Al Martin

Current Sports #472 | May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015

  Today's show is full of different voices on the air, as Current Sports has not one, but two guests. Troy Matlock, the new head coach of Lansing Eastern football, joins the show to discuss how he plans to improve a team that only won three games in the past four years. Then, Al and Isaac talk about their favorite "30 for 30" documentaries, in response to Chris Webber's comments about the 'Fab Five.' Finally, Chris Gandy of the "Those Detroit Guys" podcast calls in to talk about his mission, his show, and Detroit sports.   


Current Sports #471 | May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015

 The 'Deflategate' punishments have been finally handed down, but did the NFL get this one right? Current Sports discusses the news as callers also chime in with their takes. Then, Al brings Nick Germano of the Insane Inflatable 5K to discuss the new competition that will be stopping in Lansing. Several pieces of breaking news come in during the show, and Al and Isaac provide their first reactions. Then, all attention turns to college violations, both Michigan's recruiting violations and questions about Tim Beckman's coaching, to end the show.


Current Sports #470 | May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015

 Although only the last 10 minutes of the show were recorded, Monday's Current Sports still has plenty to check up on. Al and Isaac review the Meredith Boxberger interview, with their competitive eating escapades paling in comparison to the 17th ranked competitive eater in the world. Then, Weekend Winners runs the rest of the show.


Current Sports #469 | May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

It's graduation day for many Michigan State seniors, and Current Sports with Al Martin sends some advice their way regarding financial stability. Denzell Wright, a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual and a Michigan State graduate, is in the booth to talk about how athletes lose such large sums of cash. His advice extends beyond athletics, however, and is applicable for anyone.

Also, Al and Isaac hypothesize about the reasons beyond Caleb Swanigan's recommitment from MSU. Could that have a ripple effect to other recruits?


Current Sports #468 | May 7, 2015

May 8, 2015

Current Sports with Al Martin starts off with a bang today as the show begins with discussions on "Deflategate." What exactly should happen to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Al, CS engineer Isaac Constans, and callers debate the issue.

"Current State" reporter Scott Pohl heads to Ann Arbor to visit the only golf course in Michigan that provides "golfboarding" as a way of getting around the green! Hear Pohl's experience, as well as from those that have tried it. Could this spark golf interest for the young generation?

Lastly, we close out the show with "Throwback Thursday." 


Current Sports #467 | May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

 

  On today's Current Sports, Al recounts the career and crimes of Titus Young, the former Lions receiver, who recently was sentenced to five years of probation. Young is part of a bigger problem in sports, the failure to recognize the prevalent problem of mental health, and Al provides anecdotes and examples of other athletes who faced similar problems. Then, Current Sports has Greg Kampe, head coach of Oakland men's basketball, on to talk about his efforts to end cancer, and how people can contribute. 


Current Sports #466 | May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today's Current Sports features a discussion about athletes on social media and American Pharaoh, winner of the Kentucky Derby. Is sports media too quick to jump towards Triple Crown talks? Then, Al brings Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press to the show to discuss the Detroit Lions' offseason. The show is not complete until 'Top Five Tuesday', which features Al and Isaac's top five overhyped sporting events. 


Current Sports #465 | May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

In case you missed it, this Saturday was one of the biggest days in sports history. With the NFL Draft, Kentucky Derby, Clippers-Spurs Game 7, and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Al and Isaac have a long series of discussions and debates about the big stories from the weekend. Also, Steph Curry was named the NBA MVP Monday morning, which splits opinions in the Current Sports camp. The show finishes with Weekend Winners, and Al's top spot is a bit of a surprise amidst all of  the celebrated sporting events of the weekend.


Current Sports #464 | May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

  It is Friday, May 1, and there is no better way to kick off the month than a little bit of draft day talk. Al, Isaac and Ben, one of the great Current Sports interns who is on his last day, chat about all of the Day 1 drama, including the selection of Trae Waynes and the Lions' unforeseen move. Also, learn about the latest uproar caused by now-Buccaneer Jameis Winston directly proceeding his first overall selection. Then, to close the show, Andre Hutson, MSU men's basketball legend and owner of Conquest Health and Fitness, joins Current Sports on line one to talk about an assortment of topics.


Current Sports #462 | April 29, 2015

Apr 29, 2015

  Happy 'Hump Day,' Current Sports fans! On this show, Al brings you all of the latest news regarding the Red Wings, and how they will perform with Kronwall's absence, after his Game 6 hit was deemed worthy of suspension by the NHL. The NBA playoffs are also progressing interestingly, with the Clippers-Spurs series taking a turn in the Spurs favor, as they went up 3-2 Tuesday night as Game 6 awaiting the teams in San Antonio. Finally, enjoy a preview Al's special segment for this week's Current Sports TV and prepare yourself for a noteworthy story about Manny Pacquiao.


Current Sports #461 | April 28, 2015

Apr 28, 2015

  After suffering a devastating home loss to the Lightning, the Red Wings have to travel back to Tampa Bay for Game 7. Al and Isaac weight the Red Wings' chances of winning and progressing to the next round. 

Next, Current Sports is all things Mayweather-Pacquiao for the final half of the show. In a round table discussion, the Current Sports staff talks about each fighter's keys and chances, the possibility of a boycott because of Mayweather's past domestic assault offenses, and the top five reasons why each fighter will win.


Current Sports #460 | April 27, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

  On this edition of Current Sports, Al reviews the Michigan State spring game, identifying the stars of the game and describing the recruits who committed after seeing the crowd of 48,000. Also, the Red Wings hold a 3-2 series lead over the Lightning, but is Game 6 at Joe Louis a must win for Detroit? Finally, with the 'Fight of the Century' looming, all the latest news, analysis, and predictions are addressed for the May 2 fight.


The White team defeated the Green, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium for the annual Spring Game. A total of 48,000 fans showed up for the afternoon exhibition matchup, just shy of Mark Dantonio's goal of 50K.

Head Above Water | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 25, 2015
Alan Holben/CAAC

LANSING - For anyone that has swam, you know the effort it takes just to doggy paddle around the kiddie pool, let alone swim competitively day in and day out. It is no question that swimmers are some of the best athletes on the planet. 

Current Sports #459 | April 24, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

 April 23 was a Thursday of turmoil. The Red Wings relinquished a 2-0 lead to the Lightning and lost a 3-2 game that could prove crucial in the series' outcome. Also, the Golden State Warriors made history with a dramatic fourth quarter comeback against Isaac's New Orleans Pelicans. Al uses this game as more evidence for why Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of all time and Isaac details what it was like to be a Pelicans fan during that cataclysmic collapse. Then, the Current Sports TV interview is replayed, just in case you missed it. Finally, Al reflects on this busy week with 'Reflection Friday.'


Current Sports #458 | April 23, 2015

Apr 23, 2015

  Messiah deWeaver, the eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, recently announced his commitment to Michigan State, but how big of a get is he for the Spartans? Al Martin shares his thoughts, also hear Al's take on whether Mark Dantonio's expectation of 50,000 fans is reasonable or fair.

Joe Nathan is set to miss the rest of the season for the Tigers, which will hand all of the ninth inning responsibilities to Joakim Soria. The impact of Nathan's injury is discussed.

Finally, listen to hear Al and Isaac debate the merits of the 'Hack-a-Shaq' strategy in the NBA and a remembrance of Howard Cosell on today's "Throwback Thursday" segment.


Love Match on MSU Softball Diamond | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 22, 2015
Andrea Harrison

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- One phone call changed everything for Andrea Harrison.

After a two-time, All-America softball career at UCLA, Harrison coached softball for two years at Norman High School in Oklahoma at age 23.

It was her first coaching gig, an exciting new start doing something she loved. It was a job where she could use her knowledge from winning a national championship as a sophomore at UCLA and help teach young people how to succeed.

Shortly after she started coaching, Harrison received a call that threw her plans in a loop.

Current Sports #457 | April 22, 2015

Apr 22, 2015

  All of the hype in East Lansing is surrounding the Michigan State spring football game, where Mark Dantonio expects 50,000 fans. To discuss spring football and the state of the Michigan State team, Al invites MSU senior linebacker Darien Harris into the studio. Also, the Red Wings took a 2-1 series lead against the Lightning and Current Sports covers all of the hot takes on that game. Finally, hear Isaac and Al debate whether Scott Brooks deserved to be fired and the initial reaction to Joe Nathan's injury.


Current Sports #456 | April 21, 2015

Apr 21, 2015

Al Martin begins today's "Current Sports" by talking about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. comments about the famed boxer believing he is better than the great Muhammad Ali. Al invites callers to join the conversation.

The Detroit Tigers move their record to 11-2 after topping the New York Yankees last night. Al talks about how this team has been able to get off to the right track and believes a "closer controversy" will ensue if Joakim Soria continues his hot play in the absence of Joe Nathan.

Current Sports #455 | April 18, 2015

Apr 20, 2015

  In an exciting edition of Current Sports, there is no lack of sports discussion as both the NHL and NBA playoffs have begun, filled with lots of action. After a promising first game, the Red Wings were demolished in Game 2 by the Lightning and Current Sports discusses the latest on the goalie situation in Detroit. Also, Al invites Okemos basketball star Connor George on to the show as they talk about his recent commitment to Michigan State. 


Current Sports #454 | April 17, 2015

Apr 17, 2015

It was a special day on Current Sports, as longtime engineer and personality Alex Scharg steps off the air with his final day. Callers give tribute throughout the hour and Alex looks back on some of his best memories at WKAR. Also, the Detroit Red Wings and Delton Williams are discussed along with other topics around the sports world.


Current Sports #453 | April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015

The NBA playoffs are all set up, and Al and Alex analyze all of the first round matchups. They take a look back on the Pistons' season as well and examine who should win the NBA MVP. Also, listen for an exclusive sneak peek of this week's Current Sports TV interview with Richard Kincaide. And finally, 'Throwback Thursday' hosts a discussion about Jackie Robinson and other sports greats who broke down barriers. 


Current Sports #452 | April 15, 2015

Apr 15, 2015

The murder trial of Aaron Hernandez officially has a verdict. Al and Alex break down the counts of murder and what the overall verdict means for the NFL. Later, Al and Alex preview the new addition of Jake Hartbarger to Michigan State's football team and also preview the NBA playoffs.


Current Sports #451 | April 14, 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Sports have not started to slow down just yet, because with the conclusion of the Masters comes the contentious playoff races in the NBA and NHL. Al breaks down both situations, and talks about the Red Wings' situation in front of the net. Also,  the Tigers' shining start to the season has fueled high expectations for this year, but is it too early to draw any conclusions? Finally, Current Sports closes with an intriguing interview of Richard Kincaide who delves further into the Detroit sports situation. 


Current Sports #450 | April 13, 2015

Apr 13, 2015

  Paul Konyndyk, a recruiting and sports reporter for Spartanmag.com, joins Al to discuss Calen Swanigan's recruitment to the MSU basketball 2015 class and other news around Spartan football and basketball. Later, Al recaps Jordan Spieth's incredible run in the 2015 Masters golf tournament and gives 'Weekend Winners.'


Current Sports #449 | April 10, 2015

Apr 10, 2015

The week is coming to a close but the Detroit Red Wings' streak of 24 consecutive playoff appearances is not. The Red Wings clinched a birth again despite losing last night, and Al elaborates on Hockey Town's amazing feat. Also, tune in to find out who is looking like the new Tiger Woods with his performance in the Masters, and does Tiger have anything left in the tank? Finally, Al invites Kelli  Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU Vice President of Community and Business Development, on to talk about the Lansing Lugnuts. Enjoy your weekend!


Current Sports #448 | April 9, 2015

Apr 9, 2015

  Al has Big Ten and MSU goaltender Jake Hildebrand on Current Sports TV tonight and listeners get a sneak peak on the radio show today. Al also touches on the Tom Izzo "end-of-the-year" press conference and discusses what the injury of Joe Nathan means to the Detroit Tigers. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'


Current Sports #447 | April 8, 2015

Apr 9, 2015

  Lansing Lugnuts play-by-play announcer Jesse Goldberg-Strassler stops into the WKAR studios to preview the upcoming season and look back on the history of the standout Lugnuts players. Al also touches on the University of Michigan spring football game and predicts the playoff chances of the Detroit Red Wings.


MSU Swimming Looking to Build for Future | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 7, 2015

As Michigan State’s swimming and diving teams look forward to the 2015-16 season, they see this past one as a foundation.

In 2015, the women’s team scored 65 points at the Big Ten championship, placing them in 13th. The men’s team, had slightly better results, with 82 points and a 10th place finish.

And although Michigan State produced no NCAA qualifiers in the 2015 season, Matt Gianiodis, MSU’s head swimming coach, feels 2016 holds promise.

Current Sports #446 | April 7, 2015

Apr 7, 2015

  That one shining moment in college basketball belongs to Duke, who defeated Wisconsin 68-63 in Monday night's National Championship. Al Martin covers all facets of the game, including Duke's stellar freshmen and coach Mike Krzyzewski's legacy. Also, the Detroit Tigers start the season with a win against the Minnesota Twins. Al talks about the stellar performance from David Price and addresses his concerns with the bullpen.  Finally, Current Sports beat reporter Dominique Oden interviews Darus Ward, the head coach of the Okemos girls' soccer team.


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