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Masters–Day 3—-MSU SPRING FOOTBALL
Apr 7th, 2018 by Kindle

Patrick Nathaniel Reed is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He is notable for his victory in the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship.  Reed was a runner-up at the PGA Championship last summer, though he played the final hole without a chance to win. His best performance on the big stage has been in the Ryder Cup.

Patrick Reed is leading a major championship for the first time, and his confidence is so high that he can only see what’s ahead of him.

Reed started and finished the front nine with three straight birdies. He answered Marc Leishman‘s bold shot for an eagle by polishing off another run of three straight birdies. It added to a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Leishman going into the weekend at Augusta National, where rain is expected today.

Right behind them are five major champions.

Nowhere near him are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the two names that generated so much of the buzz for a Masters that otherwise is living up to expectations.

None of it matters to Reed, who is going after his first major.

 Patrick Reed had played 12 rounds at ahead of this week with a combined score of +27 and had never broken 70.

Patrick Reed Round 2 Masters Scorecard

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Tot
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Score 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 3 31 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 31 66

HERE’S A LIST OF THE PLAYERS UNDER PAR AFTER TWO ROUNDS

Pos Golfer To Par Friday R1 R2 Tot
1 Patrick Reed -9 -6 69 66 135
2 Marc Leishman -7 -5 70 67 137
3 Henrik Stenson -5 -2 69 70 139
T4 Rory McIlroy -4 -1 69 71 140
T4 Jordan Spieth -4 +2 66 74 140
T6 Dustin Johnson -3 -4 73 68 141
T6 Justin Thomas -3 -5 74 67 141
T8 Tony Finau -2 +2 68 74 142
T8 Rickie Fowler -2 E 70 72 142
T8 Louis Oosthuizen -2 -1 71 71 142
T8 Justin Rose -2 -2 72 70 142
T8 Bubba Watson -2 -3 73 69 142
T8 Charley Hoffman -2 +1 69 73 142
T14 Cameron Smith -1 E 71 72 143
T14 Matt Kuchar -1 +3 68 75 143
T14 Jon Rahm -1 -4 75 68 143
T14 Bernd Wiesberger -1 +1 70 73 14

The official cut line is set at +5. Check out which golfers are going home and which will contend for a green jacket this weekend in THIS LINK.

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Michigan State football Green and White spring game

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing.

TV: Big Ten Network.

Spring Game SCOUTING REPORT

What Say You Educated Guesser?
Mar 5th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Alumni from Michigan State Football and the current Michigan State University Basketball team are situated at the top of sports news headlines today – Monday March 5th, 2018.

MSU Alum QB Kirk Cousins (currently a member of the Washington D.C. Redskins) is about to hit the free agent market.  The Talking Heads and Experts (aka Educated Guesser’s) state that Captain Kirk can command $30M per year for six years – the highest salary ever.  Wow!  Thoughts?

MSU Alum RB Le’ Veon Bell (currently a member of the Pittsburgh PA Steelers) appears to be far away from agreeing on a new contract. The Talking Heads and Experts (aka Educated Guesser’s) believe that Bell (arguably the best RB in the NFL) may be tagged with the Franchise (player) status for a second year in a row.  The Steelers would be allowed to pay $14.5M for the ability to make the designation. According to the TH\E’s, Bell wants a long-term contract and is threatening to retire.  Thoughts?

MSU Basketball is square in the middle of the discussion of the upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Talking Heads and Experts (aka Educated Guesser’s) cannot talk about seeding or favorites without mentioning MSU.  MSU (29-4 and B1G Regular Season Champion) lost to rival scUM in the BBT Semi-Final.  The loss stung.  However most of the Poll Voters, Bracketologist’s and TH\E’s were on record today as seeing MSU remaining near the top of the seeding. Thoughts?

Before The Final Jump
Jan 9th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Alabama finished the season at #1 again.  While the CFP Final was exciting, you knew the eventual outcome, I knew the eventual outcome, and Georgia knew the eventual outcome.  Alabama knew the eventual outcome as well.  I have been told the Crimson Tide had their kicker miss the FG attempts to garner higher T.V. Ratings for the repeats on the SEC Network.

As The Marine pointed out in a comment on the last post, the 2018 Too Early Polls are out in abundance.  MSU is ranked #10 in the USA Today version.  However, many including Sports Illustrated do not even mention MSU.

Finally here is the AP from the Preseason as compared to the Final.

Thoughts?

A Plagiarized (The Marine Did It!) 2017 Holiday Bowl Preview
Dec 28th, 2017 by 89 Chemistry

GAME INFORMATION

* Who: No. 16 Michigan State (9-3, 7-2) vs. No. 18 Washington State (9-3, 6-3)
* When: 2105R
* Where: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
* TV: Fox Sports 1
* Radio: Spartan Sports Network (WJR-AM 760 Detroit; WJIM-AM 1240/WMMQ-FM 94.9 Lansing); SiriusXM Ch. 83
* Latest line: Michigan State -1 1/2

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

* Winning nine games in 2017 involved help from more young players than ever before under Mark Dantonio. The Spartans played 13 true freshman this year, including several in key roles, and veterans say those players have contributed “a ton.”

* Michigan State’s plan for disrupting Washington State’s high-powered passing offense involves pressuring quarterback Luke Falk and forcing turnovers.

* Michigan State’s veterans have some experience with uptempo offenses, previously facing Oregon and Baylor. They’ll rely on that experience against a Washington State offense that is among the best in the country in terms of passing yards.

STAT LEADERS

Michigan State
* Passing: Brian Lewerke 233-396, 2,580 yards, 17 TD, 7 INT
* Rushing: LJ Scott 183 carries, 788 yards, 6 TD
* Receiving: Felton Davis 51 catches, 658 yards, 8 TD
* Tackles: Joe Bachie 94
* Sacks: Kenny Willekes 7
* Interceptions: David Dowell 5

Washington State
* Passing: Luke Falk 357-534, 3,593 yards, 30 TD, 13 INT
* Rushing: Jamal Morrow 86 carries, 522 yards, 4 TD
* Receiving: Tavares Martin Jr. 70 catches, 831 yards, 9 TD
* Tackles: Jalen Thompson 69
* Sacks: Hercules Mata’afa 9.5 *
* Interceptions: Thompson 4

 

I, 89 Chemistry,  apologize for phoning this in.   A few thoughts:

Martin and another wide receiver have left WSU — meaning that ~45% of its receiving yardage is absent.   Also, Mata’afa will miss the first half due to a targeting suspension vs. Washington.   (I imagine those losses have contributed to the 5-point shift to MSU in betting markets.)

WSU is awful at the run.   Can a unidimensional team beat MSU?   Probably; this is not 2014 for the Spartans any more than WSU is a 2014 version of Oregon or Baylor.   And the Cougar D, with its takeaway prowess, will suppress Spartan scoring   But I have been leaning narrow MSU win from the outset — and the B1G and PAC-12 games so far have, on balance, made the the former look better, and the latter look worse, than generally anticipated.

Still, Dantonio has never won a bowl game by more than four points.   I think V4MSU is a 52/48 proposition; I reckon the midpoint outcome to be MSU 28, WSU 23.

 

GO GREEN!

GO WHITE!

GO SPARTANS!

MSU at Rutgers Game Thread
Nov 25th, 2017 by Kindle

QB Brian Lewerke has now had two less than stellar games in a row, on the heels of back-to-back 400 yard performances. That said, Lewerke has been a huge part of this bounce-back season. I look for a return to top flight play today.

Michigan State will try to pick up its ninth win when it travels to play Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 25, in New Jersey. The game will kick off at 4 p.m. ET and will be televised by FOX.

That is correct, you read it right….9th win.  And we have every right to believe it will be a win today.  And if that happens, it will represent an unprecedented turnaround~~~going from a 3-9 season in 2016 to a 9-3 record this year, putting them one bowl victory short of finishing with 10 wins.

In the words of Jeff Lubeck, as whispered to Mark Dantonio, No. 16 Michigan State has a chance to “flip it” when it meets Rutgers in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium at 1 Scarlet Knight Way, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

[Piscataway? Really?]

Which brings us to this:  There might be only one way MSU is not awarded a victory today.  What might that be?

To that, I simply say FAT chance!! A loss to a bad Rutgers team is simply unacceptable.

 

Tale of the Tape:

Michigan State:

Record — 8-3, (6-2 Big Ten)

Offense — 373.5 total yards per game (8th in Big Ten), 214.8 passing yards per game, 158.7 rushing yards per game, 21.5 points per game

Defense — 314.6 yards allowed per game (4th in Big Ten), 205.5 passing yards allowed per game, 109.2 rushing yards allowed per game, 21.5 points allowed per game

Rutgers:

Record — 4-7 (3-5 Big Ten)

Offense — 276.4 total yards per game (12th in Big Ten), 117.2 passing yards per game, 159.2 rushing yards per game, 19 points per game

Defense — 395.6 yards allowed per game (11th in Big Ten), 216.3 passing yards allowed per game, 179.4 rushing yards allowed per game, 27.3 points allowed per game.GREEN!!!

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UPDATING SPARTAN BASKETBALL

The next Spartan Basketball game will feature #4 MSU vs #9 UNC. That game will tip off at 8:30 PM Sunday night on ESPN for the PK80 Victory Bracket Championship Game.

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Miami vs Pitt

Miami’s perfect season is over as Pitt upset the #2 Hurricanes 24-14 yesterday.

 

Two Topics for One: Lack of Depth on the Bench and MSU Men’s Basketball Gamethread (Stoney Brook)
Nov 19th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Topic #1:  Lack of Depth on the Bench.

MSU’s victory in College Football left a lot to be desired.  However a win-is-a-win and there should be no discounting the Spartans turn-around.  Go Green!

However, can the broadcast networks be doing a poorer job of providing sportscasters and commentators for these regional\national contests? And the half-time talent?  Big names with little-to-no background covering and commenting on the college game.

Let us put the subject of bias off to the side.  Way off to the side!

Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman were about as bad as it gets.  Both were ill-prepared. Their game-call was mistake-ridden from start to finish.  It would probably be easier to count the number of times a play sequence did not include some type of announcing error.  And hey,wasn’t it great that MSU Alum Holly Sonders was the field reporter!  Did we get a report from the field? Seriously! Other than the self engrandizing “coming home” half-time segment, did Holly actually make a report from the field while the game was in progress?  Holly covers golf (with a good deal of competence).  College football?  Shame on you FOX!

As we are all aware, the issue is not isolated to this game or FOX.  What has happened?  Not enough money left-over after the payment to the conferences to hire good talent?  Too many games broadcast and not enough time for preparation?  Potential Announcers know that USMC(retired) and JerseyJohn are going to offer public ridicule so they have chosen another profession?  For example, where are the days of ABC Wide World of Sports and Jim McKay, Bill Flemming, and Chris Schenkel.  Gosh, Chris Schenkel’s call made bowling exciting! Do I have Rose Colored Glasses on this topic?

Topic #2: MSU Men’s Basketball Gamethread (Stoney Brook)

The Spartans take on Stoney Brook.  The Seawolves play in the American East Conference.  They are 0-3 so far this year – losing all games by double-digits.

If you are saying to yourself “hey why I am thinking Stoney Brook as being a pretty good team.”  Stoney Brook used to be a good team.  The Seawolves jumped into Division 1 basketball at the turn-of-the century (gosh that sounds weird).  Coach Steve Pikiell was retained soon after and Stoney Brook starting winning at a high-level.  From 2009-2016 Stoney Brook almost always finished around 22 and something, play in the American East Conference Title Game (usually losing to Vermont) and go to the NIT\CBI.  In 2016 Stoney Brook won the American East Title and made the NCAA Tournament – losing to Kentucky as #13 seed.  Pikiell was hired by Rutgers.  Jeff Boals left his position as an Assistant Coach at the Ohio State and was named Head Coach at Stoney Brook last season.  The Seawolves finished 17-12.

The Seawolves lost 76-61 (in Uniondale NY) to the team representing the heritage of Henrietta Maria of France and Queen Consort of England and Ireland.

Spartans at Wildcats Football – Gamethread.
Oct 28th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

MSU takes on Northwestern in college football.  Game time 3:30PM (EDT) on ESPN.

Hoosiers at Spartans Football – Gamethread
Oct 21st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

  

Liberty University takes on Monmouth (1PM ET ESPN3) and Indiana travels to East Lansing, MI to take on the Spartans (3:30PM ET ABC).  Those are key college games for TUS Membership.  The Astros host the Yankees in game 7 of the American League Championship Series (6:08PM ET FOX).  UofM takes on Penn State (7:30PM ET ABC) and Notre Dame and USC battle (7:30PM ET NBC).

So there are lot’s of events of which to focus and comment.

Also high on the list of things to do, is continued projections of what The Marine will ultimately settle on as the Moniker for Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire.  Dr. Real Irony of the Naming Institute For Society (NIFS) says that Vegas betting had established “Forest Fire” as a early 3-1 favorite followed by “Plant Manager” at 7-1.  However Irony feels USMC(retired) ultimately will settle on a better Moniker given his skill of blending the arcane with the notable.  She thinks that Hortus Conclusus might prove to be a solid choice given the limitations Gardenhire might experience with Detroit.

The IU sports beat writer for the newspaper in Bloomington Indiana say the Hoosiers have been focusing during practice this week on:

1. Containing MSU’s Quarterback

2. Stripping the ball from MSU’s Running Back.

The Spartans are favored by 6+

Go Green.

Mid-Week Thread–cRank it up
Oct 17th, 2017 by Kindle

The AP voters move Michigan State up to #18, one spot ahead of Michigan in this week’s Top 25 poll….Is that going to be enough to make people in AA lose their minds? But Harbaugh..but Harbaugh, but Harbaugh…..

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY—2 YEARS AGO—OCTOBER 17, 2015

Jalen Watts-Jackson grabbed a flubbed punt and lumbered 38 yards into the end zone for a touchdown on the final play of the game, giving Michigan State a shocking 27-23 win over Michigan.  Happy Day, everyone!
This never gets old: Here are 9 simultaneous shots of the play some may have never seen  before:

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MIDNIGHT MADNESS &  SECURITY GOING FORWARD:

Whether anyone from TUS is actually attending Michigan State Madness on Friday night, KNOW THE FOLLOWING~~~ All Spartan fans need to be aware that Michigan State is stepping up security efforts.  MSU announces increased security at sporting events: No-bag policy for all indoor events and more visible police presence at football games.  The no-bag policy is now in effect for ALL campus events at ALL indoor athletic facilities.  The “no-bag” policy means all bags are prohibited at all events at indoor athletic facilities — Breslin & Munn — as well as Spartan Stadium.  This policy is also for concerts/special events at those venues. A full list of prohibited items can be found here:

 

OTHER STUFF

6h6 hours ago

MSU stats update: Kenny Willekes (a GoSt8Go fave) credited with additional sack vs. Minnesota. He now has four sacks and eight TFLs this season.

Michigan State players have nicknamed Matt Coghlin “McLovin.” Mark Dantonio just called him “McMuffin.”Interesting stats from Week 7

Wisconsin is 6-0, with zero wins over teams with a winning record, and two currently-winning teams remain on their schedule.

INTERESTING STATS FROM WEEK 7

*Ohio State scored 97 consecutive points against Nebraska over two games in the last two years.

*USF tied an AP poll-era record by scoring at least 30 points in its 23rd consecutive game.

*Stanford’s Bryce Love has a rush of at least 50 yards in nine straight games.

*Arizona’s Khalil Tate is the first FBS quarterback to run for 200 yards in consecutive games since 1997, per the Pac-12 Network.

*Arizona QB’s have rushed for exactly 1,000 yards this season. Tate 663, Dawkins 338, Rodriguez -1

*The are the first team in NFL history to lose 5 straight games, each by 3 or fewer points.

*Nebraska threw no pick-sixes on Saturday.

 

And finally: FILM ROOM/MINNESOTA

https://www.theonlycolors.com/2017/10/16/16484964/film-room-minnesota

 

We’re Just One Day Away~~~~~
Oct 6th, 2017 by Kindle

This image needs no caption. I will, however, note that MSU will be wearing all white uniforms for their road game at Michigan tomorrow night.

It’s that time again
Michigan and Michigan State square off tomorrow night in this annual rivalry game.  This year feels more enticing than last year’s confrontation. Michigan State comes in with a 3-1 record and Michigan is 4-0. Last year, the Spartans were just 2-5 and reeling, to say the very least.  If Michigan State can knock off Michigan in Ann Arbor tomorrow it would be the eighth win in the rivalry since Dantonio became head coach over 11 years ago.

Perspective

On a national level, much like last year’s meeting, this isn’t expected to be a great game. The Wolverines are No. 7 in the AP Top 25 and the Spartans are not ranked. While Michigan has won all four of its games by at least 16 points, Michigan State lost its only game to a ranked opponent by 20 points two weeks ago against Notre Dame.

This year vs. last

The skunkbears look a lot different than their 2016 counterparts. The defense no longer features Jabrill Peppers, Jourdan Lewis and Taco Charlton. Even Wilton Speight isn’t going to be on the field after suffering an injury against Purdue Sept. 23.  Their offense may still be a question mark as quarterback John O’Korn takes the helm in place of Speight….but we know O’Korn played very well against Purdue.
Tyler O’Connor started for MSU and did little. Then Damion Terry got a turn and did nothing.  But Brian Lewerke made a difference when he entered in the fourth quarter.  I like to imagine things could’ve turned out better for the Spartans had he played much earlier.

Fearing I am on the verge of rambling, I will cut this short.  89 Chemistry has announced he will be unavailable tomorrow for a game thread or comment.  I will be able to watch the game but will be unable to put up a game thread as well.  Go Green!

Another fun look back

I will offer a link that I think you will find to be fun.  89, GoSt8Go and Ghost of Biggie shared much about “the play” from 2015 on the previous thread.  We never tire of seeing it.  Few will ever forget where we were when this play happened.  Where were you?

16 favorite parts about “The Play”

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