Today is the last Current Sports for three days. That's right, Memorial Day is a day off for Al and Isaac. However, this show end-to-end covers the details of the Mike Babcock departure, the Golden State-Houston series, and so much more. After the Current Sports voices open up on Mike Babcock, they analyze the Harden-Curry duel taking place, and whether the Rockets should have called a timeout on their final possession. Then, Al brings Ali Easley, founder of the Help A Willing Kid Foundation, in to discuss his foundation's work and latest recognition. The show closes with Reflection Friday and the possible revealing of Al and Isaac's shared celebrity crush... on the field.
There is no show on record yet, but it doesn't mean there was no show. Current Sports had a recruiting focus today, with Al telling the story of his journey to Detroit and his encounter with former MSU commit Jayru Campbell. This discussion morphs into a broad discussion of the rights of college athletes and recruits, and the resources that should be made available to athletes in order to help them deal with that new fame.
Millions of people around the world are wild about a sport many native-born Americans have never played. Cricket is second only to soccer in global popularity. There are several adult cricket leagues in the Lansing area, and it’s not uncommon to see an evening game in progress at a local school playground, but this summer, officials in Okemos will offer the sport to young children for the first time.
The Pistons, as probability predicted, picked up the eighth pick in last night's NBA Lottery. Al and Isaac disagree on who the Pistons should try to draft with that eighth pick, and then go on to cover the NBA playoffs before the appearance of the esteemed Current Sports guest of the day. Gene Washington, MSU football legend, joins the show to follow up on an interview of his daughter Maya about their new documentary "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar". After that exclusive conversation, Al and Isaac close the show talking about the Red Wings' attempts at resigning Mike Babcock and more Deflategate.
After Monday's opening round of games for the Diamond Classic, Al and Isaac elaborate on their thoughts about the first two games and the chances of Lansing Catholic against defending champions Grand Ledge. This topic expands to the larger issue of baseball's decline amongst the youth and African Americans. Then, hear the latest news about Deflategate as Robert Kraft's press conference occurs simultaneously with the show. Finally, Al and Isaac try to address the Pistons' needs with the awaiting draft lottery for 'Top Five Tuesday.'
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.”
The weekend left sports fans with plenty to chatter about for the week to come. After a dominating win in the Preakness Stakes, hear Al and Isaac give their thoughts on whether American Pharaoh has a chance to win the untouchable Triple Crown. Miguel Cabrera's 400th home run also sent ripples around Michigan, so Current Sports houses the talk about where Cabrera ranks among current and all-time batters. Then, the NBA conference finals are previewed before Al brings Walt Drenth, director of Michigan State track and field and cross country, onto the show to talk about the women's track team's victory over the weekend. The show closes with Weekend Winners.
You made it, people. The week is almost over. This Current Sports, dedicated to BB King, Al and Isaac argue about whether Michael Jordan, at his current age, could take one game in a one-on-one series against Lebron James. Then, the conversation shifts to Le'veon Bell's response to his suspension after his arrest for DUI and possession of marijuana. Maya Washington, daughter of MSU legend Gene Washington, calls in to the show to discuss her new movie, "Through The Banks of the Red Cedar", and how the MSU football teams of the 1960's advanced the rights of African Americans. Then, the show closes out with Reflection Friday, a look back on the week's best.
Current Sports kicks off the show decoding the new Chris Webber-Jalen Rose square-off that has developed in light of Weber's comments about the 'Fab Five' 30 for 30 documentary that Rose helped to produce. Then, Tori Franklin, triple jump competitor for Michigan State's track and field team, joins the show to enlighten the listeners about the "Big Ten's", the track competition that will be landing in East Lansing on Friday. Next, Al and Isaac review the NBA and NHL playoffs, giving predictions for both brackets, and Isaac elaborates on his cool connection with the new Madden cover boy, Odell Beckham Jr. And, like every Thursday, Current Sports hosts 'Throwback Thursday' to teach you sports trivia of days past.
EAST LANSING - Waddling around the wrestling room at IM Sports West is MSU wrestling head coach Tom Minkel’s “child”. However, Indigo is no ordinary child – she is Minkel’s 17-year-old female hyacinth macaw.
“She’s smart, she’s fun, but she’s like having a permanent three-year-old child forever. They don’t grow up, they don’t mature,” Minkel said.
I traveled to Cuba over spring break this past March and I didn’t know what would be waiting for me when the plane landed in Havana. The most I knew about Cuba was what I learned from my friend, and traveling companion, Erin. She studied abroad in Havana for five months in summer 2014, and fell in love with the country, its people and its culture.
She was so excited to share it with me and for me to experience it for myself.
Today's show is full of different voices on the air, as Current Sports has not one, but two guests. Troy Matlock, the new head coach of Lansing Eastern football, joins the show to discuss how he plans to improve a team that only won three games in the past four years. Then, Al and Isaac talk about their favorite "30 for 30" documentaries, in response to Chris Webber's comments about the 'Fab Five.' Finally, Chris Gandy of the "Those Detroit Guys" podcast calls in to talk about his mission, his show, and Detroit sports.
The 'Deflategate' punishments have been finally handed down, but did the NFL get this one right? Current Sports discusses the news as callers also chime in with their takes. Then, Al brings Nick Germano of the Insane Inflatable 5K to discuss the new competition that will be stopping in Lansing. Several pieces of breaking news come in during the show, and Al and Isaac provide their first reactions. Then, all attention turns to college violations, both Michigan's recruiting violations and questions about Tim Beckman's coaching, to end the show.
Although only the last 10 minutes of the show were recorded, Monday's Current Sports still has plenty to check up on. Al and Isaac review the Meredith Boxberger interview, with their competitive eating escapades paling in comparison to the 17th ranked competitive eater in the world. Then, Weekend Winners runs the rest of the show.
It's graduation day for many Michigan State seniors, and Current Sports with Al Martin sends some advice their way regarding financial stability. Denzell Wright, a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual and a Michigan State graduate, is in the booth to talk about how athletes lose such large sums of cash. His advice extends beyond athletics, however, and is applicable for anyone.
Also, Al and Isaac hypothesize about the reasons beyond Caleb Swanigan's recommitment from MSU. Could that have a ripple effect to other recruits?
Current Sports with Al Martin starts off with a bang today as the show begins with discussions on "Deflategate." What exactly should happen to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Al, CS engineer Isaac Constans, and callers debate the issue.
"Current State" reporter Scott Pohl heads to Ann Arbor to visit the only golf course in Michigan that provides "golfboarding" as a way of getting around the green! Hear Pohl's experience, as well as from those that have tried it. Could this spark golf interest for the young generation?
Lastly, we close out the show with "Throwback Thursday."
On today's Current Sports, Al recounts the career and crimes of Titus Young, the former Lions receiver, who recently was sentenced to five years of probation. Young is part of a bigger problem in sports, the failure to recognize the prevalent problem of mental health, and Al provides anecdotes and examples of other athletes who faced similar problems. Then, Current Sports has Greg Kampe, head coach of Oakland men's basketball, on to talk about his efforts to end cancer, and how people can contribute.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today's Current Sports features a discussion about athletes on social media and American Pharaoh, winner of the Kentucky Derby. Is sports media too quick to jump towards Triple Crown talks? Then, Al brings Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press to the show to discuss the Detroit Lions' offseason. The show is not complete until 'Top Five Tuesday', which features Al and Isaac's top five overhyped sporting events.
In case you missed it, this Saturday was one of the biggest days in sports history. With the NFL Draft, Kentucky Derby, Clippers-Spurs Game 7, and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Al and Isaac have a long series of discussions and debates about the big stories from the weekend. Also, Steph Curry was named the NBA MVP Monday morning, which splits opinions in the Current Sports camp. The show finishes with Weekend Winners, and Al's top spot is a bit of a surprise amidst all of the celebrated sporting events of the weekend.
It is Friday, May 1, and there is no better way to kick off the month than a little bit of draft day talk. Al, Isaac and Ben, one of the great Current Sports interns who is on his last day, chat about all of the Day 1 drama, including the selection of Trae Waynes and the Lions' unforeseen move. Also, learn about the latest uproar caused by now-Buccaneer Jameis Winston directly proceeding his first overall selection. Then, to close the show, Andre Hutson, MSU men's basketball legend and owner of Conquest Health and Fitness, joins Current Sports on line one to talk about an assortment of topics.
It's the last day of April, and the Red Wings have, once again, been eliminated from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Al and Isaac discuss what this means for the team's future. Also, the Current Sports staff provides their insights (and guesses) on who the Lions will pick in the NFL Draft, considering the mercurial nature of their draft picks in the past. Finally, Jeremy Sampson, owner and founder of Lansing United, joins the show as he prepares his team to embark on their second season as a club.
Happy 'Hump Day,' Current Sports fans! On this show, Al brings you all of the latest news regarding the Red Wings, and how they will perform with Kronwall's absence, after his Game 6 hit was deemed worthy of suspension by the NHL. The NBA playoffs are also progressing interestingly, with the Clippers-Spurs series taking a turn in the Spurs favor, as they went up 3-2 Tuesday night as Game 6 awaiting the teams in San Antonio. Finally, enjoy a preview Al's special segment for this week's Current Sports TV and prepare yourself for a noteworthy story about Manny Pacquiao.
After suffering a devastating home loss to the Lightning, the Red Wings have to travel back to Tampa Bay for Game 7. Al and Isaac weight the Red Wings' chances of winning and progressing to the next round.
Next, Current Sports is all things Mayweather-Pacquiao for the final half of the show. In a round table discussion, the Current Sports staff talks about each fighter's keys and chances, the possibility of a boycott because of Mayweather's past domestic assault offenses, and the top five reasons why each fighter will win.
On this edition of Current Sports, Al reviews the Michigan State spring game, identifying the stars of the game and describing the recruits who committed after seeing the crowd of 48,000. Also, the Red Wings hold a 3-2 series lead over the Lightning, but is Game 6 at Joe Louis a must win for Detroit? Finally, with the 'Fight of the Century' looming, all the latest news, analysis, and predictions are addressed for the May 2 fight.
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.
The White team defeated the Green, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium for the annual Spring Game. A total of 48,000 fans showed up for the afternoon exhibition matchup, just shy of Mark Dantonio's goal of 50K.
LANSING - For anyone that has swam, you know the effort it takes just to doggy paddle around the kiddie pool, let alone swim competitively day in and day out. It is no question that swimmers are some of the best athletes on the planet.
April 23 was a Thursday of turmoil. The Red Wings relinquished a 2-0 lead to the Lightning and lost a 3-2 game that could prove crucial in the series' outcome. Also, the Golden State Warriors made history with a dramatic fourth quarter comeback against Isaac's New Orleans Pelicans. Al uses this game as more evidence for why Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of all time and Isaac details what it was like to be a Pelicans fan during that cataclysmic collapse. Then, the Current Sports TV interview is replayed, just in case you missed it. Finally, Al reflects on this busy week with 'Reflection Friday.'
Messiah deWeaver, the eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, recently announced his commitment to Michigan State, but how big of a get is he for the Spartans? Al Martin shares his thoughts, also hear Al's take on whether Mark Dantonio's expectation of 50,000 fans is reasonable or fair.
Joe Nathan is set to miss the rest of the season for the Tigers, which will hand all of the ninth inning responsibilities to Joakim Soria. The impact of Nathan's injury is discussed.
Finally, listen to hear Al and Isaac debate the merits of the 'Hack-a-Shaq' strategy in the NBA and a remembrance of Howard Cosell on today's "Throwback Thursday" segment.