• Peek at Week: Seattle’s last stand?

    Peek at Week: Seattle’s last stand?

            (Photo courtesy of Arizona Cardinals) THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Arizona @ Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (EST) The line: Seahawks by 6-1/2 The story: This is the time of year when we start talking about must-wins, so, Seattle, pay attention. There is no way of overstating the obvious: This is a must-win for your Seahawks. With the defending Super Bowl champions three games behind Arizona and six games remaining it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out what’s at stake for Seattle: […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 11-21-14

    Talk of Fame Show 11-21-14

      Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney and Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau join the show this week as the Steelers dynasty of the 70s take center stage! Also on this week’s show, Jimmy Johnson recalls the odd ending and the missing coach that affected Doug Flutie’s famous “Hail Mary” pass that beat Johnson’s University of Miami Hurricanes 30 years ago Sunday. Our own Dr. Data – Rick Gosselin – explains why the 9-1 Cardinals have a long way to go before […]

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  • Rooney remembers Unitas and Steel Curtain; LeBeau talks Thanksgiving football

    Rooney remembers Unitas and Steel Curtain; LeBeau talks Thanksgiving football

    (Detroit Lions sack Bart Starr on Thanksgiving Day, 1962. Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions) Talk of Fame Network Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney presided over one of the greatest dynasties in pro football history, but he tells the Talk of Fame Network this weekend it might have started sooner if he hadn’t cut a rookie quarterback in 1955 — a guy who’d beaten him out for first team all-city in Pittsburgh five years earlier. “Stupidity!” Rooney said was the reason […]

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  • Handicapping the Hall of Fame’s 26 semifinalists

    Handicapping the Hall of Fame’s 26 semifinalists

    (Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys) by Ron Borges Talk of Fame Network There is no fraternity in sports more difficult to join than the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That is as it should be. Barely one percent of all players who ever wore an NFL uniform – from the Decatur Staleys to the Dallas Cowboys – have been welcomed into Canton. It is not the Hall of Very Good. It is the Hall of the Unbelievably Good, as we […]

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  • Has Peterson damaged potential Hall chances? Voters say ‘No’

    Has Peterson damaged potential Hall chances? Voters say ‘No’

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network When Pro Football Hall-of-Fame candidates are proposed for discussion each year, the Hall’s 46-member board of selectors are cautioned to consider the accomplishments … and behavior … of those players and coaches on the football field, and on the football field only. In other words, what happens off of it is kind of like what happens in Vegas. It stays there. But now we have the curious case of running back Adrian Peterson, […]

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  • Poll Question 11-19-14 First Ballot

    Poll Question 11-19-14 First Ballot

    Which first-year semifinalist most deserves to make the Hall of Fame in 2015?  LB Junior Seau – A 12-time Pro-Bowler and 10-time All-Pro choice, he was a member of the 1990s all-decade team before retiring after the 2009 season. Seau, inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 2012, went to two Super Bowls — one with San Diego; the other with New England — but never won a Lombardi Trophy. QB Kurt Warner – He resurrected two franchises — […]

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  • Stabler tops polls again

    Stabler tops polls again

    (Photo courtesy of Oakland Raiders) Talk of Fame Network Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler continues to pad his reputation as a winner. The former Oakland quarterback has been as successful in our polls as he was on the field, winning another this past week when readers named him the as the one former league MVP who most deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Stabler won in a tight race over runner-up running back Terrell Davis, winning 43 […]

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  • Here’s your list of semifinalists

    Here’s your list of semifinalists

    (Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Colts) Talk of Fame Network Fifteen offensive players — including quarterback Kurt Warner and running backs Jerome Bettis and Terrell Davis — comprise this year’s 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015. The list, announced Tuesday evening, was compiled after a vote of the Hall’s 46-member board of selectors. Normally, there are 25 semifinalists, but because there was a tie for the 25th spot, the list included one additional candidate. Another […]

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  • Familiar names among Hall’s semifinalists deserve attention

    Familiar names among Hall’s semifinalists deserve attention

            (Photo courtesy of St. Louis Rams) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network There are seven first-year candidates — including linebacker Junior Seau and quarterback Kurt Warner — among the 26 semifinalists announced Tuesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. But it’s not so much those rookies that deserve the immediate attention of the Hall’s board of selectors as it is a handful of holdovers. I’m talking about guys like guard Will Shields, […]

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  • State Your Case: Harvey Martin

    State Your Case: Harvey Martin

    (Courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)   By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network The NFL record book says Michael Strahan holds the NFL single-season record with 22 ½ sacks. But that’s not even the best season by a pass rusher in the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys list defensive end Harvey Martin as their single-season sack leader in their record book with 23. But those sacks came in 1977 — and sacks were not recognized as an official stat by […]

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  • Johnson: Trades were only way to turn Cowboys into winners

    Johnson: Trades were only way to turn Cowboys into winners

    Talk of Fame Network When you talk about the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, you start with former coach Jimmy Johnson. He’s the guy who built the team, he’s the guy who coached it and he’s the guy who swung the deal that turned a league doormat into a model franchise that won three Super Bowls in four years. We’re talking, of course, of the Herschel Walker trade — a brilliant maneuver that 25 years ago netted the Cowboys seven […]

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  • Cowboys’ Witten: “You play to compete for championships”

    Cowboys’ Witten: “You play to compete for championships”

    Talk of Fame Network Dallas tight end Jason Witten has more catches for more yards than any tight end not named Tony Gonzalez, and when he reaches 1,000 career receptions sometime next year he’ll pass Hall-of-Famers Art Monk and Andre Reed, as well as Hall-of-Fame candidates Torry Holt and Randy Moss. He’s been named to nine Pro Bowls. He’s been a six-time All-Pro. He’s a member of the 10,000-yard club. And he ranks 16th on the all-time receiving list — […]

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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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  • Peek at Week: Seattle’s last stand?

    Peek at Week: Seattle’s last stand?

            (Photo courtesy of Arizona Cardinals) THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Arizona @ Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (EST) The line: Seahawks by 6-1/2 The story: This is the time of year when we start talking about must-wins, so, Seattle, pay attention. There is no way of overstating the obvious: This is a must-win for your Seahawks. With the defending Super Bowl champions three games behind Arizona and six games remaining it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out what’s at stake for Seattle: […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 11-21-14

    Talk of Fame Show 11-21-14

      Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney and Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau join the show this week as the Steelers dynasty of the 70s take center stage! Also on this week’s show, Jimmy Johnson recalls the odd ending and the missing coach that affected Doug Flutie’s famous “Hail Mary” pass that beat Johnson’s University of Miami Hurricanes 30 years ago Sunday. Our own Dr. Data – Rick Gosselin – explains why the 9-1 Cardinals have a long way to go before […]

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  • Rooney remembers Unitas and Steel Curtain; LeBeau talks Thanksgiving football

    Rooney remembers Unitas and Steel Curtain; LeBeau talks Thanksgiving football

    (Detroit Lions sack Bart Starr on Thanksgiving Day, 1962. Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions) Talk of Fame Network Pittsburgh Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney presided over one of the greatest dynasties in pro football history, but he tells the Talk of Fame Network this weekend it might have started sooner if he hadn’t cut a rookie quarterback in 1955 — a guy who’d beaten him out for first team all-city in Pittsburgh five years earlier. “Stupidity!” Rooney said was the reason […]

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  • Handicapping the Hall of Fame’s 26 semifinalists

    Handicapping the Hall of Fame’s 26 semifinalists

    (Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys) by Ron Borges Talk of Fame Network There is no fraternity in sports more difficult to join than the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That is as it should be. Barely one percent of all players who ever wore an NFL uniform – from the Decatur Staleys to the Dallas Cowboys – have been welcomed into Canton. It is not the Hall of Very Good. It is the Hall of the Unbelievably Good, as we […]

    Continue reading »

  • Has Peterson damaged potential Hall chances? Voters say ‘No’

    Has Peterson damaged potential Hall chances? Voters say ‘No’

    By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network When Pro Football Hall-of-Fame candidates are proposed for discussion each year, the Hall’s 46-member board of selectors are cautioned to consider the accomplishments … and behavior … of those players and coaches on the football field, and on the football field only. In other words, what happens off of it is kind of like what happens in Vegas. It stays there. But now we have the curious case of running back Adrian Peterson, […]

    Continue reading »

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  • Poll Question 11-19-14 First Ballot

    Poll Question 11-19-14 First Ballot

    Which first-year semifinalist most deserves to make the Hall of Fame in 2015?  LB Junior Seau – A 12-time Pro-Bowler and 10-time All-Pro choice, he was a member of the 1990s all-decade team before retiring after the 2009 season. Seau, inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 2012, went to two Super Bowls — one with San Diego; the other with New England — but never won a Lombardi Trophy. QB Kurt Warner – He resurrected two franchises — […]

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  • Stabler tops polls again

    Stabler tops polls again

    (Photo courtesy of Oakland Raiders) Talk of Fame Network Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler continues to pad his reputation as a winner. The former Oakland quarterback has been as successful in our polls as he was on the field, winning another this past week when readers named him the as the one former league MVP who most deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Stabler won in a tight race over runner-up running back Terrell Davis, winning 43 […]

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  • Here’s your list of semifinalists

    Here’s your list of semifinalists

    (Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Colts) Talk of Fame Network Fifteen offensive players — including quarterback Kurt Warner and running backs Jerome Bettis and Terrell Davis — comprise this year’s 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015. The list, announced Tuesday evening, was compiled after a vote of the Hall’s 46-member board of selectors. Normally, there are 25 semifinalists, but because there was a tie for the 25th spot, the list included one additional candidate. Another […]

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  • Familiar names among Hall’s semifinalists deserve attention

    Familiar names among Hall’s semifinalists deserve attention

            (Photo courtesy of St. Louis Rams) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network There are seven first-year candidates — including linebacker Junior Seau and quarterback Kurt Warner — among the 26 semifinalists announced Tuesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. But it’s not so much those rookies that deserve the immediate attention of the Hall’s board of selectors as it is a handful of holdovers. I’m talking about guys like guard Will Shields, […]

    Continue reading »

  • State Your Case: Harvey Martin

    State Your Case: Harvey Martin

    (Courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)   By Rick Gosselin Talk of Fame Network The NFL record book says Michael Strahan holds the NFL single-season record with 22 ½ sacks. But that’s not even the best season by a pass rusher in the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys list defensive end Harvey Martin as their single-season sack leader in their record book with 23. But those sacks came in 1977 — and sacks were not recognized as an official stat by […]

    Continue reading »

  • Johnson: Trades were only way to turn Cowboys into winners

    Johnson: Trades were only way to turn Cowboys into winners

    Talk of Fame Network When you talk about the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, you start with former coach Jimmy Johnson. He’s the guy who built the team, he’s the guy who coached it and he’s the guy who swung the deal that turned a league doormat into a model franchise that won three Super Bowls in four years. We’re talking, of course, of the Herschel Walker trade — a brilliant maneuver that 25 years ago netted the Cowboys seven […]

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  • Cowboys’ Witten: “You play to compete for championships”

    Cowboys’ Witten: “You play to compete for championships”

    Talk of Fame Network Dallas tight end Jason Witten has more catches for more yards than any tight end not named Tony Gonzalez, and when he reaches 1,000 career receptions sometime next year he’ll pass Hall-of-Famers Art Monk and Andre Reed, as well as Hall-of-Fame candidates Torry Holt and Randy Moss. He’s been named to nine Pro Bowls. He’s been a six-time All-Pro. He’s a member of the 10,000-yard club. And he ranks 16th on the all-time receiving list — […]

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  • Judgements: It’s time to wake up to surging Chiefs

    Judgements: It’s time to wake up to surging Chiefs

    Yes, Kansas City’s legit. The Chiefs remind me a little of last year’s Seahawks — good defense, sound running game, a quarterback who doesn’t make mistakes — plus a hot streak and a stadium where it destroyed New England and just beat the defending Super Bowl champions. If there’s a difference it’s this: Wide receivers. The Seahawks didn’t have a stellar cast, but they did know where the end zone was. The Chiefs’ wideouts don’t, and as they navigate a […]

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  • Peek at Week: It’s Brady-Luck III

    Peek at Week: It’s Brady-Luck III

        (Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Colts) THIS WEEK’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME New England @ Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m. (EST) The line: Colts by 3 The story: It’s Brady-Luck III, and tell me the last time you remember the Patriots as an underdog anywhere. Yeah, OK, so it was last year’s conference championship game. But that was Peyton Manning. This is Andrew Luck, and though he’s one of the game’s best and brightest young stars, he’s not Peyton Manning … or Tom Brady. […]

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  • Talk of Fame Show 11-14-14

    Talk of Fame Show 11-14-14

    Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson & current Cowboys tight end Jason Witten join the show this week as the spotlight is on the Dallas Cowboys dynasty of the 90s for part 3 of our Dynasty Series.. Johnson and Witten are part of a program that includes Ron Borges making a Hall-of-Fame case for former Seattle safety Kenny Easley, Rick Gosselin telling us why London doesn’t appeal to him as a football venue and Rick, Ron and Clark Judge evaluating the […]

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