In the 1960s, MSU football coach Duffy Daughterty made the first major recruiting efforts to bring African-American players from the deep south into the sport…players who could not be admitted to segregated schools. That pool of talent wound up bringing championships to East Lansing. Maya Washington is the daughter of one of those players, Gene Washington. She’s making a documentary film about her dad called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.”
MSU football fans made history over the weekend. A record 48,000 people packed Spartan Stadium on Saturday to witness this year’s Green and White scrimmage. It was the largest attendance ever recorded for the annual spring tradition.
One of the rising stars of the MSU football team is junior linebacker Riley Bullough. His football pedigree is well known: his grandfather Hank Bullough played at MSU in the 50s; his father, Shane, was a Spartan in the 80s; his brother Max was here through the 2013 season, and another brother, Byron, is a redshirt freshman at MSU. Beyond that, his other grandfather, Jim Morse, played at Notre Dame, and three uncles also played college football.
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.
Spring football quickly approaches, so Al and Alex give listeners what to watch for during the spring game and analyze positions on the football roster. Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with Okemos' head hockey coach. Closing the show, Lauren Verrusio, a Google Trends expert, breaks down the most searched topics during March Madness.
This post-Super Bowl Monday gives the New England Patriots NFL bragging rights for the coming year. But who’s number one in the combined professional and college football world? According to the personal finance-social media network WalletHub, it’s East Lansing.
Michigan State's football team made a splash by hiring Texas A&M's former defensive coordinator, Mark Snyder, as a defensive assistant to Harlon Barnett and Mike Tressel. Al and Alex break down the hire and also touch on the continued winning streak of the Detroit Pistons. Later, Bob Every joins to discuss the recent inductees into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'
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.
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.
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.'
The MSU Women’s Cross Country team stood on college running high ground Saturday, capturing the NCAA National Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was the university’s first national championship since MSU men’s hockey in 2007, and the second women’s national championship in school history.
The Michigan State football team got back on the winning track Saturday, beating Maryland 37-15. The win moves MSU’s record to 8-2, 5-1 in Big Ten Conference play. Next Saturday, the Spartans will play their final home game of the season, hosting Rutgers.
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.
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.
The Michigan State football team lost to Ohio State Saturday night, and with the 49-37 defeat, the Spartans have now lost twice and will not make it into the NCAA’s four-team playoff at the end of the season. MSU has fallen to #12 in the AP college football poll.
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.'
In one of the most caller-debated shows in Current Sports history, Al and Alex challenge listeners to voice their opinions and concerns regarding the Michigan and Michigan State football game on Saturday. The coaches and the legacies of both programs are discussed in the aftermath of rivalry week.
Rivalry week continues on this hump day, and Al and Alex start the show discussing The Diag that was vandalized on University of Michigan campus. Later, the Detroit Lions playing in London is discussed and MSU wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. joins Al to break down the game on Saturday. The big debate topic today is the impact that Mo'Ne Davis has on baseball and professional sports. The Chevrolet commercial is played and the team debates.
It's rivalry week. And to open up the show, it's all Michigan vs. MSU football topics leading up to the weekend. Following that, Al and Alex give their top five moments in MSU and Michigan football history and the legacy of Peyton Manning is also a hot button topic. To close the show, Al welcomes WXYZ reporter Justin Rose on the air to discuss his journey in sports reporting and to give a prediction of the MSU game this weekend.
Are the Detroit Lions a legitimate contender? After the victory over the New Orelans Saints, it's the big question starting off the show. Later, callers indulge on discussion of the rivalry game this week in East Lansing. To close, the crew gives weekend winners and touches on the legacy of Peyton Manning.
On this edition of Current Sports, Al goes into depth as he evaluates MSU football halfway through the season. On that topic, there are also clips from Mark Dantonio's press conference and some great questions posed from a caller and for "Top Five Tuesday", Al and Alex each give their top five takeaways from the Spartan football season thus far. The show finishes up with some good, old-fashioned NFL banter and even a little bit of golf talk.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.