Linking Laconically is up in arms

ESPN's recently released preseason football power index has MSU ranked 24th so this photo seemed appropriate. - Stephen Dunn

It's the middle of May, and we're approaching the point of the year when we're left with baseball as the only frequently televised major sport to keep us entertained. It is a World Cup year, so that's neat, but for college sports fans, summer mostly means the wait for college football is almost over.

Speaking of college football, ESPN has a new "Power Index" out to make fans mad. In my younger years, that's exactly what it would have done to me. They have MSU 24th?! Six spots behind Michigan?!?!?!?! Well, (unprintable).

I like to think that I've matured, though. Also, Big Ten champs. Oh, Rose Bowl, too.

(And I guess it helps that ESPN did pick MSU as one of 16 contenders for the inaugural college football playoff.)

Cleveland State's Bryn Forbes given permission to talk with Michigan State about possible transfer | The Plain Dealer | Cleveland.com

Great shooter and high school teammate of Denzel Valentine.

Former Spartan Derrick Nix adjusts to 'real world,' still eyes NBA | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

I would be all for daily updates on Derrick Nix.

Detroit Pistons' coaching list included MSU's Tom Izzo, UM's John Beilein | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

So maybe that report about getting the same offer as Stan Van Gundy wasn't entirely accurate.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio: NFL draft best, worst of times | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

So philosophical.

The last three links are courtesy of Jeremy Dewar, who sent along some hockey news that I otherwise never would have found. Good looking out.

Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader suspended for one game at World Championship for knee-on-knee hit | MLive | mlive.com

Served the suspension yesterday in a 3-1 win over Finland.

Habs GM Bergevin gives Therrien vote of confidence | Montreal Gazette | montrealgazette.com

And mentions former MSU defenseman (or defenceman if you're feeling particularly Canadian) as a key addition this season.

Big Waterloo victory extends Clark Cup Final to five games | United States Hockey League | ushl.com

MSU recruit Josh Jacobs scored his third goal of the series. The deciding Game 5 is tomorrow night.

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