EAST LANSING – That first public exhibition is more about the first look at the new guys than anything — even when a senior star shines, as Denzel Valentine did Tuesday with a triple-double — and Michigan State’s made early impressions.Eron Harris with a fall-away jumper. Deyonta Davis with blocked shot, pinned against the backboard. Matt McQuaid with a slick pass for a Davis basket.All three of these players, designated as they are for key roles this season, gave a glimpse at why in the first few minutes of a 94-53 exhibition game victory over Northern Michigan at Breslin Center. And they joined their teammates at times in demonstrating why Tom Izzo has said he needs more than two exhibition games to get prepared for a season.
Looks like the Spartans are off and running as they start the 2015-16 season with an exhibition game against Northern Michigan. Coach Izzo may have all the pieces he needs to make a serious run at a national title. He’s got solid players returning from last years’ squad that made it to the Final Four in Valentine, Forbes, Costello, etc… In addition, he has some promising freshman in Davis and McQuaid as well transfer Harris to contribute. We will have to see how this team progresses as the season moves along.
The College Football Playoff committee has spoken on Michigan State, and the message is: We’re so-so on the Spartans.MSU came in at No. 7 in the initial CFP rankings, released tonight on ESPN, as will be the case each week until the four-team playoff is decided by the 12-member committee Dec. 6.The Spartans (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) were ahead of other unbeatens in No. 8 TCU, No. 9 Iowa, No. 13 Memphis and No. 14 Oklahoma State, but behind one-loss teams in No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Notre Dame.Ohio State, No. 1 in the AP and coaches polls, starts at No. 3 in the CFP rankings. Clemson is No. 1 and LSU is No. 2, with unbeaten Baylor at No. 6. MSU, which plays Saturday at Nebraska, travels to Ohio State on Nov. 21 in the game that could decide the Big Ten East and produce the league’s top contender for a playoff spot.
I think any team that beats the teams on their schedule and is unbeaten should not be penalized for that. The fact that one-loss teams are ranked ahead of the Spartans is ridiculous. This adds to the train of thought that the Spartans get no respect from the National media. It shouldn’t matter who you play and how much you win by. All that should matter is at the end of the day, you’re still unbeaten. If a team is playing a weak schedule and compiles wins is one thing, but the Spartans are not playing a weak schedule, so they don’t deserve to jump over by one-loss teams.
It’s about time the Fords did something. The long time Lion fans deserve a team that is a consistent winner and contender for a championship. There are no other fans deserving more of a competitive football team than the Lion fans. Finally the holdovers from the Matt Millen regime are gone…..We all know how Millen managed to disguise himself as a GM for years. Think of this: the Lions are one of four NFL teams who have never appeared in a Super Bowl! The other teams being the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is really pathetic considering the other three teams are basically expansion teams and the Lions are one of the charter members of the NFL.
Finally, the ownership in Detroit is taking action on cleaning up the mess in the front office. Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand have been fired. I sincerely hope the Fords find competent replacements for both.
Tiger fans may have something to look forward to next season as far as their pitching staff is concerned. #Pitching was the major reason for the decline of the Tigers this past season as their staff was abysmal to say the least. Right-hander Montreal Robertson has been a bright spot in the fall season. He has been outstanding.
Scottsdale, Ariz. — As far as the Tigers are concerned, one of the biggest success stories of this Arizona Fall League season has been right-hander Montreal Robertson.“He’s a good story,” said Tigers minor league pitching coordinator A.J. Sager.Robertson, a 6-4, 205-pounder whose fastball is hitting 97 mph, has allowed just two runs and six hits in 82/3 innings this fall. His WHIP is 0.69 and he’s struck out six with no walks. This from a guy who was stunned speechless when he got the call that he’d been invited to play in the league, which showcases the top prospects in baseball.