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.
By Erik Stiem - "Current Sports" High School Beat Writer
OKEMOS- The Okemos Chiefs (6-3, 4-2) won their fourth straight must-win game and are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 after defeating the East Lansing Trojans (1-8, 1-6) by a score of 20-13 Friday night.
Major League Baseball has officially come to an end, and Al and Alex recap the epic World Series match last night. They also touch on the Detroit Pistons' opening night and the Detroit Red Wings' huge win over the Washington Capitols. Later, listeners get a sneak peak to the Current Sports TV show airing tonight. Finally, it's throwback Thursday.
Barbershop Wednesday is today, and the team debates about the future of Kirk Cousins. Also, to start off the show, Al and Alex preview Michigan State men's basketball and discuss some of the big takeaways from media day. Opening night for the Detroit Pistons is also mentioned.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from MSU Men's Basketball Media Day as the Spartans prepare for another season on the hardwood. Junior Denzel Valentine and Senior Travis Trice are the captains of this year's team. Find out how they are transitioning into leadership and evaluate the expectations of where they believe this team can end up.
Today on the show, Al hosts a few guests including Scott Yoshonis, local prep reporter, and Dejuan Jones, the defending Lansing State Journal Player of the Year and MSU men's soccer commit. We also take a look back to two weekends ago and examine whether Al and Alex were right about the Saints and Falcons. Lastly, the show closes with the newest edition of "Weekend Winners" and a peek at Al's fantasy basketball team on the opening day of the NBA.
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.
Starting off this Friday, Al and Current Sports High School beat reporter, Andrew Hayes, tell the story of Lansing Eastern fan Claude Danahue, who is a diehard Quaker fan. Later, Al chats with Walt Drenth, director of the MSU women's cross country team. The squad is ranked No.1 in the nation for the first time in program history. Finally, MLive.com high school sports reporter, Mike Kohon, gives some insight on the best high school games for this weekend. MSU and Michigan football game thoughts culminate the show.
MSU Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Walt Drenth was last season’s Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. The coach and his runners have won many honors during Drenth’s tenure in the Big 10, MAC and Pac 12 conferences. Now the Spartan Women’s Cross Country team has brought new national accolades to MSU.
Al and Alex start by talking about the recent donation made to MSU athletics and site the failures of the NBA draft lottery reform. Later, in wake of rivalry week, two interns compete in trivia challenge of MSU and Michigan football. To close the show, listeners get a sneak peak of the Ronald Mann interview that airs on Current Sports TV.
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.
Mike Kohon, high school sports reporter from MLive.com, joins Al to analyze the college football season and preview the big games this weekend. Later in the show, Al and Alex recap Big Ten basketball media day and also touch on the Lions and Saints game this weekend. Finally, the crew debates about the Ryder Cup committee intended to improve team USA.
Al and Alex start today with in-depth discussion on the Kansas City Royals' playoff run. They also give a brief preview of MSU basketball for this season. Chris "Doc" Love, color commentator from 92.1 Big Country, discusses the high school football season with Al and reveals his aspirations in sports broadcasting. To close the show, Al gives the lowdown on the occurences on this day in sports.
Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski had a press conference today, and Al and Alex give the latest analysis and opinions. Later, they touch on Jameis Winston and take a stance on whether fantasy sports betting should be illegal. To close the show, they break down more big time news in the sports world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this throwback show from August, Al talks all things Lions and gives his impressions on first-year coach, Jim Caldwell. Al brings in Detroit Free Press writer Dave Birkett to provide insights on Le'Veon Bell's marijuana arrest. See what they thought about Rory winning four straight tournaments as well - in this edition of Current Sports.