Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New episode! Ray Scott likes the Pistons' chances, the Jerks eviscerate the Lions

It's time to launch another NBA season and unlike last year at this time, Knee Jerks friend Ray Scott is high on the team.

A year ago, the former Pistons player and coach expressed grave concerns about the makeup of new coach (and President) Stan Van Gundy's odd roster, which was in transition from the previous regime. And coach's concerns were justified, as the team got off to a 5-23 start.

But Josh Smith was released and the Pistons went 27-27 the rest of the way.

This year, the Piston jumped out of the gate 3-0 and coach likes what he sees.

"I'll be disappointed if this team doesn't make the playoffs," coach says in his visit with us.

We asked him if anything about the team concerns him. His answer will probably surprise you.

After the warm and fuzzy Pistons talk, the Jerks lay into the sad sack Lions, discussing what needs to be done to change course. But...will the owner follow suit?

Of course, there's "Jerk of the Week" and "Whose Birthday Is It?" At stake: a case of Stroh's "Bohemian Style" beer!

You can listen to the episode HERE.

Monday, July 20, 2015

New episode! Lotsa Tigers, some Red Wings, a little bit of U-M

Buy or sell?

By now you're tired of hearing that question when it comes to the Tigers, so why don't you tune in to the latest episode of "The Knee Jerks" and hear the final answer, once and for all?

Eno and Big Al tackle the team's future as the July 31 interleague, non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

Buy or sell?

Tune in and find out what the Jerks think!

There's also some time for Red Wings talk, particularly the locking up of forward Gustav Nyquist with a contract extension.

Finally, the Jerks discuss the gargantuan new apparel contract that the University of Michigan signed with Nike, to the tune of $169 million. Do you still think that college athletes shouldn't be compensated?

Listen to the show HERE.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It's our six-year anniversary!

Hard to believe, but it was May 2009 when "The Knee Jerks" turned from an online chat into an online podcast.

Every year around this time, we celebrate another 12 months of Eno ranting and Big Al editing (and listening) while he waits to get a word in edgewise.

As usual, we've invited back a number of past guests to help us mark the occasion.

They are:

Earl Shores (Electric Football book author)
Linda McCoy-Murray (Jim Murray Memorial Foundation)
Matt Hutter (Red Wings Insider)
Ed Cmar (covers Columbus Blue Jackets and the NHL)
Pete Krupsky (longtime voice of the OHL's Plymouth Whalers)
Ray Scott (former Pistons player and coach)
Michael Schottey (formerly of Bleacher Report and about to start a new, exciting venture TBA)
Dave Mesrey (Navin Field Grounds Crew)
Dave Pallone (former big league umpire and current author and motivational speaker)

We had a great time catching up with each of these folks!

You can listen to the podcast HERE.

Here's to six more years!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Latest episode! Pistons active at the deadline; should Red Wings deal? And more!

Eno and Big Al's latest episode of "The Knee Jerks" covers all four Detroit sports teams.

Pistons: Red-hot and active at the deadline; will they make the playoffs? What is future of Reggie Jackson in Detroit? Is Tayshaun Prince just here until the end of the season?

Red Wings: The trading deadline is next week. Should the Red Wings make a splash, or should they stand pat or stick to minor moves?

Tigers: The Jerks discuss the health of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez heading into the 2015 season.

Lions: GM Martin Mayhew proposes changes to the NFL's replay system. Good or bad?

All that plus Jerk of the Week and Whose Birthday Is It? (on the line for Big Al: a case of ScotchGard!)

Listen to the episode HERE!

Next episode: Coach Ray Scott (March 8) stops by to talk about the new-look, rejuvenated Pistons!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New episode! Bob Page

There's never a dull moment when retired (and we use that word loosely!) sportscaster Bob Page (Detroit, New York) joins The Knee Jerks, and his latest appearance is no exception.

In a brisk 35+ minutes, we run the gamut with Bob, talking about Michigan and Michigan State football, the Tigers, the Lions, the Red Wings and, yes, even the Pistons (at Bob's request). Page also riffs on the Ray Rice/NFL situation.

It's all great fun, and it can be heard by clicking HERE.

After Bob, the Jerks tackle many of the same issues but with their own inimitable spin.

As usual, there's "Jerk of the Week" and "Whose Birthday Is It?" (at stake: a year's supply of Faygo Red Pop)!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New! Big Al fears for Eno's well-being

Eno almost has an aneurysm in the latest episode of "The Knee Jerks," talking about the "infuriating" (Eno's word) Matthew Stafford and the rest of the 7-4 Detroit Lions.

Everything gets Eno agitated in this episode---from the Lions to the in-flux Tigers as their critical offseason begins.

As usual, there's "Whose Birthday Is It?" and "Jerk of the Week"!

Listen to it happen HERE.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New episode! Lions, Red Wings, Tigers and a World Series preview

This week Eno and Big Al talk Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, starting with the Lions' wild, come-from-behind 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Matthew Stafford's up and down performance, the conservative play calling of Joe Lombardi, Golden Tate stepping up in Calvin Johnson's absence, and Detroit's 4th quarter defense are all dissected by the Jerks.
The middle of the podcast is all baseball, with Eno and Big Al giving their opinions on the end of season press conference given by Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski and the upcoming Royals - Giants World Series, a matchup few expected to see or will bother to watch. 
The guys end the show with a discussion of the Detroit Red Wings' hot start to the NHL season, their youth movement, and the ongoing speculation swirling around head coach Mike Babcock's refusal to sign a contract extension.
There's all that and more, including "Whose Birthday Is It?" and our "Jerk of the Week!"
Long-time Detroit sports bloggers and podcasters, Greg Eno (aka the man who knows a lot of things about a lot of things), and Big Al Beaton are The Knee Jerks! Eno and Big Al's podcast is released every Monday on the Sports Geeks Radio Network!
Click HERE to listen!