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Writer of all things college sports including, but not limited to, Michigan State football and basketball, college football in every facet, and hard opinions about the Big Ten and college sports in general. Also, an avid soccer and NBA fan with a deep knowledge-base that hopefully translates well to all of the fans reading. Thanks for the time and effort in reading my work! It means a lot to get the support for the thing I love most.

Longtime NBA reporter Craig Sager has died at 65

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Sadly, the NBA has lost one of its most iconic figures; Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager. https://twitter.com/Deadspin/status/809502474436562944 https://twitter.com/NBA/status/809501036469768192 Sager had been battling acute myleloid leukemia since his initial diagnosis in 2014. He had been admitted back into the hospital this November after public appearances at the 2016...

Top 10 games in the 2016-17 bowl season

The 2016 College football season is coming to a close. We had a lot of shocking finishes, dominant performances, and even a little controversy peppered in throughout the year. Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson performed up to expectation for most of the year on...

Doomsday Plan: Who would replace Jim Harbaugh if he left?

The overreaction of Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan for the NFL prompted a few questions. While unlikely, what would occur if the golden child left Ann Arbor? Who would replace him in the circumstance that he left? Below is a purely hypothetical list of who would be...

EMU OL Dan Samuelson sounds off on questionable NCAA bowl rule

The NCAA can have very questionable rules at times. Sometimes these rules either don't make logical sense, or are not described in the proper context. Eastern Michigan offensive lineman Dan Samuelson sounded off on a particular NCAA rule that forbid him from traveling with the...

The 2016 Spartans proved MSU is not as disrespected as they think they are

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. Michigan...

Navy still stands in the way of Western Michigan and a New Year’s Six Bowl

The Western Michigan Broncos have been a terrific story for the state of Michigan and college football in general. WMU has been rowing the proverbial boat all the way to an undefeated regular season and a chance to finish 13-0 heading into bowl season...

Report: NFL mulling Thursday Night Football cancellation

UPDATED: NFL is now denying reports of scaling back... (2:55pm 11/28/16) https://twitter.com/theScore/status/803326491471859712   ----------------------------------------- Original post: The NFL may be in the works to erasing one of its weekly events in the near future. Per a report by Mike Florio of NBCSports, the NFL may be considering a cancellation of...

Mark Dantonio may have sealed Michigan State’s fate with coaching decision

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. Michigan...

Who is Bruce Arena? A profile of the “new” leader for United States men’s soccer

COACHING PROFILE: BRUCE ARENA Born: September 21st, 1951 Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA Playing Career: 1968-1976 Coaching Career: 1973-Present Current Position: Head Coach, United States Men's National Soccer Team Playing History Youth Career 1968 - Hota 1969-1971 - Nassau Lions 1971-1973 - Cornell Big Red Senior Career 1976...

WATCH: Former USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann posts farewell video

Jurgen Klinsmann's reign as the manager of the United States Men's National Soccer team is over. Klinsmann in recent weeks had been maligned for the USMNT's less than stellar performance to start World Cup qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. Klinsmann was succeeded by...

W2W4: 5 must-see games to watch in Week 12

Last week proved no game is too small to overlook. Three top four teams got knocked off and the margin for error has never been smaller for the likes of Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma, and Clemson. Will there be another shocking upset? Will we see...

Voter who left Verlander off ballot: “I did the best I could”

A lot of controversy has shown up in the last 24 hours after news broke that two Cy Young voters had left Justin Verlander off of their ballots entirely. This revelation gave reasoning on how Verlander, with 14 first place votes, could lose to...

Twitter reacts (more like rages) to Justin Verlander Cy Young snub

Well... that wasn't the result we wanted, was it Tigers fans? Justin Verlander had himself a heck of a year and unfortunately received the short end of the votes in favor of former Tiger pitcher Rick Porcello. The reactions were across the spectrum after...

5 potential guest pickers for College GameDay at Western Michigan

College GameDay is a terrific program. The personalities are great and cohesive. Each segment is put in with a high tier of professionalism and terrific production value. Everything culminates in the coup de grâce of GameDay; the picks. Lee Corso dons the head/garb of...

Twitter reacts to College GameDay visiting Western Michigan

It is truly remarkable that the Western Michigan Broncos are so successful in 2016 that ESPN's College GameDay is visiting Kalamazoo this weekend. I personally cancelled my previous plans to take a once in a lifetime journey to Kalamazoo. The place will be rocking with...

Did Jordan Brand hint at Space Jam 2? (Video)

There aren't many movie sequels more coveted than a follow-up to the 1996 sports classic Space Jam. Fans had been hoping for years for a follow-up starring the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and even possibly Blake Griffin. Rumors had hiked up in the last...

Top Plays for Week 11 in College Football

Three of the four top teams in the College Football Playoff rankings lost this week. It was a weekend full of upsets, surprises, and some incredible plays. The daunting Wolverines got shocked by the power of the Iowa water tower. Clemson finally had their...

Oakland men’s basketball lands local TV deal

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies have had a fair amount of success in the sport of men's basketball. Head coach Greg Kampe has led the Golden Grizzlies to three NCAA tournament appearances in his 33 years at the helm (Oakland did not join Division 1...

Best of College Football: Mascots

Mascots are a unique part of the college sports experience. Programs can become defined by their mascots if they are popular enough: like the Seminoles for Florida State or the Buckeyes of Ohio State. These mascots are personificatIons of the team and the fan...

EDITORIAL: Can Western Michigan sustain success without P. J. Fleck?

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. We...

Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, can’t forgive himself for Malice at the Palace

The man formerly known as Ron Artest, is infamous in the city of Detroit. Not only did he play on the hated Indiana Pacers, he is also the figurehead of arguably the city's most infamous sports disaster: the Malice at the Palace. If you wish...

5 Programs WMU coach P. J. Fleck could leave for

Western Michigan Broncos head football coach P. J. Fleck is a very hot commodity right now in college football. He is drawing the same hype and praise that Chris Petersen, Kyle Whittingham, and Charlie Strong received before they moved to the Power Five. Fox...

3 biggest takeaways from Michigan State’s loss to Michigan on Saturday

Saturday sure wasn't the blood shedding that I expected. I'll go out on a limb and assume you all felt the same and had tempered interactions last week. Despite the loss and the aftermath of memes and internet mockery, there are some positives to...

Top 5 Plays ffrom Week 9 of College Football

'Tis the season for college football. The College Football Playoff rankings come out this week and we finally see the pieces shifting together. Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Washington continue to chug along as undefeated teams. Western Michigan seems to keep rowing the boat, possibly...

3 ways the Michigan State Spartans can shock the Wolverines

The Michigan State Spartans have a fat chance of winning their bout against Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines. MSU and Michigan fans alike seem to be in tentative agreement that this game will be a Lee Corso special - "closer than the experts think." What exactly can...

Michigan State football and Michigan basketball are one in the same

This may seem utterly absurd at first, but these two programs are carbon copies of each other. My first reaction when the thought crossed my mind was that there was no way that these two are synonymous. Michigan State has had nothing but excellence in...

Top 5 plays from Week 8 of college football

What a weekend of college football yet again. MSU continues to freefall. Ohio State feels the power of the white out. West Virginia, Alabama, Michigan, and Western Michigan continued their undefeated seasons in emphatic fashion. Here's another five plays from an ever-evolving 2016 season: 5....

Congress to review “obsolete” sports gambling laws

In a major turn of events for gambling in sports, ESPN has reported that a congressional committee is starting the process of reviewing a 24-year-old prohibition on sports betting. Their review would also include enveloping all forms of gambling and addressing the role of daily fantasy...

W2W4: Top 5 college football games to watch in Week 8

Week 7 of the college football season was full of surprises and shocking finishes. NC State gave away an upset of Clemson with a missed field goal. Ohio State just barely escaped with their record unscathed in Madison. Alabama took care of business as...

Longtime Detroit Free Press sports writer Drew Sharp has died at 56

A major loss happened earlier this morning for the Detroit sports media family. Drew Sharp, a longtime sports contributor for the Detroit Free Press, died in his Bloomfield Hills home early Friday morning. No cause of death was released as of the writing of this...

Best of College Football: Cheers and Chants

College football brings out the most visceral and riveting circumstances in all of sports. Nothing brings the sheer energy of college football to light better than a momentous third down stand or a long first down to sustain a long drive. The bands come...

Former Pistons star Rasheed Wallace authors powerful Flint Water Crisis letter

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Rasheed Wallace has never shied away from voicing his opinion. Whether it was getting tossed out of games due to a technical foul or making pre-game guarantees, 'Sheed was relied on to give an unfiltered and real reaction to what was going on. He...

Best of College Football: Rivalries

Rivalries are the backbone of the college football landscape. Nothing brings two fan bases together more than an in-state battle for supremacy or the struggle to get into a conference title game. Some rivalries are newer due to the shifting sands of conference realignment...

Top 5 Plays from College Football’s Week 7

Top teams clashed in Week 7 of the college football season. Ohio State went on the road for their toughest test of the season. Alabama steamrolled a fortunate Tennessee Volunteers team. And the boat kept rowing in Kalamazoo as the Western Michigan Broncos shut...

Akron took a swipe at Western Michigan’s motto, pays the price

Western Michigan have really made a name for themselves in 2016. P. J. Fleck's ingenious branding of the "Row the Boat" phrase now is carrying weight nationally as the Broncos continue to play at an elite level. Western alums, players, and coaches all have...

Top Plays of College Football’s Week 6

78-0. That's a Big Ten conference game final score. Tennessee almost came back from a porous first half again. Alabama took care of business yet again. Schools that had success the year before continued to struggle as well. Storied programs like Texas, Notre Dame,...

PREVIEW: No. 4 Michigan Wolverines @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights

(4) MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) @ RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) WHERE: High Point Solutions Stadium - Piscataway, NJ KICKOFF: Saturday, October 8 @ 7:00 p.m. ET TV/RADIO: ESPN2/Michigan IMG Sports Network (Check local listings) GAMETIME FORECAST: Morning showers w/ steady rain through the day, 70 degrees...

PREVIEW: BYU Cougars @ Michigan State Spartans

BYU COUGARS (2-3) @ MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (2-2, 0-2 in Big Ten)  WHERE: Spartan Stadium - East Lansing, MI KICKOFF: Saturday, October 8th  @ 3:30 p.m. ET TV/RADIO: ABC/ESPN2; Spartan Sports Network (Check local listings) GAMEDAY FORECAST: Sunny & 60 degrees w/ winds at 14 MPH BETTING LINE: Michigan State -6 OVER/UNDER: 49 The Spartans have...

5 for 5: Top 5 Plays from Week 5 of College Football

Week 5 brought with it a sense of real purpose. Three top-10 matchups were played and many teams showed whether they were really pretenders or competitors. Michigan and Wisconsin duked it out in Ann Arbor, Clemson and Louisville had an ACC shootout, and Washington...

Broncos HC P. J. Fleck to U-M and MSU fans: ‘Come to Kalamazoo for the WMU night game’

The coach of Western Michigan is a very enigmatic man. P. J. Fleck has already started the "Row the Boat" craze that has made WMU a recognized football brand. He also has a real way of drawing people into a game that isn't even...

Who’s got it better than the state of Michigan? Nobody!

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. We...

LOOK: Michigan football uniforms get ‘Oregon’ makeover

"On Saturday, Oregon will wear uniforms that look like actual Ducks. That got us thinking: What if Oregon was in charge of revamping some of college football's most iconic unis?" That is the question posited by ESPN on Friday as they did a featured piece showing illustrations...

Petition created to bring College GameDay to WMU-CMU game

Football is really blooming here in the state of Michigan. Aside from the typical performances from Michigan and Michigan State, the directional schools in the state are doing stellar as well. Western Michigan and Central Michigan have been particularly impressive; beating the likes of...

Top 5 Plays from Week 3 of College Football

Week 3 of the college football season saw some heavy weight bouts between top programs. Lamar "Action" Jackson ran the Florida State Seminoles out of the 'Ville. Ohio State went down to Norman and proved just how far apart OSU and Oklahoma really are...

Penn State is making a grave mistake by honoring Joe Paterno this weekend

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. The...

LOOK: LSU alternate throwback uniforms are straight golden fire

The LSU Tigers hadn't started the 2016 college football season on a high note. An embarrassing loss to Wisconsin was followed by murmurs yet again for the firing of head coach Les Miles. It seems the folks in Baton Rouge need something to raise...

Top 5 plays from Week 2 of College Football

The second weekend of the college football year was supposed to be a pretty boring one. No Top 25 bouts and no clear upset matchups either. Well, after Saturday's games down in OK State, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Fort Worth we had plenty of...

Top 5 Plays from Week 1 of College Football

The first week of the college football season sure was a doozy. Many games were either close or broke expectation. Top 25 teams dropped left and right while some outright struggled against inferior competition. We saw the Cougars rise, and the Tigers fall. Wisconsin...

Top 5 college football broadcast teams

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. College...

6 Schools who have NOT benefited from conference realignment

With the newest college season on the horizon, we decided to re-analyze the biggest catalyst of college sports in the last decade; conference realignment. On Saturday, we showed the Nation a handful of schools who have fared very well since the crashing waves of realignment...

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