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Traverse City Record Eagle story on Raye of Light

Traverse City Record Eagle story on Raye of Light

Thanks to Brett Sommers and the Traverse City Record Eagle for a story on Raye of Light.I always enjoy returning home to northern Michigan in the Lower Peninsula. On this trip, my daughter loved visits to Mackinaw Island and Sleeping Bear Dunes. She also caught her first trout...

Special honors represent best of past and present

Special honors represent best of past and present

Add another layer of green-and-white to the Waldorf Astoria's grand ballroom at the 58th annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner. And that’s before we know how football head coach Mark Dantonio’s promising ninth season in East Lansing unfolds.The NFF announced...

Michigan State foursome faced Tommie Smith and Charlie Greene

Michigan State foursome faced Tommie Smith and Charlie Greene

Michigan State football’s 1965 Big Ten and national championships will be recognized this fall, but let’s recall another Spartans' 50th anniversary. The spring feat has been overlooked but is worth remembering from June 1965. The scene was the NCAA track and field finals at...

Michigan State homecoming for Air Force coach and father

Michigan State homecoming for Air Force coach and father

Air Force assistant football coach John Rudzinski grew up under two strict rules in Green Bay, Wis., before he left home for the Air Force Academy. But the guidelines were unrelated to military academy preparation.His father, former Green Bay Packers and Michigan State...

MSU recent College Hall of Famers can thank Dantonio

MSU recent College Hall of Famers can thank Dantonio

Two seasons ago Jimmy Raye, Gene Washington, Clinton Jones and other Michigan State players from the Spartans’ 1965 and 1966 national championship era reveled in traveling to Pasadena for the Spartans’ 2013 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win over Stanford.Raye...

Montreal GM uses his Michigan State edge

Montreal GM uses his Michigan State edge

Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp enjoyed an edge spotting hidden Michigan State talent simply as an alum, but that is being chipped away with Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl victories and Top 10 attention. Popp, recruited in the George Perles era out of Mooresville,...

The Unintended Impact of concussions

The Unintended Impact of concussions

CTE joined the NFL alphabet largely through the deaths of football legends Mike Webster, Dave Duerson and Junior Seau and a $765 million lawsuit by former players, but fans still possess only limited awareness of concussions. They can gain much more knowledge about Chronic...

Sam explores history in city accepting trailblazers

Sam explores history in city accepting trailblazers

History often comes full circle, and Michael Sam signing with the Montreal Alouettes is yet another example.Sam joins the Canadian Football League franchise this week, a year after he was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams. The Alouettes have...

Jimmy Raye bio entering 39th NFL season

Jimmy Raye bio entering 39th NFL season

Jimmy Raye's pioneering football career spans a half-century as quarterback at Michigan State, an NFL assistant coach, offensive coordinator and NFL Senior Advisor. The 2015 season is Raye’s 39th in the league and second as an advisor to NFL Vice President of Operations Troy...

Apisa documentary update on Men of Sparta

Apisa documentary update on Men of Sparta

Men of Sparta website and trailerSome Shanahan Report readers have asked for an update on the progress of Bob Apisa's documentary, Men of Sparta.As you know, Bob was on campus last football season as part of the documentary filming process to tell the story about the 1965-66...