MSU And U-M More Equal Than Separate
There was a lot of whining from Michigan State fans last week after the Spartans lost to Michigan. About how the team was rundown because of sickness, and how the loss, really, didnt mean much. In truth, all the Spartans presented for the loss were excuses. They didnt suck it up the way Tom Izzos teams usually do. The Spartans did not show up. The result was a defeat that makes Michigans resume appear nearly as impressive as the Spartans at this late point. State had a chance to crush U-M. The Spartans did not do it. They showed no killer instinct. Shame on so many of Michigan States faithful for not being honest about it. They almost sound like Wolverine football fans and their moaning after one of Michigans inexplicable poor efforts in an important late-season game.
- Henriks Zetterbergs injury may be a blessing in disguise. It will make certain he is rested for the playoffs. It may also insure the Red Wings do not face Calgary in the opening round as opposed to, say, Dallas. In my opinion, the Stars would be the Red Wings ideal opponent during the opening round.
- Dewayne White is a decent player, but isnt an upgrade from what James Hall presented to the Lions at defensive end, at least up until last season when he was injured. The Lions need speed off the edge. They need somebody who can get to the quarterback. They still dont have that player because White is not it. The Lions also badly need a middle linebacker.
- A team a lot of people, like Peter Gammons, are gushing about is the Toronto Blue Jays. I know this is the era when teams kind of appear out of nowhere, but I still see the Blue Jays being a shade behind the Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees and Red Sox in the American League. Want a sleeper? I like the Angels. I really like them if Bartolo Colon comes back strong. But thats a big "If."
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- Pat Caputo