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Talk of Fame Network
It’s Hall of Fame Weekend and your Talk of Fame Guys – Hall of Fame voters Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge – are in Canton for the induction of this year’s eight enshrines. But before they headed out to the birthplace of pro football, they spent some time talking with Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson and Hall president David Baker on The Talk of Fame Network while also putting together a montage of interviews with each of the new inductees.
On this week’s show, Dawson explains how training camps have radically changed and recalls how only months after having lost Super Bowl I to the Green Bay Packers, 35-10, Chiefs’ coach Hank Stram became obsessed with beating the Chicago Bears. Packers coach Vince Lombardi had mocked the Chiefs after that Super Bowl loss, saying Kansas City couldn’t compete with top NFL teams like the Cowboys and the Bears.
As luck would have it, the Chiefs met the Bears the following preseason – Kansas City’s first game against an NFL team since that bitter Super Bowl defeat. They buried the Bears, 66-24, with Stram refusing to take out his starters.
Each time the Chiefs scored their mascot, a horse called War Paint, raced around the field. Finally, Bears’ middle linebacker Dick Butkus growled at Dawson.
“He didn’t just lope around,’’ Dawson said of War Paint. “He was flying. Butkus finally looked at the score and growls, “Dawson, I know you don’t have any compassion for me but you should have some for that horse.’’
While Dawson recalled a different time in pro football, Baker discusses the lengthy preparations that go into Induction weekend today. He also explained the brief controversy over the Hall’s policy of not allowing anyone to speak for inductees who are enshrined posthumously, as in the case of Junior Seau this year.
Seau’s daughter, Sydney, was originally listed as his presenter and when the Hall announced she would not be speaking, a firestorm erupted that Baker quickly quelled. He tells the guys what went into his decision to provide two opportunities for Sydney to speak about her father and his career and how Commissioner Roger Goodell helped him make the decision.
In Gosselin’s “Dr. Data’’ segment, he explains why the presence of the Vikings and Steelers in this weekend’s Hall of Fame Game has sealed their fate, all but guaranteeing they won’t reach the Super Bowl.
The “Borges or Bogus’’ segment delves into the veiled charges claiming Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly has a problem with black players, an indictment most recently made by cornerback Brandon Boykin after he was dispatched — the third high-profile black player jettisoned since Kelly arrived.
The boys also debate the potential Hall of Fame credentials of Minnesota’s troubled running back, Adrian Peterson; speculate on the likely outcome of “Deflategate’’ and state the Hall of Fame case for undersized former Carolina Panthers’ middle linebacker Sam Mills.
There’s all that plus the guys recalling their favorite Hall of Fame moments in Canton and doing battle in the weekly two-minute drill.
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