Potential Detroit Pistons’ Prospects Viewers Guide: Final Four Edition

Most in the state of Michigan will tune into the Final Four with designs of watching the Michigan State Spartans try to continue their improbable run to a national title, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be something for fans of the Detroit Pistons, too. Other than Michigan State, three additionally excellent teams, the University of Kentucky, Duke University and Wisconsin University...
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Spartan Jump Shots, NCAA Tournament Edition: Michigan State vs. Louisville Preview

Despite a poor start late Friday, the Michigan State Spartans managed to keep things together and forge an impressive second half comeback to beat the Oklahoma Sooners. As a result, the Spartans earned the chance to play for another Final Four Sunday, and a familiar tournament foe awaits them in the Louisville Cardinals. Michigan State dispatched Louisville on the way to the Final...
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Spartan Jump Shots, NCAA Tournament Edition: Michigan State vs. Oklahoma Preview

Last Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans won another slugfest against the Virginia Cavaliers to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row. Waiting for them are another top seed, the Oklahoma Sooners, who have had an excellent season and might quietly have the best team the Big 12 conference put into the tournament. Oklahoma has plenty of elite players few of which many...
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Detroit Red Wings Should Ride Goaltender Petr Mrazek, Not Jimmy Howard, Into Playoffs

Petr Mrazek has earned the benefit of the doubt, and should be the Red Wings’ starter over Jimmy Howard. (douglasgallery30, Flickr) The Detroit Red Wings haven’t been setting the world on fire down the stretch lately, and that has plenty to do with many elements including the goaltending of Jimmy Howard. Howard has started the last three games, and two have been ugly Detroit...
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Michigan State Basketball is Lucky to Have Tom Izzo at the Helm

Tom Izzo’s tenure in East Lansing has been special, and it’s only getting better. (hilaryhiggins, Flickr) You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. How many times has that phrase been uttered in life only to go completely ignored or not accurately comprehended or appreciated? Plenty of times in my life, to this point, I’ll certainly admit. Not often does it directly...
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Spartan Jump Shots, NCAA Tournament Edition: Michigan State vs. Virginia Preview

Despite leading most of the way and even seeming to flex their muscle at times, the Michigan State Spartans had a very interesting finish against the Georgia Bulldogs, nearly collapsing down the stretch to lose the game. The Spartans hung together despite the odds, however, winning the contest and advancing to meet the Virginia Cavaliers in a rematch of last year’s tournament....
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Spartan Jump Shots, NCAA Tournament Edition: Georgia vs. Michigan State Preview

The Michigan State Spartans were crushed, losing in overtime to the Wisconsin Badgers to be defeated in the Big Ten championship game. Michigan State rebounded later Sunday night to grab a seven seed, however, and will face the upset minded Georgia Bulldogs in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Georgia made it into the tournament despite a fairly average year, and arguably...
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Detroit Red Wings May Have Found Their Brad Stuart in Marek Zidlicky

The addition of Marek Zidlicky has fortified the Red Wings’ blue line almost like the addition of Brad Stuart in 2008. (the_mel, Flickr) All the way back in 2008, nobody knew for sure if the Detroit Red Wings could win the Stanley Cup. They had come close to doing so during their run in 2007, but fallen apart down the stretch. The 2008 team was solid throughout, but had one notable...
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Spartan Jump Shots, Big Ten Tournament Edition: Michigan State vs. Wisconsin Preview

Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans led a furious comeback from being 16 down in the first half to grit out a close win over the Maryland Terrapins. That sets up an unlikely rematch for the Big Ten title, as the Spartans take on the dominating Wisconsin Badgers for the crown Sunday afternoon. In their only meeting of the year, the Badgers beat the Spartans soundly in Madison. What...
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Spartan Jump Shots, Big Ten Tournament Edition: Michigan State vs. Maryland Preview

The Michigan State Spartans got themselves off to a good start in the Big Ten tournament, blasting the Ohio State Buckeyes start to finish on Friday and advancing to the semifinals for the fourth straight year. Waiting for them is a major challenge in the form of the Maryland Terrapins, a team that’s beaten the Spartans twice already this season, winning a close slugfest in overtime...
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The Players, Games and Match-Ups to Watch For During This Week’s Big Ten Tournament

The most exciting time of the year in the Midwest is the spring. Not only is the thaw invigorating, but the college basketball is as well when the Big Ten Tournament takes center stage in early March. Wednesday, the games begin with a pair of first round match ups. From there, the games will only get more exciting as several teams desperate for resume building wins and better seeding...
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Breaking Down The Five Biggest Free Agency Departures in Detroit Sports History

Ben Wallace made headlines when he left the Pistons for the Chicago Bulls in free agency. (Guitar Zero, Flickr) Sunday, the Detroit Lions lost their biggest free agent in recent memory when Ndamukong Suh agreed to sign with the Miami Dolphins when the NFL’s free agency period gets underway on Tuesday. The loss left a void in Detroit’s defensive line, but it also ushered in thoughts...
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Spartan Jump Shots, Hoosier Edition: Michigan State vs. Indiana Preview and Prediction

Thursday, the Michigan State Spartans likely emphatically punched their NCAA tournament ticket by besting the Purdue Boilermakers in the rough and tumble final game of the season at the Breslin Center. Now, one last time, the Spartans hit the road, and their locale is a tough one. They must fight the Indiana Hoosiers, a team they thumped 70-50 this season. While Michigan State is...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Boilermaker Edition: Purdue vs. Michigan State Preview and Prediction

Sunday, unlike last Thursday against Minnesota, nobody was shocked when the Michigan State Spartans lost to the Wisconsin Badgers. Arguably, the only stunner was how the Spartans rallied to keep thing close in the end. Now, the clock is ticking on Michigan State as they try to find the right combination of impactful wins to get into the NCAA tournament. They’ll have a chance to...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Won Trade Deadline for Not Mortgaging Future While Improving Present

The Red Wings may have won the NHL trade deadline with acquisition of Erik Cole (above) and Marek Zidlicky. (douglasgallery30, Flickr) Ken Holland has been through plenty in his last four years on the job. He’s been in charge of trying to find the right ways to skillfully reinvent the Detroit Red Wings, who were caught in the midst of hockey purgatory. Should the team, with an...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Marek Zidlicky Traded to Detroit Red Wings for Conditional Third-Round Pick in 2016

As many expected, the Detroit Red Wings did add a defenseman before the trade deadline, however it wasn’t the one many folks expected it to be. All morning long, Detroit appeared to be working on a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs for Dion Phaneuf which felt close to completion at times. When the sides couldn’t agree on the financials or other aspects of the deal, the Red Wings...
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Detroit Red Wings Deal Two Prospects, Second Round Pick for Winger Erik Cole

Sunday night, the Detroit Red Wings decided they didn’t want to wait for Monday afternoon’s trade deadline to address at least one of their needs. The Red Wings dealt defenseman Mattias Backman, center Mattias Jarnmark and a second-round pick to the Dallas Stars for forward Erik Cole and a third-round selection. Cole, 36, has scored 18 goals for the Stars this season, including...
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March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Badger Edition: Michigan State vs. Wisconsin Preview and Prediction

On Thursday night, the Michigan State Spartans were abruptly stunned at home in overtime by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, ending their winning streak and injecting new fears of the tournament bubble. The task doesn’t get any easier for the Spartans Sunday, as they must head to the Kohl Center in Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. All season, Wisconsin has been the class...
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March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Golden Gopher Edition: Minnesota vs. Michigan State Preview

The Michigan State Spartans won another game they had to on Sunday night, outlasting the Illinois Fighting Illini on the road to the tune of a 60-53 win. The victory helped nullify an earlier loss to Illinois at home. Next up for Michigan State is a visit from the Minnesota Golden Gophers, a team with a sub-.500 Big Ten record, but plenty of reasons to put a bit of fear into the...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Rapping Red Wings: Be Critical Of Jimmy Howard in Regulation, But Blame NHL for Shootouts

Maybe I’m simply a hockey purist, but in the old days, there was something to be said about a good, old-fashioned regular season tie. After laying it on the line for three periods and overtime, both teams got to feel like they came away with something. In plenty of battles, it’s was the only just way to decide a tough game. Giving both teams something to feel good about following...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Fighting Illini Edition: Michigan State vs. Illinois Preview and Prediction

Fresh off three of their most exciting, sound victories of the year, the Michigan State Spartans have gained new momentum and new life as crunch time begins to hit college basketball in late February. Mentally and physically, they seem a long way removed from a tough loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini just a few short weeks ago. Sunday, they’ll get to prove that by going on the...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Reggie Jackson Could Be Long-Term Difference-Maker Detroit Pistons Have Craved

After the Detroit Pistons swung a deal for Reggie Jackson on Thursday, many people wondered what the team could possibly be thinking. Jackson, disgruntled in Oklahoma City, was one of the bigger names available, and certainly a player few thought would be accessible or of nessisty to a team like Detroit. But somehow, Stan Van Gundy managed to package Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Pistons Strike at NBA Trade Deadline, Nabbing Reggie Jackson and Tayshaun Prince

For those who were expecting the semi-quiet day Stan Van Gundy appeared to promise in Auburn Hills as the NBA trade deadline ticked down, surprise! The Detroit Pistons were actually one of the most active teams in the league, pulling a stunner and dealing for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, one of the bigger names available on the market. Going the other way were D.J...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Draymond Green Would be Interested in Joining Hometown Detroit Pistons

Is Draymond Green thinking about returning home to play for the Detroit Pistons? (The Digital Story, Flickr) There’s a long way to go before the 2014-15 season ends, but late Tuesday, a bit of news may have stoked the pending fire of excitement for the offseason to arrive in Detroit. Draymond Green, a forward from the Golden State Warriors and one of the better young players in...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Wolverine Walkthrough, Game 26: Michigan State at Michigan Preview and Prediction

A few weeks ago, the Michigan Wolverines were expected to lose by double-digits in East Lansing against the Michigan State Spartans. Even though the Wolverines eventually did just that, they opened plenty of eyes in the process by hanging tough despite adversity, taking the Spartans to overtime and doling out several substantial punches of their own in the intrastate slugfest. Now...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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