Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Last Night On "The Knee Jerks": Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Joe Dexter

It was a baseball extravaganza last night on "The Knee Jerks"!

The weekly gabfest I have with Big Al from The Wayne Fontes Experience had another thrilling episode, and our guest was Detroit sports blogger and radio host Joe Dexter of Motor City Bengals.com.

The topic, as expected with a guy who's got a website named that, was the Tigers.

We spent a full hour and some change with Joe, covering everything from the Tigers' chances to win the division (plus how they stack up against the Yankees and Red Sox); the possibility of adding another bat before Aug. 31; the confounding Magglio Ordonez; the possibility of adding John Smoltz; whether we trust Armando Galarraga; Jim Leyland on steroids; the toughness of Brandon Inge; and much, much more!

I went on a rant about the fear of dealing prospects, and even though I apologized on the air, it felt oh, so good!

After Joe, Al and I talked some Lions and Pistons for the remaining 25 minutes.

The highlights:

Big Al

On Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford:
"This kid has got a gun. No, he's got a cannon. He's got a high-powered weapon." (this is a week after Al said he wasn't going to allow himself to get excited!)

On new coach Jim Schwartz: "I hate to say it, but one of the reasons why I'm so excited about the season starting is that Jim Schwartz has been impressing the hell out of me."

On the Pistons signing Ben Wallace:
"He's going to play for about $1.3 million, which in the NBA is nothing. I wonder if Rodney Stuckey will let him have No. 3 back."


On Stafford:
"It looks like a perfect storm for him to play. New regime, new teammates, all this praise. It looks like it's all coming together for him."

On Schwartz: "I don't get the feeling that he's going to let the inmates run the asylum, as has been the case in the past. The Lions finally seem to have a strong personality as head coach."

On Wallace: "If he can block a few shots, grab some rebounds, change the momentum a little bit...inject some energy, then he's worth the money."

You can listen to the episode by clicking below!

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