Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dantonio's Message Will Only Mean Something If MSU Beats Michigan

One of the things Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio does very well is measure his words.
He always seems to be in such control, and it does appear to be a reason why his team has responded accordingly on the field.
Dantonio has a 6-2 record mostly with John L. Smith’s one- and two-star recruits because the Spartans don’t tend to beat themselves. They play with poise. He makes excellent use of his one great player, Javon Ringer. Dantonio gets the most out of what is a limited defense in terms of size in the front seven and speed in the secondary. The Ohio State game, honestly, just couldn’t be helped at this stage.
But when it comes to Michigan, Dantonio just lets loose. I think it’s humorous, and good for the rivalry. There is also some tangible benefit for MSU. The Spartans’ collective psyche when it comes to Michigan is not good. The hypersensitivity of Sparty is ridiculous. Seems like Dantonio senses this and his message is about not being intimidated in the least by Michigan. And it’s a good message for MSU - with one very important catch: Dantonio must deliver come game day.
Especially this season when the Wolverines have been so inept.

Random Thoughts

- I have been skeptical about the Rays since the start of the postseason, but they certainly have proven their doubters wrong. I do think the Phillies will capture the World Series, though. Philly’s bullpen, which has been incredible, will be the difference. It will take seven games.

- The Sporting News college basketball magazine is out and has Michigan State ranked fifth nationally and former Orchard Lake St. Mary’s star Kalin Lucas listed as a second-team All-American. That’s high praise, but I see both the Spartans and Lucas proving worthy this coming season. Just have a feeling the Spartans will be part of the Final Four at Ford Field.


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