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Game of Century legend returns to East Lansing

Game of Century legend returns to East Lansing

Imagine if O. Henry was a football fan crafting modern-day twisting short stories on the game’s legends. Notre Dame’s Coley O’Brien provides a captivating narrative.It starts with his dramatic role in the 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State Game of the Century and continues through...

No comparison to Game of the Century talent

No comparison to Game of the Century talent

To understand how the Notre Dame-Michigan State Game of the Century was unlike any other with the grand moniker, start with the collective talent that fueled the chilly afternoon on November 19, 1966.Then move on to the controversial 10-10 tie. ... Click here for the rest of...

The night Don Behm flipped Bubba Smith in more ways than one

The night Don Behm flipped Bubba Smith in more ways than one

This is the first of a series of stories leading up the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century. The game was played Nov. 19, 1966 at Spartan Stadium, but the 50th anniversary game is Sept. 17 at Notre Dame. A 50th anniversary of the game will be celebrated during...

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Here we go again.USC and Alabama play Saturday night at Jerry’s World in Arlington, Tx. The encrusted myths encasing the 1970 USC-Alabama game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., are dusted off.Revisionist history in the media created this folklore among fans: Alabama...

Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

USC and Alabama play Saturday night at JerryWorld in Arlington, Texas. The encrusted myths encasing the 1970 USC-Alabama game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, are being dusted off.Revisionist history in the media created among fans the idea that Alabama coach Paul...

Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film Festival

Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film Festival

Click here for July 31 Free Press story on Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film FestivalA decade ago Michigan State’s aging players — aka the ‘Men of Sparta’ — gathered in a lounge at Spartan Stadium for the 40th anniversary of their 1966 Game of the Century with Notre Dame.George...

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

A key debate point among Pro Football Hall of Fame voters basically applies to any athletics hall. “Can you write the history of pro football without him?” With that frame-of-reference, I bring up Michigan State’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Two-time All-Americans George Webster,...

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

SEC and ACC football coaches who are howling over Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh’s upcoming spring football practices in Florida should be reminded there is precedent for a Big Ten school traveling to the South to enhance recruiting.The difference between now and then is when...

Hall of Fame honors Clinton Jones who in turn honors Michigan State

Hall of Fame honors Clinton Jones who in turn honors Michigan State

NEW YORK – Please indulge me for another story about the College Football Hall of Fame from the 58th annual National Football Foundation dinner on Dec. 8 at the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It’s part of a bucket list, but more on that later.Michigan State two-time All-American...

Clinton Jones blends Michigan State past and present

Clinton Jones blends Michigan State past and present

NEW YORK – Michigan State two-time All-American halfback Clinton Jones returned to the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday for the first time in 49 years.He traveled there as a national champion in 1966, and as a College Football Hall of Famer this year.Click here for the rest of my...