Friday, January 13, 2017

Fire Tom Anastos. Immediately.



UPDATE (1/15): After this past weekend, MSU has now lost 9 in a row, is 4-15-1, and outscored 43-18 over that period. 

Rarely does the ES post about the Spartan ice hockey team, but now is the time.  Sorry, this is an ugly post, but my Green & White pride demands it.

TOM ANASTOS SHOULD BE FIRED.  NOW.

This evening, at the $20 million restored Munn Ice Arena, MSU got whipped again, 5-2, against mighty Penn State.  Sorry, coach, the restoration was NOT a "game changer" with you in charge. MSU is now 4-13-1 overall, has not won in its last 7 games, being outscored 33-13 in that period of time. Can we reach our 10-23-4 record from a year ago?  The ES doubts it.

My, my how the mighty have fallen.  Let's share some comments from the master to prove the point.

The ES with Ron Mason, Dec 2015
In mid-Dec. 2015, the ES went to Reno's and it just so happened to be the Tom Anastos show.  The ES bellied up to the back bar instead of listening to Anastos' drivel...  guess who popped into the seat next to him?  The late, great Ron Mason - greatest collegiate hockey coach of all-time. Here's where the conversation went:

ES: "Howdy, coach! Welcome back to town! We miss you."
RM: "Thanks so much. It's good to be back, although it's a little cold."
ES: "No shit. Aren't you down in Florida these days?  What're ya doing?"
RM: "Yeah, I'm off West Palm Beach.  I've got a fishing boat and go deep-sea fishing every day."
ES: "What do you catch?"
RM: "Maybe some swordfish, [some other fish I can't remember].  I couldn't do it when I was working, but I do it every day now."
ES: "Awesome. Take advantage of retirement. What do you think of our hockey team these days?"
RM: "It's sad and unfortunate.  To see that program I helped build up to be one of the best year-in-year out, and now that legacy is ruined. I'm glad to be fishing."
ES: "I couldn't agree more.  I miss your teams. You been to Munn since they redid it?"
RM: "It's great.  Too bad we don't have a hockey team good enough to deserve it.  We don't even fill the place any more."
ES: "I know. When you were coaching, I had to scalp tickets to get in.  Maybe we should just talk about fishing?"

etc, etc.

Uhhhhh, yeah.  Ron Mason is turning in his grave right now seeing how this hockey team is stinking it up.  I have had several conversations with a few other Spartan hockey alumni who believe the same thing.

*ES at the MSU/Minny game
on the glass, Dec. 9
Let's just consider the home games this season:

Oct. 21. Denver. L, 1-2. Attendance: 5,419
Oct. 22. Denver. L, 1-3. Attendance: 3,003
Oct. 28. Princeton, W, 6-2. Attendance: 3,079
Nov. 4. Michigan Tech. W, 3-2 OT. Attendance: 3,339
Nov. 5. Michigan Tech. L, 1-5. Attendance: 4,038
Nov. 10. Ferris State. L, 1-4. Attendance: 3,169
* Dec. 9. Minnesota. L, 2-4. Attendance: 5,869
Dec. 10. Minnesota. L, 2-4. Attendance: 5,420
Dec. 18. Northeastern. L, 2-6. Attendance: 3,536
TOTAL: 2-7. Score: 19-32. Average Attendance: 4,097

Of 6,450 capacity at Munn, the Spartan hockey team is averaging 63.5%... or, with an average ticket price of $15 (between $10 and $22), that's a loss of an average of $35,295 per game.  Under Mason, the Big Green Hockey Machine was sold out for 323 games in a row (from 1985 to 2004).

And, in the Pairwise rankings, Michigan State is ranked #50 out of 60, behind #49 Arizona State, #48 Colgate, #47 Sacred Heart, #45 Mercyhurst, #44 Bentley, and our mighty #35 U.S. Military Academy (Army).  Thank the Lord we are ranked ahead of #55 Alabama-Huntsville (for now).

Don't wait until the end of the season, Mr. Hollis.  This team is getting worse, not better.  Unfortunately, the Anastos hire did not work out - he should have stuck to pushing papers.  Why wait?  This marriage is over.

So, who would be interim coach?  Get a player to coach the team; or,  Kevin Miller, since he's in town.  Or, anyone named Miller.  Good God.

Sharpen that axe and let it fall.  It's time to start OVER.  Immediately. It's embarrassing.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Speciality environment losses pile up


OK, the ES loves Mark Hollis with respect to him scheduling all these "specialty" games at unique environments.  But, at this point, they are a guaranteed loss.  Today's hoops game between Michigan State and Penn State was ugly.  "Bucket List"?  Let's take a look...

Tie - The Cold War (ice hockey in Spartan Stadium, world record crowd. MSU vs UM).  
Loss - Basketbowl (basketball at Ford Field, world record crowd.  MSU vs Kentucky). 
Loss - The Big Chill (ice hockey at Michigan Stadium, world record crowd. MSU vs UM).  
Loss - Carrier Classic (basketball on USS Carl Vincent.  MSU vs UNC).  
Loss - Armed Forces Classic (basketball in hangar at Ramstein AFB, Germany.  MSU vs UConn). 
Loss - At the Palestra (basketball at iconic arena in Philadelphia.  MSU vs Penn State).   

Is the ES missing something?



Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fire Dave Warner; Vomit to Jesus Harbaugh

Michigan State got its ass kicked by Penn State... Tyler O'Conner has graduated, thankfully, he is AWFUL and will go down in history as among the least effective QBs in MSU history.  I am so thankful this season is over.  Offensive Coordinator Dave Warner should be fired for his poor scheming based on the underrated talent - all year long. Yes, Warner should be given a pink slip.

Here he is, their savior, Jesus Harbaugh

But, I can't stand Jesus Harbaugh, crying after their loss to Ohio State.  He is a sissy.  And the scUM crowd are also crying like school girls.  How embarrassing. Grow up: Jesus is whining so much I can't stand it.  Here is my response: MAKE ANOTHER PLAY. Otherwise, shut up!

I can't wait for the opportunity to kick your ass next year, Michigan.  What an awful, arrogant nation. Excuse me while I go to the bathroom to throw up.

Just some reactions to Harbaugh's whining:





Rooting for the asteroid

MSU 3-8/1-7. #8 Penn State 9-2/7-1

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #54, Penn State #15

Saturday, November 26, 2016.
3:30 pm ET.
Beaver Stadium, East Lansing, MI

Weather: 41 degrees, partly cloudy, 11 mph winds
TV: ESPN.
Line: Penn State by 11 1/2

ES just had discussions with Joe over a possible tie in college football.  It can.  It is either a nuke or an asteroid hitting Columbus.  I'm rooting for the asteroid.   Or, it would be great to see these two thugs, Urban Meyer and Jesus Harbaugh, drop the gloves and have a slugfest at mid-field.




Oh, I'm sorry.  Back to MSU vs Penn State.  ES has been to State College, Happy Valley, whatever you want to call it.  About the most remote place on earth.  It's in the middle of nowhere, 60 miles from nothingsville.  The only thing to do is football.  And, that stadium is LOUD.

Fro the Peanut Barrel, the picks...

Jill picks MSU
Joe: MSU 19-17
Brad: PSU 28-17
ES sez:  PSU 38-20
Rick:  MSU 24-21
Phil:  MSU 21-14

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dance with the girl who brought you to the party


I'm pissed.

OK, I didn't agree with going for two.  But, it's ok - I accept it.  What I am NOT fine with, is that if you are going for two, give it to LJ Scott.  Give him the F*king ball.  It isn't rocket science.  It was a 17-16 game, MSU just scored... 4 minutes left... and...  Instead, the dummy, offensive coordinator Dave Warner, got cute and let Tyler O'Connor throw the ball.

Why?

It makes no sense.  Just none.  If you would have handed LJ the ball, he would have scored the 2-points.  Take a time out.  Think about it.  Get it right.  I don't care.  Just don't let TO throw it.  He's awful.

Don't you get it?  Are you half-blind?

LJ Scott had a career game. 236 total yards on offense - 160 on the ground, 76 through the air.  Give him the rock.  Shit, let LJ throw it instead of TO.

Dance with the girl who brought you to the party.  In other words, give Scott the ball.  Ohio State couldn't stop him.

Give him the damn ball.  Instead, Dave Warner pulls a play out of the damn John L. "Let me outsmart myself" Smith playbook with TO and the ball gets picked off.

Stupid.  Oh well, the team played hard and again the coaches screwed up.  I can't wait for this season to end.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Michigan State vs Ohio State in the Freezing Cold

MSU 3-7/1-6. #2 Ohio State 9-1/7-1.

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #60, Ohio State #2



Saturday, November 12, 2016. 12:00 pm ET.
Spartan Stadium,
East Lansing, MI
Weather: 38 degrees, snow, 22 MPH winds.  This is going to be awful.
TV: BTN.

Line: Ohio State by 25

Ohio State has no chance.  I feel for the Buckeyes, running into the Spartan buzz-saw after our demolition of Rutgers.

Skooz:  MSU 21-17
ES: OSU 58-10

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Spartans send historic program to history

Ohio State.  Penn State.  Watch out.

The Spartans' 49-0 performance against Rutgers over the most storied, historic football program sent shockwaves across the country.  What an incredible performance against a school that created the sport we know today as "college football."

Thanks, Big Bob. Or were you saluting the mighty Knights of Rutgers?

Wow.

Colar Kuhns was stellar leading the Spartans again, as the all-time Spartan passing completions leader was brilliant on a 5-yard pass in the flat to All-American wideout Darrell Stewart.  Brilliant. It  was the play of the game that secured the field position to ensure the mighty Scarlet Knights could not come back from the commanding 49-point deficit. While the Big Green punted on the next play (for the first time all game), the pass ensured the impending shut-out as an ending to the historic  match up.

You have to give Coach Dantonio credit.  This Rutgers team was by far the toughest team that Michigan State had faced all year.  The vaunted Knight offense amassed an astonishing 149 total yards on the day, including 40 in the air!  Their quarterback, Giovanni Roscigno, returned home to his native state to make his hometown of Warren proud with a pedestrian 6-of-18 effort (2 completed to the other team) to rack up those 40 yards (can you say "trailer park effort" three times fast!).  It was astonishing the Spartans survived the aerial assault.  Yes, this Spartan defense is for real: the bend-but-don't-break effort works, especially against top-shelf competition such as the State University of New Jersey.

Luckily, LJ Scott picked a good day to have his best performance of the season (122 yards on 20 carries)... otherwise, the Spartans likely would not have had a chance against the mighty NJSU footballers. For the first time this year, Coach Dantonio avoided using Scott on third downs (he ran only once on third down), thus letting him go nuts against the stingy Rutgers unit.

The game was an instant classic, and will be played on BTN and ESPN as "The Game of the Year" in perpetuity.  Let's be honest.  In 5-10 years, "Colar" will be among the most popular baby names as current young Spartan (and Rutgers) fans will name their kids after the walk-on QB's remarkable performance, remembering their place and time during his vaunted effort.

ES was impressed. As such, after the game, the ES rolled into the Peanut Barrel and challenged a significant donor to Rutgers that the Knights had 5 years to reach mediocrity: $100 or bust.  The clock is ticking.

Good luck and God Bless!  
And Michigan?  Huh, that team lost to a corn-field team in 1985 with Jesus as quarterback, and again Saturday with the same Jesus as coach.  LOL.

Next game:  Ohio State. The Buckeyes don't have a chance vs the Spartans this side of Toledo. Wow, are we rolling!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Michigan State vs Rutgers. TOILET SCUM BOWL.

Last week was the Toilet Bowl.  This week?  You know what happens after a sewage backup, and see all the SCUM - a.k.a. hair, pee, barf, & other crap within and around the edges?  That's this game.

MSU 2-7/0-6. Rutgers 2-7/0-6.
Sagarin Ratings: MSU #67, Rutgers #111

Saturday, November 12, 2016.
12:00 pm ET.
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Weather: 45 degrees, sunny, 10 mph wins
TV: BTN.

Line: MSU by 14-1/2 (really?)

ES sez:  Rutgers 27-25
Norm (PB):  MSU 17-10
Skooz (PB):  MSU 35-24
Staci (PB): Rutgers W by 7
Brandy (hottie at the bar):  We lose
Lucas (dude at the bar): MSU 28-13
Brock:  Rutgers 26-21
Rick: MSU 35-21

Saturday, November 05, 2016

TOILET BOWL Saturday: Michigan State vs Illinois


MSU 2-6/0-5. Illinois 2-6/1-4
Sagarin Ratings: MSU #61, Illinois #85

Saturday, November 5, 2016.
12:00 pm ET.
Memorial Stadium, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Weather: 60 degrees, partly cloudy
TV: ESPN News.

Line: MSU by 8 (really?)

Oh my, how the mighty have fallen.  We BIG GREEN NATION are playing at Noon today, on ESPN... News.  LOL.  'Nuff said.

Well, a six-game losing streak ain't much fun.  Today's game is do-or-die for a bowl; but we can call today's game the Toilet Bowl.  Whoever loses is the crap of the Big Ten this season.

Last week, the ES just didn't understand why coach D didn't start Lewerke - if there is one fault of Dantonio, it is that he is too loyal.  Lewerke moves the offense, he has better vision and makes better decisions.  The team gets a shot of jet fuel with him in.  Bummer for us, because...  with Lewerke out for the season with a broken leg, coach D doesn't have many options. However, Tyler O'Connor is not a winner.  He just cannot make the good throw and just can't get it done.  The offense is lethargic with TO behind center.

The ES would play Damion Terry the rest of the season; why not give him the work?  At least he has another year of eligibility.

ES sez:  MSU 38, Chief Illiniwek 28
Ronnie:  MSU 28-24
Brock:  Illinois 19-17
Rick:  MSU 31-21
Carly:  MSU 21-10

Friday, October 28, 2016

Jesus Harbaugh has another thing coming

MSU will be favored by 25-30 points. The Vegas pundits flipped the line, unknowingly. Just a glitch in the system in Sin City.


This is the greatest Spartan team ever. Talk about sandbagging? This is Clark Kent and James Bond wrapped into one - pure genius. Wait 'till the cape is changed! Gotta give coach Mark Dantonio credit - he really pulled one over - absolute genius. Dropping passes? Not converting third downs? Injuries? Brilliant! Couldn't be a better ruse. If I didn't know it, we'd be 2-5. Oh, but we are.


"Wow, we got them on the ropes. The Alabama game was part of the master plan," explained Coach D. "You haven't seen anything yet. We plan to stink it up so bad, people will be shocked with the win in the end." Coach D was referring to the 38-0 whitewashing in the Cotton Bowl as a seminal moment to turn the tide in the Spartans' favor to national prominence.


Sheer brilliance. And, I thought I had seen it all. Faking talent and poor play calling... missing Narduzzi... it all adds up.


"We have been working on trick plays all season," said Dantonio. "Plays such as off tackle-right, and the draw play. They've worked according to the master plan."


"We have the talent of this team underwrap all season, and on Saturday we are opening up a can of Whoop-Ass!" Dantonio then showed a Fed Ex receipt of his shipment to coach Jesus Harbaugh that listed a $17.99 pair of Depends and he was asked to defend his actions. "Just trying to be helpful as a fellow coach."


"In the spirit of sportsmanship, MSU will only play 10 players a side for the game to make it even," said Coach Dantonio. He announced the third string quarterback, Blake Elwerke, would start. "This year, we've particularly enjoyed burning redshirts [eligibilty] this year to create this curveball... now we're going to cut it loose! Seven of eight [MSU victories over Michigan] was just the beginning. Mike Hart knows what I am talking about. Make it 14 of 16 starting tomorrow."


Michigan State announced the anointing of the new college football God, and will roll out a red carpet emblazoned with the 49ers logo all the way to midfield. Spartan PA announcers will ask the fandom to "kneel for the great king of football, Jesus Harbaugh." as he enters Spartan stadium. Fans are expected to kneel and look to the skies for their savior. Harbaugh will waive a slight hand either way and proclaim this his day as conquering, much like Julius Ceaser entering the Roman Coliseum.


At the half, the Spartans stated they would serve Jesus Harbaugh steak and eggs in the locker room, with black-tied waiters pouring over his every move with Cabernet and cheerleaders at his whim. When asked the appropriateness of this move, Athletic Director Mark Hollis noted, "well, look to the skies! Our halftime show will have sky-painting welcoming the WalMart Wolverine Nation!"


During the conversation, Dantonio sat in a calm moment to discuss the need to construct a statue dedicated to Mike Hart on the MSU campus. "I tell you, he has done more for our football program in 7 years than anyone in the last 50. And, he's made me about $40 million. I'll pay to build the statue myself."


"I have to give Michigan credit for hiring an unproven coach like Jesus Harbaugh, who hasn't won anything in his life," said coach D. "As I recall, even his brother beat him in the Super Bowl, right? Gotta give Michigan credit for rolling the dice and paying him more than coach Saban before even winning a game."


"So, let's be honest. I feel bad for coach Harbaugh. He has tough shoes to fill - his predecessor, Brady Hoke, was 11-1 his first year... which supports how great Hoke was as a coach was to not score a TD and win " (relating to Michigan's 4-FG victory over Michigan State). "We will bring our humble shoes to Spartan Stadium on Saturday and pray for mercy. The players have been instructed not to run the score up on the mighty winged helmet."


Joe - UM 35-10 Noor - UM 28-7 Norm - UM 35-0 Skooz - MSU 38-31 ES - UM 35-13 ChiSpartan - UM 49-14

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Michigan State Spartans vs Maryland Turtles

#27 MSU 2-4/0-3. Maryland 4-2/1-2
Sagarin Ratings: MSU #61, Maryland, #71

Saturday, October 22, 2016.
7:30 pm ET.
Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
Weather: 51 degrees, windy
TV: BTN, should only be on the radio

Line: MSU by 3 (really?)

First - figure out the name to the stadium.  Byrd Stadium?  Capital One Field?  Maryland Stadium?  Gimme a break.

Second - as my buddy Spaz just put it "How much of the Sparty implosion is the delayed impact of Narduzzi leaving?"  Well, no shit.  This season has been an absolute turd on defense; no pass rush and a decimated linebacking corps = no defense.  These guys are so out of position, it's pathetic.

Third, last week, despite the unfortunate events I went through, I did note that coach D put Tyler O'Connor back into the game in the second half.  Why?  Whenever a team throws for 400+ yards, as MSU did vs Northwestern, it means you lose.  Only 51 yards on the ground?  What???  BUT, GIVING UP 54 POINTS IS PATHETIC.  TO NORTHWESTERN?  MSU STINKS.  Happy Homecoming.

This week, we are in College Park, Maryland.  Lovely.  I didn't know I was traveling to white-trash Melvindale.

Lovely College Park, Maryland.

They moved this gem from Dearborn Heights or Melvindale to College Park

Enough. Time for predictions from the Peanut Barrel:

ES - MSU 38, Maryland 31.
Skooz - MSU 41-37
Brock - Mary 66-15
Joe  - MSU 23-17

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Institutional Racism at MSU Homecoming

This post is different.  I'm sorry.  This is the worst post I have ever made.  I will discuss this publicly all week to share because it is too important. My buddies (Sloth, Bob, Rick, Joe, etc)  who were here this weekend understand.

#1. INSTITUTONAL RACISM


I have never, EVER, been so disappointed in my alma mater than this weekend.  Michigan State athletics decision-making was racist on Saturday, and it had nothing to do with football.

I met a friend last year, he has become one of my absolute best friends, he is from the Middle East.  Just a fun guy.  Let's call him Brian.   Well, Sloth gave Brian a ticket to the game.  His #1 goal in life is to be an American.  After this weekend at MSU, I wonder why he would want to be American.

Brian is an amateur photographer. Luckily for him, he has a beautiful system with a 12" lens, etc.  That likely is what threw the MSU staff off-kilter.  So, he went from one gate to the next at Spartan Stadium to ask about the credential necessary. He stated everyone was very friendly, yet it got to the point when one individual denied him entry because of his camera.  And then the police were involved. This is what happened, it is unacceptable behavior unless you are [I removed this per the request of that individual involved].   From Brian's account:

I told her multiple times about my intentions, and was understanding and willing to cooperate (not challenge them to get in), but was simply trying to understand the reasoning behind it, and get a full explanation. She repeatedly told me that “the lens is too big, that’s all you need to know, I do not need to explain any further and this conversation is over”. When I told her that “Well, that doesn’t help me understand why?”, she got intimidated, the first guy that came downstairs reached to his radio, and she started threatening me. "I will call the police if you don’t leave," and the police actually showed up in seconds. She recognized me from Gate G/H, she did not do anything to me, but simply escorted me from the lobby area.

The reason why she said "this conversation is over? I will call the police..."  My friend has a funny accent; he is from the Middle East.  RACIST.

Brian sent me a text message when I was in my seats, MSU up 14-7, stating he was "not allowed in."  I couldn't believe it.  He shared his reasons and I went downstairs to talk to an assistant for Spartan Stadium administration, "Kevin."  I was very, very angry. I informed Kevin of my disappointment at how Spartan Stadium staff marginalized my friend. My friend sent me a text message in the middle of our conversation, of which I shared with Kevin; he read it and appreciated the conversation.  I told him I was "extremely pissed off and disappointed."

My friend left and went to a local pub and sent me text messages as he was crying. Crying?  He wants to be an American. Notably, he does not want me to share this because he is afraid of repercussions. It's sad. I have informed him he should sue MSU.

What you are reading above about MSU is called institutional racism.  It is absolutely unacceptable and embarrassing.  This is a travesty.  I am appalled.

#2   HOMECOMING?  NOT.

You know what also sucks?  Is when your beloved city (City of East Lansing) tickets everyone who drives in to town because of "homecoming."  Big Bob and Michelle each received $35 tickets for driving up and spending their time and money watching the Spartans lose.  This is everything that is wrong about East Lansing.  What kind of welcome is a parking ticket?  It's cold.

Welcome to the People's Republic of East Lansing.

I HATE THIS CITY.  Complete lack of respect by decision-makers.  And racism to boot.  I need to leave the People's Republic.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Spartan vs Wildcats predictions

Gotta go 'gate with the boys and girls!  ES ugly prediction:

MSU finally wins, 22-20, on a safety in the 4th quarter. Brock sez NW, 31-17.

GO GREEN!

Friday, October 14, 2016

MSU vs Northwestern: Homecoming!

Nothing to report.  Nothing to say here.

Will provide unworthy comments between 8-11 am before this shit-heap tomorrow.


Sunday, October 09, 2016

Spartans lay a horrific turd against BYU


Was that Freddy or Jason at quarterback for MSU yesterday?  The performance was HORRIFIC.  Watching that game was like watching the Teletubbies.  Now that's a horror show.

I am going to throw up.

This is MSU's offensive offense.  
That was the most dismal, ugly, disappointing, shitty performance by a Michigan State offense since the second half of John L Smith's crap vs Notre Dame in the remnants of the monsoon we know as  Hurricane Katrina.

I've been at the Peanut Barrel today, asking people for adjectives to describe the horror show in Spartan Stadium yesterday.  Halloween themes keep popping up.

Tyler O'Connor at QB is the second coming of Andrew Maxwell.  The ES said earlier this year "don't worry he'll get better." I was wrong.  He's worse.  Lots worse.  In a word?  Absent.  He never showed up to work.  58 yards through the air.  What?  Maybe irrelevant is a better word.

The offensive line for Michigan State is... offensive.  It's awful.  That performance was the worst of an OL the ES has seen since Bobby Williams was coach.  BOBBY WILLIAMS.  This Spartan team couldn't block my dead grandma for crissakes.

I remember watching the movie Fargo.  There is a scene where the criminals shoved a dead body  into a wood chipper in the backyard, coloring the snow blood red.  6-of-14 on third downs, 206 total yards. Yes, that's our offense.

And on defense, Michigan State couldn't stop the Mormons.  BYU was 10-of-16 on third downs.  Game over.  The mighty Cougar rushing attack upped the Spartans 260-85 on the ground.  That's a throat-slitter.

You can't gussy-up a turd, and that was what MSU gave the fans yesterday.  A big fat sloppy pooper of a game.

Season over?   Yup.  Who needs tickets?

                                    BYU      MSU

FIRST DOWNS...................       24       13
  Rushing.....................       15        5
  Passing.....................        7        7
  Penalty.....................        2        1
NET YARDS RUSHING.............      260       85
  Rushing Attempts............       49       32
  Average Per Rush............      5.3      2.7
NET YARDS PASSING.............      138      121
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  18-29-0  13-21-1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      398      206
  Total offense plays.........       78       53
  Average Gain Per Play.......      5.1      3.9
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      0-0      1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     3-24     4-39
PUNTS-YARDS...................     2-82    5-189
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    5-318    3-190
Possession Time...............    34:34    25:26
Third-Down Conversions........ 10 of 16  6 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   2 of 4   2 of 3
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     3-15      0-0
PAT Kicks.....................      4-4      2-2
Field Goals...................      1-1      0-0
Points off turnovers..........        7        0





Friday, October 07, 2016

MSU vs BYU: Spartans v Mormons

Welcome Mormon Nation!  We hope you enjoy your stay in EL. 
(FYI - click on the link - one of the funniest videos EVER made.  Me and Chock laughed for hours.)

#27 MSU 2-2/0-2. Brigham Young 2-3
Sagarin Ratings: MSU #51, BYU #45

Saturday, October 8, 2016. 3:30 pm ET.
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing
Weather: 57 degrees, sunny
TV: ABC 

Line: MSU by 6 (vegasinsider.com)

OK - so here is the skinny on BYU: Jesus is Love.

What does Jeff Sagarin know that we don't?  Damn, sending us down the line to #46 was accurate last week as we looked lethargic - and were penalized for our play - against the Hoosiers.  Indy is good... but come on, they will lose by 28 to Ohio State. Thanks for the measuring stick.  We deserve to be #51 at this point.  Two weeks ago, in the AP Poll we were #8!!!!

MSU has lots of injuries on defense - we have replaced our entire LB corps, which was the best in the nation prior to the season.  That's hurt, and it shows with opposing QBs (prolific ones like BYU's who led a 700+ yard effort last week) taking advantage.   But, it's hard to conceive MSU lose three straight, IMHO.

ES sez - MSU 38, BYU 31.

Freep: MSU 30-24
DetNews: Charboneau, BYU 31-27; Changelis, MSU 21-10; Niyo, MSU 31-24; Wojo, MSU 34-32
LSJ: BYU 31-30
CollegeFootballNews: MSU 30-27
Vanquish The Foe:  good stuff, but not taking a stand?  Woosies.

Post Indiana vomit

MSU vs Indiana.  You watch it.

I am about to jump off a building.  We were screwed.  We played terrible.  Crap.  So much for the playoff.

To answer the questions posted by the ES last week:

  • Which team will show up? The 2012 Spartans showed up.  Can't finish. 
  • Will Tyler O'Connor show up? His real self did.  Tyler O'Connor just is not a playmaker.  It ain't gonna happen with him at the controls.  It does not help being handcuffed by the referees.
  • Will Dave Warner show up? Not in overtime he didn't - the questioning leading to a time-out (and visible frustration from Coach D), followed by a pair of sacks and a missed FG left a big turd.  O'Connor has GOT to throw the ball on third down - get rid of it, don't take the sack; and, well, Geiger - he Geigered it.  Warner had GREAT play calling on the final drive to put MSU in position to go to OT.  But, overall, fairly unimaginative. 
  • Will the defensive line show up? Not in the second half when it mattered
  • Who will show up? WHAT IS WITH ALL THE PENALTIES!!!!! I give up.  Look below.  


                                    MSU      IND
FIRST DOWNS...................       21       19
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   41-175   39-156
PASSING YDS (NET).............      263      281
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  35-21-0  28-17-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   76-438   67-437
Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............      1-1     2-31
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     1-23     3-90
Interception Returns-Yards....      1-0      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............   5-39.4   3-38.7
Fumbles-Lost..................      2-1      1-0
Penalties-Yards...............    11-98     7-60
Possession Time...............    33:34    26:26
Third-Down Conversions........  4 of 15  9 of 16
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   2 of 2   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      1-1      3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      0-0      2-9

Friday, September 30, 2016

#17 Michigan State at Indiana: A Whirling Dervish

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #46, Indiana #66

#17 MSU 2-1/0-1. Indiana 2-1/0-0
Saturday, October 1, 2016.
8:00 pm ET.
Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN

Line: MSU by 6 (vegasinsider.com)
TV: BTN
Weather: 63 degrees, 50% chance of showers

Depth Chart - MSU - Indiana

Which team will show up? Will Tyler O'Connor show up?  Will Dave Warner show up?  Will the defensive line show up?  Will the RBs block?  Who will show up?  Reschke is OUT, Bullough didn't even dress last week... wha????

After Wisky lit up MSU because of our MISTAKES, I don't know where to go or what to expect.  Indiana has, as typical, struggled against the sisters-of-the poor all year.  This time, let's wing this prediction like a Whirling Dervish


Da ES will be up in Mt Pleasant to tailgate and witness the End of the World, CMU vs WMU... but tuning in via B1G2Go, the ES will see the Spartan O-Line getting back to basics to dictate the game, and opening up holes for LJ Scott and Gerald Holmes.  Expect 175+ yards out of the two backs combined.  Also, expect the maligned d-line to push up front and stop the run.  Indiana has a prolific offense, as usual, but it is also prolifically mistake-prone.  Who is MSU?  Too tough to tell at this point.

Is the Big Green the brute that ran a 25-play drive over Iowa like a 26-wheeler over a Mac Truck?  Or, is this the Big Green playing like a scared kitten in a box with a rabies-infested Rottweiler?  This is more on Dave Warner and the offense.  Stat to remember: MSU is 13-2 since 2010 after a loss; ain't too shabby.

ES sez:  MSU 27-21 over Indy.

Peanut Barrel: Tom, MSU 36-24; Feather, MSU 35-17; Brad, Indiana, 31-17; Brock, MSU 21-17; Rick, MSU 35-21
LSJ: MSU 37-31
Freep: Solari,  MSU 27-21
The Spun:  MSU 31-23
Det News: Charboneau, MSU 30-21; Chengelis, MSU 24-17; Wojo, MSU 38-31; Niyo, MSU 34-21
SpartyMSU:  MSU 35-17
MLive: MSU 41-28
Athlon:  MSU 27-23
CFN:  MSU 34-23
Campus Insiders:  MSU 31-20
Winners And Whiners:  MSU by 7.5+
CBSSports.com:  5 of 7 pick MSU

Danger Will Robinson! S.O.S.???

If you saw the Spartans on Saturday, God Bless You. They sucked.  Made so many mistakes everywhere, extremely disappointing.  The ES' bud, Brock, threw out a 50-0 Wisky prediction about the game - and he was actually CLOSE.


It is only one game.  Is it an aberration?  Only time will tell.  But, there are lots of questions raised - particularly, in order...

1.  Tyler O'Conner.  He played AWFUL.  Andrew Maxwell-awful.  What took the cake was when he rolled right from pressure and did not see Donnie Corley FREE to the end zone on a post route (the other 75,000 people saw it), and instead checked down and threw a terrible INT in the short flat.  The ES threw up watching that.

2.  Tyler O'Conner.  OK, he deserves multiple mentions.  ES thought improvement - but his play vs. a redshirt freshman was embarrassing.  Can't find your tight ends? Jesus

3.  Dave Warner.  Worst game he called since... the Cotton Bowl.  Poor opportunities to throw the ball downfield.  Poor running plays - not enough trap blocking to open holes; Wisky made it tough, don't get me wrong... but lack of inspiration on the offensive line.  They looked lethargic.

4.  Defensive line.  Where were they?  Hardly any pass rush on their frosh QB?  Give me a break.

5.  MISTAKES!!!!  Spotting Wisky 20 points off turnovers (60-yard fumble return, fumbled punt at the 5 y/l, O'Conner INT at MSU 30 y/l... ugh).  You just can't do that.

6. Wisky 7-16 on 3rd downs, a diaper-dandy  (Horney-brook)16-for-26 passing????

Stripe out was tres cool.  The Spartans were ice cold.  Sucked. 

I stopped here because I couldn't take it any more.  We have lots of work to do to right this ship.

                                    WIS      MSU
FIRST DOWNS...................       15       21
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   41-122    27-75
PASSING YDS (NET).............      195      250
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  26-16-1  43-20-3
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   67-317   70-325
Fumble Returns-Yards..........     1-66      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............      0-0     1-13
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     2-37     4-70
Interception Returns-Yards....      3-8      1-4
Punts (Number-Avg)............   5-40.8   3-51.0
Fumbles-Lost..................      1-1      1-1
Penalties-Yards...............     7-67     5-35
Possession Time...............    32:48    27:12
Third-Down Conversions........  7 of 16  4 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   2 of 2   0 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      3-3      0-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     4-20     2-11


Friday, September 23, 2016

#8 Michigan State hosts #11 Wisconsin: Cooking Up Badger Meat

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #28, Wisky #29

#8 MSU 2-0/0-0. #11 Wisky: 3-0
Saturday, September 24, 2016.
12:00 pm ET.
Mecca: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI

Line: MSU by 5 (vegasinsider.com)
TV: BTN
Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy, wind 8 mph ENE

Depth Chart - MSU - Wisky

Injuries - Wisky.  Out - PK  Rafael Gaglianone; LG Jon Dietzen; RB Bradrick Shaw; LB Chris Orr; CB Natrell Jamerson. Questionable - LG Micah Kapoi; RB Corey Clement; RB Taiwan Deal.

Injuries - MSU.  None.  

STRIPE THE STADIUM!!!  EVEN SECTIONS WEAR GREEN.  ODD SECTIONS WEAR WHITE.

Wow, check out that injury list for Wisconsin, particularly on offense.  This is rough for a unit that had to come back from a 17-13 deficit to squeak by that upstart team, 0-3 Georgia State, last week at home.  Bucky Badger is hurting at the right time to meet the Spartoonies... but, Wisky seems to always bring their lunchpail when playing the Big Green.

Why in the good lord did ABC or ESPN not pick up a #8 vs #11 matchup?  Very odd, because it screwed up SpartanNation's plans for 'gating.  Instead, with a Noon kick, the ES is just gonna skate over to the PB for some common sense and meet up with the gang prior to the game.  So long as it pairs up with a scUM loss to Penn State, it actually might work out just fine...

Let's cut to the chase.  The ES wuz with Ronnie and Rick at the Peanut Barrel on Thursday when CNN's Ultimate Tailgate showed up.  It was pretty cool hanging with former NFLer Coy Wire (Stanford Cardinal, Buffalo Bills) We were put on the tube rebel-rousing about the food, the beer, and left the producers with a rowdy "Go Green Go White!"  You can tune into CNN Headline News' Weekend Express between 7 am - Noon, prior to kickoff on Saturday to see the ES and the PB in action.  Thanks, Joe Bell!

There's Joe Bell (far left), proprietor of Peanut Barrel yucking it up
with Mr. Clean, a.k.a. Coy Wire and the Ultimate Tailgate Crew...
A great visit, thank you CNNHL! 
ES Thoughts?  MSU is healthy, and was incredibly impressive at times taking ND to the woodshed on the ground.  However, if there is a strength of the beer-drinkers and hell raisers, it is their interior defense which is giving up 82.3 ypg on the ground, and just 3.3 yards per carry.  Meanwhile, LJ Scott and Madre London ripped through the Irish last week for 198 yards on 35 carries. Through the air, Tyler O'Connor played the best game of his career, going 19-26 for 241 yards and a pair of TDs.  He looked sharp, and added another 46 yards on the ground.  RJ Shelton came alive as his go-to receiver with eight grabs, but Donnie Corley (4-88) looked insane as the youngster with great hands.  Looks like a stellar receiving corps that will test the Badger defense. Overall, the Badgers are allowing just 261 yards per game.

Da Badgers benched their shitty experienced QB to start a redshirt freshman, Alex Horney-brook, who led the Big Ten West stalwart back from the jaws of defeat to UGA State.  That spells trouble for UW, in addition to all their injuries against a strong Spartan defense.  If we can keep the foot on the jugular, MSU should be able to press Bucky into some turnovers and keep them at bay much of the game.

Don't expect a lot of points in this game. Nearly everyone in human history is picking the Spartans to win this one... except for Brock (see below), who is busy drinking IPAs across the Upper Peninsula.

ES sez:  MSU 20, Wisky 17

Skooz (from PB), MSU 33-17; RGMIII, MSU 24-21;  Brock, WIS 50-0; Tom (PB regular), MSU 38-21

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: MSU 21-16
Madtown Badgers:  Nick, MSU 24-17; Rayan, MSU 24-14;
FoxSports.com: Feldman, MSU 17-9; Mandel, MSU 27-20
Freep: MSU 27-13
LSJ:  MSU 27-19
DetNews: Charboneau, MSU 27-13; Chengelis, MSU 35-13; Wojo, MSU 24-10; Niyo, MSU 23-17
BTN: Dienhart, MSU 17-13; Merriman, MSU 27-15; Yarina, MSU 23-19
ESPN: Bennett, MSU 21-17; Moyer, MSU 28-20; Murphy, MSU 24-21; Temple, MSU 17-14; Ward, MSU 20-16
CampusInsiders:  MSU 20-14
Athlon:  MSU 26-20
MLive.com: MSU 24-10
CBSSports.com: MSU 20-16
Sports XChange:  MSU 31-13
College Football News:  MSU 23-20
The Oklahoman: MSU 30-19
Chicago Tribune:  MSU 23-20

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Go Green! Go Rgmiii

Rgmiii is the best and he predicts the Michigan State Spartans win 24-21 this Saturday at Spartan Stadium
The ES with RGM-III... right after the CNN live spot from the Peanut Barrel!  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Best points of pavement-grading win by Spartans over Frigging Irish

My, oh my, there are few things better in life than watching the Michigan State Spartans destroy the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Under the arms of Touchdown Jesus.  Yes.

That's an Irish road we paved-graded
last Saturday
There was the ES at the altar, the Peanut Barrell, as he watched Madre London run straight through a gaping hole in the Irish defense, 73 yards to paydirt.  Jumping in the air with the rest of the Spartan brethren, screaming "run it down their troats."  Up 36-7, up by 29 points. In South Bend.  Jesus?  Yes. Or, for that matter, LJ Scott running 5 yards here, 6 yards there, etc..  Tyler O'Conner, as predicted, will be just fine.  An impressive, 19-for-26 with 241 yards in the air, 2 TDs, including several downfield 25+ yarders to RJ Shelton (8-80), Madaris(2-40) and incredible play by Corley (4-88).  Third down conversions?  MSU 9-of-18 (50%).  Wow.  Get the pavement grader ready this year.  We're back. 

Guinness can get you to 100, but it
won't help you beat the Spartans
Now, let's talk smack.  The Irish came into the game with their typical swagger, 80,000 under the open arms of God, expecting to revamp their failed crappy play at Texas (who lost at Cal 50-44 by the way). Well, Brian Kelly has his Irish boys consuming the Guinness instead of paying attention to the O-Line gap blocks that left wide open holes for the Big Green all day.  

Defensively, the Spartans played GREAT ALL DAY until they took the foot off the gas.  When you got a pig cornered, put a leg on the throat and stick the knife in real good - let the blood squirt all over.  Prevent defense NEVER works, surprised to see it out of Coach D. He should know better.  Still MSU amassed a huge lead on the road that was difficult to Fk-up. 

MSU's defense and offense combination was dominant enough for a 37-23 time advantage.  A 260-57 rushing advantage.  Dominant.

Although giving up 401 yards, most of those were after the Spartans were kicking ass by 29+ points.  The defensive line controlled scrimmage, and the LBs were lights out.  The secondary is rounding into shape, and the ES digs Darian Hicks and Chris Frey.  

Damn, we're fine. We've moved up to #8, and rightfully so.  MSU kicked ass! Bring on Wisky. 

Team Statistics (Final) 
2016 Michigan State Football 
#12 Michigan State vs #18 Notre Dame (Sep 17, 2016 at Notre Dame, Ind.)

 Team Totals MSU ND 
FIRST DOWNS 22 19 
   Rushing 
   Passing 12 14 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING 260 57 
   Rushing Attempts 52 25 
   Average Per Rush 5.0 2.3 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing 277 74 
   Yards Lost Rushing 17 17 
NET YARDS PASSING 241 344 
   Completions-Attempts-Int 19-26-1 20-37-1 
   Average Per Attempt 9.3 9.3 
   Average Per Completion 12.7 17.2 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 501 401 
   Total offense plays 78 62 
   Average Gain Per Play 6.4 6.5 
Fumbles: Number-Lost 0-0 2-2 
Penalties: Number-Yards 3-45 4-51 
PUNTS-YARDS 7-266 6-302 
   Average Yards Per Punt 38.0 50.3 
   Net Yards Per Punt 37.0 50.3 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS 6-383 5-276 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff 63.8 55.2 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff 45.5 36.8 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 0-0-0 3-7-0 
   Average Per Return 0.0 2.3 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 3-42-0 3-60-0 
   Average Per Return 14.0 20.0 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 1-0-0 1-30-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time 37:57 22:03 
   1st Quarter 8:46 6:14 
   2nd Quarter 9:15 5:45 
   3rd Quarter 9:52 5:08 
   4th Quarter 10:04 4:56 
Third-Down Conversions 9 of 18 4 of 11 
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 1 1 of 1 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-3 4-4 
   Touchdowns 3-3 4-4 
   Field goals 0-3 0-4 
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-11 0-0 
PAT Kicks 4-4 4-4 
Field Goals 0-0 0-0 
Points off turnovers 15 0