SPARTANS IN ORLANDO

     Javon Ringer gets two trips to Orlando this month.  He was in town Thursday along with other MSU officials for ESPN's telecast during the evening from Disney World of college football's post season awards.  Ringer is joined by Iowa's Shonn Greene and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno as the finalists for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation's top running back.  Greene is expected to win it.  The MSU team returns Christmas night for a week of preparation and fun for the Capital One Bowl game against Georgia.

     I think the Tigers trade for pitcher Edwin Jackson is terrific.  Why would Tampa give up a 14-game winning starter from its World Series team?  And why would the Rays do it for utility outfielder Matt Joyce?  Makes no sense to me.  These teams can never have enough pitching.  Jackson will be a legitimate starter along with Justin Verlander, Jeremy Bonderman, Zach Miner and Armando Gallaraga.  Perhaps Nate Robertson or Dontrelle Willis will also fit in some place.  Now the Tigers need more relief pitching, a set up man and a closer if they can find someone more reliable than Fernando Rodney.

     Mike Babcock now has 250 career wins as an NHL coach during the regular season and of course he credits all the good players hed has coached in Detroit with the Red Wings.  Babcock got the milestone win Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena when his team rllied from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 overtime win.  And it's noteworthy that defensemen scored Detroit's two final goals-- Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom.  Babcock just hopes his team will play as well in the spring when the play offs begin.

     MSU offensive coordinator Don Treadwell is listed among five finalists for the head football coaching job at Miami of Ohio.  No other MSU assistants are listed that I've seen for head coaching openings at this point.

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