Sunday, November 19, 2017

Graham Couch LSJ: "Spartan Stadium crowd was disappointing" - GET WITH THE CROWD

Worst weather ever.  EVER .  Snowglobe. 
This is what I sent to Graham Couch of the LSJ today, someone who I respect... but I think he needs a few more years in his gut first after reading this crap. My response - DON'T YOU DARE MESS WITH THE MSU FAN BASE. GET YOUR ASS IN THE STANDS FOR 4 HOURS LIKE ME.

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I did my best. I stayed until 4:30 in the 4th quarter and was frigid and shaking with freezing bones and arms.

I don't appreciate your comment about the Spartan fan-base. You should have been with me the whole game instead of in your cozy box. Your writing is disappointing. I tried. I was there.

Why don't you come stand with me for 3 hours the next time and get soaked in rain FIRST and then watch the temps dive below freezing and the winds pick up? I had Spartan friends fly in with their kids from FLORIDA to watch this game and they left early. You are disappointing with your comments. I throw the blame back on you for even stating as such. How DARE YOU bring up the fan base. Get your ass out of the press box for 4 hours and in the stadium. That's BS. I'm very very upset with what you say.

If we were #1 in the country playing Alabama, that stadium would not be half full. No way, the weather was AWFUL. Get out of your comfort seat for 4 hours and join me next time. That is my invitation to you. See you in Florida where it is warmer.

Yes, I am going to put this on my website and criticize you - it's just not fair. Your statement is biased and privileged. 

If you were to first, be like us, then criticize us. That's fine. But with your report - You have no right to say that. I will blast you on social media. Take me on - it's fine. I have no problem.

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Freezing our asses off.  Why bother in 124?  Deeter.
I'll be damned if I was gonna leave.  
Colder than a ticket-taker's smile at the Ivar Theater on a Sat night

Friday, November 17, 2017

Enlightened Preview: #17 Michigan State vs. Maryland

#17 Michigan State vs Maryland Trailer Park
East Lansing, Michigan

November 18, 2017.  4:00 pm ET.
TV: Fox

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #28, Maryland #74
Line:  MSU by 16

Comments:  Maryland is on their 4th quarterback.  Sorry, but game over.  After burning the tape last game, it's time to hit the reset against an offense that couldn't down a whiskey-shine in a shit box.

Predictions:
  • Sloth: MSU 6-0
  • Big Joe and Phantom 309: MSU 44-17
  • RGM3: MSU 35-10
  • Debbie Does Texas: MSU 37-21
  • Chris Zeck: MSU 2-0.  Walk off safety!
  • Brock: Bad weather tomorrow. I’ll go with 14-10 MSU.
  • PB crowd:
    • RAIDERS Ronnie - MSU 34-14. MSU will score on every offensive possession (include FGs)
    • Raiders' better half Mackenna - MSU 28-21
    • Skuz:  MSU 34-17
  • Gregger:  32-17 Big Green TD Machine
  • Antioch C: Home game...mad about last week....running game will get going...sans fumbles... - MSU 24 & UMD 10
  • ASHE Jeremy: Bad weather? We got this. 19-18
  • Aussie Paul: MSU 56-0
ES sez:  Turtles: Go back to your trailer park.


Final score: Senior Day 31, Trailer Park 13. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Enlightened Preview: Spartans at Buckeyes

Welcome to reality Oscar Meyer
#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

November 11, 2017 - VETERANS DAY
11 CT - 12 ET

TV:  Fox
Sagarin Ratings: MSU #22, Ohio State #6
Line: Ohio State by 15-1/2

Comments:  Thank you Vegas for poster board material!  Even the Buckeye-faithful think the bookies are smoking crack.  Best bet in America.  Dantonio has his team on a roll... watch out. The end.

Predictions: 

Debbie Does Texas: MSU 34-21
Sloth:  MSU 12-10
Grand Valley Greg:  OSU 34 - MSU 17
Gobble Gobble Turkey: 17-9 MSU
Oakland Ronnie: 31-17 MSU
Big Joe and Phantom 309: MSU 35-OSU 31
RGM3: MSU 24 Osu 21. Michael Geiger 2.0. Book your hotel stay. We going to Indy
Aussie Paul:  MSU 36-0

ES sez:  Doubting is done.  Buckeyes be done.  Follow the lead of RGM3: we going to Indy.  Another last second TD - and PAT - wins.

Buckeye Masters 27,  Ohio State 26.  

Monday, November 06, 2017

Photologue: MSU v Penn State

Photologue from Saturday, starting with the game winner...

The winner.  Clock says :02.  Brilliant

Isn't she freezing?  Fox tailgate

Before the storm

Real fans - diehards return

Blurry is accurate

Just a great football game to watch.  Brutal

Yup, we were right on top of the action.  Very loud.  

Incredible effort by the Big Green.  On the way to victory.

Score and kickoff... Cold, wet, fun!!!!  LOUD!!!

Bring it.

BRING IT.  GO GREEN.


Stats don't lie: Lewerke is rocking

Let me share with thy mine age.

The last two weeks, Brian Lewerke has been on fire.  On fire.

He is 72-of-113.

No, that is not a typo.  He threw 113 passes in the past two weeks.  He has 1,014 yards in total offense.

Huh?

In the 1987-88 season, MSU won the Rose Bowl, defeating the University of Spoiled Children twice that year.  That year - THE ENTIRE YEAR - Spartans through the air were 71-of-144 behind the leadership of Bobby McCallister - Andre Rison.

Lewerke has thrown for 845 yards... in two games.

Consider 1997.  And 2007.  Check this out - per game averages below. 



Sunday, November 05, 2017

Thank You Penn State

The Penn State offense at Michigan State
This is why you play the games.  Big Green up to #13

The ES has been to 1,000+ football games, but this was up there - top 10.  Screw the weather, enjoy the moment. That :49 drive was perfect.  Perfect.  The good Lord could not have scripted it better. Speaking of Him:

Thank you for lightning.

Thank you 400+ yards back-to-back, Mr. Lewerke.

Thank you for the cold, wet Novembers of mid-Michigan.

Thank you for ouzo.

Thank you for allowing our coach to dominate you.

Thank you for the Spartan Fight Song.

Thank you for witnessing complete control over a game.  Control.  This was a gift for you to learn how to coach a football game.  You are welcome.

Thank you coaching up 2-star recruits.

Thank you Michigan, Penn State, and Iowa.

Thank you for you and your dialed-in Vegas connections on a spank-down: NOT. 

The Pennsylvania State University: You are always invited.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Enlightened Preview: Spartans to upset Penn State

 #24 Michigan State (6-2, 4-1) hosts #7 Penn State (7-1, 4-1)
November 4, 2017, Noon
Spartan Stadium
Weather:  37 and rain. Ccccccc-cold

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #26, Penn State #3
Line: Nittany JoePas favored by 10

TV: Fox

Predictions: Debbie Does Texas: I believe in miracles, MSU 21-20
RGM3:  MSU 31-28, upset time
Chef Tom: I'll be there to witness MSU win in a surprise blowout.
Aussie Paul:  42-0 MSU.
Keith:  35-31 green
Turkish Gobbler Brock:  3-0 MSU
Big Joe and Phantom 309: 35-14 Penn State with little or no rain 24-14 MSU if torrential downpour
Grand Valley Greg: 35-28 MSU
Carly (I have no clue): 21-7 msu, I have no clue

ES sez:  Happy Valley is happy for a reason - there is nothing else within 300 miles of that place. Thank God we are home.  Defense wins this game - break out the long johns.

Upset City 15, Penn 14


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Enlightened Preview: Spartans at Northwestern

#16 Michigan State (6-1, 4-0) at Northwestern (4-3, 2-2)
Oct 28, 2017 - 3:30 pm
Ryan Field

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #26, Northwestern #34

Line:  Spartans favored by 1-1/2
TV:  ESPN

The ES is in DC for some meetings, going to a Gallaudet University (school for the deaf) Division III football game today.  Then, woop it up with the Spartan faithful at Capitol Lounge. 

Predictions:

Debbie Does Texas: 21-17 MSU
Minny Jeremy:  18-5 MSU
Aussie Paul: 52-0
Doc: In 78 I was at the game in Dyche Stadium. I think MSU won 52-3. Eddie Smith to Kirk Gibson all day long. They give us trouble. Though it is the site of John Ls comeback. 26-22 Sparty. Wierd game. Hopefully Terry Handratty, I mean our QB won't slip & fall on the train platform.
Chef Tom: Was at Dyke in 83 when the Spartans provived the Cats with their 29th, record breaking, consecutive loss.
Big Joe and Phantom 309: 37-24 MSU
Reno Ron: Sparties 24 - Mini Ditkas 10
Keith the Shrimp: 28-13 green. More solid d.
Sluggo:  17-13 MSU

ES sez:  Rough, and tough, and ugly... but another win:  Sparty wins, 17-16



Monday, October 23, 2017

Tom Izzo in court; MSU FB fave at N'western


All is right, or strange with the world.  This is for those not on Twitter...

scUM loses again, hammered at Penn State and is knocked out of the AP Top 25 under the tutelage of Jesus Harbaugh.  Now Freep is picking up on the Mike Valenti Show, in which for two years he has ripped that Harbaugh is no deity.  Freep is a little late to the show.

But, now this:  coach Izzo on the Judge Mathis show.  OK, strange it is.  Welcome to the working week!  Pssst... #16 Big Green TD Machine an early 1-1/2 2 point fave at N'western this week.

No keys to the Pope here... Must've been a summer's day off for Tom.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Enlightened Preview: MSU hosts Indy

#18 Michigan State (6-1, 3-0) vs Indiana (3-3, 0-3)
Spartan Stadium
East Lansing, MI
3:30 pm, ABC-TV
75 (wow!), partly sunny

Sagarin Ratings:  MSU #24, Indy #46

Yes.  LJ Scott will play.  He is an idiot, but he paid his fine.  ES bets he sits the first quarter.

Predictions:

Big Joe and Phantom 309: 35-24 MSU. It's going to be a beautiful day for football!
Debbie Does Texas: 34-21 MSU
Aussie Paul: 28-0 MSU
Carter: 31-24 MSU
Keith: 34-10 MSU
RGM3: 31-14 MSU

ES was out too late last night whooping it up at the Spartan hockey game (6-4 victory vs Western!). So, let's make it a clean sweep for the Spartans: Fumbleitis LJ Scott 30, Fumbleitis Indy 20.

FYI - Yes, Huddersfield Town defeated Manchester United, 2-1, for first win over Man U in 50+ years.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Big Green moves up. All is proper in the world.



It is all proper.  The world is now spinning squarely on its axis.

AP 25


RKTEAMRECPTSTREND
1Alabama(61)7-01525
2Penn State6-01432 1
3Georgia7-01417 1
4TCU6-01322 2
5Wisconsin6-01241 2
6Ohio State6-11184 3
7Clemson6-11117 5
8Miami5-01109 3
9Oklahoma5-11066 3
10Oklahoma State5-1900 4
11USC6-1886 2
12Washington6-1811 7
13Notre Dame5-1798 3
14Virginia Tech5-1727 1
15Washington State6-1578 7
16NC State6-1573 4
South Florida6-0573 2
18Michigan State5-1563 3
19Michigan5-1558 2
20UCF5-0387 2
21Auburn5-2303 11
22Stanford5-2274 1
23West Virginia4-2157NR
24LSU5-2108NR
25Memphis5-162NR

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Enlightened Preview: Rodents v Sparty

They like snow and meat in Minny

#21 Michigan State (4-1, 2-0) vs. Minnesoter (3-2, 0-2)

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #22, Minny #54

October 14, 2017. 8:00 ET/Fox
TCF Stadium
Colder than a ticket-taker's smile at the Ivar Theatre on a Saturday night, Minnesota
Weather: 61, rain/thunderstorms, 8 mph wind SE
TV: BTN

Line: MSU favored by 4

Here we go. Crunchy's is a useful place for foaming at the mouth. What shall thy say?  Minnesota is seeking its first win against the Spartans since 2009 and its first win against an AP-ranked Michigan State team since 1962.  Minnesoter has too many lakes, too much cold... but it hain't snow today.  It's to be a monsoon.  The ES don't know anything about Minnesota (link here).  Got nothing.

Predictions:
  • Mike Valenti: MSU, but "I'll take the points (Minny)"
  • Mark Feather: 27-21 MSU 
  • Dianne DuBay Ford: No prediction but I’ll be there!! 
  • Debbie Chang: 24-16 MSU
  • Paul Anders: 35-0 MSU 
  • Chris Zech: 31-17 MSU... After further consideration of tomorrow’s potential monsoon, I am revising my prediction to: MSU 20 Gophers 7 
  • Steve Sundeen: 34-10 MSU 
  • Ronnie Maxedon: 24-17 msu 
  • Jeremy Hernandez: MSU in a blowout. Minny is one dimensional imo, all run. MSU stops the gopher run attack and they win. 
  • RGM3: 24-14. Those mother f*ers don’t stand a chance  
  • Chris Carter: Ok...I've been way off the last two weeks...thankfully so...this one I hope to get right...MSU 24 Minny 10 
  • Keith Cambier: Tougher than it should be, 12-10 green. 
  • Big Joe and Phantom 309: 10-9 MSU 
  • Scott Hirko: Anyone have 11-5? 
  • Dave Smigielski in the rain: 17-3 
  • Chris Hock: we should have been at the cal game tonight. It's a good one.
ES sez:  Remember last week?  MSU 14-10


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Valenti calls it like he sees it: Dantonio outcoached Harbaugh


Mike Valenti does it again.  Another beautiful, straight-talkin', high-fiving, wake-up-call, reality show about coach Dantonio owning Harbaugh and Jesus Harbaugh's inability to win the big game.  (revisit 2015).  A few good points:  Yes, coach D does more with less, and outcoached Harbaugh. MSU was ready, and is 8-2 of the last 10.  At this point in his career, Harbaugh has the same record as did Brady Hoke (24-7), who was fired.  The delusional narrative out of Ann Arbor.  Harbaugh is 1-4 against MSU & Ohio State.  And, he is being paid $9 million with a pair of $1 million assistants.

Just pointing out the obvious.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Paul Bunyan returns home to EL

Yup. That is correct and official. Welcome home, buddy!
Once again, thank you Mike Hart.

Big Green is #21 and should be ranked ahead of that scUM we beat at craptown on Saturday. OK, bare with me.  The ES has not showered since Friday because of that dominating performance against the bastards from AA.  It's important to wear this victory a bit longer. Coach Dantonio has performed some good coaching jobs in his tenure... but this one against Jesus Harbaugh ranks at the top.  Coach D had a steady hand on the tiller through a driving rain storm - allowing Michigan to make the mistakes... and they did: 5 turnovers.  Good solid defensive effort by MSU.

The Spartans came ready to play.  Witness coach D's reaction after the game - go to 3:45:10 until a about 3:47:10 and turn up the volume.  Listen to this thing of beauty. Two minutes of sheer joy. He did not directly respond to a single question from the reporter and instead lectured her about the bus ride home. It's an absolute classic. "Let me tell you something about this bus ride home." And then he brings up Sherm Lewis for chrissakes. Incredible - unless you are a diehard Spartan, you got no idea. The ES has watched this 50 times today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeL4fQ9nV04

What say you?

Best call?  Well, there were several, particularly on defense.  However, the ES is going to point to the fake sweep reverse screen pass for a TD (go to 1:45).  You want perfection?  That was probably the best and most gorgeous screen the ES has ever seen.  Not only did it baffle scUM defense, but there was a convoy in front of Madre London with noone to block. Wow.

Yesterday, watching the Lions game at Reno's... and color commentator (and former Cowboy and Syracuse Orange) Darryl Johnston mentions "what about the Michigan State and Michigan game last night???"  WOOP WOOP!!!!!

It was an incredible game. In a monsoon in the 3rd quarter, MSU did what it needed to with a 14-3 lead: they held onto the ball.  scUM did not.  We deserved that win. Played really REALLY hard. Good good football. As good as it gets. Coach D was a genius yesterday - absolute master. One of his greatest coaching jobs.

Joe Bachie, B1G Player of the Week, played like a man possessed vs scUM
Who was the player of the game? While Lewerke played very well at QB for the Spartans, Joe Bachie (#35) was EVERYWHERE on defense, with 10 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and an INT in the monsoon.  Awesome performance.  He played deep safety on the last play of the game and recorded a PBU, knocking the ball down.   He is easily the B1G Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Get this - on the season - he already has 44 tackles, 2 sacks, a fumble recovery, an INT, a forced fumble, and 2 PBUs. What???? 44 tackles? Jesus, he is on pace to have 120 tackles this year. What????

It's amazing how Mike Hart's "little brother" comments continue to haunt scUM.  Nearly every year, the same thing, a victory over the little people from Ann Arbor.

Post-game press conferences are a must.  Jesus Harbaugh showed why yesterday.  The $9 million man was morose.

Always remember: "The pride comes before the fall."  Thank you, Coach D.

Next up:  a tough roadie at Minnesota (3-2/0-2), which lost 31-17 at Purdue on Saturday.