Fast Break with Bret Bakita

Fast Break with Bret Bakita

Bret Bakita interviews coaches, players and even sports broadcasters local and nationally recognized.... Show More

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July 3, 2020 26 min
Almost 50 years old now, we relive the history of driveway basketball in West Michigan and what turned into the Gus Macker All-World Basketball Tour! Bret sits down with Gus Macker himself, Scott McNeal, and goes back through the memories of what started as a summer driveway tournament with 18 players in Lowell to a Sports Illustrated feature article and now tour and business that draws over 200,000 players annually across the cou...
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Bret sits down and talks with Dan about bringing a minor league hockey franchise to Grand Rapids and Van Andel Arena in the late 1990's, the importance of the affiliation between the Griffins and the Detroit Red Wings, winning championships with both the Griffins and Rampage, and more!
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Bret sits down one-on-one with legendary sportscaster George Blaha to talk about the "Bad Boys" and the "Go to Work" championship teams of the Pistons as well as his 40+ year career behind the mic for Detroit, and they also discuss Michigan State football and the Mark Dantonio era for Spartan Football!
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The return of high school sports in the state of Michigan after the COVID-19 pandemic as MHSAA Executive Director - Mark Uyl is our guest in this week's episode! Plus, I also discuss with Mark the declining participation numbers in the sport of football, the continuing need for officials for high school sports and where are we at with the creation of high school E-sports teams.
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From preferred walk-on out of NorthPointe Christian High School, to Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2018 at MSU, to now 7th Round pick and property of the Minnesota Vikings, I hope you enjoy the incredible story of Kenny Willekes in this episode of the "Fast Break" Podcast series presented by Grand Rapids Community College..."West Michigan's Best Choice"!
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We chronicle the fast track coaching career of Jeff Blashill from Big Rapids as a goaltender for the Bulldogs all the way to Hockeytown and one of the storied franchises in professional sports....the Detroit Red Wings!
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A 7-time Emmy and Cable Ace Award winner, Roy Firestone was one of the ESPN original on-air talents that hosted a program called "Up Close" , which was the motivation of this podcast! Roy is multi-talented as a personality, entertainer, musician, author and more, but one of the things that I always admired about his talent on the "Up Close" program was his ability to interview some of the biggest personalities on t...
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From Mr. Basketball at Wyoming Park High School to MSU All-American: The Basketball Career of Drew Neitzel!
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From Mr. Basketball at Wyoming Park High School to MSU All-American: The Basketball Career of Drew Neitzel!
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Building Champions at East Grand Rapids High School & Now Hope College!
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