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Michigan State Spartans: Linking Loquaciously Dresses Up As Santa Claus

Zach recaps some MSU football and basketball updates

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First Things First: Michigan State has lost the fight with ESPN.

The 301 police reports involving student-athletes will now have to be sent from MSU to the network, after an appeal was denied by the Michigan Supreme Court.

ESPN sued the university back in September of last year after MSU provided the crime records of the athletes, but did not release the names, despite ESPN filling a Freedom of Information Act to MSU.

The purpose was to determine how student-athletes are prosecuted in a court of law, conducted by Outside the Lines. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin were the other nine schools involved in the study.

Second Thing: ICYMI - a poem commemorating the final play at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan Sate alumnus and The Only Colors blogger Ducking D'Elvon provide a classic tale on the mishandled punt returned for a touchdown that gave Michigan State the win over the Wolverines back in October.

Using the tune of "Twas The Night Before Christmas", it sure to give you that Holiday spirit while getting excited for the New Year's Eve matchup with Alabama in Dallas.

Third Thing: Derrick Nix has found a new home.

After spending over two years playing overseas in Latvia, France and Poland, Nix has signed with the Grand Rapids Drive, the D-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, this past Monday.

Nix went undrafted in 2013 following his graduation from Michigan State, where he received All-Big Ten Honorable Mentioned honors his senior year.

Fourth Thing: "Spirit of Detroit" dons green and white for upcoming CFP semifinal game.

One of the more recognizable icons in the city of Detroit wore a Michigan State jersey for the first time since its debut near the Coleman A. Young building in 1958.

"It's truly exciting to know the Spartan jersey will be worn by the `Spirit of Detroit' statue," MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis said. "It's a public symbol of support for our football program as it prepares for the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Alabama, and I'm positive many MSU alums will stop by the statue to pose for photos. The sustained success of our football program has energized the entire university and our fan base."

Known for wearing jerseys of professional Detroit franchises, it's been a topic of controversy for Michigan fans, discussed on the "Ryan and Rico" show on 105.1 WMGC, as the 26-foot statue did not wear a maize and blue basketball jersey during the Wolverines' national championship game in 2013.

Fifth Thing: Draymond Green gives back to the community.

Before Green and the Golden State Warriors host LeBron James and his band of friends on Christmas Day, the forward dressed up as Santa and provided gifts to two families in need at their home and the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland.

That also includes Green's volunteer work with a handful of teammates and Golden State season ticket holders at a homeless shelter to provide bagged lunches.

A young fan named Kumar, who was injured in a shooting earlier this year, visited the practice facility of the Warriors and had the chance to meet a Santa disguised Green, along with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

Final Thing: Merry Christmas!