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Travel Ban – Self Imposed?
Feb 13th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Today, Michigan State University’s Athletic Director Mark Hollis cancelled his 12 day 12 State tour to watch basketball games as head of the NCAA Men’s Tournament Selection Committee. Hollis desires to stay in East Lansing to focus on his obligations on campus.

In short, MSU Athletics is in a mess on a number of fronts while under the direction of Mark Hollis.  This is a rather remarkable reversal is standing given MSU’s and Hollis’ rise and standing nationally over the last 20 years.  Under the well mannered, considerate, and many would argue visionary Hollis – MSU has been the darling of college sports in the 21st Century.

So TUS Membership if you were Hollis what would be your next steps?

Temporary End To Bad Things Related to MSU
Feb 9th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

MSU Levels

I hereby order through Executive Authority  quin ius habent accusandi an end to all things bad related to Michigan State University (MSU) Sports for a Temporary Period.  Temporary Period for this Executive Order is defined as 18,250 Earth days.

During the Temporary Period I will establish from time-to-time alternate levels of measurement, standards, and otherwise excellent lines of thinking – Sicut non est esse simpliciter et sine provocatione praesertim per GoStateGo .

During the Temporary Period as a matter-of-record MSU – ac inter Non solum autem USMC (erant) – is the victor in all events and is not subject to lawsuits, investigations, retribution, and or anything otherwise construed by me (via Twitter if needed) as negative from any party, including but not limited to scUM supporters.

I do this for the safety of MSU, TUS and the greater good.

p.s. Buy all things branded as GM Voices products.

p.s.s. this Executive Order is not a Ban.

Friends of mine are there
Feb 5th, 2017 by USMC Retired

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One Down X Many To Go?
Feb 2nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The MSU Spartan Men’s Basketball team beat a sub .500 squad on the road four days after vanquishing an opponent at home that cannot garner a victory in an away game.  Oh, I apologize – to the less than handful of members who still read and comment on this site – for impersonating Chris Solari with this lead.

Moments after MSU took down Nebraska by 11 in Lincoln, TUS Compliance Leadership texted me “One Down” as a simple [sic., polite] reminder my prediction of the Spartans almost certain demise was a bit pre-mature.

MSU leaves Pinnacle Bank Arena – gosh the naming rights for the Huskers arena does not seem appropriate – at 14-9 and 5-4 in the BIG. While the Tim Miles led Huskers – who had beat the Spartans three times in a row – fall to 10-12 and 4-6 in the BIG.

Before I ask my key question of TUS membership, I would like to point out it appears I have received a Full-Body-Triple-Blood transfusion from JerseyJohn, JustABum and USMC(retired).  How can I tell?  Because during the contest I lost my cool when announcers Reese Davis, and Fran Fraschilla spent 7/8ths of the time discussing Duke, ACC, Kentucky and Fran’s 12 minutes of his coaching career in Lincoln.  WTF, WTF, WTF! Okay, back to our regularly scheduled Post.

Question members… how many games will MSU Men’s basketball play in the 2016-17 season (not including exhibition contests)?

Lower Stars = Brighter Future or Flame Out?
Feb 1st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The headlines for National Signing day in College football included Michigan State University.  And why?  One of MSU’s likely signees of  a Letter of Intent was in jail and did not send in his notification of commitment.

Mark Dantonio built a powerhouse program at MSU in the first part of  the 21 century with 20ish national rankings.  This year’s class is currently ranked (by the services) in the low 30’s.  MSU sits 6th in the BIG Conference in these popularity polls behind – tOSU, UofM, Penn State, Maryland and Nebraska.

So Membership, what is the implication of the drop?

 

MSU @ tOSU Gamethread: Continue the High Value at Value City Arena?
Jan 15th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Tom Izzo and USMC(retired) are on record: essentially saying real-growth means the Spartans travel to Columbus and finish off the Buckeyes in the same fashion as Minnesota on Wednesday?

Thoughts?

A Nosedive in post topics: Croot’in!
Jan 14th, 2017 by JustABum

Now,  this long time reader thinks a post is overdue. The topic may not of interest because it touches on a few taboos, and I put my personal thoughts out to you for comments.

The reason I am posting is – Recruiting undervalued talent is the lifeblood of MSU football and the staff’s ability to develop talent brought MSU to the forefront of the CFB. In one year these acknowledge credits of Coach Dantonio’s program appear to have been forgotten. Perhaps due to the “one of the most disappointing teams of 2016 season” according to numerous Pundits. Locally, Chris Solari perpetuates this negativity, and man I sorely miss the days of Joe Rexrode as MSU’s beat writer. Who knows what he’d have written about this past football season.

For your convenience I am linking Solari’s article below, I know I can use the link here icon, but… and regrettably, I emailed Solari in the wrong state of mind. Below is my email, what say you?

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2017/01/14/antjuan-simmons-michigan-state-football/96585908/

 

Hello Chris, 
I enjoy your coverage of MSU sports. I also enjoyed Joe Rexrode’s and his correspondence to my queries. I hope you might  be so good to shed some light on a couple questions I have about your Antjuan Simmons commitment article.
 
Why does an article about a top-ten football player in Michigan announcing his commitment to MSU end with negative topics? 
When you wrote this article did you try to provide a balance in MSU’s recruiting season by using this commitment announcement to also mention targeted recruiting failures? Recalling another recruitment article over the years that concluded with missed targets fails me, as does the reason for doing it. In addition to the recruiting misses, quotes defending his decision are also in the article. Did someone ask him why he committed to a 3-9 football team or mentioned the “nosedive”during Antjuan’s press conference? 
Having worked in advertising and marketing communications for years, frequency and repetition create opinions. There are also arguments in selling that prove the last thing mentioned has the most impact and is remembered more often than not. There’s been more than a lot of negative news about MSU’s football that MSU helped create. Unfortunately, Antjuan, his family and friends my clip this article for a scrap book, but the conclusion of this young man’s commitment announcement is soiled by the last paragraphs of your article IMHO. 
Best regards,

Yeah, I would be shocked to get a reply… but Joe replied to more inflammatory correspondence.

Lion Tamers in the Quaker State? – MSU @ PSU: Gamethread
Jan 7th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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The Rollercoaster season for MSU’s Men’s Basketball 2016-2017 resumes with a road trip to the Quaker State of Pennsylvania where the Spartans (11-5 3-0) take on the Nittany Lions (9-7 1-2) at the fabled Palestra in Philadelphia. (1:00 PM EST ESPN).

Ninety years and six days ago (January 1, 1927) the Palestra hosted its first game as Penn beat Yale 26-15 before a capacity crowd of 10,000.  TUS is researching records to confirm Ted Valentine officiated the game and gathered and stood in front of all microphones at the scorers table to review a call during the 2nd half.

The Palestra has hosted more regular season or post-season NCAA men’s basketball games, more visiting teams, and more NCAA tournaments than any other U.S. arena.  During its hey-day Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, La Salle & Villanova played all of their home games at the Palestra.

This contest will be the first B1G game ever played in the Palestra.

TUS is attempting to confirm Penn State President Eric J. Barron moved the contest from Happy Valley to Philadelphia in the hopes that JerseyJohn would attend the game and an armored SWAT team would hunt down and capture JJ dead-or-alive “once-and-for-all for the betterment of humanity.”  Barron says that Wikileaks publishing of a email from his university email-server stating $3.2B of PSU’s $3.5B Endowment is being allocated “to end this thing” is the result of a Russian Cyber Hack and that the amount is “over-stated.”

TUS Compliance Officer GoSt8Go says that TUS is ready to post up to a $10M Bond to secure JJ’s release should he survive the capture efforts.

What Day Is It?
Jan 3rd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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As Kindle so properly informed TUS Membership – the Calendar says it is 2017.  I am confused what day is today anyways?

A number of Quick-Draw-McGraw moves today?  Your thoughts?

  • The U.S. House of Representatives attempted to eliminate the independent Office of Congressional Ethics Committee but were effectively put under a Letter Press by all other breathing persons.
  • Lane Kiffen was fired from a position from which he recently quit.  Kiffen is being replaced by Steve Sarkisian as Offensive Coordinator.  Previously, Steve ultimately turned out to be offensive as Head Coach at the University of Washington and University of Southern California.
  • Tracey Claeys was fired as Head Coach of Minnesota.
  • Connor Cook may well have his first starting assignment in pro-football be a playoff game in Houston
  • Jabrill Peppers and 6,432 other UofM football players have apparently selected Jimmy Sexton as their agent.  Wonder why JP did not play against the Seminoles in the Orange Bowl?  Can you imagine the sight of Jim Harbaugh coaching a team on probation and ineligible for post-season play?
  • Scant news about the condition of MSU Woman’s BBall Head Coach Suzie Merchant after her fainting episode other than she has been released from the hospital and is “resting at home.”

Without utilizing external resources (RE-ZOR-SESS) can can you name Quick Draw’s Side Kick?

Happy New Year–2017
Jan 1st, 2017 by Kindle

It is 2017.  Happy New Year.
The house is dark now except for the light from my laptop screen which allows me to see the keyboard.

The TV is off.

Cindy is sleeping.  I should be.

We are packed.  We travel tomorrow.

But, in the silence I reflect.

Twenty minutes ago it was 2015 (you read that right) and our Spartans were on top of the world as I was poised to become a grandfather for the second time.  It was heady for me and most of TUS.

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Then came 2016….The CFB playoff!!!

MSU/Ranked #3 took on #2 Ranked Alabama in the storied Cotton Bowl……..and LAID AN EGG bigger than a Single-Comb White Leghorn’s highest imagination.

The TUS at-home watchers were horrified to learn~~~
1) That JerseyJohn didn’t even attend the first half…

2) That IBelieve refused to drive the same vehicle home to Mississippi that he drove to Dallas

Then the gloom lifted.

The Spartan basketball team, being led by POY candidate Denzel Valentine was making headlines.

Jan. 28, 2016—No. 12 Michigan State Hit 16 3s In 76-45 Rout of Northwestern

Jan. 29, 2015– A chunky baby boy named Hudson Arthur was welcomed into the Kindle/NFR MSU family.
January 31, 2016 – Michigan State Makes 17 3-Pointers in 96-62 Win Over Rutgers
February 1, 2016 – Davis Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week
February 3, 2016 – Valentine Named Finalist For Julius Erving Award
February 6, 2016 – Forbes leads No. 10 Spartans to 89-73 rout of Michigan
February 8, 2016 – Valentine Named Big Ten Player of the Week
February 9, 2016 – No. 8 Michigan State Drops 82-81 Decision to No. 18 Purdue in OT
February 12, 2016 – Izzo Named Finalist for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
February 12, 2016 – Wollenman Named Academic All-District
February 14, 2016 – Denzel Valentine Leads No. 8 Michigan State Past Indiana 88-69
February 16, 2016 – Denzel Valentine Named Naismith Trophy Player of the Week
February 15, 2016 – Denzel Valentine Named Player of the Week
February 18, 2016 – Valentine Leads No. 8 Michigan State Past Wisconsin for 69-56 Win
February 23, 2016 – No. 6 Michigan State Dominates Ohio State 81-62
February 28, 2016 – No. 6 Michigan State beats Penn State 88-57
March 2, 2016 – Bryn Forbes leads No. 2 Michigan State over Rutgers
March 5, 2016 – Seniors Lead No. 2 Michigan State in 91-76 Rout of Ohio State on Senior Day
March 7, 2016 – Spartans Earn No. 2 Seed in Big Ten Tournament
March 8, 2016 – Valentine Named USBWA All-District V Player of the Year
March 8, 2016 – Valentine Named USA Today National Player of the Year
March 9, 2016 – Valentine Named Sporting News All-American
March 11, 2016 – Valentine Leads No. 2 Michigan State Past Ohio State, 81-54
March 12, 2016 – No. 2 Michigan State Downs No. 18 Maryland 64-61
March 13, 2016 – No. 2 Spartans Hold Off No. 13 Purdue 66-62 For Big Ten Crown
March 13, 2016 – Spartans Earn No. 2 Seed In Midwest Region
March 14, 2016 – Valentine Named USBWA All-American
March 16, 2016 – Sports Illustrated Names Valentine National Player Of The Year

March 18, 2016 – Spartan Basketball All-Access: Be Different

Different?  Well, okay…..It sure was!

March 18, 2016 – Spartans Upset By Middle Tennessee 90-81, in NCAA Tournament

April 12, 2016 – Davis Plans To Enter NBA Draft, Hire Agent

You get the picture?  I’m sure you recall it all-too-well.

The nosedive for MSU’s two big sports continued into the autumn.  I won’t recreate those headlines here.

Better days are assumed for the Spartans and TUS.

I feel better already…. for the friendship and distraction that TUS provides. By virtue of Jeff’s generosity and the good nature and friendship of all of you~~ we have a place to retreat to in times that may find our Spartans struggling….and even when struggles manifest themselves in other ways….this site is available to give a sense of relief.

You are all in my heart.  May 2017 bring you all peace regardless of sport, world headlines and especially in your everyday life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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