John Smoltz called Wednesday afternoon to say hi. The 1985 Waverly High School grad still has a sister and other family living in the greater Lansing area. He's now looking for some kind of housing in the Boston area since he'll pitch for the Red Sox this coming season. John said the Atlanta Braves did not make him an offer even close to the Red Sox and while he loved living in Atlanta, for the coming season he is willing to relocate. The 41-year old Smoltz loves his MSU Spartans basketball team and was worried about Wednesday night's "trap" game at Penn State. Smoltz thinks the return of Goran Suton has been a big key in the Spartans' 9-game winning streak.
LeSean McCoy, who had a great running day as a freshman for Pitt in 2007 in Spartan Stadium has declared for the NFL and is giving up two years of college eligibility. Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline is giving up his senior year but Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is joining Tim Tebow back in college for another season-- who knows maybe they'll meet again for the national title in another year and battle each other for another Heisman Trophy. The deadline to declare for the April draft is Thursday.
The CAAC blue division high school basketball race for the boys may come down to a pair of Tuesday night games in February. Okemos is now 6-0 and Eastern is 5-1 and they are unbeaten in league play. They meet at Okemos on the third and at Eastern three weeks later. Eastern would appear to have the better team in terms of raw talent, but Okemos just keeps winning by large margins. Okemos crushed Grand Ledge 77-44 on Tuesday and the Chiefs host Waverly on Friday. and the Okemos girls team is 7-0 and has two games left with unbeaten top ranked East Lansing. And East Lansing had to rally from eight down in the fourth quarter at home Tuesday to avoid its first loss against Eaton Rapids. The Trojans went on a 19-4 fourth quarter run and pulled away 47-40. The East Lansing girls are now 8-0.