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!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Latest episode: Former Red Wing Bill Lochead and Matt Hutter's 2014-15 preview!

Lochead's series-winner in the 1978 first round vs. Atlanta
Some 36 years ago, Bill Lochead scored a goal that was, at the time, the signature goal for the Red Wings franchise when it came to the baby boomer fans who suffered through bad hockey throughout the 1970s.

Lochead's goal late in the third period of Game 2 of the preliminary round of the 1978 playoffs at Olympia Stadium knocked out the Atlanta Flames, as the Red Wings swept the best-of-three mini-series.

Lochead, who scored 20 goals that season, eventually made more of a name for himself playing in Europe, where he also coached.

Today, Lochead is a player agent. And he joins Eno and Big Al on the latest episode of "The Knee Jerks."

Bill talks about that famous goal and other trips down memory lane, regaling us with stories of old-time hockey.

Joining us for the Lochead interview is our Red Wings and NHL Insider, Matt Hutter, who sticks around to preview the 2014-15 squad.

All that, plus the sad exit of the Tigers from the playoffs and the Lions' meltdown against Buffalo, plus the ugliness that is Michigan football, are all part of our latest episode.

As usual, "Whose Birthday Is It?" and "Jerk of the Week" are included.

You can listen to the latest episode HERE.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Our mini summer hiatus continues; new episode September 8!

Are you going through "Knee Jerks withdrawal"?

Never fear---we haven't left you for good. We're just enjoying a mini summer hiatus.

Our next new episode will be on Monday, September 8.

The Lions open up their 2014 season that night, so we won't be able to talk about Week 1 for the Honolulu Blue and Silver, though Eno and Big Al will wrap up the NFL's Sunday games.

The Tigers are sure to be on the agenda, plus Michigan and MSU football!

All that and much more on September 8! See you then!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New episode! Adam rants, David Price and are YOU ready for some football?!

This week Eno and Big Al welcome back the “Fourth Jerk,” Adam Biggers, for another edition of Adam Rants. This week Adam complains of heat stroke and can’t believe that U-M Athletic Director Dave Brandon is getting flak over daring to hold a soccer game at The Big House.
After Adam rants, Eno and Big Al assess the Tigers’ big deadline day move of bringing in lefty ace David Price, at the expense of Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly and 18 year-old shortstop Willy Adames.
More Tigers talk follows, then the Jerks get into the nasty Paul George injury, Lions training camp and whether the guys feel like they’re ready for some football!
All that and more, plus “Jerk of the Week” and “Whose Birthday Is It”!
It all happens HERE.
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!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Latest episode, and coming July 21: EMU football coach Chris Creighton!

Here's the link to our latest episode, in which Eno and Big Al talk Tigers at the halfway point and discuss free agency in the NBA and NHL, including why Eno thinks no FAs signed with the Red Wings.

Also: Whose Birthday Is It? (at stake: a Brunswick bowling ball with handsome case) and Jerk of the Week!

Coming on July 21: EMU football Coach Chris Creighton, who'll talk about how he intends on rejuvenating that wayward program---plus why the school is going with a GRAY football field and nicknaming Rynearson Stadium "The Factory."

Sunday, June 29, 2014

An announcement for our fans

To fans of "The Knee Jerks": No show this week due to prior commitments. Eno and Big Al would like folks to know that while forces outside of our control have led to the Jerks taking more weeks off than normal in 2014, we are still committed to bringing you as many new episodes as we can this year and beyond. Go Tigers, Pistons, Lions and Red Wings!

Monday, June 23, 2014

New episode! Oakland University's 'King of the Three'

We are joined by special guest Travis Bader of Oakland University, who is looking to be drafted by an NBA team this Thursday.

Last March, Travis set a new all-time record for three-pointers made in the NCAA, breaking that of JJ Redick from Duke.

Travis talks to the Jerks about his whirlwind life in recent weeks, traveling the country, working out for various NBA teams. He also looks back at his time at OU and speaks about the quality of basketball in the state of Michigan. Joining in the interview is resident ranter Adam Biggers.

After Travis's interview and Adam's rant, the guys talk Tigers (are they back?) and the World Cup (Eno hasn't watched a minute and Big Al has turned into a soccer fan).

All that, plus "Whose Birthday Is It?" (at stake: a giant tube of Brylcreem) and "Jerk of the Week"!

It all can be heard HERE.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ICYMI: MSU/U-M hoops, Miggy, Max, the Pistons and more!

In case you missed it, the latest episode of The Knee Jerks is chock full of stuff!

Eno and Big Al discuss the brand spanking new contract of Miggy Cabrera's, plus the offer rejected by Max Scherzer. Also on the docket is a post-mortem of the U-M and MSU basketball seasons and a look at the Pistons' season as it mercifully winds down (it's a tough job but somebody has to do it!).

It's available for download NOW, when you click HERE!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tonight! 66 minutes of fun, featuring our Red Wings and NHL Insider Matt Hutter, and reaction to Bill Ford's death

Tonight we present a short and sweet episode (66 minutes) of "The Knee Jerks"!

In about an hour, we pack a lot in!

It all starts with a visit from our "Third Jerk" and our Red Wings and NHL Insider, Matt Hutter, who talks about the legacy of Nick Lidstrom, the team's playoff chances (you're not going to like it), and the brightness of the future with the kids.

After Matt, Eno and Big Al discuss the breaking news (at the time of recording) of the death of Lions owner Bill Ford at age 88. Should Ford's legacy be limited to the Lions' success (or lack thereof) on the field? Or was he much more than that, and should be remembered as such? How much of the losing was his fault? What happens to the franchise going forward? Will it be another Pistons situation?

Then, it's a few minutes on the health of another Detroit sports owner---Mike Ilitch. If the worst happens, how are the Red Wings and Tigers set up for the future in an ownership transition? Any Pistons-like worries with them as well?

All that, plus "Whose Birthday Is It?" (at stake: 3 days, 1 night in Tijuana---Al is on his own the second night---courtesy of Air Mexico) and "Jerk of the Week"!

It all can be found HERE.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tonight: Adam Biggers; Pistons President Isiah Thomas??? (plus Tigers "aggressive" base running)

If it's Monday, it's the Knee Jerks!

Tonight we regale you with a new episode, featuring "4th Jerk" Adam Biggers in another edition of "Adam Rants." This week, Adam (who can be read at Bleacher Report and heard on Blog Talk Radio's "The Great Divide") handicaps MSU basketball, specifically the Spartans' chances of doing damage in the B1G Tournament and the Big Dance later this month.

After Adam, Eno and Big Al try to wrap their minds around the rumors that the Pistons are considering hiring Isiah Thomas to run the team. Could Isiah---whose post-playing resume, especially when it comes to management, is suspect---actually fix the mess in Auburn Hills?

Also on the docket: the Tigers and their new "aggressive base running is back in town" approach; the NHL and fighting (especially in light of the recent war of words between Ottawa's Chris Neal and the Red Wings' Johan Franzen); all that, plus "Whose Birthday Is It?" (prize: year's supply of Silly Putty and Silly String) and "Jerk of the Week"!

It all happens at 7:00 p.m. HERE.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tonight: Tigers lineup, the N-word-FL, Olympics, "how the sausage is made" and more!

It's just Eno and Big Al tonight, pontificating and ranting for 90 minutes.

The show opens with the usual plugs and another edition of "Whose Birthday Is It?", in which Big Al has a shot at winning the Civil War Chess Set from the Franklin Mint! Can he correctly guess this week's Birthday Boy within the first two clues?

Then it's Tigers Talk, as the Jerks break down new manager Brad Ausmus's proposed lineup, and who he might slot at key places, and why.

The guys also take on the NFL and its desire to legislate the n-word out of the game; the Olympics and the NHL's love/hate relationship with the Games; Big Al's weariness of seeing how the "sausage is made" in sports, and more!

There's also "Jerk of the Week" to close the show.

It all starts at 7:00 p.m. ET HERE!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Back after 2 weeks off! Coach Ray Scott talks Mo Cheeks firing; Adam Rants

We took a couple weeks off due to the Super Bowl and some real life stuff, but we're back and what a Sunday we picked to start recording again!

The Pistons fired coach Mo Cheeks early on Sunday afternoon, and we just had to ask former Pistons coach and player Ray Scott, a good Knee Jerks friend, to come on and talk about it.

So that's what we did, and that's what Coach did!

We start the show with, to use basketball terms, "quality minutes" from Coach Scott as he breaks down why the firing may have happened, where the team goes from here, and what kind of owner Tom Gores may prove to be.

Coach Scott has seen both sides of the coin; he's been an assistant elevated to head coach (replacing Earl Lloyd in 1972), and he's been fired mid-season (January, 1976).

After Coach, we open the floor to Adam Biggers, who rants about National Signing Day and speaks a little to the Michigan Wolverines' quarterback situation, plus the controversy surrounding the expulsion of kicker Brendan Gibbons for alleged sexual misconduct.

All that, plus more on the Pistons with Eno and Big Al, the additional breaking news of Missouri DE Michael Sam coming out as openly gay, the Red Wings and more!

Don't forget "Whose Birthday Is It?" (prize: year's supply of Lectric Shave---by Mennen!) and "Jerk of the Week"!

It all starts at 7pm ET HERE.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The latest episode is available for download! Adam Biggers, the Lions' new coach and more!

In case you missed it, the latest episode of "The Knee Jerks" is available for download!

Adam Biggers of Bleacher Report returns, as promised, for a second consecutive week of ranting. In Adam's crosshairs this week are Michigan and Michigan State basketball---and the state's crazy drivers he's seen on the road this winter.

The Jerks discuss the Lions' new head coach, Jim Caldwell and the machinations that went on prior to his hiring. Also talked about is what Big Al refers to as the "Tony Dungy Mafia," and what impact it had on the hire.

Will Caldwell be the man to turn the franchise around? Listen to hear what Eno and Big Al think!

After football, the talk switches to MLB's expanded use of replay starting in 2014. Big Al likes it; Eno is not so sure.

All that, plus the Max Scherzer contract situation (especially in light of Clayton Kershaw's new deal), "Whose Birthday Is It?" (at stake: Florsheim shoes), "Jerk of the Week" and more!

It can all be downloaded HERE.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Tonight! "Adam Rants," the Lions' coaching search, A-Roid, the Pistons and more!

It's been awhile since we brought you Bleacher Report's Adam Biggers and one of his rants, so to make it up, we're giving you Adam in back-to-back weeks, starting tonight!

"Adam Rants" will feature Adam going off on Michigan State basketball and the situation at Michigan with its new OC, Doug Nussmeier. It's must-hear stuff!

After Adam's segment, Eno and Big Al take on the tale of Justin Verlander and his "core muscle" surgery. Will it have an adverse effect? Is this a sign of an almost-31-year-old pitcher's body starting to break down? Eno talks Big Al off the ledge on this one.

Lots more on the docket: baseball Hall of Fame voting; the Lions' coaching search; A-Roid; and the maddening Pistons.

All this and more, plus "Whose Birthday is It?" (at stake: a Longines Symphony watch) and "Jerks of the Week."

It all can be found here!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Welcome to 2014 and another episode of The Knee Jerks!

Happy New Year!

The Knee Jerks are back after taking two weeks off to celebrate the holidays.

No guest tonight, as Eno and Big Al have more than enough to talk about, all by themselves.

First it's the Lions, and the spiral that led to their coaching search.

Will Jim Schwartz, who's rumored to be the new DC of the Cleveland Browns, get another HC job in the NFL? What went wrong? Why wasn't he the right guy to take the Lions to the next level? Who will be the Lions' new HC? Why is Matthew Stafford being involved in the interview process?

After the Lions talk, the guys talk Winter Classic, MSU and U-M football, and more.

Don't forget "Whose Birthday Is It?" (at stake: a lifetime ticket to the Bob-Lo boat) and "Jerk of the Week"!

It all starts at 7:00pm ET HERE.