Monday, March 30, 2009

Sparty On

As everyone in my church knows, Michigan State is heading "home" to Ford Field for the Final Four after beating overall number 1 seed Louisville 64-52 yesterday afternoon.

After MSU beat Kansas on Friday night, Gregg Doyel of CBS Sportsline wrote an article about how tough, but untalented the Spartans are. He "praised" them for being a scrappy, untalented, overachieving team of spare parts. Michigan State was gritty on Friday night, Doyel said, but would be completely overpowered by Louisville.

Doyel's article began this way:

That's a bad Michigan State team right there, which means the opposite must be true. That's a very good Michigan State team right there. Emphasis on the word team. Because the Spartans, who just beat Kansas 67-62 on Friday night to reach the Elite Eight, don't have a lot of talent. They certainly don't have NBA talent. They don't have Louisville talent. They don't have Elite Eight talent.

Yet here they are in the Elite Eight, preparing now to play the top-seeded Louisville on Sunday for the Midwest Regional championship and a spot in the Final Four--in Detroit of all places. Imagine that. Imagine this Michigan State team in the Final Four in Detroit, little more than an hour south of the Spartan's campus in East Lansing.

Imagine this Michigan State in a Final Four ... anywhere.

This is not a Final Four team, which means Michigan State's next game is its last. Michigan State can't be Louisville. You know it. I know it. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo doesn't know it, but that's the genius of Izzo.

And Doyel had this to say at the end of the article:

If Izzo had Morgan and Roe at full strength, he would have a scary team, a team capable of beating Louisville and then anyone who came up against it in the Final Four. But Izzo doesn't have Morgan and Roe at full strength, which means he has no answer for Louisville's Terrence Williams and Earl Clark. Suton can handle Samardo Samuels, but who handles Williams and Clark? Nobody. That's who.

So Michigan State can't win that game.

Did I mention that Michigan State beat Louisville 64-52?

"Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions" (1 Timothy 1:6-7).

Sparty on.


CathyWe said...

I hope he is enjoying that crow he is eating. Perhaps a little garlic or ketchup?

I love reading your blogs, and I am keeping Matt, you, and all family and friends in my prayers.

May God Bless You All.


PS I am a recently returned Christian, trying to learn all I can, so I don't post on the regular posts. When I hear those people comment I know I am not even close to their league. I am just a disabled accountant,and am losing function in my hands and arms, so typing is really difficult! But know that I am always here in spirit. :)

R.D. Potter said...

I don't think Gregg Doyel's article after MSU won was quite as apologetic as it needed to be.

gatogordo said...

love the quote from Paul.

sportscasters and the weatherman...idle babblers!

Hayden said...

My favorite two teams are Duke and anyone that doesn't allow UNC to win a National Championship!!! Go Sparty, go Huskies, go Wildcats!

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