We continue our discussion on sports injuries with USA Football Regional Manager, Mike Cuzzone. Mike discusses the basics to concussions and how USA Football is making the game safe for the youth. It's Wednesday so its time for another round of Barber Shop Wednesday.
We begin a new series on Current State looking at injuries to athletes. Our first guest is former Michigan State football player Arthur Ray Jr. Arthur battled and beat bone cancer. Arthur discusses how his injury affected him on the field and off the field. We also take a look at some of the most gruesome and horrific injuries of all time.
We finish our boxing series today with amateur boxer Brandon Larvadain. Al gets his thoughts on the current state of boxing, his boxing style and Brandon turning pro on June 1st. It's Friday so its time for our annual Reflection Friday with Al and the team.
Yesterday we ended the show with callers thoughts on the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia. We continue the conversation on the top of the show. Later in the show Al talks with Grand Rapids boxing trainer Dennis Shimmell Jr. about the state of boxing. The Diamond Classic is underway and Al invites Grand Ledge baseball coach Pat O'Keefe to talk his long running success as a coach.
Our series on boxing continues with local and former Lansing Community College softball coach and boxing guru Bob Every. Bob shares his thoughts on the current state of boxing and boxing in the Lansing area. Sergio Garcia made a comment about "friend chicken", referring to Tiger Woods. Do you feel this was racist? Listeners and Al share their thoughts.
We continue our boxing segment with none other than the great boxing referee and judge, Frank Garza. Frank talks about his time as a judge and a referee and also give his thoughts on the state of boxing. Matt, Alex and Al also give their top 5 boxing exchanges.
We continue our boxing and mixed martial arts series with the lead trainer of East Lansing Underground Martial Arts, Matt Torres. Al gets Matt's thoughts about MMA and how it compares to boxing. Al breaks down the latest in the sports world. We also get some predictions from Matt, Alex and Al on games this week.
Al begins today's show with none other than Michigan State basketball great Greg Kelser. Greg discusses his time at Michigan State, his time in the NBA, his current role as sports broadcaster and his book about Michigan State basketball. Al also invites Jennifer Swanchara, Lansing Lugnuts PA announcer, to discuss her early success in college and the challenge women face in sports broadcasting.
Former Michigan State basketball great and current Turner Sports broadcaster Steve Smith joins Al to discuss his life at MSU, his life in the NBA and as a broadcaster. Other topics include Jay Harris, Titus Young and a debate about boxing.
Today marks day number two of Current Sports! We kick off today's show with MSU Alumn and Senior Vice President and General Manager of four Atlanta based sports networks, Jeff Genthner. Al also discusses the Tigers, Brady Hoke, and the NBA playoffs. Lastly, Al has a conversation with Matt and Alex about what it takes to succeed as a Sports Journalist.
Today marks the launch of Current Sports with Al Martin. Al Martin is taking over for longtime host Earle Robinson. To honor Earle, Al invited Earle to be his very first guest and discuss his life as a broadcaster and his life as a retiree. Other conversations include the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Tiger Woods and the NBA Playoffs. We hear from listeners as well and even Al's dad (aww)!
Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde (pictured above in 2012 spring training) gave up the game-tying run in the 9th running against the Cleveland Indians, blowing his first save of the season. The Tigers would go on to lose in 10 innings.
Current Sportswith Al Martin premieres Monday, May 13 at 1 p.m. The new radio talk show from WKAR tackles sports topics in depth, with special guests and listener interaction, while exploring new ground.