MSU at #16 Purdue Game Thread
Feb 19th, 2017 by Kindle

The Boilermakers outrebounded the Spartans, 36-23 in East Lansing. Izzo wants his players to change that, specifically on the defensive glass to prevent kick-out shots from the perimeter. Izzo said his big men need to “be a little smarter in there.”

On Saturday, Michigan State (16-10, 8-5 Big Ten) faces its toughest test of Big Ten play: a road game at Purdue (21-5, 10-3)

  • Purdue has won four straight games and vaulted to a three-way tie with Maryland and Wisconsin atop the conference standings.
  • Michigan State has only faced one of the three so far this season. Purdue came into East Lansing on Jan. 24 and handled the Spartans, 84-73.  That game was tied at 39 at the half.

• All five of Purdue’s losses this season have come by single digits. Caleb Swanigan, a one-time MSU commit, leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally in rebounding at 13 per game. Swanigan ranks second in the conference in scoring at 18.7 points per game.

Who: Michigan State at Purdue.
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Breslin Center in East Lansing.
TV: ESPN (and WatchESPN).
Radio: Spartan Sports Network, WJIM-AM (1240)/WMMQ-FM (94.9) in Lansing, WJR-AM (760) in Detroit, WBBL-FM (107.3) in Grand Rapids, Sirius XM Ch. 80.
Line: Purdue -9.
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Who is calling the Iowa basketball vs. Michigan State game?

Dave Flemming will handle play-by-play for ESPN with Dan Dakich providing analysis. Will Tieman handles play-by-play with analyst Matt Steigenga on the Spartan Sports Network.

tOSU @ MSU – A Little Bit Of BBall To Divert Our Attention?
Feb 14th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The Buckeyes invade East Lansing to take on the Spartans. For the better part of almost two decades these teams clashed each season with conference title implications on the line. However in 2017 the Acorns (15-11 5-8 B1G) currently in 11th place in conference standings and Spartans ( 15-10 7-5 B1G) currently in 5th place conference standings battle with no such implications.

However, for MSU followers the game is important possibly only because it will act as a diversion from the disturbing news coming out of East Lansing.

The 9PM (EST) game will be broadcast on ESPN. As we are all too aware the 7PM Game broadcast on ESPN will likely run over, so we recommend being ready to record/watch ESPNNews for the first 15-20 minutes of the Spartan game.

As a matter of record TUS has complete faith and offers a full vote of confidence in USMC(retired) continuing in his role as our Ambassador to College Sports Announcers and Referees.

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


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?


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?


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

palestra-building palestra-game

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.

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