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Super Dooper Yoopers extend MSU streak

March 3, 2012
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

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The Super Dooper Yoopers chalked up a 13th consecutive Michigan State basketball win along with watching Spartan star Draymond Green grab his 1,000th career rebound and Nebraska make its Big Ten debut in the Breslin Center.

"The Breslin experience is always great," reported Bob Furno, one of the trip organizers.

Tommy Izzo and his wife, Lupe, hosted the Iron Mountain gang for a three-hour party Friday. The Michigan State coach fielded questions and delighted the group with his humorous answers.

"Tom and Lupe are spectacular," Furno said.

The "Yoopers," from the Iron Mountain area, presented the coach with a framed copy of his first press guide to recognize his 400th career victory this season.

Tommy's MSU secretary, Beth, and bus driver Mark Zenko, making his 10th journey, are the "heart and soul of making this work," Furno said. Beth handles many duties with the "Yoopers" and Zenko, called a "treasure" by Furno, knows his way around East Lansing.

To top it off, the "Super Dooper Yoopers" stayed at the same hotel as presidential hopeful "Willard" Romney.

"I am certain that everyone who goes long remenbers the weekend, especially the first-timers," Furno said ...

From Chicago Bulls TV analyst Stacey King, on watching the Bucks' Jon Brockman struggle: "He couldn't score in an empty gym with a ladder." ...

A retired school administrator and softball pitcher, who agitated a mother of a Grace Bible College player, found the basketball talent better than expected in the NCCAA Division 2 men's basketball regional tournament at Northland International University.

Defending national champion Grace knocked off Stan Jesky's Kuyper College Cougars for the first time in three tries this season to win the regional and advance to the nationals.

Jesky, a former Florence coach, can always use basketball players looking for a good Christian education. The Grand Rapids' school Web site is ...

From former football coach Lou Holtz: "Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated." ...



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