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Eastern Michigan Practice Dome Collapses

November 30, 2015

I was going to resist posting an article about this because in the scheme of things, it was too minor to cover. However, it seems symbolic of the program itself. Anyway, at 8:30 on the morning of November 28, 2015, the dome experience a tear and started to collapse while the soccer team was practicing. There were people inside at the time but they managed to get out.


A shot looking towards the stadium

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Echo columnist pushes to ‘defund college sports’

November 29, 2015

As I often do, I was reading some work by the up-and-coming talent at the Eastern Echo, where I spent a lot of my first couple years on campus. I was directed to this rather interesting column while doing so.

In it, the columnist Micaela Stevenson — whose other pieces are quite good, and worth a look — describes the act of participating in an intercollegiate sport as an exercise in futility.
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An easier week ahead for women’s basketball

November 29, 2015

In their toughest challenge so far this season, playing at probably the best team they will see in the regular season, the EMU women’s basketball team put up a respectable showing early on at #11/12 Kentucky, keeping pace with the Wildcats throughout the first and second quarters, and holding a lead as late as the third quarter before the ‘Cats pulled away for good with a 22-4 run to close out the third quarter, en route to an 89-67 final score.

Key players for the Eagles were Janay Morton (21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, Cha Sweeney (15 points), and Phillis Webb (10 poinots). For Kentucky, Makayla Epps led the way with 21 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds, while Maci Morris (17 points on 6-9 shooting) and Janee Thompson (16 points, 10 assists) turned in strong performances. EMU actually had a +9 turnover margin, but shooting was the difference. Kentucky made 59% of their field goals, including 52% of their three-point attempts, for an effective field goal percentage of 67.5%, compared to EMU’s eFG% of just 36.7%.

The good news is that it gets easier for the Eagles. A lot easier. Read more…

EMU 79, Madonna 63

November 28, 2015

I know these NAIA games have become somewhat Vogue in college basketball, but I just can’t get Into the Groove as far as these Borderline exhibition games are concerned. It’s even more difficult when you watch these Holiday tournaments full of great games on TV — wouldn’t we rather see EMU playing in the La Isla Bonita Classic than at home against NAIA competition?

“But Jeremy!” you say, “It’s Crazy for You to complain about this, don’t you know we live in a material world and that EMU can’t afford to bring in better competition?” This logic gets me Burning Up. Look, I’m a True Blue EMU fan, I don’t need to Justify My Love of this university to anyone, but I also recognize that the football program can afford to play Dress You Up with new unis, new fields, new marketing campaigns, but poor basketball is left with a scant Ray of Light as far as quality non-conference games are concerned. I want to Live to Tell of a time when EMU brings in decent opponents for their fans, not the same old Hanky Panky against weak competition.

For now, the basketball team can Take a Bow, and we can thank our Lucky Star that they will play Detroit and North Florida over the next holiday break.

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Madonna Crusaders preview

November 28, 2015

I hope you didn’t gorge yourself too much on Thursday, because EMU has scheduled another NAIA cupcake opponent for today.

Game details

  • Madonna Crusaders logoEMU vs Madonna University
  • Saturday, November 28, 2 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Television: None
  • Online: ESPN3
  • EMU radio: 89.1 FM WEMU
  • Madonna radio: None
  • Live stats: via
  • EMU game notes

It’s the third game of the EMU-WHAC Challenge. So far it hasn’t been a challenge, and here’s hoping that continues. Read more…

Eagles blow lead, lose 35-28

November 27, 2015

I had two distinct feelings about the Bleak Friday matchup between Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

Before the game started, and late in the second half, my thoughts were of the person who drew the short straw on a holiday weekend.

In the first half and at halftime, I thought I might be pleasantly surprised.

But alas, it was not meant to be.

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EMU at Central Michigan open thread

November 27, 2015

Game day! Here’s hoping you had a great Thanksgiving day!

Today’s game will kick off at 1:04 PM at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. We’ve had surprisingly good weather for most of EMU’s football games this fall, and although today won’t be a beautiful day it could be a lot worse in late November. There’s been some rain in Mount Pleasant this morning, but by game time it will just be cloudy, with temperatures in the upper 30s.

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Depth chart for EMU at Central Michigan

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s the expected depth chart for EMU’s game tomorrow at the Central Michigan Chippewas.

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Marygrove Mustangs preview

November 25, 2015

Woohoo! It’s yet another NAIA opponent on a weekday afternoon!

Game details

  • EMU vs Marygrove College
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Television: None
  • Online: ESPN3
  • EMU radio: None
  • Marygrove radio: None
  • Live stats: via
  • EMU game notes
  • Marygrove game notes

You know the drill. NAIA opponent, weekday game, no radio. Read more…

Michigan State Spartans 89, EMU 65

November 23, 2015

Eastern Michigan made the trip to East Lansing Monday night to take on No. 3 ranked Michigan State. As you might have expected, the Spartans, who led by 34 at one point, beat the Eagles 89-65.

Ty Toney led the way for the Eagles (2-1) with 18 points. Willie Mangum III added 10.

Deyonta Davis paced the Spartans (4-0) with 16 points. He was one of five MSU players in double figures. Read more…