Hall of Fame Podcast (RB Edition): Jerome Bettis and the Ricky Williams’ Line

Listen to Howard’s first ever solo podcast. He talks about Jerome Bettis’ place among the greatest running back of all-time, and the reason why Ricky Williams’ career numbers should be the measuring stick for other NFL running backs who become eligible for Hall of Fame in the coming years.

Michael Sam Comes Out On Papa’s Basement (Not Really)

Michael Scott sounds similar enough to Michael Sam that this is okay.

Michael Scott sounds similar enough to Michael Sam that this is okay.

Normally I link the Papa’s Football Podcast posts over on Papa’s Basement to give PFPod a bit of a boost. This time, the shoe is on the other foot as I spent a ton of time yapping with my radio mentor and friend Bill Rohland (click that link to see his Twitter profile and give it a follow) about Michael Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year, coming out as gay before the NFL draft. Click here to go to the episode’s post on Papa’s Basement, where you can give it a listen. Enjoy!

Michael Sam: The “Jackie Robinson” of Gay Male Pro Athletes?

Michael Sam, SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, has made headlines with his public announcement on ESPN that he is gay. Some commentators are already trying to downplay the significance of Sam’s announcement, which comes less than three months before the NFL Draft. True, Sam may not be the first gay athlete to play in one of the four major American professional sports. But no one can change the fact that, in 2014, Michael Sam will become the first male athlete to play his entire career in a major American pro sport while being openly gay.

Jason Collins may have technically beat Sam to the punch of announcing publicly that he is gay; however, Collins’ decade-long career as an NBA benchwarmer was effectively finished when he made his nationally televised announcement in 2013. For DE Michael Sam, he will play his entire NFL career with some of the pressure that followed Jackie Robinson after he integrated Major League Baseball. Sure, Sam won’t suffer many of the indignities that Robinson did, such as the prejudice of many white baseball fans and players who ignorantly proclaimed that black players were not “intelligent” enough to play baseball (yes, America was that ignorant in 1947). But Sam will share in the burden of representing an entire class of disadvantage minorities for the entirety of his pro career, in a place where no gay man has ever felt comfortable being entirely himself. Stay tuned for the April 2014 NFL Draft and beyond– we will all have to wait and see where Michael Sam goes from this day forward.

Super Bowl XLVIII and the Seahawks’ Future — Papa’s Football Podcast

Papa’s Football Podcast sums up Super Bowl XLVIII (whata hunk o’shit) and talks the future of its champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

Click here to listen to this episode of Papa’s Football Podcast or hit the “play” button below. And click here to open us in iTunes, where you can subscribe to the podcast and never miss an episode as well as rate and comment on the show. No pressure. (Tons of pressure.)

Super Bowl Preview – Papa’s Football Podcast

Jim Irsay looks like a less-sober Dr. House.

Jim Irsay looks like a less-sober Dr. House.

Enjoy the latest episode of Papa’s Football Podcast where we pick the Super Bowl winner, wonder what would have been if Jim Irsay taken his nose out of the cereal bowl of scotch he eats for breakfast long enough to use the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft to build around of Peyton Manning instead of replace him, and fix the Pro Bowl. You heard me: We fix the Pro Bowl. How did we do it? You’re going to have to listen. It’s honestly a really good idea, though. I’m not just tugging your tits to get you to click. Honest injun’.

Click here to listen to this episode of Papa’s Football Podcast or hit the “play” button below. And click here to open us in iTunes, where you can subscribe to the podcast and never miss an episode as well as rate and comment on the show. No pressure. (Tons of pressure.)

Richard Sherman Might Be Wising Up

It'll make sense when you click the link.

It’ll make sense when you click the link.

In his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback article, Richard Sherman mentions receiving a Tweet after his trash talking of Michael Crabtree that reminded him of the Irvin Himmel quote “No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is” and how it profoundly affected him. I’m happy that the guy seems to be wising up, because a lot of the hate directed at him was quite n-bomb laden, and I was starting to feel guilty by association even though my dislike of the guy was due entirely to shitty sportsmanship and a general loathing of anything related to the Seahawks. To close this post with another piece of profound wisdom, “What the Hell kind of country is this where I can only hate a man if he’s white?”

You can read the rest of Richard Sherman’s MMQB article by clicking here.

Richard Sherman Is An Idiot–Papa’s Football Podcast

What a disgusting color. (Richard Sherman would read that as a racial jibe when I was actually commenting on the Marian puke green that the Seahawks use. Let fluorescents remain in the 80s, boys.)

What a disgusting color. (Richard Sherman would read that as a racial jibe when I was actually commenting on the Marian puke green that the Seahawks use. Let fluorescents remain in the 80s, boys.)

Howie loves Richard Sherman, but Howie also doesn’t post the episodes we record, so guess who gets to name them? This guy. I’m sick of Richard Sherman and the vaunted intellect he apparently possesses for attending Stanford (so did Andrew Luck, yet I don’t hear it mentioned in conjunction with the guy being anointed as Einstein, Jr. every five seconds). We also break down the Patriots – Broncos game and discuss whether or not Colin Kaepernick did indeed cost his team the game. Listen, share and enjoy. (Hell, I’ll settle for you doing two out of the three.)

Click here to listen to this episode of Papa’s Football Podcast or hit the “play” button below. And click here to open us in iTunes, where you can subscribe to the podcast and never miss an episode as well as rate and comment on the show. No pressure. (Tons of pressure.)

Kyle Shanahan Interviews For Ravens Offensive Coordinator

With Jim Caldwell leaving to coach the Lions, the Ravens needed a new offensive coordinator. And they might not have looked far geographically for him. Pro Football Talk reports that former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has interviewed for the position. As a Redskins fan, I can only imagine that the instant he leaves DC he will prove successful elsewhere. Read here for the full story.

Conference Championship Weekend – Papa’s Football Podcast

It's funny that when I caption a photo "Andrew Luck's Beard" it shows facial hair and when I capture it "Aaron Rodgers' beard" it's a photo of a hot girl. Zing.

It’s funny that when I caption a photo “Andrew Luck’s Beard” it shows facial hair and when I capture it “Aaron Rodgers’ beard” it’s a photo of a hot girl. Zing.

We go over the highlights of a weekend that saw the Broncos took care of the Chargers, the Seahawks dispatched the Saints, the Colts fell to the Patriots and the 49ers vanquished the Panthers. Were our picks dead-on? Who do we have to win the AFC and NFC? Listen to the show and find out. For the good of all humanity.

Click here to listen to this episode of Papa’s Football Podcast or hit the “play” button below. And click here to open us in iTunes, where you can subscribe to the podcast and never miss an episode as well as rate and comment on the show. No pressure. (Tons of pressure.)