The Florida bowls all know it-- a sure sellout for the bowl games each year is guaranteed with Florida teams in the stadiums. Michigan plays Florida New Year's Day in the Capital One Bowl-- and even with extra end zone bleachers added that game is already sold out. Michigan State and Boston College, playing on December 28th in the same stadium, may draw about half the crowd for the New Year's Day battle. Fans attending from all four schools will find several activities that involve both games and the four schools, not just for one game in particular.
LaDontae Henton. Man are we going to hear that name for the next four basketball seasons, maybe moreso than even the top level MSU players. Henton is the 9th grader at Lansing Eastern High School who made his debut Tuesday night and off the bench scored 27 points to go with 19 rebounds in his team's season opening win against Charlotte. One tends to think Henton will soon start and maybe as early as Friday's game at crosstown rival Sexton. Could that be a battle of the area's best player against the area's best team? It will be the season debut for Sexton.
There are two hot topics in the area these days that we normally do not associate with this time of the year. Michigan is looking for a new head football coach and that rarely happens. And the Tigers made a blockbuster trade to give them a pennant contending team next season and that rarely happens. The other area stories are being pushed off the sports pages while the sports fans of the area buzz about these items.