Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Last Night on "The Knee Jerks": Mucking it Up in the Corner with Matt Hutter

We took to the ice---figuratively, anyway---and talked some serious Red Wings hockey last night on "The Knee Jerks", my weekly sports gabfest with Big Al from The Wayne Fontes Experience.

Our guest was Matt Hutter, who filled in admirably for Jose Canseco, whose schedule forced a re-set till next week (we hope). Matt is one of the featured Red Wings writers for Bleacher Report. Matt provided us with some terrific insight and analysis---not bad for a guy who covers the team from California! Matt gave us some solid minutes, as they say in basketball.

After Matt, Al and I delved into some juicy topics around Detroit sports.

We tipped things off, so to speak, with some concerns about the direction of the Pistons, and we wondered when the mainstream media was going to stop giving team president Joe Dumars free passes.

Next, it was time to, as Al said, talk about something uplifting: U-M football coach Rich Rodriguez's job security!

We ruminated about U-M and MSU football, and openly wondered which coach would be saying goodbye first: Rodriguez, or MSU's Mark Dantonio. Also, you gotta love it when Al used the term "George Perles Mafia" when referring to the dynamic in East Lansing!

Finally, we saved the worst for last: our lovable Detroit Lions. You'll have to listen for yourself.

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Upcoming guests:

Nov. 9 Jose Canseco? (stay tuned)
Nov. 16 Ansar Khan, Red Wings beat writer for MLive.com and Booth Newspapers
Nov. 23 TBA
Nov. 30 (or Dec. 7) NHL Central roundtable with hockey writers from Bleacher Report

Some highlights:

Big Al

On the Pistons:
"It's only been three games, but John Kuester isn't impressing me at all. And Charlie Villanueva is playing like a soft Rasheed Wallace."

On Rich Rodriguez: "He's more like an SEC coach. A Steve Spurrier type. I don't know that he's a good fit at Michigan."

On the Lions: "Is Stan Kwan the Enemy of the People, or is he the anti-Christ?"


On the Pistons:
"The Pistons have no one who can score in the low post. Joe Dumars is flailing; it's like he's grasping at straws. I don't think he even has a plan."

On Rich Rodriguez: "There's just something about this guy that doesn't fit. I can't put my finger on it, but I think it's going to end badly in Ann Arbor for him."

On the Lions: "It was embarrassing. They lost with no honor, no dignity. And I don't understand that."

You can listen to the episode by clicking below!

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