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Graham Couch and Jason Knick are a dynamic duo that get together every afternoon to discuss Michigan State and Big Ten football and men’s basketball, Detroit pro sports and the buzz nationally. The show is a fun, engaging, and thought-provoking all-in-one radio and podcast experience for the Michigan State, Michigan and Detroit sports fan whose assorted interests also might include the outrageous national story, sports gambling and life’s relatable predicaments. Hosts Graham Couch, a sports ...
 
The Greater Lansing Food Championship, hosted by Lansing State Journal sportswriter Phil Friend, will be an annual food tournament determining the best of what Greater Lansing has to offer when it comes to food. In 2020, we did the best restaurant, won by Soup Spoon. In 2021, we’ll pick the best menu item to be found in Lansing’s restaurants via a 32-item knockout tournament. Phil will be joined by different State Journal staffers in each podcast to pick which food advances to the next round ...
 
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In the midst of a condensed schedule, the podcast returns following Michigan State's loss at Indiana on Sunday. Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari discuss the Spartans' 82-69 loss to the Hoosiers, including: MSU's inability to contain Trayce Jackson-Davis Mady Sissoko and Pierre Brooks' stru…
 
We dug into our hot takes and yours – on Michigan State basketball's changed ceiling and ability to reach the NCAA tournament if Malik Hall is out for a considerable length of time, on MSU's loss to Purdue, including how the game was called by the refs and how the Spartans' defended Zach Edey on the final possession, on Kirk Cousins and Jared Goff,…
 
Off the top: What to make of MSU's basketball team after its win at Wisconsin, why the Spartans might be Big Ten contenders and what gives this team a chance. Then, our NFL playoff picks with Harry. Plus, answers to your Twitter questions – on MSU basketball, the future of the roster, how it compares to other recent MSU teams, the Spartan football …
 
We dug into our hot takes and yours – on the Lions' plowing over the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, on the bittersweet feelings from Sunday night, the hopes for the Lions future, on Michigan State's win over Michigan, the state of the team, A.J. Hoggard's development and more. Plus, a couple stories worth telling and another litteral mic drop.…
 
Off the top: We dug into Elijah Collins hitting the transfer portal and MSU basketball's win over Nebraska and looming matchup with Michigan. Then, a good conversation with The Athletic's Colton Pouncy on what he misses about the MSU beat, life covering the Lions and this Sunday's showdown with the Packers. Plus, we pick the NFL games and college f…
 
In our first show of 2023, we dug into our hot takes and yours – on the Lions' heading to Green Bay take down the Packers and Aaron Rodgers and the significance of the game for the organization and for Jared Goff, on MSU basketball heading into the teeth of Big Ten play (including a game Saturday against Michigan), on the Wolverines' blown opportun…
 
After a month off, Spartan Speak returns! Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari have plenty to discuss with the MSU men's basketball season in full swing. They discuss Keon Coleman's decision to play basketball this year, Malik Hall's return after missing games due to a foot inju…
 
In our final show of 2022, we dug into your Twitter questions — on MSU football's recruiting class, Mel Tucker's staff, Juwan Howard's future, Hunter Dickinson the antagonist, what Malik Hall's return will mean for MSU's lineup, whether Santa finally believes in the Lions, best and worst gifts we've received and given and more. Including, the story…
 
We opened with the news on Mat Ishbia buying the NBA's Phoenix Suns and what it means for MSU's NIL treasure trove. Then, a great conversation with The Athletic's Nick Baumgardner on the Lions, Michigan and Michigan State football. Plus, our bowl game and NFL picks with Harry Gagnon.By Graham Couch & Jason Knick
 
We dug into your Twitter questions – on MSU football's recent recruiting surge and what to make of the latest commitments, on reasons to be both bullish and realistic on Spartan athletics, on the Lions' playoff chances and what we think of Jared Goff long-term, favorite Christmas movies, World Cup projections and more. Plus, we pick the NFL games, …
 
We dug into our hot takes and yours – on the state of Michigan State's basketball team, whether Izzo made mistakes in building this roster, what this MSU team can still become, why Michigan football's shot at a national title is adding to the Spartans' misery, the state of Mel Tucker's program, why the surging Lions and Jared Goff, man bras, flawed…
 
We dug into Tom Izzo's response to the Big Ten's fine of MSU and reprimand of Michigan. Then talked MSU football — why a bowl game, at this point, isn't important, and what is important for the program moving forward. Later, we talk MSU hoops — what we learned at the PK85. Plus, we pick this week's football games with Harry Gagnon.…
 
After traveling to State College and Portland, respectively, Chris and Graham are back for the latest episode of Spartan Speak. They discuss the Michigan State football team's loss to Penn State, likely a season-ender with a 5-7 record, the basketball team's performance at the PK85 tournament in Portland against Alabama, Oregon and Portland, and th…
 
Things are looking up for the Michigan State basketball team after the Spartans beat Kentucky in double overtime, thanks in large part to Malik Hall's dunks at the end of regulation and the first overtime. But the biggest revelation has been the emergence of third-year player Mady Sissoko, who's becoming a force in the paint. Graham and Chris also …
 
Off the top: We dug into MSU's win over Kentucky in the Champions Classic and what to make of the Spartans. Then we pick this week's NFL and college football games with Harry Gagnon, before we preview MSU's football game against Indiana with the Indy Star's Zach Osterman. Plus, your Twitter questions (before and after the Osterman conversation)…
 
Wednesday was National Signing Day for college basketball, and all four of Michigan State's commits - Xavier Booker, Jeremy Fears, Coen Carr and Gehrig Normand - sent in their letters of intent, meaning coach Tom Izzo has secured the nation's No. 3 recruiting class for 2023, according to 247Sports. Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couc…
 
We dug into the latest on the MSU-Michigan tunnel skirmish as lawyers get involved, and talked Michigan State hoops and what we saw from the Spartans in their open. Then Harry Gagnon joined us to pick the college football and NFL games. Plus, Twitter questions.By Graham Couch & Jason Knick
 
There was a game played Saturday night, but nobody's talking about that. Instead, the post-game altercations that occurred in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after the game have taken center stage. Eight Spartans have been suspended - and Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch are here to discuss it…
 
We dug into the latest with the MSU-Michigan tunnel fight and how fans and the programs have reacted. Then some MSU hoops talk on the heels of the Spartans' exhibition game against Grand Valley. Followed by a good conversation with Illinois writer Jeremy Werner on the Illini and Spartans and what to expect this weekend. Plus, with pick this week's …
 
We dug into your Twitter questions – on whether it's time to be concerned about Mel Tucker's 2023 recruiting class, fair expectations for MSU next season, what it'll take for the Spartans to win Saturday at Michigan, MSU basketball, best bets this week and more, including, right at the end, story worth telling from the Rube from one of his stints i…
 
There's no mistaking it. The Michigan Wolverines are flying high with a 7-0 record and a No. 4 national ranking. Michigan State is 3-4 and recently ended a four-game losing streak with an overtime win over Wisconsin. But this in-state rivalry has produced some great games over the year, especially the last 14 years, with the Spartans owning a 10-4 …
 
We dug into Michigan State's game at Michigan with The Athletic's Nick Baumgardner – on how the Wolverines view this rivalry, what it'll take for MSU to win and the state of the Spartans' program. Then we picked this week's college football and NFL games with Harry Gagnon. Plus, I get back on the horse with a can't-miss Premier League parlay.…
 
We dug into your Twitter questions – on different scenarios that'll give Michigan State a chance to upset Michigan, on Mel Tucker's recruiting ability, on which young Pistons player has the best chance to become a force, on Tom Izzo's comments Tuesday and how many games MSU basketball team needs to win during its brutal early stretch and some other…
 
We dug into how the dynamics of the MSU-Michigan football rivalry have changed over the last 15 years, especially with how fans see this rivalry. Then, a great conversation with The Athletic's James Edwards on this young Pistons team on the eve of its opener.By Graham Couch & Jason Knick
 
With the Spartans on a bye week, Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch brought out their red pens this week to grade the Michigan State football team offense, defense, special teams and coaching. Along with host Phil Friend, they also discuss Saturday's win over Wisconsin with a sprinkling of c…
 
The Michigan State football team's losing streak reached four after getting blown out by Ohio State on Saturday. The Spartans' issues continue to pile up, as Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and host Phil Friend discuss the issues with the defense, offensive line and recruiting, along with QB…
 
Off the top, we dug into the latest with Michigan State football – what Mel Tucker and Payton Thorne said this week and an offensive line recruit de-commits. Then great insight on the Badgers and everything going on with Wisconsin's team and program from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus. Plus, we we pick the college football and NFL g…
 
There isn't much to grab on to the last three games if you're a Michigan State fan, as the Spartans prepare to host No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari, Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and host Phil Friend preview Saturday's game - trying to find spots where the Spartans can feel o…
 
The Michigan State football team is at a crossroads once again after getting thumped at home by Minnesota. Now, all of the sudden, Saturday's opponent, Maryland - which is coming off a near-upset of Michigan - is an 8.5-point favorite. How did MSU get to that point? Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Gra…
 
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