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Born in L.A., raised in Detroit and SoCal. Born Green and White, but am an Arizona Alumnus with my degree in Journalism. Have worked for newspapers as a writer/editor, and as an on-air talent for sports radio. Follow the Lions, Red Wings, Tigers, Pistons and Lakers. Go Green!

3 Keys to a big night for Michigan State over rival Notre Dame

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
Yessssss, it is almost the weekend, which means it's almost game time for Michigan State and Notre Dame! The BEST Michigan State rivalry (Sorry, not sorry Wolvy). These two teams have tremendous history against each other, beginning all the way back in 1897, the number...

3 Biggest positional match-ups for Michigan State vs. Notre Dame

The Michigan State Spartans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish will do battle for most likely the last time until 2026, and while us fans are hurting at the loss of such a great and time-tested rivalry, we also want to make damn sure the...

LOOK: Recent history of Detroit Lions starting off 2-0

Ladies and gentlemen, YOUR Detroit Lions are 2-0 to start the 2017 NFL season! There's already talk of a Super Bowl! And MVP for Stafford! Ok, enough with the sarcasm, in all seriousness, when you looked at the Lions' schedule when it dropped, I'm willing...

FLASHBACK: Michigan State, Notre Dame play to 10-10 tie in “Game of the Century”

When you go down the list of Michigan State's biggest rivals, the list obviously begins with Michigan, but who's number two? Is it Ohio State or Wisconsin? Is it Penn State? No, it's undoubtedly the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. While Michigan State doesn't have...

Blind Resume! YOU choose your Top 10 Michigan State Spartans from this century

While gathering the info I needed to create the list of top 10 Michigan State Football players from this century, I came across a common problem: who makes the cut? Who was really worthy of this list? And while you think it would be easy to...

Matthew and Kelly Stafford give back to hurricane relief efforts

As we all know, the Detroit Lions recently signed quarterback Matthew Stafford to a five-year $135 million deal, and he is already putting part of it to good use. While Stafford's wife, Kelly, was working the phones at the Local 4 telethon, the newly crowned...

Top 10 greatest Michigan State Football players of all-time

Last week we listed the 10 greatest Spartan football players of the 21st century. This time we are busting open the history books, blowing some dust off some of the names, giving them a bit of a spit-shine, and bringing them to the forefront. To...

Three (plus one) takeaways from the Lions’ HUGE win over Cardinals”

The Detroit Lions began the 2017 season with a 35-23 comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals from Ford Field. And while it was far from pretty (which, let's be honest, is usually par for the course for the Lions), Detroit roared back with 20...

3 takeaways from Michigan State’s 28-14 win over Western Michigan

NCAA Football: Big Ten Championship-Iowa vs Michigan State
On Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans defeated the Western Michigan Broncos 28-14 at Spartan Stadium, securing their second victory to start the year, and putting themselves two-thirds of the way to their 2016 victory total of three. It seems clear that these Spartans are...

3 Keys for a Michigan State victory over Western Michigan

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Notre Dame
While it took a little over a quarter of play for the Spartans to gain their footing against Bowling Green, once they did they cruised to a 35-10 victory. But if they start slow this week against the Western Michigan Broncos, they might find...

3 Biggest takeaways from Michigan State’s 35-10 victory over Bowling Green

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
Michigan State began the 2017 College Football season with a 35-10 win over Bowling Green State, and while it was not pretty to start, the Spartans were able to gain their footing and enjoy a relatively easy second half. As you would expect in...

Top 10 Michigan State Football players this century

Let's be real here, as a fan of Michigan State, the 21st century has been pretty good to us. We've got countless Final Fours and a National Championship on the basketball court, and on the football field, we've seen numerous winning seasons, a couple...

LOOK: Justin Verlander has goodbye message for Tiger fans

You're hurting, I'm hurting, heck I'll bet Justin Verlander and Kate Upton are hurting. But this is a part of sports we have all dealt with again and again.  Luckily in this day and age, players are able to connect with fans and in...

Lions lose key starter for Week One; cut running back

NFL: Combine
While the Detroit Lions were busy getting their 53-man roster complete to start the upcoming NFL season, Sam Martin, the fifth-year starting punter for the Lions, found out he will start the season on the non-football injury list. This is not exactly new information,...

3 Reasons why Michigan State will steamroll Bowling Green

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
Well if it ain't about damn time. We are just a couple of days away from the Spartans (and the rest of the college football world's) kickoff to the 2017 college football season. And to get your mouth even frothier, here are three reasons why...

JUST IN: Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote passes away at 90

Jud Heathcote, former head coach for the Michigan State basketball program, has passed away at the age of 90. Jud roamed the sideline for 19 years as leader of the Spartans, from 1976 until 1995. From 1983 on, one of his assistants was current...

LOOK: 2008 Detroit Lions NOT the worst team in last 30 years

Recently ESPN's Aaron Schatz released an article on the greatest NFL teams over the last 30 years, not surprisingly you have to be an ESPN Insider to view it. However, he also dropped a new list, the worst NFL teams over the last 30...

On this date: Gordie Howe is inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame

The late great Gordie Howe, on this date, August 24th, in 1972, was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, only one year after he hung up his skates for the first time. In a rare move by the hall, the selection committee decided...

WATCH: Nick Castellanos rips inside-the-park home run

Let's face it, the Detroit Tigers are not good. At 54-70 on the season, tonight's 13-4 defeat at the hands of the Evil Empire (the New York Yankees, for those unfamiliar) also gives the Tigers a losing record at home (30-31). There was one bright...

REPORT: Detroit Red Wings captain hints at retirement date

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will most likely not play out the final years of the 12-year $73-million contract he signed in 2009. In an interview with Sweden's Radiosportens, the 36-year-old winger stated just as much. Zetterberg’s salary will pay him $7 million this...

Top 13 greatest Detroit Lions of the 21st century

As we slowly make our way towards the upcoming season, I thought it would be fun to pick out the 10 greatest Detroit Lions of the 21st century… I was wrong, this was a pain in the ass. So, what did I do? I...

The Perfect NFL Roster: ESPN’s Barnwell Uses Two Lions to Complete Team

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions
To keep things fresh while getting geared up for the upcoming NFL season, ESPN's Bill Barnwell decided to field the perfect 53-man roster while staying under the $167 million salary cap.  There are big names, like Tom Brady and Odell Beckham Jr., as well...

Detroit Lions should make play for Lynch – No not that one

With the Detroit Lions losing two key defensive players in as many days, and questions already surrounding the depth of the defense, changes will need to be made. Especially if the Lions plan on living up to the lofty expectations of the upcoming season. With...

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