Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 4:01 PM EDT May 21, 2019 Matthew Stafford spent some time away from football when his wife, Kelly, underwent brain surgery last month. Now that he’s back, Stafford said he’s been able to compartmentalize his wife’s health from his job as Lions quarterback. Making his first extended comments since his wife’s surgery, Stafford credited a strong support system and his wife’s toughness for allowing him to turn his attention back to football. "Situations like this change your perspective on a lot of things," Stafford said Tuesday on Day 2 of organized team activities. "It kind of puts stuff where it should be. But it’s been good. Like I said, I’m just happy to be out here throwing the ball around to some really talented guys, having some fun, playing some ball." Stafford missed the first week of the Lions’ formal offseason program last month to be by his wife's side as she recovered from … [Read more...] about Football helped Matthew Stafford cope with wife health scare
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By Matt Schoch Special to The Detroit News Published 8:29 PM EDT Mar 18, 2019 East Lansing — There was a reunion and a homecoming feel as nine Michigan State football players showed their stuff to the pros on Monday. The players sometimes enjoyed and sometimes endured a remarkable run of team and personal highs and lows over the past several years. The drills, officiated and observed by 52 personnel members of all 32 NFL teams, represented a chance to chase a new roller coaster in hopes of becoming a pro. The first MSU player selected at the April 25-27 NFL draft in Nashville will extend the program’s streak to 79 straight years of draftees, the third-longest in college football. Three CFL teams also attended the event at the Duffy Daugherty Building. All but one of Monday’s nine players won a Big Ten championship and made a College Football Playoff appearance in 2015, but each also fought through a three-win campaign the following year. Rivalry wins, bowl … [Read more...] about Redemption, return major themes at Michigan State football pro day
Opinion PUBLISHED: 10:13 17 December 2018 Freddie Sears wheels away after scoring the only goal of the match in Town's first home win since April. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM © Copyright Stephen Waller Karl Fuller hasn’t seen Town win at home on a Saturday for nearly a year! He has now Town fans celebrate at the final whistle after their team's first home win since April on Saturday. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMIt was cold, it was wet, it wasn’t pretty, but after 364 days of football hurt, I’ve finally seen Ipswich win a home game on a Saturday.Not since beating Reading 2-0 on December 16, 2016, have I walked out of Portman Road with a smile on my face following a Town win and I know I’m not alone with those sentiments.Of course, it is only the start of a massive task to climb out of the bottom three and this needs to be backed up straightaway with more points.But with Sheffield United and … [Read more...] about Fuller Flavour: A couple of ciders, a London Undergroud map and a Town win at Portman Road. I love football!
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:34 AM EST Dec 14, 2018 Michigan State wrapped up final exams Friday across campus. The last test this season for the Spartans’ football team is a bit more than two weeks away, against Oregon at the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 31 in Santa Clara, Calif. But Mark Dantonio and his staff also get a sneak peek at the future Wednesday when the second college football three-day early signing period arrives. Tom Izzo and his basketball team, in the meantime, are off until Sunday, then only have two more games until the new year. Scheduling quirks – with the Big Ten going to a 20-game conference slate, MSU having to play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and also going to the Las Vegas Invitational, as well playing the one-year-delayed game at Florida – left December relatively open for the ninth-ranked Spartans. And the academic calendar left the sporting calendar fairly silent this week. Yet there remains plenty on fans’ minds … [Read more...] about Michigan State mailbag: How did football win 7 games?
Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 6:31 AM EST Nov 16, 2018 The game before The Game has arrived. Also, basketball season is here, as evidenced by Michigan's road thrashing of Villanova on Wednesday. All that and more in this week's mailbag. Q: (Michigan was) in the driver's seat in 2016 and dropped (three of our last four) games. What makes you think this team is different than that team? — @Garbo824 A: A fine question and one I've thought about. The answer is that this Michigan team already has gotten its lesson in what happens when you're not prepared to handle adversity: The Notre Dame game. More: Michigan football vs. Indiana: Scouting report, prediction The 2016 team wasn't put in any difficult situations, really, until the 10th game of the year. Michigan had challenging games vs. Colorado and Wisconsin early, but those were home games. They played away against a bad Michigan State team. But that … [Read more...] about Is this Michigan football team built to finish strong?