The Spartan Sports Report is back as Michael Epps breaks down the Spartans upset victory over the University of Michigan. Later on in the show there’s an update on men’s hockey who’s season is about to kickoff, then to wrap things up we have an inside look at the men’s club rowing team.
Ryan Ferris, an economics student at Michigan State University, recently launched his own sports podcast Ferris Takes, marking another entrant into the rapidly expanding medium. The show plans to focus on all the hot topics going on in the world of sports in the spirit of other popular sports shows such as ESPN’s First Take Show. The first episode, which Ferris released to SoundCloud on March 25, Ferris covers everything from problems in the NBA, potential trades that might occur in the NFL this month and his boredom with the MLB. The podcast will cover a variety of topics. “Before I put the first episode out I was pretty nervous,” Ferris said.
It can be quite alarming to hear the statistics with obesity in the United States, but Michigan is one state to be especially worried about. From the year 1990 to 2014, the obesity rate in Michigan jumped from 13 percent of overweight people to an alarming 32.6 percent. What is most concerning about this last number is that the age group of 10 to 17 years old occupies almost half of this number. This number is 14.8 percent, which happens to almost the same number of obese people of all ages in Hawaii. This is something to notice and not ignore.
Katie Feirer never played a sport before transferring to Michigan State University, now she’s a regular. She plays tennis, ping pong, basketball, and hockey weekly. “I played tennis my first summer here, and I met peter. He was always interested in starting up this club so this was his first year to kind of get it going,” she says. The club she is talking about is MSU’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Club.
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association awarded $1,800 to Haslett High School for the broadcast program. DSBA is a nonprofit organization, which promotes sporting activities and educational broadcasting programs around metro Detroit. The nonprofit generates funding from its annual summer golf outing to provide applicants with grants. Nearly 20 years ago, the organization shifted its focus to education and began promoting broadcast curriculums in Southeast Michigan up to East Lansing, said Marketing Director Bill Harrington. Harrington is on the DSBA executive board and said he looks at the grant applications to decide how the funds will be distributed.
One of the harshest Michigan winters on record is causing games to be canceled and forcing practices indoors as Holt High’s spring sport season begins. The Rams’ coaches and athletes can do nothing but wait for field conditions to improve. “We’re just being patient, waiting for the snow to melt,” said Holt Athletic Director Rick Schmidt. “All other schools in the area are going through the same difficulties.”
With Holt’s spring break scheduled for April 7-11, most teams should be preparing to play their first game this week. Instead, swamped fields and inclement weather have already forced cancellations.