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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....

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...

Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Semi-truck drivers know all the best places to stop across the country. If you accept that axiom, Steve Rochell is an authority on a visiting fan attending college football games.Rochell owns a semi-truck as an independent contractor. Whenever it’s possible, he combines work with...

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...

Michigan State may play Palestra

Michigan State may play Palestra

Think “Hoosiers” and Hinkle Fieldhouse and what the movie meant to renewed respect for the historic Indianapolis basketball arena that opened in 1928.If Hollywood ever makes a basketball movie called “Quakers” with scenes from the Palestra, you’ll understand what the historic...

Pitt playing like a Narduzzi defense

Pitt playing like a Narduzzi defense

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price tilted his head back and broke into a hearty chuckle over the latest story he was told about the passion of Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi.Price was seated at a table in a conference room for the ACC Kickoff media days last week...

Looking back at the Hesburgh Threat

Looking back at the Hesburgh Threat

The Hesburgh Threat:MSU-ND and the ’66 Game of the CenturyDavid J. YoungJuly 17, 2016 Despite all the hoopla leading up to the November 19, 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State “Game of the Century”—arguably the first time gridiron play rather than controversial polls would decide...

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....