In wake of the Portugal and United States World Cup game, Al invites Impact Sports reporter Brooks Laimbeer on the show to discuss the recent matches. They also touch on the results from Lansing United over the weekend. Later, Al throws some strong opinions at Matt and Alex regarding ties in sports, specifically soccer. To close the show, they talk about the Detroit Tigers and their heroes from the weekend.
Football is played with your hands, soccer is played with your feet. Here in the U.S., that’s something that has been ingrained in our culture regardless of any international criticism of its absurdity. However, a recent study reveals that the word "soccer" isn’t American at all. It’s actually British.
Al kicks off the show with Detroit Pistons beat writer Vince Ellis, from the Detroit Free Press. The two talk everything Pistons, and go back from the firing of Mo Cheeks to the current hiring of Stan Van Gundy. Later, Matt and Alex join to give their take on the NCAA video game lawsuit as well as the recent hiring of Derek Fisher to the New York Knicks. The top five villains in Michigan sports history closes the show.
Interest in soccer will soar this year when the World Cup is played in Brazil. With that in mind, if you were going to start a new minor league soccer franchise, a World Cup year would seem to be a good time to do it.
Horse racing fans around the country are gearing up for the Kentucky Derby next Saturday. The storied run that kicks off the quest for the Triple Crown will bring thousands of people to Michigan’s three horse tracks. Many will place their bets as they watch the Derby via simulcast. They’ll also come to cheer on local horses and riders who come to the tracks to test their mettle.
The 2014 Boston Marathon is being run today. This longstanding tradition in the running world is even more significant to its participants this year, in light of last year’s bombing of the event. A number of people from mid-Michigan are participating, and Current State's Melissa Benmark catches up with one of them.
Late last month the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that football players at Northwestern University qualify as employees under federal law and can therefore unionize. The decision has been divisive. While some applaud the move to provide players with more rights and financial compensation, others fear that the collegiate athletic system will be destroyed by the move.
The Michigan State Spartans had a great run through March Madness, making the Elite Eight. Coach Tom Izzo may want his team to watch the playback of Sunday’s game against the U-Conn Huskies for a little self-analysis. MSU has a lot of tapes like that and other sporting events, some of which pre-date World War II. However, those old film and video clips are falling apart over time. Now, MSU is asking the public for donations to digitize those records for posterity.
As the Detroit Tigers start off their training season this year in Lakeland, Florida, fans and commentators alike are keeping an eye out for updates. This will be the Tigers 44th year at Joker Marchant Stadium for spring training.
Throughout the year, MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities brings in speakers and artists from around the country for their Wednesday Night Live series. This week they welcomed filmmaker Erik Proulx, who screened his short film "Lemonade: Detroit." His latest film “365 Days: A year in Happy Valley” re-examines the Penn State scandal and looks at how the community coping.
Another highly anticipated Michigan State basketball season tips off tonight. The Spartans are ranked #2 in the country in the two major pre-season polls. MSU opens against McNeese State tonight at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State University football fans look forward to hearing Spartan touchdown cheers resound on the banks of the Red Cedar tomorrow, as University of Michigan faithful hope to repeat last year’s victorious performance.
This week saw a battle in the CAAC blue conference as Grand Ledge hosted Lansing Everett. Grand Ledge pulled out a 41 to 19 win, propelling them to second place in the conference. Pretty remarkable, seeing as though the Comets started the season 0-3! Alex Scharg talked with Grand Ledge head coach Matt Bird afterward.
Detroit Tigers fans are again wrapped up in the drama of October madness, as the Tigers pursue another American League pennant against the Red Sox. Author John Rosengren talks with Current State's Peter Whorf about how past and recent Detroit Tiger baseball teams have provided inspiration and unity for the Motor City during trying times.
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.
A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” suggests that children and young adults need more time to recover from a concussion than had been thought before, especially if they’ve had a previous blow to the head. In order to avoid a second concussion, there have been calls to hold young athletes out of competition for a year after suffering a concussion.
We kick off our discussion of violence to referees by welcoming Daniel Jimenez, who has coached in high school and college sports for 40 years and former Lansing Eastern High School basketball head coach. Al runs through the latest in sports including the NBA Finals, the Pistons head coaching search and Spartan baseball players drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. And Al and the team give their take on who will win some games on Pick'em Monday.
Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde (pictured above in 2012 spring training) gave up the game-tying run in the 9th running against the Cleveland Indians, blowing his first save of the season. The Tigers would go on to lose in 10 innings.