Rival hoopla game ends in favor of Spartans

Fat Guy Corner


The first Michigan and Michigan State basketball game of the season goes to the Spartans of MSU! Michigan State snapped the Wolverines’ 22-game home winning streak with a late Sunday afternoon 77-70 win.

The first half was an up-anddown the-floor offensive display and entertaining as heck. MSU hit 10 of their first 13 shots of the basketball game to quiet the Crisler Arena crowd. The Wolverines took the punch from Sparty, and yet, fought back to trail by a bucket at halftime. The second half became the Michigan State show and the demise of the Wolverines. The Wolverines did go up six points and had the momentum looking to bury the Spartans. However, a MSU timeout stopped the momentum and spurred a Michigan State defensive stand. The Spartans, in workman-like fashion, held Michigan to six points over a 12 minute span. In the final 15 minutes, MSU outscored Michigan 32-15. The Spartans were a solid 23/28 from the charity stripe while turning over the basketball only six times.

The play of Cassius Winston was rock solid scoring 27 points and played the entire basketball game. He was the Spartans’ leader by far with Nick Ward out with a fractured hand, which was a huge loss. I thought Michigan took numerous bad shots way too late in the shot clock. I thought they also played way too much one-and-one basketball offensively. I actually thought Michigan lost its poise in the second half. Credit the Spartans with a very gritty performance and proving why they have been an elite program in college basketball. It was a huge win and the rematch is not far off on March 9 in East Lansing. The question is, will Sparty sweep, or does Michigan even the season series? Stay tuned!

Shocking Patriots scandal

The Robert Kraft story was a prime topic as the New England Patriots owner is believed to be in a sex scandal. The charges are of the misdemeanor status, but I was shocked to see a man worth $6 billion paying for sex in a strip mall massage parlor! Come on, Robert, you can do better than that with all the cheddar you are worth! I am sure Tom Brady can find you someone to date! Just saying!

Back to biz for Pistons

The Detroit Pistons have come out of the All-Star break with a couple of victories. The “Stons” currently sit as a seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. When they want to play basketball, they are fun to watch. Let’s see how the month of March treats our boys from the Motor City! How about the Milwaukee Bucks with the best record in the NBA? How many of us would have picked Milwaukee at the beginning of the year? The “Greek Freak” is alive and well in Milwaukee!

Winged Wheels dealin’

The Detroit Red Wings made a deal at the NHL trade deadline and one before the deadline. In the trade before the deadline, Detroit dealt Nick Jensen, the defenseman, to the Washington Capitals, along with a fifth-round 2019 pick. The Red Wings received defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round pick. The move came as no surprise to me, as many teams were interested in Nick. Madison Bowey is a young defenseman and should become a decent Red Wing. The Red Wings dealt Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks for a second rounder in 2019 and a third-round conditional pick in 2020. The condition is, if San Jose makes the Stanley Cup in 2019 or re-sign Nyquist, the pick becomes a second rounder. I have to say, if Nyquist cannot score goals in that high-potent San Jose offense, it will be Nyquist’s fault. I mean, the Sharks score goals faster than I pound down six donuts and a large coffee. The Detroit Red Wings goalie, Jimmy Howard, rumored to be traded, stays put in Detroit! Jimmy is having a tremendous season. I am glad he stayed. I am happy to see Filip Zadina, the 2018 No. 1 pick called up to the Red Wings. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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