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Monday, January 26, 2015

What local sports talks shows should you listen to in Lansing?

Listen To

  • Mad Dog In The Morning (David "Mad Dog" Demarco) ~ Mad Dog has been bringing his energy and dynamic personality to morning radio for quite a while and isn't slowing down. There aren't too many better ways to get you up and going in the morning. The Game 730 AM: 6a-9a
  • Al Martin: Al Martin does a great job of covering all the bases in a 1 hour public radio show. 870 WKAR: 1p-2p

Very Tolerable

  • Tim Staudt: He's been on the radio for over 20 years, and WILX sports director for even longer. He is rather contained, as opposed to many sports radio personalities currently. Staudt is a great interviewer. The Game 730: 9a-Noon
  • Afternoon Sports Therapy: Brand new show with high school sports and traffic anchor Brock Palmbos and web editor Brandon Howell. Palmbos and Howell have great synergy and are one of the three co-hosted sports shows in the area. The Game 730: 3p-6p

Time to listen to 97.5

  • The Drive With Jack Ebling: Formerly on 730 am, Jack Ebling, of sub-optimal delivery and weak opinions is joined by a rotating cast of co-hosts. Ebling is a great storyteller/writer though. 92.1 The Ticket: 3p-6p
  • Griff and Grinz: Former "Drive" co-host, MLive MSU writer Mike Griffith, joins MSUSpartans.com blogger Steve Grinczel. Griffith doesn't translate well to radio. Grinczel is good, but cannot comment on recruits due to his affiliation with the university. 92.1 The Team: 1p-3p

My Picks of some of the Super Bowl XLIX props

(Odds listed where applicable)
How long will Idina Menzel take to sing the National Anthem? Over/Under 2 min. 1 sec.
Idina Menzel is a widely successful Broadway performer and the voice of Elsa in “Frozen”. Enough reason to expect her the draw out the key notes of “The Star Spangled Banner”

Will Menzel omit or forget to say at least one word of the National anthem?  No ⅙, Yes 4/1
No, her experience in theater should mean she won’t make a mistake.

How many times will "Deflated Balls" be referred to during the game? Over/Under 2 ½
NBC’s top-of-the-line NFL broadcast should stray away from talk of Deflategate.

Which color will Bill Belichick's hoodie be? Grey ½, Blue 7/4, Red 7/1
Belichick is usually found wearing his grey hoodie, but of the few times he has wore the red hoodie once was in Super Bowl XLII.

Which song will Katy Perry perform first at Halftime? Firework 3/2, Roar 3/2, This Is How We Do 5/1, Dark Horse 12/1, E.T. 12/1, Wide Awake 12/1, Waking Up In Vegas 20/1
Yes, Firework. Yes, Roar. Hot N Cold as a dark horse *no pun intended* pick
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What color will Katy Perry's hair be when she begins the Halftime show? Black/Brown 2/1, Pink/Red 3/1, Blue/Green 3/1, Blonde 4/1, Purple 5/1
Probably will be her natural black hair, but it has been spotted as plum-colored lately.

Will Al Michaels refer to the point spread, total, odds on who wins game or any prop bet? Yes 2/1, No ⅓
Yes, Michaels is well known for this (http://bit.ly/15JA3Mx)

What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team? Orange 3/2, Yellow 5/2, Clear/Water 3/1, Red 15/2, Blue 15/2, Green 10/1
Orange has been poured 3 of the last 5 years.

Coin toss? Heads 20/21, Tails 20/21
TAILS!!!

What will be higher? Total Points scored by Michigan State Guard Travis Trice or Total 1st Half Points by the Patriots
I’m expecting Trice to show up against a lackluster Michigan team, while the Seahawks defense shuts down the Patriots.

Who will have more? Arsenal goals (v. Aston Villa) 31/20 or Tom Brady TD passes 4/7
Arsenal should have a field day against relegation-battling Aston Villa. See previous comment about Seahawks defense.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don Kelly to Marlins + Scherzer is gone too

Don Kelly has signed with the Miami Marlins on a minor-league contract. Over the last six years, Kelly served the Tigers as a super-utility player. He played every position at least once, including catcher and even pitcher. Kelly is known for coming up in the clutch or just coming in to pitch when we are getting smoked by the Mets. Here are some of his greatest moments with the Tigers:

  • Don Kelly gets the last out of the 9th inning
    • DK was called on to spare another relief pitcher in a 16-9 loss to the New York Mets. Kelly got the last batter to pop-up to end the game, using an effective changeup to battle to a 2-2 count.
    • Video: http://m.mlb.com/video/v16433551/
  • Walk-off sacrifice fly in the playoffs against Oakland
    • It was pretty awesome.
  • He can use his glove, too
  • Solo home run in Game 5 of the World Series against the ALCS: 

Max Scherzer has signed a 7 year, $210 million mega-deal to pitch for the Washington Nationals. What a relief! He would have added so much money to our payroll. Now the Tigers can sign a couple players for the same price as Scherzer -- signing maybe David Price or a more average starter next year. Trading for Price last year was so he could replace Max's spot as the ace. Justin Verlander should bounce back this year as well.

Monday, January 19, 2015

What to expect soon...

Been meaning to update this blog for a while, so you should expect some new posts beginning later this week when final exams wind down...

  • Later this week
    • The Don Kelly era has ended for the Tigers

      • Oh yeah, Scherzer signed with the Nationals
  • This weekend/Early Next week
    • Super Bowl Entertainment/Commercials Preview
      • Including analysis of Super Bowl props (purely for fun)

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    • Recapping the 4th round of the FA Cup
    • Reviewing Lansing's local sports talk shows
      • Al Martin and "Mad Dog" Demarco are early frontrunners
  • Later Next Week
    • Super Bowl Preview
  • Following the Super Bowl on Monday: Recap of game, commercials, and entertainment 
  • Every Wednesday or Thursday
    • Providing links to other great articles by sports writers and blogs that I respect
  • Mid-February
    • Tigers Pre-Spring Training Preview
      • Prior to February 19th, when pitcher and catchers report
  • Whenever, at no particular frequency or importance
    • MSU Spartans, Detroit Tigers, Lions, Pistons, Red Wings, Arsenal
    • MLB, NCAA, NFL, English Premier League, NBA, Curling, Boxing, Olympic Sports

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 MHSAA High School Football Playoff Pairings

Here are the playoff pairings from MHSAA.com. Okemos travels to play Flint Carmen-Ainsworth.
2014 Pairings
R = Region
D = District
All Games Times Will Be Announced Monday October 26.

Games will be played Friday October 31 or Saturday November 1.

Division 1
R1-D1: Traverse City West (5-4) 62.111 at Rockford (7-2) 93.889
R1-D1: Hudsonville (5-4) 62.778 at Holland West Ottawa (5-4) 68.000

R1-D2: Grandville (5-4) 65.000 at East Kentwood (8-1) 97.333
R1-D2: Grand Ledge (6-3) 67.667 at Hartland (7-2) 88.222

R2-D1: Oxford (6-3) 73.444 at Clarkston (9-0) 117.333
R2-D1: Romeo (6-3) 73.556 at Lapeer HS (9-0) 105.778

R2-D2: Livonia Stevenson (6-3) 72.000 at West Bloomfield (8-1) 100.444
R2-D2: Waterford Mott (6-3) 80.000 at Walled Lake Central (7-2) 92.000

R3-D1: Northville (6-3) 72.222 at Canton (7-2) 93.000
R3-D1: Plymouth (7-2) 84.889 at Livonia Churchill (7-2) 88.333

R3-D2: Westland John Glenn (6-3) 69.556 at Saline (8-1) 95.381
R3-D2: Dearborn (6-3) 75.333 at Monroe (6-3) 75.444

R4-D1: Utica Eisenhower (5-4) 71.556 at Macomb Dakota (7-2) 91.333
R4-D1: Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (6-3) 74.667 at Sterling Heights Stevenson (7-2) 89.778

R4-D2: Fraser (6-3) 64.778 at Dearborn Fordson (9-0) 116.000
R4-D2: Warren Mott (5-4) 66.333 at Detroit Cass Tech (9-0) 114.667

Division 2
R1-D1: Traverse City Central (6-3) 74.778 at Midland Dow (9-0) 104.889
R1-D1: Caledonia (7-2) 94.222 at Mona Shores (8-1) 104.667

R1-D2: Mattawan (6-3) 69.500 at Battle Creek Lakeview (7-1) 95.444
R1-D2: Portage Northern (6-3) 70.972 at Portage Central (7-1) 91.778

R2-D1: Lansing Everett (6-3) 68.889 at Flushing (7-2) 85.667
R2-D1: Okemos (6-3) 71.222 at Flint Carman-Ainsworth (7-2) 83.222

R2-D2: Farmington Hills Harrison (7-2) 87.778 at Fenton (9-0) 112.889
R2-D2: South Lyon (8-1) 99.889 at Walled Lake Western (8-1) 101.889

R3-D1: Southfield (6-3) 74.111 at Detroit Martin Luther King (8-1) 101.444
R3-D1: Farmington (7-2) 85.000 at Oak Park (7-2) 87.667

R3-D2: Ypsilanti Community HS (6-3) 65.444 at Brownstown Woodhaven (9-0) 110.222
R3-D2: Ypsilanti Lincoln (6-3) 68.778 at Wyandotte Roosevelt (7-2) 80.778

R4-D1: Warren Cousino (5-4) 62.667 at Birmingham Brother Rice (9-0) 115.556
R4-D1: Berkley (6-3) 67.667 at Birmingham Groves (6-3) 69.444

R4-D2: Detroit East English (6-3) 66.778 at Port Huron (7-2) 84.000
R4-D2: Warren DeLaSalle (6-3) 66.889 at Grosse Pointe North (6-3) 72.667

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Some Soccer Thoughts On This Chilly October Day

Arsenal GK Emiliano Damian Martinez make a save while training in
Belgium for Wednesday's fixture against Anderlecht

Who is this guy?

Yes, an injury-plagued Arsenal squad turns to 3rd string goalkeeper Emiliano (now goes by Damian) Martinez for their Wednesday tilt against the Belgian side Anderlecht. Wojciech Szczesny was sent off against Galatasaray and it was announced today that backup David Ospina is out for another two to three months with a thigh problem that developed this summer. 17-year-old Ryan Huddart will slot in as the backup goalkeeper. All I will say is expect him to probably give up a goal to the Jupiler League leaders. The Gunners defense is mangled, but I expect a comfy 3-1 win.
Projected Starting XIs and Injuries from WhoScored.com:



The emptiness caused a bit of a surreal scene at today's UCL
 Game. 600 fans where still able to get in...

No Fan Zone

UEFA ordered CSKA Moscow to not admit fans to Tuesday's Man City game due to extremely racist behavoir at prior matches. Of course, about 600 fans made it in anyway and CSKA got an awful penalty call in the 86' and tied it on the PK. And Bayern Munich played AS Roma and what was supposeto be a close match, but Roma was crushed like a grape in the 7-1 loss. Arjen Robben scored twice in a majesterial win for FC Bayern. It was an overall outburst of goals on this match day ~ a Champions League record of 40.
Full Matchday Highlights are available from Fox Sports: http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/video?vid=345943619966

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tigers Talk: Sure as Scherzer

14 K for Max Scherzer yesterday! All is good for Detroit! We're going undefeated in the playoffs! (Thus concludes the overeaction.)
The Tigers are on a two game winning streak after losing 7 of 9 on the road trip, and I'm going to the Mariners game tonight!!

Tigers of the Week

Nick Castellanos is one of the Tigers of the Week by a wide margin. His wRC+ of 284 was 81 points higher than the next Tigers hitter. He hit .450 with 7 RBI and 2 home runs in the last week. Casty has slightly underperformed expectations this year and his -10.2 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) ranks third-worst among the 25 major league third basemen. That is still an improvement over Cabrera though...
Max Scherzer is the other TOTW. Scherzer had two starts, pitching 16 innings, giving up only one run, and striking out 25 batters. He ranks quite a bit behind Felix Hernandez and only .2 ahead of Corey Kluber for second in the Cy Young Predictor.

"Tiger"(s) of the Week

Joe "Papa Frita" Nathan and Phil Coke combined stats this year: 88 IP, 4.81 ERA, 25/31 SV, 5-5, 79 K

Looking Ahead

The Tigers battle the Mariners (65-55) at home for the second wild card before heading down to St. Petersberg, FL to take on the Devil Rays (60-61).
  • 8-15 vs. Mariners 7:08p (FSD, MLBN-alt) I'll be at the game!!!
  • 8-16 vs. Mariners 7:08p (FSD)
  • 8-17 vs. Mariners 1:08p (FSD, TBS)
    • TBS commentators: Ernie Johnson (PxP), Ron Darling (Analyst)
  • 8-19 at Devil Rays 7:10p (FSD)
  • 8-20 at Devil Rays 7:10p (FSD)
  • 8-21 at Devil Rays 1:10p (FSD, MLBN-alt)

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