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Bless You Boys Podcast 116 was recorded June 20, 2014, has a running time of 67 minutes, and features Al Beaton and HookSlide.
This week we discuss the reaction to Brad Ausmus' unfortunate joke, see encouraging signs despite the Tigers losing 3-of-4 to the Royals, ponder the possibility of benching Torii Hunter, hope Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander are fixed, and know when it's time to not be nice.
Brad Ausmus' attempt at a post-game sarcastic joke causes a firestorm of controversy and several apologies. Was some of the anti-Ausmus reaction caused by frustration with his team's performance?
The past week has shown the difference in experience levels between Ausmus and Jim Leyland.
HookSlide goes into Little League coach mode to refresh everyone on just what this thing called second place is and how you can find your team there.
The Detroit News' Lynn Henning advocates a fire sale on Twitter.Despite the calls for extreme moves, it's still too early to PANIC.
Fans want their pound of flesh, but no coaches will be fired. The possibility of a lineup change exists.
J.D. Martinez clubbed Royals pitching to the tune of a .500 average, three home runs and six RBIs. Since being called up, Martinez has given the Tigers something Torii Hunter hasn't provided in weeks - offense and not being Hunter on defense.
Bullpen roulette: Luke Putkonen is out indefinitely after elbow surgery. Band-aids Corey Knebel and Evan Reed have been sent down, replaced by Band-aids Blaine Hardy and Chad Smith.
The Joe Nathan whom we saw strike out the side against the Royals after finding an arm slot issue would go a long way toward fixing what has ailed the bullpen.
Justin Verlander as been awful of late, but he cannot be sent down nor should he be sent to the bullpen.
The Tigers General Manager Al Avila announced that Brad Ausmus will remain their manager for the 3rd and final year of his contract. Ed Smith and I analyze why Ausmus may be better than Ron Gardenhire, the man Justin Spiro reported earlier was going to be the next manager.
We also recap Week 4 of College Football in the Mitten involving the Central Michigan Chippewas/#2 Michigan State Spartans and #22 BYU Cougars/Michigan Wolverines matchups and Week 3 for the Lions at home against the Denver Broncos.
Plus, what is going on with the Wings in overtime this preseason? They're 0-3 in the new 3-on-3 extra frame thus far. Are they only getting warmed up? Or do they need to improve?
The Knee Jerks return to cover the latest in Detroit sports! In a Detroit Tigers-centric episode, Eno and Big Al discuss all the angles when it comes to the surprising announcement from GM Al Avila that manager Brad Ausmus will return in 2016, despite numerous leaks and reports to the contrary. The Tigers also sent reliever Bruce Rondon home for what was termed "a lack of effort," so the Jerks look into how the shaky status of Rondon could affect the team's off-season rebuilding of the pitching staff.
This eposide closes with a look at the 0-2 Detroit Lions, who face a must-win game against the Denver Broncos.
All that plus the 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 archive can be found the Sports Geeks Radio Network.
In this week's episode, Rob and HookSlide talk about the biggest news in Tigers-dom: Tom Gorzelanny's new arm angle and whether Neftali Feliz should be tendered a contract. Oh, and that whole thing about Ausmus returning next year, too. They also look east to discuss the feud that went down in our nation's capital between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper, and point out the key differences between the still employed Brad Ausmus and newly-fired Matt Williams.
Topics in this week's episode include:
Why the No. 9 overall draft pick is a good thing
J.D. Martinez didn't hit 40 homers, but that's OK
Daniel Norris threw 54 pitches in an inning and everyone hated it
Tom Gorzelanny, Neftali Feliz, and other players we don't want to see in 2016
Guess who's back? Back again. Ausmus is back. Tell a friend...
Does Al Avila need to Ausmus-proof the roster?
Which teams will (not) win the World Series
Jonathan Papelbon and workplace etiquette
Rest in peace, Buck Farmer
The Tigers' new direction
2:29 - Rounding the Bases: what was the best and worst part of the 2015 season?
21:49 - Warming in the Pen: why to avoid watching Tigers baseball in 2016
44:11 - High and Tight: when did baseball players become above the law?
59:32 - Into the Mob Scene at Home: the guy the Tigers need in 2016
1:15:49 - The 7th Inning Kvetch: why the Tigers are already behind the 8-ball in 2016
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Tigers beat writer Steve Mitzel of Fansided's Motor City Bengals explains exactly why Brad Ausmus must be fired as Tigers manager this year, and I completely agree with him, and you all should, too. He also gives out a list of possibilities for the next manager. I have my logical choice. Also the Detroit Sports Rag's #2-in-command editor Justin Spiro holds up "Fire Ausmus" and "Hire Acta" signs at Wrigley Field Tuesday night.
Alex Avila passes the torch to James McCann in the catchers position and considers his future after this year with the Tigers. I'll explain why he should be released.
I recap the Lions' 23-3 win at Ford Field over the New York Jets last week and have an update on defensive tackle Haloti Ngata prior to Preseason Week 2 at the Washington Redskins. More updates on the Lions.
The bright spots are getting fewer and fewer, and unfortunately, things aren't very fun in Tiger Town at this point.
That didn't stop Rob and HookSlide from bantering back and forth about the week that was for nearly two hours, though. There was plenty to talk about, including the recent rumors about manager Brad Ausmus' job security. We're still 20-odd games from debating legitimate candidates for the new job, but a name or two may have popped up in this episode. We also get away from the doom and gloom of Tigers baseball for a moment to discuss what the MLB playoffs have in store for us.
Topics in this week's episode include:
The Tigers are still bad
J.D. Martinez is slumping, but are we concerned?
Why the Tigers designated Daniel Fields for assignment
The potential for a protected draft pick, and why that matters
Whether Anthony Gose will be the center fielder in 2016
Who we're rooting for in October
Brad Ausmus' chances at staying in Detroit next season (Spoiler: 0 percent)
The early frontrunner to become the Tigers' next manager
Listener questions! Including a debate on how many Hot 'n' Readys we can physically carry
How an MVP is truly defined
Since Rob and HookSlide last went back and forth on episode three of The Voice of the Turtle, the Detroit Tigers have lost nine of their 11 games. They have dropped 20 (!) games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central and are close to scraping the bottom of the American League's depths.
This means one thing: bad September baseball!
Obviously, we're not excited about this, but episode five of the podcast helps shed some light on a few bright spots and things to watch in the last month of the season. Topics in this week's episode include:
HookSlide wanted a dumpster fire in Toronto, and he got one
Justin Verlander is still worth watching
What is a pseudoaneurysm? Will Shane Greene be okay?
The excitement (or lack thereof) of September call-ups
Ways to stay entertained by meaningless games in September
Are the Tigers giving up on the 2015 season?
Will Victor Martinez bounce back in 2016?
Listener questions! Including whether Nick Castellanos' pants have a certain mojo about them.
What kind of manager should the Tigers hire, assuming Brad Ausmus is fired?
This week, Rob and HookSlide discuss tanking, Draft Kings fever, and whether or not fans should boo their team.
The Detroit Tigers have been solid lately, winning three of the past four series they have played, including a recent series victory over the Kansas City Royals. Baseball is getting more watchable in Detroit, and Tigers fans just aren't sure how to handle it.
Amid their restlessness, Rob and HookSlide discuss the recent boo birds that have come to nest at Comerica Park, and the pros and cons of daily fantasy sports. Their commercials -- and auto-playing video web ads -- might be the devil, but the product is, dare we say, kind of fun? Also, what should you be watching for as the Tigers play out the last two weeks of the season, and is it worth it to spoil the Minnesota Twins' playoff hopes?
Topics in this week's episode include:
The Tigers are good again! Sort of.
What's up with Miguel Cabrera?
What the Tigers should expect out of Anibal Sanchez in 2016
The trials and tribulations of third base coach Dave Clark
Tanking the Right WayTM
Are Tigers fans booing too much?
That time that Brad Ausmus was right
Listener questions! Including whether your favorite Tiger is a sandwich
Daily fantasy sports, and whether they will make you rich
Internet advertising, and how it won't make anyone rich
2:49 - Rounding the Bases: are you ok, Miggy?
27:07 - Warming in the Pen: you need to stop waving this guy around third
41:48 - High and Tight: the art of booing
1:03:34 - Into the Mob Scene at Home: this is the one guy we’re excited to see leave in 2016
1:21:51 - The 7th Inning Kvetch: get rich quick, so you can start paying for content
Pastor Brad Morgan of New Life Beginnings Church in Pattison, TX, continues speaking from Jeremiah and specifically shares about Prophets in today's world.
God knows the plans He has for you. Some people think Satan has a more powerful plan, but God's plans are superior in all ways. God has more than one plan for you. Sometimes his plans for you can look ridiculous to the world. The word of the Lord will come to a prophet both by what he hears and what he sees.
God told Jeremiah when he was 17 and called by God to not identify with his youthful limitations, but identify with the word of God. God will call you to do things that you know you cannot pull off yourself. Pastor Brad continues speaking about the trials of prophets by telling the story of Isaiah in 1 Kings 18.
God calls prophets to begin to change the order of things. God will accomplish this through the opposition and adversity. God is with you.
Brad Johnson, Executive Producer and Writers shares secrets on storytelling.
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