Jeremy Sampson of WILX-TV fills in for Earle today. Yesterday was a big day for top recruit Jabari Parker as he verbally committed to Duke instead of Michigan State. Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated gives us a behind the scenes look of Jabari. Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News was in Chicago yesterday as well and gives us he perspective of Jabari and how it effects Michigan State.
The very sharp and funny Dave Akerly fills in for Earle today. Jabari Parker makes his decision today on what school he will attend. Will Michigan State land this high recruit? Mike Helfgot from the Chicago Tribune gives us the scoop on Jabari. Jermey Sampson of WILX-TV 10 calls in with his thoughts as well.
The voice of Michigan State hockey, Scott Moore, joins Earle to discuss all things Michigan State hockey. Lansing State Journal writer Brian Calloway calls in to discuss Men's basketball. Lastly, Geoff Kimmerly of MHSSA calls in to discuss High School sports.
MSU Women's Gymnastic's coach Kathie Klages joins Earle to discuss their upcoming season. Lansing State Journal sports writer Chris Solari joins Earle to discuss the upcoming MSU Alumni basketball game and the current MSU Basketball game.
Detroit Free Press writer Mark Snyder calls in to discuss the Michigan Wolverines basketball season and their upcoming Bowl game. Lomas Brown, a former NFL player and current ESPN Analyst, calls in to discuss the NFL and the Detroit Lions. Dave Birkett, also of the Detroit Free Press, joins Earle to discuss the Detroit Lions even further.
Detroit Free Press writer joins Earle to discuss his new book Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge. He also gives his opinions about the Lions and Pistons. Spartanmag.com writer, Rico Beard chimes in with his opinions on the Lions this season and as an organization.
Earle starts off with voice of the Lansing Lugnuts Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, as he talks about his new baseball book The Baseball Thesaurus, and the life of being a broadcaster. Earle also calls upon Detroit News writer Matt Charboneau, who gives some opinions on Michigan State basketball, in addition to other topics in the world of sports. Earle closes the show giving away tickets to Michigan State’s game versus Loyola Chicago, this Saturday at the Breslin Center.
Maximum Athletic Performance Trainer Steve Morgan joins Earle to discuss sports psychology and other topics in athletic training. Earle has open lines for the rest of the show, while taking ticket entries for MSU’s basketball game this Saturday versus Loyola Chicago.
Former MSU basketball player Travis Walton joins Earle to discuss what he is up to and his basketball camp for kids. Jarrett Bell of USA Today calls in to discuss the NFL. Other topics include Lions and High School basketball.
Assistant Coach of the MSU Men's basketball team Dane Fife joins Earle to discuss their season so far and their upcoming schedule. MSU Women's volleyball coach Cathy George joins Earle to discuss their upcoming battle against Michigan in the sweet 16. Lastly, Lansing Everett Men's basketball coach Desmond Fergoson joins Earle to discuss their first game of the season.
Detroit Free Press writer Perry Farrell joins Earle to discuss the 7 MAC teams who made bowl games. Executive Director of the Little Caesars Bowl Ken Hoffman joins Earle to further discuss the bowl games. Detroit News writer Dave Goricki also chimes in about the bowl games.
Jeremy Sampson from WILX fills in for Earle today. Mike DeCourcy, college basketball writer for Sporting News, talks with Jeremy about his recent Hall of Fame induction and analysis on the Michigan State Spartans. MSU hockey coach Tom Anastos joins Jeremy to close the show, talking about the upcoming game tonight against Ohio State with some team successes and challenges.
Voice of MSU hockey Scott Moore fills in for Earle today, and kicks off the show with MSU gymnastics coach Kathy Klages. Neil Koepke of msuspartans.com comes on to talk about the CCHA and surprises in the standings. Scott closes the show with MSU volleyball coach Kathy George, on her quest in the NCAA tournament and her eight-year tenure at Michigan State University.
Lansing Community College Mens' Basketball coach Mike Ingram joins Earle to discuss their season so far and what they need to improve on. Maximum Athletic Performance trainer Steve Morgan joins Earle to discuss the importance of working out during the Holiday's. Lastly, Lansing Sexton Men's Basketball coach Carlton Valentine joins Earle to discuss how his team looks heading in to the season.
On senior day for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Michigan State Spartans had one last chance to clinch a victory and attain bowl eligibility.
Michigan State started off the game strong with an interception at 12:11 in the first quarter, which led to a Dan Conroy 48-yard field goal.
Minnesota tallied an interception of its own at 4:43, leading to a touchdown and taking the lead 7-3. Dan Conroy hit another field goal to tighten the lead to 7-6 ending the first quarter.
The second quarter was scoreless until an intended Andrew Maxwell pass to Tony Lippett tipped into Bennie Fowler’s hands, leading to a 41-yard touchdown with only 1:28 left.
The Spartans led at halftime 13-7, as the half was highlighted by two interceptions from each quarterback. Leading the Spartans was running back Le’Veon Bell, who totaled 124 yards rushing in the first half.
The third quarter was highlighted by two Dan Conroy field goals, and a field goal for Minnesota making it 19-10. Highlighting the third was freshman Andre Sims, who had a career best 44-yard punt return to the Minnesota 7-yard line, which then was followed by a Dan Conroy field goal.
Michigan State added one more touchdown, and then ran off the clock for a 29-10 win. Le’Veon Bell finished the game with 266 rushing yards on 35 carries.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 6-6 on the season and 3-5 in the Big Ten Conference. Their potential bowl games include the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Little Caesars Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, or Heart of Dallas Bowl. This is the sixth-straight bowl season for the Spartans.
Happy Thanksgiving from SportsTalk! Today's show includes Lansing State Journal writer Chris Solari and WILX Sports Anchor Jeremy Sampson. Discussions include the Michigan State football team and the Michigan State Men's basketball team.
Adam Ruff from The Spartan Sports Network joins Earle to give his opinion on the BIG Ten expansion. It's Thanksgiving weekend which means more eating than usual. Steve Morgan gives his tips on how to eat and exercise better during the holiday seasons. Drew Sharp and Jack Ebling call in to give their final BIG Ten football game picks of the year.
EAST LANSING—After the Michigan State football team knocked off the Boise State Broncos under the lights in September, the No. 15 Spartan basketball team faced the men’s team of Boise, who came into the Breslin Center unranked and looking for an upset.
The game began with Gary Harris heading to the locker room early due to a shoulder injury. Adjustments were made, as the Spartans went with a smaller line-up of Russell Byrd and Brandon Kearney throughout the game. The first 10 minutes featured up-and-down basketball, highlighted by lead changes and fast breaks.
Leading the Spartans at the end of the fist half was Keith Appling, shooting 4-7 from the field with 11 points and 3 assists.
In the second half, the Spartan’s led Boise 56-54 with 9:19 to go, but Center Derrick Nix was given a flagrant foul coupled by a Tom Izzo technical foul. The refs gave Izzo the technical because of constant jabber throughout both halfs.
Boise took the lead back for the first time since the first half, knocking down all four technical free throws taking a 56-58 lead.
The Spartans rampaged back, with two back-to-back dunks by Denzel Valentine and Keith Appling, making it 66-62 with 3:20 to go.
Boise trailed 68-70 with less than a minute in regulation, until Keith Appling hit a lay-up while being fouled, giving the Spartans a three-point play. The Spartans clung to their lead and never looked back, defeating Boise 74-70.
This marked the 2nd meeting against Boise in 30 years for the Spartans. Appling played all 40 minutes while leading the Spartans with 22 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. The Spartans also finished 16-25 from the free-throw line. The Boise State Broncos stuck right with a strong rebounding Spartan team, totaling 24 opposed to the Spartan’s 28. Michigan State now improves to 3-1, with their next game against Oakland University Friday, November 23rd at Breslin.
Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News joins Earle to discuss the Big Ten expansion of Maryland and Rutgers. Associated Press writer Larry Lage calls in to discuss Lions, Tigers and Pistons. Other topics include student attendance at football games.
The Michigan State Spartans had their bowl bid hopes on the line Saturday, as they faced the Northwestern Wildcats at Spartan Stadium.
The opening Northwestern drive led to a field goal, tacked on by kicker Jeff Budzien. Michigan State responded tallying its first safety of the year, sacking quarterback Kain Colter with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
Both teams failed to score touchdowns in the first half. The Spartans were 1-4 in the red-zone scoring with a field goal, while Northwesterns’ one red-zone chance led to a field goal, as they led at the half 6-5.
The second half featured more scoring opportunities, as Andrew Maxwell threw an interception within the first minute that was returned for a Northwestern touchdown. Michigan State fired right back with a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, while successfully completing a two-point conversion to tie the game 13-13.
After more scoring from both teams, the Wildcats pulled away late in the fourth quarter with another Budzien field goal at 7:30. The Spartans could not answer, committing two turnovers with the remaining time.
Michigan State Dan Conroy set a record of 77 consecutive made extra points, tied for the most ever in Spartan history. Running back Le’Veon Bell, who had five 100-yard rush games leading up to today, finished with 133 yards on 32 carries.
The Michigan State Spartans have now lost their last five games at home this season by a combined total of 13 points. One more win would give them a bowl berth, as they face the Minnesota Golden Gophers next Saturday with their last game of the season.
With a bowl game on the line for Michigan State football, Earle invites Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp and Jack Ebling to make their Big Ten picks for the weekend. The crew also touches on the Detroit Lions troubles, as well as the success of Miguel Cabrera as the American League MVP. Earle opens the lines for callers to close the show.
With the turn of events in NASCAR, Earle calls on Terry Fitzwater for expert opinion on the races and more. Earle also gives away football and basketball tickets for the big games this weekend. Earle closes the show taking callers, and touching up on the Detroit Piston’s first regular season win this year.
The standings are close, with Jack Ebling leading Drew Sharp and Earle Robinson by two games in the Big Ten picks standings. Earle opens the show with the usual crew, talking about the big games in the conference this weekend. Earle also interviews Women’s head basketball coach Suzy Merchant, on their success as a team this year as well as some of the harder issues they have faced. Earle closes the show taking callers.