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2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic Recap!

The weather was not a factor after all, as the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic went on without a glitch and proved to be a fantastic Veterans Day celebration! The Spartans of MSU rallied in the second half scoring 30 points on a stubborn Tar Heels defense.  Nonetheless, Michigan State’s surge was too little too […]

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Battleship! – A Different Approach to the Quicken Loan Carrier Classic

In honor of Veterans Day, and as a result of never growing out of our childhood passion for the iconic game Battleship, my fellow copy writer Eric Mally and I will pick our starting five battleships, one SUB-marine, and one player from Michigan State University or University of North Carolina to be the honorary Admiral […]

2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic: Time Lapse Transformation Video!

  It’s Veterans Day, a time to thank and honor military veterans around the world! Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 every year because it’s the anniversary day of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. The German signing of the Armistice formally ended most of the major hostilities of World […]

USA Today: USS Carl Vinson Infographic

An infographic on the USA Today sports site illustrates a nicely detailed mock up of how the USS Carl Vinson will look on game day (Veterans Day) when the transformation is finally complete

MSU and UNC will Play the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic, Rain or Shine!

If rain is in the forecast for San Diego around game time (7:00 PM ET), the 2009 NCAA national championship rematch will be played in the USS Carl Vinson’s hangar bay. The hangar bay is a gigantic space below the flight deck where helicopters and planes are usually stored.

2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic: Player Matchup Preview

As a true basketball enthusiast, I understand the importance of individual matchups through the course of a game. Thus, I have listed, compared, and contrasted the players for UNC and MSU to arrive at a calculated prediction for the winner of the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic.

Associated Press Names University of North Carolina #1

After returning all five starters from last season, the Associated Press named the University of North Carolina number 1 in the men’s preseason Top 25. This is the third time in the last five seasons that the Tar Heels have been awarded the top spot in the AP Top 25.

Same Game, Different Place: A Look Back at Sporting Events Played at Unique Venues

Looking back 40 years, it seems that Astronaut Alan Shepard opened Pandora’s ”sports” Box when NASA cameras caught him hitting golf balls with his six iron on the Moon in 1971.

2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic Player Preview

While the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic is a rematch of the 2009 NCAA national championship game between MSU and UNC, there are only three active players on the current rosters who actually played in that game.

Magic Johnson – MSU’s Quicken Loans Carrier Classic Honorary Captain

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is the honorary captain of the Michigan State University Spartans for the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic. You’ve probably heard that already. It’s certainly all over the news about the event. In anticipation of the game, I wanted to take a closer look at one of my basketball heroes.


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