It was a wild weekend for college football, as the 'College Football Playoff' teams were announced. Al and Alex debate about the Big Ten getting the leg up over Big 12 teams and discuss some of the factors involved in the committee selections. Also, MSU gets a bump up to the Cotton Bowl. Is this a chance to make a statement? To close, 'weekend winners' are discussed.
MSU men's soccer is in the Elite Eight and MSU Impact Sports reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, joins Al at the later half of the show to preview the upcoming game tomrrow and discuss MSU's chances of making the Final Four. Also, Al looks back on some of the best moments this week with 'Reflection Friday,' and Alex joins to recap MSU women's basketball and the Detroit Tigers' acquisition of pitcher, Shane Greene.
MSU basketball went through a rough loss against Notre Dame in overtime,and Al invites Detroit Free Presss beat writer, Joe Rexrode, on the show to break down what happened. Rexrode also gives his outlook on the rest of the season. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday,' and it is a special day for Barry Sanders. The team breaks down how spectacular Sanders was as an NFL running back.
Brady Hoke has been officially let go as head coach of University of Michigan football. And the show kicks off with Al and Alex going back and forth about who is the ideal candidate to replace him. Later, former NBA player Charles Barkley made some comments about the unrest in Ferguson, as Al and Alex reflect on the validity of his comments.
Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Game highlights are featured here.
Three local mid-Michigan teams went onto play at Ford Field in the state championships, but none of the teams came back with a victory. MLive.com's Mike Kohon explains what happened last weekend down in Detroit. Later, Al and Alex recap the MSU basketball and football games over the weekend and close the show with 'Weekend Winners.'
The Michigan State football team wrapped up the regular season on Saturday with a 34-10 win at Penn State. The Spartans wind up with a 7-1 mark in Big Ten play and a 10-2 overall record, the fourth time in the last five seasons reaching ten victories. They won’t be playing in the Big Ten championship game; that will be Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, but a choice bowl invitation awaits for MSU.
On this edition of Current Sports, Al rants about Johnny 'Football' Manziel and his innocence in light of a recent battery accusation set forth by a fan. MSU men's basketball is also discussed after its recent win over Santa Clara, while the women's team is set to face Oakland tomorrow night. Also, tune in to hear about the Pistons' problems 13 games into the season. There is a thanksgiving theme for 'Top Five Tuesday', as Al and Alex discuss what they are thankful for in the world of sports.
Director of MSU Track and Field and Cross Country, Walt Drenth, gives Al a taste of the emotions coming off a national championship win over the weekend. He also discusses the overall season for the Spartans. Al also touches on the Detroit Lions' loss against the Patriots at the beggining of the show and breaks down MSU football's enormous win over Rutgers. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners.'
Listen to reaction from head coaches Porter Moser and Tom Izzo after MSU's 87 to 52 win over Loyola Chicago. The Spartans rebound nicely coming off the loss to Duke earlier this week.
Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the Spartans (2-1). Travis Trice added 13 and Denzel Valentine 12, and Michigan State never trailed. Matt Costello also had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Ithaca football head coach Terry Hessbrook discusses his team's chance to continue the streak by winning a state championship this year. Later, Al brings on Mike Kohon from MLive.com to preview the remaining local teams in the high school football playoffs. Al and Alex also preview the MSU football and basketball games this weekend.
Al and Alex start by breaking down the loss to Duke last night by MSU men's basketball. Later, Brian Calloway from Lansing State Journal breaks down the MSU girls' season so far and if they have the depth to compete against Notre Dame. To close, former Detroit Piston guard Lindsey Hunter joins Al to recall 'Malice at the Palice' memories on its anniversary.
After former Spartan Le'Veon Bell's big game last night against the Tennessee Titans, Tuesday's show kicks off with a discussion about his impressive performance. Al brings on Mason's head football coach and they talk about the up-and-coming rivalry with DeWitt. Finally, 'Top Five Tuesday' consists of four this time, as Al and Alex give their top four teams for the upcoming College Football Playoff.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on the Michigan State loss to Notre Dame. The Spartans fell, 71 to 63, to a top five team in the Fighting Irish, going toe to toe and competing throughout the game. The motivation behind the gritty outing? A moment of "disrespect" during pre-game warmups. Find out how the Spartans earned that respect in the report.
Al and Alex kick off today's show with MSU football discussion as they defeated Maryland in primetime on Saturday. Later, they touch on University of Michigan's Frank Clark and what his release means for the football program. 'Weekend Winners' closes the show along with MSU men's and women's basketball analysis.
Al brings in his weekly Friday crew of MSU Impact Sports soccer beat writer, Brooks Laimbeer, and MLive.com sports writer, Mike Kohon. The two break down high school football and college soccer games this weekend. Al and Alex also preview the Michigan State and Maryland football while closing the show with 'Reflection Friday.'
The barbershop discussion from yesterday continues, as the typical, college student-athlete is discussed. Where is the line between schooling and money raised by the University? Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak of tonight's Current Sports TV guest and Al closes the show with 'Throwback Thursday.'
Starting hump day, the new college football rankings are out and Al gives analysis. Midway through the show, Al chats with MSU alum Alex Yavaraski who works for the Carolina Panthers Television Network. The two talk journalism and fantasy football. To close, it's 'Barbershop Wednesday' and the student-athlete is debated.
Happy Veterans Day! To thank all of the veterans and soldiers of the United States Military, Current Sports takes a minute to remember the great athletes who served their country. Al also picks the brain of Eaton Rapids football head coach, Mike Smith, who is leading the Greyhounds out of the shadows and into the upper echelon of high school football. For 'Top Five Tuesday', Al and Alex give their worst celebrations.
Al provides a breakdown of the Michigan State loss to Ohio State. Hear his report from Spartan Stadium, as well as remarks on this MSU football season being a "failure." Alex sparks up some debate with comments on the student section (yes, again) leaving early. Later, Al then talks Detroit Lions. Are fans are now sipping the Kool-Aid after yesterday's win over the Miami Dolphins? "Weekend Winners" then close the show out.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on the aftermath of MSU's defeat to Ohio State, 49 to 37 the final. The four-team playoff hopes of the Spartans have now vanished, and the Spartans now try to lick their wounds and find other motivators to finish the season strong. The Buckeyes have not lost at Spartan Stadium since 1999 and have defeated Michigan State four times in the past six games.
The big game is one day away, and the team debates whether the Ohio State and Michigan State football game on Saturday is the biggest game in Mark Dantonio's tenure. Later, Mike Kohon gives some insight on the momentum in high school football this weekend and gives his picks. To close, it's 'Reflection Friday.'
The days are drawing near, and Al kicks off the show previewing the Ohio State and Michigan State upcoming football game. Tensions are flaring between Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Michigan State's Taiwan Jones, so Al gives his take on the situation. Later, listeners get a sneak peak into Current Sports TV tonight with Lindsey Hunter. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'
Special guests are the feature on this show, as Michigan Bulletin's Ernie Boone previews the big game this weekend with Al to start the show. Later, we get an interview with the head coach of East Lansing soccer regarding the recent championship over Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood. To close, it's more MSU football.
Today on the show, Al discusses the Michigan State men's basketball team's win in the opening exhibition game against Master's College, as Russell Byrd made his return to Michigan State. For "Top Five Tuesday", Al and Alex debate the top five animal movies about sports of all the time, and Al's top pick is surprising. The two hosts then finish the show with a discussion about the role of marijuana in professional sports, in light of the C.J. Mosley suspension.
Following former Michigan AD Dave Brandon's resignation, Alex fills in for Al to lead the banter about the future AD and the situation at Michigan. The environment and state of the program are discussed and callers give their takes. Later, Michigan State basketball kicks off tonight and Alex gives a preview with the interns.
Current Sports' Halloween edition is packed. Williamston soccer coach Brent Sorg begins the show to discuss the season and some anecdotes of the journey. Later, MLive.com sports reporter Mike Kohon gives more previews in high school football and gives some key games to watch for over the weekend. To close, MSU Impact Sports soccer reporter Brooks Laimbeer breaks down the Michigan vs Michigan State soccer game and some other notes for the season.
WKAR's Al Martin reveals the second part of his sit-down with hoop great, and Lansing native, Magic Johnson. The game of basketball has evolved over time and Magic believes it has become too catered to its "superstars." He explains why, along with why rivalries are so important to the game.