InternetFM presents sports content from our partner site YourSportsFan.com including podcasts of “The Weekend Sports Report” with Les Grobstein, Steve Leventhal and Alison Moran, along with “Dorf on Sports” with Fred Wallin and Andy Dorf. YSF also features original sports articles.
with Packer Dave, Steve Leventhal, and John Poulter
Happy Thanksgiving to all. We have a quick roundup of the weekend games in the NFL. Also we’ll go back in time with two vintage interviews from the archives. Steve talks with Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus. Dave and the late Bob Greenberg, former SRN sports director interview Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr. We also meet an entrepreneur who arranges tours to major sports events, Anbritt Stengele from Sports Traveler. Lastly, John revisits the 2017 baseball season and looks ahead to what’s in store for 2018.
with Packer Dave, Steve Leventhal, and Jeff Rich
The guys got together recently in Tempe Arizona to watch the Bears-Packers game. But we didn’t stop there. Dave also took it upon himself to interview Jeff’s wife, Jeff’s dad, and Steve’s friend Clawson. In addition to the Chicago-Green Bay discussion, there’s NFL talk, and an interview with Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes looking back at the 2017 season. Lastly John Poulter’s talks to us about the rising popularity of soccer.
Don’t miss cameos from Bob Costas and Jeff Foxworthy.
In the opener, Grayson Allen, who had ninety more games under his belt than any of the four other starters on his team, had a record scoring night with 37 points in what coach Mike Krzyzewski called, “not just good, he was fantastic tonight.” Grayson shrugged it off, complementing the passing of point guard Trevon Duval. “When I get a few open looks, the basket get bigger.”
An errant poke in the eye sent top NBA prospect Marvin Bagley III to the bench. It didn’t phase the Blue Devil attack one bit, as Duke appeared to be command and in control most of the the game. They sat back in the 2-3 zone and dared the Spartans to shoot over them. Despite that, the outcome wasn’t sealed until the final minute of play. Duval was also one of the Duke standouts with 17 points and 10 assists, as he made some great passes and showed a real aptitude for driving to the basket. A trio of Spartans, Jaren Jackson, Miles Bridges, and Nick Ward each poured in 19 points
In second course of this basketball buffet Kansas clawed out a hard fought win over Kentucky, who started four freshmen and a sophomore. By Jayhawks boasted a starting lineup of two seniors, two juniors, and a second year player. One of those upperclassmen, Ukrainian Svi Mykhailiuk, led his team with 17 points. Kentucky’s highly touted freshman Kevin Knox led all scorers with 20. Neither team seemed to control this contest, which wasn’t decided until the final seven seconds. The Jayhawks experience was evident in their passing and control game. The Wildcats were more athletic, but at times the inexperience led to errant passes and missed shots.
Hear from Coach K, Grayson Allen, and Tom Izzo
on this week’s Sports Report with Packer Dave
….Steve Leventhal was at Halas Hall, and has Chicago Bears audio ahead of their second meeting of 2017 with the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at Soldier Field. Doug Russell from Milwaukee’s WTMJ radio gives his take from north of the state line. Jeff Rich joins us for discussion of the big games in the NFL and college football. Plus John Poulter reacts to the passing of Roy Halladay, and Mike Perlow has his DFS picks for Sunday.
Hear audio interviews from Brett Hundley, Randall Cobb, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Matthew Stafford, Mike Zimmer of the Vikings, Jason Garrett, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Don’t miss cameos from Chris Berman and Len Dawson.
on The Sports Report with Packer Dave
Our special guest Cheryl Raye-Stout of NPR’s WBEZ in Chicago talks Bears football. John Poulter joins us with a wrap up of the exciting 2017 World Series, his NHL update, and a look at Sunday’s EPL matchups with Chelsea – Manchester United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal. Steve Leventhal, Jeff Rich, and Dave discuss the Bears, the key games in the NFL, and college football this weekend.
Hear audio interviews from Astros manager A.J. Hinch, Jose Altuve, George Springer, Mike McCarthy, Packers DL Kenny Clark, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Matthew Stafford, Zach Ertz, Brock Osweiler, Andy Reid, and Cam Newton. Don’t miss cameos from Bob Uecker and Ahmad Rashad.
with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
Fresh from her Cubs postseason coverage, Dionne Miller of ABC 7 Chicago joins us to talk Chicago Bears and NFL football, including the ongoing Colin Kaepernick controversy. The Bears are surprising everyone with their tenacious defense en route to a 3-4 record. We’ll talk about the other key games in the NFL this weekend, some top college football contests. John Poulter talks about the thrilling first two games of the 2017 World Series, and this week’s top EPL soccer matchup. Plus, get our weekly DFS picks with Mike Perlow.
Hear interviews with Brett Hundley, Don Capers, John Fox, Bears OC Dowell Loggains, Drew Brees, Detroit’s Jim Caldwell, Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, Dak Prescott, Urban Meyer, Penn State coach James Franklin, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.
Don’t miss cameos from Wayne Laravee and Pat Hughes.
With Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
We are joined by John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago to look at the Bears win over Baltimore and discuss Mitch Trubisky’s performances so far. John Poulter talks to us about the Dodgers win over the Cubs and his thoughts on the rest of the Yankees – Astros in the ALCS, as well as the Blackhawks and big games in English soccer this weekend. Lastly, we have our regular DFS segment with our fantasy football expert Mike Perlow looking the NFL slate of games.
Hear interviews from Brett Huntley, Jordy Nelson, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Ron Rivera, Clayton Keyshawn, and Duncan Keith of the Hawks.
with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
We preview the Chicago Bears at Baltimore and the Green Bay Packers big divisional game at Minnesota. Mike Perlow joins us to look at the other key NFL matchups along with our weekly fantasy football picks. In the final segment, Bill Fordyce comments on the Chicago Cubs come from behind win at Washington, and we revisit the Northsiders’ historic 2016 Championship run with Dionne Miller of Chicago’s ABC 7.
on the Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
This is one of the busiest times in sports with the 2017 MLB Playoffs, the start of hockey season, plus NFL and college football in full swing. We preview it all with our own John Poulter, Jeff Rich and DFS expert Mike Perlow. Mitch Trubisky will be making his pro debut on Monday Night Football, and the Divisional Series begin this weekend. Hear interviews from Joe Girardi, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, Aaron Rogers, Martellus Bennett, John Fox, Bears OC Dowell Loggins, Ron Rivera, Mike Tomlin, Jason Garrett, and Andy Reid.
with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
It’s a short week for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers as they get ready to meet for the first time this season. Nonetheless, we put together a preview for you with Les Grobstein of The Score 670 in Chicago. We also feature an interview with Jeff Joniak, Bears play by play broadcaster. John Poulter joins us with a last look at the MLB pennant races, as well as the big Chelsea – Manchester City tilt in the EPL, and Steve has a preview of the rebuilding Chicago Bulls.
Hear interviews from Aaron Rogers, Packers DT Kenny Clark, John Fox, Bears Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Mike Glennon, Jim Caldwell, Mike Zimmer, and Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxon.
Don’t miss cameos from Len Dawson and Dan Patrick.
with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald joins us for a look at the Chicago Bears – Pittsburgh Steelers game. We’ll also discuss the Packers-Bengals and other key NFL matchups with Jeff Rich. John Pouler gives us his take on the pennant races in baseball, and a view of this week in the English Premier League. Our fantasy football expert Mike Perlow goes through his favorite choices in DFS this Sunday.
Hear interviews from Clay Matthews, Jr., Jordy Nelson, John Fox, Mike Glennon, Mike Tomlin, Matt Ryan, Marvin Lewis, John Harbaugh, and Jim Caldwell of Detroit.
Don’t miss the cameo from Chris Berman.
with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
We’ll talk with sports anchor Dave Kerner from WBBM 780 and 105.9 FM in Chicago, who’s at this weekend’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms in nearby Lake Forest. Kerner gives us his take on the 2017 Chicago Bears. Also on the program are John Poulter with an update on the baseball pennant races and our weekly fantasy football segment with Mike Perlow.
We are loaded with interviews including Clay Matthews, Jr., Aaron Rogers, Matt Ryan, Jameis Winston, Mike Glennon, John Fox, coaches Mike Zimmer (Vikings) and Vance Joseph (Broncos), plus Phil Mickelson and Jordan Speith.
Don’t miss cameos from Bob Uecker and Brent Musberger.
When UNC head coach, Larry Fedora stepped to the press room microphone following his team’s 47-35 home loss to #16 Louisville on Saturday, it was clear he was frustrated with the game’s outcome.
“It’s discouraging,” Fedora said. “That’s not the way we wanted to open conference play. We didn’t do enough on offense to win the football game, and we didn’t do enough on defense to win the football game. I thought we did enough with the special teams to win the football game.”
Regarding the play of special teams, Fedora could have easily had starting wide receiver, Anthony Ratliff-Williams, in mind. The 6′ 1″ redshirt sophomore serves as North Carolina’s primary kickoff return man. A native of Matthews, NC, Ratliff-Williams had returns of 39 and 24 yards before ripping off a 94-yarder for a touchdown which cut the Cardinal lead to 27-21. He finished with 199 kickoff return yards on the day to set a UNC single-game record.
The Tar Heels stopped Louisville on their next possesion before taking a 28-27 lead going into the fourth quarter. It was the last points the Tar Heels would tally before chalking up a somewhat meaningless TD with 31 seconds left in the game. The Cardinals’ reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the decisive fourth quarter to put the game away. Jackson finished the game with 393 yards passing, 3 TD tosses, 132 yards on the ground, and three rushing TDs. That’s not a missprint. Jackson accounted for six of Louisville’s seven touchdowns on the day.
Louisville’s 705 total yards were the third most ever allowed by UNC, and the most by an opponent in the 90-year history of Kenan Memorial Stadium. Jackson’s 525 yards of total offense were the most by any UNC opponent.
Another bright spot for the Tar Heels in their loss to the Cardinals was the play of defensive tackle, Jalen Dalton, a 6′ 6″ 295-pound junior from nearby Clemmons, NC.
Dalton dominated the defensive line for UNC. He finished the day with two QB sacks, and two additional tackles for loss behind the line of scrimmage. The big man also showed off some serious speed in the fourth quarter when Louisville running back, Reggie Bonnafon, broke through UNC’s front line and sprinted 74 yards down the left sideline before being caught from behind by Dalton. It’s not often you see a 300-pound lineman chase down a 200-pound tailback, especially when the expanse covers three-quarters the length of a football field.
Fedora made a point to give Dalton props during his post-game press conference.
“There were some flashes when (Dalton) made some really nice plays,” Fedora said. “On that last long one, I think that was Jalen Dalton who ran the guy down. I mean, at 300-something pounds, that’s pretty impressive.”
Predictably, the loudest cheers of the day from the North Carolina home crowd came during halftime. UNC’s 2017 national championship men’s basketball team was on hand to receive their championship rings presented by members of the Tar Heel’s 1957, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2009 NCAA title teams. It was one big, happy Carolina Blue family reunion on the field, and possibly the largest ever collection of NCAA championship rings assembled in one place.
UNC goes to 0-2 on the year and squares off against 2-0 Old Dominion next Saturday in Norfolk, VA. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EDT.
with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
They’re back! This 2017 NFL season preview show features Les Grobstein of the Score 670 Chicago and our NFL expert Jeff Rich taking a look at the upcoming football season. We are also joined by John Poulter with a MLB update and a soccer discussion of the first few weeks of the English Premier League.
Hear interviews from Mike McCarthy and Packers GM Ted Thompson, along with rookie Mitch Trubisky of the Chicago Bears.
Don’t miss cameos from Len Dawson and Jeff Foxworthy.
Tune in every week during the 2017 NFL season.
It’s been at least thirty years since I spent any quality time in Charlotte, North Carolina. The largest city in the Tar Heel state has undergone a tremendous amount of growth since then. Back in those days, the only major sports were NASCAR races. The addition of the NBA Hornets in 1988 and the Carolina Panthers in 1995 brought major league sports to town.
The last time I attended a PGA golf event there was the 1973 Kemper Open at the Quail Hollow club. That event would remain there until 1979, before relocating to Maryland. In 2003, golf returned as the Wells Fargo Championship. This year the tourney moved to coastal Wilmington, so Quail Hollow could host the PGA Championship. The lure of a golf major and a chance to visit with friends was too good to pass up.
Ouch! Five days before departing, I had a cycling accident and broke a rib. However, the doctor cleared me to travel.
It just meant I had to adjust my plans a bit. That would mean a lot less walking around the course, and more time in the media center.
The charm of attending a golf tournament is to see the natural beauty that television just can’t depict. Televised golf is a three dimensional sport on a two-dimensional platform. There is no question that you see a whole lot more action on TV, but it just doesn’t convey the hole distances, the lush terrain, and the slopes and angles of the greens.
The two ways to watch golf in person are to follow the golfers around, or camp out in a few selected places and see the players as they make their approaches.
Friday it rained on and off, so I decamped at my hotel and watched the action with friends.
Saturday, I picked up my credential and walked a good portion of the course, tagging along with friends who’d attended several of the Wells Fargo tourneys there. They proudly pointed out the highlights of the course, including the seventh, the thirteenth, and holes sixteen through eighteen, collectively known as the “Green Mile.” Although it really isn’t a mile long, in the ninety degree heat, it sure felt like it.
Sunday, due to time constraints, and the pervasive heat, it was more practical to work from the media center, and catch selected players as they were made available at the interview area. Neither Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Speith had a particularly good tournament, but were all gracious after their final rounds.
Johnson confirmed things haven’t returned to normal since his accident just prior to the Masters.
McIlroy was jetting back to Northern Ireland to rest and have his ailing back looked at. He hoped to get back and play some more events this year. “Right now it’s a tough one,” he grimaces, “because I can go out there and I can play, and shoot decent scores, but when I come off the course, I feel this left rhomboid is gonna spasm, and my left arm goes numb.”
Rory McIlroy’s talks after finishing the fourth round at Quail Hollow:
Speith, whose career has taken off in the last two years, even stopped for a few autographs en route to signing his scorecard. I couldn’t resist the temptation to ask him if he’d ever been on the other side of the ropes himself. He confessed that he once obtained Australian Adam Scott’s autograph at the Byron Nelson in his hometown of Dallas. Regarding his performance this year, he noted, “We won a major. We had a chance to win at Augusta too. I didn’t have a chance to win [the PGA] which is a downer. But overall, when I look back on the year at the major championships, it was fantastic. If I did this every year, I’d go down as the greatest ever to play the game. So I need to look at it that way, and I am.”
Jordan Speith’s post round comments:
American Justin Thomas won for the fifth time since turning pro in 2015, nabbing his first major championship. Thomas shot six birdies on Sunday, for a come from behind win over third round leader Kevin Kisner of Aiken in nearby South Carolina. Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed, and Louis Oosthuizen finished tied for second two shots back. It was one of the most exciting majors in quite some time.
However, this isn’t just a golf story. Nowhere is the growth and popularity of Charlotte more noticeable in the hip neighborhoods that have sprung up. Friday night my entourage headed off to Montford for dinner, eating tapas style dishes at Good Food. Then we wandered around the area checking out the night life. It was incredibly vibrant, very lively. More info on the area.
That hardly compared to Saturday night, when I got a tour of uptown, beginning with the South End, with its apartment building sprouting up like weeds, along with restaurants and brew pubs. That is part of uptown, which once was populated by a few large office buildings, and now is home to apartments, condos, many more hotels, an arena, and modern parks, where a live band was playing. The highlight of the area is the Epicentre, and open air space with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, a cinema, and bowling alley. It was teeming with people, and even as we were leaving at midnight, it seemed that even more people were arriving.
It’s a far cry from the sleepy little big city of my youth. I would say that Charlotte has arrived, but the locals have known that for years.