Terry Foster Podcast s23 Thursday

Welcome back!

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

The Lions’ 2018 schedule is out. We break it down and make our predictions. More pressing is the 2018 draft. We discuss the Lions’ options.  Dez Byrant was cut by the Cowboys. We talk about why, and should the Lions take a look at him?

We get into the high cost of public school sports and the grind that is travel teams.

Finally, who would you fight in the Detroit media. Its a stacked card with this group.

All this and more on the lastest Terry Foster Podcast.

Terry Foster Podcast s23 Monday

Welcome back!

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

We’ve gone a little while and Terry busts everyone’s balls for it. We discuss the latest Wrestlemania(one of the reasons we took a week off) We settle the Andre Drummond bet (steaks for Terry and Ryan) and we learn of a new bet between JD and Chauncey. JD is dressed just good enough for white people church. Is it the end of an era for MSU and Terry reflects on some memories from the Wayside. All that and more on this Terry Foster Podcast.

Visit your sick friends, don’t stay away

Hospital-building.jpgI am going to visit Larry Bird in the hospital in the next day or so. He just had knee surgery and he will be sidelined for a while.

This is not the Larry Bird you are thinking about. He is the Larry Bird nobody knows about who works out in my gym at Planet Fitness.

A couple years ago there is no way I would visit him in the hospital because I thought most people wanted to be left alone following surgery or an illness. Then I found myself in the hospital for five days and hoped that every set of foot steps I heard in the hallway were coming to my room.

I talked to other patients, including a man diagnosed with cancer, and they all talked about the importance of visitations.

When we are down and out we need people more than we need peace and quiet. I was happiest when my room was filled and full of banter than when it was desolate and quiet.

Besides, you get enough peace and quiet late at night and early the next morning.

It is great to know that somebody cares. I cried when my neighbors Joe and Nancy poked their heads in when I was a patient at Henry Ford Hospital. I thought I’d never see them again and was overcome with joy when I saw them.

A few of my friends apologized for not visiting. They did not hear from me and thought I needed solitude. Some did come and it brought the biggest smile on my face. Now I am a hospital visitor, not  guy who will stay away.

I know Larry Bird is in pain as he recovers from knee surgery. I simply want to bring a smile to his face.

Gores should demote SVG

Detroit Pistons v Miami HeatI was not invited to the summit meeting between Pistons owner Tom Gores and coach/President Stan Van Gundy.

But if I was asked to join in I would push for Gores to strip Van Gundy of his personnel duties and retain him as coach. He is not a draft guy as his eye for talent is lacking. Besides I do not believe in allowing one person to run and coach a team unless his name is Gregg Popovich, Bill Belichick or Scotty Bowman.

In other words only a Hall of Fame guy could talk me into it. Van Gundy is not that. However, he deserves one more shot at coaching a healthy roster. The Pistons are an incomplete team because Van Gundy and General Manager Jeff Bower earned an incomplete job at bringing in talent.

The point guard is often the most important player on an NBA roster. The Pistons were 12-25 without Reggie Jackson and 27-18 with him. And they played just four games this season with Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin and Jackson.

Van Gundy has not been an upgrade over the post championship Joe Dumars era. He passed on Devin Booker and Donovan Mitchell for Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard. The Mitchell omission was puzzling because I heard he tore it up during his work out for the Pistons. It seemed as if they already had their minds made up

Van Gundy and Gores are scheduled to meet in sunny California this week and the owner could make a change that changes the direction of the franchise. Gores gave Van Gundy both titles to lure him away from Golden State, which appeared ready to give him a better coaching situation before hiring Steve Kerr.

Now the Pistons are in a better position to give Van Gundy a take it or leave it offer. The team is in better shape to make a smart coaching and personnel hire and it has plenty of time to do so.

President Arn Tellem could act as a temporary personnel guy because the Pistons don’t have a first round pick and he knows how to wine and dine free agents to try to lure them to Detroit.

“We have to break it down, where we’ve gone right, where we’ve gone wrong,” Gores told the Detroit media before the final regular season game. “We haven’t won, so I don’t want to pretend we are going to the playoffs. Stan and I have to talk about that.”

Give Van Gundy one more shot to coach this team. But as far as doing the shopping? I’ve seen enough.


Clearing up a big myth in sports

penguins.jpgThis is one of my favorite times of year as a sports fan.

The NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. The only weird part is neither the Pistons or Red Wings are in the championship mix.

I want to clear up one of the most popular myths in sports as we enter the playoff season. There is no such thing as momentum between games. But a lot of people believe it is true.

Each game is a separate chapter to what hopefully will become a great book or playoff series. There is momentum within games but once the game stops, that is it. That momentum might last 30 seconds, 30 minutes or an entire game. It does not last for 24 or 48 hours.

Have you taken a peak at the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers series? The Penguins dominated Game 1 7-1 only to lose the second game 5-1. You can even make a cases of it in the Vegas-Los Angeles Kings series although Vegas leads the series 2-0.

Vegas won Game 1 during an emotionally charged game, but came out flat in Game 2 before playing better hockey during a 2-1 double overtime win. If anything the losing team plays better in Game 2 because it is more desperate and the coaching staff makes more adjustments.

Here is another silly myth teams tell fans. The Pistons sold their fans on the importance of finishing with a flourish to carry over into next season. No player will remember if they finished with a five game winning streak of five game losing streak when they tip it off next season. It won’t matter if they finished .500 or three games below .500 the first time they play the Indiana Pacers.

The momentum, if you want to call it that, comes when building the team. Did the Pistons get better players or did they stand pat?

Here is another silly question athletes are asked late in the regular season. If Team B beats a better team that it might face in the playoffs reporters always ask “Do you think you sent a message to Team A with the win?”

Hell no.

Players do not remember who won a random game in March. No messages are sent. They do live by the motto of one game at a time and one moment at a time. The past is history.

So enjoy the playoffs and the many different chapters and events they may present.



Black in back

restaurant.jpgI was in Florida a few years back to cover a Detroit Lions game against Tampa Bay and my boy D Fry wanted to meet for dinner at a restaurant that he swore the tourist did not know about and served some good food.

It was a circular shaped restaurant with an open feel that overlooked a man made lake. We arrived and the hostess grabbed two menus and told us to follow her. We walked past a bunch of tables by the windows that overlooked the lake toward the back of the restaurant.

I could tell D Fry was getting annoyed.

“She better not be taking us to a table by the bathrooms,” he grumbled.

Bingo. That is where we were headed. He’d been to this restaurant twice and both times he was seated by the bathrooms. D Fry is black and I felt his pain. Black patrons are often seated in the back and by the kitchen or bathroom.

I think it is a subconscious thing.

I have a three strike policy and one of my wife’s favorite Mexican restaurants is on double secret probation. If we get seated by the bathroom on our next trip I am never going back.

They sat us by the bathroom twice in a row although other tables were available. The last time we went we took the entire family for my birthday. The hostess took us in a different direction from the bathrooms.

I was encouraged until she sat us by the noisy kitchen.

I was mad. The restaurant was about a third full and none of the other families were by the kitchen.

“Really,” I said. “This is ridiculous.”

My wife Abs said: “You are like my dad. He hated being sat by the bathrooms or kitchen all the time. And he used to tell the restaurant.”

Let’s go back to Tampa. I told the hostess that D Fry really loved this restaurant but if we don’t get a better table that this place is off his list. I did not make a stink. I simply said to the woman: “Could you sit us at the table you’d want if you were eating here.”

She  picked up the menus and sat us by one of the tables that overlooked the lake.

I live in two worlds. There is the world where people know who I am and the world where people don’t know me. When the restaurant owner knows me I never sit by the bathroom. I’d say when they don’t know me that they try to sit me by the bathroom about 30 percent of the time.

No more. Unless the restaurant is crowded I will say something. I’m not taking this crap any more.

We traveled to a soccer camp outside Chicago and stopped at a restaurant with an open patio for lunch. The hostess paraded us through an entire empty restaurant toward the bathrooms. She had a perplexed look when I said we are not sitting here.

Could you sit us on the patio. She paused and had a look on her face like she’d get in trouble if she sat us there. But she did and I noticed no one else sat by the bath room during our stay.

I have a friend in California named Kalisa and she can get into any restaurant in the state because she is willing to sit by the kitchen. She is a chef and wants to see how high end restaurants work. There is a joint in San Francisco called Boulevard that often has a three day wait to get in. So we stroll in at 8 p.m. on a Saturday and I said she is crazy. We can’t eat here.

The place was packed. Home girl casually strolls in and tells the hostess we don’t have a reservation. The woman looked at us like we were crazy. Kalisa told her we want to sit by the kitchen. We got in. And the food was great.

She told me when you are spending $80 for dinner people are not just paying for the food, they are paying for the experience and atmosphere. They’d rather come back another time than get a bad table.

I agree.









You can heal yourself too

I am no longer a diabetic.

I no longer have high blood pressure. Those are the two ailments that triggered my stroke nearly two years ago.

Doctors told me that the two diseases can be reversed and I was determined to prove them right.

More than 4,100 Americans will be diagnosed today with Type 2 diabetes. Most believe that it is a death sentence. It is not. Many of those 4,100 people will have a foot amputated or they will die from the disease.

That does not have to happen. You can get rid of diabetes. Most people do not know how you are diagnosed with Type 2.  Here is the formula in a nutshell. Doctors take a blood sample and get a three month average of your blood sugar level called an A1C. If you are a 6.0 or above A1C you have diabetes. When I got sick my A1C was 10.1.

Doctors put me on 25 units of long lasting insulin. I changed my eating habits and worked out 60-90 minutes a day and within two months they reduced the insulin to 10 units a day. Last November they reduced it to six units and in January I was taken off of insulin.

Last week I was a little nervous because I had my first A1C test without medication. My reading was 5.3.

I do not tell you this to brag about what I’ve accomplished. I tell you this because more than a third of Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes and it does not have to lead to death or amputation. It could be the beginning of a new lifestyle.

When I got out of the hospital following my stroke, a friend named Scott invited me to lunch. He looked all slim and buffed. Then he shocked me by saying “I suffered a stroke while on a road trip six months ago.”

“I want you to tell people that they can overcome this,” He said. “You  have a larger platform than me. I also want you to be the picture of health in a few months.”

His words helped and I lost 46 pounds through diet and exercise.

What do I eat? Grilled chicken and salmon, vegetables and fruit. My favorite meal is grilled chicken salad and instead of McDonalds for lunch I hit Panera because of the low sodium in its food.

Once a week I treat myself to a Panera pecan braid, which is a delicious pastry filled with sugar and cinnamon. It is close your eyes good.

I can never lose 45 pounds. But I could lose five pounds and once I lose that five pounds I could lose another. That is the approach I took. I looked for victories every week. If I didn’t lose five pounds I was happy going down one belt loop or watching my stomach shrink.

I gave up soda, which was more difficult than I thought. When I stopped drinking pop I felt like all the poisons and sugars were pouring from the top of my head. I felt like I was going through withdrawals.

The commercial is right. Food does taste better with a Coke Cola. It took a while but now I am used to finishing off meals with a couple glasses of ice water.

This is not easy but it is not as hard as you think. People always ask me if I am hungry. I am not starving myself although I do get cravings for certain foods. I ignore my cravings and enjoy a couple cheat meals on Friday.

People always say “If I can do it so can you.” It’s true. You just have to have a certain mindset that good health is better than anything you put in your mouth. Once you accomplish that you are home free and you can reverse certain diseases.





The day I should have quit radio

The day I should have quit radio came the day after Michigan State played Wisconsin in a televised Big Ten basketball game.

My job as a sports commentator was to watch the game and talk about it the next day. I watched the game but could not remember a thing about it when our show began on 97.1 The Ticket. That’s when I knew this come back to radio was the wrong thing to do, but it took me a few weeks more to actually pull the trigger.

When I had a stroke nearly two years ago, the old Terry Foster died that day. A new guy emerged. Although I am walking and talking and working out at the gym, I am a new person.

I came back too soon although I did not realize it. I was not fully recovered. I still am not although I am doing a lot better.  It was frustrating not to remember what happened in that basketball game. And it is frustrating not to be able to do what I once could.

I get tired easier and my focus is not the same. I am beginning to miss not being in the media scrum only because I wonder how I would handle big stories that break in our city. How would I write about it? How would I talk about it? What would I think about it?

Do not feel sorry for me. I am lucky. I am alive and still kicking a little bit. That daily fear of this being my last day on Earth has left my families’ eyes. I don’t talk as much but they finally believe that I am in it for the long haul again.

I nearly lost my life during this dark journey. But I have discovered the key to improved health. I weigh 185 pounds, my lightest weight since college. My last blood pressure reading was 122/74. And my doctor now encourages me to drink in moderation to lighten up my new life.

But let’s go back to the day I should have quit radio.

MSU-Wisconsin was an important game. I knew we’d talk about it the next day so I watched. I also watched a NASCAR race that day.

I tweeted about the race, but not the game. Our producer Mike Sullivan accused me of not watching the Spartans. So Mike Valenti came up with a series of questions about the game to see if I watched.

I flubbed every one because I felt pressure at the time. I choked and folded up like a cheap post card. I know they were frustrated and accused me of lying about watching the game. I was sick and in denial.

A few weeks later I grew tired of the daily headaches. I also took my blood pressure two hours after the show and it was always 180 over something ridiculous. I was killing myself again.

I had to step out of the box and chill.

That’s what I’m doing now.

My days are pretty simple. I work out at Planet Fitness in the morning with the old people. I grab lunch and relax watching television during the day, which often includes old, bad movies.

I got to teach my son Brandon how to drive and get to listen to the latest news from the University of Stanford from my daughter Celine.

I could have missed all that.

I am lucky.

Terry Foster Podcast s22 Thursday

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

Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip at we get on up in the ESPN mother ship. ESPN released a list of the 20 most dominate athletes in the last 20 years. All of us had issues with this list. Terry has issues with chili dogs and media food. Plus much more on this Terry Foster Podcast.

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