Running this blog hasn’t done a lot for my pocketbook. But it has created some small perks–like getting a few freebies in the mail. A couple weeks ago, I received several copies of the new DVD, The Greatest Stories of Michigan State Basketball (affiliate link), which is being released in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the 1979 National Championship.
I finally found the time to sit down and watch it this afternoon, and it was an enjoyable experience. As you’d expect, the largest amount of time is spent on the two national championship teams. But there are also segments on the Johnny Green, Scott Skiles, Shawn Respert, and Steve Smith teams–as well as the 2005 Final Four team.
The DVD (which is narrated by an oddly sedate Gus Johnson) doesn’t break a lot of new ground in terms of providing background facts that most die-hard MSU fans haven’t already heard or read. But it does string together great video footage from the last three decades, much of which I hadn’t seen previously.
I think the content of the DVD previously ran as a BTN special, so some of you may have already seen it. There’s also a selection of special features, most notably a video shot in 1979 of Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser playing a game of HORSE and footage of Magic’s press conference to announce his college selection.
I’ve got three more copies of the DVD to give out. I’m going to save two of them for our Big Ten and NCAA Tournament contests. I’ll give the remaining copy out now. Here’s the contest: Predict the MSU player who will lead the team in scoring tomorrow afternoon, as well as the number of points that player will score. (Any ties will be broken by coin flip.) Post your best guess in the comments.
P.S. I also recently received an advanced copy of Seth Davis’ new book, When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball (aff link). I’m about a third of the way through. The verdict so far: Fabulous. Very well researched. Engaging writing style. I’ll post a complete review when I’m done.