It's a busy Tuesday, with discussion centered on one of the biggest Michigan high school hoops games of the year, Lansing Everett vs. Muskegon. We also have sound-clips from MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio and msu men's basketball coach Tom Izzo from their morning press conferences. "Current Sports with Al Martin" has all of the big stories covered!
Also, Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal chats with Al to talk about the success of Michigan State men's basketball team in the tournament and their chances against Oklahoma. Finally, the show closes out with the 'Top 5 Michigan State Tournament Moments." Listen here!
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Tuesday! There is a lot to discuss on this edition of Current Sports with Al Martin, especially the release of the NCAA Men's Bracket. How far could MSU go and who is going to shock the nation this year? Al brings on Drew Sharp, sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, to help answer some of the toughest questions about this year's bracket. Also, breaking news on air came out of the MSU football camp concerning MSU running back Delton Williams, who has been suspended from the team.
Lastly, the top five moments in NCAA tournament history star in today's 'Top Five Tuesday' segment. Let the MADNESS begin!!!
Al opens the show with callers who had a lot to say on the National Championship game last night. Al and Alex also give an outlook on Ohio State's football team next season and how Michigan State will match up. Later, Lansing State Journal reporter Brian Calloway analyzes the Michigan State women's basketball team and he also comments on breaking news regarding Jasmine Lumpkin.
In this show from Friday, August 22, Al invites the head coach of the Dewitt Panther football team, Rob Zimmerman, on to chat about the incredible progress of his program in recent times. The Spartan football team also released the names of the captains for the 2014-15 season, and Al gives his take on that. Finally, predictions are made for the Lions and Jaguars preseason football game.
Today, Al discusses the Tigers' meltdown in the three-game divisional series against the O's. A fan calls in to weigh in on the current Michigan football situation, while Al and Alex debate the predicament of MSU students leaving against Nebraska. Finally, Al and Alex provide their top five NFL teams as part of 'Top Five Tuesday.'
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.
Matt fills in for Al today in one of the biggest sports news breakers of summer. Lebron James officially announces that he will be going back to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers, and the show is all about Lebron. What will his legacy be now? What number will he wear? What will fans think of him coming back? All of these questions are debated. Also, the streaky Detroit Tigers and Michigan State football are discussed.
Al opens up the show with Matt and Alex to discuss the latest news on Dan Marino. Later, the crew debates on whether Nick Saban was unfair to the Spartans as he was recently awarded one of the highest head coaching contracts in the history of college football. To close the show, Al invites Dan Dickerson on the air to talk about the recent slump of the Detroit Tigers and he also gives analysis of the starting pitching.
For those that missed the latest Current Sports TV episode, Al has you covered! He gives you another look back on his interview with James Moore, a former Michigan State football fullback who went to the 1988 Rose Bowl. Later, the crew chimes in on the Tigers recent woes, and also the rumblings coming from team Mayweather.
Michigan State's football team put up big numbers on offense during Saturday's homecoming victory over Indiana. The Spartans next host Purdue. In baseball, the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox are tied a 1-1 in the American League Championship Series.
Penalties against the MSU defense were a big factor in the 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. The coaching staff is also facing questions about the decision to replace starting quarterback Connor Cook late in the game.
Earle opens the show featuring co-host for the day, Jack Ebling. He invites Lansing State Journal writer Chris Solari to discuss Michigan State football and off-season coaching changes. Earle also hosts MSU baseball coach Jake Boss Jr. He closes the show with Jack Ebling, and opens the lines for listeners.
On senior day for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Michigan State Spartans had one last chance to clinch a victory and attain bowl eligibility.
Michigan State started off the game strong with an interception at 12:11 in the first quarter, which led to a Dan Conroy 48-yard field goal.
Minnesota tallied an interception of its own at 4:43, leading to a touchdown and taking the lead 7-3. Dan Conroy hit another field goal to tighten the lead to 7-6 ending the first quarter.
The second quarter was scoreless until an intended Andrew Maxwell pass to Tony Lippett tipped into Bennie Fowler’s hands, leading to a 41-yard touchdown with only 1:28 left.
The Spartans led at halftime 13-7, as the half was highlighted by two interceptions from each quarterback. Leading the Spartans was running back Le’Veon Bell, who totaled 124 yards rushing in the first half.
The third quarter was highlighted by two Dan Conroy field goals, and a field goal for Minnesota making it 19-10. Highlighting the third was freshman Andre Sims, who had a career best 44-yard punt return to the Minnesota 7-yard line, which then was followed by a Dan Conroy field goal.
Michigan State added one more touchdown, and then ran off the clock for a 29-10 win. Le’Veon Bell finished the game with 266 rushing yards on 35 carries.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 6-6 on the season and 3-5 in the Big Ten Conference. Their potential bowl games include the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Little Caesars Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, or Heart of Dallas Bowl. This is the sixth-straight bowl season for the Spartans.
The Michigan State Spartans had their bowl bid hopes on the line Saturday, as they faced the Northwestern Wildcats at Spartan Stadium.
The opening Northwestern drive led to a field goal, tacked on by kicker Jeff Budzien. Michigan State responded tallying its first safety of the year, sacking quarterback Kain Colter with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
Both teams failed to score touchdowns in the first half. The Spartans were 1-4 in the red-zone scoring with a field goal, while Northwesterns’ one red-zone chance led to a field goal, as they led at the half 6-5.
The second half featured more scoring opportunities, as Andrew Maxwell threw an interception within the first minute that was returned for a Northwestern touchdown. Michigan State fired right back with a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, while successfully completing a two-point conversion to tie the game 13-13.
After more scoring from both teams, the Wildcats pulled away late in the fourth quarter with another Budzien field goal at 7:30. The Spartans could not answer, committing two turnovers with the remaining time.
Michigan State Dan Conroy set a record of 77 consecutive made extra points, tied for the most ever in Spartan history. Running back Le’Veon Bell, who had five 100-yard rush games leading up to today, finished with 133 yards on 32 carries.
The Michigan State Spartans have now lost their last five games at home this season by a combined total of 13 points. One more win would give them a bowl berth, as they face the Minnesota Golden Gophers next Saturday with their last game of the season.