The Detroit Lions rarely seem to create their own good news, but maybe for them it was addition by subtraction today.  Brett Favre retired after 17 seasons with the Green Bay Packers and the Lions never beat him in Lambeau Field.  Favre blasted the Lions twice this past season including Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.  Aaron Rodgers is the Packers' back up and it's tough to be sure to follow a legend.  Maybe the Lions can have better luck with the next Packers' QB because nothing has worked very well against Green Bay thus far.  The Lions lost offensive lineman Damien Woody to the New York Jets.  Woody was never as good with the Lions was he was with the New England Patriots.  The Lions continue to weed out players who can't help them, like Shaun Rogers, but replacing them with better talent is another challenge altogether.

     Tom Izzo's Spartans no longer have the loving confines of the Breslin Center to help out the rest of this season.  Michigan State finished 17-0 and if the rest of the season was played in the Breslin, Michigan State might win the NCAA title.  But away from home, who knows, for any team, let alone Michigan State.  Illinois figures to be a rugged defensive challenge on Thursday and the Spartans have always struggled to play well at the Assembly Hall.  Sunday's game with Ohio State shouldn't be easy either.  Michigan State needs to shoot well in both games, which seems obvious, but MSU has rarely shot as well as it needs in recording a 5-18 Big Ten road record the past three seasons.

     Almost any team might win the Big Ten women's basketball tournament which begins Thursday in Indianapolis.  Michigan State is a 5 seed, playing 4 seed Minnesota at 8:30pm Friday.  The Gophers won both regular season games by double digits but on a neutral floor will the third time be the charm for the Spartans?  With an 18-12 record Michigan State does not appear to be a lock to play in the NCAA tournament at this point so the Big Ten tournament may be crucial to the team's future this month.


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