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4 posts from May 2006

May 30, 2006

Three First Rounders?

Can the Spartans actually have three players taken in the first round of the NBA draft?

As unlikely as it may seem (considering they brought zero championships to East Lansing), its certainly beginning to look that way.

I'll admit that I thought Shannon Brown would find the draft waters a little too rough and that he'd be back at MSU for another season. But all reports from the workouts he's participated in are saying he's been phenominal.  Physically, Shannon is blessed with an NBA body and he's got the skill potential and athleticism to make it a likelyhood that some team will take a chance on him late in the first round. If this is truly the case, then I say hire an agent and pick out the perfect pen to ink a three-year guaranteed contract.

It's also been reported that Maurice Ager has been very impressive in workouts, displaying his NBA-caliber marksmenship. At the very least, Mo can make an NBA career as a sharp-shooter. The other upside to Ager is that he's an amazing athlete (despite what Rick Majerus says). Ager can jump out of the gym, he's got good quickness and unlimited range. Three reason's he'll go in the first round.

I haven't heard or read much from the Paul Davis workouts, but name me an NBA team that couldn't use an offensively skilled 6-11 power forward who shoots 80 percent from the free throw line. I believe Davis will drafted the highest of the three.

The "experts" are all over the board with their thoughts on the Spartans draft chances and its pretty much always a crapshoot as far as predicting these things. Guess we'll have to wait until June 28 to find out.

May 23, 2006

Prime time TV set for MSU-ND

I know this game is some time away.  I just have this sick feeling that ND is already plotting their flag plant ceremony in the middle of Spartan Stadium. I want the Spartan warriors to have men ready to defend such an attack, till the final tick of the clock. Check your walls for weak spots and get that oil boiling hot (D-line). Make sure your arrowheads are razor sharp (Linebackers) and that you have a backup plan incase of a breach (Corners and Safeties).

I just can’t stand the wait for football season.

- R.Dubs

May 16, 2006

ND night game!

The rumor is now fact. After much speculation, the Big Ten announced Tuesday that MSU and Notre Dame will square off in a nationally televised (ABC) night game at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 23.

The game to be played under the lights marks just the sixth night game at Spartan Stadium in 83 years with MSU holding a 3-2 record in those games.

This year's MSU-ND contest should be a huge one as the Irish will be in the preseason national championship chatter. The jury is out on MSU, but they've got a chance to be strong and a win over Notre Dame could really get their confidence up going into the conference season. Not to mention, the Spartans have won seven of the last nine meetings with Notre Dame including last year's overtime thriller in South Bend.

Although, we probably won't find out until the week before the game, I'm betting East Lansing will be the site of ESPN's College Gameday that weekend.

I, for one, am excited to have MSU playing a night game. The atmosphere in these games is electric and it never hurts to get that national exposure in terms of recruiting. Who's with me? Anybody opposed to playing such a big game at night?

May 09, 2006

QB Quitters

Although a transfer is likely the best move for recently departed QB Dominic Natale, it begs the question of what is happening between the coaching staff and backup QBs at MSU.

Two high-level quarterback prospects have left the program in the last two seasons. I know QB is a tough position by nature due to the limited availablity for playing time and MSU is blessed with having one of the top starters in the nation as it stands today. But are the guys that left just being impatient or are they getting a message that their services will likely go unneeded in the future.

The arrival of highly-touted QB Keith Nichol next season will help, but a redshirt season to learn the spread offense is basically a requirement for John L. That leaves MSU with one (unheard of) backup for next year. I'm sure they'll go after a JUCO guy as insurance, but the truth is... losing talented skill players year after year is not good.


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