• No Justice in Atlanta

    No Justice in Atlanta

    By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network Great players make for great teams. The 1960s Green Bay Packers are proof of that with 11 Hall of Fame players to show for their five championship teams. But what about the great players on bad teams? They miss out on championships — and too often they miss out on Canton. The Atlanta Falcons were a bad team for a long time — and it has cost offensive tackles George Kunz and Mike Kenn […]

    Read more »

     
  • Deion Shuts Down The Competition

    Deion Shuts Down The Competition

    by Ron Borges Talk of Fame Network Deion Sanders shut down the all-time shut down cornerback competition in our latest poll, more than doubling the votes of his closest competitor in our “Final Four” shutdown corner competition. The eight-time Pro Bowl corner who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, landed 48.9% of the vote, far outdistancing Rod Woodson, who received 23.4%. Dick “Night Train” Lane was third with 19.1% and Mike Haynes was fourth, polling […]

    Read more »

     
  • State Your Case: Stanley Morgan

    State Your Case: Stanley Morgan

    by Ron Borges Talk of Fame Network If justice is swift, at least once in Hall of Fame history injustice may have been swifter. The forward pass was invented to move the ball forward fast. Few wide receivers in pro football ever did that more effectively than Stanley Morgan yet he has never been a Hall of Fame finalist. There are an assortment of reasons why some players “fall through the cracks” as the years pass. Morgan, for example, is […]

    Read more »

     
  • Tim Brown Interview 9-26-14

    Tim Brown Interview 9-26-14

    The Hall of Fame guys visited with former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown about his wait for that call from Canton. He’s been a finalist five times and passed over five times. The Raiders lacked stability at the quarterback position throughout his career but that didn’t prevent Brown from catching 1,094 passes, fifth best all-time. “I don’t think there is any Hall of Fame receiver who would have traded places with Tim Brown,” Brown said. “I would have traded places with […]

    Read more »

     
  • Bruce Arians Interview 9-26-14

    Bruce Arians Interview 9-26-14

    Most NFL coaches are fortunate if they get one franchise quarterback in their careers. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, a former quarterback himself, has had three of them in his NFL coaching career – Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. “I always called Peyton a piranha,” said Arians, whose 3-0 Cardinals have a bye this week. “You could not feed him enough information. He could decipher it, use it, play with it. Ben knew his offense inside and out, […]

    Read more »

     
  • Judgements: Vic-tory comes at just the right time for 49ers

    Judgements: Vic-tory comes at just the right time for 49ers

    Welcome back, San Francisco. That wasn’t a must-win the 49ers just scored. Nothing this early is. But it was mighty close, and credit defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for taking the 49ers off the critical list. His game plan stifled Philadelphia’s up-tempo offense, forcing four turnovers — including as many interceptions (2) in one afternoon as Nick Foles had last season. But that wasn’t the most impressive number. This is: Zero. That’s the number of points Philadelphia scored in the second […]

    Read more »

     
  • Cheers for Norm! The mark where nobody knows his name

    Cheers for Norm! The mark where nobody knows his name

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network I called former Baltimore coach Brian Billick, now an NFL Network analyst, the other day to tell him that Sunday marks a notable anniversary — the day the NFL record for most yards passing in one game was set. He wasn’t impressed. But then I asked him if he knew who did it and when … and, suddenly, he was. “Oh, my gosh,” he said. “The obvious choices would be (Peyton) Manning or […]

    Read more »

     
  • Talk of Fame Show 9-26-14

    Talk of Fame Show 9-26-14

    Most NFL coaches are fortunate if they get one franchise quarterback in their careers. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, a former quarterback himself, has had three of them in his NFL coaching career – Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. “I always called Peyton a piranha,” said Arians, whose 3-0 Cardinals have a bye this week. “You could not feed him enough information. He could decipher it, use it, play with it. Ben knew his offense inside and out, […]

    Read more »

     
  • Poll Question Thou Shalt Not Pass – Finals

    Poll Question Thou Shalt Not Pass – Finals

    It’s the championship round of the best cover cornerback competition. Who would you want covering Jerry Rice in the final minute of a tie game? The top two vote-getters from the two semifinal rounds have advanced and here are your choices: Mike Haynes – Went to nine Pro Bowls in 14 seasons with the Patriots and Raiders. 46 career interceptions and one Super Bowl ring. An NFL all-decade pick for the 1980s. Dick “Night Train” Lane – This former Cardinal […]

    Read more »

     
  • No Doubting Jim Brown

    No Doubting Jim Brown

    Talk of Fame Network There was unanimity this week in the Talk of Fame Network poll. It seems everyone got it right. Our voters and every one of the Talk of Fame Network hosts all agreed that in the fourth quarter, if you’re up by a field goal with seven minutes remaining, the running back you want with the football in his hands is Cleveland Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown. Brown received 43 percent of the vote, followed by […]

    Read more »

     
  • Hall has 113 candidates up for Class of 2015; here’s the list

    Hall has 113 candidates up for Class of 2015; here’s the list

    Talk of Fame Network  The Pro Football Hall of Fame Tuesday night announced its preliminary list of 113 candidates for election to the Class of 2015. The number will be cut to 25 semifinalists in November and then to 15 the following month. What follows is the Hall’s list of 113 ex-players and coaches. (First-year candidates are in bold) QUARTERBACKS (4) — Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Phil Simms, Kurt Warner. WIDE RECEIVERS (9) — Tim Brown, Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, […]

    Read more »

     
  • Warner most intriguing, Seau most eligible of Hall’s first-time choices

    Warner most intriguing, Seau most eligible of Hall’s first-time choices

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network The list of preliminary candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 is out, and here’s what I know: It’s deep and it’s strong. Now, here’s what I think: Of the first-year candidates, linebacker Junior Seau is the most likely to make it in January, while Kurt Warner will generate the most interest … and the longest debates. It’s not that Warner’s not Hall-of-Fame material. On the contrary. The guy […]

    Read more »

     
 

Recent Posts

  • We Want YOU for our next show!

    The Talk of Fame Network hits the radio again this week, and we’re looking for callers interested in talking about the Hall of Fame — whether it’s the Class of 2014, the Class of 2015, contributors, seniors or people in today’s game you think will wind up in Canton in 20 years. Basically, we’re just interested in what’s on your mind. If you want to make yourself heard, contact us at talk@talkoffamenetwork.com … and you might wind up hosting the […]

    Continue reading »

  • No Justice in Atlanta

    No Justice in Atlanta

    By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network Great players make for great teams. The 1960s Green Bay Packers are proof of that with 11 Hall of Fame players to show for their five championship teams. But what about the great players on bad teams? They miss out on championships — and too often they miss out on Canton. The Atlanta Falcons were a bad team for a long time — and it has cost offensive tackles George Kunz and Mike Kenn […]

    Continue reading »

  • Deion Shuts Down The Competition

    Deion Shuts Down The Competition

    by Ron Borges Talk of Fame Network Deion Sanders shut down the all-time shut down cornerback competition in our latest poll, more than doubling the votes of his closest competitor in our “Final Four” shutdown corner competition. The eight-time Pro Bowl corner who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, landed 48.9% of the vote, far outdistancing Rod Woodson, who received 23.4%. Dick “Night Train” Lane was third with 19.1% and Mike Haynes was fourth, polling […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Poll Question – Eight Is Enough?

    Tight end is among the most under-represented positions in Canton with only eight in the Hall of Fame. Of those eligible, who is the most deserving tight end not in Canton? Mark Bavaro – a A two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler with the Giants. Among the last of the NFL’s old-school tight ends who was a blocker first, then a receiver. Ben Coates – An NFL All-Decade selection for the 1990s with the Patriots. Ranks ninth all-time […]

    Continue reading »

  • State Your Case: Stanley Morgan

    State Your Case: Stanley Morgan

    by Ron Borges Talk of Fame Network If justice is swift, at least once in Hall of Fame history injustice may have been swifter. The forward pass was invented to move the ball forward fast. Few wide receivers in pro football ever did that more effectively than Stanley Morgan yet he has never been a Hall of Fame finalist. There are an assortment of reasons why some players “fall through the cracks” as the years pass. Morgan, for example, is […]

    Continue reading »

  • Tim Brown Interview 9-26-14

    Tim Brown Interview 9-26-14

    The Hall of Fame guys visited with former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown about his wait for that call from Canton. He’s been a finalist five times and passed over five times. The Raiders lacked stability at the quarterback position throughout his career but that didn’t prevent Brown from catching 1,094 passes, fifth best all-time. “I don’t think there is any Hall of Fame receiver who would have traded places with Tim Brown,” Brown said. “I would have traded places with […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Bruce Arians Interview 9-26-14

    Bruce Arians Interview 9-26-14

    Most NFL coaches are fortunate if they get one franchise quarterback in their careers. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, a former quarterback himself, has had three of them in his NFL coaching career – Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. “I always called Peyton a piranha,” said Arians, whose 3-0 Cardinals have a bye this week. “You could not feed him enough information. He could decipher it, use it, play with it. Ben knew his offense inside and out, […]

    Continue reading »

  • Judgements: Vic-tory comes at just the right time for 49ers

    Judgements: Vic-tory comes at just the right time for 49ers

    Welcome back, San Francisco. That wasn’t a must-win the 49ers just scored. Nothing this early is. But it was mighty close, and credit defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for taking the 49ers off the critical list. His game plan stifled Philadelphia’s up-tempo offense, forcing four turnovers — including as many interceptions (2) in one afternoon as Nick Foles had last season. But that wasn’t the most impressive number. This is: Zero. That’s the number of points Philadelphia scored in the second […]

    Continue reading »

  • Cheers for Norm! The mark where nobody knows his name

    Cheers for Norm! The mark where nobody knows his name

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network I called former Baltimore coach Brian Billick, now an NFL Network analyst, the other day to tell him that Sunday marks a notable anniversary — the day the NFL record for most yards passing in one game was set. He wasn’t impressed. But then I asked him if he knew who did it and when … and, suddenly, he was. “Oh, my gosh,” he said. “The obvious choices would be (Peyton) Manning or […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Peek at the Week: It’s all about second half with 49ers, Eagles

    Peek at the Week: It’s all about second half with 49ers, Eagles

    THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Philadelphia @ San Francisco, 4:25 p.m., EDT The line: 49ers by 4-1/2 The story: The Eagles are unbeaten. The 49ers are not. In fact, they’re tied for last in the NFC West. So why are they favored here? Answer: They’re overdue, they’re home and people just figure it’s time for them to start acting like … well, like the 49ers. Besides, they were 1-2 a year ago and look what happened. Except there’s a different feel […]

    Continue reading »

  • Talk of Fame Show 9-26-14

    Talk of Fame Show 9-26-14

    Most NFL coaches are fortunate if they get one franchise quarterback in their careers. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, a former quarterback himself, has had three of them in his NFL coaching career – Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. “I always called Peyton a piranha,” said Arians, whose 3-0 Cardinals have a bye this week. “You could not feed him enough information. He could decipher it, use it, play with it. Ben knew his offense inside and out, […]

    Continue reading »

  • Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians Talks Quarterbacks and More

    Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians Talks Quarterbacks and More

    Most NFL coaches are fortunate if they get one franchise quarterback in their careers. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, a former quarterback himself, has had three of them in his NFL coaching career – Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. “I always called Peyton a piranha,” said Arians, whose 3-0 Cardinals have a bye this week. “You could not feed him enough information. He could decipher it, use it, play with it. Ben knew his offense inside and out, […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Is Jim Harbaugh on a hot seat?

    Is Jim Harbaugh on a hot seat?

    by Ron Borges Talk of Fame Network Word circulating (or is it seeping?) out of San Francisco these days is that there may be a brewing uprising among the workers over the often overbearing coaching style of Jim Harbaugh. That is what happens when A) you get to the Big Dance or at least to the doorstep too many times and then step on your toes and B) talk and act as if you not only invented football but also […]

    Continue reading »

  • Poll Question Thou Shalt Not Pass – Finals

    Poll Question Thou Shalt Not Pass – Finals

    It’s the championship round of the best cover cornerback competition. Who would you want covering Jerry Rice in the final minute of a tie game? The top two vote-getters from the two semifinal rounds have advanced and here are your choices: Mike Haynes – Went to nine Pro Bowls in 14 seasons with the Patriots and Raiders. 46 career interceptions and one Super Bowl ring. An NFL all-decade pick for the 1980s. Dick “Night Train” Lane – This former Cardinal […]

    Continue reading »

  • No Doubting Jim Brown

    No Doubting Jim Brown

    Talk of Fame Network There was unanimity this week in the Talk of Fame Network poll. It seems everyone got it right. Our voters and every one of the Talk of Fame Network hosts all agreed that in the fourth quarter, if you’re up by a field goal with seven minutes remaining, the running back you want with the football in his hands is Cleveland Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown. Brown received 43 percent of the vote, followed by […]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • State Your Case: Kevin Greene

    State Your Case: Kevin Greene

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network You produce more sacks than Lawrence Taylor. You produce more sacks than Michael Strahan. You produce more sacks than any linebacker in the history of the NFL and all but two defensive players, period. So why aren’t you in the Hall of Fame? Don’t ask Kevin Greene. He’s the linebacker with 160 career sacks who’s a perennial finalist to make it to Canton … but a perennial also-ran, too. The past three years […]

    Continue reading »