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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Welcome back!

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

It’s OSU vs. U of M week. We talk about The Rivalry and what to expect from the Wolverine”s revenge tour.Terry makes the case MSU plays boring football. It’s also  Michigan High School Football championship week, who will have a good day a Ford Field?

Speaking of Ford Field, the Lions had an ok day downtown, however are they really to be believed? Maybe it’s the outdoor practices?College Football playoffs continue to take shape. Try the shrimp at St.Elmo’s and Terry takes a telephone poll on air.

Finally, it’s Thanksgiving week. Terry has some important information on what type dessert should be served if you have invited black folks to your Thanksgiving. Tired of turkey? We discuss the best metro area fried chicken.  This and so much more on this stuffed Terry Foster Podcast.

Terry Foster Podcast s32

Welcome back!

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

New coach, but same old Lions. Is Patrica already on the hot seat? Terry has a bold recalculation of how he feels the Wolverines could do in the CFB playoffs. And do you feel safe going out and about these days. We discuss that and so much more on the newest Terry Foster Podcast.

Toxic atmosphere prevented success for Ebron in Detroit

ebronTight end Eric Ebron was never going to work out in Detroit and we are all to blame for that.

The Detroit Lions, Lion fans, Ebron. Everybody. You name it.

For those of you who remain Detroit Lion fans, you often turn an angry eye south to grumble over the success Ebron is having with the Indianapolis Colts. His good fortune there angers you and many of you wonder why it could not happen in Detroit.

Ebron has nine touchdowns with the Indianapolis Colts which would make him the Lions team leader by a wide margin on a lethargic Lions offense. The Lions (3-6) not only fail to score but they are getting run quickly out of games by opponents.

Why couldn’t the Lions get the same production out of him? Why was he more known for drops than touchdowns with the Lions? He scored 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Lions and the team released him last spring.

Five days later the Colts signed him to a two-year, $15 million contract. He became an instant hit there, but we were never going to see this production out in Detroit. The pubic never forgave him or the Lions for making him a first-round pick in the 2014 draft. The toxic atmosphere played on his mind and he could never play care free football in Detroit. In Indianapolis fans don’t care that the Lions made him a first round pick. It is never discussed or is the topic on talk radio and the rest of the media.

No matter how well Ebron played in Detroit, it was followed by a ” yeah but he was a first round pick and he remains a bust.”

It bothered Ebron. He never got into a comfort zone and Colts fans are benefitting by it.


Terry Foster Podcast s31 Thursday

Welcome back!

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

Terry has come up with a magical solution to the college football playoffs that includes your Michigan Wolverines, who we discuss their standing in all of this. We also try to determine where Smak should live and a whole lot more on a new Terry Foster Podcast.

Trump media war is out of control

trump mediaDonald Trump is right. Some of the news reported by the press is fake.

It is not right. It never happened. But deep down he realizes that much of it is accurate and dead on. His problem is the way the media analyzes the news that it gathers. He also does not like that the press ignores much of the good news coming out of the White House.

That’s why we witnessed the unprofessional exchange between Trump and the media the day after the mid term elections.  CNN reporter Jim Acosta lost his White House press credential because of it.

I’ve never witnessed a more hostile media-source environment than the one between Trump and the media.

Much of it is Trump’s fault. He created the environment and people who work for him are fueling it. Here is why I believe some of the news never happened. Most of it comes from unnamed sources. Sometimes those sources are wrong. Sometimes those sources only know part of the truth. Sometimes those sources have an agenda.

The reporter must trust that the source is telling the truth and knows the entire story. Most of the time they do. Some of the time they don’t.

From my years as a reporter I’ve found that leaks begin when people inside an organization don’t believe in the leader or in the product. There are people inside the West Wing who disagree with Trump’s policies and the way he is running the country.

I was not allowed to used unnamed sources most of the time. During the rare times I was allowed I had to name the source to my editor. That always made me nervous because if the source’s name got out they could lose their job and I could lose access.

The White House sources believe that they are doing what’s best for the country when they leak stories to the press. If Trump talks about something privately they deem to be bad for the people, they leak it in hopes that public pressure causes Trump to change his position or soften his view.

I do not believe that reporters from the Washington Post or the New York Times wake up in the morning looking to make up stories about Trump. But I do believe they look for dirt on Trump.

Trump created this environment by being rude to the press and his Republican opponents during the primary. Trump can’t be a bully and then when things blow back in his face plead for everybody to be civil. That’s not the way it works. People go by the  motto of I will treat you like you treat me.

For example. If you invite me over to your house and I am polite, how are you going to treat me?

If you invite me over to your house and I complain that the drapes and carpet are ugly and I grab the wife by the ass, would you treat me differently? I would guess yes.

Trump has been that rude and drunk guest for two years now. What does he expect?

Trump stirred up the hornets nest during the latest press conference by talking about the dishonest and fake media for the billionth time. That set the tone for a hostile meeting.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta did some grandstanding and should have relinquished his microphone after his first question. He brushed aside an interns attempt to take the microphone away. His actions were wrong but not enough to have his credentials revoked.

However, he should have backed down no matter how mad he was. The media is not supposed to be part of the story.

On this day I am calling a double technical foul on Trump and Acosta along with two minutes in the penalty box.





CMU visit encourages me to new ventures

CMU in FlowersThis may sound corny, but I fell in love with my alma mater Central Michigan University all over again last weekend.

I felt love and self worth and ran into a bunch of people that wanted to remind me of what a great career I had in journalism and they want me to embrace a new journey during the golden age of life.

I’ve been encouraged to teach journalism, which I did to a little bit of this fall during a month long mentorship with the Detroit Police Athletic League at the old Tiger Stadium site.

After returning from my trip I heard from a doctor at Henry Ford Health System who wants permission to pass along my story and treatment to other physicians. My story might help push along a Wellness Center that the hospital wants to add to its West Bloomfield location.

By the way Doc, you have my permission to pass along my story.

I attended the Central Michigan University journalism Hall of Fame dinner in Mt. Pleasant and ran into current students and old pals during the weekend. No stop is complete without a trip to The Bird Bar and Grille downtown where we swapped tales both real and fabricated over beer and bourbon.

One young man grilled me for nearly an hour on my legacy. He said that I must know that I influenced a lot of people during my career in newspaper and radio. He was one of those people indirectly influenced because his journalism professor spoke highly of me and passed things I did to his students.

“So you must know how many people you influenced,” he said over and over again.

Actually I don’t. I was so busy with life that I never had time to take a breath and think about what I was doing and who I touched. And secondly social media does not allow you to think that way.

I’ve been called every shade of scum over the years for the transgression of rarely believing in the Detroit Lions. Or for saying that Michigan State played better football over the last decade than the University of Michigan.

Detroit sports fans are passionate, which I appreciate, but people make it personal. When you attack a team, people believe you are attacking them. So when people use four letter words to describe you, you don’t think about being this great guy spreading the word.

It stung a little bit a couple years ago when I became ill with a stroke. I did not read social media for six months. Doctors said that I needed a positive frame of mind to get through some tough stretches. They feared that depression would put me in a state of mind where I might not recover.

My childhood friend Lamont suffered a stroke two days after I did. He did not have the right frame of mind and died last winter.

After a while I began to read messages and was overwhelmed by the positive and supportive messages. They really made me happy and put me in the right frame of mind. But there were some creepers.

Some wrote that they hoped I had another stroke. Normally that would not bother me, but I went through some dark days where I was not certain I’d be able to talk and walk like a normal human being. I was not sure I’d ever be able to go out to dinner and laugh and talk with family and friends.

I was not sure I’d even be able to write a blog. And one doctor said that if I had another stroke that he believes I’d either die or regress so much that life might not be worth living.

But some bastards wants me to have another stroke? Nice.

At CMU I bummed around with my old pals from CM Life Gibby and Mickey Finn. We reminisced about the fun days of being a student. We enjoyed walking the campus and touring new spots in Mt. Pleasant. We restocked our supply of CMU sweat shirts and met with current students.

The Hall of Fame dinner was filled with friends and no one mumbled a discouraging word. That was encouraging.

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Welcome Back!

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

It’s U of M vs State week. We dive into the game. Including the pregame dust up and trashing the logo.  We also talk traditions in college sports and the pros.

There was also a Lions game. Terry tries to figure out why The Smak still cares about the Lions.

Those topics and much more on the latest Terry Foster Podcast.

Harbaugh places cone of silence around humbled Wolverines

michigan-vs-michigan-state.jpgI’m a bad husband.

I picked out the biggest Michigan Wolverine booster I could find and waited for him to be within listening distance of my wife Abs. Just to let you know,  Abs is a die hard Spartan. She is always nervous during Michigan-Michigan State week for fear that Michigan might beat her team by a ridiculous score of 82-0.

Any way this guy is strolling around Kroger with the biggest, boldest Michigan Wolverines shirt in history. I waited until he was near Abs to ask: “Who is going to win the big game this Saturday?”

In years past the Wolverine would pause for effect, take a stance like they were John Wayne before proclaiming: “We are going to kick some Sparty ass.”

This guy didn’t. My Wolverine friends at the gym didn’t either.

“Well you can tell who I am rooting for,” he said. “I think we should win but you just never know. I am worried.”

He went on to proclaim MSU coach Mark Dantonio to be some kind of magician who spins wins out of thin air. The Wolverine was nervous.

A Michigan writer asked Coach Jim Harbaugh can his team muster up enough energy to face a Spartan team who makes this game their Super Bowl and World Series all rolled into one.”

That is no longer true. The Spartans do not make this a life or death situation any more even though beating Michigan is important to them. They get riled up when Michigan players bombard them with “little brother” talk and other disrespectful terms. Harbaugh, who once guaranteed victory over Ohio State as a player, has put the cone of silence around his players this week and they followed his lead.

Harbaugh has won the week by his players not talking a lot of noise. MSU is already fired up about this game. Why add fuel to the fire?

Do your talking on the field.

And you know the media is dying for a Michigan player to utter the term “little brother.” So is Dantonio.

The Spartans have finally humbled the Wolverines. They’ve won eight of the last 10 meetings, won two Big Ten championships and been to the BCS national championship semi final.

Michigan, who used to rule the state, hasn’t even played in a Big Ten title game.

MSU also wins games it has no business winning. That is why the Michigan program is being more respectful and silent.

I’ve spent years snooping around the Spartan program as a journalist. MSU players would give us the standard “we hate Michigan” sound bites. Calm stuff. Then someone from Michigan would talk about little brother and suddenly State players had razor blades piercing from their eyes with anger.

My advice for Michigan players was to shut up and play the game. It looks like the humbled Wolverines learned their lesson and it is one of the reasons I pick them to win a dreadful, boring game over the Spartans.



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