Battle For The Mitten: MLB Lugnuts, Michigan St Spartans vs Michigan Wolverines, Rugby

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EAST LANSING, MI – There are few bigger sports rivalries than Michigan State vs Michigan. And with this being #RivalryWeekend, this small town is upside down. Spartans vs Wolverines, it don’t get much better. Saturday football in the fall. But what the heck is all this about Friday Night Lights, you ask? Glad you asked. See, this thing called Rugby is actually taking hold in ‘Merica – and this storied rivalry is front and center in #TheMovement.

Enter MLB affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Lansing Lugnuts. They have a jewel of a Minor League ballpark, Cooley Law School Stadium, that they’ve eagerly converted into a rugby venue for tonight’s battle. The charm of Class A park, a storied rivalry and rugby. Pretty cool stuff.

Cooler still, is that yours truly, working for Rugby Wrap Up, will be part of the live, Next Level broadcast, starting at 6:30pm on YouTube. CLICK THIS for the live feed.

The above will go live at 6:30 as well…

Anyway, it means something when two huge schools, MLB and a town all recognize that a sport is worthy of their attention. Open your minds to rugby, sports fans. It’s fun, physical and filled with great stories and subplots. In fact, the opposing coaches, Michigan State’s Tim Britain and Brandon Sparks of Michigan, were actually teammates at one point. Sparks also happens to be a MMA fighter. His Wolverines will need some of that MMA moxie if they’re going to get by the favored Spartans. Tune in, it should be a dandy.

That’s it for now, comment below and come back tomorrow for a guy that has been battling over mittens for months since moving to Buffalo, Junoir Blaber.

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Matt McCarthy, is the MTM founder and consequently wears many hats: Director, Editor, Writer, Web guy and Podcaster... Also known as Short Matt, he's also a two-bit actor, voice-over pro, rugby, baseball and ice hockey player and likes hazelnut coffee with rice milk, while strolling in the sand, listening to foreign films... Matt also moonlights on MTM spin-off, RugbyWrapUp.com, often wearing a wig and glasses while butchering a Kiwi accent.

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