Boombayey Podcast # 2

Welcome to the second episode of Boombayey Podcast  with Terry Foster. Joining Terry for this show is Ryan, E.Lund, and special guests Rhonda Moss, and Rico Beard.

Segment 1: Too hot for radio storytime with Terry.  Why are you not watching ESPN? Do  play by play crews add anything to the game?

Segment 2: Michigan and MSU seasons so far and where they’re headed.

Bonus segment: Mt. Rushmore of professional wrestling

Another podcast coming Thursday!

 

 

 

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Welcome to my new blog and pod cast

Hello again.

My name is Terry Foster and I am the guy that used to write for the news paper in Detroit and did sports talk radio.

My life was on a roll until I suffered a stroke last year and my life has changed. I blame myself for not monitoring my blood pressure better. A doctor has since told me that I may have been dealt a bad set of veins inside my brain and they were ticking time bombs ready to clog up.

I was lucky. The veins became sluggish, but not clogged. So I lived another day.

I am a new man and I want to share my thoughts with old friends in this blog and through podcasting. I will talk about my new life, my old life, Detroit sports, or whatever else crosses my mind. It will be personal at times. And I will rap on real life and real issues.

In other words I want to be a voice, no matter how small it may be now.

I also need your help. I want to pay the people helping me and donate to charities I’ve worked with.  Heart to Hart passes out food, blankets, clothing and personal items to the homeless while the Enchanted Barn saves and houses mistreated animals and has inner city kids come out and  learn to take care of them.

My pal Melissa runs the Enchanted Barn and needs our help.

I got involved with Heart to Hart after seeing people huddle near steam pipes on cold winter days after leaving Lion games at night. My heart sank seeing this.

Selfishly I still want to get my word out and entertain even though I am retired. And why not tryet to help those that help others?

I will continue my blog also. I plan to peck out a few words that I hope entertain you, and move you to action, tears or laughter. If you don’t care what I have to say I won’t be offended. Move on. Nothing to see here.

I will try to help you lose weight.

I will try to help you get healthy.

And I will do the impossible. I will try to get you to understand the Detroit Lions.

And I will eventually pick up a note pad and try to break a story or two. I need to talk to my league people first.

I hope you enjoy. I do believe there is room to praise me or rip me. Go ahead. We are friends.

I will not comment about Donald Trump because pro Trump and anti Trump people are like roaches. They never go away and they keep barking the same nonsense for weeks at a time.

How am I feeling since quitting radio? Good but not great. Doctors say I won’t fully recover until the fall. But I no longer get evening headaches and am not exhausted at the end of the day.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you return again.

 

 

 

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Could Stan Heath return home for UDM job?

stan heathThe head men’s basketball job at UDM remains vacant as we get deeper into Tigers baseball season and begin focusing on who will replace Stan Van Gundy as Pistons head coach and president.

Detroit Mercy Athletic Director Robert Vowels must decide if he should fill the job that was vacated after he fired Bacari Alexander after an 8-24 season, with a name coach or a coach who really wants the job and believes he can make a name for himself by turning the program around.

That man is former Saginaw High coach Lou Dawkins who won a couple of state titles at Saginaw with Golden State Warriors and former Michigan State stand out Draymond Green.

Dawkins, now an assistant at Cleveland State, wants this job more than anybody. The Titans job is not considered a plum assignment but Dawkins believes he will make Detroit great again. His former coach Tubby Smith and Green have gone to bat for him. He believes he can corner the recruiting base in Michigan after Michigan State and Michigan decide who they want.

Lou’s biggest downfall is that his son Christian, a young sports agent, was caught up in the federal investigation of college basketball corruption that brought down Louisville coach Rick Pitino and tarnished a number of other programs, including Arizona.

Lou said he knows nothing about his son’s activities and would be happy to talk to UDM officials about it.

The Titans could also look at former head coaches Stan Heath, who served as an assistant under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, and Mike Davis who took over for Bob Knight at the University of Indiana. Davis has led Texas Southern to a SWAC tournament or regular season championship the last six years.

He’d be a splashy name for the Titans but lacks strong Michigan ties for recruiting.

Heath was head coach at Arkansas, Kent State and South Florida and is currently head coach of the Lakeland Thunder of the NBA’s G league.  He attending Detroit Catholic Central High School and played at Eastern Michigan before becoming an assistant at Hillsdale, Albion, Wayne State and MSU.

 

 

Melvin Monkey

bully bully.jpgMelvin was a childhood friend who was severely mentally handicapped.

Back in the day we called people like this retarded. Melvin made a bunch of noises and we never knew what he was saying. He was loud and our parents never wanted him in the house because of it. But he was our boy and he was part of a group of eight to 10 of us 12-14 year olds who played tag, baseball, football and basketball.

I’m not proud of this today but we called him Melvin Monkey and I even used my creative writing skills to create the Melvin Monkey song. It was a harsh nickname but it came with our friendship and protection from other neighborhood kids that picked on him because of his limitations.

No one else was allowed to pick on him around us.

One day Melvin was playing in the alley between Vancouver and Oregon Streets when two bullies confronted him. They pushed him and called him “retard.” I told the boys to stop and they immediately turned their attacks on me.

“You friends with this animal?”

“You must be retarded too.”

I said I was if that meant being his friend. I told them one more time to leave Melvin alone.

By now Melvin was in a highly agitated state. He was yelling and jumping up and down.

Meanwhile one of my girls stopped by to see what was going on.

“This fool is defending this retard,” one of the boys said. “We should kick his ass.”

The girl was part of my crew.

“Well I guess you got to kick my ass too,” she said.

We both stood between the boys and Melvin until they finally backed down and left.

Melvin screamed “thank you.”

It was one of the few times that I understood what he said.

It was the only time I understood him.

Terry Foster Podcast s25 Thursday

Welcome Back!

Terry is joined by JD “The Smak” , Chauncey, and E.Lund

How coaches interact with athletes in college is changing. We discuss coaches who engage in abusive practices, or are they just real strict? Do student athletes have valid concerns or is it much ado about nothing? This and more on a Thursday edition of the Terry Foster Podcast.

Terry Foster Podcast s25 Monday

Welcome Back!

Terry is joined by JD ‘The Smak”, Chauncey, and E.Lund

Who are the people Terry does this podcast? We introduce our selves properly. We talk NBA and the future of the Pistons. The Lions always are up to something and we break it down. And what is ham?

There is a hot new show coming to town, you going? Detroit Sports are on a downswing for sure, and their relationship with the media isn’t all that great either. You don’t want to leave you sad. So we gush over the new Avengers movie.SPOILERS you’ve been warned.

All that and more on a new Terry Foster Podcast

Terry Foster Podcast s24 Thursday

Welcome Back!

Terry is joined by JD “The Smak” and E.Lund

There is more draft talk, including Josh Allen’s tweets. One of the big 3 is dropping sedans. We talk about who could be the next governor of Michigan and even a potential future candidate who will already be the next Stanford University sophomore class president. All this and more on a new Terry Foster Podcast!

Black male teacher shortage is nothing new

A few years ago  caught up with one of my high school crushes Joyce Wells who became a school teacher in Southfield and asked me to speak to a couple of the classes.

I said yes but was struck how excited other teachers were to have me in the building. They all said the same thing. The students do not see many black males in the building. There were no black male teachers at the school and there had not been any for years.

I thought it was odd until I thought back to my educational back ground. Outside of gym teachers I only had one black male teacher during 10 years of public school education in Detroit, two years of private school and four years at Central Michigan University.

His name was Mr. Kearney, a third grade American history teacher that I both loved and feared. He was a former paratrooper in World War II and he used to tell us the best stories about war. He hated how television and the government used to glorify war. He said war was hell and never wanted to go through it again.

He said he sometimes shouted instructions to fellow paratroopers while floating from the sky and got no response.

“I’d look over,” he said. “And my boys would be all shot up. I knew I could be next.”

I was discouraged from becoming a sports writer by many of my teachers “because that’s not what blacks do.”

Now that seems silly today when you see all the black faces on ESPN and other networks. There were about 50 black sports writers nationwide when I got my first full-time gig at the Detroit Free Press in 1982.

When I told Mr. Kearney I wanted to be a sports writer his response was short and to the point.

“Shit, you can do that,” he said.

Yeah, he also had a salty mouth. I don’t know where Mr. Kearney was from. But he never said we lived in the United States of America. It was always the United States of Amuuuurica!!

He dealt with a lot of kids who had already given up on life, but in between lectures on Lincoln and Kennedy he always told us we could be anything we wanted and to ignore the negative environment we lived in.

I was made fun of because I read books, studied hard and spoke “proper English.” People said I wanted to be white. That’s not true. I wanted to get paid.

According to a recent Albert Shanker Institute study, students of color are now in the majority in pubic schools, but the number of black male teachers has shrunk while the number of Latino teachers has not kept pace.

From 2002-2015 15 percent of black teachers left New York City schools and 62 percent of black teachers left New Orleans schools. In contrast NYC showed a 1.9 percent decrease in white teachers and New Orleans reported a 3.3 percent increase in white teachers.

So why does it matter? Isn’t a teacher of any color good for students? The answer is yes but studies have shown that black male teachers have higher expectations for black students and reach them more than white teachers.

For instance the only teacher who believed I could be a sports writer in the United States of Amuuuuuurica was Mr. Kearney  — way back in third grade.

 

 

 

Old people hit the town in different ways now

seniors.jpgWe are nicknamed “The Old People” simply because we are old.

We are a group of men and women aged 55-75 at Planet Fitness who work out every morning between sessions of gabbing and complaining about ailments, surgeries and doctors appointments.

They are my people and we are going out tonight for dinner at Uptown Grill in Commerce Township. We might even stick around for when the young people take over the dance floor. But we will mostly smile and watch, wishing we were in our 20s again.

I like the old people because we can talk and not argue with each other. We have Trumpers in the mix along with people who wished Obama could have had a third term. We have Jews and Gentiles, men and women, blacks and whites, conservatives and liberals and every view in between.

The Old people have had heart surgeries, strokes, knee replacements and hip replacements. I complained about having to take a steroid shot for a sore right shoulder, thinking my pain was something special.

About half of the old people threw their hands up in the air and said: “I’ve had one of those.”

It is tough getting old. If you have not had an ailment, you are about to. But we are trying to delay further attacks on our bodies. That is why we are in the gym and eating healthy meals.

We do more than work out trying to stay healthy. It has become a fellowship. We all look forward to our 60-90 minutes each morning on the tread mill, stair master and by the weight machines.

Back in the day I would guarantee that I would dance with one of the cuties at Uptown. But here is what’s likely to happen tonight. A cutie will approach me and say: “Mr. Foster. My dad loves you.”

And if I’ve had enough beers I might reply: “Do you love me?”

Cutie: “No. The only love you get from my family is from my dad.”

Oh well.

 

 

 

Home is where the heart is

Celine went through her first crisis at Stanford University and I knew she was having a tough time. Maybe that’s why I got really sad when she sent me this cartoon text.

It broke my heart.

I could actually see my daughter on the moon looking back at home, wishing she were here. It is the first time since she began school that there seemed to be a melt down.

She’s made a decision not to just be a student at Stanford. She is a campus leader and is trying to make a difference. I am fine with that but when you attempt to stand out people are going to take shots at you no matter how well intended your advocacy is. In other words they only hit the one carrying the ball.

Celine ran for sophomore class president and emphasized improving mental health awareness on campus and is organizing a mentorship program where seniors and juniors can mentor under classmen. During the campaign an underground newspaper said there was more back stabbing during the race than a “Game of Thrones” episode. Since Celine won freshman class president she was the target of many of the arrows.

And it hurt.

This is the draw back of sending your kid so far away from school. Although they are technically adults you still want to wrap a arm around them and protect them. If she were at the University of Michigan or Michigan State I would have driven to campus for lunch or dinner and a good heart to heart talk.

I cannot fly to California whenever I want because flights are expensive. I am on Face book. I don’t own it

We have friends who sent their children to New York, Tennessee, Georgia and California. They all got home sick and some came back home.

During the presidential race there were allegations of campaign violations by one party who may or may not have thrown an illegal party with booze. There were reports that Celine’s party exceeded the $400 spending limits set by the campus. She disputed that report and she proved that she spent $388.

This was Hillary and Donald all over again.

Then she told us that she did not win the election, which I was fine with me. She is doing so many things that she does not need to be class president. The girl  became sad and talked  about her friends at Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State.

Then came the cartoon text.

I wanted her to attend school in the state of Michigan coming out of high school. But then I saw how well she fit in at Stanford I wanted to do everything I could to make that a reality. I’d welcome her back but I know she loves that school and her friends there. It is the perfect place for her. She does not love Michigan. She does not love Michigan State.

She loves Stanford and I did not want chatter to drive her back home.

The other day I got a cheerful phone call from my daughter. She was saying “you know dad. They only hit you if you are carrying the ball or if you are doing something that matters.”

Hmmmmmm. I wonder where she got that from?

She won her election with 57 percent of the vote over three other parties. She made the Dean’s List academically. And although she misses home and her friends here, she is no longer sad about not being here.

She is staying out there for the summer and will be a tour guide. So if you visit Stanford this summer and want a tour, ask for Celine Foster. She gives a great tour. She is also working on organizing freshman orientation this fall.

Crisis over.

 

 

 

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