It’s Week 15. The season is entering its nitty and gritty portion. So, we on the podcast had to also step up our game. And I think the guest list for this week speaks for itself.
But that would make for quite a short blog post, so let’s add a bit of meat to the meatiest podcast lineup we’ve had to date.
First up, fresh off the “Monday Night Football” scare the Texans put into his Ravens, Baltimore’s future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed joins us. And he joins us from a very interesting place, too. Keep your ears peeled for that as we discuss the difficulty Baltimore’s secondary and defense endured in the latter throes of the game in Houston.
We ask Ed if that’s yet another instance of a disturbing trend for the Ravens or if he thinks the issues are fixable. We also talk about our times hanging at the Pro Bowl together and one of the funniest stories you’ll ever hear that involves his former teammate at the “U” in Miami, fellow Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne.
Then, we dial up multiple Grammy Award winning R&B/soul maestro John Legend. Legend’s newest album “Wake Up,” a collaboration with The Roots — Jimmy Fallon’s “house” band — is as good as anything he’s ever done. We talk about the album, which has generated five MORE Grammy nominations for John, before turning to his fantasy football team and his real-life football team — the Bengals.
Yes, Legend is an Ohio-native, which means he’s also an Ohio State Buckeye fan. We have fun with that, what with the way I bleed Maize and Blue.
Last, but certainly not least, Mark Wahlberg joins the podcast on the very day his movie “The Fighter” earned six Golden Globe nominations (including one for Wahlberg for Best Actor in a Drama) and his new genius show on HBO, “Boardwalk Empire,” earned a nomination for Best Drama Series.
In other words, the only thing more on fire than Wahlberg is his beloved New England Patriots, fresh off yet another stunning beat-down of a nine-win team hoping to earn its stripes by beating them. We talk about it all with Wahlberg, who, before playing fighter Micky Ward in “The Fighter” was also Vince Papale in “Invincible.” I make a suggestion as to who Wahlberg should play next if he cares to make one last sports-related biopic. We also delve into the crucial topic of whether or not there will be an “Entourage” movie once that critically-acclaimed show of his signs off of HBO next year.
In between all of those interviews, The Worm returns to the podcast fresh off his bye week. Senior Producer Jason Wormser is joined by NFL Network reporter Kara Henderson in two different Hot Topics segments in which, trust me, we hit absolutely everything under the sun.
It’s all to the good, as they say. I’m just trying to sound cool for Legend. Hope it works. You tell me.