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07:15 AM ET 04.30 | Adreian Payne will return to East Lansing, as will expectations of yet another successful season. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo laughed when asked if [Payne's] decision to return for his senior season turns the pressure up on him. "There's no pressure," said Izzo, who has led the Spartans to six Final Fours and won a national championship. "There's pressure if you lose players, not if you gain them." Izzo had resigned himself to Payne leaving for the NBA last Friday night before learning that Payne had changed his mind, yet again, by Saturday night. "I was cool with him going, it's his dream," Izzo said. "I knew he'd be in the first round. I'm not going to hold a guy back."

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April 30, 2013  07:29 AM ET

Go B1G or stay home.

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April 30, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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Are they going to be that good this next year, to even come close to even within 20 points of Kentucky?

I see you're well enough to try a little fishin. Good to have you back.

April 30, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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I see you're well enough to try a little fishin.

Yeah, but can he land that 200+ pounder with a 6' medium light action fresh water rod, and a spin cast reel loaded 10lb test line?

April 30, 2013  01:50 PM ET
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Yeah, but can he land that 200+ pounder with a 6' medium light action fresh water rod, and a spin cast reel loaded 10lb test line?

Who said I was over 200 lbs.?

April 30, 2013  03:08 PM ET
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Who said I was over 200 lbs.?

The next time I post metaphorically to indicate the difficulty of a challenge, I'll try to be careful of potentially sensitive topics like weight, Ms. Sparty. Know that I cannot take you to dinner to make up for my callousness. ;-)

 
April 30, 2013  10:08 PM ET
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Yeah, but can he land that 200+ pounder with a 6' medium light action fresh water rod, and a spin cast reel loaded 10lb test line?

200lbs? Heck try a 15lb steelhead with that set up and you're in for a challenge.

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