• You can book it: This is the year Van Brocklin’s record comes down

    You can book it: This is the year Van Brocklin’s record comes down

    (Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Rams) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network Norm Van Brocklin’s single-game passing record of 554 yards has lasted 63 years, but at the rate quarterbacks are going … and at the rate records are falling … it may not last another 63 days. I’m serious. Last weekend, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for a franchise-record 522 yards against what was then the league’s third-ranked defense, and he was one of four quarterbacks that day […]

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  • Poll Question 10-29-14 – Cowboy Up

    Poll Question 10-29-14 – Cowboy Up

    Who is the best Dallas Cowboy lifer not in the Hall of Fame? S Cliff Harris – 1970s NFL all-decade selection. Six-time Pro Bowler with 16 career fumble recoveries. LB Chuck Howley – Super Bowl V MVP — only player from losing team so honored. Six-time Pro Bowler with 41 career takeaways (25 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries). DE Harvey Martin – 1970s NFL all-decade selection. Set franchise single-season record with 23 sacks in 1977. Super Bowl co-MVP that year. Four-time […]

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  • Another comeback win for Stabler

    Another comeback win for Stabler

    (Photo Courtesy of Oakland Raiders) Talk of Fame Network For years, quarterback Ken Stabler had a reputation as one of the NFL’s best closers — someone you could count on for last-minute, come-from-behind victories. Three decades later, nothing’s changed. A late surge at the polls Tuesday propelled Stabler to yet another comeback win — this time with Stabler edging cornerback Lester Hayes as our readers’ choice for the Oakland Raider not in Canton who most belongs in the Pro Football […]

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  • State Your Case: Alex Karras

    State Your Case: Alex Karras

    (Courtesy of the Detroit Lions) By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network Much was expected of Alex Karras when the Detroit Lions selected him with the 10th overall choice of the 1958 NFL draft. Karras didn’t disappoint. Karras was a two-time All-America tackle at Iowa and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1957 — the highest a defensive player had ever finished in the 23-year history of the award. It would be 23 more years before another defensive […]

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  • Ron Wolf Interview 10-24-14

    Ron Wolf Interview 10-24-14

    Former GM Ron Wolf — nominated this week as one of two Hall of Fame finalists as contributors, joins the show. Wolf, who admitted he was “speechless” when told of his nomination, reviews how he brought quarterback Brett Favre and Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman Reggie White to Green Bay — and reveals how he might not have had one of them without the help of a local restaurant. “We had a lot of people selling (Reggie White, then an unrestricted free […]

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  • Ronnie Lott Interview 10-24-14

    Ronnie Lott Interview 10-24-14

    Former San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott joins the show! Lott, who was such an accomplished defensive back he was part of two all-decade teams, dropped a minor bombshell when he nominated the 1981 San Francisco 49ers — the first to win a Super Bowl — as the most memorable of the four Lombardi Trophy winners he played on and the one he’d nominate for induction to the Hall of Fame. “The ’81 team was an incredible team because we […]

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  • Judgements: Here comes the litmus test for New England

    Judgements: Here comes the litmus test for New England

    That was too easy for New England, but now … yep, now comes the hard part. It starts next week with Manning-Brady XVI, the first in a five-week grind for the Patriots where their opponents are, in order, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Green Bay and San Diego — teams with a combined record of 27-12. Worse, three of the five games (Indianapolis, Green Bay and San Diego) are on the road where the Pats are 2-2. They’re 4-0 at home. “We’re […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 10-24-14

    Talk of Fame Show 10-24-14

    Former San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott and former GM Ron Wolf — nominated this week as one of two Hall of Fame finalists as contributors — join Rick, Ron and Clark as they launch the first of their five-part Dynasty series and examine what exactly happened this week to put Wolf and Bill Polian on paths to Canton. Clark, Rick and Ron choose their own favorite 49ers’ teams, while Rick tries to talk anxious New Orleans fans in off […]

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  • Peek at Week: Heat is on in Arizona showdown

    Peek at Week: Heat is on in Arizona showdown

    THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Philadelphia @ Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (EDT) The line: Cards by 2-1/2 The story: The Arizona Cardinals won 12 of their last 15, and people tell me they’re a mirage. Well, here’s where we find out if they’re right. The team they’re playing won 12 of its last 14 regular-season starts,  and something has to give. The Eagles are coming off a bye; Arizona is coming off a defeat of Oakland — which means the Cards are […]

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  • Wolf, Lott pull back the curtains on this week’s Talk of Fame radio

    Wolf, Lott pull back the curtains on this week’s Talk of Fame radio

    Talk of Fame Network One of the best defensive players in the history of the NFL and one of the shrewdest judges of talent are this week’s guests on the Talk of Fame Network radio show. Former San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott and former GM Ron Wolf — nominated this week as one of two Hall of Fame finalists as contributors — join Rick, Ron and Clark as they launch the first of their five-part Dynasty series and examine […]

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  • Barry Sanders and the 100-yard dash

    Barry Sanders and the 100-yard dash

    By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network With DeMarco Murray striking the name of Jim Brown from the NFL record books last weekend, 100-yard rushing games are the topic of the day. Murray rushed for 100 yards in each of his first seven games of the season for the Dallas Cowboys, breaking the 56-year-old mark of six in a row at the start a season set by Brown in 1957. Brown never rushed for seven consecutive 100s in his magnificent […]

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  • Hall breaks from tradition; Polian, Wolf chosen as 2015 finalists

    Hall breaks from tradition; Polian, Wolf chosen as 2015 finalists

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network ARLINGTON, Va. — For decades, the Pro Football Hall of Fame honored the players and coaches who were part of the NFL’s most successful franchises. But that changed Wednesday when the Hall broke from tradition and went in another direction. It recognized the builders of those franchises. It chose former GMs Bill Polian and Ron Wolf as finalists for the Class of 2015. The two were chosen from a pool of 11 finalists […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • You can book it: This is the year Van Brocklin’s record comes down

    You can book it: This is the year Van Brocklin’s record comes down

    (Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Rams) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network Norm Van Brocklin’s single-game passing record of 554 yards has lasted 63 years, but at the rate quarterbacks are going … and at the rate records are falling … it may not last another 63 days. I’m serious. Last weekend, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for a franchise-record 522 yards against what was then the league’s third-ranked defense, and he was one of four quarterbacks that day […]

    Continue reading »

  • Poll Question 10-29-14 – Cowboy Up

    Poll Question 10-29-14 – Cowboy Up

    Who is the best Dallas Cowboy lifer not in the Hall of Fame? S Cliff Harris – 1970s NFL all-decade selection. Six-time Pro Bowler with 16 career fumble recoveries. LB Chuck Howley – Super Bowl V MVP — only player from losing team so honored. Six-time Pro Bowler with 41 career takeaways (25 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries). DE Harvey Martin – 1970s NFL all-decade selection. Set franchise single-season record with 23 sacks in 1977. Super Bowl co-MVP that year. Four-time […]

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  • Another comeback win for Stabler

    Another comeback win for Stabler

    (Photo Courtesy of Oakland Raiders) Talk of Fame Network For years, quarterback Ken Stabler had a reputation as one of the NFL’s best closers — someone you could count on for last-minute, come-from-behind victories. Three decades later, nothing’s changed. A late surge at the polls Tuesday propelled Stabler to yet another comeback win — this time with Stabler edging cornerback Lester Hayes as our readers’ choice for the Oakland Raider not in Canton who most belongs in the Pro Football […]

    Continue reading »

  • State Your Case: Alex Karras

    State Your Case: Alex Karras

    (Courtesy of the Detroit Lions) By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network Much was expected of Alex Karras when the Detroit Lions selected him with the 10th overall choice of the 1958 NFL draft. Karras didn’t disappoint. Karras was a two-time All-America tackle at Iowa and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1957 — the highest a defensive player had ever finished in the 23-year history of the award. It would be 23 more years before another defensive […]

    Continue reading »

  • Ron Wolf Interview 10-24-14

    Ron Wolf Interview 10-24-14

    Former GM Ron Wolf — nominated this week as one of two Hall of Fame finalists as contributors, joins the show. Wolf, who admitted he was “speechless” when told of his nomination, reviews how he brought quarterback Brett Favre and Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman Reggie White to Green Bay — and reveals how he might not have had one of them without the help of a local restaurant. “We had a lot of people selling (Reggie White, then an unrestricted free […]

    Continue reading »

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  • Ronnie Lott Interview 10-24-14

    Ronnie Lott Interview 10-24-14

    Former San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott joins the show! Lott, who was such an accomplished defensive back he was part of two all-decade teams, dropped a minor bombshell when he nominated the 1981 San Francisco 49ers — the first to win a Super Bowl — as the most memorable of the four Lombardi Trophy winners he played on and the one he’d nominate for induction to the Hall of Fame. “The ’81 team was an incredible team because we […]

    Continue reading »

  • Judgements: Here comes the litmus test for New England

    Judgements: Here comes the litmus test for New England

    That was too easy for New England, but now … yep, now comes the hard part. It starts next week with Manning-Brady XVI, the first in a five-week grind for the Patriots where their opponents are, in order, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Green Bay and San Diego — teams with a combined record of 27-12. Worse, three of the five games (Indianapolis, Green Bay and San Diego) are on the road where the Pats are 2-2. They’re 4-0 at home. “We’re […]

    Continue reading »

  • Talk of Fame Show 10-24-14

    Talk of Fame Show 10-24-14

    Former San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott and former GM Ron Wolf — nominated this week as one of two Hall of Fame finalists as contributors — join Rick, Ron and Clark as they launch the first of their five-part Dynasty series and examine what exactly happened this week to put Wolf and Bill Polian on paths to Canton. Clark, Rick and Ron choose their own favorite 49ers’ teams, while Rick tries to talk anxious New Orleans fans in off […]

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  • Peek at Week: Heat is on in Arizona showdown

    Peek at Week: Heat is on in Arizona showdown

    THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Philadelphia @ Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (EDT) The line: Cards by 2-1/2 The story: The Arizona Cardinals won 12 of their last 15, and people tell me they’re a mirage. Well, here’s where we find out if they’re right. The team they’re playing won 12 of its last 14 regular-season starts,  and something has to give. The Eagles are coming off a bye; Arizona is coming off a defeat of Oakland — which means the Cards are […]

    Continue reading »

  • Wolf, Lott pull back the curtains on this week’s Talk of Fame radio

    Wolf, Lott pull back the curtains on this week’s Talk of Fame radio

    Talk of Fame Network One of the best defensive players in the history of the NFL and one of the shrewdest judges of talent are this week’s guests on the Talk of Fame Network radio show. Former San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott and former GM Ron Wolf — nominated this week as one of two Hall of Fame finalists as contributors — join Rick, Ron and Clark as they launch the first of their five-part Dynasty series and examine […]

    Continue reading »

  • Barry Sanders and the 100-yard dash

    Barry Sanders and the 100-yard dash

    By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network With DeMarco Murray striking the name of Jim Brown from the NFL record books last weekend, 100-yard rushing games are the topic of the day. Murray rushed for 100 yards in each of his first seven games of the season for the Dallas Cowboys, breaking the 56-year-old mark of six in a row at the start a season set by Brown in 1957. Brown never rushed for seven consecutive 100s in his magnificent […]

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  • Hall breaks from tradition; Polian, Wolf chosen as 2015 finalists

    Hall breaks from tradition; Polian, Wolf chosen as 2015 finalists

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network ARLINGTON, Va. — For decades, the Pro Football Hall of Fame honored the players and coaches who were part of the NFL’s most successful franchises. But that changed Wednesday when the Hall broke from tradition and went in another direction. It recognized the builders of those franchises. It chose former GMs Bill Polian and Ron Wolf as finalists for the Class of 2015. The two were chosen from a pool of 11 finalists […]

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  • Poll Question 10-22-14 –  “Raiders of the Lost Hall”

    Poll Question 10-22-14 – “Raiders of the Lost Hall”

    Who is the best Oakland Raider from their Super Bowl era not in the Hall of Fame? WR Cliff Branch – A four-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champ. Averaged 17.3 yards per his 501 career catches. In 1976 averaged an incredible 24.2 yards per catch (46 for 1,111) with 12 TDs.  TE Todd Christensen – A five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time NFL receiving champion in the 1980s. Caught 461 passes for 5,872 yards and 41 TDs and played […]

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  • Vinatieri kick wins again

    Vinatieri kick wins again

    Talk of Fame Network In the end, kickers are remembered best for balls that cut through snow and wind and split the uprights with playoff games on the line. Failing that they are remembered for the clutch kicks that win Super Bowls as the clock is ticking toward 0:00. Adam Vinatieri has made plenty of both and, in the end, that’s what separated him from his competitors in our poll of which kicker you’d want lining up a 50-yard kick […]

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  • Sharpe Argument for Hall Entry

    Sharpe Argument for Hall Entry

    Talk of Fame Network by Ron Borges You need more than ability to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You also need availability. There are few exceptions to this rule beyond Gale Sayers, whose brilliance shown for only seven seasons before knee injuries cut him down prematurely, but at least one more should be considered and that’s Sterling Sharpe. Domination of your era is one of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s requirements. To enter arguably the most select […]

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