Interview: Emily Waldon, Tigers minor league reporter for The Athletic, June 19, 2018

0:00-0:38 – Most attention ever for Tigers farm system
0:39-1:41 – How improved farm system is from four years ago
1:42-2:50 – Biggest positional weaknesses
2:51-4:04 – ETA for Christin Stewart
4:05-5:05 – How long of leash does JaCoby Jones have?
5:06-6:19 – Casey Mize timetable
6:20-7:08 – Does Mize project as ace?
7:09-8:49 – Under the radar draft pick
8:50-9:59 – Competition difference between college ball and minors
10:00-11:06 – Does Tigers quick start affect rebuilding plans?
11:07-12:07 – Most valuable trade pieces
12:08-13:10 – Buyers or sellers market at the trade deadline?
13:11-14:25 – When can Tigers become contenders again?

Interview: Phil Steele, college football expert, June 12, 2018

National college football expert Phil Steele joined the SportsPen to talk Michigan and Michigan State and who has the best chance to make the College Football Playoff.

0:00-1:15 – What goes into making magazine every year
1:16-2:13 – Thoughts on MSU QB Brian Lewerke
2:14-2:37 – Ranking Big Ten QBs
2:38-4:20 – MSU’s defense one of the best in the country
4:21-5:18 – MSU set up for regression because of close wins?
5:19-6:40 – Impact of Shea Patterson for Michigan
6:41-8:07 – Michigan’s “nasty” defense
8:08-10:14 – Who is set up for CFP run, UM or MSU?

Interview: Rod Beard, Detroit News Pistons reporter, June 12, 2018

Pistons beat writer Rod Beard joined us to discuss the Dwane Casey hiring and the latest on the GM search.

0:00-2:06 – How the Pistons convinced Casey
2:07-3:30 – Casey a players coach, SVG not?
3:31-4:44 – Casey’s coaching style
4:45-6:00 – Can he elevate play of younger guys?
6:01-7:26 – What went wrong in Toronto?
7:27-8:32 – What does a successful Dwane Casey tenure look like?
8:33-10:21 – Latest on GM search
10:22-11:15 – GM candidates
11:16-12:31 – Draft preparation