Total Solar Eclipse in TUS Country
Aug 21st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

TUS Headquarters (Sun Valley) and its Northern Office (Stanley) will experience a Total Eclipse of the Sun today at around 11:30 AM. It will be 100% coverage here and last for 1.10 in SV and 2.20 in Stanley.  It is the first in US since 1918.

Northfork Rancher and his Alter-Ego; Kindle along with his lovely wife Cindy have joined us for the event.  We began the celebration Friday in Sun Valley with a migration to Stanley on Saturday.As you would expect Art has provided 25 song Eclipse soundtrack.  It is superb.

The Ring from Stanley Idaho

The Corona from Stanley, Idaho

And now this~~~~
Jul 16th, 2017 by Kindle

In the lull between Independence Day and the forthcoming post by 89 Chemistry there is breaking news…………
Definition: “…a western cultural food hygiene concept, that states that there is a defined window where it is permissible to pick up food (or sometimes cutlery) after it has been dropped and thus exposed to contamination. Some may believe this assertion, whereas most people employ the rule as an amusing social fiction that allows them to eat a dropped piece of food, despite the potential reservations of their peers.”

WATCH: Tom Izzo acts on 5-second rule of eating after dropping popcorn

According to reporters on the scene, “Izzo was having a very good conversation, and obviously was hungry. He did the mature thing and kept the talk flowing, while picking up the popcorn well within the allotted, scientifically-proven-to-be-ok five seconds. He was a pro’s pro, and did what any person should do in that situation: save the popcorn.”

In other news:

Chris Spielman has filed a suit against OSU over the use of the images of student-athletes.

Hungry For News–Finally A New Thread–Gymnastics and more
Jun 27th, 2017 by Kindle

Mike Rowe has spent the last three seasons as assistant coach at his alma mater, joining the coaching staff in 2014.

June 26, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced Monday the hiring of Mike Rowe as the new head gymnastics coach, effective July 1, 2017. Rowe, a Spartan graduate who has spent the last three seasons as assistant coach, was named interim head coach in February.

“As in all hires, doing what is in the best interest of the student-athletes is our top priority,” Hollis said. “In this case, that meant listening to the student-athletes and doing what was in the best interest for the program. In his stint as interim coach, Mike Rowe has guided our gymnasts to success academically, athletically and socially. They’ve shown great enthusiasm for Coach Rowe. Mike is a Spartan alum with tremendous passion for his alma mater. He does everything with the best interest of Spartan student-athletes in mind.”  Full story HERE.


Twitter world>>>>>>>>>>

MSU fans: are you allowing yourself to move on? To get excited for football season? Or is it still a bit tempered?

Responses to this tweet: about 50/50. Half are ready to put this off-season behind them. Half feel subdued/restrained. Both understandable.


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Ask again when we are a month out. My guess is most fans will be ready for football by then. Still too close to the 3 dismissals/charges.


43 years ago today: Supreme Court rules conferences can negotiate their own contracts, leading to more than 100 additional CFB games on TV.

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Actually, it was 33 years ago.

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I remember the days well when there was 1, maybe 2 CFB games on each Saturday. Yes, I am old.


Three franchise players – K. Cousins, L. Bell, Trumaine Johnson – have until July 17 to work out long-term deals:



Predicting the College GameDay sites for 2017.


Baseball:  Is a Yankee rookie changing the game?

“Let them eat cake…” MSU golfers are not elite, yet.
May 22nd, 2017 by JustABum

After the second round Coach Stolls was quoted as saying, “Well, perhaps Ms. McFly will have cake waiting for us when we return to East Lansing…”

The second round performance of the Lady Spartan Golf team was not among the elite. The Spartan Gals play suggest there’s no match play, no cake in MSU’s future or when they return to E.L. on Tuesday. Our Spartans dealt with similar conditions as the first round, excluding warmer weather and no rain, only to shot their same score (+29) as the first round. Thank goodness the Lady Skunk Bears also didn’t managed to improve upon their first round score and are within striking distance at four shots, if that’s any consolation.

What made MSUs second round such a dismal performance was the rest of the fields’ improved play. Most teams outside the top five shot ten to 15 strokes better than Friday’s round. The traditional dominant Southern and West Coast programs took advantage of the slightly better conditions and familiarity of Harvest Links to move up the score board… except teams who are MSU’s playing partners – Clemson and Oregon advanced a few places but trail MSU – Clemson by just one stroke and Oregon by more than I can count. It appears the leaders, the purple kitties, (USMC TM), have played more than a few practice rounds on this course to lead the stroke play by a large margin of eight shots. NORTHWESTERN, SMH!

On a separate note, the best individual player scores included an Irish golfer Leona Maguire (Duke) from County Cavan. Olivia Mehaffey is a Northern Irish golfer who played in the 2014 Irish Women’s Close at my club, Enniscrone, where Olivia beat a friend of mine, Sarah Helly, in the quarter finals. Mehaffey is a long ball hitter who’s short game was a bit inconsistent and that may be reflected in here scores of 79 & 80 (T66).  Harvest Links is set up at 6,350 yards, a normal length for the ladies. What makes the venue tough are tight fairways,  trees and wind making accuracy off the tee and a short game a premium that exposes Olivia’s short comings.

Did our gals find starting on the more difficult back nine Sunday tough a footing to climb up the leaderboard, or was the pairing with two other day one victims uninspiring?  Can our Spartans improve their performance today, or will this NCAA final be a reminder of what could have been? I certainly hope these gals don’t return home in their golf bags.

Watch the NCAA Women’s Golf streaming:




Just when you thought you heard all the bad MSU football news.
May 19th, 2017 by JustABum

Tyson Smith tweeted he suffered a stroke last season, which explains why he didn’t dress for the last three games of the 2016 season. For Tyson to text about his stroke is the silver lining to a season we prefer to forget. Five months later we are still getting reminders of 2016 – “3-9” season. The bad news keeps coming like a drip from a leaky faucet.

How many DIV 1 teams experience a season filled with tragedy of current and former players? How any team can overcome multiple life and death situations so close to home and play good football is beyond me. Just the distraction and heartfelt losses of Mike Sadler’s and Mylan Hicks’s passing must have lingered throughout the year in the locker room, among the staff and with the upperclassmen.

Now, us fans are becoming aware of the number of serious undisclosed injuries. The late news sheds light on why things went so wrong and contributed to an epic fall. Bullough’s broken scapula, Frey’s injuries, LJ’s shoulders were undisclosed and for good reason. You can read about Tyson Smith here:

He is so fortunate to be … here, alive, texting and part of the program. Not many young men who suffer strokes are still around, depending on the kind of stroke. The story does not disclose what type of stroke Tyson suffered, but does it really matter when your teammate experiences something that is supposed to happen to old folks?

Unfortunately, we still await to hear more bad news. What will be the outcome of the January 15th sexual assault allegations. Will it lead to charges being filed and the fate of the three suspended players, as well as Curtis Blackwell’s future with the MSU football program.

Besides Marshall’s 1970’s disaster, i am not sure there are many programs who experienced more adversity.

And Now for something completely different. How about the Lady Spartan Golf Team? The NCAA’s will be played at Rich Farms west of Chicago. The course is praised for it’s unique and challenging design.

Coach Stoll’s team’s lower ranking may mean the Lady Spartans will be paired with the top ranked teams of Bama or USC. Bama also played at the Athens regional, so familiarity may help MSU’s frosh. We may learn the pairings Sunday or before they tee off on Monday. Hit’em straight and roll’em on line with pace Ladies.

And, more good news; Boss’s … boys beat no. 15 UM yesterday! MSU won the first of the three game B1G Tourney series.

Let’s hope MBB can beat the skunk bears one more time and advance.

When No One Else Bothers to Post
Apr 27th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

For the past few days I have been looking at our site in the hopes some member would create a new Post in order to draw a set of comments.

After a few days, I began to long for the time of ChuckFromSt.Johns, Spartan81, SILA, Eyeore, and MSUDersh. This period was followed by a longing for the days when The Marine had a new moniker for every new shiny object in the public eye.  Note:  Paris Hilton texted me the other day.  Paris says she and Niiki currently hold U.S.G.A. handicaps of 2 and 7 respectively and will be at TUS HQ next week for golf.  I told her I would be ready and was impressed she could keep her comments under 14o characters.

I long for the days when I could turn on the T.V. and watch Dirty Rancher starring Northfork Rancher.  Now I have to watch the Tigers Closer be an Opener for the opposing team.

I long for the days when 89 Chemistry would point out my flaws and weaknesses. Now I have to read about every single last one of the MSU 2017 Basketball Recruiting targets select another school – which I predicted in the first-place.

I long for the days of Chuck Long at QB for the the Detroit Lions.  I long for Shelly Long, Huey Long and even Long Duk Dong.

Thoughts, anyone?  Bueller, Long?  Anyone?

Let the College Basketball Signing Period Dancing Begin
Apr 12th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

April 12th is the start of the official signing period for college basketball athlete’s (formal letter of intent). Signings can be made through May 17th.  Many players committed during the Early Signing Period (last November).

The Usual Prognosticators (officially banned from being a member in good standing of The Usual Suspects) have started all the blather.  They are incorrect in their predictions way,way more than they are correct.  However, much like Mel Kiper and Mock Draft 9,930.50 (for football) there predictions are about attracting eye balls not accuracy.

Here are some of the rags predictions.

Campus Insider




TUS (driven by TUS Compliance regime) is all about being correct and timely.  So membership, we want your bottom-line, no conditions or caveats.  what say you?

  1.  Will Miles Bridges return to MSU for sophomore season (Yes/No).
  2. Will Ben Carter be granted an additional season of college play at MSU (Yes/No).
  3. Who in addition to Xavier Tillman and Jaren Jackson will commit/join MSU Basketball for the 2017-2018 season?
Prace’s World
Apr 10th, 2017 by Ghost Of Biggie

Check out this Special Edition of Popular Mechanics. A look at the basics of counter terrorist defense including bomb disarming.

The Protectors. Meet the People Who Keep America Safe in the Age of the Mass Gathering. On the Job with the Massive Counterterrorism Force. Sweating Out the FBI’s Secret Bomb School. Inside the Mind of the World’s Top Explosives Detective. How Your World Works.

The Next Thread
Apr 5th, 2017 by GoSt8Go

It occurs that we needed something other than the NCAA Tournament Hangover. The Tigers are “in-season” and 1-0. Jacoby Jones, good. Spartan Baseball has had some rough times, losers of 5 straight, the latest to EMU. The bright side is they are close in all of these games.

A Bit of Old and New – TUS
Feb 19th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Hopefully our move to the new hosting facility will allow TUS to keep the best of the old and combine it with a newer, faster, better world.  Remember I said – hopefully.

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