final Four game on Friday night.
  2. After 12 practices in a less than upbeat light hearted environment the Michigan State University football team conducts its Spring football game.  Gametime is 3PM (EDT) and the event is open to the public and will be broadcast on BTN.  The game is to be conducted almost a month earlier than normal. The normally quiet and close-to-the-vest Head coach Mark Dantonio has been almost silent.  Given the criminal investigations (and subsequent suspensions) of MSU football players and staff all following a 3-9 season a cloud hangs over MSU.
  3. Down the street and starting 5 minutes later positive vibes are likely reverberate as the Spartan baseball team (15-6 3-0) takes on highly regarded Minnesota (15-8 3-0) on Kobs Field at McLane Stadium.  The game (3:05 PM EDT) is available on TV at BTNToGo and radio on SpartanSportsNetwork.  More information is [here]
  4. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four resumes with the two National Semi-Final contests (CBS). #7 South Carolina vs. #1 Gonzaga tips off at 6:09 PM EDT. Approximately 30 after the end of the first game #3 Oregon takes on #1 North Carolina (eta 8:49 PM EDT).
  5. If the South Carolina Men’s team (a 7.5 point underdog) can win today; both the Men’s and Women’s squad will play in the National Title. In comments on previous posts Intrepid reporter USMC(retired) indicated there was bedlam in Columbia S.C. Oh, and to think it is has been 12 years since East Lansing experienced the same.
  6. The Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball finish their spring training season today in Miami FLA against the Marlins.  The past 10 seasons have been heady ones for the Tigers and their fans (of which Linda, Jeff, Kyle, Shae dog, Merry [Christmas] dog count as 5).  Those days seem to moving the status as “the past”.  However, at least Justin Verlander has returned to top form and life with Kate Upton is a “Perfect fit.”  See [here].
  7. No need to mention details about the Pistons or the Red Wings as that is too much negative ju-ju in one post.
  8. I think I now know how Eyeore feels after completing a post or comment.
  9. Wait, wait, wait-a-moment!  Norkfork Rancher is doing something very cool. NFR is deep into researching/experiencing family roots this very day. I know it is non-sports related and in most respects a somber event… but would it be okay with TUS Membership for NFR (if willing) to post a story about it?
Boilermakers @ Spartans Men’s Basketball Gamethread
Jan 24th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Purdue heads to East Lansing to take on the Spartans at the Breslin.

Gametime:  7PM (EST)

National Broadcast: ESPN2

Announcers: Dan Shulman, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath.

I have two question for which I want answers from every member of TUS as part of their 1st comment.

  1. Final Score Prediction
  2. Based on MSU Football Recruiting news of the past few days, Mark Dantonio’s new nickname should be: A.) d’Poacher, B.) d’Flipper C.) Other (you provide the new nickname)
Cubs or Tribe? Western Michigan New Years Six?
Nov 1st, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Three questions for Membership!

Will the Chicago Cubs take game six or are the  Cleveland Indians going to celebrate a World Series Title?

Will the Broncos of Western Michigan run the table and represent the state of Michigan in a New Years Day Six Bowl?

What would be the worst thing revealed by a hacking of TUS Foundation emails?

Bad To Worse: Brian Lewerke Breaks His Leg
Oct 30th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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In the theater arts the phrase “break a leg” is actually meant to be a wish for “good luck” to the recipient.  Evidently Brian Lewerke did not get the message and actually broke his leg during the game against the University of Michigan – just when you thought things could not get worse for the Spartans.

The history behind break a leg [here].

So… What is next?

With Temporary Insanity Over – What Next?
Oct 9th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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The best and brightest have defined insanity.  That definition seems to embody the execution plan (e.g., a off tackle running play) employed by the Spartan coaching braintrust in yesterday’s game for MSU football.

For the most part, Spartan football players could not execute at any-level and the coaching staff was unwilling (or incapable) of establishing the need for any type of material adjustment to the plan.

I would say that Mark Dantonio’s post-game comment of “Gotta look at everything we do,” suggests MSU Football can claim temporary insanity as it defense for yesterday’s complete humiliation at the hands of the BYU Cougars.  MSU was run-over by BYU, offered a hand by gracious sportsmanlike Cougars, only to be run-over again on the ensuing snap from the line of scrimmage.  The young BYU squad is only 3-3 on the season, however they are a total of 7 points away from being 6-0.  Their matchup against SEC Mississippi State will provide a better measure of the Cougars mettle than the MSU outcome.  Who could have honestly made that observation in August?

MSU Football has lived at the upper echelon of the B1G Conference and college football for many, many years.  And even with so many player-personnel questions for 2016, who – with the exception of Eyeore – could have seriously believed that MSU would be this inept.  Not me!  Most of TUS membership – even the “Brian Lewerke is the starting QB before seasons end” predicting Eyeore – discussed the possibility, even likelihood of a downturn resulting in 8-4 or 7-5 2016 season for MSU.  If I recall The Pre-season Report by 89 hinted that with a few bad-turns a 7-5 season was possible. The chances of a 2-10, 3-9, 4-8 outcome were deemed as virtually impossible for a MD team.

There are seven games remaining in the 2016 regular season for MSU.  So I ask TUS Membership, what say you?

Important Facts to Know

Albert Einstein was heavily recruited by Henry Keep in 1896 to play varsity football in America starting in 1897. MSU then known MAC (named after MAC’s Bar & Grill in Lansing) played in the MIAA league.  Einstein was a two-way football star* and four-year letterman for Munich’s Lutipold Gymnasium. Albert was known to the sports-media, recruiting experts, fans, and, Lee Corso as “the speed of light.” Albert declined the advances of the Aggies and attended Zürich Polytechnic stating “three-yards and a cloud of dust may be the cats-pajamas in the midwestern United States, but they are 23-skidoo for me, so I am seeking something like, you know, basically, I mean, something like 186,000 miles per-second and a cosmic cloud of dust and Zürich Polytechnic is where I’m taking my skivvies and Girl Friday.”

One of Einstein’s first big published works “Folgerungen aus den Capillaritätserscheinungen” was originally to be titled “The advantages of the repeated use of the run game – no matter what.”  However the Tressel Foundation claimed the title was of their copyright and could not be used by a guy who had earlier advocated for the West Coast Offense.

* Rated ESPN Top 100 (#26), MAXKrautPreps (#17) MonarchyRivals (#19).

Inept and Confused: MSU Football 2016 (to date) ?
Oct 1st, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Michigan State University Football – for the past decade – has had an extraordinary run of success as a football team.  Unless a miracle happens is it over?  What say TUS Membership?

It appears a series of (some of which border on being brain-dead) personal fouls, and complete confusion on key offensive plays (even after calling timeout because of confusion) allowed Indiana to defeat the Spartans 24-21 in Overtime.

There are unconfirmed reports a Hologram image of John L. Smith appeared throughout the game played in Bloomington Indiana.  Other reports claim it was a 5-point Buck that got away from Northfork Rancher.

NCAAF Week #3 Debrief
Sep 18th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

What did you learn from week #3 of NCAA Football?

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MSU’s Gerald Holmes runs free for a 70 yard Touchdown with the Notre Dame defense vainly in pursuit. Out of the picture and even further behind are the media Talking Heads who predicted a loss for MSU.

Recruiting News: MSU Targets Overseas Star for 2024 Class
Sep 14th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

MSU Football would neither confirm or deny it has identified it first recruit for the 2024 Class.  Dave Pruder declined to comment on MSU’s apparent special of request for a XXXXXXL uniform and size 27 EEE shoes.

Recruiting Video has been leaked [here].

College Football Week #2 Comment Central: The No Line Weekend?
Sep 10th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

College Football 2016/2017 enters its 2nd weekend.  Twenty-three of the of the top 25 ranked teams play this weekend.

Many would support the hype-masters claim that last weekend was the “greatest opening week in college football history.”  And this week’s theme?  How about the No Line Weekend?

Six of the top 25 ranked teams have opponents so weak that there is no posted point spread or over/under line.  It is not mistake and as a point of reference the point spread for the other games involving top 25 teams?  The point spread averages almost 24 points; with Oklahoma giving away 46 points to Louisiana Monroe.  However it should be remembered MSU had a almost 24 point spread with Furman and did not come close to covering.

Below are the No Line Weekend games:

Texas A&M #20 vs. Prairie View (A&M not the scenery on the trip to and from the game).

Georgia #9 vs. Nicholls (State not the Indian Head former currency which might possess more value).

Houston #6 vs. Lamar (College not the guy who served coffee to Northfork Rancher at the Denny’s on U.S. 27 in Marshall).

Florida State #3 vs. Charleston (College not the dance performed by Boston85 and USMC(retired) to kick off each TUS World Tour event).

Ole’ Miss #19 vs. Wofford (often confused with the Waffle House Senatobia Exit I-55 staff team).

LSU #21 vs. Jacksonville State (University not prison team.  The Prison team is too good as it has many former Florida State University players with eligibility remaining).

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