Podcast — Ron McDole — AFL Champion Bills, Over The Hill Gang Redskins

Podcast — Ron McDole — AFL Champion Bills, Over The Hill Gang Redskins

  Ron McDole joins us on The Game Before the Money Podcast. The all-time interception leader for defensive linemen remembers winning the AFL Championship with the Bills, and facing the Chargers Ron Mix in the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championship Games. He also talks about George Allen and the Over the Hill Gang, of which he was a part. Hear the inside story about the most famous play in Super Bowl 7, when Mike Bass returned a blocked kick and subsequent Garo Yepremian interception for a touchdown. He talks about the Washington/Dallas rivalry and a time when pro football teams held training camps at a hotel. Ron played college ball at the University of Nebraska, with Pat Fischer and Mick Tingelhoff. Ron has a new book available on Amazon.com. You can also order The Game Before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. You can listen in the player at the top, and also […]

This Might Surprise You — Pro Football Training Camp at a Motel

In Episode 4 of The Game Before the Money Podcast, Ron McDole said that when he arrived at the Bills’ team hotel, he was surprised to find out that it was also their training camp. Indeed, the Camelot-Voyager Motor Inn hosted the Bills’ training camp for several years in the 1960s. Here is footage via WIVB-TV’s Twitter account.     THROWBACK THURSDAY: Buffalo Bills practicing in July 1966 at the Sheraton Camelot Motor Inn, Blasdell. pic.twitter.com/irHmi2zLsk — News 4, WIVB-TV (@news4buffalo) July 30, 2015   You might also enjoy reading this article from the Niagara Gazette remembering those years and later training camps held at Niagara.    

Podcast — Pete Koch — Bengals, Chiefs, Raiders Legend

You can listen in the player below, and also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher.       What made Howie Long one of the best players of his generation? Pete Koch fills us in, and brings us into the workout room with Raiders Greg Townsend and Bill Pickel on The Game Before the Money Podcast. The Bengals drafted Koch in the first round of the 1984 NFL draft. They drafted Pete’s college teammate Boomer Esiason in the second round. Pete later played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Raiders. He joins us on the podcast, and discusses what it was like to be a first-round draft choice. He also talks about the mid-80s glory years in the AFC West, facing quarterbacks such as John Elway and Dan Fouts. He shares great memories of playing on a Chiefs line that featured outstanding players such as Art Still, Bill Maas, and Mike Bell. […]

NFL Week 1 — 3 Notes from Early Games — What I Saw

Exciting early games for Week One of the 2018 season! Here are three quick notes from what I personally saw on NFL Sunday Ticket during the early games.   Browns are much improved, and their defense should win them a few games. Great pass rush, linebackers forced the late turnover that could have one the game, and the secondary made outstanding plays. Tom Brady rules the two minute drill. The end of the first half of the Patriots/Texans game illustrated a clock management second to none. I hear Texans fans about the Rob Gronkowski call that might not have been a catch, but Brady worked the clock and made outstanding throws. Defense and Special Teams make the difference. Both pass rushes in the Steelers vs Browns game affected the outcome. The Bengals and Jaguars won on defensive touchdowns…and this punt by the Patriots was key in helping New England hold off the Texans.   That punt though. 👀 @R_Allen86 @Jonathan_Jones2 […]

Podcast — Dallas Cowboys Legend Chad Hennings

You can listen in the player below, and also listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher. Dallas Cowboys legend Chad Hennings joined me as the first guest on The Game before the Money Podcast. Listen as the 3x Super Bowl champ remembers reporting to a team with future Hall of Famers like Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Larry Allen, and Charles Haley. Hear him tell stories about his fighter jet experience in the Gulf War. Step into the locker room with him to understand the adversity the Cowboys overcame to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 years.   Brought to you by NBAutographs.com NOTE: YOU CAN PURCHASE CHAD’S BOOKS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT HIM AT: ChadHennings.com

Thinking Out Loud: Le’Veon Bell, Emmitt Smith, and the Franchise Tag

The Steelers and Le’Veon Bell are in a contract dispute. Basically, the Steelers are trying to keep his salary lower, and Bell wants an increase. Bell is in jeopardy of missing the first game of the season. This situation reminds me of Emmitt Smith holding out before the 1993 season. Smith wanted to be paid similar to what Thurman Thomas made. Otherwise, Smith would have made well below his market value. Jerry Jones refused and Smith missed the first two games of the season. The Cowboys were 0-2 and players like Charles Haley complained publicly that Dallas needed Smith to win. Jones then ponied up the cash, and the Cowboys reversed their fortune, en route to their second straight Super Bowl win. Bell makes a trainload more money than Smith made, even after Smith got his shiny new contract. Still, the plot isn’t much different. The Steelers want to pay Bell less than what he thinks he’s worth. Bell wants to […]