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The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

Letter to President Obama: Three years ago you presented North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony. Tobacco Road rivals -- indeed, the basketball nation -- united in applause. The proclamation recognized Smith’s...

Regis Cavender found end zone and place in history

Regis Cavender found end zone and place in history

Fifty-years ago fate tapped Regis Cavender on the shoulder more than once. It’s the reason he is one of those rare athletes rightly forever famous for one play. He scored Michigan State’s only touchdown for a 7-0 second-quarter lead when the Michigan State and Notre Dame played...

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 Biggest Game of the Them All

The Biggest Game of the Them All

This is part of series 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 homecoming week on Oct....

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...

Rooney Rule vs NFL Symposium

Rooney Rule vs NFL Symposium

Click here: This story is the Epilogue chapter from the book Raye of LightRaye of Light with Foreword by Tony Dungy  ...

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Jimmy Raye coached 37 years in the NFL. He worked for 10 different teams and helped several players get to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he had never been to Canton, Ohio, for an enshrinement ceremony until last weekend.Sitting in the crowd, he listened as former Bucs coach...

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...

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

The story of Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship football teams will be told in documentary form later this month in Traverse City."Men of Sparta," a film by former MSU fullback and Hollywood actor Bob Apisa, will debut July 31 at the Traverse City Film Festival....

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,...