Wolverine Walkthrough, Game 22: Michigan vs. Michigan State Preview and Prediction

Last season, the Michigan Wolverines took a major step by sweeping the Michigan State Spartans away, winning both of their regular season meetings. With something to prove, however, the Spartans fought back and later blasted Michigan in the Big Ten tournament final. It’s safe to say the last three years have been amongst the most balanced and competitive of the rivalry on the hardwood...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Scarlet Knights Edition: Michigan State vs. Rutgers Preview

The Michigan State Spartans, unbeknownst to them, received a few days off this week thanks to the untimely blizzard which pounded the east coast. Even though the snow results weren’t nearly as bad as predicted in New Jersey, Rutgers University postponed Tuesday night’s home game against the Spartans just in case, pushing things to Thursday. Now, both teams have had additional...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Rapping Red Wings: Secondary Scoring A Key Development Driving Detroit’s Success

The Detroit Red Wings, for the most part, thrashed around the Florida Panthers on the road Tuesday night. Though the 5-4 score looked close, Detroit dominated the second period with four goals en-route to their eventual win. What was the biggest reason behind the victory? Likely, the same one that’s been driving the Red Wings’ surprising resurgence throughout the 2014-15 season...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Jennings Sidelined With Achilles Injury; Detroit Pistons Must Now Dig Deep to Respond

Not two days after lauding his sudden personal growth and commitment in 2015, Detroit Pistons’ point guard Brandon Jennings hit another bit of adversity. Saturday night, as the Pistons were in the middle of being blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks, Jennings went down. Immediately, things didn’t look good, as a wheelchair was needed to remove Jennings from the court. Sunday, it...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Wolverine Walkthrough, Game 20: Wisconsin at Michigan Preview and Prediction

Despite bad injury news regarding Caris LeVert this week, the Michigan Wolverines have held together solidly, scoring a 54-50 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Such games will be considered must-win if the Wolverines are to hang on to their tournament hopes. Additionally, the team will have to score an upset or two along the way, and that opportunity presents itself in the form...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Jennings’ Confident, Selfless Play At Point Guard Helping Revive Detroit Pistons

Brandon Jennings is showing signs of evovling into the Pistons’ go-to point guard of the future. (sskumars11, Flickr) For the first part of 2014, many (yours truly certainly included) were calling for Brandon Jennings to be shipped far, far away from the Detroit Pistons. He wasn’t playing well, didn’t look engaged with his teammates on the court and was appearing the part...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rapping Red Wings: Detroit’s Early Survival Without Jimmy Howard Impressive

Last week, the Detroit Red Wings lost all-star representative goaltender Jimmy Howard in crushing fashion, but you’d never know by looking at the standings. Instead of falling flat post-Howard, Detroit has survived and adapted quite well with the tandem of Petr Mrazek and Tom McColllum. They’re 4-0 since tragety struck last Saturday, getting wins of all different kinds and remaining...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Terrapin Edition: Michigan State vs. Maryland Preview

For the first time as fellow members of the Big Ten, the Michigan State Spartans will hit the road to tangle with the Maryland Terrapins Saturday afternoon. Earlier this season, Maryland snuck out of East Lansing with a double overtime win thanks to Michigan State’s down-the-stretch collapse. This time around, the Spartans will have to be more engaged from start to finish to put...
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Local Big Ten Hoops Review: Michigan State Shows Toughness, Resilience Key To Turnaround

For some, it’s hard to conceive that a gut check would come for a basketball team in early January during only the second week of the conference slate. It can happen, and did to the Michigan State Spartans, who rallied to win a pair of Big Ten games that could have gone either way. On Thursday, the Spartans knocked off the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road after falling behind by double...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Jimmy Howard’s Injury Presents Latest Key Moment For Detroit Red Wings

Right up there with the changing of the seasons, taxes and death on life’s certainties scale should be injuries to significant Detroit Red Wings’ contributors. Here we go again. This time, the injury bug struck the goaltender position in a significant way Saturday night. Early against the Washington Capitals, Jimmy Howard was wiped out and lay motionless on the ice. After several...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Hawkeye Edition: Michigan State vs. Iowa Preview

The Michigan State Spartans’ climb back from a pair of humbling home losses saw an important first step on Monday night. The Spartans throttled the Indiana Hoosiers 70-50 en-route to their first Big Ten win. Now, they must hit the road to tangle with the Iowa Hawkeyes, a foe who has given Michigan State plenty of fight whether at home or on the road. The fact that the Spartans...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Revved-Up Detroit Pistons Suddenly Soaring Without Malcontent Josh Smith

Can one player really make the difference between winning and losing? In most cases, that’s debatable, but for the Detroit Pistons, it’s beginning to look like there should be no discussion. Since releasing Josh Smith in late December, the team is 6-0, winning games in a variety of impressive ways. They’ve blown out teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, while...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh Must Change To Lead Michigan Wolverines’ Revival In Big Ten Landscape

Jim Harbaugh comes back to Ann Arbor, but he will have to tweak his sometimes abrasive personality to have success at Michigan. (Flickr, MGoBlog) Last week, Jim Harbaugh returned to Ann Arbor as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, ushering back in thoughts of the late 1980′s, the last time the quarterback-turned-coach roamed the famed sidelines at Michigan Stadium. In 2014...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

From The Spartan Sideline, Bears Edition: Baylor vs. Michigan State Preview and Prediction

The Michigan State Spartans will ring in 2015 by being in the nation’s football consciousness again, taking on the Baylor Bears in the Cotton Bowl, one of the New Year’s six elite bowl games. High-flying offenses will be the story, as will motivation. Baylor was passed over for a shot at the college football playoff, while Michigan State would love nothing more than to beat a...
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January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Pistons’ Release Of Josh Smith Should Help Serve As A Lesson For The Future

Monday, the Detroit Pistons unceremoniously sent disgruntled forward Josh Smith packing just three days before Christmas, releasing him from the team. Smith had two years and $26 million dollars remaining on his contract, and was reportedly being shopped in trades last week. The problem? That massive deal, which hung around Smith and the Pistons’ neck like a bloated albatross,...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Have Chance to Slay “Same Old Lions” Mantra for Good Sunday

The Detroit Lions, the same old Lions, are familiar with facing backup players in games crucial to their postseason fortunes and usually they lose, but Sunday against a Chicago Bears the Lions can prove “SOL” is truly dead. Week 17 at Lambeau Field, a win and the Lions get the fifth seed and play at the New York Giants, lose and they go to the feared Superdome to face the New...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

With Season A Wreck, Detroit Pistons Should Now Be Open To Starting Rebuild With Trades

Reports had the Detroit Pistons dangling Greg Monroe, and asking for a first-round pick in return. Both Stan Van Gundy and Monroe disagreed. (mariselise, Flickr) The Detroit Pistons recently managed to put together a modest two game winning streak amongst plenty of early-season futility, but the abrupt surge of victories did little to change their season trajectory. Things have...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Yoenis Cespedes 2014 Highlights

Yoenis Cespedes will be a member of the Detroit Tigers’ new look outfield after they acquired him in the Rick Porcello trade yesterday and YouTube has a plethora of video highlights to help Detroit get to know him better. If you don’t know much about Cespedes, first where have you been, secondly he is the two-time defending Home Run Derby champion and played for the Boston Red...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Rick Porcello Traded for Yoenis Cespedes

The long rumored Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox trade exchanging Rick Porcello for Yoenis Cespedes is reportedly complete. Told Cespedes to Detroit, Porcello to Boston is done. — CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) December 11, 2014 CJ Nitowski of Fox Sports is reporting this is a done deal. All of this comes on the heals of the Detroit Tigers cancelling their media availability...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan Wolverines Must Prove ‘Michigan Man’ Term Has Been Phased Out With Actions

The Michigan Wolverines relieved Brady Hoke of his duties last week, but arguably, that was only the second biggest piece of news out of Ann Arbor. Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett, speaking last Tuesday like a man who might have an inside track to removing that interim tag, also called on the term “Michigan Man” to be phased out as it relates to the search for Hoke’s...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State Spartans, Baylor Bears Can Make Statements In Intriguing Cotton Bowl Match-Up

Michigan State and Baylor will face off in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 2015 at Cowboys Stadium, pictured here. (Dan Huntley, Flickr) If there were two teams that needed each other more this bowl season than the Michigan State Spartans and Baylor Bears, it certainly isn’t obvious who they are. Most of the 2014 year, the Bears, despite maintaining one of college football’s best...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Detroit Tigers Acquire Shane Greene, Send Robbie Ray to Arizona

Shane Greene (right) (wikimedia commons) Breaking this morning, the Detroit Tigers have acquired New York Yankees right-handed pitcher Shane Greene in a three-way deal that sees Robbie Ray and another unnamed minor league player go to the Arizona Diamondbacks, while the Yankees acquire shortstop Didi Gregorious. Gregorious, a former rumored Tigers shortstop trade target, is the...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Fighting Irish Edition: Michigan State vs. Notre Dame Keys to the Game

It’s not often on the hardwood that the Michigan State Spartans get to tangle with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but thanks to the latter team’s move into the ACC, the clash will happen on Wednsday night. Notre Dame gets their welcome into the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with a visit from the Spartans, who dropped a tough game over the weekend to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Orlando...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Early in 2014 Season, Detroit Pistons Finally Appear Content to Bottom Out

Entering the 2014 NBA season, most everyone agreed there was a small reason to feel encouraged about the near future of the Detroit Pistons. The team had hired Stan Van Gundy, a serious head coach, gave him personnel power and still had enough talent coming back with Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings that a playoff run should have ultimately been expected given some small...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

From the Spartan Sideline, Nittany Lion Edition: Michigan State vs. Penn State Preview

The Michigan State Spartans close out the regular season Saturday afternoon by taking on the Penn State Nittany Lions on the road. For the Spartans, a victory could guarantee them a top ten finish and an excellent bowl game. A road loss, though, might wipe Michigan State out of contention for such things, and put the capper on a season that was a bit rougher than first expected....
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November 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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