In such dire times where MSU has had to deal with losing more often than winning, its good to know coach Bobby Williams still has a sense of humor.He showed it at his Monday press conference when asked how hell simulate the Purdue offense this week in practice.Well put in 10 receivers, run them all out there and just have the quarterback stand back there and throw it because thats basically what its like, he said.
Ziehl Kavanaghts teammates call him Frenchie.Mike Labinjo misses his favorite ketchup chips.And Luc Mullinder doesnt get to eat West Indian food anymore.These are just some of the transitions three Canadian natives on MSUs football team deal with in a foreign country.Kavanaght, a Brossard, Quebec native, has had the toughest transition because of the language barrier.
The names are synonymous with winning. James Buddha Edwards, Vinny The Microwave Johnson, Dennis The Worm Rodman, John Spider Salley, Isaiah Zeke Thomas, Bill Lambo Laimbeer, Rick Bad Boy Mahorn and of course, Joe Duuuuuuuuumars.Rodman smothering opponents with clutch defense, Laimbeer exchanging pleasantries with the referees after controversial calls, Rick Mahorn banging opponents to the ground with his hefty posterior - those were the good ol days.
The MSU volleyball team continues to struggle in the Big Ten.The No. 22 Spartans split their weekend matches, losing to Illinois (6-15, 15-4, 12-15, 15-1, 12-15) on Friday, then rebounding to beat Purdue (15-6, 10-15, 15-5, 15-6) on Saturday.Through 14 Big Ten games the Spartans (14-9, 7-7 Big Ten) are still in sixth place.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For all the success hes had this season, Jeff Smoker is only a freshman and his youth showed against Ohio State.After MSU (4-5 overall, 1-5 Big Ten) jumped ahead 13-3 in the first quarter, the Buckeyes (7-2, 4-2) began blitzing the first-year quarterback from Manheim, Pa., disrupting Smoker and the MSU offense en route to a 27-13 defeat of the Spartans.They didnt blitz too much early, Smoker said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the first quarter Saturday, the Spartans put their scoring woes behind them. MSU scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the game, and were dominating the line of scrimmage to the tune of 115 total yards and a 13-3 advantage after 15 minutes of play.Then, as has been the theme all season, the Spartans (4-5 overall, 1-5 Big Ten) succumbed to mistake-laden football, resulting in a 27-13 loss to Ohio State (7-2, 4-2).MSU was clinging to a 10-point lead when senior safety Richard Newsome intercepted Buckeye quarterback Steve Bellisaris pass at Ohio States 34-yard line with 11:18 remaining in the second quarter.
Sometimes sports fans get so wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of big time college athletics they forget intercollegiate athletics is more than just entertainment - it is a tool used to shape athletes as people.The core of this process can be seen more clearly when looking at athletes like MSU senior forward Steve Williford, who plays soccer - a nonrevenue sport where the media does not cake-on layers of hype.I think I learned the most in life through soccer, Williford said.
With nicknames like Energizer bunny and Rudy its obvious freshman outside hitter Jenny Rood and the rest of the freshmen bring something extra to the court when the MSU volleyball team plays.MSU head coach Chuck Erbe said the freshmen are more expressive on the court and thats something the Spartans have been missing the last few years.I think the freshmen are much more emotional in terms of how they express their passion for the game, he said.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The MSU womens soccer team fell 3-1 to Illinois on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.The fourth-seeded Spartans only managed to score one second-half goal while giving up three second-half goals to the fifth-seeded Fighting Illini.
Two titans will collide in Ann Arbor on Saturday, and it wont be at the Big House.Top-ranked Michigan (6-0-2) and sixth-ranked MSU (4-1-1) will square off at Yost Ice Arena in the first of four meetings of the teams this season.The Michigan game is always important, MSU senior center Andrew Bogle said.
The MSU womens soccer team enters this years Big Ten tournament today in Champaign, Ill., without senior goalkeeper and co-captain Sara Kloosterman, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last weekends 1-0 loss to Penn State.Kloosterman, who will stay on as MSUs goalie coach next year - passed the baton to her protégé - freshman goalie Stacy Heller - prematurely when the Spartans beat Bowling Green 1-0 Sunday.
Antonio Smiths dreams of making an NBA roster will have to be postponed for a little while longer.The Detroit Pistons released the former Spartan forward last weekend before they departed for Toronto for their season opener.Charles Tucker, Smiths agent, said Smith was a victim of the Pistons having too many players.
Tickets are now available for Breslin Student Events Centers exclusive, upscale restaurant, the Tip-Off Cafe. In its fourth year, the Tip-Off Cafe offers basketball ticket holders a unique dining experience prior to every mens basketball home game. Many arenas, at least the ones built within the past four years, have a prefunction and bar space inside the arena, said Scott Breckner, Breslin director.
Another impressive slate of games scheduled for Saturday have the guru boys hyped for another exciting weekend of college football. Records so far: Arthole: (27-11), Special K: (21-17) MSU (4-4) at No.