As many expected, the Detroit Red Wings did add a defenseman before the trade deadline, however it wasn’t the one many folks expected it to be.
All morning long, Detroit appeared to be working on a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs for Dion Phaneuf which felt close to completion at times. When the sides couldn’t agree on the financials or other aspects of the deal, the Red Wings quickly moved on. Continue reading
Sunday night, the Detroit Red Wings decided they didn’t want to wait for Monday afternoon’s trade deadline to address at least one of their needs.
The Red Wings dealt defenseman Mattias Backman, center Mattias Janmark and a second-round pick to the Dallas Stars for forward Erik Cole and a third-round selection. Cole, 36, has scored 18 goals for the Stars this season, including one against Detroit not two weeks ago. Continue reading
On Thursday night, the Michigan State Spartans were abruptly stunned at home in overtime by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, ending their winning streak and injecting new fears of the tournament bubble.
The task doesn’t get any easier for the Spartans Sunday, as they must head to the Kohl Center in Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. All season, Wisconsin has been the class of the entire league, and can wrap up the regular season title with a victory. Nothing would thrill Michigan State more than to ruin that plan. Continue reading
The Michigan State Spartans won another game they had to on Sunday night, outlasting the Illinois Fighting Illini on the road to the tune of a 60-53 win. The victory helped nullify an earlier loss to Illinois at home.
Next up for Michigan State is a visit from the Minnesota Golden Gophers, a team with a sub-.500 Big Ten record, but plenty of reasons to put a bit of fear into the opposition with several scorers. Continue reading
Maybe I’m simply a hockey purist, but in the old days, there was something to be said about a good, old-fashioned regular season tie.
After laying it on the line for three periods and overtime, both teams got to feel like they came away with something. In plenty of battles, it’s was the only just way to decide a tough game. Giving both teams something to feel good about following a game that had gone the distance was a perfect solution.
But, in their ever-infinite wisdom, the NHL had to change things in the name of excitement and excitement only. Give the fans more goals and breakaways, they said. They’ll be happy, they said. Continue reading
Fresh off three of their most exciting, sound victories of the year, the Michigan State Spartans have gained new momentum and new life as crunch time begins to hit college basketball in late February.
Mentally and physically, they seem a long way removed from a tough loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini just a few short weeks ago. Sunday, they’ll get to prove that by going on the road to take on an Illnois team that’s in desperate need of impressive resume building wins just like the Spartans themselves. Continue reading
After the Detroit Pistons swung a deal for Reggie Jackson on Thursday, many people wondered what the team could possibly be thinking.
Jackson, disgruntled in Oklahoma City, was one of the bigger names available, and certainly a player few thought would be accessible or of nessisty to a team like Detroit. But somehow, Stan Van Gundy managed to package Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin, a couple of spare parts, to get him in the fold for the rest of the season.
In a two-for-one, it’s easy to label the team handing away two players as the obvious loser. Certainly, Singler and Augustin are quality players that can help the Thunder in their push to make noise in the playoffs in an expanded role. Though injured, Detroit already has Brandon Jennings on the roster, which could complicate matters in the future. Continue reading
For those who were expecting the semi-quiet day Stan Van Gundy appeared to promise in Auburn Hills as the NBA trade deadline ticked down, surprise!
The Detroit Pistons were actually one of the most active teams in the league, pulling a stunner and dealing for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, one of the bigger names available on the market. Going the other way were D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler. Continue reading