sports http://michiganradio.org en Detroit's minor league soccer team has a huge following, and they know a lot of chants http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-minor-league-soccer-team-has-huge-following-and-they-know-lot-chants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The World Cup is over. And even if you weren't rooting for Germany or Argentina, the game was really something to watch.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Germany won, for all the non-sports fans out there.)</span></p><p>In addition to the game itself, the fans are just as fun to watch.</p><p>They paint flags on their faces, and scream, and cry a lot.&nbsp;</p><p>Those fans exist outside of Brazil, too. There's an intense support section for the Detroit City Football Club. The minor league soccer team is called Le Rouge, and is in its third season.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before the game, a lot of fans and supporters go to a bar and rally the troops.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then the "Northern Guard" march to the stadium. There are smoke bombs, drums, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">gas masks</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, megaphones, and a lot of rouge and gold.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout the entire game, there's chanting -- some of which could never air on public radio.</span></p><p>According to Alex Wright, one of the<a href="http://www.detcityfc.com/"> DCFC&nbsp;</a>co-owners, about 2/3 of the team play for their college team during the school year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The home games at Cass Tech High School began selling out this season, and Friday's game sold out by record numbers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wright said that he and the other co-owners wanted to create the team because they're committed to the city. Wright doesn't believe that soccer is going to save Detroit, but it's just a reason to feel good about what's going on in the city.&nbsp;</p><p>DCFC's season is over now, but fans like "Big Vytau"&nbsp;plan to come back next year -- and probably for a few years after that.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the full interview above</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:30:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 18360 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's minor league soccer team has a huge following, and they know a lot of chants The influence of a little league baseball coach can last a lifetime http://michiganradio.org/post/influence-little-league-baseball-coach-can-last-lifetime <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last summer, I told you about</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Coach Mac, my little league baseball coach who believed in me, and helped me</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;rise from the team’s worst player to become the team’s captain in one season.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I didn’t know where my old coach was, but after the story aired, I received&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a thank you letter from Coach Mac himself. This week, Coach Mack passed away.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The summer before Mac McKenzie became our little league baseball coach, I spent&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the season picking dandelions in right field, and batting last. But just weeks after&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coach Mac took over, I rose to starting catcher, lead-off hitter, and team captain.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:37:47 +0000 John U. Bacon 18343 at http://michiganradio.org The influence of a little league baseball coach can last a lifetime National traits do not explain soccer styles http://michiganradio.org/post/national-traits-do-not-explain-soccer-styles <p></p><p>Last Thursday afternoon, the 2014 World Cup began as Brazil and Croatia ran out onto the pitch in Brazil. And with that, fans of Association Football (aka “soccer” here in the USA) plunged into a month of the High Holy Days: World Cup action.</p><p>Many fans of “the beautiful game” get downright nationalistic as they cheer on<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;their favorite team, whether it be England, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast ... and of course, the U.S., which opens its World Cup bid this evening at 6 against Ghana.</span></p><p>With soccer, there's a lot of credence put into national identities and how teams play. But, if you think the<em> </em>playing style of your favorite team somehow reflects some deep cultural trait of that country, Stateside guest Andy Markovits says think again.</p><p>Markovits is a University of Michigan political scientist and lifelong soccer fan. He joined us today to talk about how generalizations of national characteristics can be superficial and dangerous.&nbsp;</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the conversation above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:08:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 18017 at http://michiganradio.org National traits do not explain soccer styles Michigan man goes for "most strikes in a minute" bowling record http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-man-goes-most-strikes-minute-bowling-record <p>We're talking the traditional, pitcher-of-beer, middle America, tenpin bowling.</p><p>Chad McClean&nbsp;<a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/2000/most-bowling-strikes-in-a-minute">set the official record</a> in Gainesville, Florida last year. He managed 12 strikes in one minute.</p><p>Unofficially, Jason Hicks tied that record at his family-owned Clio&nbsp;Bowling Arcade last month. <a href="http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2014/04/clio_bowler_jason_hicks_to_try.html">MLive's Aaron McMann</a> says Hicks actually hit a 13th strike, but it was a second too late.</p><p>Here's a video of his last attempt:</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:29:48 +0000 Mark Brush 17331 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan man goes for "most strikes in a minute" bowling record Michigan's Charlie White and Meryl Davis will appear on 'Dancing with the Stars' http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-charlie-white-and-meryl-davis-will-appear-dancing-stars <p>Fresh off their gold-medal win in Sochi, Meryl Davis and Charlie White will ride their fame straight onto one of the most popular shows on television.</p><p>Charlie White will be paired up with professional dancer&nbsp;Sharna&nbsp;Burgess, and Meryl Davis will be paired up with dance pro&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maksim&nbsp;Chmerkovskiy.</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:05:12 +0000 Mark Brush 16702 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Charlie White and Meryl Davis will appear on 'Dancing with the Stars' The Winter Olympics might be corrupt, crass and silly, but we still love to watch http://michiganradio.org/post/winter-olympics-might-be-corrupt-crass-and-silly-we-still-love-watch <p>Why in the world are the Winter Olympics in Sochi, one of Russia’s warmest places? &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chalk it up to corruption – both the Russians’, which we’ve come to expect, and the International Olympic Committee’s – which we’ve also come to expect.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The IOC hasn’t just shown a </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">willingness</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to be bought, but an </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">insistence.</em></p><p>That’s how you get a Winter Olympic skating rink built in the shade of palm trees. The warm weather is funny, unless you spent your entire life training for these Olympics, and there’s no snow. Then it’s just&nbsp;heartbreaking.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:40:37 +0000 John U. Bacon 16540 at http://michiganradio.org The Winter Olympics might be corrupt, crass and silly, but we still love to watch Brendan Gibbons, and the UM athletic department’s response http://michiganradio.org/post/brendan-gibbons-and-um-athletic-department-s-response <p>The University of Michigan named a new president last month, and the football team landed another great class of recruits last week. But there’s another story that keeps eclipsing those two. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon has details.</p><p>I’ve been reluctant to write about the Brendan Gibbons’ story, because so little is clear – from the incident that started this saga five years ago, to the various responses since.</p><p>One thing is clear: the athletic department continually fails to follow the advice legendary athletic director Don Canham,</p><blockquote><p>“Never turn a one-day story into a two-day story.”</p></blockquote><p>This story starts in 2009, when Wolverine kicker Brendan Gibbons had an encounter at a party with a female student. Ultimately, only two people know what happened, but we do know she contacted the Ann Arbor Police, then decided not to press charges. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:15:54 +0000 John U. Bacon 16448 at http://michiganradio.org Brendan Gibbons, and the UM athletic department’s response Embracing the spiritual side of sports http://michiganradio.org/post/embracing-spiritual-side-sports <p></p><p>Super Bowl Sunday is days away, and when you think about the atmosphere at any given sports event – be it the Super Bowl, a Red Wings game, or even your child's grade-school team – chances are the atmosphere is one of fierce competition.</p><p>Think of the crowd and the chants. You know, "Beat 'em, beat 'em, let's deFEAT 'em." But my next guest is asking us to look at sports in another light – in a spiritual light.</p><p>Jeanne Hess has been the head coach of Kalamazoo College's Volleyball team for some 30 years, and is an associate chaplain. Her book is called, "Sportuality: Finding Joy in the Games."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeanne Hess joined us on Stateside today.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:36:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 16215 at http://michiganradio.org Embracing the spiritual side of sports Former Red Wing star Darren McCarty pulls no punches in new book http://michiganradio.org/post/former-red-wing-star-darren-mccarty-pulls-no-punches-new-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He calls himself a "hockey rock star" – and he's earned the right to do just that.</span></p><p>Whether it was his 15 seasons as an NHL enforcer, the four Stanley Cups he won with the Red Wings, the legendary "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7DlAjrhm9s">Fight Night at the Joe</a>" when he took down Claude Lemieux of the Avalanche, or his rock band "Grinder," Darren McCarty has played hard and lived hard, coping with family issues and addiction even as he skated to NHL stardom wearing &nbsp;No 25.</p><p>He tells his story in an autobiography called "My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star," written with the help of journalist Kevin Allen.</p><p>And, just like Darren on the ice, this book pulls no punches.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:59:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16196 at http://michiganradio.org Former Red Wing star Darren McCarty pulls no punches in new book Write these 2014 sports predictions down. You won't be disappointed. http://michiganradio.org/post/write-these-2014-sports-predictions-down-you-wont-be-disappointed <p>Since I review the year in sports each December, my editor thought, “Hey, why not preview the year in sports in January?!?”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why not? Because I have no idea what’s going to happen. Nobody does.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s why we watch sports: We don’t know how it’s going to end. It’s also why we shouldn’t watch pregame shows: everybody is just guessing.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:49:57 +0000 John U. Bacon 16064 at http://michiganradio.org Write these 2014 sports predictions down. You won't be disappointed. The Year in Michigan Sports, John U. Bacon looks back http://michiganradio.org/post/year-michigan-sports-john-u-bacon-looks-back <p>The year in sports started out with the Detroit Lions missing the playoffs, and hockey fans missing the entire National Hockey League season.</p><p>The NHL lockout started the way these things usually do: The players thought the owners made too much money, and the owners thought the players made too much money.&nbsp; And, of course, both sides were dead right. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:09:11 +0000 John U. Bacon 15777 at http://michiganradio.org The Year in Michigan Sports, John U. Bacon looks back What could Michigan's loss to MSU mean for Brady Hoke? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-could-michigans-loss-msu-mean-brady-hoke <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Moments before the Michigan Wolverines introduced Brady Hoke as their new head football coach in 2011, Michigan fans had lots of questions. Why not hire a national star like Les Miles or Jim Harbaugh, who both played at Michigan? Who was Brady Hoke? Was he up to the task?</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Hoke answered these questions by nailing his first press conference. He won over more Michigan fans in just a few minutes than his predecessor, Rich Rodriguez, had been able to do in three years. When a reporter asked Hoke if the Wolverines would be rebuilding, he famously replied, “This is Michigan, for godsakes” – and a star was born.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It was hard to imagine a happier honeymoon than Hoke’s. In his rookie season, the Wolverines beat Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State – for the first time in eight years. They won their first BCS bowl game since Tom Brady did the job in 2000, en route to an 11-2 record. From the fans in the stands to the team in the trenches, the love for Coach Hoke was universal.</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:51:37 +0000 John U. Bacon 15176 at http://michiganradio.org What could Michigan's loss to MSU mean for Brady Hoke? I loved baseball from the start – but it didn’t love me http://michiganradio.org/post/i-loved-baseball-start-it-didn-t-love-me <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">When I started in tee-ball, I was so short that if the catcher put the tee on the far corner of the plate, I couldn’t reach it. &nbsp;Yes, I struck out – in tee ball. &nbsp;</span></p><p><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Our first year of live pitching wasn’t any better. One game we were beating the other team so badly, they were about to trigger the “Mercy Rule,” and end the game. Coach Van pulled me in from my post in right field – where I kept company with the dandelions – and told me to pitch. I wasn’t a pitcher – I wanted to be a catcher, like Bill Freehan -- but I’m thinking, “This is my chance.” &nbsp;I walked three batters, but miraculously got three outs. We won – and I figured that was my stepping stone to greater things.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I was surprised my dad wasn’t as happy as I was. He knew better – but he didn’t tell me until years later: Coach Van was not putting me in to finish the game. He was putting me in to get shelled, so the game would keep going. He was putting me in to fail. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 13801 at http://michiganradio.org I loved baseball from the start – but it didn’t love me Spending taxpayer dollars on sports stadiums will not help Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/spending-taxpayer-dollars-sports-stadiums-will-not-help-detroit <p>Politicians are falling all over themselves in Washington and in Lansing to oppose spending any money to, as they put it, “bail out” Detroit.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:02:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13750 at http://michiganradio.org Spending taxpayer dollars on sports stadiums will not help Detroit Summertime isn't as easy as it used to be, as far as kids' games are concerned http://michiganradio.org/post/summertime-isnt-easy-it-used-be-far-kids-games-are-concerned <p></p><p>Summer time, and the livin' is easy.</p><p>But not if you have children. Nowadays, you have to drive your kid to soccer camp and band camp, to this lesson and that clinic, to make sure they never have a single un-programmed minute of summer to themselves.</p><p>Yes, something is gained from all this -- like structure and safety -- but something is lost, too. You see a basket in every driveway, but no one playing on them. Without their own games, kids never learn how to settle their own arguments. Does any ten-year-old know what a "do-over" is?</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 13284 at http://michiganradio.org Summertime isn't as easy as it used to be, as far as kids' games are concerned Campaign to bring the 2014 X-Games to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/campaign-bring-2014-x-games-detroit <p>Bring the X-Games for 2014 to Detroit.</p><p>That's what an impassioned pair of Detroit boosters is saying to ESPN.</p><p>They've launched an all-out campaign to get the sports network to choose the Motor City over three other contenders for the summer 2014 X-Games, which are ESPN's extreme sports answer to the Olympics.</p><p>Kevin Krease and Garret Koehler are the ones responsible for this bid to win over ESPN.</p><p>The two joined us in the studio to talk about their campaign.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:33:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 13085 at http://michiganradio.org Campaign to bring the 2014 X-Games to Detroit Stateside for Monday, June 17th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-june-17th-2013 <p>On today's show: Boondoggles.</p><p>We took a look back at some of Michigan's sorriest episodes in government spending.</p><p>And, we spoke with the members of the duo Midnight Faces, a Grand Rapids band taking a new approach to music from the '80's.</p><p>And, Dr. Amanda Lotz joined us in the studio to discuss the future of television now that services such as Netflix have become increasingly popular.</p><p>Also, a campaign has started to bring the summer 2014 X-Games to Detroit. We spoke with the guys responsible for starting the campaign about why they think Detroit should be chosen to host the event.</p><p>First on the show, with school out for the summer, state officials are already looking for ways to get more students to show up for classes in the fall. The state Department of Human Services wants to expand pilot programs that put more social workers in schools with high truancy rates.</p><p>At the same time, DHS has a new statewide policy that threatens to take away welfare benefits from families with kids who persistently miss school.</p><p>But, critics say that still means too few families are getting the support they need to avoid losing their cash assistance.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher gave us the full report.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:30:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 13088 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, June 17th, 2013 Can the Red Wings keep winning against the Blackhawks? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-red-wings-keep-winning-against-blackhawks <p>Tomorrow night will bring Game Four in the Western Conference semifinals between the Detroit Red Wings and archrivals Chicago Blackhawks.</p><p>The Wings handed the Blackhawks a pair of stinging losses in Games Two and Three, so tomorrow night’s game at the Joe finds the Wings up two games to one.</p><p>John Keating covers the Red Wings for Fox Sports Detroit, and he has done so for many years, so he’s seen this team through its ups and downs. He joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:13:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 12687 at http://michiganradio.org Can the Red Wings keep winning against the Blackhawks? Ann Arbor bowling league team goes for championship tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-bowling-league-team-goes-championship-tonight <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We have seen droughts in sports in this state, that is for sure.</span></p><p>The last time the Lions won the NFL championship, for example, was 1957. Well, there’s been a similar drought in the world of bowling leagues, but that might be about to end.</p><p>Mel Shannon’s been bowling with the Knights of Columbus Men’s League in Ann Arbor for about as long as anyone can remember.</p><p>Last time Mel won the championship was 46 years ago - 1967.</p><p>But, Mel is on the verge of winning the championship again tonight.</p><p>Mel is a Word II veteran who is 87 years young and he stopped by the studio along with John Kennard - who is also part of the K of C men's bowling league.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:05:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 12299 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor bowling league team goes for championship tonight The Detroit Derby Girls roll into Stateside http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-derby-girls-roll-stateside <p>When you think of Masonic Temple, chances are you think of the shows you've seen in the grand theater or the smaller Scottish Rite Cathedral.</p><p>But to a growing group of fans, the Masonic Temple is the arena for roller derby.</p><p>Masonic Temple is the home rink of the Detroit Derby Girls, the official roller derby team in Detroit.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:08:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 11805 at http://michiganradio.org The Detroit Derby Girls roll into Stateside