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Rich Eisen Podcast: Brian Billick, Timothy Olyphant and Jeff Schaffer

Timothy Olyphant and Jeff Schaffer join The #REP along with coach Brian Billick (Chris Law/NFL) Timothy Olyphant and Jeff Schaffer join The #REP along with coach Brian Billick (Chris Law/NFL)

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Rich Eisen is joined by Super Bowl-XXXV winning head coach Brian Billick for his take on what went right for the Seattle Seahawks and what went wrong for the Denver Broncos on Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Actor Timothy Olyphant, the star of the hit series “Justified” on FX, swings by NFL Network studios to chat about the Super Bowl and share his thoughts on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “unplugged” halftime performance.

The show wraps up with our friend of the program and huge Seattle Seahawks fan Jeff Schaffer, who along with his wife Jackie attended Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. As a pretty die-hard lifelong Seahawks fan Schaffer takes you… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Colin Hanks and Jeff Schaffer

Colin Hanks and Jeff Schaffer join the latest #REP (AP) Colin Hanks and Jeff Schaffer join the latest #REP (AP)[/caption]
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The Rich Eisen Podcast welcomes actor and 49ers fan Colin Hanks in-studio for a visit fresh off San Francisco’s impressive win on the road Sunday at a frigid Lambeau Field. Hanks is joined midway through the conversation by our second in-studio guest, die hard Seahawks fan and friend of the program, Jeff Schaffer. Schaffer, the co-creator of the hit fantasy football inspired television show “The League” on FXX, goes back and forth with his NFC West rival Hanks on whose team will make it to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York. Eisen and the podcast crew also breakdown the entire crazy Wild Card Weekend that saw three out of the four games come down to the final minutes to determine…

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Rich Eisen Podcast: Kevin Costner, Carrie Underwood and The Schaffer’s

Kevin Costner, Carrie Underwood and Jeff & Jackie Schaffer join the latest edition of "The Rich Eisen Podcast" (NFL/AP) Kevin Costner, Carrie Underwood and Jeff & Jackie Schaffer join the #REP (NFL/AP)
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The 2013 season is finally upon us as Thursday night kickoff in Denver is just days away.  Rich and the podcast crew go through the entire Week 1 schedule and make their picks for “The Rich Eisen Podcast” Weekly Pick ‘Em Challenge for the opening weekend.  If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up today and join in on the fun with the Rich Eisen Podcast League.

Our first guest on the podcast is from an interview Rich taped earlier this summer when he traveled to Cleveland, Ohio and the set of the film “Draft Day” to sit down with Academy Award winning director and actor Kevin Costner. Costner stars as the Browns general manager in the Ivan Reitman directed film set to hit theatres in 2014.  It’s a fascinating listen to hear Costner, the iconic sports movie actor of our generation,  discuss which sports movies he’s enjoyed most and why it took this long for him to finally take on a football based film.

Rich continues podcasting form the road as he next heads to the set of Carrie Underwood’s Sunday Night Football music video shoot.  The multi-platinum and Grammy award winning singer, who took over for Faith Hill as the voice of Sunday Night Football, sits down with Rich on the sound-stage in Los Angeles where she was shooting the new open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.  Be sure to catch Carrie’s new rendition when it premieres this Sunday as the Cowboys take on the Giants at 8:30 pm ET on NBC.

Rich then welcomes back in studio podcast favorites Jeff and Jackie Schaffer to chat about the kickoff of the 2013 NFL season, plus the season 5 kickoff of their hit show “The League,” which makes the move to Wednesdays at 10:30 pm ET on… Read


Rich Eisen Podast: Brady Hoke, Barry Sanders and Jeff Schaffer

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University of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joins “The Rich Eisen Podcast” in studio to discuss the upcoming college football season, how former Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson will fare with the Jacksonville Jaguars and much, much more.

Our good friend Jeff Schaffer, an Ann Arbor, Mich. native, stops by toward the end of the Hoke conversation and hangs out for Rich’s chat with Detroit Lions legend Barry Sanders. The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back is one of the latest former NFL players to be named to the Heads Up Football advisory committee in an effort to teach parents and coaches safer practices and techniques in youth football.

The podcast rounds out with Schaffer and the podcast crew chatting about the latest news from around the league, and getting the latest details on Schaffer’s upcoming projects, including the fifth season of… Read


Rich Eisen Podast: Michael Vartan, Jeff and Jackie Schaffer

Actor Michael Vartan joins “The Rich Eisen Podcast” to talk week 6 in the NFL and “Letters To My Dog,” a book he is featured in. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

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Actor Michael Vartan joins Rich in studio to chat about the latest from around the league in Week 6 of the NFL. They discuss “A Letter To My Dog,” a book Vartan and his beloved canine are featured in, along with other celebrities. Rich and the crew then announce the finalists for the #PonderThis twitter contest before being phoned up by Jeff and Jackie Schaffer, the co-creators and co-executive producers of “The League” on FX.  The Schaffer’s phone in fresh off their Seahawks’ big win over the Patriots at Century Link Field on Sunday and chat with Rich and the crew about the Season 5 Cameo / Boatrace bet… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Jeff and Jackie Schaffer

Season 4 of “The League” premieres Thursday October 11 at 10:30pm ET on FX.

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Rich welcomes the dynamic husband and wife duo of Jeff and Jackie Schaffer, co-creators and executive producers of the hilarious FX show, “The League.” The hit show about fantasy football will make its season premiere Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET on FX. Jeff and Jackie take you behind the scenes of “The League” and reveal how they came up with some of the more outrageous scenarios that take place between the show’s characters. You can catch a sneak peek video of the premiere episode HERE, featuring a special guest appearance by Rich Eisen and Chris Brockman. Noticeably absent from the scene is long-time podcast producer Chris Law, who found his way… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Peter King, Reggie Wayne and Mark Duplass

Mark Duplass, co-star of the FX hit show “The League,” joins “The Rich Eisen Podcast”
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With July coming to a close and training camps in full swing, the podcast crew chats about some of the latest news and storylines from around the league. Topics range from 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh standing up to the media for first round draft pick, WR A.J. Jenkins, Rex Ryan proclaiming to be the league’s best defensive minded coach and much, much more. Since Rich was also on air Tuesday hosting NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp” coverage for a better part of the day, we decided to pull two of the best interviews from the show, which include Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King and Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

Up next is actor, producer, writer and director Mark Duplass, who most NFL fans know from the hit FX show based on Fantasy Football called “The League.” A pretty big NFL fan, Duplass has been able to work with some of the NFL’s biggest stars during their cameo appearance on his hit FX show.

It’s an entertaining listen that includes more of the #PuntersArePeopleToo T-shirts being given away to listeners and a Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Jeff Schaffer and Jim Mora Sr

Guests include Jeff Schaffer, who co-wrote Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, “The Dictator,” and is also the co-creator of the hit FX show “The League.” Schaffer pulls back the curtain on the writing process and also dishes some exclusive news about “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the hilarious HBO show that he also writes for and produces. This is a must-listen installment for any “Curb” fan.

Up next, we fittingly shift gears to our resident podcast movie reviewer, Jim Mora, Sr., who is back with his Diddly-Poo rating scale to give his two cents with regard to… Read


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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