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.
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 Donahue, 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
WKAR's Al Martin wraps-up MSU's Big Ten opening win over Nebraska at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans topped the Cornhuskers, 27 to 22. Following MSU's win to open the Big Ten season, the Spartans moved up to No. 8 in both The Associated Press Poll and Amway Coaches Poll. The No. 8/8 Spartans (4-1, 1-0) will now hit the road to take on Purdue (3-3, 1-1) Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Hoop great, and Lansing native, Magic Johnson has teamed up with the Lansing School District and is part owner of a company now providing providing the food for the district. Starting July 1st SodexoMAGIC, a partnership between Sodexo, Inc, and Magic Johnson Enterprises, took over the running of food service for the Lansing School District. Johnson is SodexoMAGIC's C.E.O. and President. WKAR's Al Martin caught up with Johnson to chat about the endeavor, along with the feeling of returning home, and so much more...
WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on how the MSU football team was able to get back on track, topping EMU 73 to 14. The Spartans were coming off a bye week after a crushing road loss to Oregon. The sting of that defeat is now well behind them.
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.
Following an interview yesterday with MSU women's soccer goalkeeper Courtney Clem, MSU Impact Sports soccer reporter Brooks Laimbeer joins Al to breakdown the women's soccer season and discuss the upcoming game tonight. Also, Al and Alex continue yesterday's debate about when fandom in sports goes too far. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'
After a close game against Tampa Bay for the Detroit Tigers, Al invites Detroit Free Press writer Perry Farrell on to discuss the status of this team. Seeing that the Tigers are now playoff bound, this offers a special look back on some interesting predictions. Later, the Braxton Miller injury and Brandon Jennings bold claims on Kobe Bryant are reviewed.
MSU women's soccer goaltender Courtney Clem joins Al to discuss the start to the season. Al also finds out about the Clem family tradition of goal keeping and why Courtney's hair is popular on the twitter sphere. Later, former WKAR radio host and Detroit sports broadcaster Richard Kincaide discusses all things Detroit Tigers. To close the show, David Brandon and Brady Hoke are in focus.
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.