One of the hottest topics in Detroit sports is about something that happens above the action.
Tigers fans are obsessed with the Fox Sports Detroit rotation of analysts — Rod Allen, Kirk Gibson and Jack Morris.
The bad news, though, is FSD officials are choosing not to send out an advance copy of the schedule.
Why? They're simply choosing not to.
But there could be a couple reasons.
One, FSD officials know fans are into their analysts, and they might feel a level of intrigue could lead to more viewers.
The real reason, though, appears to be this: A complete schedule hasn't been finalized.
Allen, the incumbent, has done most games, and every game he's not in the booth, he'll be in the studio.
Gibson hasn't done much since Opening Day, and is likely waiting until Michigan State's baseball season is over (his son, Cam, plays for the Spartans).
Morris already has done several games, though he will do the fewest overall because he has similar commitments with the Twins.
Impemba big on servicemen
FSD play-by-play man Mario Impemba will be hosting armed-services veterans at Comerica Park.
Each Monday home game, Impemba will host 30 veterans for a Tigers game. Each veteran selected — they will be picked by local organizations — will get tickets, transportation to the park, a T-shirt, dinner and a meet-and-greet with Impemba.
Impemba said he doesn't have any direct connection to the military, but several years ago during the Tigers Caravan, he was touched by his interaction with troops, many of whom can't afford to come to a game. So he wanted to do something.
Lay off the media
Interesting article in Sports Illustrated this week by media critic Richard Deitsch, who polled high-profile sports journalists on changes they'd like to see made to the profession.
One answer that stood out came from ESPN NFL writer Adam Schefter, who wrote: "There also could be a ban on media criticizing media — is there anything the public cares less about? It seems so petty and trivial and it would be so much more preferable if everyone ... just did their job."
Schefter, a Michigan alum, took some heat from peers late last year with his reporting on the Jim Harbaugh saga. During most of the process, he wrote Harbaugh's heart was in the NFL. And even when stories leaked in late December that Harbaugh was Michigan bound, Schefter tweeted several NFL teams remained in pursuit.
Simonson takes off
Detroit sports fans love sports shows that talk Detroit sports.
That's why Colin Cowherd didn't work on WMGC, and why "Mike & Mike" doesn't draw well, either.
But there is one national show that tends to get into Detroit sports a bit — because its host is from Grand Rapids.
Bill Simonson, who's hosted the "Huge Show" in West Michigan for 13 years, is in the third month of his nationally syndicated show, the "Saturday Night Huge Show." It can be heard on CBS Radio stations, including 1270, from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday night.
Too much Tribe
Matt Dery was battling something nasty Monday, and sounded awful on WMGC 105.1 — one of his producers even compared him to Scott Ferrall, who sounds like he smokes eight packs a day.
Dery took Tuesday and Wednesday off, and his spot was filled by Jake Chapman, the station's Pistons radio pregame and postgame host, and Free Press columnist Drew Sharp.
Chapman, like Dery, is a Cleveland native, and can't resist talking about the Indians. I can do without that. But the little bit I've heard from Chapman, I've enjoyed, and he might be a good fit for more of a presence at the station as new program director Dave Shore starts considering his options. One local radio guy actually told me he wishes he had Chapman's voice.
Speaking of 105.1, it'll be interesting to see what the future holds there.
Around the time the station launched in August 2013, there had been some rumblings at WMGC that when the station went to sports in August 2013, the long-term, pie-in-the-sky dream was to get "Stoney & Wojo" back together after they entertained audiences on WDFN for years.
Of course, "Stoney & Wojo" are under contract and happy with their current gigs, Mike Stone a morning-show guy on 97.1, and News columnist Bob Wojnowski a weekday night host on 97.1 with Jamie Samuelsen.