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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! The Knee Jerks have been on the sports beat for more 10 years, always with a Detroit attitude!

The Knee Jerks - Eno and Big Al The Knee Jerks - Greg Eno and Al Beaton

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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! The Knee Jerks have been on the sports beat for more 10 years, always with a Detroit attitude!

    The Knee Jerks Podcast - The Ike Blessitt Hamtramck Baseball Classic

    The Knee Jerks Podcast - The Ike Blessitt Hamtramck Baseball Classic

    Detroit sports bloggers and podcasters Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton are The Knee Jerks!
    This week we welcome back freelance journalist Dave Mesrey. Dave gives us an update on former Tiger Ike Blessitt and the upcoming Second Annual Ike Blessitt Hamtramck Baseball Classic. 
    Scheduled for October 2nd at Hamtramck Stadium, the event is a daytime doubleheader at Norman "Turkey" Stearnes Field featuring four teams composed of Ike's Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp alumni and players from the Detroit Men's Senior Baseball League. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the Hamtramck Parks Conservancy and the Ike Blessitt Athletic Academy.
    Honorary coaches will include former Tigers and 1984 World Series champs Juan Berenguer and Barbaro Garbey, as well as former Tigers minor-league pitcher and Walled Lake native Dave Horton.
    Plus, legendary Detroit techno DJ Kevin Saunderson, of the Belleville Three, is expected to lace up his spikes. The in-game announcer and DJ for sound will be the Godmother of House Music, Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale.
    Click here for more information on Ike Blessitt Hamtramck Baseball Classic
    Click here for tickets. It's $12 to attend, $26.50 if you'd like to play in the event. More players are needed!
    Learn more about The Hamtramck Stadium Grounds Crew
    In the second half of the show, Greg and Al talk Tigers and Lions, along with a little EMU Eagles football. Topics include:
    Late Saturday night, Chris Creighton's Eastern Michigan Eagles knocked off Arizona State, the first time a MAC school has beaten a team from the PAC 12.
    In one of the quietest and leak-free hiring processes in memory, Detroit Tigers owner Chris Ilitch tabbed 35-year old Giants general manager Scott Harris as his new President of Baseball Operations
    The Tigers are rumored to be moving in the outfield fences this off season
    Lions start their season 1-1, looking solid on offense and iffy on defense
    Is Jared Goff the QB to build around?
    The jury is still out on Dan Campbell as a head coach, but one verdict is in - he's a far more relatable and likable person than his much despised predecessor
    Never forget a significant portion of the Lions' fan base bought into Matt Patricia's BS claims of Darius Slay being a locker room cancer
    We also play The Birthday Game and name our respective Jerk of the Week!
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    Greg's Twitter: @GregEno
    Greg's blog - Out of Bounds

    • 1 hr 59 min
    The Knee Jerks Podcast - Bob Page orders you off his lawn

    The Knee Jerks Podcast - Bob Page orders you off his lawn

    Detroit sports bloggers and podcasters Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton are The Knee Jerks!
    Legendary Detroit and NYC broadcaster Bob Page is always welcome on the show. He returns this week for a victory lap, having predicted Detroit Tigers' GM Al Avila would be given the ziggy before the end of the season. We didn't think it would happen, but as usual, Bob was proven right.
    We also discuss with Bob the current and future state of the Tigers and Detroit sports in general, get his thoughts on  the Red Wings' off season and the media and fan hype around the Lions appearing on HBO's Hard Knocks, along with their long history of dysfunction.  We also touch on the state of the teams in Bob's current backyard - the Mets, Yankees and Nets.
    On the second half of the show, topics include:
    The Tigers have spent the last 7 years spinning their wheels, going nowhere.
    For a charter member of the American League with supposedly a rich history, the Tigers have had long, long stretches of irrelevancy.
    The Tigers also have a sordid history when it comes to their inability to develop position players.
    The Miguel Cabrera situation has become untenable, as he's hitting like a modern day Ray Oyler. The team's options are limited and entirely dependent on whatever Miggy agrees to do.
    RIP John B. Wockenfuss. Detroit sure loves their gritty, role playing bench players...and we're no exception.
    The Lions season of Hard Knocks has been exceptional entertainment. But keep in mind Hard Knocks is not a documentary, it's an NFL approved reality show designed to put a shine on the featured team and staff.
    Remember, in 31 other training camps teams are doing most of the same things the Lions are being highlighted doing.
    There is one incontrovertible fact - NFL Films are amazingly good at their jobs.
    We also play the Birthday Game and name our Jerk of the Week.
    Al will be out of town in early September, so we will not be able to record our next show until the middle of the month. We appreciate your patronage and patience.
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    Greg's Twitter: @GregEno
    Greg's blog - Out of Bounds

    • 1 hr 57 min
    The Knee Jerks Podcast - Ken Kal

    The Knee Jerks Podcast - Ken Kal

    Detroit sports bloggers and podcasters Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton are The Knee Jerks!
    This is an episode we've been looking forward to for quite some time. This week Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Ken Kal joins the show to preview the coming NHL season and discuss Steve Yzerman's eventful summer full of trades, free agent signings, and the hiring of a new head coach.
    Follow Ken on Twitter: @KenKalDRW
    Topics in the second half of the show include:
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Tigers are open to trading anyone on their roster, including Tarik Skubal.
    As for trading a young, high value, starting pitcher, we had the same discussion about Michael Fulmer and Matthew Boyd 3-4 years ago...and nothing happened.
    Does anyone believe Tigers GM Al Avila could have a productive trade deadline? We're a good five years into the rebuild, and other than Skubal, Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson, who has any significant, big time, trade value?
    We have to accept the rebuild failed. The next rebuild must be run by a different regime.
    A completely lost at the plate Torkelson was mercifully sent to Triple A Toledo to get back on track. 
    Eduardo Rodriguez is no longer MIA and plans to return to the Tigers. He had every right to step away from the baseball and it was no one's fault. But right or wrong, the fan base won't welcome him back with open arms and he will have to re-earn the trust of his teammates.
    The Pistons bring back the Grant Hill-era horsehead logo teal uniforms. We despise them, but we aren't the target market, either.
    We also play the Birthday Game and name our Jerk of the Week (it rarely happens, but this week we both name the same person, for slightly different reasons).
    Subscribe to The Knee Jerks on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Deezer, Radio Public, and YouTube. 
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    Greg's Twitter: @GregEno
    Greg's blog - Out of Bounds

    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Knee Jerks Podcast - And so on and so forth

    The Knee Jerks Podcast - And so on and so forth

    Detroit sports bloggers and podcasters Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton are The Knee Jerks!
    No guest this week, but on our upcoming July 26th episode, Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal will visit. Ken will discuss the hiring of Derek Lalonde,, Steve Yzerman's recent trades and free agent signings and give us his thoughts on the coming season.
    This week our topics include:
    The Tigers turn a corner, winning 6 in a row. Then turn another corner, lose 4 straight and fall back to 15 games under .500.
    Tigers owner Chris Ilitch claims he's pleased with his team's progress. Is he watching the same Tigers team as the rest of us? What progress?
    GM Al Avila had to clean up after Ilitch's foot in mouth moment, saying, "Nobody's happy right now." Yet he still insists the rebuild is over.
    Are the Tigers on the verge of having to blow up the roster and try again? Other than potentially Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene, the 40-man roster and the system as of whole appears to be void of MLB caliber position players.
    The Tigers have a roster full of 4th outfielders. Isn't it past time to move on from the likes of Victor Reyes, Daz Cameron, Derek Hill, and Willi Castro?
    Eduardo Rodriguez remains MIA and (for right or wrong) the Tigers went public with their inability to contact him.
    Bally Sports Detroit finally offers cord-cuttters in-market streaming, but that doesn't fix the numerous issues with their broadcast team.
    The Red Wings hired Lightning assistant Derek Lalonde as their new head coach.
    GM Steve Yzerman dealt for Blues goalie Ville Husso, then inked him to a 3-year contract.
    The late Gary Moeller may have had an ignominious ending to his Michigan Wolverines head coaching career, but he deserved far better from the Detroit Lions.
    We also play the Birthday Game and name our Jerk of the Week.
    Subscribe to The Knee Jerks on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Deezer, Radio Public, and YouTube. 
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    Greg's blog - Out of Bounds

    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Knee Jerks Podcast - NBA stats guru Siddy Hall

    The Knee Jerks Podcast - NBA stats guru Siddy Hall

    Detroit sports bloggers and podcasters Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton are The Knee Jerks!
    Thanks to Detroit Pistons GM Troy Weaver's penchant for fleecing other NBA teams, this weeks show is all hoops. To discuss the Pistons' out of the box off season maneuvering, we welcome back our own NBA insider/stats guru, Siddy Hall. 
    Topics include:
    Before the draft, the Pistons traded Jerami Grant to the Trial Blazers for a 2025 1st round pick and a $20 salary cap exemption.
    The draft night, 3-team, extremely convoluted trade  which led to the Pistons selecting Jaden Ivey 5th overall, Jalen Duren 13th, while taking on a $9 million salary dump in Kemba Walker.
    On the eve of free agency Weaver took advantage of a Knicks team in desperate need of salary cap space to sign Jalen Brunson by dealing for Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks, a pair of future 2nd round picks and $6 million to go toward buying out Walker and had to send NOTHING to New York in return.
    Where will all the new roster pieces fit for the coming season?
    What could the Pistons roster look like 3-5 years from now?
    July 26th, Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal returns to show to talk about the teams off season moves and hopefully a soon to be named head coach.
    Subscribe to The Knee Jerks on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Deezer, Radio Public, and YouTube. 
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    Greg's blog - Out of Bounds

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    The Knee Jerks Podcast - Bob Page

    The Knee Jerks Podcast - Bob Page

    Detroit sports bloggers and podcasters Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton are The Knee Jerks!
    Detroit and New York City radio and TV sports broadcasting ledgend Bob Page is a long-time friend of the show. Bob returns to The Knee Jerks Podcast to discuss the latest with the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, including Steve Yzerman's head coaching search, the Tigers historically bad offense and who could end up as the scapegoat for what is shaping up to be an awful season.
    Bob also tells more tales from his past, not holding back when it comes to some of the more beloved of the 1984 Tigers who were extremely vile and uncooperative in the locker room.
    Follow Bob on Twitter: BobPageSports
    The second half of the show is all Detroit Tigers. And it's all bad.
    The Tigers' offense has been historically awful. averaging under 3 runs a game. You have to go back 50 years, before the DH, back to the second dead ball era, to see offensive numbers comparable to the Tigers.
    There will be a scapegoat for the team's struggles. It's just a question of how high up the organizational ladder the firing(s) will be.
    In an era where starting pitching is being devalued, Tigers GM Al Avila based the team's rebuild around it.
    There is a reason the term “There is no such thing as a pitching prospect” (TINSTAAPP) was coined. It’s meant to be a warning to teams not to overinvest in young pitchers due to their high attrition rates. The Tigers are learning their lesson the hard way.
    Javy Baez has been a MASSIVE disappointment: The Tigers’ big ticket free agent was expected to solidify the middle of the batting order. Instead, all his worst habits (free swinging to an extreme, high K rate, low BB rate) have come to the fore.
    Is it possible Baez is unfixable? Does El Mago even believe he needs fixing?
    Could AJ Hinch and Chris Fetter decide to move on after the season, in order to not go down with a sinking ship?
    The Tigers other prize off season signing, Eduardo Rodriguez, has been placed on the restricted list to due pressing personal issues. We wish him nothing but good luck.
    The guys also play The Birthday Game and name a Jerk of the Week.
    Be on the lookout for an interview with Red Wings radio play-by-play man Ken Kal this July, as we enter year 14 of The Knee Jerks Podcast! 
    Subscribe to The Knee Jerks on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Deezer, Radio Public, and YouTube. 
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    Greg's blog - Out of Bounds

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