Jam-Packed Podcast: Jason Garrett, Kellen Winslow, Willie McGinest, Marv Albert, Ronde Barber and Darren Sharper

As the lockout nears its 100th day and the two parties are apparently set for more secret meetings, it reminds me of a line from “Caddyshack” uttered by the genius that is Ted Knight: “Well? We’re waiting!”

Indeed. We are waiting. In the meantime, we booked the heck out of the latest podcast.

It starts off with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and moves on to a Cleveland reunion of sorts. Of sorts, because Willie McGinest is mostly known for his three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots and Kellen Winslow, Jr. has since moved on with distinction to Tampa Bay. We listen to the former Browns teammates reminisce about the old days and how Kellen has since grown into a more mature place in life: he’s now a father and, especially on a team with 12 first-year starters in 2010, also a veteran presence in the locker room. Good times ensue there.

Then we dial up one of the all-time great sports broadcasters in Marv Albert. As a native New Yorker growing up in Staten Island, I listened to Marv call games for the New York Rangers and New York Knicks as well as serve as the 11 o’clock sportscaster on NBC-TV. In other words, Marv is one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a sports broadcaster myself. So, when I read the news that CBS had hired Albert to call NFL games this fall, bringing him back in the NFL television booth for the first time since NBC lost the NFL package over a decade and a half ago, I pounced on the opportunity to have him call into the podcast. More good times there.

Finally, speaking of the last decade and a half, two of the best secondary bandits of that period join the podcast together: Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber and Darren Sharper, a free-agent after two seasons with the New Orleans Saints. What makes them tick? How do they see the field and what makes them lick their chops the most? There was lots to ask Ronde in particular: the future of fellow secondary-mate Aqib Talib in Tampa Bay, as well as his brother Tiki shocking us by going back to the future and coming out of retirement.

In between some of this, we update you on two storylines we first introduced on the podcast a couple of weeks ago: a televised version of the podcast coming to NFL Network and NFL Network reporter Kara Henderson’s offer to fix Spandan Daftary — NFL Network producer and specific producer of the televised edition of the podcast – with her son’s kindergarten teacher.

Again, good times rolling all around here. Enjoy the show.

Download: Jam-Packed Podcast: Jason Garrett, Kellen Winslow, Willie McGinest, Marv Albert, Ronde Barber and Darren Sharper


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