September 10, 2007

Notebook: Cleveland-centric Monday for Hoyer

EAST LANSING - Brian Hoyer has a reason to dislike the Detroit Tigers, not to mention the Cleveland Browns.

After Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio's press conference Monday, the junior quarterback and Cleveland area native met with members of the media. During that time, Hoyer, sporting a Cleveland Indians hat, was asked when he thought the Indians would begin to choke away their lead in the AL Central.

His response, "It's not so much the Tribe, the Tigers got to step there game up because the Indians won yesterday and the Tigers lost. But they're pretty hot right now."

Currently the Tigers are six games behind the Indians in the AL Central, while they are four games behind the New York Yankees in the Wild Card race.

With his Indians on the road to the playoffs, Hoyer has had some fun taunting his Tigers fan teammates - specifically Adam Decker and Andrew Hawken - and assistant coach Dan Enos.

"There are some guys on the team that are pretty big Tigers fans and they don't really appreciate it too much," Hoyer said. "But I've been having to deal with the Pistons always knocking the Cavs out, so I always get trash-talked about that. But now I get a little chance to stick it to those guys."

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