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The Knee Jerks began as a popular weekly chat feature between a pair of long running Detroit sports blogs, The Wayne Fontes Experience and GregEno.com. The web chat morphed into an every Monday night podcast. Your hosts are layabout blogger Big Al Beaton of TWFE, aka Mr. Blogger, and prolific freelance writer Greg Eno, aka Mr. Journalist. We cover the gamut of the sports landscape, but with a definite Detroit slant and always with a Detroit attitude.
 
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Everyone knows two things off limits for casual conversation are politics and religion so on this week's Talking Michigan Politics, Ed and Jeff take on U.S. Rep. Justin Amash's opposition to U.S. military action in Libya, state tax policy and the controversy sparked by the Rev. Rob Bell about whether there is a Hell.…
 
On this week's Talking Michigan Politics podcast, state budget director John Nixon answers questions about the bold cuts and tax changes he and Gov. Rick Snyder have proposed. Press editors Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder also discuss the legislative proposal that would enable a vote to merge Kent County and Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Public Schools …
 
What cuts to expect in Gov. Rick Snyder’s bold budget, the future of the national health care law, and a Grand Rapids-Kent County metro government proposal on this week’s Talking Michigan Politics podcast with Press editors Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder:By Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder
 
On tonight's show: We welcome back the The Detroit News' Pistons beat Vincent Goodwill. Vincent's online coverage can be found at DetNews.com. You can also follow Vincent on Twitter at @VGoodwill. We'll talk about the ongoing Rip Hamilton drama, the trade with the Nuggets and Nets that wasn't, the battles coach John Keuster is having with the team'…
 
What did we learn from the State of the Union and reaction; examining mental health in the wake of Arizona shootings; and what to expect in a radically different Michigan state budget on this week's Talking Michigan Politics with Press editors Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder.By The Grand Rapids Press
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, welcome Adam Biggers of SpartyOn.com, to talk MSU basketball and tell us how this season started with Tom Izzo's team expected to compete for the NCAA Championship, only to turn into a very tumultuous and perhaps disappointing season for the Spartan faithful. The Knee Jerks will then mo…
 
Analysis of Gov. Rick Snyder's first State of the State address, a look at President Obama's approval two years in, and "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" on this week's Talking Michigan Politics podcast with Grand Rapids Press editors Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder.By The Grand Rapids Press
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, welcome Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press, who also writes The Benchwarmer blog for Mlive.com. With Michael we'll discuss the University of Michigan's hiring of Brady Hoke as their new head football coach and the fan/media fallout that followed. At 7:30, Matt Hutter makes his bi…
 
On this week's Talking Michigan Politics podcast, press editors Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder discuss the fallout from the deadly shooting rampage in Arizona, a preview of Gov. Rick Snyder's State of the State address and how development is progressing in downtown Grand Rapids.By The Grand Rapids Press
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton are sans guests, but there's still plenty to talk about this week. There's the University of Michigan's ongoing coaching search, with LSU's Les Miles to meet with AD Dave Brandon on Tuesday, the Pistons possibly being part of one of the biggest blockbuster trades in NBA history and unloa…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, welcome the return of Detroit and New York City broadcasting legend Bob Page! We'll talk Big 10 football, including the New Years Day debacles of the Spartans and Wolverines, the Rich Rodriguez mess in Ann Arbor and measure the success of Mark Dantonio in East Lansing. We'll reminisce a…
 
On this week's Talking Michigan Politics podcast, Grand Valley State University's Matt McLogan joins Press political editor Jeff Cranson to talk about Gov. Rick Snyder's bold ambitions, Michele Bachmann's visits to Grand Rapids and Troy and what to expect from Michigan's Congressional delegation in the new session.…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, welcome BlueandSilverPride.com's Mike Schottey to talk Lions! After we talk live with Mike Schottey, we'll move on to the lateest n Detroit sports, incluing the Lions 3rd straight win, taking down the Dolphins on Sunday, the injury issues on the Red Wings and the Pistons' making Rip Ham…
 
On this week's Talking Michigan Politics podcast, Grand Rapids Press editors Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder discuss Gov. Jennifer Granholm's legacy, Michele Bachmann's visit to Grand Rapids, the Census release. Conversation starters this week focus on ways parents try to preserve Santa for kids and a tribute to Eloise Johnson, patron saint of music in …
 
On tonight's show: It's Eno and Big Al going without a guest, talking about the Lions' victory over the Bucs, the Tigers' signing Magglio Ordonez, and the NCAA suspending Tom Izzo. At 7:45, we'll turn the show over to our Red Wings insider, Matt Hutter! Matt's Red Wings Bleacher Report columns can be found here and is @MaHutter12 on Twitter. As alw…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, were hoping to have retired NHL player Mike Donnelly on the show today, but we are still trying to nail down a time for the interview. So Eno and Al will hold down the fort until 8-8:15 and talk about the ridiculousness of the Big Ten's division names, the job status of the Pistons' hea…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton welcome back Ray Scott. Ray is an 11 year NBA/ABA veteran, a former NBA coach of the year who led the Pistons to the playoffs as head coach in 1974, ended the 70's as the head coach of Eastern Michigan, and is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. At 7:45, we'll cover the Red Win…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton talk baseball, as the signings of Victor Martinez and Joaquin Benoit take center stage during a Detroit Tigers hot stove session with Kurt Mensching of Bless You Boys. After Tigers hot stove, Greg and Big Al discuss the Lions' loss on Thanksgiving, the status of the Wolverines' Rich Rodr…
 
On this week's Talking Michigan Politics, Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder discuss President Carter's statements about Fox News, upcoming races for Grand Rapids mayor and the U.S. Senate, the unemployment benefits extension, former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Betty Weaver being censured, the early battle for Michigan GOP chairman, more people supporti…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, cover the latest Detroit Lions news and analysis with Mike Schottey of Blue and Silver Pride,Bleacher Report, and DraftTek. We'll also name our respective Jerk of the Week! Be here at 7PM every Monday night for the latest and greatest in sports talk...sports talk with a Detroit attitude…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, welcome back Jamie Samuelson of the morning show at 97.7 WCSX-FM and sports blogger at the Detroit Free Press. We'll discuss the gamut in Detroit sports (as much as we can cover in 30 minutes), including Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, Pistons, Wolverines and Spartans...and of course, Jamie's…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, interview long-time Detroit Free Press high school sports writer, the prognosticator known as "Son of Swami", Mick McCabe! Of course, we'll talk about the ongoing Michigan high school football playoffs, early thoughts on the upcoming basketball season, and how high school sports have ch…
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, talk Lions & blogging with Ty Schalter of The Lions in Winter. Ty can be found on Twitter at @LionsInWinter. Beyond just talking Lions (of course), we'll discuss Ty's "Barry Week". How it came about, the inspiration & who participated. Then we'll talk about the place of bloggers in toda…
 
GVSU's Matt McLogan joins Press editors Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder for the final Talking Michigan Politics podcast before Tuesday's mid-term elections. Topics include:Clinton, Bernero event fails to drawThe Rand Paul supporter head stompTurnoutChina's role in political racesBy Jeff Cranson, Ed Golder and Matt McLogan
 
On tonight's show: The Knee Jerks, Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton, have prepared a shorter podcast this week, do to....let's just call it "bye week-itis." Both the Lions and Wolverines had a bye week, and there's no new Pistons news with the roster locked down for the upcoming start of the season. But we will talk about the Tigers' signing of Brandon I…
 
On tonight's show: We'll be doing a Detroit Pistons season preview (with a touch of the NBA as a whole) with the Detroit News' beat writer, Vincent Goodwill. Vincent's online coverage can be found at DetNews.com. You can also follow Vincent on Twitter at @VGoodwill. The Knee Jerks then move on to the Red Wings, as Matt Hutter makes the first of his…
 
An interview with GOP candidate for governor, Rick Snyder; analysis of his debate with Democrat Virg Bernero; the tight race for Kent County's 29th Senate district are topics on this week's Talking Michigan Politics with Press editors Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder.By Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder
 
On tonight's show: We'll talk about the Lions' first win of the season with one of our favorite guests, Mike Schottey of Bleacher Report (http://bleacherreport.com/users/111184-michael-schottey), DraftTek.com, BlueAndSilverPride.com. Mike can also be found on Twitter as @Schottey. Along with the Rams game, we'll look back on the first quarter of th…
 
Gay bashing at military funerals and free speech, a radical center/third party movement in 2012 and China as an issue in the 3rd Congressional race on this week's Talking Michigan Politics podcast with Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder.By Jeff Cranson and Ed Golder
 
On tonight's show: We'll talk about the Detroit Tigers and their upcoming off season with Dan Holmes (DanHolmes.com, @twebman on Twitter). Dan is a freelance writer who loves to talk baseball, especially Tiger baseball. Dan has subbed for Eno a couple of times in the past, but it's been well over a month, so he should have plenty to say! After gett…
 
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