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Michigan’s Trey Burke pulls off steal of the year; Beats MSU

Written By: Terry Foster | March 4, 2013

Filed Under: sports

Michigan State guard Keith Appling stopped by the Ann Arbor Police Department to report a missing basketball after being victimized by Michigan guard Trey Burke during one of the best and most dramatic steals in Michigan-Michigan State history. The last time we saw a steal this note worthy was when Sparty Bob stole a football game from Michigan in 2011.

Burke’s steal with the game tied and the clock winding down to a dramatic ending is the play of the year for Michigan hoops. He stole Appling’s ball, stole his heart and stole a game during Michigan’s 58-57 victory over the Spartans Sunday at Crisler. Super stars make big plays in big moments. It is the type play Magic Johnson, LeBron James or Kevin Durant makes.

This is Charles Woodson on a blitz jarring the ball from the quarterback. It is Reggie Jackson hitting a late home run to win the World Series for the Yankees.

It will be a play we talk about years down the road.

On the other hand Appling said he will be kicking himself for as long as he plays college basketball. When you make the big mistake in the big moment against a rival things like this tend to linger. Appling looked to coach Tom Izzo to see if he wanted him to call time out. He spun and turned to his right and that is when Burke slipped his hand in and forever became part of Michigan-Michigan State folk lore. MSU still had a chance to win the game but Burke made another steal to send the folks at Crisler into a maize rage.

One more point about this game. It proves my theory that there is no such thing between games and seasons. I remember talking to Wolverines who said their team was soft and would lose handily to MSU at Crisler after an embarrassing defeat at Breslin. A lot of time passes. There is a lot of soul searching and home-court advantage means a lot. The aftermath was a game that could have gone either way, instead of a repeat of the East Lansing massacre.

(My Tigers book 100 Things Tigers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die is being sold with part of the proceeds going to charity to purchase book bags for inner city kids. I will sign books for $20 each. Make checks out to Terry Foster and send a return address to “Terry Foster, 26455 American Drive, Southfield, Mi. 48034. I will do book signings in local bars. Email me at Terry.Foster@detnews.com.)


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