Posts Tagged ‘ESPN Football Today podcast’

robert-flores Now I have to say I am a great advocate for the podcast. In fact I can quite categorically say I am addicted to listening to NFL related podcasts.

Whether it is during my train or bus commute too and from work, when putting my daughter to bed, when mowing the lawn, or when going to a supermarket alone.

It’s that bad that I find it almost impossible to go to sleep without listening to a podcast. Music tends to keep me wide awake, but the talking just relaxes me and helps me nod off.

Now my favourite podcast used to be Football Guys The Audible, but I have a new top of the podcast pops and that is the Dave Dameshek Football Program – part of the NFL.com stable.

From the moment Dave says “What’s the poop fella?” you are in for a treat as he mixes fun interviews and banter with is podcast team alongside popular culture references. Kind of like Rich Eisen but with less of a swollen head.

My other podcasts that I never miss are the two staples of ESPN football podcasting – Football Today and the Fantasy Focus Football podcast.

Whilst the ESPN Fantasy Focus Football podcast has stability both in front of and behind the glass, courtesy of Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz as the presenters and the ever downtrodden Jay ‘Podvader’ Soderberg as the button pushing Patriot loving punching bag, the Football Today podcast has gone through three hosts since I have been listening.

When I first started to listen it was Jeremy Green hosting, that is the son of former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head-coach Dennis ‘they are who we thought they were‘ Green. Now I liked Jeremy, he was keen and entertaining,   but  at some point in 2010 he was suddenly pulled from the show with no explanation. Turns out he was arrested and charged for the possession of child pornography. In December 2011 he was sentenced to five years in prison.  I may try and crack jokes in this blog, but this warrants no humour whatsoever.

To replace Green came along Ross Finch Tucker a self-confessed journeyman former NFL offensive lineman, who played for four different teams over five seasons, making 24 starts, including no playoff appearances.

Now I did find some of the verbal abuse given by Tucker to the man behind the glass Jay Soderberg sometimes a bit too much and frankly rude at points, but I think they secretly respected each other.

Buffalo Bills v Seattle SeahawksTucker (pictured as a Buffalo Bills guard) does have a sort of hybrid Yogi Bear type accent, which makes me think he went to band-camp as a youth, but I would always listen to him as he did something many thousands of men will aspire to but never achieve, he suited up for teams in the NFL.

Just as I finally became at peace with Tucker, who over the past three years always had a presenting gap whilst his ESPN contract was negotiated, a few months ago he goes and leaves the worldwide leader in sports.

Tucker does now host his own podcast, where he sometimes speaks for 30 minutes without anyone else interjecting, but he does keep in interesting and he does get some great interviews.

He has unfortunately bought over regular former ESPN co-host Matt Williamson, who may have been a creditable NFL scout (for the Cleveland Browns) but his voice always seems too serious for 30 to 40 minutes of entertainment.

So to my point for this post, the new ahem host of the ESPN Football Today podcast, none other than former University of Houston graduate Robert Flores.

Talk about landing a great job, Flores got it, talk about DOING a great job Flores makes Ross Tucker look like a Pulitzer Prize winner.

The abysmal attempts at ‘funny’ sketches by Flores, that are shoehorned in about as comfortably as Mark Sanchez sleeps every night, are about as funny as Bill Belichick at an open-mic night. There have been three attempts so far at humour, and all have fallen flatter than if Terrence Cody was dropped on Trindon Holliday from the bleachers.

What on earth an awful impression of Vladimir Putin and jokes about Russian poverty have to do with NFL football is anyone’s guess, so I took to Twitter to tell Robert what I thought.

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I’m now waiting for Mr Flores to commit to the gauntlet I have laid down for an interview.

Let’s just hope that the Putin sketches are just some sort of bad dream, and soon we will be back to some news about football that does not either revolve around Tim Tebow or how bad the New York Jets are.

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My picture from the NFL game at Wembley in 2010

Was very interested to get an email from the NFLUK website saying that ticket prices for the NFL regular season game in London, the fifth consecutive of its kind, will be frozen at the 2010 prices.

Whilst this is good news (well not as good news as prices dropping) I cant fail to dismiss the elephant in the room – namely that fact we are nearing 100 days of an out of season NFL strike.

Listening to the ESPN Football Today podcast over the weekend (from last Friday) I heard Ross Tucker talking about the NFL Rookie Symposium being the first major event on the NFL calendar post the 2011 Draft to have been cancelled.

The Rookie Symposium is the equivalent of university orientation week. From someone who attended a university orientation week (albeit back in 1995) it was a bit dull and I was spoke to a lot, but it certainly helped me to meet new people and it overwhelmingly made me feel that I was not alone wandering round a new town looking for lecture rooms, libraries and bookshops.

Postponing this sort of event for NFL rookies will only be a bad thing as it means that valuable advice from NFL players and staff that have ‘been there, done it and worn the sweat soaked t-shirt’ will be missed.

I’m sure in their heart of hearts NFL officials from head office will be kicking themselves that this date has been missed. After all we don’t want the 2011 NFL rookie crop turning to the dark side of crime, disorderly conduct, and worse of all, as demonstrated by Cowboys WR, Dez Bryant, being found guilty of wearing trousers in a manner ‘too baggy for shopping mall patrons decency’.

I know how you feel Vince - its a bloody long NFL offseason

This picture of Vince Young (in his Texas Longhorn days) sums up my feeling right now.

It’s time for a case of the NFL offseason blues.

No games, no hits, no touchdowns, no pick six’s, no Vince Lombardi trophies being kissed, and no pigskins being thrust through the air like little brown missiles.

So what is there to do between now and August for a devoted NFL lover?

Here are some ideas to prevent the pain……

1) Buy Action PC Football (www.dksports.com) and join one of the many leagues that offer contemporary play or retro seasons. I am about to re-enact the 1983 season as the Washington Redskins.

2) Get bitten by the podcast bug. There are a whole load of NFL related podcasts available from iTunes. They include ESPN Around the Horn, ESPN Pardon the Interruption, ESPN Football Today (which has just gone from daily to weekly), The Audible and NFL Rants and Raves. A few weeks ago I also discovered the Tony Kornheiser radio show, Tony is much funnier, less shouty and talks about more than just football (topics such as his dying dog and snow !).

3) Play Goal Line Blitz – It is a free to join game where you create players and can eventually own your own team. Check this link to find out more; http://goallineblitz.com/game/signup.pl?ref=1622946


The Audible - my favourite NFL podcast
The Audible – my favourite NFL podcast

Everyone wants an edge when it comes to fantasy NFL, whether you are a rookie fan via a free Yahoo.com or NFL.com league or like me a hardcore fan owning teams with 55 players in a dynasty type league.

Some people pay for access to websites that claim to have ‘insider’ knowledge about the NFL, others buy magazines or even ring these crazy phone lines.

I on the other hand find nothing more pleasurable than hooking up my Ipod to Itunes and downloading a smorgasbord of fantasy NFL related podcasts.

Here are my two favourites……….

1) ESPN Football Today Podcast

ESPN have an excellent NFL podcast that is certainly satisfying my appetite for NFL gossip as from the start of this week (27 July 2009) they have gone daily.

The podcast is hosted by Jeremy Green, the son of former Vikings and Cardinals head coach Dennis ‘we were who they thought we were’ Green.

I couldn’t resist the clip below ! Dennis is the head coach of a team at present – only problem is that it is in the new american football league the UFL.

The content of this podcast is great, ranging from regular guest contributor and NFL writer Len Pasquirelli to the likes of special guests as big as Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs.

Lots of fantasy team advice is dispensed each episode, and aside from Jeremy reminding listeners every week that his pop was an NFL signal caller it’s a superb way to spend your lunchtime or commuting time listening to these 40 minute broadcasts.

2) Football Guys – The Audible Podcast

This is my favourite – a pure hardcore blast of wall to wall fantasy NFL talk, only for those who know what phrases such as PPR (points per reception) and IDP (individual defensive players) mean.

The presenters Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom may have ridiculous names that sound like some sort of underground alternative comedy act, but thankfully they are extremely knowledgeable and live and breathe NFL fantasy football.

Each show is an epic two full hours of NFL talk, no music and only minimal time spent plugging the http://www.footballguys.comwebsite subscription element.

If you want to know if you should ‘handcuff’ the likes of LeSean McCoy if you grab Brian Westbrook or want to discover if Beanie Wells will outproduce Donald Brown in 2009 then these guys are the people with some strong thoughts that could help you win your NFL fantasy league.

For no cost these are spectacular. The old saying that nothing in life is free is clearly not true here – these two podcasts are free and they are jam packed with NFL fantasy gossip.

It’s still only July, but I must say a big thankyou to Mr Green, Mr Lammy and Mr Bloom for making the arduous off-season gloom turn into a much sunnier time.

Do you download NFL fantasy podcasts? Let me know your thoughts on the ones you like and why…………..