national football league http://michiganradio.org en Advisers aren't doing Michael Sam any favors http://michiganradio.org/post/advisers-arent-doing-michael-sam-any-favors <p></p><div><p>When Michael Sam told his University of Missouri teammates he was gay before last season, it wasn’t a big deal. It’s a safe bet that NFL teams – who know what kind of gum their prospects chew – already knew this, too. But when Sam came out publicly, it changed the equation.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The NFL has already had gay players, so that’s not new. But publicly declaring you’re gay is new – and so is the onslaught of media attention.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17715 at http://michiganradio.org Advisers aren't doing Michael Sam any favors 'The time is now,' says Detroit Lions' new head coach http://michiganradio.org/post/time-now-says-detroit-lions-new-head-coach <p>The Detroit Lions introduced the team's new head coach today.</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Caldwell_(American_football)">Jim Caldwell</a> comes to the Lions after being part of two Super Bowl-winning teams. He also led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl in 2010, only to lose to the New Orleans Saints.</p><p>Caldwell says he’s already talked with Lions players about winning a National Football League championship.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:24:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 16045 at http://michiganradio.org 'The time is now,' says Detroit Lions' new head coach Jim Leyland and Jim Schwartz display two ways to celebrate a win for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/jim-leyland-and-jim-schwartz-display-two-ways-celebrate-win-detroit <p>It&#39;s not exactly an apples to apples comparison.</p><p>The Detroit Tigers had just clinched a division title after a long season, and the Detroit Lions had simply won a game, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut&nbsp;the two different ways the head coaches of Detroit&#39;s major sports teams celebrate a win does show something about their personalities.</span></p><p>Here&#39;s the &quot;Jim Leyland moonwalk&quot; making the rounds online (You can scroll to 1:25 to see the moonwalk, but his heartfelt &#39;thank you&#39; to his players, staff, and fans is worth watching. - you can follow this <a href="http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;src=v5:share:sharepermalink:&amp;from=sharepermalink">link </a>if the video doesn&#39;t load below):</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="270" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://hub.video.msn.com/embed/30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732/?vars=Y29uZmlnTmFtZT1zeW5kaWNhdGlvbnBsYXllciZsaW5rYmFjaz1odHRwJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LmZveHNwb3J0c2RldHJvaXQuY29tJTJGJmxpbmtvdmVycmlkZTI9aHR0cCUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy5mb3hzcG9ydHNkZXRyb2l0LmNvbSUyRnBhZ2VzJTJGdmlkZW8lM0Z2aWRlb2lkJTNEJTdCMCU3RCZjb25maWdDc2lkPU1TTlZpZGVvJm1rdD1lbi11cyZzeW5kaWNhdGlvbj10YWcmYnJhbmQ9RlNfRGV0cm9pdCZmcj1zaGFyZWVtYmVkLXN5bmRpY2F0aW9u" width="480">&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;A data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_new&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Video: Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/A&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And here&#39;s the &quot;Jim Schwartz headset throw&quot; going around the net (the Lions had just beaten the Washington Redskins - follow this <a href="http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/190z5gcgks0wcgif/original.gif">link </a>if the video doesn&#39;t load below):</span></p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MSZstYvv5c">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MSZstYvv5c</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe it&#39;s just <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmXacL0Uny0">the difference between baseball and football</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">H/T to Tony Brown.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:27:26 +0000 Mark Brush 14618 at http://michiganradio.org Jim Leyland and Jim Schwartz display two ways to celebrate a win for Detroit School sports start with new concussion law in place http://michiganradio.org/post/school-sports-start-new-concussion-law-place <div><p>Students in Michigan's public schools are back at their desks.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And for young football players, soccer players and other athletes around the state, practice has been happening in earnest for weeks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This will be the first school sports season under Michigan's new sports concussion law.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We wanted to find out what it will mean to student athletes, their coaches and their parents.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Laura Rowen joined us today. She's an injury prevention consultant with the Michigan Department of Community Health.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Listen to the audio above.</em></div><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:18:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 14363 at http://michiganradio.org School sports start with new concussion law in place 'Bo's sons' face off in Super Bowl next Sunday http://michiganradio.org/post/bos-sons-face-super-bowl-next-sunday <p>With Ann Arbor’s own Harbaugh brothers about to square off in the Super Bowl, you’ll probably start to hear lots of stories from the folks who met them along the way.&nbsp;</p><p>Well, count me in. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 10925 at http://michiganradio.org 'Bo's sons' face off in Super Bowl next Sunday Detroit's economy could take a hit from an NFL lockout http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-economy-could-take-hit-nfl-lockout <p>The city of Detroit could face an economic hit this fall if the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81e95bf8/article/labor-negotiations-continue-as-clock-ticks-on-cba-deadline?module=HP_headlines">National Football League</a> and <a href="http://www.nflplayers.com/">its players</a> don&rsquo;t agree on a new contract.&nbsp; How big an impact is not clear.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The current contract between NFL owners and the players association expires at midnight.&nbsp;&nbsp; Without a deal, <a href="http://www.detroitlions.com/ford-field/index.html">Ford Field</a> in Detroit will sit empty during the Lions scheduled pre-season and regular season home games this fall.</p><p>A study commissioned by the players association says $20 million&nbsp;is spent on average in NFL cities during regular season home games.&nbsp; In some cities, much more is spent.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2011/0301/NFL-lockout-big-blow-to-small-firms">Christian Science Monitor</a> reports small businesses may pay a big price.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.edgewortheconomics.com/About/Team.aspx">Jesse David is a senior vice president with Edgeworth Economics</a>, the company that did the study.&nbsp; David admits people will probably spend money on some form of entertainment, whether or not they go to a game, but they may not spend it in Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It may be that someone else, somewhere else sees their income go up&hellip;but there&rsquo;s still going to be an effect on a group of people.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Even if they miss tonight&rsquo;s deadline, NFL owners and players still have several months before games will have to be canceled or rescheduled. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:25:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 1496 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's economy could take a hit from an NFL lockout