Honest to goodness there were some girls wrapped up in heavy clothing sitting at Kobs Field Friday awaiting the start of the MSU vs. Oakland baseball game. The snow was falling. They had to be girlfriends of some of the MSU players. Scheduling games at this time of the year is a bit risky don't you think? MSU and Oakland actually took the field for practice and at 2:40 the snow wiped it all out. They'll try a doubleheader at 2pm Saturday and that's no lock to get played. They'll try a single game at 1pm Easter Sunday too. Oakland actually played at Michigan Thursday, losing 7-4. MSU has a 7-8 record from three southern trips. The Spartans are due to host Illinois for four games next week end to open the Big Ten season. Maybe Wisconsin was the smart one, giving up baseball altogether because of the expense, the interest in the community and the fight over playing games in weather like this.
Michigan State fans always get excited with each NCAA tournament victory. I heard from many after Thursday's NCAA tournament opening victory over Temple. Two actually called the radio show Friday and predicted a national title. I guess they sounded serious. Since football has offered so little over 41 years, Tom Izzo's prowess in basketball the past eleven seasons has offered MSU fans a chance to something to cheer for that makes the national spotlight each March. Whether MSU can beat Pitt remains to be seen, but if that happens Saturday night, next week will be wild with MSU fans anticipating a likely match up with number one seed Memphis in Houston. And few MSU fans will believe that Izzo's Spartans then can't actually make a run to the Final Four and come out of the Big Ten a fourth place finisher and win it all. I guess until the Spartans are actually eliminated, the fans can dream big and that's what fans at many of the schools in the tournament do as well, right?