By ERIK STIEM - "CURRENT SPORTS" HIGH SCHOOL BEAT WRITER
HOLT - Okemos coach Jack Wallace emphatically raised his hands in the air as his quarterback, Grant Klaver, kneeled down to finish the game. Once the final whistle blew, the traveling student section rushed the field to celebrate the big win with their fellow classmates and players.
By GEOFF PRESTON - "CURRENT SPORTS" HIGH SCHOOL BEAT WRITER
As Grand Ledge football (4-3 overall) prepares for a playoff run, head coach Matt Bird is stressing to his players that keeping the tradition of Comet football in mind is going to be an essential piece of a playoff puzzle.
Alex Scharg fills in for Al today to break down the MSU football game from Saturday. He debates with a special caller if MSU is losing focus at the end of games. Later, Alex recaps the Michigan football game and gives a Big Ten analysis in light of the four-team playoff. To close the show, Alex debates with one of the interns what moves to make if you were Dave Dombrowski.
Trevor Manuel, a University of Oregon basketball commitment from Lansing, joined Al on the televison show last night. Al re-airs his favorite segments, and Manuel breaks some big news to Current Sports. Later, Al and the gang recap the Red Wings win over the Bruins last night and preview the big games this weekend for Michigan and Michigan State football. To close the show, it's 'Reflection Friday.'
MSU reportedly has the third best chance of any college football team to make the playoff. Al and Alex debate this report and also touch on the start of the Detroit Red Wings season tonight. Later, Al chats with head coach of Grosse Pointe South men's basketball, Kevin Richards, regarding Krossover and the coaches event in Lansing for coaches across the state of Michigan. To close the show, Al and Alex discuss the outlook for the Detroit Pistons this season.
MSU hockey is right around the corner, and head coach Tom Anastos checks in with Al on updates for the new season and expectations with many players returning. Later, Al and Alex touch on the Washington Redskins dispute and harp on the hand clapping allegations made by Nebraska head coach, Bo Pellini. It's also 'Barbershop Wednesday.' and being a white NBA player is debated.
A wild weekend in Michigan sports comes to an end, as University of Michigan and Detroit Lions football both suffered close loses and the Detroit Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs. And as much as MSU came out victorious, it was not the way they wanted to win. Al and the gang break down all of the latest action on this hot topic Monday in sports.
WKAR's Al Martin wraps-up MSU's Big Ten opening win over Nebraska at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans topped the Cornhuskers, 27 to 22. Following MSU's win to open the Big Ten season, the Spartans moved up to No. 8 in both The Associated Press Poll and Amway Coaches Poll. The No. 8/8 Spartans (4-1, 1-0) will now hit the road to take on Purdue (3-3, 1-1) Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Hoop great, and Lansing native, Magic Johnson has teamed up with the Lansing School District and is part owner of a company now providing providing the food for the district. Starting July 1st SodexoMAGIC, a partnership between Sodexo, Inc, and Magic Johnson Enterprises, took over the running of food service for the Lansing School District. Johnson is SodexoMAGIC's C.E.O. and President. WKAR's Al Martin caught up with Johnson to chat about the endeavor, along with the feeling of returning home, and so much more...
WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on how the MSU football team was able to get back on track, topping EMU 73 to 14. The Spartans were coming off a bye week after a crushing road loss to Oregon. The sting of that defeat is now well behind them.
It was an utter disaster for the Detroit Tigers yesterday, as Al kicks off the show discussing what needs to improve for the game today. An MSU football preview is also discussed coupled with a Detroit Lions preview. Later in the show, it's 'Reflection Friday' and the duo ends the show with thoughts about Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke amidst one of the biggest debacles in University of Michigan sports history.
Following an interview yesterday with MSU women's soccer goalkeeper Courtney Clem, MSU Impact Sports soccer reporter Brooks Laimbeer joins Al to breakdown the women's soccer season and discuss the upcoming game tonight. Also, Al and Alex continue yesterday's debate about when fandom in sports goes too far. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'
The crew at Current Sports kicks the show off with Brady Hoke and all of the criticism that goes along with him. Firing Hoke or not is the hot topic of the day. Also, the MSU football game is discussed and Al gets into a quick preview of what to look for versus Nebraska. Later, Al gives a sneak peak to Current Sports TV by airing an interview with Jemele Hill. To close the show, it's Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers.
Alex Scharg steps outside the glass to fill in for Al Martin today, as Al interviews Jemele Hill at the MSU Union. Alex starts off recapping Derek Jeter's walk-off at Yankee Stadium and gives a hard take on the Robin Ventura comments. Later, it's all Big Ten football discussion. The news of Jeffery Taylor and football picks are also touched on.
Thursday kicks off with discussion on the recent Bill Simmons suspension by ESPN due to comments made on NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell. Later, Alex chimes in on MSU's upcoming matchup with Wyoming and the recent analysis made by defensive coordinator, Pat Narduzzi. To close the show, it's 'Throwback Thursday' and the team debates about Tony Stewart.
On this Wednesday, Current Sports offers a short snippet into one of the heated debates on 'Barbershop Wednesday.' Join Al, Alex and the rest of the Current Sports team as they discuss when praise goes to far with athletes. Derek Jeter is the focal point of this hot topic discussion.
Al and Alex start the show venting about the Detroit Tigers recent woes from last game and the freak accident of Stephen Tulloch. Rico Beard joins the show later to recap the Michael Taylor comments made on his 105.1 show in Detroit, and gives his take on the state of the University of Michigan football program. To close the show, Al and Alex give their top five biggest blowouts in sports history.
It was a big weekend of football, as Al and his team kick off the show with Detroit Lions football and the clobbering performance of MSU football over Eastern Michigan. Later, a caller points out the faults from Michigan football on Saturday, and Al and his team debates. Also, Lansing Sexton basketball recruit Trevor Manuel joins Al to discuss his decision to attend University of Oregon and has his father weighs in on the decision process. To close the show, the crew recaps weekend winners.
It's finally Friday, as Al and Alex preview the big college football weekend with Michigan State and the University of Michigan. Later, skydiver Amanda Scheffler discusses the festivities taking place at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, and how she co-founded the world's only women's skydiving demo team, the Misty Blues. To close, the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers game is discussed.
To open the show, the Detroit Tigers are a hot button topic. The Nate Freese kicking situation kicker is also discussed. In the second segment, one-legged MMA fighter Ronald Mann tells Al his journey and rejoices in some of his best moments as a fighter. To close the show, it's throwback Thursday, Jameis Winston and domestic abuse discussion.
Al and Alex kick start Wednesday with discussion about the Detroit Tigers bullpen and the Detroit Lions kickers. Later, Al has a memorable interview with Magic Johnson on his new programs at Lansing Everett and his take of abuse and assault in the NFL. To close, they debate when discipline goes too far stemming off the recent case of Adrian Peterson.
On this episode of Current Sports, Al and Alex come off the weekend in sports with a lot to talk about. The Detroit Lions lose big to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and the duo debates what went wrong. Also, the Detroit Tigers are back to winning fashion. Later in the show, they discuss all of the abuse cases from NFL players and what Roger Goodell will do to control it.
It's Friday, and the crucial weekend series for the Detroit Tigers is a hot button topic. Also, Al and Alex recap the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers football game last night. Floyd Mayweather also hits the ring for his rematch on Saturday. Al and Alex preview the big fight. Callers discuss Michigan State football and the Atlanta Hawks racism allegations.
As Penn State's ban is uplifted, the heated debate continues between Al and Alex regarding the NCAA's recent actions. Ray Rice is still a hot button topic, and the tandem debates if Roger Goodell should keep his job. Later, a sneak peak to Current Sports TV is revealed, and the crew remembers where they were on on September 11, 2011.
To start off the show, Al and Alex discuss the Detroit Tigers in the heat of the pennant race. They also discuss the impact of the recent injuries to Corey Hilliard and Bill Bentley of the Detroit Lions. They debate how it will play into Sunday's matchup versus the Carolina Panthers. To close the show, the heated topics of Ray Rice and Penn State football are discussed.
The hot button topic, of today's show, is the latest indefinite suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice from the NFL. Al and Alex recap the current situation, and give their takes on if Rice will every get a look from an NFL team in the future. Earlier in the show, Detroit Free Press writer Joe Rexrode recaps the Michigan State football game in Eugene Oregon. The Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers are also discussed.
After a weekend of woes for Big Ten football, Al and Alex recap the losses from Michigan State and University of Michigan. They debate what went wrong for both teams, and the outlook for a Big Ten team making the College Football Playoff moving forward. Later, a hot topic is the new video from TMZ showing Ray Rice punching his girlfriend. That and the Detroit Tigers are debated along with other topics to close out the show.