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  • The Church of Sports - June 18, 2024

    18 JUN 2024 · Eli Zaret pinch hits for the vacationing ML Elrick. We examine how sports has become the new religion.   STRAIGHT DOPE: June 17th, 1994 was a famous day in the history of sports- OJ Simpson’s bronco chase, Game 5 of the New York Knicks/Houston Rockets NBA Finals, the New York Rangers parade, Arnold Palmer’s final US Open, and more. Unsurprisingly, Shawn had little interest in OJ’s chase and murder trial.  Mr. Television Eli and Mr. Newspaper Shawn compare the difference in how different the mediums treated each other before the advent of the internet.   Eli examines the worshiping of sports figures. Find out why Yogi Berra was the first to collapse the hero facade for Eli.  For better and worse, sports has become the new religion in America. Are athletes more celebrated today than 100 years ago?   Caitlin Clark has become the savior of the WNBA, but the WNBA players seem to not want her to be around. Did Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods, or Lionel Messi face this similar type of backlash?  The 2024 US Open featured a major choke job that will haunt Rory McIlroy forever.    GEEK OF THE WEEK: Former Detroit Lion & current Kansas City Chief DT Isaiah Buggs was arrested May 30th for animal cruelty in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This past weekend Isaiah was arrested again for domestic violence and burglary. His agent dismissed the charges as  a "subversive campaign" to force the closure of the hookah lounge he owns in Tuscaloosa.   ROOM 7609: June 17 is also the 20th anniversary of the Detroit Pistons’ parade celebrating their victory in the NBA Finals.  The only way to celebrate is to remember one of the best worst songs of all time- The Final Countdown by Europe.    Eli remembers one of his greatest Father’s Day ever- watching Jim Bunning throw a perfect game in 1964.  No-hitters seem to be no big deal these days.   College sports might be the ultimate example of sports becoming the new religion.    DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at https://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at https://gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN Find out more about the podcast at https://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH: Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”.
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  • Soul Mutiny: Double Trouble - June 11, 2024

    11 JUN 2024 · While ML is gone on his big fat Greek getaway, Erika Erickson takes over the show and brings part of her Army with her- Jessica Dupnack from Fox 2 News.  Shawn Windsor eventually rolls in after a battle with a lug nut. STRAIGHT DOPE: Shawn waltzes into the show about 10 minutes late after telling us he was 10 minutes away 30 minutes ago. Apparently, Shawn chooses driving safety over making the podcast on time. Jessica has recently taken over hosting The Edge at 11PM on WJBK.  We go through some of the more bizarre stories that she has recently covered. https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/taylor-woman-charged-with-performing-sex-acts-on-doghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC2nEkzX3KE It turns out that Reddit and TikTok are a treasure trove for news stories. https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/rash-of-public-masturbation-incidents-in-dearborn-heights-have-police-on-alert. https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/man-arrested-for-indecent-exposure-at-dearborn-target-alleged-incidents-occurred-for-months https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/grisly-details-in-murder-cannibalism-of-michigan-man-who-met-man-on-grindr-on-christmas-eve.   https://www.max.com/shows/mean-girl-murders-2022/19906821-b10a-4226-a5a1-ff9b1cf4a6f3.  Find out what other show she will be contributing to before we dive into the saga of TikTok's favorite murderer Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Shawn used to be a newspaper crime reporter and he recounts the story of the "urine filled brain". Erika wanted to be a criminal profiler before she "aged out".  She now uses her powers to analyze her friends' dates. There is a consensus that social media is turning society into narcissists and ego maniacs. Who wants to wear a suit anymore?  Or "khakis and polo shirts"?  Or Lululemon pants? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2tUO2mp99Q Become a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts GEEK OF THE WEEK:  https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2024/06/06/michigan-central-station-reopening-concert-live/73995153007/ ROOM 7609: Before getting into this week's selection we learn about the "Boner Army" that is amassing in the area. Marc picks a song that might be fairly well known, but it's not one of the first Clash songs that comes to people's minds. FEEDBACK: https://youtu.be/yG2yjD6pWXE. We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – at https://gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at https://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at https://gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN Find out more about the podcast at https://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH: Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”.
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  • Government Gone Wrong - June 4, 2024

    4 JUN 2024 · ML dodged every kind of horseshit during a political confab on Mackinac Island, then debates Shawn on whether government works without good people. Marc injects some much needed common sense into the conversation. STRAIGHT DOPE:  High Energy Shawn says he’s having trouble getting going because of a change in our routine. Then he announces that he’s in a hurry to wrap up the show so, of course, he immediately abandons the game plan for some random thoughts – including asking ML and Marc if they prefer routine to randomness. Somehow, ML ends up comparing himself to James Bond, or at least that’s how Windsor, Shawn Windsor sees it. It’s not easy to get around Mackinac Island, but ML almost always gets a free bike on loan from his friend Louie, the lead singer of Hot Carl and the Cleveland Steamers. Marc says that’s gross, but it’s not clear whether he’s referring to exercise or the band…or both. ML’s bike riding prompts some bystanders to compare him to one of the world’s greatest, but also most diabolical, athletes. Listen to learn who … and what ML fires back at the wags. When he wasn’t dodging horse apples and curbside comedians, https://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/ml-elrick/2024/06/02/the-spider-man-shop-honeydukes-michigan-corruption/73909894007/ Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has generated plenty of controversy since she was first elected in 2018, but Marc wants to know what she’s accomplished. ML provides some details, as well as revisiting some of the criticism he’s leveled at Madam General. ML-a-culpa. Or at least that’s what we’re calling ML’s effort to apologize to a state employee he feels he didn’t do right by, even though Shawn keeps trying to let ML off the hook. If you’re keeping track at home, this is the FIRST time ever that Shawn has tried to let ML off the hook. Marc, Shawn and ML debate the matter of how can you trust government if you can’t trust the people running it? Shawn offers a vigorous position, then seems to agree with ML and Shawn. Kinda. Listen and decide for yourself. Because ML wants some kind of squirrel reference in each show after Shawn expressed his fascination with the tufted-tail rodents, he brings up a topic involving nuts. And how some creatures can live longer without them. What would YOU choose? Nut up and join the Soul Patrol by becoming a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts GEEK OF THE WEEK: A bad driver who shoots a woman he almost ran over is this week’s geek – and we’re hoping that’s not the worst thing to happen to him after John Law gets through with him. ROOM 7609: DJ Dan takes us back to Trapper’s Alley and a momentous night in the nearby Shelter when he books PiL into the New Wave suite to perform “FFF.” Send us your favorite deep cut or obscure band – and a story about them or why they mean something to you – by writing to mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com. FEEDBACK: The debate over remote work and return to office continues, while a listener chides ML for mixing his near brush with a trip to Marine boot camp with Memorial Day. We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at https://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN: Find out more about the podcast at https://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH:Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”
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  • The ML-Team - May 28, 2024

    28 MAY 2024 · ML tells Marc and Shawn how he almost joined the Marines – and how he avoided wearing pink skivvies while waiting with hundreds of other recruits in downtown Detroit. STRAIGHT DOPE:  ML, Marc and Shawn get together a day early to record this week’s episode on Memorial Day so ML can head up to Mackinac Island on Tuesday for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, an annual confab where politicos, business leaders and the media mingle on an island that was covered with horseshit BEFORE they got there. Shawn asks ML how people react when he makes the scene, prompting ML to recount the time he and a news crew went to the policy conference looking for someone who had eluded them on the mainland – and how they almost got the wrong guy. Get the bell ready! ML says that in the midst of the furor over the Manoogian Mansion rumor, Kwame Kilpatrick and his team showed up on the island in force to create the impression that it was business as usual in city hall. ML explains how what’s on the official agenda is rarely the reason people head to Mackinac … and how it’s what goes on behind closed doors that is really where business gets done. Memorial Day is, as its name suggests, a time to remember those who gave all. ML, Marc and Shawn salute our soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and the rights we enjoy. A college course set ML on course to spend a summer in the Marine’s Platoon Leadership Class, before he changed his mind and had to talk his way out of it. It’s a decision he has regretted ever since. Shawn and ML agree that America would be better off if all teenagers were required to do a year of national service. What do YOU think? Even though he never spent a day in the service, ML had a couple experiences while undergoing his pre-enlistment physical that he’ll never forget. Listen and learn. Marc spent the early part of his weekend at Cedar Point and shares his personal connection with a tragedy that occurred at the amusement park’s newest attraction. Other than hosting the Soul of Detroit, ML doesn’t like roller coasters. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a thrill-seeker, as he demonstrates by sharing his experience bungee jumping at Coney Island. One of the reasons ML doesn’t like roller coasters is a trip he took to Six Flags back in the late 90s. It was a trip that left his head spinning. Listen and learn why. Shawn may become known as “Mr. Corndog” after this week’s episode. ML and Marc still aren’t sure what grape jelly has to do with it, though. https://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/ml-elrick/2024/05/26/adam-hollier-campaign-team-nominating-petition-signatures/73827173007/ Join the Soul Patrol by becoming a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts GEEK OF THE WEEK: After picking on a billionaire last week, ML changes course and HONORS a billionaire who taught college graduates a valuable lesson at their commencement. ROOM 7609: Shawn’s squirrel fancying gives listener Kevin the opening he’s been waiting for to declare his love for “For Squirrels,” including their REM-esque ditty “Go On Up.” Send us your favorite deep cut or obscure band – and a story about them or why they mean something to you – by writing to mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com. FEEDBACK: https://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/shawn-windsor/2019/05/12/mothers-day-shawn-windsor/1177163001/ Listener Scott faults ML for rambling in a series of emails that are, um, rambling. We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at https://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN: Find out more about the podcast at https://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH:  Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”
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  • Office Politicks - May 21, 2024

    21 MAY 2024 · Shawn comes to the studio and insists he’s more productive working from home. Then Marc plays audio of ML’s futile search for the people responsible for derailing congressional candidate Adam Hollier.  STRAIGHT DOPE: ML’s personal crusade to get people to return to work pits him against remote work advocate Shawn who says people are more productive when they work from home. ML cites the Unabomber (a U-M grad) as someone who worked from home VERY productively. Shawn also thinks it’s swell that kids connect virtually to play video games and communicate. ML and Marc beg to differ. https://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/shawn-windsor/2024/05/18/detroit-lions-2024-season-will-be-a-meal-in-itself/73740152007/ Shawn says the modern workplace is changing and that people are more productive working from home. ML counters with two recent examples of how working in the same space with colleagues improved their work – including how a colleague helped him figure out the identity of a key player in a burgeoning political scandal. While the fur is flying in Red Shovel Network studios, ML and Marc play a clip from “Anchor Man” inspired by the strange obsession Shawn revealed at the top of last week’s show. Patreon subscribers who pony up a measley $5 a month can watch the clip, while the cheapskates will have to be satisfied just listening. https://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/ml-elrick/2024/05/14/fraud-forgeries-and-the-fiasco-threatening-multiple-political-careers/73644106007/ ML hit the streets in search of two people at the center of the petition problems that might end Adam Hollier’s congressional campaign. Hear what happens when he lands on the doorsteps of the places where they claim to live. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has been very careful to protect her image as an elected official above partisan politics. But her decision to endorse Hollier could become a problem for Michigan’s top election official. ML explains why. Shawn asks Marc if the benefits of binge watching outweigh losing the communal experience of watching movies together. The discussion leads ML and Marc to offer their reviews of “Sugar,” the AppleTV limited series starring Colin Farrell. If you haven’t watched it yet, pay close attention to the countdown before ML and Marc reveal massive plot twists. "Sugar" may be sweet, but nothing is sweetering than joining the Soul Patrol by becoming a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts GEEK OF THE WEEK: A billionaire who triggered the Barbra Streisand effect is this week’s geek. Patreon subscribers can see why! ROOM 7609: Listener Tod inspires Shawn to sit through an entire song AND triggers a protracted genealogy of Ann Arbor punk bands Shawn knew personally. For once, it’s ML who doesn’t dig the music after the Laughing Hyenas check into the New Wave suite and leave a “Stain.” Send us your favorite deep cut or obscure band – and a story about them or why they mean something to you – by writing mailto:tomlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com. FEEDBACK: Ultimate friend of the show (and SOD alumni) Matt Jennings loves the intros. (They ARE pretty sweet!) We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at https://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN: Find out more about the podcast at https://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH: Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”
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  • Detroit Cult City - May 14, 2024

    14 MAY 2024 · The Synanon cult had a branch in Detroit where addicts played “The Game,” which Amelia Benavides-Colon describes to Marc and ML while Shawn waxes poetic about the squirrels in Ann Arbor. STRAIGHT DOPE: On her way to a gig in Washington, D.C., super Free Press intern Amelia Benavides-Colon revisits the show to talk about ANOTHER cult in Michigan, this one created to help people get off drugs. But first, Shawn explains how he uses the interaction between students and squirrels as a barometer for social norms. Synanon started in California before heading to Detroit, where it had its only Midwest chapter. But before we get to that, a discussion about the appropriateness of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Keidis’ relationship with a 19-year-old dominates the conversation. ML suggests not dating anyone whose parents might have been your classmate, then shares a former roommate’s brush with Flea in East Lansing. The cult is the subject of a documentary on Max, but first everyone does their Jerry Seinfeld impression while discussing the Duke University students who walked out on Seinfeld during his commencement speech. By the time Amelia FINALLY gets to talk about the Synanon, she explains its ties to Alcoholics Anonymous and its unusual approach to helping people kick their drug addictions by playing “The Game.” “The Game” doesn’t sound like much fun. It could last for days and involved hurling insults. It was a lot like this podcast, only longer. All this addiction talk inspires Shawn to ask Marc if he’s ever taken heroin … and a whole bunch of other drugs. Listen to learn Marc’s answer. Marc then launches into the weighty topic of whether it’s worse to be murdered or (fill in the blank). If you think “murder” is the obvious answer, you might be surprised by what you hear. Synanon founder Chuck Dederich finally got in trouble with the law. So he put a snake in the mailbox of a prosecutor. Learn more about charming Charles, including his shifting position on the importance of marriage among cult members. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2024/05/02/synanon-fix-documentary-cult-drug-rehabilitation-program-detroit/73448763007/ https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2024/05/13/michigan-roadside-attractions/73419572007/. https://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/ml-elrick/2024/05/14/fraud-forgeries-and-the-fiasco-threatening-multiple-political-careers/73644106007/. Skip the cult and join the Soul Patrol by becoming a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts GEEK OF THE WEEK: ML considers naming Duke students who booed Seinfeld or the guy who punched Steve Buscemi GOW, but instead comes up with a scheme that allows him to say the name “General Booty” over and over. ROOM 7609: Listener Joe references a recent episode by booking the Hard Lessons in the New Wave suite to perform “Feel Alright.” Send us your favorite deep cut or obscure band – and a story about them or why they mean something to you – by writing to mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com. FEEDBACK: City Connect jerseys, overpriced coffee pots, and the connection between “Clerks” and innocent victims of the Death Star destruction dominate this week’s mail. We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at https://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN: Find out more about the podcast at https://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH: Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”
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  • Crumbley Lawyer Speaks - May 7, 2024

    7 MAY 2024 · James Crumbley’s attorney breaks her silence to describe a prosecution that often seemed more like a smear campaign, while ML and Marc dive deep into defense strategy and what it’s like to represent the reviled. STRAIGHT DOPE: She might not be a lot of fun at parties that don’t involve deep discussions of constitutional law, but Mariell Lehman is still mighty interesting to anyone who wonders what it was like to defend James Crumbley, the father of Oxford High School massacre shooter Ethan Crumbley. Mariell spent 2½ years representing James Crumbley in a case that she says was unlike just about any other she’s ever handled. For starters, she said Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald began making decisions about the case long before the evidence was in. Mariell says it was part of a pattern that seemed more about ruining the Crumbleys’ reputation than administering justice. Mariell offers lots of revelations -- including that she originally wanted to be a prosecutor and that she really likes James Crumbley. Marc asks Mariell whether she has been targeted by people outraged about the Crumbley case. She shares stories about the keyboard warriors (who ML prefers to call keyboard cowards). The Crumbley case made history because of the charges filed against the parents, but there were plenty of other unusual occurrences, such as the judge waiting until the last minute to announce whether mom Jennifer Crumbley or dad James Crumbley would go on trial first. Mariell discusses how she handled all the curve balls. Did Jennifer Crumbley’s decision to testify in her case – and her conviction – impact Mariell’s strategy for defending James Crumbley? Listen and learn. ML asks Mariell what happens to the pets, the homes and anyone or anything else dependent on people who get locked up? Mariell says life – and a lot of sales – goes on. Mariell says the prosecution’s agreement not to prosecute school officials came as a surprise to defense attorneys – and had a significant impact on the way they handled their cases. She explains why. Another potential blow to the defense was the judge’s decision to move the cases forward even after Ethan Crumbley’s last-minute decision not to testify in his parents’ case. Mariell explains why that was a big deal – and how there was nothing defense attorneys could do to stop it. The judge issued a gag order early in the Crumbley case, but it’s not clear whether the prosecutor’s decision to give a documentary film crew access to her team may have impacted that gag order or the case itself. Mariell gives her take, while ML wonders whether the judge expressed any concerns. This also gives him a chance to work in this week’s Kwame Kilpatrick reference.   Listen for some instant classic Shawn drops from last week’s episode with Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports that capture Shawn’s feelings about a former lover … and, quite possibly, how he feels about his podcast partners. Marc asks a deep question about innocent victims of Luke Skywalker’s assault on the Death Star, inspiring ML to trot out his lame imitation of Mark Hamill’s spot-on imitation of Harrison Ford. Please join the Soul Patrol by becoming a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts GEEK OF THE WEEK:Nike screws up yet ANOTHER new set of jerseys, earning no style points but Geek of the Week honors for the Tigers lame new City Connect gear. ROOM 7609: Spartan Steve shares a story and dedicates Elvis Hitler’s “Live Fast, Die Young” to Shawn. Send us your favorite deep cut or obscure band – and a story about them or why they mean something to you – by writing to mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com. FEEDBACK: Facebook Frank frankly doesn’t like ML and Karen wonders why the “watchdog” hasn’t followed up on a big scoop by the competition. We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at https://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN: Find out more about the podcast at https://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH: Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”
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  • Detroit Wins the Draft - April 30, 2024

    30 APR 2024 · Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports stops in to talk about an epic FBI fail and Detroit’s epic performance as host of the NFL Draft while Marc joins in and ML types Shawn’s national sports writing award. STRAIGHT DOPE: https://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/shawn-windsor/2023/02/17/michigan-state-shooting-tom-izzo-parents-afraid-children-students/69915382007/ Dan returns to the basement just in time for ML to inadvertently revive the Caitlin Clark discussion when he makes the mistake of mentioning that Burt Reynolds, in this week’s intro, is wearing 22 in the movie “Semi Tough,” then noting that it’s the same number he wore in “The Longest Yard.” As luck would have it, 22 is also Clark’s number. That conversation turns to controversy stirred up when a sports writer for the Indianapolis Star rather awkwardly welcomed Clark to Indy, where she landed as the top pick in the WBNA draft. https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2024/04/17/caitlin-clark-im-so-sorry-on-wednesday-i-was-part-of-the-problem/73364922007/ Dan and Marc bemoan the fact that more people are paying attention to that tempest in a teapot instead of another huge story out of Indianapolis: The FBI’s agreement to pay more than $100 million to Larry Nassar’s victims. Dan discusses how the FBI did virtually nothing to investigate or stop Nassar from abusing young gymnasts – and may have even prevented other authorities from stopping the diabolical doctor. https://sports.yahoo.com/fbi-cant-be-condemned-enough-for-its-neglect-in-larry-nassar-scandal-200949854.html Detroit is still basking in the afterglow of a successful NFL Draft. Dan, Marc, Shawn and ML discuss what went well, and why Detroit could reap the benefits of throwing a great party for years to come. Please join the Soul Patrol by becoming a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts  GEEK OF THE WEEK: Shawn finished third in the national sports writing competition. The person who keeps finishing number two a Dearborn cemetery is this week’s geek. ROOM 7609: DJ Dan introduces us to a side of the Thompson Twins by booking “Squares and Triangles” into the New Wave suite. Send us your favorite deep cut or obscure band – and a story about them or why they mean something to you – by writing to mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com. FEEDBACK: Shawn on NPR, Lee Chatfield faces criminal charges and revisiting the Super Bowl XL murder is on your minds. We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – atmailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at http://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN: Find out more about the podcast at http://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH: Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”
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  • Super Unsolved Mystery - April 23, 2024

    23 APR 2024 · Did Detroit sweep a murder under the red carpet it rolled out for the NFL during Super Bowl XL? ML, Marc and Shawn discuss a cold case that police officials once described as a “delayed arrest.” Even if that was a legit law enforcement term, the delay is now going on 18 years. STRAIGHT DOPE: The entire city is amped up about the NFL Draft coming to Detroit, and ML has a story about an 18-year-old cold case including interviews with cops who worked the case and the victim’s family, so of course Yawn Windsor gets the show started with musings on people who take trips by themselves. https://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/ml-elrick/2024/04/22/detroit-super-bowl-murder-still-unsolved/73374195007/. ML’s mention of Tecumseh – the hometown of a 24-year-old woman murdered in downtown Detroit during Super Bowl XL – reminds Shawn of a story he did with Jim Schaefer back in 2006 about a creepy high school coach from the small town that includes the epic line: “…how you going to play the Dizzle like that?” When the conversation FINALLY turns to ML’s latest investigation, he and Marc get caught up on the case of Kyle Smith, a 24-year-old woman who was shot to death on Woodward Avenue a day before Super Bowl XL. ML and Marc discuss Smith’s fascinating life, which included a heroin addiction and a brush with one of the most notorious cops in recent history: Robocop. Smith was standing outside the Good Life Lounge when she was shot by a man she bumped into around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2006. ML discusses what happened next. Police had a suspect in Smith’s murder, but couldn’t break his alibi. Smith’s family wonders whether Robocop might have been involved, since Smith testified against him in one of the biggest police corruption cases in recent Detroit history. The jury didn’t convict any of the officers, and Smith slept with a sawed-off shotgun under her mattress out of fear Robocop might seek his revenge. Marc asks whether the killing could have been a hit. ML shares some details from an investigator on the case that suggest it could have been more than a random shooting. ML shares some homicide statistics that reveal how murders have gone down since 2006, then shares one statistic that hasn’t changed. Marc asks about the other person shot when Smith was killed. ML shares what the man’s father said about the aftermath of the tragedy. Not everyone ML contacted would talk about Smith’s murder. Two people who blew him off were former Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings and current Detroit City Council President Pro Tem James Tate, who used to be a police spokesman. Listen and learn why ML thought they had something to share. Please join the Soul Patrol by becoming a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts GEEK OF THE WEEK A Chipotle customer who shot a employee in a dispute over guacamole is this week’s geek. ROOM 7609 Music for Pleasure checks into the New Wave suite to spend some “Time.” Send us your favorite deep cut or obscure band – and a story about them or why they mean something to you – by writing to mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com. FEEDBACK Hear from a cop about police double-speak, ML’s height and readers who question ML’s fairness and timing. We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR USSupport us on Patreon or make a donation at https://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARNFind out more about the podcast at https://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCHSubscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”
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  • Sign o' The Times - April 16, 2024

    16 APR 2024 · Eli Zaret zooms in to talk about a major league wife swap, Caitlin Clark, the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and whatever the hell else he wants. (Hey, he's Eli!) STRAIGHT DOPE: Marc creates another outstanding intro with matching video starring ML and Shawn in a trailer originally featuring Roger Moore and Stacey Keach, which you can only see if you’re a Patreon supporter donating $5 a month. ML wonders whether he is Moore or Keach. Shawn offers his answer. Eli barely says hello before Shawn takes over the show, turning it into a Caitlin Clark and women’s NCAA basketball love fest. ML tries to reassert control, but Eli and Marc tell him to stand down. The Detroit Pistons season ended, mercifully. Eli opines on his experience with the team and ML says Tom Gores is one of the worst owners in professional sports for keeping a GM who couldn’t win and a coach who didn’t want to coach. Did Tarik Skubal blow his chance at the Cy Young on Opening Day?  Who even suggested such a preposterous thing? The crew discusses.Eli weighs in on the Tigers broadcast teams and ML tells a Craig Monroe story that turned him into a fan. Get Eli’s take. (Spoiler alert: If you're not Ernie Harwell, Eli isn't impressed) ML asks Eli why so many Michigan Wolverine coaches are getting busted for drunken driving. Marc says there’s nothing to see here.  Fritz Peterson, a New York Yankees pitcher who traded families with a fellow Yankees hurler in 1973, died. ML asks Eli to reflect on the public outcry at the time but, in another act of defiance, Eli prefers to talk about Dennis Eckersley and Rick Manning’s complicated relations with Eck’s wife. Speaking of great causes, please join the Soul Patrol by becoming a Patreon member. For as little as $5 a month, you can enjoy benefits like ad-free episodes and video of the show. For $15 a month, you get the bonus episode. At the $25 and $60 a month levels, you get free swag and exclusive merchandise. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/MLSoulofDetroit/posts GEEK OF THE WEEK: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is a known micro-manager, so why is he clowning a top appointee for building a new city landmark that Hizzoner claims he still hasn’t seen? The landmark may not win any awards, but Duggan takes home this week’s geek honors. ROOM 7609: The Suburbs check into the New Wave suite to perform “Waiting,” then ML asks Marc and Shawn if they know what the lead singer and Bill Clinton may have had in common. Send us your favorite deep cut or obscure band – and a story about them or why they mean something to you – by writing to mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com. FEEDBACK: The media and Dan Gilbert are on your mind this week. We welcome all your comments – and constructive criticism – at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com DONATE OR SPONSOR US: Support us on Patreon or make a donation at http://mlsoulofdetroit.com/ or drop us a line at mailto:mlsoulofdetroit@gmail.com to find out how cheap and easy it is to advertise on our show! We now accept donations via Venmo (and if Venmo tells you your money is going to DaisyHouseLLC, you’ve got the right link!) LISTEN AND LEARN: Find out more about the podcast at http://www.mlsoulofdetroit.com/, where you’ll find previous episodes and so much more! SUBSCRIBE/SHARE/RATE/WATCH: Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever quality podcasts are found! When you check out the podcast, remember to rate it (even if you hate it)!!! Your endorsement is very powerful! Get podcast news on Twitter @elrick or on Facebook at “ML Elrick”
    Played 1h 42m 14s
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