100 episodes

Free Press sports columnist Shawn Windsor and insider Carlos Monarrez have plenty to say, and not just about Detroit sports, but Detroit culture, news and day-to-day life. Shawn and Carlos share their analysis, opinions, and viewpoints on just about everything. You may disagree with them. They most likely will disagree with each other and have fun doing it.  

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    • 4.4 • 85 Ratings

Free Press sports columnist Shawn Windsor and insider Carlos Monarrez have plenty to say, and not just about Detroit sports, but Detroit culture, news and day-to-day life. Shawn and Carlos share their analysis, opinions, and viewpoints on just about everything. You may disagree with them. They most likely will disagree with each other and have fun doing it.  

    Is Detroit Pistons’ max contract extension deal with Cade Cunningham the right move?

    Is Detroit Pistons’ max contract extension deal with Cade Cunningham the right move?

    Carlos and Shawn talk the surprising off-season interest in the Detroit Pistons so far and discuss the larger cultural significance the NBA has over other sports. After that discussion, the guys take a look Cade Cunningham's max contract extension offer and debate if the move was the best choice for the rebuilding Pistons. After the break, Carlos and Shawn cover the buzz around if the Detroit Tigers should trade their pitching ace Tarik Skubal. Can trading Skubal help the ball club’s desperate need for hitting or is the pitcher the kind of cornerstone that the team should build around?
    Read Carlos' most recent work here
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    • 51 min
    The Pistons Pulse: Analysis on the Detroit Pistons hiring coach J.B. Bickerstaff and veteran player acquisitions

    The Pistons Pulse: Analysis on the Detroit Pistons hiring coach J.B. Bickerstaff and veteran player acquisitions

    This rebroadcast of "The Pistons Pulse" originally aired 7/02/24.
    Bryce and Omari cover the whirlwind of recent personnel changes made by the Detroit Pistons. First the guys have you covered with what you need to know about new coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Is he the right type of hire for such a young team? Later in the pod, the guys break down the Tim Hardaway Jr. trade and react to the signing of free agent Tobias Harris. What kind of influence can the vets have on the scoring and floor spacing needs of the team? Towards the end of the pod, the guys take on listener questions including what roster gaps still need to be filled. 
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Days of Roar: Talking about Detroit Tigers' young hitters, volatile offense with Bobby L. Scales II

    Days of Roar: Talking about Detroit Tigers' young hitters, volatile offense with Bobby L. Scales II

    This rebroadcast of "Days of Roar" originally aired 6/17/24.
    Another week of fair to disappointing baseball has led Mark and Evan to seek outside expertise on the Tigers' woes. To help out, the guys welcome back Tigers radio analyst and former MLB player Bobby L. Scales II to the show. The trio try to make sense of the team's wildly inconsistent run production. After the break, the show focuses in on the expectations surrounding Riley Greene. What can we learn about Greene's potential from his walk rate? The trio also discuss Colt Keith's struggles and if the second baseman is finally starting adjust to the major leagues. Later in the pod, Mark and Evan cover health updates on Javier Báez, Kerry Carpenter, and Jackson Jobe's upcoming rehab start. 
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    • 1 hr
    Days of Roar: Tough questions on Detroit Tigers' .500 level of play

    Days of Roar: Tough questions on Detroit Tigers' .500 level of play

    This rebroadcast of "Days of Roar" originally aired 6/10/24.
    Another 3-3 week for the Detroit Tigers has the "Days of Roar" crew contemplating some tough questions for the ball club. After discussing how the team looks without Kerry Carpenter, Mark and Evan focus in on comments made by president of baseball operations Scott Harris on the MLB Network. How far away are the Tigers from having an established core and what does that timeline even look like? After the break, the guys also examine Scott Harris' comments on Javier Báez. Although the conversation on Baez's diminished hitting seems all but exhausted, Evan has some potentially intriguing data on the struggling shortstop's swing. Later in the pod, the guys cover Kirk Gibson's recent call with 97.1 The Ticket. Are we all being a bit too negative on a team that's only a few games out of a wildcard spot? 
    Follow Mark on X/Twitter here.
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    Read Evan's most recent work here. 

    • 56 min
    Breaking down Detroit Lions minicamp with Dave Birkett

    Breaking down Detroit Lions minicamp with Dave Birkett

    The great Dave Birkett once again joins Carlos and Shawn to walk us through their general impressions of the team so far in their preparations for the new season. The guys focus in on Levi Onwuzurike. As the defensive tackle enters his contract year, is he closer to being Brad Holmes' first significant draft bust rather than inking a new deal? Beyond player analysis, the guys get Dave's perspective regarding their favorite evergreen debate on Dan Campbell vs. Ben Johnson's influence on the team. 
    Read Carlos' most recent work here
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    • 31 min
    How big of a leap does Detroit Lions' defense need to take?

    How big of a leap does Detroit Lions' defense need to take?

    This week, Carlos and Shawn have the Lions' defense on their mind as they discuss the pressure on defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn. What kind of improvements would the defense need to make for the team to win it all? After the break, the guys focus in on wide receiver Jameson Williams and what he needs to prove this upcoming season. Is the former first-round pick on his way into developing into a viable and consistent No. 2 receiver? 
    Read Carlos' most recent work here
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Dennis in LA ,

Enjoy the Show

I’m a now-retired native Detroiter who moved to Los Angeles in 1975 at age 22. I still follow the Detroit teams (mainly the Lions now) and enjoy the byplay between the two reporters very much. I have to give special credit to Shawn for the 3-14-2024 episode in which he applauded Minneapolis for producing The Replacements, Husker Du, and Prince. The Replacements are my favorite band and Husker Du is in my top 20. I don’t enjoy Prince as much as I do those bands, but I do recognize his enormous talents as a musician and singer. Anyway, Shawn and Carlos often refer to their audience as “the listener,” so I guess that would be me. Keep it up, guys.

Mojo_1967 ,

Great Team that Bounce Off One Another Well

Carlos (oil) and Shawn (water) make a great team!! They know their craft, and can still intertwine the bantering. They are very entertaining.

prime616 ,

So much potential

The Free Press has so much access yet this podcast gives us so little. Such a great moment in Detroit sports (lions!) but these dudes seem disinterested and give lazy opinions and insight (Maggs HR was against the A’s, Carlos comparing Detroit to Tampa Bay like a clueless out of towner). Detroit Sports deserve a better podcast and I was hoping the free press brand would be better.

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