The Rich Eisen Podcast: Philip Rivers, Charles Barkley and Bill Simmons

After just one half of a regular season, this podcast is breaking more ground than Godzilla pillaging through the metropolis. Alright, that analogy might be a bit over the top but (Ndamukong) sue me: I’m excited about things.

We have three A-list guests on the podcast today, starting with an MVP candidate and quarterback of the resurgent Chargers, Philip Rivers. San Diego just won its second game in a row with an eighth-string receiver catching two touchdowns from the red-hot Rivers, who talks at length about the attrition of his receiving corps. I also asked him point-blank if the front office’s handling of the Vincent Jackson contract dispute frustrated him.

It was a trailblazing discussion from an NFL media standpoint as well. You see, we simulcast part of the conversation live on NFL Network’s “Around the League.” What do you call a simulcasted podcast? Kara Henderson and The Worm take their crack at that when the NFL Network reporter/host and NFL Network’s irascible senior producer join me in the Hot Topics segment.

One week after declaring my podcast a Cowboys Free Zone for the rest of the 2010 season, Jerry Jones up and fires Wade Phillips, one of the few scenarios that I also said would cause me to lift the Cowboys blackout. Who knew that chicken would roost in my home so quickly? Wade got the gate, so the Cowboys DO return to the show – albeit BRIEFLY and for one last time (I swear) – before we hit on other pressing issues with Worm and Kara in a two-part Hot Topics segment.

Yes, I’m trying something differently there too. Let me know if you like The Worm segment split into two around the rest of my guests who, on this show, were none other than Charles Barkley and Bill Simmons.

The Round Mound of Rebound and The Sportsguy … two heavyweights and two conversations that went in every possible direction. If you’ve ever wondered whether Barkley played football or how long it takes Simmons to bang out one of his billion-word columns for ESPN, those questions will be answered. Ditto for who Barkley would pay to see play in the NFL and how Simmons went from mid-90’s internet newbie to a major sports voice of his generation.

It’s all here. Enjoy.

Download: The Rich Eisen Podcast: Philip Rivers, Charles Barkley and Bill Simmons


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