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.
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."
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.
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.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- One phone call changed everything for Andrea Harrison.
After a two-time, All-America softball career at UCLA, Harrison coached softball for two years at Norman High School in Oklahoma at age 23.
It was her first coaching gig, an exciting new start doing something she loved. It was a job where she could use her knowledge from winning a national championship as a sophomore at UCLA and help teach young people how to succeed.
Shortly after she started coaching, Harrison received a call that threw her plans in a loop.
All of the hype in East Lansing is surrounding the Michigan State spring football game, where Mark Dantonio expects 50,000 fans. To discuss spring football and the state of the Michigan State team, Al invites MSU senior linebacker Darien Harris into the studio. Also, the Red Wings took a 2-1 series lead against the Lightning and Current Sports covers all of the hot takes on that game. Finally, hear Isaac and Al debate whether Scott Brooks deserved to be fired and the initial reaction to Joe Nathan's injury.
Al Martin begins today's "Current Sports" by talking about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. comments about the famed boxer believing he is better than the great Muhammad Ali. Al invites callers to join the conversation.
The Detroit Tigers move their record to 11-2 after topping the New York Yankees last night. Al talks about how this team has been able to get off to the right track and believes a "closer controversy" will ensue if Joakim Soria continues his hot play in the absence of Joe Nathan.
In an exciting edition of Current Sports, there is no lack of sports discussion as both the NHL and NBA playoffs have begun, filled with lots of action. After a promising first game, the Red Wings were demolished in Game 2 by the Lightning and Current Sports discusses the latest on the goalie situation in Detroit. Also, Al invites Okemos basketball star Connor George on to the show as they talk about his recent commitment to Michigan State.
It was a special day on Current Sports, as longtime engineer and personality Alex Scharg steps off the air with his final day. Callers give tribute throughout the hour and Alex looks back on some of his best memories at WKAR. Also, the Detroit Red Wings and Delton Williams are discussed along with other topics around the sports world.
The NBA playoffs are all set up, and Al and Alex analyze all of the first round matchups. They take a look back on the Pistons' season as well and examine who should win the NBA MVP. Also, listen for an exclusive sneak peek of this week's Current Sports TV interview with Richard Kincaide. And finally, 'Throwback Thursday' hosts a discussion about Jackie Robinson and other sports greats who broke down barriers.
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.
Sports have not started to slow down just yet, because with the conclusion of the Masters comes the contentious playoff races in the NBA and NHL. Al breaks down both situations, and talks about the Red Wings' situation in front of the net. Also, the Tigers' shining start to the season has fueled high expectations for this year, but is it too early to draw any conclusions? Finally, Current Sports closes with an intriguing interview of Richard Kincaide who delves further into the Detroit sports situation.
Paul Konyndyk, a recruiting and sports reporter for Spartanmag.com, joins Al to discuss Calen Swanigan's recruitment to the MSU basketball 2015 class and other news around Spartan football and basketball. Later, Al recaps Jordan Spieth's incredible run in the 2015 Masters golf tournament and gives 'Weekend Winners.'
The week is coming to a close but the Detroit Red Wings' streak of 24 consecutive playoff appearances is not. The Red Wings clinched a birth again despite losing last night, and Al elaborates on Hockey Town's amazing feat. Also, tune in to find out who is looking like the new Tiger Woods with his performance in the Masters, and does Tiger have anything left in the tank? Finally, Al invites Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU Vice President of Community and Business Development, on to talk about the Lansing Lugnuts. Enjoy your weekend!
Al has Big Ten and MSU goaltender Jake Hildebrand on Current Sports TV tonight and listeners get a sneak peak on the radio show today. Al also touches on the Tom Izzo "end-of-the-year" press conference and discusses what the injury of Joe Nathan means to the Detroit Tigers. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'
Lansing Lugnuts play-by-play announcer Jesse Goldberg-Strassler stops into the WKAR studios to preview the upcoming season and look back on the history of the standout Lugnuts players. Al also touches on the University of Michigan spring football game and predicts the playoff chances of the Detroit Red Wings.
That one shining moment in college basketball belongs to Duke, who defeated Wisconsin 68-63 in Monday night's National Championship. Al Martin covers all facets of the game, including Duke's stellar freshmen and coach Mike Krzyzewski's legacy. Also, the Detroit Tigers start the season with a win against the Minnesota Twins. Al talks about the stellar performance from David Price and addresses his concerns with the bullpen. Finally, Current Sports beat reporter Dominique Oden interviews Darus Ward, the head coach of the Okemos girls' soccer team.
The road has ended for Michigan State men's basketball and Al is back with Alex to recap what happened. The two recap the season, preview next year's team and dive into Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Towards the end of the show, Al gives his weekend winners and paints the picture for listeners what the atmosphere was like in downtown Indianapolis.
The Duke Blue Devils topped the Michigan State men's basketball team in the Final Four on Saturday, 81 to 61 the final. Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18 and senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for Duke. Denzel Valentine lead the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lizzie Brown, from Ashburton, New Zealand, wasn’t ready to give up swimming upon graduating high school. But taking time off from academics wasn’t ideal for her either.
Lachie McLeish, from Sydney, Australia, wanted the best of both worlds, working towards a college degree while remaining a competitive swimmer.
In the end, both swimmers found a way to do just that, but it wasn’t in their home countries. International college athletes are drawn to travel to the U.S. for college, for the education and athletic opportunities alike.
LANSING - An hour before tipoff, the line stretched out the door and into the parking lot.
Fans didn’t seem to mind the cool evening air as they waited patiently for a chance to watch Lansing Everett battle Kalamazoo Central for a Class A regional championship.
The gym filled long before tipoff with fans uncomfortably seated elbow-to-elbow. Those on time found refuge by sitting in aisle. And fans arriving 30 minutes before game time were forced to the standing room only section.
Al opens the show fielding callers who talk about Michigan State basketball's Final Four road and the state of Michigan football under new head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Later, listeners get a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with John Johnson from the MHSAA. To close, Justin Verlander and other sports topics hit the airwaves.
More NFL infidelities have leaked and it has sparked up a lot of discussion. Al and Alex hit on these while also touching on the comments made by Joe Lombardi that Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford needs to air the ball out more. Later, they debate whether Auburn should be upset with Michigan football hosting recruiting camps in Alabama and close the show with other issues around the world of sports.
The Final Four is fastly approaching, and Current Sports has all the latest angles, analysis, and news regarding Michigan State vs. Duke.
A "religious freedom" law in Indiana has led some from the sports world to request a reassignment and relocation of the Final Four. Al Martin and Alex Scharg debate about this...
Also, a fantastic interview with Al and Derek Blalock, who will ride his bike from East Lansing to Indianapolis starting tomorrow to raise money for the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, named after one of Derek's high school friends who died of an over enlarged heart. The foundation funds heart screening for youth athletes. .
Lastly,''Top Five Tuesday' takes an interesting turn this week, with the reasons why Michigan State "shouldn't be" in the Final Four.