I am disappointed that Michigan State lost to Michigan last night, but not angry about it. My anger is directed toward the Obama administration for the fact our nation is becoming a growing police state and Uncle Sam has conservatives in the crosshairs. More on that a little later, but first a few comments on the Wolverines' 80-75 victory over the Spartans Saturday night.
Here are the key stats that explain why Michigan won: The Wolverines made 11 of 19 3-point shots (58 percent) and 25 of 30 free throws while outrebounding MSU 34-30. MSU led by as much as 8 points, but Michigan just kept coming in the second half as the Spartan defense tired with the constant barrage. Michigan's season average on 3-point shots is 39 percent, so they sure picked a great game to be above average.
I am encouraged by the quality play I saw from several Spartans off the bench, including freshman guard Alvin Ellis III (2-for-2 behind the arc, 12 points), and forwards Alex Gauna (junior) and Gavin Schilling (freshman), who each scored 4 points in less than 7 minutes.
Sophomore forward Matt Costello and freshman guard Kenny Kaminski each got more playing time than they normally would with the absence of injured Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. These players will continue to get lots of real-game action in the coming weeks, which bodes well for their development and the team's prospects.
The NCAA basketball season is a marathon, not a sprint. Michigan was the better team Saturday night, but who's to say MSU won't win in Ann Arbor on Feb. 23? By then, Payne will be back. And on that day, I highly doubt the Wolverines will be so red-hot behind the arc. If Michigan sweeps MSU in the regular season, we may play them again in the Big Ten postseason tournament, so all is not lost. Last night's loss was tough, but it's not the end of the world. Especially because, as my next topic demonstrates, the frivolous bread and circuses many of us indulge in ("GUILTY!!!!") don't amount to a hill of beans compared to the fact our nation is in decline and under the rule of a power-obsessed, despotic administration.
SLOUCHING TOWARD '1984' - For months we have heard about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups, the National Security Agency spying on Americans and the Department of Justice wiretapping a Fox News reporter because of his Benghazi reporting. But this blog was a real eye opener as far as underscoring the extent of the police state.
As the saying goes, "If you're not angry, you're not paying attention." Either that, or you're just a corrupt progressive who's fine with government abuses as long as they keep your guys in power.
Conservative renaissance man Dinesh D'Souza, whose excoriating 2012 documentary "2016: Obama's America" warned of the consequences of four more years of governance by our statist president, is being targeted by the Justice Department for the type of campaign financing violation that left wingers regularly get away with. This type of persecution promises to get worse as the haughty leftists of the administration seek to squeeze their opponents like a lemon. Stay tuned, because things could get really ugly.