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Big Night for “Cheating” Wings & First Place Tigers
Apr 27th, 2015 by Kindle

Red Wings can clinch series with Lightning: 7pm, Tampa Bay at Detroit, FSD, CBC

Tigers at Twins: Game 20 at 8:10 pm — FS+

The Lightning are complaining of cheating by the Red Wings: “There are 30 teams in the league and nobody does (interference) more than the Detroit Red Wings, hands down,’’ Lightning coach John Cooper said.

 

The last time the Tigers saw the Twins, Detroit looked like an unbeatable machine, sweeping the season-opening three-game set by a combined 22-1 margin.

David Price will try to redeem himself on the mound tonight.  His last start in frigid Detroit temperatures was downright abysmal.

Here’s the Detroit Tigers’ starting lineup for tonight’s game at the Minnesota Twins (8:10 p.m., FS-Plus). Left-hander Tommy Milone is scheduled to start for the home team.

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Jose Iglesias, SS

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF

7. Alex Avila, C

8. Hernan Perez, 3B

9. Anthony Gose, CF

Starting pitcher: David Price

Spring Game – Cleveberg @ Tigers – Red Wings @ Lightening Thread
Apr 25th, 2015 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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Lot’s o’ stuff of interest on the docket!

New Thread in a Rocky Week
Apr 24th, 2015 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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And things were going so well…

The Tigers have lost their first series – to the dreaded Yankees no less.

The Red Wings went from booking hotel rooms with a credit card guarantee for later next week in Montreal to looking at possible Golf Tee times in the area.

So let’s move on.

The Spartans will be playing basketball this summer in Italy playing games against International squads from August 25th – September 1st.  Read more [here].  TUScany Tour 2015?

The Tigers host Cleveberg and we get to see if Shane Greene can keep up the magic.

The Red Wings are not dead (I guess?) and play in TB tomorrow at 4PM (EDT).

The Spartans have new uniforms.  Read more [here].  Also, MSU has some big games that will be played at night.  Read more [here]

On Saturday IBelieve will be onsite to report on the MSU Football Spring Game.

Red Wings & Tigers Play Tonight. Keep the remote handy.
Apr 21st, 2015 by Kindle

Justin Abdelkader, Left Wing – Number: 8, Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 218, Shoots: Left, Born: Feb 25, 1987 (Age 28) Birthplace: Muskegon, MI, United States

With the first round NHL playoff series between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Lightning tied 1-1 and shifting back to Detroit for tonight’s Game 3, Justin Abdelkader’s return helps transform the Detroit attack.

Catch game 3 at 7 p.m., FSD, NBCSN.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias is a big reason why the Tigers’ defense is much improved.

This Detroit Tiger team we are seeing — off to a sizzling 11-2 start after beating the Yankees 2-1 behind Alfredo Simon‘s seven strong innings on a damp, overcast evening in Detroit — may be different: This looks more like a team and less like a collection of talent.

Here’s the Detroit Tigers’ starting lineup for tonight’s home game against the New York Yankees (7 p.m., FS-Plus):

1. Anthony Gose, CF

2. Ian Kinsler, 2B

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF

7. Nick Castellanos, 3B

8. Alex Avila, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Starting pitcher: Kyle Lobstein

 

Big Day
Apr 18th, 2015 by Jeffrey Lubeck

It is a busy and big day in sports for Top People in TUS.

The Tigers are 9-1 and take on the White Sox from the Windy City.

The Red Wings look to go up 2-0 in their NHL Stanley Cup Playoff with the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

The MSU Men’s and Women’s golf teams are playing this weekend. The women’s squad has made the NCAA Tourney 17 straight years and this year they are on the bubble. The ladies in Green & White are playing in the Buckeye Classic in Ohio. MSU has won this tournament five times – the most outside of host Ohio State.

EPIC Upset? Wings – Bruins Game Thread (Tigers – Angels too)
Apr 20th, 2014 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The score is about to change – PD is a magician.

The #8 Detroit Red Wings beat the #1 Boston Bruins 1-0 in game one of their National Hockey League (NHL) Playoff first-round series in Beantown Friday night at TD Ameritrade Arena.  They meet again today at 3PM (EDT).

If the Wings were to take the series from the Bruins would it be an upset of Epic proportions? It might be a upset, but history indicates the situation is not uncommon.  In fact, the #8 seed has beaten a #1 seed 27% of the time (10) since the NHL moved to this type of playoff format in 1994.  In 2012 the #8 seeded Los Angeles Kings actually went on to take the Stanley Cup.  Only one other #8 seed has made the NHL Finals. So how does the NHL compare to the other major North American sports with first round upsets?

  • NBA 8%
  • NFL 27% (after Bye round)
  • MLB 37%

The Red Wings have been hockey’s highest profile team for the last 20+ years.  They have made the playoffs 23 straight times and won the Stanley Cup Final four times since 1997.  The Wings have won the right to hold Lord Stanley’s Cup 11 times in their history – the second most of any team in the NHL – the Montreal Canadiens have taken the prize 23 times; but none in almost 25 years. Statistically speaking the Wings have a 5.6% chance of making the NHL Final in 2014.

Below is a list of how this years playoff teams have fared overall and recently.

TEAM LAST CUP NOTE
Blues Never won in 46 seasons 3 Final app., last in 1970
Sharks Never won in 22 seasons No Final appearances
Blue Jackets Never won in 13 seasons No Final appearances
Wild Never won in 13 seasons No Final appearances
Flyers 1975 — 2 totals Cups 6 app. in Final since last win
Canadiens 1993 — 23 total Cups Most Cup wins in NHL history
Rangers 1994 — 4 total Cups 3 app. in Final since 1950
Stars 1999 — 1 total Cup 3 losses in Final, last app. in 2000
Avalanche 2001 — 2 total Cups Haven’t won playoff series since ’08
Lightning 2004 — 1 total Cup Missed playoffs in 14 of 21 seasons
Ducks 2007 — 1 total Cup Lost other Final app. in 2003
Red Wings 2008 — 11 total Cups Won 4 Cups since 1997
Penguins 2009 — 3 total Cups Won 3 of 4 Final app.
Bruins 2011 — 6 total Cups Lost previous 5 Final app. before 2011
Kings 2012 — 1 total Cup Lost other Final app. in 1993
Blackhawks 2013 — 5 total Cups Won 2 of last 4 Stanley Cups

 

Is 2014 the year the Red Wings turn the tables as the underdog?  It can be argued, the Wings have been the victim of the biggest upset and greatest comeback in NHL history.

The 1994 Playoffs – The San Jose Sharks defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4 Games to 3

The Red Wings organization is at the top of the Heep.  The drafting of Russian and Swedish players and puck control style of game has the Wings expecting to win the Stanley Cup every season.  The San Jose Sharks on the other-hand are 3 years into their life as an NHL team (1991) and their record setting 71 regular season losses in 1992-93 is only a year removed.

The 1942 Playoffs – The Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4 Games to 3

The Leafs were the favored team in the series, but the Wings took the first two games at the Gardens in Toronto and the 3rd game at the Olympia Detroit.  The Leafs roared back taking the seventh game (in Toronto) for the unprecedented event in North American professional sports.  The seventh game was the first attended by more than 16,000 people in Canada (The Gardens seated 14,000+).  Rookie Gaye Stewart added as a replacement in game five remains the youngest player in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup (age 18).

 Tigers vs Angels

On to baseball… The Tigers take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (in the state of California and part of the United States of America) in the rubber match of the three game series at Comerica Park in Detroit. Right-handed Sinker-baller Rick Porcello (1-1) goes for the Tigers and Left-hander Hector Santiago (0-2) for the Angels.

Porcello has not performed well against the Angels over his career (3-4 8.45 ERA) and has been downright miserable (0-3 12.45 ERA) in his last 4 starts against the Halos.  In a game last season Porcello fell behind 9-0 to the Angels without recording a single out in the 1st inning (oh that was a tough one to watch live!).  The good news is that Tigers eat up left-handed pitching, Santiago has never beaten the Tigers in 10 career starts and he has not won any of his last nine starts.

The Tigers announced today the have released SS Alex Gonzales.  This event now makes the trade of Doug Fister to Washington effectively a trade of a seasoned but young proven quality front line starting pitcher and a great clubhouse guy for a young middle-reliever (Ian Krol) and a starting pitcher prospect (Robby Ray) with some possible large upside (ranked #10 of lefty prospects in MLB).  Fister is recovering from an injury and is scheduled to debut around the 7th of May for the Nationals.  Krol is 0-0 in 7 appearance with a 3.60 ERA with the Tigers and Ray is 1-2 for the Toledo in AAA.

Riding the Right Horse?
May 21st, 2013 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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Normie Smith with 1 of his 92 against the Montreal Maroons.

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Oh…and Crozier with the save.

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Mike Vernon. Originally signed to teach Osgood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The games played to determine who earns the privilege of retaining the Lord Stanley Cup are notoriously influenced by the efforts of a goaltender.  More than any other individual in sports, the goaltender in hockey can, and has, almost won the Cup in single handed fashion.  The Red Wings have had their share of stellar performers in the net for the playoffs.

Normie Smith faced and turned away a record 92 shots in Detroit’s overtime victory (1-0) over the Montreal Maroons in 1936 – at 176 minutes the longest game in NHL History.   Roger Crozier was the first player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe trophy (NHL Playoffs MVP) in 1966.  Starter/Contract Holdout/Backup Mike Vernon replaced phenom Chris Osgood at the end of the regular season to literally steal the 1997 Cup with a 1.7 Goals Against Average (GAA) to earn the Smythe Trophy.  Dominik Hassek set the NHL playoff record for most shutouts (6) in the 2002 Cup winning season.  Yes there is also Glenn Hall, Johnny Mowers, Chris Osgood and Terry Sawchuck who were instrumental in Cup winning teams.

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Jimmy Howard

 

Is Jimmy Howard the next Red Wing to perform to this standard or do the Blackhawks snatch back the momentum?

Whoa…What just Happened?
May 19th, 2013 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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Donna Barton Brothers winner of 1,130 professional Thoroughbred Horse races is the sideline reporter for NBC. Donna was the only analyst that went with Gary Stevens and Obow – all others said Orb was a lock. I propose Donna’s head-gear become the Official TUS head-gear worn during all viewings and at all events by TUS members.

 

Whoa…What just Happened?  A bunch of things that were supposed to happen in our sports world did not.

Did Orb realize Saturday in Baltimore was race day?

Did the Spartan Baseball team realize that having the 2nd best overall record (.660%) of B1G Conference teams does not apply when qualifying B1G Tournament?

Do the Red Wings THE YOUNGER realize they are not supposed to rebound from a game 1 thrashing and run the Chicago Backhawks off their own rink in game 2?

Do the Tigers understand they will not play Houston 100 times more this season and in order to make the playoffs need to win some series against teams above .500 in the MLB?  Do the Tigers realize that they are the daily dinner time entertainment for The Marine/Jeff/Linda and need to win the majority of games against the tough opponents?

Why are we forced to watch Minnesota vs. Illinois and Michigan vs. Nebraska all over again starting Wednesday?   Didn’t they prove whom was more worthy this weekend?

Why do the games have to be played and events run?  Why is that?  Shouldn’t TUS membership expect outcomes given what is predicted on paper, the Talking Heads tell us, or more importantly – what we deem to be the result? I mean, we pay our TUS hosting/subscription charge, our cable bills and buy the products Hawked during the broadcast.  Does anyone realize the shipping cost I am paying to send Wallside Windows to Idaho or the contingency percentage I am giving the Bernstein family in my Whiplash case against Valverde? Isn’t this the way we ensure we get what we want?  Ooops… I did want the THE YOUNGERs to win and picked Oxbow (paying $32 on $2 bet) to take the Preakness.

 

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.

 

The Hall, Bad Call, Waiting For the Full Transcript and So Much More
May 9th, 2013 by Jeffrey Lubeck

While we await the full transcript from our intrepid beat-writer’s coverage of Golf Charity events, a number of events related to the Charter of TUS occurred yesterday.

Two Time All American and Michigan State University standout Percy Snow was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.  Even the CFHOF says the 2013 is “Stellar.” What is your memory of Percy Snow at MSU?

Major League Baseball went 144 years without the use of Instant Replay to assist umpires in establishing the correct call.  Today there is that assistance available, but as the saying goes… “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.” Last night four horses in Oakland chose not to drink the water. I am not worried about a call being blown – twice – by the umpires.  My concern is that the Marine and ’81 will now have years to rant about how bad officiating is in sports and now have this example as proof-positive.  Thoughts from TUS members?

The Spartans baseball team took it to Jake Boss’ old squad – Eastern Michigan – 6-3 yesterday. At 27-14 (9-6 B1G) the Spartans now have back-to-back road trips to finish out the B1G regular season.  Can the men improve their position and move into the post-season for the 2nd year in a row?

With regards to Draymond Green (say it with me Izzo impersonators: DRAY-MON-t) is it deja-vu all over again?  The Golden State Warriors rookie and guy who hung around MSU with some success for four years is now in the starting lineup.  The road team Warriors took it to San Antonio last night in the NBA playoffs.  Draymond’s earn-the-respect of your peer efforts are so infectious it almost makes me want to watch the horrible brand of basketball called the NBA.  I cannot do it – so I will just read about it – in great detail.  How about TUS?

Our Tigers traveled to play the Nationals in the nation’s Capitol.  Wow, I sure to miss Houston and the Astros.  How about you?

The Red Wings had a terrific opportunity to steal another win at the Duck Pond, er ah Honda Center – but could not seal the deal.

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