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Rich Eisen Podcast: Peter King and Rob Lowe

Which team has the best chance to win Super Bowl XLVII? (Associated Press/US Presswire) Which team has the best chance to win Super Bowl XLVII? (Associated Press/US Presswire)

Senior Sports Illustrated writer Peter King dials in to chat with Rich following one of the greatest weekends in NFL playoff history. The Hall of Fame sportswriter found himself in the enviable position of attending both the Falcons last minute comeback win over the Seahawks on Sunday and the Ravens thrilling double overtime win over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Saturday. King managed to spend time spent time with players from all four squads following the two contests and shares some of the insights he gathered in what was a spectacular weekend of NFL football.

Up next is actor Rob Lowe, who last year around this time made headlines across the National Football League with a tweet about a certain (former) Colt quarterback and retirement rumors. Rich dials up Lowe to discuss the incident and to get the big time Indy fans take on Andrew Luck’s first season and find out how Lowe and his two boys are doing in the post-Manning era as Colts fan. The star of “Parks and Recreation” lets Rich in on a little more credible NFL related news this time around. Lowe and some of his NBC cast mates recently hit up Lucas Oil Stadium and shot a few scenes for this week’s upcoming “Parks and Recreation” episode with Reggie Wayne, Jim Irsay and the aforementioned Andrew Luck. You can tune in to see their cameo appearance this Thursday, January 17th at 8:30pm ET on NBC… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Matt Leinart, Nick Bakay, Stephen J. Dubner and Brian Billick

As Week 12 approaches, the storyline has shifted dramatically in the NFL with two playoff-contending teams potentially losing their signal callers for weeks, if not the remainder of the regular season. Jay Cutler’s thumb injury puts the ball in the hands of backup Caleb Hanie for Chicago. Meanwhile, the AFC South-leading Texans saw their quarterback, Matt Schaub, go down with a foot injury. Enter Matt Leinart: The former Heisman Trophy winner will get his first career start with the Texans on Sunday. Leinart sat down with Rich to chat about the big game, turning down his former USC coach’s offer to reunite in Seattle, and just exactly what went wrong in Arizona.

Speaking of going wrong, Rich welcomes in studio his good friend Nick Bakay, whose Bills have been in a downward spiral since his last visit just a few weeks ago. The guys try to diagnose the problems and where things went bad for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Co. They also hit on some of the hot topics, including Tim Tebow’s Mile High comeback last Thursday against the Jets on NFL Network, and what it all means moving forward for Denver.

After Bakay, Rich shifts gears and sits down with author Stephen J. Dubner. If Dubner’s name sounds familiar, it should, he co-wrote the New York Times bestseller “Freakonomics”, which has sold more than four million copies and has also been turned into a successful documentary film. After penning a follow-up book titled “SuperFreakonomics”, Dubner has decided to take his unique approach of looking at issues in society, and turn it to the gridiron in a series for NFL.com and NFL Network called “Football Freakonomics”. Rich and Stephen chat about some of the interesting ways that common practices and theories such as “Icing the Kicker” and “Momentum” can be looked at through data and either proven, or debunked.

The show rounds out with our resident coach, as Brian Billick and Rich chat on a variety of topics from around the league. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and thanks for downloading. Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Arian Foster, Coach Calipari and Michael Wilbon

Guests include Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster, plus University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari skypes in, and “Pardon the Interruption” co-host Michael Wilbon also dials up the program.
First up, Arian Foster joins Rich fresh off a dynamite performance in week 7 where he totaled 234 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns versus the Titans. After missing nearly all of the first three games of the 2011 season, Foster seems to back in the 2010 form that garnered him the NFL rushing title. Rich and Foster chat about the Texans chances this year in the AFC as well as the likelihood of Andre Johnson returning in week 8 from a hamstring injury that has had him sidelined for the past few weeks. Undrafted out of Tennessee in 2009, Foster sheds some light on a draft day gaffe that may have caused a certain team in the Pacific Northwest not to call his name in the seventh-round.
Next up, the podcast shifts gears a bit as Rich welcomes in the tech savvy head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats when John Calipari skypes in from his office Lexington, KY. A native of Pittsburgh, Coach Cal is a huge Steelers fan and shares some of his favorite memories as a fan. And what better person to impart his wisdom on proper post game handshake etiquette then a college basketball coach where the handshake tradition also takes place after every game. Coach Cal brings his ‘A’ game to the podcast and we‘re looking forward to having back on soon.
The podcast rounds out with Michael Wilbon, the co-host of the immensely popular “Pardon the Interruption” that recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Rich and Michael go around the league and Wilbon has some not so flattering comments for the Ravens rather lackluster performance on Monday Night Football this past week versus the Jaguars.
It’s a fun show with three great guests. Next week’s lineup is all booked and ready to go as we welcome in the hilarious Adam Sandler in-studio, Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King, and legend of the broadcast booth as Jim Brockmire makes his triumphant return to the podcast counting down the top plays of October in the NFL. Enjoy and thanks for downloading.

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