Week 6 went into the books and left us with an absurd amount of developments no one thought possible to discuss. I mean, if I told you at this point last week that there would be a national sports referendum on the post-game handshake because two emotional, high-strung coaches turned the normally genteel tradition into an episode of The Jerry Springer Show AND Carson Palmer would be getting prepared to start Week 7 for the Oakland Raiders, you’d have thought me a bit daffy. Yes?
Don’t answer that.
At any rate, there was lots of fodder and grist for the mill to bring up with the lead NFL play-by-play man and essential voice and face of CBS Sports for more than a generation, Jim Nantz, and the Saturday Night Live and Monday Night Football alumnus Dennis Miller.
First, Nantz joined me from NFL Headquarters in New York fresh off his call of the Giants’ tight victory over the Bills and got a few things off his chest, to say the least. Jim is like the anti-Gus Johnson this year, a virtual magnet for NFL blowouts up until last week’s Bills-Giants squeaker. He’s itching for some close game action, and perhaps this week’s Chargers-Jets game will provide it. Nantz previews the game he’s calling this week and handicaps the rest of the AFC field that CBS broadcasts coast-to-coast each and every week.
After a fascinating football chat, we turn to Nantz’s off-the-field passion: the Nantz National Alzheimer Center that he opened in January of 2011 with Methodist Hospital in Houston. Nantz’s father passsed away due to Alzheimer’s in 2008 (his dad is the inspiration for his famous on-air greeting, “Hello, friends”); Nantz has taken up the cause of eradicating this disease with brio and gusto. I please ask you to learn more about Jim’s Passion for the cause, his late father and this important Alzheimer Center he founded at the website: www.nantzfriends.org
The podcast wraps up with the whirling dervish, Megamind of pop-culture maestro himself, Dennis Miller. It’s his third podcast appearance and, once again, this man shows off his love of the sport. I mean, he flat out loves talking ball. His take on the Coaches Gone Wild incident, the new defensive rule changes, the Cowboys’ late-game play-calling in New England, as well as his remembrances of Al Davis from his days calling Monday Night Football games, are all not to be missed. I already can’t wait to have him back on the show. Enjoy.