Happy New Year from “The Knee Jerks”!!

We decided to eschew (like that word?) a guest so that we could get caught up on some Detroit sports talk, last night on “The Knee Jerks,” the weekly gabfest I co-host on Blog Talk Radio with Big Al Beaton, who’s rapidly beginning his own Internet writing empire.

All our teams except the Tigers got some generous air time. We started, naturally, with those lovable Lions.

We dissected the team’s 2009 season and the near future for about an hour, including giving a letter grade to rookie QB Matthew Stafford. Then, we talked Red Wings, with special emphasis on the resurgent Todd Bertuzzi and the surprising Jimmy Howard. We saved the Pistons for last, with us surmising whether GM Joe Dumars has it in him to author another rebuild.

Rants were aplenty last night!

We also each named our biggest sports story in Detroit in 2009 (hint: we both agreed!) before closing, as always with our “Jerks of the Week.”

Some Highlights:

Big Al

On the Lions’ off-season: “They have 24 free agents and will only realistically bring about six back. Can you imagine?!”

On Stafford: “He has ‘it.’ He looks like a quarterback. I think he can improve from a ‘C’ to a ‘B+’ or even ‘A-‘ next year.”

On Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard: “Who would have thought that we’d be so impressed by Jimmy Howard at this time? He might be playing good enough to be the starter for the rest of the season.”

On Pistons GM Joe Dumars: “If you look back at his successful moves, you could say that some of them were kinda lucky.”


On Stafford: “The good thing about him is that what’s wrong with him is coachable. Plus, he knows he’s the No. 1 guy and doesn’t have to worry about all the draft hub-bub.”

On Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi: “He’s healthy, he’s happy, and he’s even playing well in his own zone. He’s playing the best hockey he’s played in years. If he didn’t get hot, the Red Wings would have been up you-know-what without a paddle.”

On Dumars: “I think he has to face some facts. He has to realize that his team is probably lottery-bound. But maybe he doesn’t even WANT to do a rebuild here. He likes winning too much.”

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Upcoming guests/topics:Jan. 11: WCSX radio sports guy Jamie Samuelsen

You can listen to the episode by clicking HERE.