Posts Tagged ‘Tigers’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Nine!

February 3, 2017

Category: Biology . . .

Do you know where most tigers live?

While the correct answer would be “in captivity,” the country that can lay claim to this distinction is the United States.  Surprised?  A century ago, India certainly would have been the correct answer; current, India only has a few thousand, while the U.S. may have more than four thousand in Texas alone.  And, according to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, while many tigers are kept in zoos throughout the U.S., there may be as many as twelve thousand tigers being kept ILLEGALLY as pets in the U.S.  Tigers can be legally kept in the states of Delaware, Maine, Indiana, and Idaho.  Scientists estimate that there may be fewer than ten thousand tigers, in the wild, on the planet.

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BCS Champs!

January 7, 2014

A new champion has been crowned in college football!  Congratulation to the Florida State Seminoles who capped their undefeated season by defeating the  SEC’s Auburn Tigers in last night’s national championship game.  The Michigan State Spartans finished  at #3 in the final AP college football poll.  Congratulations on your great season!  Following a busy bowl season (35 total bowl games were played) it is time to move on to the college basketball season as we switch gears and journey down the Road to the Final Four and March Madness.  Go Green!

Great Week for Green!

January 9, 2012

The Michigan State Spartan football team finished their season at the Outback Bowl against the SEC Georgia Bulldogs . . . and won after three overtimes! On the basketball side, the Spartans (#11) had a huge win on the road at Wisconsin (#19) in overtime to lengthen their winning streak to fourteen.  The number of undefeated teams has now been reduced to three (3) following the loss of the Missouri Tigers (#6) on the road at Kansas State (#22).  Still undefeated: Baylor from the Big 12, Syracuse from the Big East, and Murray State from the Ohio Valley.  Next up for the Spartans: the unranked Iowa Hawkeyes at home on Tuesday and the unranked Northwestern Wildcats (at Evanston) on Saturday.  Go Green!

Upsets for the week included:
Duke (#3) losing to unranked Temple.
Connecticut (#8) losing to unranked Seton Hall and unranked Rutgers.
Georgetown (#9) losing to unranked West Virginia.
Louisville (#10) losing to unranked Notre Dame by two points in double overtime.
Florida (#14) losing to unranked Tennessee.
Mississippi State (#16) losing to unranked Arkansas.
Harvard (#21) losing to unranked Fordham.

Ranked teams losing to teams with a higher ranking included:
Michigan (#13) losing to Indiana (#12) by two points.
Wisconsin (#19) losing to Michigan State (#11) by three points in overtime and losing to Michigan (#13).
Marquette (#20) losing to Georgetown (#9) by three points and then losing to Syracuse (#1).
Kansas State (#22) losing to Kansas (#15).

And, the close calls included:
Kentucky (#2) defeating unranked South Carolina by only five points.
Indiana (#12) defeating unranked Penn State by only six points.
Virginia (#23) defeating unranked LSU by only five points and unranked Miami by only one point.

College Football – Week Three!

September 18, 2011

Week three is in the books, and what a week it was!  There were four upsets and two close calls.  Three of the four upsets involved schools from the Big Ten Conference (two losers, one winner).  The Spartans of Michigan State did not seem to have the magic this year against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Next up for the Spartans, the Chippewas of Central Michigan (who always seem to play the Spartans tough).  Go Green!

The upsets:
Michigan State (#15) lost to unranked Notre Dame.
Ohio State (#17) lost to unranked Miami.
Auburn (#21) lost to unranked Clemson.
Arizona State (#22) lost to unranked Illinois.

The close calls:
South Carolina (#10) beat Navy by three.
West Virginia (#18) defeated Maryland by six.

College Football – Week Two!

September 12, 2011

Week two is now in the books and the Spartans of Michigan State (#17) were once again victorious, this time over Florida Atlantic University.  Go Green!  Our cross-State rivals (the Michigan Wolverines) even managed a thrilling comeback victory in the final seconds against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (who are next up for the Spartans this coming Saturday).  It was quite the exciting finish that we have come to love in the college football world.  All in all, a fairly calm weekend among the top-25; there were only two upsets and a few close calls, but it’s college football and anything can happen so it’s best not to set your expectations too high.

The upsets included:
Mississippi State (#16) lost to unranked Auburn.
Missouri (#21) lost to unranked Arizona State.

The close calls included: (my definition of a close call is to win by less than a touchdown)
South Carolina (#12) beat Georgia by a field goal.
Ohio State (#15) beat Toledo by five.
Texas (#24) just barely edged out BYU by one.

A Volatile Week in Sports!

January 11, 2011

Let’s start with college football: congratulations to the Auburn Tigers for their win over the Oregon Ducks in the BCS National Championship game last night.  What a great game to conclude the college football season. 

College basketball is now in full swing as we continue the journey to March . . . this last week in college basketball had more than its share of upsets (ten games, nine of the wins by unranked opponents).  The highest ranked team to fall was Missouri (#8) who lost to unranked Colorado.  In addition, Connecticutt (#9) lost to Notre Dame (#15) early in the week, but managed to beat #12 Texas in overtime on Saturday; Kentucky (#11) lost to unranked Georgia; Georgetown (#13) lost to unranked West Virginia; Notre Dame (#15) lost to unranked Marquette; Kansas State (#17) lost to unranked Oklahoma State; University of Central Florida (#18) lost to unranked Houston; Michigan State (#19) lost to unranked Penn State; and Vanderbilt (#24) lost to unranked South Carolina. 

So, the Spartans have acquired their fifth loss of the season (their first loss in the Big Ten) . . . things are not looking very good right now (missed free throws, turnovers, sloppy play).  The Spartans have the talent, they just have to start playing up to their potential or it could be a very long and ugly season.  Go Green!

There were even some surprises this weekend during the National Football League playoffs.  Green Bay sent Philadelphia packing, Baltimore wholloped Kansas City, the New York Jets beat Indianapolis on a closing field goal, and Seatlle (with an 8-9 record) upended the defending Super Bowl champs New Orleans.

The only guarantee in sports (college, professional, or any level) is that there is no guarantee.  Any team can defeat any other team on any given day! 

I wonder what surprises will occur this week.

The Plot Thickens!

October 24, 2010

There was a lot of great college football yesterday.  And, for the third straight week, the #1 ranked college football team has been upset.  Two weeks ago, Alabama lost to South Carolina; last week, Ohio State lost to Wisconsin; this week, Oklahoma lost to Missouri; next week . . . who knows?

The Michigan State Spartans continued their winning ways and remained undefeated in a thrilling (okay, it was really nerve-wracking) come-from-behind victory over Northwestern on the road.   And, thanks to the help of Wisconsin and Ohio State (who defeated Iowa and Purdue respectively), Michigan State sits alone atop the Big Ten (for now) with a major log-jam for second place.  Next up: the Spartans travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes — a huge road game for the Spartans!  And, having just lost to the Badgers at home, you know the Hawkeyes will be ready to take on the Spartans and play the spoiler in their bid to topple a top-ten team. 

Go Green! 

The list of undefeated teams has now shrunk to just seven . . . in addition to Michigan State, the list includes: Oregon, Boise State, Auburn, TCU, Utah, and Missouri.

Go Green, Over Blue!

January 27, 2010

For the second game in a row, Michigan State has managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat while on the road.  This time, in Crisler Arena (home of the University of Michigan Wolverines).  The Spartans improve to 8-0 in the Big Ten (their best conference start ever — it was hard for me to believe that they’ve never done this before — but who am I to question the ESPN analysts) and maintain their two-game lead over the second-place Wisconsin Badgers who travel to Purdue later this week for what should prove be a great Big Ten matchup.  And, with all of the “upsets” among the top ranked teams last week, Michigan State has managed to creep up in the polls to #5.  Next up for Michigan State: at home against Northwestern on Saturday before their next challenging road trip to both Wisconsin AND Illinois next week.  And, still to come, a couple of games against the Purdue Boilermakers as well as Ohio State.  So, there is still a lot of basketball to be played in the Big Ten, but State is looking good at this juncture and is certainly in control of their own fate if they can continue to win on the road.  I’m not sure how many more of these “close” games my fingernails can take (they are nibbled down to nubs already).

In other college basketball news, the University of Kentucky (#1) is no longer undefeated after their visit to South Carolina (NR) and Clemson fell to Boston College . . . the march to the Madness continues.

Go Green!

Pre-March Madness!

January 10, 2010

Conference play has begun and yesterday brought a slew of losses by highly ranked teams . . . including one of the four remaining unbeaten teams (Purdue). 

Purdue (#4) lost to Wisconsin (#20)
Duke (#5) lost to Georgia Tech (#17)
West Virginia (#8) was edged out by Notre Dame (NR)
Kansas State (#10) lost to Missouri (NR)
New Mexico (#14) lost to UNLV (NR)
Mississippi (#16) lost to Mississippi State (NR)

Michigan State (#11) had no trouble with Iowa and improved to 13-3, 3-0 in the Big Ten.  With the Purdue loss, Michigan State shares the Big Ten lead with Illinois whom they play head-to-head next Saturday.  If Michigan State can take care of business this week (they play Minnesota on Wednesday and Illinois on Saturday), they should have sole possession of the Big Ten Conference . . . Go Green!

Close Call!

November 18, 2009

Both Kansas (#1) and Michigan State (#2) escaped early season upsets last night . . . (whew!).   Kansas held off Memphis (to win by 2 points) and Michigan State, who trailed for most of the game (and found themselves down by 5 at halftime), finally went ahead of Gonzaga in the last few minutes to win by 4 points.  For the Spartans, it was their 41st consecutive win, at home, against non-conference teams.  Go Green! 2-0!