Blake Froling

Sports Director, ESPNUP, Michigan State University

Podcasts

I host a weekly podcast for Impact Sports called “Impact Izzone” focused exclusively on Michigan State men’s basketball.

S4E8: Out of the Gauntlet – Nov. 30, 2016

Blake, Ryan and Davey are back, fully recovered from Thanksgiving to talk MSU’s loss to Duke and their other recent struggles. Do you agree with their hot takes on best Thanksgiving foods?

LISTEN HERE


S4E7: Controversy and Turkey – Nov. 21, 2016

And then there were two. Blake Froling and Ryan Cole run the show this week as they break down the controversy surrounding Michigan State’s win over Florida Gulf Coast and discuss the state of the team heading into the Battle 4 Atlantis. Co-host Davey Segal calls in to give his two cents on the Bahamas tournament and the guys predict how far the Spartans will go.

LISTEN HERE


S4E6: Even the Basketball Team Can’t Win – Nov. 16, 2016

Two losses to start the season is not what Coach Izzo had in mind, but the omnipotent members of Impact Izzone saw it coming. Now the guys have to sort through the mess and make some sense of it for all the loyal listeners.

LISTEN HERE


S4E5: Bring On the Wildcats – Nov. 10, 2016

The regular season is finally upon us and the guys break down the matchup in Hawaii with Arizona. Does Michigan State have a chance? Blake, Davey, David and Ryan also give their takeaways from the preseason and make some bold predictions for the season. (WARNING: DMG Alert)

LISTEN HERE


S4E4: Bridges Dominates – Nov. 1, 2016

In case you haven’t heard yet, Michigan State has a player named Miles Bridges, and he’s actually quite good. The guys discuss his incredible first game as a Spartan, debate whether or not MSU deserves its preseason ranking and look ahead to the rest of November.

LISTEN HERE


S4E3: Game Time, Sort Of – Oct. 27, 2016

As the exhibition opener rapidly approaches, the guys talk about Coach Izzo’s projected starting lineup and hear from Miles Bridges about the team’s versatility. They also give their season predictions for Michigan State’s record, tournament seed and more. Does Northwood have a chance to topple the Spartans? Probably not.

LISTEN HERE


S4E2: Brutal November – Oct. 19, 2016

After going months without basketball, the guys are more than willing to overanalyze the Michigan State Madness scrimmage. Then they look ahead to one of the toughest months in MSU basketball history and debate if the Spartans can beat Arizona, Kentucky and Duke. Finally they share their favorite memories from past Izzone Campouts and David Manion really wants you to come visit him.

LISTEN HERE


S4E1: Recruiting, Injuries, Speculation, Madness – Oct. 12, 2016

They’re baaaaack! Blake Froling leads the gang of Ryan Cole, David Manion and Davey Segal back into the studio for another year of Impact Izzone. They kick of the season with a recruiting update and discuss the impact of Ben Carter’s injury. Everyone loves to speculate, so they decided to give out their preseason awards for MVP and Freshman of the Year. What grand entrance will Tom Izzo make at this year’s MSU Madness? Your guess is as good as theirs.

LISTEN HERE


Season 3, Episode 23: Season Finale – April 29, 2016

After a fun-filled, eventful season, the Impact Izzone guys wrap it up until the fall. Blake, Ryan, Davey and David hand out awards to the Michigan State basketball team after a Big Ten tournament championship season finished too early in a shocking first-round upset loss to Middle Tennessee State. Then things get feisty when they debate the professional futures of Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis. Finally, the episode ends with an emotional sendoff, thanks to the musical talents of Sarah McLachlan.

LISTEN HERE


Season 3, Episode 22: Turmoil for Sparty – April 12, 2016

It has been quite a rough month for the Spartans. First, they lost to Middle Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Then, Denzel Valentine lost out on the two major Player of the Year awards to Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield. Then, sophomores Marvin Clark Jr. and Javon Bess transferred. Then, prized recruit Josh Jackson picked Kansas over MSU. Then, freshman forward Deyonta Davis declared for the draft.

The guys debate whether or not Davis made the right decision heading to the NBA and give Spartans fans a reason to stay optimistic for next season.

LISTEN HERE


Season 3, Episode 21: The Curious Case of Josh Jackson – March 29, 2016

Get ready for a feisty, hot-take-filled episode of Impact Izzone!

Just because the Spartans are out of the dance certainly doesn’t mean the guys don’t have anything to debate. Blake, Ryan, Davey and David break down the Marvin Clark Jr./Javon Bess situation, discuss which school top recruit Josh Jackson will pick and give their Final Four and National Championship predictions.

LISTEN HERE


Season 3, Episode 20: Devastation – March 23, 2016

The end is here. Much sooner than anyone could have imagined. The guys try to piece together what went wrong and look ahead to Deyonta Davis’ big decision.

LISTEN HERE

Season 3, Episode 19: Bracket Edition – March 15, 2016

Finally, March Madness is here! The guys give you insight into their perfect brackets get into heated arguments on their Final Four picks. Let’s just say David “Upset Special” Manion has some interesting picks waiting for you.

LISTEN HERE 


Big Ten Tournament Episode 3 – March 13, 2016

Blake Froling and Ryan Cole have somehow survived being in close quarters for over three days now and bring you another podcast from Indy. They break down MSU’s tight win over Maryland and look forward to the championship game Sunday afternoon against Purdue.

LISTEN HERE


Big Ten Tournament Episode 2 – March 12, 2016

Indianapolis has been kind to the Spartans. Ryan Cole and Blake Froling are on location at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to break down MSU’s romp over Ohio State and give a look ahead to the matchup with Maryland.

LISTEN HERE


Big Ten Tournament Episode 1 – March 11, 2016

Impact Izzone hits the road! Ryan Cole and Blake Froling made the trek to Indianapolis to check out the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They give their thoughts on the big upsets and the Spartans’ chances to move past those pesky Buckeyes.

LISTEN HERE


Season 3, Episode 15: Izzo 1st, 2016 – March 2, 2016

Ah, March is finally upon us. The most wonderful time of the year is here once again. We can almost hear the brackets being busted already. The boys cover everything from their outlooks on the Big Ten Tournament to which team has the best chance to take down the Spartans.

LISTEN HERE

 

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: