• Recap: Pulling back the curtain on the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015

    Recap: Pulling back the curtain on the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015

    (Photos courtesy of the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network PHOENIX, Ariz. – The line waiting at the doors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame just shrunk. That’s because the Hall’s board of selectors Saturday moved the queue forward by choosing for its Class of 2015 four modern-era candidates who’ve been waiting anywhere from four to 11 years. Surprising? Not really. The Talk of Fame Network on Friday predicted a clean-up year, […]

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  • Handicapping the HOF field

    Handicapping the HOF field

    (Photos courtesy of the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network Look for at least one … and maybe as many as three … holdover modern-era candidates to cross the finish line when the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday announces its Class of 2015. That’s the good news. The bad: There are eight all-decade finalists among the final 15, but only five chairs to fill. Pencil in former linebacker Junior Seau for […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 1-30-14, with Marcus Allen, HOF favorites

    Talk of Fame Show 1-30-14, with Marcus Allen, HOF favorites

    Super Bowl hero & Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen joins the show!

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  • Here’s why a win should make Brady start thinking retirement

    Here’s why a win should make Brady start thinking retirement

     (Photos courtesy of the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos)_ By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network PHOENIX, AZ. – Let’s say the New England Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl Sunday, and Tom Brady moves into the upper echelon of all-time NFL quarterbacks – with comparisons to Joe Montana, his childhood idol. What next? Well, here’s a suggestion: Retirement. You heard me. Brady should consider the unthinkable, the unimaginable and, frankly, the damned-near incomprehensible and think about walking away […]

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  • ‘DeflateGate’ unique? Nope, it has plenty of Super Bowl predecessors

    ‘DeflateGate’ unique? Nope, it has plenty of Super Bowl predecessors

    (Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network PHOENIX, Ariz. – People want to know if the Super Bowl ever witnessed a distraction, embarrassment or potential scandal like “DeflateGate” – you know, a story that gets cranked up during the week and just won’t go away –and the answer, in a word, is … Yes. I know “DeflateGate” seems like a big deal because it’s our big deal. It’s happening now in an era where the […]

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  • State Your (Sad) Case: Walt Sweeney

    State Your (Sad) Case: Walt Sweeney

    (Photos courtesy of San Diego Chargers) Talk of Fame Network by Ron Borges Walt Sweeney reached greatness in both the AFL and NFL the hard way. He battled himself as well as his opponents. A two-time AFL All-Star and a seven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Sweeney played guard with incredible consistency and distinction for 11 years (1963-1975) with the San Diego Chargers and his final two with the Washington Redskins’ “Over The Hill Gang,” coached by George Allen. And he played […]

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  • Fouts: Coryell belongs in Hall

    Fouts: Coryell belongs in Hall

    Talk of Fame Network Calling Don Coryell “a pioneer and an architect,” Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Fouts makes a passionate plea on behalf of his former coach for inclusion with the Hall’s Class of 2015 on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast. Coryell is one of 15 finalists this year, the second time he made it this far. But, frankly, the odds are against him making it to the finish line … and his 3-6 playoff record, with no Super […]

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  • Emmitt Smith: A Lesson Learned in Defeat

    Emmitt Smith: A Lesson Learned in Defeat

        Talk of Fame Network Emmitt Smith was the MVP of the 1993 Super Bowl against the Buffalo Bills. He rushed for 100 yards in another Super Bowl against the Bills in 1992. He rushed for 150 yards against Green Bay in the 1995 NFC championship game. But when asked by the Talk of Fame Network on the latest show the most memorable playoff game of his career, Smith identified none of the above. In fact, he singled out […]

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  • What doomed Carroll and Pats? The Hall-of-Famer who got away

    What doomed Carroll and Pats? The Hall-of-Famer who got away

     (Photos courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network People tell me that Pete Carroll didn’t work out in New England because he wasn’t more demanding of his players, because he wasn’t involved more in personnel decisions and because he wasn’t more like his predecessor, Bill Parcells. Maybe, but they forget the missing element that hurt Carroll the most. Curtis Martin. Yep, the Hall-of-Fame running back Carroll could’ve had left for the New York Jets in 1998 […]

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  • Only one way for Patriots to recoup losses: Just win, baby

    Only one way for Patriots to recoup losses: Just win, baby

    (Photos courtesy of the New England Patriots) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network I don’t know if the New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX. But I know this: They better. No, they must. If they hope to salvage what’s left of their reputation, they must do what they haven’t since the 2004 season and win a Super Bowl. Otherwise … well, otherwise they’re viewed as cheaters now and forever. Their legacy is tarnished, their reputation is damaged and […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 1-23-15

    Talk of Fame Show 1-23-15

    Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Dan Fouts join the show this week! One of our Hall of Fame guys, Rick Gosselin, argues the Hall of Fame case for former Buffalo Bills’ center Kent Hull, our Dr. Data explains why NFL owners are finally hiring the right head coaches – defensive ones – and Ron Borges explains why he feels Deflategate isn’t bogus but taking the air out of the ball is. The weekly two-minute drill answers 20 pressing question […]

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  • Emmitt Smith: “I cried for 40 minutes.”

    Emmitt Smith: “I cried for 40 minutes.”

    (Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys) Talk of Fame Network Emmitt Smith recalls this week in an exclusive interview on Talk of Fame Network his emotional return to Cowboys Stadium wearing the colors of the Arizona Cardinals and how moved he was by the experience. So moved he knew it was time to move on from pro football. “I cried for 40 minutes in the visitor’s locker room,” Smith said. “It was time for me to leave.” Smith also talks about […]

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  • Recap: Pulling back the curtain on the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015

    Recap: Pulling back the curtain on the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015

    (Photos courtesy of the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network PHOENIX, Ariz. – The line waiting at the doors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame just shrunk. That’s because the Hall’s board of selectors Saturday moved the queue forward by choosing for its Class of 2015 four modern-era candidates who’ve been waiting anywhere from four to 11 years. Surprising? Not really. The Talk of Fame Network on Friday predicted a clean-up year, […]

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  • Handicapping the HOF field

    Handicapping the HOF field

    (Photos courtesy of the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network Look for at least one … and maybe as many as three … holdover modern-era candidates to cross the finish line when the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday announces its Class of 2015. That’s the good news. The bad: There are eight all-decade finalists among the final 15, but only five chairs to fill. Pencil in former linebacker Junior Seau for […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 1-30-14, with Marcus Allen, HOF favorites

    Talk of Fame Show 1-30-14, with Marcus Allen, HOF favorites

    Super Bowl hero & Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen joins the show!

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  • Here’s why a win should make Brady start thinking retirement

    Here’s why a win should make Brady start thinking retirement

     (Photos courtesy of the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos)_ By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network PHOENIX, AZ. – Let’s say the New England Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl Sunday, and Tom Brady moves into the upper echelon of all-time NFL quarterbacks – with comparisons to Joe Montana, his childhood idol. What next? Well, here’s a suggestion: Retirement. You heard me. Brady should consider the unthinkable, the unimaginable and, frankly, the damned-near incomprehensible and think about walking away […]

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  • ‘DeflateGate’ unique? Nope, it has plenty of Super Bowl predecessors

    ‘DeflateGate’ unique? Nope, it has plenty of Super Bowl predecessors

    (Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network PHOENIX, Ariz. – People want to know if the Super Bowl ever witnessed a distraction, embarrassment or potential scandal like “DeflateGate” – you know, a story that gets cranked up during the week and just won’t go away –and the answer, in a word, is … Yes. I know “DeflateGate” seems like a big deal because it’s our big deal. It’s happening now in an era where the […]

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  • State Your (Sad) Case: Walt Sweeney

    State Your (Sad) Case: Walt Sweeney

    (Photos courtesy of San Diego Chargers) Talk of Fame Network by Ron Borges Walt Sweeney reached greatness in both the AFL and NFL the hard way. He battled himself as well as his opponents. A two-time AFL All-Star and a seven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Sweeney played guard with incredible consistency and distinction for 11 years (1963-1975) with the San Diego Chargers and his final two with the Washington Redskins’ “Over The Hill Gang,” coached by George Allen. And he played […]

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  • Fouts: Coryell belongs in Hall

    Fouts: Coryell belongs in Hall

    Talk of Fame Network Calling Don Coryell “a pioneer and an architect,” Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Fouts makes a passionate plea on behalf of his former coach for inclusion with the Hall’s Class of 2015 on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast. Coryell is one of 15 finalists this year, the second time he made it this far. But, frankly, the odds are against him making it to the finish line … and his 3-6 playoff record, with no Super […]

    Continue reading »

  • Emmitt Smith: A Lesson Learned in Defeat

    Emmitt Smith: A Lesson Learned in Defeat

        Talk of Fame Network Emmitt Smith was the MVP of the 1993 Super Bowl against the Buffalo Bills. He rushed for 100 yards in another Super Bowl against the Bills in 1992. He rushed for 150 yards against Green Bay in the 1995 NFC championship game. But when asked by the Talk of Fame Network on the latest show the most memorable playoff game of his career, Smith identified none of the above. In fact, he singled out […]

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  • What doomed Carroll and Pats? The Hall-of-Famer who got away

    What doomed Carroll and Pats? The Hall-of-Famer who got away

     (Photos courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network People tell me that Pete Carroll didn’t work out in New England because he wasn’t more demanding of his players, because he wasn’t involved more in personnel decisions and because he wasn’t more like his predecessor, Bill Parcells. Maybe, but they forget the missing element that hurt Carroll the most. Curtis Martin. Yep, the Hall-of-Fame running back Carroll could’ve had left for the New York Jets in 1998 […]

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  • Only one way for Patriots to recoup losses: Just win, baby

    Only one way for Patriots to recoup losses: Just win, baby

    (Photos courtesy of the New England Patriots) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network I don’t know if the New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX. But I know this: They better. No, they must. If they hope to salvage what’s left of their reputation, they must do what they haven’t since the 2004 season and win a Super Bowl. Otherwise … well, otherwise they’re viewed as cheaters now and forever. Their legacy is tarnished, their reputation is damaged and […]

    Continue reading »

  • Talk of Fame Show 1-23-15

    Talk of Fame Show 1-23-15

    Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Dan Fouts join the show this week! One of our Hall of Fame guys, Rick Gosselin, argues the Hall of Fame case for former Buffalo Bills’ center Kent Hull, our Dr. Data explains why NFL owners are finally hiring the right head coaches – defensive ones – and Ron Borges explains why he feels Deflategate isn’t bogus but taking the air out of the ball is. The weekly two-minute drill answers 20 pressing question […]

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  • Emmitt Smith: “I cried for 40 minutes.”

    Emmitt Smith: “I cried for 40 minutes.”

    (Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys) Talk of Fame Network Emmitt Smith recalls this week in an exclusive interview on Talk of Fame Network his emotional return to Cowboys Stadium wearing the colors of the Arizona Cardinals and how moved he was by the experience. So moved he knew it was time to move on from pro football. “I cried for 40 minutes in the visitor’s locker room,” Smith said. “It was time for me to leave.” Smith also talks about […]

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  • What “Deflate Gate” could mean for Belichick, Brady legacies

    What “Deflate Gate” could mean for Belichick, Brady legacies

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  • Poll question: Who was most valuable Super Bowl MVP?

    Poll question: Who was most valuable Super Bowl MVP?

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  • Law and order at the polls

    Law and order at the polls

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