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Rich Eisen Podcast: “The Triplets” Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin

“The Triplets” sit down for an exclusive edition of The Rich Eisen Podcast (Chris Law/NFL)

To their recollection, the famed Triplets of the dynastic 1990s Dallas Cowboys have sat for an interview together only a handful of times, the last time coming just before Emmitt Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

That means the podcast chat you’re about to hear represents the first time Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin were interviewed at the same time with the entire group enjoying Hall of Fame status.

Call it a Triplet Bump for The Rich Eisen Podcast.

Your humble narrator sat down with Smith, Aikman and Irvin late last week, about an hour before Smith… Read

Another run at 40 yards of glory
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Another run at 40 yards of glory

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my 8th run for 40-yard dash glory at the NFL Scouting Combine. Read

Origins of my mad 40-yard dashes might surprise you
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Origins of my mad 40-yard dashes might surprise you

This may not come as a shock, but running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in my suit, tie and lace-up dress shoes was born out of absolute boredom. Read

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Run with me
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Run with me

I can’t believe it’s been seven years of this insanity. I first ran the first 40-yard dash in 2005 in my suit, tie and lace-up shoes at the NFL Scouting Combine and it’s now gotten to the point where you … Read

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Rich Eisen Podcast: Cris Collinsworth, Chris Fowler, Josh Charles, Steve Mariucci and The Worm
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Rich Eisen Podcast: Cris Collinsworth, Chris Fowler, Josh Charles, Steve Mariucci and The Worm

Championship weekend has arrived. Ravens-Patriots. Giants-49ers. One matchup that many saw developing in the NFL ether the past several months. The other, not so much. Both, however, feature the same stakes: One team moves on to the ultimate championship game while the other faces the reality of having pushed the same rock up the same hill for yet another season only to finish oh-so-close and yet so far.
And for us fans? Well, we face the same conundrum as we always face this time of year: Do we celebrate Championship Weekend because it’s seven to eight hours of some of the most intense action played at the highest level with the stakes nearly as high as they can possibly be? Or do we hold a wake, because it’s the last NFL day featuring multiple games for eight months?
On this podcast, we give a nod to the football void we’re about to encounter while choosing to celebrate the rest… including the way we’re about to fill the football void.
First, we sink our teeth into the final two games of the conference schedule: the AFC North-champion Ravens against the AFC East-champion Patriots followed by the NFC East-champion Giants visiting the NFC West-champion 49ers. And who better to bite into that massive football sandwich than one of the men who will bring the action of Super Bowl XLVI into your living rooms on Super Sunday: NBC’s Cris Collinsworth. Cris was making the rounds for the FedEx Air & Ground Awards (which you can vote on at NFL.com/FedEx) when we got into the who’s, what’s, why’s and how’s of Championship Sunday and how matters might play out for everyone. Cris mentions which of the four teams left is the most well-balanced and thus has the best shot of winning it all. Be sure to listen for that answer.
Next up is a longtime friend of mine from back in my Bristol days: ESPN’s Chris Fowler. One of the best television hosts in the business phones in from Melbourne, Australia, where he’s honchoing ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open. While having Fowler phone in from 19 time zones away (we did try to SKYPE first) in the middle of the first major tennis tournament of the year and on the cusp of the most important NFL games of the year may not seem immediately obvious, know this: The NFL is the only major American sport in which the offseason goes into full swing while the postseason builds to a crescendo. Indeed, with the East-West Shrine Game airing on NFL Network this Saturday and the Senior Bowl the next, who better to ask about the top talent lining up to join the NFL than the college football voice of his generation? Just how good is Robert Griffin III? Is Andrew Luck all that people are making him out to be? Was Fowler surprised at how well Tim Tebow fared at quarterback for his beloved Denver Broncos? Thrilled to have one of my good friends on the show. And the first to phone in from a different continent, Nigel Spackle notwithstanding.
Ah, yes. That brings me to The Worm. Longtime podcast favorite and former NFL Network senior producer Jason Wormser visited the studio and why not — his G-Men are on a big-time roll. And as they head into San Francisco for an improbable NFC Championship Game matchup, I matched up The Worm with his old colleague and my “NFL GameDay Morning” compadre Steve Mariucci. Of course, the first order of business had to be the 2003 Wild-Card game in which Mooch’s 49ers came from 24 points down to survive a last-ditch, botched, highly controversial field-goal attempt by the Giants. Fans of the is podcast have heard this story told many times: The Worm was in Candlestick Park that day and while performing “Red Hat” duties for the FOX broadcast, wanted to strangle then Giants head coach Jim Fassel for blowing the lead and referee Ron Winter for not calling a pass interference penalty on the botched field-goal attempt. Once emotions died down from that chat, The Worm and Mooch actually settled in to a quality, level-headed discussion of how this Giants-49ers affair might turn out. Until, of course, we brought up the 2003 game one more time.
Lastly, one of my favorite all-time guests, Josh Charles, rejoined the show. The Baltimore native, die-hard Ravens fan and star of “The Good Wife” on CBS was on the podcast back in September, after the Ravens followed up their season-opening thumping of the Steelers with an inexplicable road loss in Tennessee. As we know, the Ravens shook off that loss (and other in Jacksonville, Seattle and San Diego) to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the second time in four years. The New England Patriots stand between Baltimore and a thrilling chance to win the Super Bowl in the city that took their Colts from them 28 years ago. Charles speaks eloquently on all subjects. It’s fun to hear his passion, knowledge and, yes, nervousness all on display in one chat.
The podcast also features a chat with all the folks who kindly take care of your humble narrator each and every week: podcast producers Chris Law and Chris Brockman and “NFL GameDay Morning” producers Dan Fleshner, Spandan Daftary and Bobby Kortright. We hit all your possible Super Bowl storylines and also set the table for the monster six-hour Champion Sunday edition of “NFL GameDay Morning.” Next week: a monster two-part podcast featuring Alec Baldwin, Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp, Mike Mayock, and Carson Daly, among others. It will result in the first-one hour edition of the TV version of the podcast. We’re raising our game too this time of year. Read

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On the road from Indianapolis

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Rich Eisen Podcast: Drew Brees, Willie McGinest, Jim Mora and Dennis Miller

Drew Brees, the first quarterback in the history of this great game to throw for over 3,000 yards in the first nine games of a season, is our first guest on the podcast this week. The perennial Pro Bowl pick joins us fresh off a huge divisional victory over the Buccaneers and mere days before another huge divisional game against the Falcons in Atlanta. The stakes for that game are simple: The winner will lead of the NFC South through 10 weeks. We hit Brees on every one of these subjects, including why he believes the Saints muddled through October with maddeningly inconsistency and if coach Sean Payton being on crutches rather than on the sideline has been a root cause of that.

Next up, Jim Mora and Willie McGinest come in together for a discussion on numerous NFL topics. Are the Bengals truly for real? Just how far can the 49ers take their surprising 7-1 start? And who better to ask about the Patriots’ defensive issues and if Bill Belichick can fix them on the fly than McGinest? Of course, Mora throws in his two cents … and gives us an update on his movie-loving Dad. You’ll never guess where the other Jim Mora is these days.

With a sixth season of “Thursday Night Football” on NFL Network getting underway (boy, does time fly) we welcome in the senior producer of the pregame and postgame shows, Bardia Shah-Rais. What goes on behind the scenes before a big broadcast? What changes are in store for you, the discerning viewer? Bardia clues us in as we also stroll down memory lane about the last six years of “Thursday Night Football” on NFL Network.

Lastly, Dennis Miller returns to the podcast to lend his thoughts on the results of the Ravens-Steelers slobberknocker and Tim Tebow’s, shall we say, revival. As always, Dennis delivers in the pop-culture staccato style that only he can deliver. Give a listen and enjoy. See you all in San Diego on Thursday night … and next week in the last of Tebow, as Rex Ryan puts Tim in his sights. Read

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Rich Eisen Podcast: Jim Nantz and Dennis Miller

First, Nantz joins Rich 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.

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. We already cannot wait to have him back on the show. Enjoy. Read

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Rich Eisen Podcast: Wes Welker and Jeff Schaffer

We’ve passed the quarter post point of the NFL regular season and in this Year of the Exploding Offense look who’s on top of the receiving world: Wes Welker, who’s on pace to smash Marvin Harrison’s single-season record for receptions and Jerry Rice’s single-season record for receiving yards. And with the Patriots fresh off a big win in Oakland and getting set to host the hated New York Jets – the team that ended its 2010 season if your memory needs refreshing — who better to have on the podcast than Wes Welker? So, we fire up Patriots cam for him. And, yes, I do ask him if he has a message for Rex Ryan.
My other guest is a returning guest: Jeff Schaffer, the co-executive producer and co-writer of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Jeff was last on the show in July when we dedicated an entire podcast to “Curb.” This time, Schaffer appears to promote a show of his very own creation: the fantasy-football inspired comedy “The League,” which premieres this Thursday night for a third season on FX. Lots to talk about with Jeff, including his own fantasy leagues and how he incorporates them into the show. Which NFL stars are set to make cameos on his show this year? And then there’s this: How can he can create/write/direct a show about a 2011 fantasy football league when he conceives and shoots most of the scripts during the summer?
Of course, I can’t let Schaffer leave the studio without asking him the origin of the newest classic “Curb” storylines from this past season (Pig Parker, Sh*t Bow, Bill Buckner, Palestinian Chicken Restaurant to name a few) and how he and his writing partners come up with this stuff with Larry David. Then, I press him on the most important issue of all: Will there be a ninth season of “Curb”? His answer… breaks entertainment news, which, as you know, I love to do on the podcast.
Keep an eye peeled for another show this Thursday with NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi, former boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard and a special surprise guest who, after having an unfortunate career-altering incident in the TV booth, is starting his comeback on the podcast. Stay tuned.
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Rich Eisen Podcast: Adrian Peterson, Tim McGraw and Suzanne Johnson

Guests include Vikings All-Pro running back/philanthropist, Adrian Peterson who talks about his teams rough 0-3 start as well as his philanthropic efforts with Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Next up we SKYPE in with Country Music legend and huge Tennessee Titan fan as Tim McGraw joins us from his home in Nashville. Finally the podcast concludes with Suzanne Johnson, who is the wife of Jets owner Woody Johnson. Suzanne is all fired up about the new line of women’s apparel the league has created and dishes some inside information on the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. In essence, this show is all over the NFL map. And that’s just the lineup for the first of two podcasts this week. Coming out tomorrow: NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock and fitness guru/volleyball queen/model Gabrielle Reece. Good times. Read

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