It’s a special lineup for the Wild Card Weekend edition of the podcast — a legend of the booth, a trusted American voice and the most prolific tight end in the history of the National Football League, all in one show.
First up, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez joins us mere days before taking on the Giants for the right to move on to either Green Bay or San Francisco. Would you believe that, with all the records and stats requisite for a first-ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gonzalez does not have a single playoff win under his belt? He enters Sunday’s game 0-for-4 in career playoff appearances and, of course, we talk about whether that’s on his mind when he suits up this weekend. We also hit on whether or not the Falcons’ inconsistencies on offense are behind them, the skills of rookie Julio Jones and the unreal talent that his success seems to have spawned at the position throughout the league.
Next up, one of my favorite guests we’ve had on the podcast to date: NBC News’ Brian Williams, the most trusted newsman of this generation who also just happens to be one of the driest wits and best raconteurs of all-time. Williams took a few minutes to join us from his set at 30 Rock during the middle of a very busy day — Iowa Caucus Tuesday — to discuss his beloved Giants. Williams is a New Jersey native who grew up loving the Giants while attempting a (sadly short) run at high school gridiron glory of his own. It is a tale of woe not to be missed. Williams chimes in on the controversy-ravaged Jets and why it’s difficult for him to predict a winner on the Lions-Saints wild-card matchup on his network Saturday night. Then we sent him back to the world of Romney, Santorum et al.
Another Jersey boy — Michael Lombardi — joins the show to make heads/tails about the vacant coaching situations and why there aren’t openings in Chicago, where the GM got fired, and San Diego, where the GM didn’t. Why did the Colts finally part ways with the Polians and what’s their next step on the Peyton Manning front? What in the world can the Jets do with a disgruntled receiver, a regressing quarterback and a coach who is suddenly under fire despite having gone to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two years? You’ll be especially keen to hear to whom Lombardi compares the current Jets. A hint: it’s not very flattering.
Lastly, a fourth visit to the studio by the legend of the booth himself, Jim Brockmire. The Hall of Fame announcer whose famous on-air meltdown led to the precipitous fall of his career has been on the comeback trail thanks much in part to this podcast, on which he has delivered the plays of the month for September, October and November. Now, Jim is back with the plays of the month for December and also with a strange looking half-goatee. There’s lots to discuss with Jim, who also laments the firing of the Polians and gives his latest unique take on his favorite topic: Tim Tebow.
It’s all in one mega Wild Card Weekend podcast to enjoy. Lots in the hopper for the divisional round podcast on tap for next week. Stay tuned. Read