Monday, April 6, 2009

No Happy Ending

It's probably best to just not discuss the Michigan State-North Carolina National Championship game, right? But I can't help myself...Why wasn't Suton getting the ball every time down the court for the Spartans?

Update: Now that it's Tuesday and I have some distance from the game, I should add — as a few readers have — that it was an amazing year for the Spartans. They dominated two great teams in Louisville and Connecticut and provided something positive during a pretty bad stretch for Michigan and the rest of the country. And Flint's Tom Herzog, a 7 footer, got a minute of playing time and a blocked shot.


  1. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of this year's Spartan team was the question of who would step up and be the gamechanger/playmaker of any particular game. It seems as if every victory had a different hero--Lucas, Suton, Summers, Walton, Morgan, Allen, Green, Roe--each had their own "shining moment." You never knew who might bust out and have that career game. Unfortunately, in the matchup with UNC, no one got the "hot hand."

    I was at the Final Four game last Saturday (my son won two tickets) to experience the excitement of MSU's win over UConn. Izzo and the entire Spartan team deserve a lot of credit for a great season.

  2. No, its fine to talk about it. MSU had a great unexpected run to the finals. The Spartan fans should be proud of their cagers. Congratulations to MSU on your extraordinary basketball season.

  3. It sure was a fun ride, wasn't it? It was great to see a bunch of Michigan kids (along with a few Ohio and other midwest kids) get so far. How many North Carolina kids were from North Carolina? None that I heard in the pregame intro. It was a regional program vs. a national program. And if Izzo would have had more than a day to prepare, I think we would have had a chance.


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