Uh, No.

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I’m just going to say it this once and then be done with it, but organized labor (unions) and college football have no business together.

This is bad, bad news for college ball and all college sports really. College football isn’t professional football, and that’s why I love it. The NFL is fine and I like it, but I love college ball.

Let’s fix the current problems without adding a permanent problem we’ll never, ever be able to get rid of.

End of rant.

And it begins… sort of.

Ohio State v Michigan State

I believe today is the first day of Spring Camp. That means the Michigan State Spartan 2014 football machine has been started officially. The Spring Game is a month away and then it’s the big shut-down over the summer, but still, it’s starting.

I love college football.

Go GREEN!!!

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Thinking Spring.

It’s been a long hiatus but even while March Madness is in full effect, my thoughts are already starting to turn toward Spartan Football. Don’t get me wrong, I love college hoops and all of the attention that Michigan State is getting, but football is my true passion.  That being said, LET’S BEAT HARVARD TONIGHT!  Go GREEN!!!

The Spartan’s Spring Game is set for April 26 at 2:00pm.  Hopefully winter will have vacated the premises by then but who knows.

Things I’m excited about for 2014…

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Connor Cook – Watching Cook develop in 2013 was amazing. Connor fought to win his spot and when he got it, he took it and owned it. He made mistakes but his ability to have short-term memory and move ahead as a leader was outstanding. Cook had 22 TDs against six INTs, and he improved the yards average to 7.25 (was 5.82 in 2012).  Connor has excellent pass touch, he throws on the run remarkably well and he leads the team with confidence and energy. If his rate of improvement in 2013 carries over in to 2014, the sky is the limit with this kid.

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MacGarrett Kings Jr. – (Singing Hawaii 5-0 theme music, which is awesome btw) I love this guy! If the Spartan Marching Band doesn’t play Hawaii 5-0 this season, I’ll be pissed. Kings had 43 reception for 513 yards and three TDs in 2013. Not mind-blowing, but very good. I like the way he works. He runs crisp routes, has great hands and runs hard after the catch. I just want him to see the end-zone a bit more this year.

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Tony Lippett – Lippett has been a solid WR for the spartans now for several years and he’s entering his senior year, so it’s time for Tony to peak. His growth last year was very good. It’s not that he had a ton more catches (36 to 44) but his average yards increased nicely (10.9 to 13.9); that extra three yards times 44 receptions is a lot of additional yardage. Lippett’s ability to catch the ball (a trying problem for Spartans in 2012 and early in 2013, so frustrating) improved throughout the year so much that by the end of the season, it was never really a question. I think Tony Lippett steps up this year with five TDs at least.

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Keith Mumphery – What-up Keif!?! How many times did I shout that at the TV last year? A bunch. His receptions actually went down (42 to 18) but what he did with the ball greatly improved. He average yards increased from 12.3 to 16.6 and he went from one TD to three TDs. His 72-yarder against Ohio State was trully glorious. Coming back as a senior, this Keif’s chance to make a permanent mark and get the NFL scouts looking his way.

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Jeremy Langford – Langford just kept getting better and better last year and his string of 100+ yard games was incredible. His ability to break off one long TD run in the fourth quarter to seal a game was magnificent. Jeremy had 18 TDs in 2013, I’m going with 20+ in 2014. Count on Langford to be more of a threat, and more of a game-breaker this year.

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Michael Geiger – What a freshman year! 36 of 38 for PATs and 15 of 16 for FGs. That is money right there. GEIGER! I love proclaiming his name while holding my fist in the air in a cartoon-like “Belvedere” kind of way, fyi. Geiger didn’t even play until the Notre Dame game, but once he got in he didn’t disappoint. In 2014, let’s see not one, not two but three 50+ yard FGs for GEIGER!

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Trae Waynes – Waynes just kept getting better and better in 2013 starting all 14 games, had 50 tackles and three picks. Keep in mind that QBs were often throwing away from Denard (No Fly Zone!) so Waynes saw a lot of action. His play against Ohio State and Stanford was incredible. As a redshirt Junior this year, it’s up to Trae to pick up where the 2013 Spartan secondary left off, and I know he can do it.

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Mike Sadler – Lastly, our heroic punter Mike Sadler. Sadler was MSU’s secret weapon in 2013 placing 43% of his punts inside the 20 and 32% inside the 10. And let’s not forget his three-yard run for a first-down on a fake against Nebraska. It was great but I thought he about got killed on that tackle, but apparently he’s tough too.

There is a whole lot more to be excited about heading in to the Spring, but these are my highlights. Can’t wait for college football to start. Let’s get to it.

Go GREEN!!!

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