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VegasInsider.com is proud to announce "Great Dane Nation," our newest NFL and sports betting podcast featuring Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Morten "The Great Dane" Andersen, and Vegas Insider's own experts. Each week, Morten will be joined by other legends of the game to talk about their life in football, tell stories, talk about today’s NFL, and bring our listeners inside the locker room in a way they’ve never been before. Along the way, Morten will be joined by his sidekick, TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll). Each week, Tom will be joined by one of our experts from VegasInsider.com to discuss the upcoming weekend’s slate of NFL games, and offer up weekly FREE PICKS. If you love football past and present, "Great Dane Nation" is the perfect podcast for you.

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    • Oct 20, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 57m AVG DURATION
    • 59 EPISODES

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    Episode 59: Brandon McManus

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 55:10

    On the 59th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus ahead of his Thursday Night Football match-up with the Cleveland Browns (03:53 – 41:57). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week's edition of the “Opening Kick” (00:57 – 02:56). Morten recaps his foundation's annual event, “Special Teams for Special Ops.”We then move to our interview with Brandon McManus, where he discusses a wide range of topics: being star-struck when meeting Morten at Peyton Manning's afterparty at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (04:23); the evolution of how kickers are compensated across the NFL (06:26); his thoughts on the ManningCast so far this season (08:09); how invested he stays within the game, knowing that he could go enormous lengths of time with no action (09:14); how he has performed after less-than-ideal warmups (13:15); being at his first NFL training camp as a back-up for Adam Vinatieri on the Colts (16:16); whether he's a “feel guy” or a “mechanical guy” when it comes to kicking (19:02); the beginning of his tenure in Denver, where employment was not guaranteed (20:53); his thoughts on the 2021 Denver Broncos (24:40); why he thinks the strength of the Broncos is their defense (27:16); why having Von Miller back is so huge for this team (28:02); why Brandon believes he could hit a 70-yard field goal if given the opportunity (29:06); some of the rule changes Morten proposed to Roger Goodell as it relates to kicking, including rewarding 4 points for field goals over 60 yards (31:27); his two favorite kickers of all-time, and why he has so much respect for Justin Tucker (35:43); his favorite place to kick outside of Mile High, and his least favorite place to kick (36:49); and this week's edition of “The Name Game,” featuring Peyton Manning, John Elway, Britton Colquitt, Sam Martin, Vic Fangio, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, Gary Kubiak and Brandon Staley (38:35).Then we move to this week's edition of “Morten's Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (43:57 – 51:07). Morten gives his picks for Broncos at Browns (45:01), Bengals at Ravens (46:06), Bears at Buccaneers (47:41), Chiefs at Titans (48:29), and Saints at Seahawks (49:58).Finally, we close things out with “Morten's Game Winner” – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about the evolution of the kicking position, and why he sees Brandon McManus as one of the kickers that will help the position continue to evolve (51:10).

    Episode 58: Tony Dungy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 62:02


    On the 58th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by head coaching legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame brother Tony Dungy (05:35 – 48:06). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week's edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:02 – 04:48). Morten talks about the importance of giving back to the community, as his foundation hosts its annual “Special Teams for Special Ops” event this weekend in Atlanta.We then move to our interview with Tony Dungy, where he discusses a wide range of topics: the impact of faith on his life and coaching (07:54); his dad - a Tuskegee Airmen and a man of principle (11:15); advice for young black coaches coming up in the NFL today (13:46); how being a great Christian may have cost him NFL job opportunities (15:06); thoughts on having Drew Brees as his new broadcast partner (18:24); thoughts on Peyton and Eli Manning on Monday Night Football (19:35); his coaching philosophy - "looking for uncommon people" (20:30); creating a winning culture in Tampa Bay (24:06); being fired by the Bucs after lots of winning (26:55); getting the call from Jim Irsay and the Colts (28:56); picking the Buccaneers to repeat as Super Bowl champs (30:26); why the 2000s Colts were a special group (31:23); his immediate thoughts after winning Super Bowl XLI (34:15); making history by coaching against another black head coach in the Super Bowl (35:05); thoughts on the Colts undertaking a midseason "Hard Knocks" season (36:24); why he thinks Aaron Rodgers will return to Green Bay next season (37:00); funny story of Warren Sapp asking for a trade out of Tampa Bay (38:23); and this week's edition of "The Name Game," featuring Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Edgerrin James, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Warren Sapp, Rondé Barber, John Lynch, Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn (39:42).Then we move to this week's edition of “Morten's Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (50:14 – 57:39). Morten gives his picks for Chargers at Ravens (51:12), Cardinals at Browns (52:44), Bills at Titans (53:32), Packers at Bears (54:39), and Texans at Colts (55:44). Plus, a college special on the way out as #10 Michigan State takes their undefeated record into Indiana to take on the Hoosiers (56:59).Finally, we close things out with “Morten's Game Winner” – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Tony Dungy, and how he exemplifies what it takes to be an uncommon man (57:39).


    Episode 57: Warren Moon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 63:21


    On the 57th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Houston Oilers legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame brother Warren Moon (06:50 – 49:46). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week's edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:04 – 06:01). Morten reflects on a historic night at Gillette Stadium, as Tom Brady returned to play his former head coach, Bill Belichick, for the first time – and maybe the only time – in his career.We then move to our interview with Warren Moon, where he discusses a wide range of topics: reflecting on his childhood in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles, why he made the decision to attend a different high school from the one assigned to his district, and the impact his mom had on his upbringing and development (07:57); fulfilling his childhood dream of winning the Rose Bowl while playing at the University of Washington (14:20); his favorite memories from his three years playing for the Huskies (15:47); his approach to leadership, and where he derived his skills from (20:18); reflecting on his dominant 6-year run in the CFL, and whether or not he regrets not giving the NFL a try from the beginning (24:10); why he thinks we will see other stars emerge in the NFL who get their starts in other professional football league (28:40); with the Oilers no longer existing, Warren describes his weird relationship with the franchise that holds all his history and records – the Tennessee Titans (30:09); why he thinks the Titans can win a Super Bowl with a running back as the focal point of their offense (32:14); why he would choose Justin Jefferson over Dalvin Cook to add to his 1990s Vikings' roster (33:32); why he thinks Russell Wilson will finish his career with another franchise (34:45); the one trait Patrick Mahomes has that Warren wishes he had in his own game (36:48); his mentorship of Cam Newton, and the advice he'd give him if he had his ear today (37:30); and this week's edition of the “The Name Game,” featuring Bruce Matthews, Mike Munchak, Drew Hill, Robert Brazile, Mike Golic, June Jones, Denny Green, Brian Billick, Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel, John Randle, Darryl Talley, Walter Jones, Will Shields, Andre Rison and Dante Hall (40:01).Then we move to this week's edition of “Morten's Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (51:58 – 59:28). Morten gives his picks for Rams at Seahawks (53:00), Bills at Chiefs (54:03), 49ers at Cardinals (55:20), Browns at Chargers (56:33), and Saints at Washington (58:02).Finally, “Morten's Game Winner” returns – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Warren Moon, and his pioneering journey through the world of professional football (59:28).


    Episode 56: Fred Biletnikoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 66:20


    On the 56th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Raiders legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame brother Fred Biletnikoff (03:48 – 54:24). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week's edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:02 – 03:43). After Justin Tucker made history on Sunday with his record-setting 66-yard field goal, Morten explains why Tucker is the greatest kicker in NFL history.We then move to our interview with Fred Biletnikoff, where he discusses a wide range of topics: the atmosphere in Las Vegas, why the team never felt at-home in Los Angeles, and trying to recreate the “Black Hole” at Allegiant Stadium (04:32); getting scolded by Pete Rozelle for smoking cigarettes on the sidelines while he was coaching (09:02); high praise for Darren Waller (10:41); why he believes the Raiders can win a Super Bowl with Derek Carr (11:47); some of his favorite Raiders on today's team, and what the key to their success will be this season (13:19); being impressed with Vegas' defense so far this season (14:45); insight into Jon Gruden, and what he thinks of the job he has done since returning to the NFL from the broadcast booth (16:32); what it was like to play for Coach Biletnikoff (18:05); why it was important for him to sign with the AFL's Raiders instead of the NFL's Lions (22:45); his first impressions of Al Davis, and how he'd describe the legendary owner to kids today that might not know who he is (24:49); the mentality that led to the Raiders of the 1970s to be feared league-wide (27:45); making the Hall-of-Fame-case for Daryle Lamonica, and how happy he was for Tom Flores getting inducted into Canton this summer (30:15); Kenny Stabler stories (33:30); why Tom Brady is the one quarterback playing today that he would have wanted to play with (37:06); absolutely roasting today's NFL officiating (39:04); reminiscing about the late, great Bobby Bowden (41:18); spending his final season as a professional football player in the CFL (46:08); this week's edition of “The Name Game,” featuring John Madden, Bill Walsh, Dave Casper, Ray Guy and Willie Brown (50:43); and proclaiming the 1970s Steelers as liars for not coming clean on the “Immaculate Reception” (54:03).Then we move to this week's edition of “Morten's Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (55:12 – 01:02:19). Morten gives his picks for Buccaneers at Patriots (56:20), Cardinals at Rams (57:26), Raiders at Chargers (58:40), Ravens at Broncos (59:41), and Giants at Saints (01:00:48).Finally, “Morten's Game Winner” returns – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Fred Biletnikoff and the amazing Oakland Raiders of the 1970s (01:02:22).


    Episode 55: Dick Vermeil

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 76:05

    On the 55th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist and coaching legend Dick Vermeil (06:54 – 01:04:17). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week's edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:06 – 06:54). Morten reacts to an epic game between the Chiefs and Ravens from this past weekend, and explains why he thinks Lamar Jackson is the MVP of the league through two weeks of the season.We then move to our interview with Dick Vermeil, where he discusses a wide range of topics: his involvement in the wine business, and the history behind his company, “Vermeil Wines” (07:41); his coaching style, and the difference between delegating and designating (13:53); Morten having teammates on the Chiefs that weren't born when he started playing (15:49); knowing when to release a player, and remaining close with many players he has cut (16:46); being the first official special teams coach in NFL history (18:12); taking over an Eagles franchise in the late 1970s that was a losing program, and what it took to turn them into NFC Champions (19:38); why the NFL needs to do a better job helping its former players with medical assistance as they get older (24:04); the amazing story of Vince Papale making the team in Philly (24:46); a review of “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story” (26:18); his love for underdogs, and why London Fletcher should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (27:05); what a Gold Jacket would mean to him (27:44); why Tom Flores getting inducted helped clear the way for Dick, and the various high-profile coaches stumping for him as a candidate (29:12); the hilarious story of David Baker's phone call to let Dick know he was a finalist (30:43); reminiscing about the late, great Frank Gansz Sr. (31:58); why he stepped away from coaching after winning the Super Bowl with a historically great St. Louis Rams team in 1999 (36:59); why he came out of retirement to coach the Chiefs in the early 2000s (38:48); working his players so hard in St. Louis, there was almost a “mutiny,” and why things were different in Kansas City (40:15); why Patrick Mahomes could go down as the finest quarterback to ever play in the NFL (42:45); the state of the Rams, his relationship with Sean McVay, and why Matthew Stafford will be great in L.A. (44:13); why he doesn't think Doug Pederson should've been fired in Philadelphia (47:03); and this week's edition of “The Name Game,” featuring Kurt Warner, Ron Jaworski, Trent Green, Marshall Faulk, Tony Gonzalez, Jared Allen, Harold Carmichael and Will Shields (48:45).Then we move to this week's edition of “Morten's Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (01:05:13 – 01:12:08). Morten gives his picks for Buccaneers at Rams (01:05:51), Saints at Patriots (01:07:05), Packers at 49ers (01:08:36), Chargers at Chiefs (01:09:33), and Washington Football Team at Bills (01:10:49).Finally, “Morten's Game Winner” returns – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten reflects on his relationship with Coach Vermeil, and explains why he's had a profound impact on every single one of his former players (01:12:08).

    Episode 54: Steve Atwater

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 52:22


    On the 54th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Denver Broncos legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame brother Steve Atwater (05:34 – 42:10). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week's edition of the “Opening Kick” (00:58 – 05:30). Week 1 was full of upsets galore this past weekend. Morten reacts to the games that moved the needle most for himWe then move to our interview with Steve Atwater, where he discusses a wide range of topics: reacting to his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, and how he almost had a massive wine stain on his gold jacket immediately after receiving it (05:59); the impact of his high school football coach on the rest of his football career, and why it was important for him to be in attendance during his induction (12:13); where he got the nickname “Smiling Assassin” (14:48); the backstory behind his legendary hit on Christian Okoye (16:21); how Wade Phillips coming to Denver changed his career (18:09); Steve passing along well-wishes from Brandon McManus (19:14); getting inducted into Canton on the same weekend as two other Broncos legends (20:03); who he thinks will take a majority of the snaps at quarterback for the Broncos in 2021 (22:54); what he thinks the ceiling is for this year's Broncos team (24:06); the brilliance of Justin Simmons, and why he tries not to give him too much advice (25:11); why he believes in the Patrick Surtain II hype (26:57); why he agrees with Terrell Davis that Von Miller is the second greatest Bronco of all-time (28:17); who he thinks is the best safety in the game today, and who he thinks is the hardest hitter (30:18); and this week's edition of “The Name Game,” featuring John Elway, Mike Shanahan, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, Dan Reeves, Ed McCaffery, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, Bill Romanowski, Karl Mecklenburg, Pat Bowlen, Jason Elam and Dennis Smith (32:15).Then we move to this week's edition of “Morten's Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (43:04 – 48:54). Morten gives his picks for Saints at Panthers (43:55), Chiefs at Ravens (45:13), Titans at Seahawks (46:20), Cowboys at Chargers (47:13), and Texans at Browns (47:56).Finally, “Morten's Game Winner” returns – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten welcomes back the NFL after an incredible first week of action (48:54).


    Episode 53: Roger Goodell

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 67:21


    On the 53rd episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by NFL Commissioner and longtime friend Roger Goodell (06:04 – 56:46). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for this week's edition of the “Opening Kick” (01:16 – 06:04). With the 2021 NFL season only hours away, the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the U.S. is still front-of-mind for many around the football world. Morten weighs in, urging Americans to get vaccinated.We then move to our interview with Roger Goodell, where he discusses a wide range of topics: why he's uncomfortable being called “the most powerful man in sports” (06:34); his excitement level as the league returns to full capacity across the board (07:40); reflecting back on a challenging 2020, and why he thinks it might be the proudest he has ever been to be commissioner (10:58); why one of his biggest regrets in life was never pursuing a college football career, as he was a star athlete in high school (14:25); going from an intern at the NFL league offices to commissioner of the league (14:55); his great respect for both Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue, and their differing leadership styles (16:40); why he believes relocating an NFL team should be hard (19:34); the importance of globalizing the game of American football, and why he doesn't think a franchise will call London home for the foreseeable future (22:04); why there's never been a better time to be a football fan, and why the NFL views legal sports betting as a way to grow their audience (25:52); the many positives of adding a 17th game to the regular season (32:11); Morten pitches some rule changes to his old friend (33:39); the brilliance of Tom Brady (40:21); and this week's edition of “The Name Game,” featuring Paul Tagliabue, Pete Rozelle, Adam Silver, Rob Manfred, Gary Bettman, Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft (47:26).Then we move to this week's edition of “Morten's Fast 5,” where our Hall of Famer makes picks for the five biggest games of the football weekend (57:46 – 01:03:10). Morten gives his picks for Packers at Saints (58:29), Browns at Chiefs (59:41), Steelers at Bills (01:00:30), Chargers at Washington (01:01:36), and Cowboys at Buccaneers (01:02:28).Finally, “Morten's Game Winner” returns – a weekly monologue from The Great Dane on his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten uses this time to reflect on the 20-year anniversary of 9/11/2001 (01:03:55 – 01:06:27).


    Episode 52: 2021 NFL Season Preview with Brian Finneran

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 69:24


    With the NFL season kicking off next week, Morten Andersen is joined by Atlanta Falcons legend Brian Finneran and his co-host TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to preview the 2021 regular season! The guys do a full division-by-division breakdown, telling us who will be the best and worst teams in each division. The guys also tell us who they think will win the AFC, NFC and Super Bowl! (04:39 – 01:06:52)Morten does his best to explain why the Saints will be OK in a post-Drew Brees world (23:31), and Brian explains to us why he believes the Falcons will improve from last season (21:23). TommyFreezePops tell us why he isn't as optimistic about the Patriots as you'd think after the team set a record for guaranteed-money-spent during this offseason's free agency period (38:34).Brian played nine seasons for Atlanta, and is one of the most beloved Falcons in franchise history. He's known by the fanbase as "Mr. First Down," as he always had a knack for making that clutch catch on third-down. Brian is currently the co-host of the morning show at 680 The Fan in Atlanta.


    Episode 51: Jerome Bettis

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 60:26


    On the 51st episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Jerome Bettis (08:36 – 52:18). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about preseason QB battle for the Saints, and why Morten believes Jameis Winston has the edge at quarterback right now in New Orleans (03:01).We then move to our interview with Jerome Bettis, where he discusses a wide range of topics: why it was bowling, not football, that kept Jerome out of trouble growing up in a bad neighborhood in Detroit, MI (12:09); going back to Notre Dame to finish his college degree during the COVID-19 pandemic (17:14); being an All-Pro as a rookie, and the moment at the Pro Bowl in his first year that made him realize that he belonged (19:36); what his favorite play was during his pro career, and how Dermontti Dawson changed the center position forever (23:15); why he chose the Steelers over the Oilers when the Rams decided to trade him after his third season with the team (28:27); how Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier were great mentors for him when he arrived in Pittsburgh (30:29); why Bill Cowher was so important to the success of his career (32:39); the story behind winning the Super Bowl in his hometown in his final professional game (35:25); Jerome's predictions for the 2021 NFL season, including thoughts on the Steelers, Najee Harris, Derrick Henry, and a Super Bowl prediction (43:08); and this week's edition of “The Name Game,” including thoughts some of the all-time great Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as Isaac Bruce and Lou Holtz (45:13).Finally, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (53:13 – 59:20). Kevin gives his picks for the AFC, NFC and Super Bowl, as well as the futures bets he feels most confident in heading into the 2021 NFL regular season – NFC North winner, league MVP and league-leader in receiving yards.


    Episode 50: PFT Commenter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 73:19


    On the 50th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by world famous podcaster and XFL kicking hopeful PFT Commenter (13:34 – 01:10:37). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys recap their final night in Canton, as they hit up Peyton Manning's afterparty. FreezePops met Tom Brady, and Morten held court with some of the greatest kickers in the history of the league. Oh, and Peyton hit the dancefloor. It was an epic night! (03:26 – 13:33)We then move to our interview with PFT Commenter, where he discusses a wide range of topics: the story behind his iconic sunglasses (15:30); working as one of Morten's kicking students, and participating in a pop quiz to see if he remembers the pointers Morten gave him during their session last year in Atlanta (20:01); why he thinks he may have to cut his iconic hair after this football season, and why he wants to have a mullet as an adult (27:23); celebrating a Stanley Cup victory with the Washington Capitals (31:49); why he thinks “Pardon My Take” resonates amongst current and former athletes (39:36); explaining what “Blake of the Year” is (41:22); why he would be cool with Washington Football Team retaining its temporary name as a permanent one (44:06); who he thinks was the worst guest in the history of his podcast (45:17); and this week's edition of “The Name Game,” featuring Big Cat, Dave Portnoy, Hank Lockwood, Billy Football, Skip Bayless, Scott Van Pelt, Bill Simmons, Ryen Russillo, Max Scherzer, J.J. Watt and Tom Brady (47:02).Finally, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (01:05:12 – 01:12:17). What does Thom think about wagering on preseason football (01:06:32)? Where can baseball bettors find value right now (01:08:05)? And Thom explains why he's sticking away from most of the NFL props ahead of the 2021 regular season at the moment (01:09:48).


    Episode 49: Hall of Fame Weekend Recap! Plus, Tim Brown, Willie Roaf, Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Ron Wolf & Joe DeLamielleure

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 52:31

    On this special edition of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten Andersen and TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) are together in-person for the first time ever, with the two of them meeting up in Canton, OH for Enshrinement Weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame! In part one of the podcast, the guys recap an amazing weekend spent in the birthplace of football (00:15 – 31:47).Morten spent the week chatting with many of his Hall of Fame brothers, including Ron Wolf (31:57), Joe DeLamielleure (33:09), Willie Lanier (35:01), Tim Brown (40:59), Bobby Bell (43:28), and Willie Roaf (46:42), as each all-time great shared with Morten what it meant to them to have a gold jacket. We close things out this week with The Great Dane sharing why his gold jacket is so special to him (47:55).

    Episode 48: Hall of Fame Weekend Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 26:32

    Summer vacation is upon us! Over the coming weeks, “Great Dane Nation” will look a little different, as we'll be taking a break from the big-name guests you heard throughout our unofficial “season 1.” But that doesn't mean we won't be here each and every week to bring you the compelling football content you desire, along with our expert analysis from the team at Vegas Insider!This week, Morten Andersen and TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) give a full preview of their upcoming long weekend in Canton, OH for this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction festivities! Morten talks about his favorite events surrounding the weekend, his advice for the honorees on how they should approach their speeches, and shares some funny stories from his trips to Canton as a member of the most elite fraternity in all of pro football (01:13 – 16:00).Then, TommyFreezePops closes things out with Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (16:37 – 25:29). The guys talk about Team USA Men's Basketball advancing to the semifinals against Australia after a rocky start to their summer, and why bettors shouldn't be afraid of taking the gold-medal-favorites moving forward (17:56). Kevin also tells us what his approach is to betting on preseason football, and it may surprise you (19:50). Plus, Kevin and TFP recap Tom's ridiculous 24-hour stream from Denny's (22:15).

    Episode 47: Morten Andersen, Part IV

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 27:32

    Summer vacation is upon us! Over the coming weeks, “Great Dane Nation” will look a little different, as we'll be taking a break from the big-name guests you heard throughout our unofficial “season 1.” But that doesn't mean we won't be here each and every week to bring you the compelling football content you desire, along with our expert analysis from the team at Vegas Insider!This week, you'll hear part four of a four-part interview with Morten Andersen, conducted by TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll). Morten talks about his amazing comeback story, as he sat at home and waited for a team to call him for 20 months after finishing up his 23rd season in the league. Morten also talks about the moment he broke the NFL's all-time scoring record, and the difficulties he faced heading into retirement after playing for 25 seasons in the NFL (01:37 – 17:50).Then, TommyFreezePops closes things out with Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (18:33 – 26:20). The guys talk about the Olympics, and which niche sports they are targeting as places to cash-in (19:59). They also take a look at the rocky start for Team USA Men's Basketball, and why another country might be a better play right now when it comes to gold medal odds (21:10). Finally, the guys look ahead to TFP's 24-hour live stream from the Denny's in St. Louis, as Thom tells us which O/Us he likes heading into the brutal day at the diner (22:16).

    Episode 46: The Name Game (Kicker Edition)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 27:50


    Summer vacation is upon us! Over the coming weeks, “Great Dane Nation” will look a little different, as we'll be taking a break from the big-name guests you heard throughout our unofficial “season 1.” But that doesn't mean we won't be here each and every week to bring you the compelling football content you desire, along with our expert analysis from the team at Vegas Insider!This week, you'll hear Morten Andersen and Tom Carroll (TommyFreezePops) run through an all-kicker edition of their popular segment, “The Name Game.” Morten weighs in on seven of the greatest kickers in NFL history: Adam Vinatieri, Gary Anderson, Jan Stenerud, George Blanda, Lou Groza, Jason Hanson and Tom Dempsey. Morten also tells us who he thinks is the best kicker in today's game (01:03 – 14:56).Then, TommyFreezePops closes things out with Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (15:32 – 27:08). The guys give their biggest takeaways from Milwaukee's historic run to their first NBA Championship in 50 years, and where they place Giannis Antetokounmpo among the league's elite (16:48), share their view of the Suns from a gambling perspective heading into next season (21:02), and take a look at the way-to-early title odds for the 2022 NBA Finals (23:24).


    Episode 45: Morten Andersen, Part III

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 26:13

    Summer vacation is upon us! Over the coming weeks, “Great Dane Nation” will look a little different, as we'll be taking a break from the big-name guests you heard throughout our unofficial “season 1.” But that doesn't mean we won't be here each and every week to bring you the compelling football content you desire, along with our expert analysis from the team at Vegas Insider!This week, you'll hear part three of a four-part interview with Morten Andersen, conducted by TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll). Morten talks about his post-Saints career: being released by the organization he thought he'd spend his entire career, suiting up for “the enemy” in Atlanta, playing under the bright lights of NYC, having a front row seat to one of the greatest offenses ever in Kansas City, and having one of the most bizarre tryouts ever with Minnesota (01:08 – 17:49).Then, TommyFreezePops closes things out Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (18:46 – 25:03). Should bettors be worried about Shohei Ohtani in the AL MVP market, and who are some other options that might yield better value (20:26)? Who does Thom like in game four of the NBA Finals, and how does he see the rest of the series shaking out from a gambling perspective (22:13)? Plus, Thom gives us the best player props to be following throughout the rest of NBA Finals (23:14).

    Episode 44: Top 7 Number 7s in NFL History

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 26:07


    Summer vacation is upon us! Over the coming weeks, “Great Dane Nation” will look a little different, as we'll be taking a break from the big-name guests you heard throughout our unofficial “season 1.” But that doesn't mean we won't be here each and every week to bring you the compelling football content you desire, along with our expert analysis from the team at Vegas Insider!This week, you'll hear our “Top 7 Number 7s in NFL History,” compiled by TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) and analyzed by Morten Andersen. Will Morten make the cut after missing out on a top 7 spot on our nicknames list? Who will get our top spot? How valid can this list be with all of FreezePops' inherent biases for and against certain players? All of these questions answered, and more (01:47 – 17:30)!Then, TommyFreezePops closes things out Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (18:21 – 25:00). Even though the Suns took care of business in game 1 of the NBA Finals, did Thom see enough out of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks to believe they have a shot to win this thing (19:48)? Should bettors be eyeing anyone other than Chris Paul for Finals MVP (21:04)? Plus, Thom gives us the best player prop to be following throughout the NBA Finals (22:39).


    Episode 43: Morten Andersen, Part II

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 30:14

    Summer vacation is upon us! Over the coming weeks, “Great Dane Nation” will look a little different, as we'll be taking a break from the big-name guests you heard throughout our unofficial “season 1.” But that doesn't mean we won't be here each and every week to bring you the compelling football content you desire, along with our expert analysis from the team at Vegas Insider!This week, you'll hear part two of a four-part interview with Morten Andersen, conducted by TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll). Morten talks about his 13 seasons as a member of the New Orleans Saints, how relaxed things were under Bum Phillips, why Jim Mora was so successful once he took over the organization, and playing with “The Dome Patrol” (01:03 – 19:56).Then, TommyFreezePops closes things out Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (20:42 – 29:01). With all the injuries we've seen amongst NBA stars during this postseason, Kevin tells bettors the best way to approach basketball moving forward (22:05). Is Kyle Schwarber a legit threat to win the NL MVP this season (24:49)? Plus, Kevin tells us why the Tampa Bay Lightning are likely to repeat as Stanley Cup champions (26:43).

    Episode 42: Top 7 Nicknames in NFL History

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 27:17

    Summer vacation is upon us! Over the coming weeks, “Great Dane Nation” will look a little different, as we'll be taking a break from the big-name guests you heard throughout our unofficial “season 1.” But that doesn't mean we won't be here each and every week to bring you the compelling football content you desire, along with our expert analysis from the team at Vegas Insider!This week, you'll hear our “Top 7 Nicknames in NFL History,” compiled by TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) and analyzed by Morten Andersen. Will “The Great Dane” make the cut? Who will get our top spot? Who was an honorable mention? Are some of these nicknames even safe to say on a podcast? All of these questions answered, and more (01:37 – 18:54)!Then, TommyFreezePops closes things out Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (19:54 – 26:33). Thom tells us why bettors might want to look ahead of the conference finals in the NBA to find real value on the hardwood (21:26). Which of the four remaining teams in hockey does he think has the best chance of winning the 2021 Stanley Cup (22:48)? Plus, how will this newfound emphasis on “foreign substances” in baseball have an impact on the prop market (24:06)?

    Episode 41: Morten Andersen, Part I

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 33:39


    Summer vacation is upon us! Over the coming weeks, “Great Dane Nation” will look a little different, as we'll be taking a break from the big-name guests you heard throughout our unofficial “season 1.” But that doesn't mean we won't be here each and every week to bring you the compelling football content you desire, along with our expert analysis from the team at Vegas Insider!This week, you'll hear part one of a four-part interview with Morten Andersen, conducted by TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll). Morten talks about his first few days in America back in 1977, his whirlwind football season at Ben Davis High School, and his journey to becoming a Michigan State Spartan (01:51 – 22:27).Then, TommyFreezePops closes things out Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (23:18 – 32:31). Kevin explains why the news surrounding Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul, combined with the Nets mounting injuries, makes the Bucks a great value play to win the NBA Finals (24:54). Should bettors be going all-in on the Jazz to win the Western Conference (27:31)? Plus, Kevin explains why a seemingly obvious player-prop should be on all of our radars over the next few days (30:01).


    Episode 40: Dan Patrick

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 67:57


    On the 40th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined NSMA Hall of Fame broadcaster Dan Patrick (14:28 – 57:38). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys reflect on the end of their unofficial “season 1” of the podcast (01:04)! Don't worry, this feed will remain filled with great content from Morten and FreezePops throughout the summer!We then move to our interview with Dan, where he discusses a wide range of topics: why knowing what he wanted to do from a very young age was an advantage to him early in his career (15:44); why he almost quit broadcasting early in his career because he didn't think he was good-looking enough (17:12); how a letter from Bob Ley while Dan was in college helped set him on a path towards ESPN (19:25); his incredible partnership with Keith Olbermann, and why the two of them never had to have a discussion about their partnership (23:11); why him and Keith tried to “get away with things” when hosting “The Big Show” together (24:35); how strange it was to go from an Average Joe to one of the most recognizable faces in all of sports (26:40); why the shows he is most proud of from his time at ESPN have to do with death (28:35); remembering Stuart Scott (31:33); getting confronted by angry athletes about how they were portrayed on “SportsCenter” (34:35); why he doesn't regret leaving ESPN, and the story of leaving the worldwide leader to start his own project (37:03); why he decided to step away from “Sunday Night Football” after ten years with NBC Sports (44:44); why he thinks Aaron Rodgers would be a better “Jeopardy!” host than he would be, and where he thinks the Rodgers drama goes this summer (45:37); who is the one quarterback not named Patrick Mahomes that he would want to build his NFL franchise around (48:10); why he isn't confident in Urban Meyer down in Jacksonville (49:51); and this week's edition of “The Name Game,” featuring the biggest names in sports media (50:41).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (58:26 – 01:04:02). Should bettors be looking to hedge their Milwaukee-futures-bets after falling to 0-2 against the heavily favored Nets (59:36)? How will the series between the Suns and Nuggets play out (01:00:33)? Which NBA player props should people keep an eye on over the few days (01:01:29)?Finally, we close things out with Morten's “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Dan Patrick, and how a seemingly innocuous decision with his buddies in college led to one of the most storied careers in sports broadcasting (01:04:02).


    Episode 39: Gayle Benson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 46:11


    On the 39th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson (08:18 – 35:04). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open, and the current relationship between athletes and the media (02:07). We then move to our interview with Gayle, where she discusses a wide range of topics: her transition into being a franchise owner, and how her management style mirrors her late husband, Tom Benson (11:07); what the great Drew Brees has meant to both the Saints and the city of New Orleans (14:31); why she feels that Sean Payton remains the best man for the job in New Orleans (15:50); fond memories from Super Bowl XLIV, and emotional reminiscing of her late husband Tom (17:30); her memories of the amazing victory parade for the Saints in New Orleans after their Super Bowl victory (21:21); her thoughts on the current state of the Saints as a franchise (23:20); why she can’t pick just one Saints player as her all-time favorite (26:20); how her habit of sending handwritten notes to former players has helped make the Saints alumni network among the strongest in the league (28:12); why she feels Zion Williamson can have a Drew Brees-like impact on the city of New Orleans (30:03); and this week’s edition of “The Name Game,” featuring Mickey Loomis, Cam Jordan, Thomas Morstead, John Carney, Wil Lutz, and Morten Andersen (30:51).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (35:52 – 41:46). With the Lakers in trouble, who should bettors turn to for a safe Western Conference champion play (37:07)? Who will win the Nets-Bucks series, and will that winner go on to win the Eastern Conference (38:29)? Which player props over the next few days should people keep an eye out for (39:32)? Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Gayle Benson, and how her hands-on approach as an owner sets her apart across the sports landscape (41:46).


    Episode 38: Adam Vinatieri

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 58:55


    On the 38th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts legend Adam Vinatieri (06:25 – 48:04). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about the situation in Atlanta between Julio Jones and the Falcons (02:51).We then move to our interview with Adam, which was recorded only days before he made his official retirement announcement on “The Pat McAfee Show;” Adam apologizes to Morten for breaking all of his records, and also takes this as an opportunity to pay his respects to Morten as one of the greatest kickers of all-time (07:25); why, at the time of this interview, Adam was pretty convinced that retirement was on the horizon (11:53); why Adam is completely at peace with his legacy and accomplishments (17:18); playing with a young Tom Brady in the early part of the Patriots dynasty (19:09); why his field goal against Oakland in the divisional round of the 2001 postseason is the kick he is most proud of (26:19); what was the key to Adam staying so consistent on every kick (32:10); why he left New England for Indianapolis after 10 seasons and three Super Bowl victories (36:59); how satisfying it was to beat his old team in his first year with his new team in the 2006 AFC Championship game, on his way to winning his 4th Super Bowl ring (39:19); the similarities and differences of playing for/with Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning (41:15); and his thoughts on both the Colts and Patriots heading into next season (44:24).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (49:06 – 54:16). The guys put Phil Mickelson’s PGA Championship victory in perspective, and talk about his viability as a value play moving forward (50:22). Is Shohei Ohtani a legit threat to win AL MVP, or should bettors be looking elsewhere (51:45)? Plus, Thom gives his three best bets for the NBA Playoffs, as the 1st round continues to roll along (52:35).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Adam Vinatieri, and how Adam is one of the shining examples of the importance of the kicking position in football (54:16).


    Episode 37: Dominique Wilkins

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 49:37


    On the 37th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Atlanta Hawks legend and Basketball Hall of Fame forward Dominique Wilkins, as we get ready for the 2021 NBA Playoffs (12:42 – 27:06). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys take a look at the 2021 NFL schedule, focusing on three of their favorite matchups on the slate – Tom Brady’s return to New England in week 4 (01:40), QB storylines aplenty for Packers vs. Saints in week 1 (04:20), and the Browns opening their season on the road in Kansas City for an AFC Divisional Round rematch (07:16).We then move to our interview with Dominique, where he discusses a wide array of topics: why he refused to play for the team that drafted him, the Utah Jazz (14:31); the age he realized he could be a dominant force in the game of basketball (15:32); looking up to Dr. J, and the advice he got from his childhood idol (16:26); how he got the nickname “Human Highlight Reel” (17:26); why “home cooking” may have robbed him of a 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest win (18:23); why he never practiced his dunk contest dunks ahead of time (19:22); the two players he thinks are the best dunkers in today’s NBA (20:33); what he looks for when he judges the NBA Dunk Contest (20:47); this week’s edition of “The Name Game,” with thoughts on Trae Young, Randy Wittman, Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich, Red Auerbach, Moses Malone, Spud Webb, Sidney Moncrief, Mark Jackson and David Robinson (21:23); and how special it was for him to get a statue outside the arena in Atlanta (26:05).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (38:01 – 45:44). The guys preview the first round of the NBA Playoffs, focusing on three key matchups – Boston taking on the heavily favored Brooklyn Nets (39:22); the MVP front-runner taking on a playoff darling, as Jokic and the Nuggets take on Lillard and the Blazers (41:19); and the Knicks making their return to the postseason as they take on Trae Young and the Hawks (43:00).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, Morten talks about Memorial Day – coming up in a few weeks – and why it’s so important to honor our military (45:44).


    Episode 36: Brett Favre

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 66:14


    On the 36th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Green Bay Packers legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (03:08 – 53:37). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about Morten’s family friend Seth Michael, and how his underdog story of pursuing a career in music in Nashville reminds Morten of Brett Favre’s story of perseverance during his football career (01:12). We then move to our interview with Brett, where he discusses a wide array of topics: how he went from a high school quarterback who never threw the ball, to the NFL quarterback who retired with every career passing record (04:17); his insight into the drama between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and why he believes Rodgers is more likely to sit out than play for Green Bay again (06:37); his record-setting iron man streak in the NFL, and the aspect of it he is most proud of (13:53); playing the greatest game of his career just one day after the unexpected passing of his father (17:36); why things didn’t work out for him with the Atlanta Falcons (24:11); winning three-straight MVPs in the 1990s, and who he attributes most of that success to (30:54); a great story of Mike Holmgren getting mad at him for changing the play-call at the line of scrimmage, even though it worked (34:40); on leaving Green Bay, and why it was so important to him to play for a team that would be playing against the Packers (38:59); this week’s edition of “The Name Game,” featuring Andy Reid, Jon Gruden, Adrian Peterson, Kevin Stefanski, Deion Sanders, Mike McCarthy, Jim McMahon, Andre Rison, and Jessie Tuggle (43:14); what he thinks of the Jets drafting Zach Wilson (49:26); why he thinks the Vikings can win a Super Bowl with Kirk Cousins at quarterback (50:10); and why Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL (52:56).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Paul Bovi for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (54:44 – 01:02:02). How does the release of the 2021 NFL schedule impact how Paul is viewing some of the win totals around the league (55:59)? Plus, the guys play “NBA Playoffs: True or False,” as the basketball postseason gets underway next weekend (57:17).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about how one coach’s poor judgment opened the door for the Hall of Fame career of Brett Favre (01:02:02).


    Episode 35: Bill Murray

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 55:26


    On the 35th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by an icon in the comedy world, the one and only Bill Murray (04:36 – 41:36). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about how Morten and Bill know each other, and the hilarious process of booking Bill as a guest for the podcast (01:49).We then move to our interview with Bill, where he discusses a wide array of topics: the moment he realized he was funny (05:35); moving from “Second City Improv” in Chicago to doing comedy in New York, and eventually joining “Saturday Night Live” (08:38); what it was like working with Lorne Michaels, and how he was able to get such a strong team together at NBC (11:23); the sketch on SNL that he felt broke him through as a star, and why he could never feel comfortable being a part of today’s cast (14:43); why he always felt of himself as an actor that had the ability to be funny, rather than a comedian trying to play serious roles (19:10); what he loved about “Groundhog Day” (20:31); why he loved working with Woody Harrelson on “Kingpin” (21:50); why his performance in “Broken Flowers” almost drove him to quitting acting (24:24); why Bill is never actively seeking his next role (27:12); describing the ridiculous room he is doing the interview from at the airport in Denver (29:04); accusing Morten of stealing “The Name Game” from Barbra Walters (30:59); and this week’s edition of “The Name Game,” featuring thoughts on Brian Doyle-Murray, Sophia Coppola, John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Michael Jordan (31:27).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (42:26 – 51:32). Should people with Lakers’ tickets at +275 to win the title be hedging as the team falters down the stretch (44:01)? Are the red-hot Cardinals a team people should be eyeing at +3000 to win the World Series (46:55)? Who does Kevin think provides the best value in the NFL Rookie of the Year market (48:42)?Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about why he was “dead-wrong” about his friend Bill Murray (51:32).


    Episode 34: Kurt Warner

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 78:56

    On the 34th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Hall of Fame brother Kurt Warner to talk about his amazing career, as well as preview the 2021 NFL Draft (05:28 – 01:09:27). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about Morten’s draft day experience way back in 1982.We then move to our interview with Kurt, where he discusses a wide array of topics: reflecting on his incredible journey, and taking full advantage of every single opportunity along the way (06:54); the enormous impact of Trent Green on his career, and why Trent could’ve been bound for Canton had he not suffered that knee injury that paved the way for Kurt’s breakout season (16:22); why Kurt felt like he played a decade for Dick Vermeil, even though it was only two seasons (26:00); reminiscing about the late, great Frank Gansz (34:58); why quarterbacks and kickers are much more similar than you would think (38:40); not knowing whether or not the 1999 St. Louis Rams banner is hanging in SoFi Stadium (45:23); on signing with an organization in Arizona that had no expectations of winning (46:06); why he felt like he was a better quarterback later in his career than he was in the beginning (49:58); his thoughts on the 2021 NFL Draft (54:35); this week’s edition of “The Name Game,” featuring thoughts on Larry Fitzgerald and Orlando Pace (01:02:15); why he hates the extra game being added to the regular season (01:04:54); and why Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league today (01:06:39).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (01:10:20 – 01:15:00). It’s all things NFL Draft, with the first round getting underway on Thursday night. What pick is the safest bet that is worth people’s while from a gambling perspective (01:11:38)? Who will be the first non-quarterback taken in this year’s draft (01:12:24)? With the Patriots having their highest draft position since 2008, what will they do in the first round? (01:13:12)?Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend Kurt Warner, and why he personifies the word “perseverance.” (01:15:00)

    Episode 33: Mark Dantonio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 65:40


    On the 33rd episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Michigan State legend Mark Dantonio (04:21 – 55:23). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about the dramatic story that led to Morten choosing Michigan State as his college over Purdue way back in 1978 (01:10).We then move to our interview with Mark, where he discusses a wide array of topics: why it was so important to get successful NFL alumni back in the fold with the Michigan State program (05:50); playing his college ball at South Carolina, and the long path Mark took to becoming a head coach at the Division 1 level (07:44); what it was like playing with Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers (09:04); why working under Jim Tressel at Ohio State was so important for him in his development as a football coach (12:01); which coaching jobs helped shape his coaching philosophy (15:49); winning a BCS National Championship as defensive coordinator at Ohio State (19:49); why working for Nick Saban at Michigan State was like working in a lab (21:06); how difficult it was to leave Cincinnati to become head coach at Michigan State (28:59); Michigan State’s unbelievable streak of 80-straight years of having a player selected in the NFL Draft (32:43); how he was able to use iPhone videos to motivate his team in two of their most successful seasons (38:54); his special relationship with Tom Izzo and Mark Hollis (46:41); why his biggest regret might be his decision to retire when he did (50:35); his interest in the coaching vacancy at South Carolina this offseason (53:05); and a birthday message from Morten to his friend Mark (53:54). Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (56:15 – 01:01:46). This week is a special expert-segment, as Thom breaks down the 93rd Academy Awards from a gambling perspective (57:05). How will the impact of the pandemic over the past year have an impact on this year’s awards show (57:36)? What does Thom think is the safest bet ahead of this year’s Oscars (58:32)? What category does he think is the most up-for-grabs (59:11)?Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend Mark Dantonio, and why if you give him a place to stand, he’ll move the world (01:01:46).


    Episode 32: Thomas Morstead

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 73:16


    On the 32nd episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Super Bowl XLIV Champion and longtime New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (07:29 – 59:17). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about the recent news of Kevin James being cast as Sean Payton in an upcoming Netflix project. Who would Morten and FreezePops cast as actors in a movie about Great Dane Nation (01:42)?We then move to our interview with Thomas, where he discusses a wide array of topics: where his head is at as he heads into free agency at age 35 after spending his entire professional career in New Orleans, and how his situation is similar to Morten’s when he left the Saints for the Falcons (09:29); the impact of the late Frank Gansz on both of their lives (13:26); the whole story behind his franchise-altering onside kick in Super Bowl XLIV (23:06); the impact John Carney had on him as a rookie in New Orleans (32:03); his thoughts on the amazing career of Drew Brees, and the tall order ahead of trying to replace him in New Orleans (34:12); his perspective on the many brutal playoff loses the Saints suffered throughout his career (41:42); having a locker next to Alvin Kamara, and what makes him so special (43:44); this week’s edition of “The Name Game” (46:09); and his charity work, and why an obscure situation in a playoff game up in Minnesota helped his foundation touch a different community (50:27).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (01:00:07 – 01:09:11). With the baseball season only a few weeks underway, FreezePops run through some early-season overreactions with Kevin, to see which ones are legit and which ones need to pump the breaks (01:01:01). Plus, Kevin breaks down how Jamal Murray’s knee injury impacts the Western Conference Playoffs in the NBA (01:06:20).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend Thomas Morstead, and why his training both physically and mentally has turned him into one of the greatest punters in the history of the NFL (01:09:11).


    Episode 31: Billy Andrade

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 70:57


    On the 31st episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by four-time PGA TOUR winner and current PGA TOUR Champions golfer Billy Andrade, as The Masters gets underway on Thursday (03:31 – 59:45). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where Morten cannot confirm or deny if he has ever played golf at Augusta National (01:21).We then move to our interview with Billy, where he discusses a wide array of topics: being paired with Tiger Woods numerous times throughout his absolute apex, and the unique challenges that presented (09:55); why he thinks if Tiger can return to golf after the recent injuries he sustained in that car accident earlier this year, he is “God-like” (18:40); how growing up playing golf in a cold-weather climate shaped who he was as a professional golfer (19:49); why making the cut at a tournament was never his goal going in, and what he used for personal motivation (27:07); why The Masters is so special, and an amazing story about his first time playing in the tournament, which involved a round paired with the late Arnold Palmer (32:30); what he thinks is the key to winning a green jacket (43:13); why the course was easier to play this past fall during the 84th edition of The Masters, and why it should be much more difficult this year (45:45); who he thinks has a chance to win this year’s tournament (47:52); why golfers today are going through so many more injuries than golfers in his day did (49:38); why he thinks “something has to give” at some point when it comes to how much size Bryson DeChambeau has put on in the last few years (51:13); why he thinks the PGA needs to stop having the USGA set their rules (52:43); and his favorite celebrities to golf with (56:16).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (01:00:37 – 01:06:50). Thom reviews his bracket’s performance as March Madness finished up earlier this week, and looks ahead at some futures for next year’s tournament (01:01:48). Thom also tells us who to have an eye on as we head into the weekend in Augusta (01:03:33). Plus, Thom tells us why he likes the Yankees as a futures-play for this season (01:04:59).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend Billy Andrade, and why his strive for greatness in such a challenging game has given him a long and meaningful career in golf (01:06:50).


    Episode 30: David Wells

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 64:08


    On the thirtieth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by New York Yankees legend and longtime friend David Wells as MLB Opening Day gets underway on Thursday (04:57 – 50:21). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about how foreign the game of baseball can feel to someone who grew up in a country where it was not prevalent (01:17).We then move to our interview with David, where he discusses a wide array of topics: the origins of his nickname “Boomer” (06:03); the whole story behind his perfect game, which he famously pitched with a violent hangover (09:24); why Jorge Posada should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame (17:17); why he feels most connected to the Detroit Tigers in retirement, and why the Toronto Blue Jays are on the opposite end of the spectrum for him (18:32); how Kirk Gibson taught him to embrace the big moments (20:39); why he thinks analytics are embraced too much in today’s game (25:07); why he didn’t care what his pitch count was, and a great story about Sparky Anderson to go along with it (26:54); pitching with 19 different pitchers that were either in the Hall of Fame or have been on the ballot, and which ones he learned the most from (28:03); hilarious Greg Maddux stories (29:38); what he thinks of Gerrit Cole’s massive contract with the Yankees (32:21); why he’s picking the San Diego Padres to win the World Series, and what he thinks of Fernando Tatis Jr.’s mega deal (33:12); why the Los Angeles Dodgers remind him of the 1990s Yankees dynasty teams (35:40); why he thinks the Boston Red Sox have been selling off so many great young players in recent years (37:59); this week’s edition of “The Name Game,” with thoughts on Phil Niekro, Cal Ripken Jr., Deion Sanders, George Steinbrenner, Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens, Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Jose Canseco, Mike Piazza and Trevor Hoffman (39:22); and the story behind the “Perfect 33 Foundation” (46:20).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (51:10 – 01:00:02). Kevin reviews his bracket’s performance headed into the final weekend of March Madness, and helps us preview the Final Four (52:21). Plus, Kevin tells us what to look out for from a gambling perspective as the 2021 MLB regular season gets underway on Thursday (55:58).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend David Wells, and how he was able to achieve perfection in an imperfect world (01:00:02).


    Episode 29: Jason Garrett

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 68:06


    On the 29th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by New York Giants Offensive Coordinator and longtime friend Jason Garrett (05:35 – 57:18). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk about a wild first week of NFL free agency (01:34).We then move to our interview with Jason, where he discusses a wide array of topics: what it was like working as Morten’s holder, and the story behind him adding that job to his duties in 2001 (06:34); how special it was being Troy Aikman’s back-up on three Super Bowl teams with the Cowboys (12:22); why playing football and being a part of the game has been such an important part of his personal growth as a person (15:19); the moment when he decided he was going to dive into coaching, and why he tried to hang on to his playing career as long as he could (17:50); how signing with Jon Gruden’s Buccaneers late in his career helped shape him as a football coach (20:24); the story behind becoming interim head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, and eventually being promoted to permanent head coach by Jerry Jones (22:20); looking back on his nine full seasons as head coach of the Cowboys with great pride, even with a 2-3 playoff record during that span (25:40); how happy he is for Dak Prescott signing a six-year deal in Dallas (27:48); why he thinks the Cowboys and the rest of the NFC East will be competitive in 2021 (28:40); whether he prefers being the head coach or offensive coordinator (29:02); what it was like working with a first-year head coach in Joe Judge this past season (33:23); why the Giants were able to start clicking towards the end of the season (34:28); what he likes about Daniel Jones, and where he thinks the young quarterback can improve (35:56); this week’s edition of “The Name Game” featuring thoughts on Tony Romo, Sean Payton, Ezekiel Elliott, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and Michael Strahan (41:56); why he’s so excited to be able to gameplan with a healthy Saquon Barkley on his side (50:46); and reminiscing about the hilarious speech Jason gave at Kerry Collins’ wedding (51:44).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (58:07 – 01:04:07). With the first weekend of March Madness in the books, Thom tells us how his bracket is performing (59:07), where to look for value in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 (59:58), and why the Big Ten has struggled so mightily in this tournament thus far (01:02:19).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend Jason Garrett, and why perspective has been a key component to the success he’s had throughout his career in football (01:04:07).


    Episode 28: Charles Barkley

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 75:34


    On the 28th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by retired NBA superstar and Auburn Tigers legend Charles Barkley to help us get ready for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (03:13 – 01:04:26). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys preview Michigan State’s play-in game against UCLA on Thursday night (01:22).We then move to our interview with Charles, where he discusses a wide array of topics: his daughter’s wedding, and why he was worried he would be dropped during the hora dance (03:43); why he says what’s on his mind, and doesn’t worry about what other people think (06:09); the secret sauce to “Inside the NBA” (07:46); why he loves being able to talk about gambling on television, and how he lost $100,000 betting on the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV (10:57); why Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are most responsible for the growth of the NBA over the last 40 years (14:26); why Moses Malone is the most important teammate of his basketball career (16:33); why Julius Erving is the “best autograph person” he has ever been around (22:29); why his famously awful golf game is as good as it has ever been (24:33); golfing with Gary Player, and traveling with The Eagles for the past 20+ years (25:38); why he thinks he should’ve retired much sooner than he did (29:43); why the “Bad Boy Pistons” weren’t actually all that bad (33:26); why he and Michael Jordan still aren’t on speaking terms (34:46); what he remembers most from his lone appearance in March Madness (38:00); the two teams he feels the most confident in making this year’s Final Four (43:27); his thoughts on the bubble in Indianapolis that will be housing the entire NCAA Tournament (44:14); why he wasn’t surprised by the firing of Gus Malzahn at Auburn, whether it was deserved or not (45:14); why he thinks Joel Embiid listening to his advice led him to having the MVP-caliber season he was having before his injury (47:14); the prospect of a Lakers vs. Nets match-up in the NBA Finals (48:11); why he thinks Chris Paul is the best leader in all of sports (48:57); his relationship with the late Kobe Bryant, and where he was when he heard the news of his passing (50:25); how he would power rank the “Inside the NBA” crew (54:30); and why his one day of playing high school football was one of the worst days of his life (01:00:49).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (01:05:16 – 01:11:36). How confident is Kevin in Gonzaga and Baylor meeting in the finals (01:06:30)? Which upsets should we have in our brackets for the opening weekend, and which trendy low-seeds should we avoid (01:07:49)? Plus, Kevin tells us how confident he is in his alma mater making a deep run (01:09:01).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend Charles Barkley, and why everyone needs to “take a chill pill.” (01:11:36)


    Episode 27: Sean Payton

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 66:02


    On the 27th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by New Orleans Saints Head Coach and longtime friend Sean Payton (03:37 – 56:15). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where Morten talks about his 20+ year friendship with the greatest coach in New Orleans Saints history, and why he knew early on that Sean Payton was going to be a special coach in the NFL (01:16).We then move to our interview with Sean, where he discusses a wide array of topics: the keys to building a winning culture in New Orleans, and why that all starts with the pursuit of “uncommon” players and coaches (04:29); what he and his team have learned from four straight seasons of painful postseason exits (13:04); what he told his team after the famous missed pass interference call against the Rams in the 2018 NFC Championship Game (16:16); why playing the Buccaneers for a third time this season was no excuse for them to lose to Tampa Bay in the postseason (21:40); if Tom Brady-to-New Orleans was a real possibility last offseason (23:02); how he sees the quarterback position shaping up for the Saints in 2021, and why it’s all dependent on what Drew Brees decides to do this offseason (24:24); when he think Brees will make that decision (25:41); playing his college ball at Eastern Illinois, and the path that led him on in his coaching career (28:15); Morten and Sean being together with the Giants in 2001, and reminiscing on their first game back after September 11th (30:18); his special relationship with Drew Brees, and Drew’s amazing rehab process that led to his career renaissance in New Orleans (33:26); what made that 2009 Saints team so special, and the biggest challenge heading into Super Bowl XLIV in Miami against Peyton Manning and the Colts (41:30); the amazing story behind the onside kick to open the second half of the Super Bowl (42:58); what was going through his head as the clock ticked down to zero during his Super Bowl victory (47:12); looking back on victory parade day in New Orleans (50:37); and this week’s edition of “The Name Game” featuring thoughts on Bill Parcells, Tom Benson, Jon Gruden, Jerry Jones, Tony Romo, Will Smith, Dan Campbell, and Cam Jordan (54:19).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (57:06 – 01:01:40). The guys talk about the second half of the NBA season, and where the best value is when looking at the individual player awards market (58:09). Plus, Thom gives us his predictions for conference tournament champions in each of the power-five conferences (59:30).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend Sean Payton, and how his pursuit of uncommon players has manifested within himself (01:01:40).


    Episode 26: John Randle

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 75:33


    On the 26th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Minnesota Vikings legend John Randle (06:46 – 01:03:17). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys react to the news of the week in the football world – J.J. Watt signing a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals (01:27).We then move to our interview with John, where he discusses a wide array of topics: his humble beginnings in Texas, playing football at both the community college and Division II level, and why that helped shape him into the player he ended up being in the NFL (09:21); why he had to tie chains around his waist to make weight in order to even make the Minnesota Vikings roster as an undrafted rookie (20:10); why he ranks the his Vikings defensive line as one of the top 10 defensive lines in NFL history (25:22); why he loves coaching up younger players, and the unique athletes he looked to for inspiration with pass rush moves (27:54); his favorite John Teerlinck stories (29:38); why watching an immense amount of film was the key to all the success his unit had throughout the 1990s, and his unique techniques on gathering research and information on opponents (33:47); a hilarious story about a former teammate, $50,000, and a big day sacking John Elway (38:08); reminiscing on his one career touchdown while playing for the Seattle Seahawks (41:07); the greatness of Randy Moss and the 1998 Vikings, and why losing that NFC Championship Game was so painful (42:24); the first thing that comes to mind when John thinks of Denny Green is not what you would expect (55:49); the leadership of Cris Carter (56:18); an amazing story from Randy Moss’ rookie season (56:47); fond memories of the late Chris Doleman (57:21); why Tony Dungy didn’t even need to say anything, and he could get his point across (59:27); and why he thinks Gary Anderson has not returned to Minnesota since retiring from football (01:00:48).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (01:04:05 – 01:11:35). With J.J. Watt signing with the Cardinals, Kevin and FreezePops take a look at how this has shifted the odds in the NFC West for 2021 (01:05:13). Plus, with the NBA All-Star break upon, the guys take a look at the top of both the Eastern and Western Conferences (01:07:43).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend John Randle, and why an iconic song by The Police fits perfectly when describing his Hall of Fame brother (01:11:35).


    Episode 25: Cameron Jordan

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 68:21


    On the 25th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by New Orleans Saints All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan (10:32 – 53:56). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll). With Cam being the son of Minnesota Vikings legend Steve Jordan, the guys rank the greatest father-son combinations in NFL history (01:19).We then move to our interview with Cam, where he discusses a wide array of topics: why Cam knows the impact he can have on young people’s lives with his platform (11:37); why he feels blessed to have called New Orleans his home for the past 10 years (13:19); his podcast with former teammate Mark Ingram, and the origin of his iconic “levels” sack dance (14:28); being on the precipice of 100 career sacks (16:27); losing to the Buccaneers in the playoffs, and why he feels the better team lost that day (18:56); why Jameis Winston is “up next” for the Saints at quarterback (24:37); growing up with a Pro Bowl tight end for a dad, and how that shaped him as an athlete and man (25:43); becoming a state champion discus thrower in high school, and how that path helped him become a better competitor in football (28:37); how he went from a “portly” kid trying to be the next Allen Iverson, to an All-Pro defensive end destined for the New Orleans Saints Ring of Honor (32:03); playing his college football at Cal, and knowing he was surrounded by NFL-level talent right away (37:15); what Cal needs to do to be a real threat to win the Pac-12 (38:58); who he thinks is the hardest offensive lineman he has ever had to go up against (39:48); why he enjoys sacking Matt Ryan more than any other quarterback, and why he’d never accept him as a teammate (41:18); the toughest quarterback to take down in the NFL, and why he thinks Cam Newton still has gas left in the tank (43:33); Will Smith’s impact on him as a young player in the league (45:51); why he wants Akiem Hicks to return to New Orleans (46:57); why he calls Mark Ingram a “righteous warrior” (48:05); why “wild card” is the best way to describe Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (50:00); his admiration for both Wil Lutz and Thomas Morstead (50:55); and why he’d love to play another 6 years in the NFL with the Saints (52:11).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Thom Cunningham for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (56:31 – 01:03:39). As March Madness rapidly approaches, Thom gets us ready for the big dance, telling us which teams we should be targeting both inside and outside our bracket pools (57:37). Plus, with Thom being among the very best at following daily trends across all leagues, he gives us a rundown of the best way to have success if you’re just getting started in daily fantasy (01:01:19).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Cameron Jordan, and how his special relationship with his father shaped him into the All-Pro human being he is today (01:03:39).


    Episode 24: Troy Aikman

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 54:54


    On the 24th episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman (05:57 – 44:48). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where he lets him know that he’s finally had enough of the mispronunciations. After 24 episodes, we learn how to properly say Morten’s name in Danish.We then move to our interview with Troy, where he discusses a wide array of topics: transferring from Oklahoma to UCLA, and why that whole process was a defining moment for his football career (07:33); his thoughts on the large number of high-end college quarterbacks transferring schools in recent years, and why he isn’t sure whether or not it’s good for college football (11:20); his thoughts on today’s UCLA football program, and why he thinks the Bruins should stay the course with Chip Kelly at the helm (12:23); how and when the Cowboys made the shift from a young, rebuilding team to the defining dynasty of the 1990s (15:50); how the egos of Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson got in the way of the 1990s Cowboys from winning even more Super Bowls (20:02); his leadership style, and why it was crucial to the team’s success during that dominant decade (24:15); what it was like having his old college coach, Barry Switzer, come in and replace Jimmy Johnson in the middle of the dynasty’s run (25:41); why it was his back injuries, not concussions, that were the biggest factor in his early retirement, and how close he was to coming out of retirement to play for the Miami Dolphins (28:24); why he thought his broadcasting career would only be a two or three year experiment that has now turned into a fantastic 20-year run with FOX Sports (32:07); why he thinks today’s Cowboys aren’t that far away from being a competitive team again (33:39); why he believes it will take a winning record to win the NFC East in 2021 (35:00); his thoughts on the Matthew Stafford-for-Jared Goff trade (35:46); why he thinks Taysom Hill is going to be given the chance to win the starting quarterback job in New Orleans, and how Tom Brady almost landed with the Saints last offseason (37:17); why Troy thinks Jerry Jones will carry a complicated legacy when we look back on his career in football (40:30); why the 1990s Cowboys would not have won at the level they did without Norv Turner (41:36); and why he’s proud of Deion Sanders for taking the job at Jackson State (42:35).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (45:38 – 50:32). This was Kevin’s first appearance on Great Dane Nation since Super Bowl LV. He gives his thoughts on what went wrong for Kansas City, and why we never should have counted Tampa Bay out this season (46:29). Plus, now that football season is over, Kevin gives us a primer on what the casual football gambler should throw themselves behind during the long offseason (48:13).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Troy Aikman, and why his old school mentality on the field was crucial to the success of the Cowboys in the 1990s (50:32).


    Episode 23: Jan Stenerud

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 74:45


    On the 23rd episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Kansas City Chiefs legend Jan Stenerud (09:09 – 01:03:50). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for a recap of Super Bowl LV, which ended with Tom Brady hoisting his 7th Lombardi Trophy and the Bucs blowing out the Chiefs (01:36).We then move to our interview with Jan, where he discusses a wide array of topics: the amazing journey that led him from a ski jumper in Norway to becoming one of the greatest kickers in the history of the NFL (11:37); the one day that changed his life forever while running the stadium steps at Montana State (17:59); how much his training as a ski jumper had an impact on his success as a kicker (24:05); why he spent his entire career in fear of losing his job (26:01); what he thinks the biggest difference is between kicking now and kicking back in his day (27:44); high praise for Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (34:15); how he was able to be so successful for so many years, as he had a ten year gap between Pro Bowl appearances (34:41); how the Chiefs were able to get so much Hall of Fame talent in the building at the same time during their dominant run in the 1960s (37:33); why Hank Stram was such a singular talent (43:35); how Lamar Hunt could be so understated, yet so powerful in the game of football (44:03); his thoughts on “Lenny the Cool” (44:16); being teammates with Tom Flores (44:42); burying the hatchet with Marv Levy (45:23); why he can’t find a single flaw in Bart Starr (49:47); why James Lofton gave him grief when they first became teammates (50:36); his relationship with Bud Grant (54:13); remembering the late Chris Doleman (56:04); why Archie Manning was not looking forward to playing against the 1985 Bears (56:41); how fun it is to have the Chiefs as a dominant franchise again (57:49); why it would be hard for him to ever put Andy Reid ahead of Hank Stram (59:10); why he still has Bart Starr as the “GOAT” Packers quarterback (59:43); why Mahomes should already be considered among the greatest Chiefs of all-time (01:00:42); why he can’t give a definitive answer to the “GOAT” kicker question (01:01:18); and how important Jan was to Morten being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (01:02:45).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Paul Bovi for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (01:04:36 – 01:10:23). Paul tells us what his biggest takeaway was from a gambling perspective from the Bucs impressive victory in Super Bowl LV (01:05:39). The guys take a look at the early odds for next year’s Super Bowl, and explain the types of numbers you should be looking for if you’re making a futures bet this far in advance (01:06:54).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Jan Stenerud, and how his example helped shape Morten’s path as a professional football player (01:10:23)


    Episode 22: Andre Tippett

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 73:23


    On the 22nd episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and New England Patriots legend Andre Tippett (10:53 – 59:47). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) for a preview of Super Bowl LV, as Morten’s give his list of “Ten Things to watch for in Super Bowl LV” (01:49).We then move to our interview with Andre, where he discusses a wide array of topics: how “trusting the process” helped turn a JUCO transfer into a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (12:48); how his year playing JUCO football at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa almost sent him packing back to New Jersey to become a sanitation worker (16:58); how his high school football coach changed his life, and how dealing with bullies at a young age helped shape the man he is today (19:10); how dealing with bullies led him to becoming a black belt in karate (22:17); his famous fight with teammates Rich Camarillo and Tony Franklin (23:29); playing with a chip on his shoulder as a JUCO transfer at Iowa (27:30); on changing the way teams build their defenses based on the way he and Lawrence Taylor played outside linebacker (29:46); why he had to pinch himself when he was playing in the Rose Bowl for Iowa in 1981 (33:09); why he was so confident he was going to be drafted by the Raiders, he bought a silver and black Nissan 280ZX (34:46); playing for Bill Parcells, and how he built the foundation of the “Patriots Way” that has produced six Vince Lombardi Trophies (37:13); how winning the Super Bowl in 2001 completely changed the way potential free agents viewed signing in New England and buying into their team-first mentality (40:56); why Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft were all equal-parts responsible for the dynastic-success of the New England Patriots over the past 20 years (43:22); what losing a player like Brady does to an organization, and why he’s happy for Tom’s success in Tampa Bay (49:02); the biggest reason for the Patriots’ struggles in 2020 (51:19); why he thinks Julian Edelman has played his final game for the Patriots (52:53); why he thinks Cam Newton will be back with the Patriots next season (53:29); why he doesn’t think Bill Belichick is ready to retire just yet (53:53); and how proud he is of the organization for how they’ve been leaders in the fight against social injustice, as Andre is the Executive Director of Community Affairs for the Patriots (55:35).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (01:01:02 – 01:09:31). The guys talk all things Super Bowl LV: What’s their favorite prop bet heading into Sunday (01:02:38)? Who will win Super Bowl LV MVP (01:04:17)? Who wins Super Bowl LV (01:05:33)?Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Andre Tippett, and the importance of giving back to our community (01:09:31).


    Episode 21: Emmitt Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 60:06


    On the 21st episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith (09:09 – 50:36). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to recap NFL Championship Weekend and look ahead to Super Bowl LV. Morten and FreezePops have no idea what Matt LaFleur was doing at the end of the NFC Championship (01:45), and couldn’t be more excited for Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes in the big game (05:08).We then move to our interview with Emmitt, where he discusses a wide array of topics: why Emmitt owns two Jim Thorpe trophies (10:00); which running backs were his role models when he was growing up in Florida, and why (12:07); how he was able to become one of the best second-effort running backs in the history of the NFL, and why he prioritized avoiding contact (15:46); Emmitt’s favorite play-calls of his career (18:49); how much of being a successful running back at the pro level is God-given ability, and how much of it can be learned and trained (22:11); how setting goals as a young player allowed him to achieve greatness that few players in league history have ever seen (24:04); why leaving the University of Florida after three seasons had nothing to do with Steve Spurrier taking over the program (30:41); why it took Norv Turner revamping the offense in Dallas for “The Triplets” to really take off and become the dynasty of the 1990s (33:18); why his first Super Bowl win was especially sweet (35:27); why Emmitt believes the Florida Gators are not that close to competing for an SEC Championship in a real way (38:16); why he still believes Ezekiel Elliott will be a star in this league, and why the Cowboys are not that far from being a real contender in the NFC East (41:41); why Mike McCarthy deserves another chance to prove himself next season in Dallas (43:41); what advice he’d give Derrick Henry, and why he’s the best running back in the NFL today (44:36); and how Roger Staubach changed his life (47:14).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Mark Franco for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (51:44 – 56:15). The guys take a long-range look at Super Bowl LV, as we are 11 days away from football’s biggest stage (52:51). Plus, the one prop bet Mark thinks people should hop on now to maximize their value (53:34).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Emmitt Smith, and how one man’s vision became an iconic reality (56:15).


    Episode 20: Dermontti Dawson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 55:49


    On the twentieth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Dermontti Dawson (13:16 – 42:57). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to recap the weekend that was in the football world. Morten shares his thoughts surrounding the end of Drew Brees’ career, as it looks like he’s headed to the broadcast booth for next season (01:38). Who is the next “Drew Brees” for Sean Payton and the Saints (04:01)? Plus, Morten weighs in on Justin Tucker’s missed field goals in the Ravens’ loss in Buffalo (09:43).We then move to our interview with Dermontti, where he discusses a wide array of topics: how he was able to play in so many consecutive games as an offensive lineman in the NFL (14:19); how his faith helped him throughout his career (15:56); revolutionizing the center position by becoming the league’s first pulling center (17:13); why so many teams have tried to find centers that can also pull with success (20:36); what he learned from Hall of Fame center Mike Webster (22:19); going from the young guy to the leader, and how the league is continuing to shift towards more athletic centers (25:10); how someone can be nicknamed “Dirt” because he’s famous for grinding people into the ground, but also be nicknamed “Ned Flanders” because of how overly polite he is (26:46); the biggest differences between playing for Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher (28:34); why Bill Cowher isn’t taking another coaching job any time soon (30:40); why he would’ve loved playing for Mike Tomlin (31:51); his relationship with Maurkice Pouncey, and how he has continued to carry on the amazing legacy of great centers in the black and gold (32:34); why Maurkice Pouncey and Cam Heyward are his favorite current Steelers (33:33); his thoughts on the state of the Kentucky football program (34:05); why Tony Dungy is someone he looks up to (36:18); a Dick LeBeau story you would never expect (37:37); working with Marvin Lewis as a young assistant in Pittsburgh, then as a head coach in Cincinnati (38:18); destroying Mike Vrabel in golf during his rookie season (38:40); and emulating Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson (41:21).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (44:23 – 51:49). Which team that lost in the divisional round do the guys have the least amount of confidence in in returning to the postseason in 2021 (45:05)? Plus, the guys give a comprehensive breakdown of NFL Championship Weekend (46:55).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Dermontti Dawson, and how a mild-mannered man changed the center position forever (51:49).


    Episode 19: James Lofton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 68:30


    On the nineteenth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Green Bay Packers legend James Lofton (09:01 – 54:37). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to recap the weekend that was in the football world. The guys talk about how much they enjoyed the kid-friendly broadcast of the Saints-Bears game on Nickelodeon, and why they think the NFL should do more of this moving forward (01:07). Plus, Morten and FreezePops react to Nick Saban winning his seventh national title, as #1 Alabama dominated #3 Ohio State to win the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night (04:36).We then move to our interview with James, where he discusses a wide array of topics: being one of the few players in the history of the league to score points in three different decades (10:14); his accomplishments in track and field, and how those skills helped make him one of the great wideouts in the history of the game (11:54); the amazing impact Bill Walsh had on him, both as a player at Stanford and in his post-playing career (18:54); playing under Bart Starr, and why his win-loss record as head coach was not as important as the life lessons he taught his team (24:13); how he ended up playing for those amazing Bills teams in the early 1990s, and why he was able to have such an impact for them in the locker room (31:05); his time with the Los Angeles Raiders, and an amazing story about Bo Jackson’s first practice as a pro that had Marcus Allen ready to switch positions (42:17); why he knew Tim Brown was going to be a special talent in the NFL before his rookie season even started (44:28); the laid back nature of Tom Flores (45:31); how Al Davis would recruit players to play for the Raiders while they were in uniform for other teams (46:11); why he would’ve made the same decision Stanford did, as they opted out of a bowl game for the 2020 season (48:04); why he loves the job David Shaw has done with the Stanford program (49:13); and why you can make a legitimate case for Davante Adams to be the best wide receiver in the NFL (49:58).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Brian Edwards for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (55:23 – 01:04:15). FreezePops and Brian breakdown every game in the NFL Divisional Round slate: Do the Rams have what it takes to pull off another upset, as they head to Green Bay to take on the Packers (56:28)? Will the Bills win their second consecutive home playoff game this weekend as they host the defending NFL MVP in Lamar Jackson (57:52)? Can the Browns shock the world again as they head to Kansas City to take on the defending Super Bowl champions (59:15)? Which all-time great quarterback is advancing to the NFC Championship, Brees or Brady (01:01:12)? Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about James Lofton, and why now – more than ever – the world needs more people like him and his Hall of Fame brothers (01:04:15).


    Episode 18: Jim Nantz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 52:52


    On the eighteenth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and broadcasting legend Jim Nantz of CBS Sports (18:15 – 36:41). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to recap the biggest storyline coming out of week 17 – the Philadelphia Eagles blatantly tanking in the second half of their game against Washington (01:14). Plus, Morten and FreezePops each make their predictions for Wild Card Weekend (07:34).We then move to our interview with Jim, where he discusses a wide array of topics: how he coined his iconic phrase “hello, friends” (19:36); what it was like to call The Masters in the middle of football season as we continue to battle this pandemic (22:33); playing D-1 golf at the University of Houston, and being roommates with future Masters champion Fred Couples (24:47); which broadcasters he idolized growing up (28:07); working with Tony Romo, and when he knew that Romo was going to be a great color commentator (29:31); why he would split his MVP vote between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes (32:23); why he believes the Chiefs will repeat as Super Bowl champions this season (34:08); and how he called games of Morten’s that Morten probably wasn’t even aware of at the time (35:57).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Paul Bovi for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (37:50 – 48:55). With the College Football Playoff National Championship taking place on Monday, Paul and FreezePops preview #1 Alabama taking on #3 Ohio State (38:35). Then we head to our quick picks for Wild Card Weekend: Can Washington pull off the upset as they host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (40:47)? Will Lamar Jackson get his first postseason victory this weekend in Tennessee (43:18)? With the Browns ravished by injuries and COVID-19, do they even have a chance against the Steelers (45:55)?Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Jim Nantz, and what makes him one of the greatest broadcasters who has ever lived (48:55).


    Episode 17: Ron Jaworski

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 53:45


    On the seventeenth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by Philadelphia Eagles legend Ron Jaworski (06:02 – 40:10). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), who has one of the worst fantasy football punishments on the horizon – having to sit at a 24/7 diner for 24 straight hours (02:11). Morten has some helpful tips on how Tom is to survive this punishment.We then move to our interview with Jaws, where he discusses a wide array of topics: meeting Pope John Paul II (07:34); what led him to Youngstown State, and why that was so important to him becoming a successful NFL quarterback (08:15); his time with the Rams, and why it never really panned out for him as a player in LA (10:21); why Philadelphia as a city was such a great culture fit for Jaws (12:28); how Dick Vermeil was able to change the culture of losing in Philadelphia (14:22); why it was so important to have a guy like Vince Papale in the Eagles’ locker room (16:54); thoughts on his book, “The Games That Changed The Game” (19:40); why he knew his career in Philly was going to come an end quickly when Buddy Ryan took over (23:04); why we’re getting close to a break-up between Carson Wentz and the Eagles (23:41); his read on the Doug Pederson era since winning Super Bowl LII, and why coaches needed to be graded on a scale during the pandemic (24:18); why he doesn’t think Taysom Hill is the future starting QB of the Saints (25:57); why he is so impressed with Tua Tagovailoa (26:26); why we’re looking at an all-time great offense in Kansas City (27:24); what he learned playing under Marty Schottenheimer at the end of his career (29:56); why he was shocked at the coaching career of Bill Cowher (31:08); why he fell in love with a young Tom Coughlin (32:09); what Bruce Arians brought to the table as a young assistant under Marty Schottenheimer (33:13); what he learned from Tony Dungy while he was defensive coordinator for the Chiefs (33:49); Jaws’ top three go-to “thoughts” for leaders today (35:16); and why giving back to his communities is so important (38:06).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (41:09 – 50:17). With the College Football Playoff taking place on New Year’s Day, Kevin and FreezePops take a look at both games, as #1 Alabama takes on #4 Notre Dame, and #2 Clemson takes on #3 Ohio State (42:00). Then we head to our quick picks for week 17 of the NFL season: Can the Colts cover at -14 against a Jaguars team with nothing to lose? With the playoffs on the line, can the Browns bounce back after that embarrassing loss to the Jets? Which NFC West team gets in, Arizona or Los Angeles? (44:19)Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about the excellence of Ron Jaworski, both on and off the football field (50:17).


    Episode 16: A Tribute to Kevin Greene

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 31:44

    On December 21, 2020, we lost one of the true legends of the game, as Kevin Greene passed away at the age of 58.Morten remembers his dear friend, as we spend this episode listening to parts of his recent conversation with the Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker. Kevin sat down for an interview with "Great Dane Nation" on December 10th, only 11 days before his unexpected passing.Rest in peace, Kevin.

    Episode 15: Jim McMahon

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 59:39

    On the fifteenth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by two-time Super Bowl Champion and Chicago Bears legend Jim McMahon (07:57 – 46:27). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to talk about the weekend that was in the NFL. With all sorts of rumors surrounding Lamar Jackson’s exit-and-return from Monday Night Football this week, Morten takes this opportunity to tell us all about the time he pooped his pants during a playoff game at Lambeau Field. Yes, you read that correctly (01:35).We then move to our interview with Jim, where he discusses a wide array of topics: how he’s handled the pandemic thus far (09:09); why he plays golf barefoot, and how he did so at Augusta National (09:44); Jim and Morten partying in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl (10:57); the moment he knew he started having problems from football related injuries, and the remedy he’s been using the last few years to alleviate his crippling headaches (12:07); why his relationship with Mike Ditka was so contentious (16:55); moving to Utah, attending BYU, and why he feels his BYU offense was the best he ever played in on any level (18:15); the best thing Ditka did when he arrived as head coach in Chicago (21:43); his favorite memories of playing with Walter Payton (22:42); his special relationship with the late Buddy Ryan, and why that landed him with a talented Philadelphia Eagles team (25:52); why he feels the Bears’ lack of success at the QB position is more about the offensive system than it is the talent of the players (29:02); life as a journeyman quarterback in the second half of his career (29:51); his terrible experience playing for Bill Belichick in Cleveland, and how it led him to become Brett Favre’s backup in Green Bay (31:02); the controversy with Adidas headbands (35:20); the eye injury that made him famous for his sunglasses (39:36); and how he got involved with supporting the military (43:00).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Mark Franco for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (47:47 – 55:17). FreezePops and Mark react to an all-time bad beat from Monday night, as the Baltimore Ravens completed one of the most unlikely backdoor covers of the past decade (49:03). Plus, thoughts on Thursday Night Football (50:17), a rematch between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins (51:58), and the game of the week between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints (53:22).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Jim McMahon, and why Morten admires his unapologetic disposition (55:17).

    Episode 14: Chris Berman

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 59:53


    On the fourteenth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and broadcasting legend Chris Berman of ESPN (05:18 – 47:41). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to talk about the weekend that was in the NFL. Morten was incredibly impressed by a veteran-savvy move on Monday afternoon involving a k-ball, Alex Smith, and a maintenance timeout – it all makes sense after Morten breaks it down! (01:19)We then move to our interview with Chris, where he discusses a wide array of topics: his background in broadcasting, and what led him to being one of the first on-air talents at ESPN (07:19); why he didn’t audition, but rather told the ESPN executives to just turn on the local sports broadcast that weekend (11:31); the bare-bones nature of the ESPN studios in its infancy (13:26); how he got the nickname “Boomer” (17:47); how Boomer popularizing Morten’s nickname “The Great Dane” changed his status around the league (19:56); one of Boomer’s favorite Morten-stories from his playing days (20:58); how Morten found out he had been drafted by the New Orleans Saints by watching Chris Berman on ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft (22:38); why he had such good chemistry with his longtime TV-partner Tom Jackson, and why Jackson was selected as Boomer’s righthand-man all those years ago (24:29); the similarities between amazing musicians and professional athletes, and how music connects different types of people in a way that sports can’t (29:48); some of the famous people Boomer has been able to rub elbows with as a result of his status as a Hall of Fame broadcaster (32:29); the amazing start Patrick Mahomes has gotten off to in his NFL career (34:41); why the league is being dominated by veteran quarterbacks (37:43); why he thinks Tom Brady and Bill Belichick split up (39:32); and how honored he is to be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (42:40).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (49:42 – 55:24). The guys take a look at the Cardinals-Giants match-up, and how these two teams heading in opposite directions might make you think twice about chalk (51:02). Plus, a breakdown of Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings heading to Tampa Bay to take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (52:14), and the defending Super Bowl champions heading back to the stadium where they won their Lombardi Trophy in February as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Miami Dolphins (53:01).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Chris Berman, and why he’s a pioneer in every sense of the word (55:24).


    Episode 13: Michael Irvin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 66:51


    On the thirteenth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin (06:56 – 54:32). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), who got engaged over the Thanksgiving holiday! FreezePops fills Morten in on how it all went down (01:28).We then move to our interview with Michael, where he discusses a wide array of topics: being diagnosed with COVID-19 after a trip to Mexico, and dealing with the excruciating headaches (08:12); the dangers of not having a routine as a “one hundred percent-er” (12:02); growing up as the 15th of 17 children in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (13:24); why he sometimes likes to eat his cereal with water instead of milk (17:42); being recruited by Howard Schnellenberger to play college football at Miami during his one season of high school football for St. Thomas Aquinas (18:57); playing for Jimmy Johnson at Miami, and how Michael almost got kicked off the team on his first day as a Hurricane (22:46); the key to Miami becoming a major power throughout the 1980s and beyond (26:25); why Michael Irvin “cringes” when thinking about the championships he should have won at both the college and pro levels (29:09); what Miami being “back” actually means, and if he feels like they’re there yet (30:15); thoughts on D'Eriq King, and why he’s so happy to see Miami with a great quarterback again (31:21); the importance of hiring Ed Reed as Chief of Staff for the Miami program, and why Ed is better suited for the job than Alonzo Highsmith would have been (32:30); having the honor to play one season under Tom Landry (34:04); why he refused to be drafted by the Green Bay Packers (35:19); the heads-up he received from then-Miami coach Jimmy Johnson that made him feel good about being drafted by Dallas (36:19); the culture change that needed to happen in Dallas for the Cowboys to become the dynasty of the 1990s (37:14); his first impressions of both Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith (39:50); why one night in Dallas was all it took to convince Deion Sanders to sign with the Cowboys (43:48); the origin of the nickname “Playmaker” (46:53); why he doesn’t think Dak Prescott’s injury will hurt him in the wallet as much as you think (47:42); his thoughts on CeeDee Lamb, and the incredible lineage of the number 88 with the Cowboys organization (49:33); why Jason Garrett had to go, and why Mike McCarthy has struggled so much in his first year with Dallas (51:23); and his relationship with Jerry Jones, and why it was so important to Michael to have Jerry be his presenter at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony (52:33).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Brian Edwards for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (55:27 – 01:02:43). The guys take a look at the Browns-Titans match-up set for Sunday, as two of the best running games in the NFL face-off (56:44). They also preview the struggling Eagles heading to Lambeau Field to take on the surging Packers (58:53), and the Las Vegas Raiders heading to East Rutherford to take on the 0-11 New York Jets (01:00:36).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about what makes Michael Irvin the “Playmaker” (01:02:43).


    Episode 12: Mark Schlereth

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 51:45


    On the twelfth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by three-time Super Bowl Champion and FOX Sports game analyst Mark Schlereth (05:14 – 37:24). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where the guys talk all things Thanksgiving. Does Denmark address the Thanksgiving holiday in anyway (02:44)? Plus, Morten talks about why he hated playing on Thanksgiving while with the Atlanta Falcons (03:58).We then move to our interview with Mark, where he discusses a wide array of topics: how a kid from Alaska ended up having a 12-year, Super Bowl-winning career (06:31); how he ended up playing college football at the University of Idaho under Dennis Erickson (08:30); the challenge of calling a football game vs. breaking down film for a studio show (10:47); how playing at Idaho uniquely prepared him to join the second wave of “The Hogs” in Washington (14:09); the mentorship he received from “The Hogs” during his first six years in the league (15:25); when Russ Grimm taught him the concept of being an expert at holding, and how he carried that skill late into his career (15:42); how less practices in today’s NFL has led to a lack of nuance in the game (18:00); how “The Hogs” were the unquestioned leaders in the locker room in Washington (20:42); why the biggest reason Washington Football Team hasn’t been successful in many years is ownership’s influence on the locker room and coaching decisions (21:18); his relationship with Mike Shanahan, and how he’s helping Mark get better as a broadcaster (22:31); the difficulty of preparing for Patrick Mahomes (23:53); why the rookie wage scale has changed the way quarterbacks are drafted and developed in the NFL (26:27); explaining the inconsistent play of Drew Lock in his second season (28:05); how he became a soap opera star while working at ESPN (33:42); the origin of his nickname, “Stink” (35:39); and his foray into the food industry, “Stinkin’ Good Green Chile” (36:23).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (40:35 – 48:07). It’s all Thanksgiving this week, as Tom asks Kevin what he is most thankful for from the 2020 NFL season from a gambling perspective – his answer may surprise you (41:46). Plus, we preview both games from the Thanksgiving slate, as the Texans head to Detroit (44:06), and Washington heads to Dallas (45:52).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his love and appreciation for Thanksgiving (48:07).


    Episode 11: Jack Youngblood

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 57:05

    On the eleventh episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and Los Angeles Rams legend Jack Youngblood (09:51 – 40:29). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), who has many questions about the “Sexy Morten” photo that surfaced late last week. Thankfully, Morten has all the answers (01:40). Plus, the guys talk about Kyler Murray’s incredible Hail Mary touchdown throw to DeAndre Hopkins from Sunday, as Morten recalls the one time he lost on a Hail Mary in his 25-year NFL career (06:33).We then move to our interview with Jack, where he discusses a wide array of topics: how he ended up as a Florida Gator (11:10); why he cried when the coaches at Florida switched him to defensive end (13:00); his brief history as a kicker (13:47); being one of the guinea pigs for Gatorade while playing college ball, and why it’s so much different today than it was back then (14:51); how special it is to be considered amongst the best players in the history of the Florida program (17:39); why he loves what Dan Mullen is doing for the Gators (18:30); what he learned as a young player in the NFL playing alongside guys like Deacon Jones and Merlin Olsen (21:43); the famous story behind playing an entire playoff run with a broken leg (24:11); reflecting on his incredible legacy with the Los Angeles Rams (29:18); his excitement when the Rams returned to Los Angeles, and why the St. Louis Rams always felt like a completely different franchise (30:15); why Aaron Donald can play on his team any day (32:40); whether or not the Rams can win a Super Bowl with Jared Goff at the helm (32:58); the funny reason why Jack would feel weird playing for Sean McVay (33:43); how he would stop guys like Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson (34:35); why Archie Manning asked Jack “you don’t like me?” in the middle of a game (36:04); and why being a part of a team is what he misses most about his playing days (37:25).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (43:01 – 52:24). With all the buzz around the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals this season, have we been sleeping on the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West (44:36)? Speaking of the Seahawks and Cardinals, Tom and Kevin preview this star-studded Thursday Night Football match-up (46:25). Plus, the guys take a look at the “Morten Andersen Bowl” between the Saints and Falcons (47:54), and preview one of the games of the week between the Packers and Colts (50:02).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about his friend Jack Youngblood, and how his last name alone says everything we need to know about the Rams legend (52:24).

    Episode 10: Bobby Hebert

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 66:42


    On the tenth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by New Orleans Saints legend Bobby Hebert (02:30 – 49:47). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll), where Tom has one simple question for Morten – Which is the better nickname, “Cajun Cannon” or “The Great Dane?” (01:23).We then move to our interview with Bobby, where he discusses a wide array of topics: the passing of his father, Bobby Hebert Sr., and the incredible legacy he is leaving behind (03:50); LSU head coach Ed Orgeron talking with his dad while he was in the hospital battling COVID-19 (05:46); his son, T-Bob Hebert, choosing to play at LSU, and what Bobby Hebert Sr. thought about T-Bob’s college recruitment process (07:58); playing his college ball at Northwestern State, and why attending a small school helped prepare him for the pro level in ways that bigger programs wouldn’t have been able to at the time (10:41); why he was the first college football player ever to wear a flak jacket (15:25); the series of events that led to him joining the USFL instead of the NFL (16:10); why he would have never achieved the success he did in the NFL if it weren’t for his time in the USFL (18:22); why he went from signing with the Seattle Seahawks to a record-breaking signing bonus with his hometown New Orleans Saints (21:48); the special experience of playing quarterback for the team he grew up rooting for (28:08); why the talented Saints teams of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s were never able to get over the hump and make it to a Super Bowl (31:05); why the demise of Drew Brees has been greatly exaggerated (32:51); the origin of his amazing nickname, “Cajun Cannon” (36:00); his thoughts on Taysom Hill, and why he doesn’t think he’ll be the next full-time quarterback for the Saints (37:38); what’s actually going on with Michael Thomas (40:14); why this year is “Super Bowl or bust” for the Saints, and all of the wasted opportunities the team has had with Brees at the helm (42:17); what went wrong with Dan Quinn as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons (43:46); why Bobby thinks Sean Payton would embrace the idea of bringing Matt Ryan in as the next quarterback of the Saints (44:59); why Raheem Morris won’t be the next head coach of the Falcons after this season (46:17); and his career in radio, and why he loves working at WWL Radio in New Orleans (47:32).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Paul Bovi for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (52:27 – 01:02:01). Are the Saints legit threats to make it back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2009? Paul explains why he thinks so (53:29). Plus, the guys discuss the Steelers bid for 9-0 against the Bengals (55:10), a battle between the struggling Patriots and the defending NFL MVP in Lamar Jackson (57:39), and the rookie showdown of the year between Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa (59:46). Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he dares his listeners to sit down with Bobby Hebert (01:02:01).


    Episode 9: Joe Namath

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 70:31


    On the ninth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and New York Jets legend Joe Namath (03:45 – 55:25). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to talk about a big few days for Morten, both for his alma mater and his personal life! Morten breaks down Michigan State’s huge upset victory over #13 Michigan, and let’s just say he’s a very proud Spartan after that performance (01:42). Morten then talks about participating in his very first U.S. Presidential Election on Tuesday, as he became a U.S. citizen last year (02:18).We then move to our interview with Joe, where he discusses a wide array of topics: remaining safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic (04:56); growing up in the blue collar suburbs of Pittsburgh (05:22); how lucky he was to work and play for the original ownership group of the New York Jets (07:19); Sonny Werblin negotiating contracts with him at Ronald Regan’s house before he was a politician (08:44); being star-struck when meeting Rocky Marciano and actor Pat O’Brien on a U.S.O. tour in Vietnam (09:36); talking about his famous guarantee ahead of Super Bowl III (10:55); the origin of the “Broadway Joe” nickname (11:43); how little players were paid during his era, and what he thinks about the Patrick Mahomes contract (14:26); his thoughts on the 0-8 Jets and why he thinks Adam Gase should keep his job as head coach (16:32); why he thinks Trevor Lawrence would be a great fit for the Jets, and why no one would pass on him at #1 in the NFL Draft (20:54); insight into why Eli Manning didn’t want to play in San Diego (22:15); leaving the Jets to play for the Los Angeles Rams in his final season (24:18); why he chose to retire and head into “show business” (28:05); hanging out with Elvis Presley in Las Vegas (29:15); how he became friends with Mickey Mantle (30:54); meeting Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, and what Frank’s nickname was for Joe (34:26); how he became friends with Muhammad Ali (35:17); dealing with adversity in the public light (37:35); the impact Paul “Bear” Bryant had on his life while playing college football at Alabama (39:16); his thoughts on the amazing success of Nick Saban at Alabama, and why Saban didn’t have similar success in the NFL (42:28); him and Morten talking about their favorite Kenny Stabler stories (46:16); the story behind his famous fur coat (50:04); and why philanthropy is so important to him (52:45).Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Kevin Rogers for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (57:05 – 01:05:49). Are the 2020 Jets going to be the next team in NFL history to go 0-16? Kevin tells us why he doesn’t think so (58:18). Plus, the guys take a look at the powerhouse Seahawks heading to Buffalo to take on the 6-2 Bills (59:36), Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens looking for a bounce back against a strong Colts defense in Indianapolis (01:00:53), and the Steelers looking to remain undefeated as they had to Dallas to take on the beat-up Cowboys (01:02:58).Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he writes a letter to his friend Broadway Joe, reflecting on his incredible career and legacy (01:05:49).


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