Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

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Weekly Huddle #1

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Gus Frerotte and Dave Hager are in the studio talking this week around the NFL, Dave's favorite West Coast restaurants, and Gus' card collection. Also a sneak preview of upcoming guests. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Hey Day, what's up, Iguess. Hey, you know, I wanted to catch up with you.We haven't seen each other in a while because we both been busy. Youwere in Arizona visiting your family yes on too. Somehow was that it wasdelightful to dry heat. As they say, what grows in Arizona? Well,whatever does grows very slowly. So Yard work, you have to beprecise because you could make a mistake. That can lasts forever, but ifyou do it right, it's great because you don't have to touch it againfor two years. So wait, any old old hauns you went to?I Beg your pardon. We can know. Pizza shops. Oh yeah, anyold haunts, any place you used to go and loved it. Well, there's three things that I had to put on my list. The firstwas Mario's pizza on first avenue. Pizza is always, always the key.Yeah, I sat alone by myself and had multiple slice of pizza and weightabout heights. What do you put on...

...your pizza? This is just atMario's. You just go straight cheese and it's about as thin as a pieceof paper. So I think I rolled it up and you don't like aBurrito. And then what were the other two places? Jack in a box, which is a popular fast food chain. We don't have those here, butnot in the eastern part of the US. So I had a wholejust a wide selection of different Jack and box specialties. So and then,from a Mexican standpoint, Mexican food, Castle Melina, is it like it'sthe real I mean intos on your sixty miles from the border. So you'retalking real nut. It's not Tex Max. Yeah, Mad Max or whatever.Yeah, really. Did you have Margarita? I did not have aMargarita. You were a good boy. I know I was a good boyas visiting my family, so here visiting your family, soil it. Howwas your family? How Was Your Dad Doing? Well, yeah, stilljust enjoying the lifestyle out west. Did...

...you ride past the stadium, theold Great Lady Lady, as they call it, the airs on a footballhome field? Yes, I did. They like a tear come down becauseyou were so sad that you missed it so much. Well, that andI was thinking about their loss to Hawaii. Oh yeah, so for both reasons. Yes, yeah, it was. Now I was in Arizona, youwere here. I believe or I was here. Yeah, I didone show, Cam and I did a show. Who was that? Wetalked to Cam Robinson, Dr Rob so we talked to while you were gone. I had a conversation with on a podcast with Harvard health study, EugeneRobson from the NFL and and Dr Rossafonte from the study, which was prettycool. Got A lot of information. Both played wiffleball. Oh Yeah.So so we're still I think we're over ninety percent. To be to behonest, there are only a handful that we've interviewed out of twenty plus.It of not had wolf of balls a...

...intrigral part of their childhood. Right. And then I took the rest of that time to plan for my fantasyfootball league, because I was a two thousand and eighteen champion. But youknow, after the first week of the season I'm not starting off very good. What happened there? My Team? I started Jared Goff and on thebench I had Lamar Jackson. HMM. Jared Goff got me fourteen points,where Lamar Jackson, I think, got sixty. HMM. That's one ofthe forks in the road. And Yeah, you got to kind of say okay, the runner going to do well, or is the passer? And thenthe pastor became the guy didn't do so well in the runner became theguy that we had a perfect quarterback rating. And Yeah, one hundred and fiftyeight three. WHO WOULD I find? No sounds. There's probably no buddywho would have bet any money on that, like like if they wereif they would have been like on Fandel and they would have said, allright, I'm going to put what were...

...what would odds have been for forLamar Jackson to get a perfect quarterback rating the first game against Miami Dolphins?Quite low, right, even if you went to good bookiecom. They right. We would have been low in that too. They probably wouldn't even takeit. It like nobody's like just no one would ever think that's got rightpossible. But he did it. Hollywood Brown was running all over the dolphinsand our poor man Ryan Fitzpatrick never even had a chance. I mean he'dhave a bad game, but they got behind you fast. Yeah, youknow, when you're losing by four touchdowns in the first half, it's justnot not fun. I have a feeling he's going to bounce back this week. So Hodd, your steelers do this week, they got off to theslow start. Speaking of slow starts, yes, not real happy with aplay calling. A lot of a lot of shotgun, a lot of noback in the backfield. That's never like that. Well, you know me. I'm from Pittsburgh. I love the...

...old steelers at who I grew upon, and I played for a lot of teams. So I'm not reallylike a huge steeler fans, but I do follow because I live here andI missed the old days of like when the bus was here in a lineupand the eye put two tight ends in and just used to ram the footballdown people's throat. And they're just not doing that anymore now. In thirdand one down, twenty two zero at the goal line, they're at ashotgun. I mean it's it's ridiculous. I think you can do that atsome point, like sometimes when it's like but that's all they do. AndYeah, they don't. There's no play action as zero play action. BenWon't even sneak it. Even know he six five to fifty. Do youfeel like? You feel like if you're in that set all the time,then coaches find a way to figure you out. That might be the case. Yes, and that might have started about five years ago with them.And how do you feel about we know everything that's going on in the NFLwith Ab and how crazy is right now, but how do you feel like?Do you feel like that had any...

...kind of effect? Because he lefton the on a wide receiver, corps on been on how they in theirproduction? Well, I know he wouldn't have four drops like Moncreeve had.That's one right off the bat. That's obvious. It's that's a sad thingto watch. Also as your big free agent acquisition as four drops and sevenyards. Well, it didn't really matter. I don't think it would have matterwho they got in free agency. Wasn't going to make up for fifteentouchdowns in all the nords that AB had. Now the crazy getting him out ofthe locker room probably was good. So you know, it's funny howcoaches have a whole offseason to think about things and how they're going to approachplaying the Super Bowl champions. I'm just not so sure when a super bowlchampions starting linebacker is out and he's our best player, that you just don'ttry to run the ball under throat or throw of the tight end, whichoften is very successful and you have a...

...good tight end to and fance McDonald. They don't even try to exploit that guy. Oh, and I Iagree. But then you know think it. Looking at the steelers and being anadvocate for them as well, saying we had a plan, that's whatwe said we were going to do. You got to stick with it,you got to go in and do it and if it doesn't work, itdoesn't work. And and you know, it's funny. It's like there's noreal blame because you know it is what it is. Everybody bought into it. Well, they're not the first team in the League to go into thebuzz saw at Foxborough. I mean it's the same thing if you live,if you look at the scores from maybe the last ten times they've played,it's not thirty three two three, but it's the average like thirty four ten. So it happens. It right. There's not many teams, I meansince Brady's been the quarterback, how many teams have gone into Fox borrow?One? Very few, and especially out of that one thing that doesn't gettalked about and it should get talked about more. I give the Patriots allkinds of credit. They've had twenty years...

...now, a lot of success.They've been consistently playing in the worst division in football in my opinion over thosetwenty years, except for one year and five when I played for the dolphins, except when you get a quarterback to dolphins kid. But yes, ingeneral, though, jets are usually garbage. The bills, you know, it'sjust it's there. They they build a nine and one record right offthe bat and it's no, I agree. I agree, all right, Dave. So tell our fans what you like to do in your free time. I enjoy thinking about my glory years of whiffle ball. whiffleball, youhave a mean curve. I will go. We'll go back. slurve or curve. It's a little both, actually knuckle curve, depending on how yougrip it. It can be pretty tricky. That's what she said. That's right. It's not the first time I've heard that. What about you?We can go back and forth. What...

...do you like to do in yourfree time? But pretty much I get a honey do list and I havea yard that I have to take care of, and then Sin's my wifeand he's working full time now. I do a lot of laundry. GotTo be home with the dogs, let them out, take them for walks, do that kind of stuff, maintain the guard and cut the grass,do all that kind of crazy stuff. But when I get my chance I'lllove to golf. Go play a little golf. And then my other hobbyis I cleck cards, baseball, car baseball cards. They do have someold football cards, but for some reason I've always just loved old baseball cards, like, you know, kind of pre one thousand nine hundred and seventyOh, you like the real see my good too, if I had topick a baseball cards, about one thousand nine hundred and seventy eight. Yeah, for the pictures, for the back. They used to have a little drawingson the back. No, yeah, it showed that like the trauejectory ofthe home run, but it was in drawing form. Yeah, Ijust like the idea that, you know,...

I'm kind of holding like my favoritecard. I have a Roberto Clementi rookie card. You just hold itto me. It's almost like a piece of history. I know that there'sa lot of them that were made, but it's just so cool to havea card that old and a piece of of time that we're never going toget back. I think of when I'm not fantasizing about Willfull Ball Glory.Also opening going to like a seven eleven and seeing that there are cards stillstocked where you could buy them save, Go back to like one thousand ninehundred and eighty. Oh Yeah, and grab you can ride your bike,ride your bike grabbed like four packs. Sometimes they wouldn't even let you buythe entire box because they want to spread them out of it. Right,but if you take as many as you could or could afford, and thenyou'd opening process going slowly through each one. My grandfather used to bring home likehalf dollars, like the full half dollar, and I take them.We had a little post office and fork cliff where the CO hots ran andit was a post office. You can...

...go get candy in there, yougo buy food, you know, like stuff you needed, and you'd gobuy two packs of cards and some candy for like twenty five sense. Allright, it was. It was great. And you don't eat the bubble gun. Never bought bubble gum because I got out all the card yeah,bubble gum was terrible. Now you could like you could scrape the pain offyour garage with a bubble gum. But still it was fun to get itssmelt right. You could turn it into a real like Ninja Star. That'swhat the how hard it was right the sharp corners on it. What isit? Be careful opening the pack. So, Dave, we've been goingat this for a while. I've really enjoyed our conversations with our guests.I think we're bringing a new look, to a new sound and to lifeand telling people's stories and how sports really affects us all in somewhere or another. How do you how you feeling lately about what we've been doing? Well, what I really enjoy and like. For instance, we just got donewith the interview with the Great Joeth Eisman. We barely spoke about his years ofthe redskins. We didn't talk about...

...his broken leg. We didn't evenreally get into his time as an analyst at ESPN. We talked about whatmade him first really love sports, what inspired him, how he played sportswhen he was a kid and his him in the neighborhood going to find roundup kids to play baseball or football, basketball, whatever play dawn to dusk. You don't hear that very often right, especially from some of the great athleteso you want to you know, most shows you listen to nowadays aretalking about contracts and setter and you can hear that in a mill in places. And we found out why he you know, almost why he never playedthe game that wonder if he's ever even told that story before. I don'tknow, I've never heard it, but he was, you know, justfor those people that haven't yet listened to it, he was not allowed toplay football by his mom. She said it was too dangerous. So hisbest friend Tommy came fully geared to the front door to demonstrate to Mrs fieasmenat the time, not before his heisman...

...days, that in fact the uniformswere safe and suitable for protection. And after that moment she allowed Joe toplay football. And, as he said, he may never have played football ifTommy had knocked on the door notiform I would have been playing shorts upfor the orioles instead. You don't get that on Sports Center, no,you don't, you don't, but all right, day. So I thinkwe're going to try something a little new every week and try to catch upon how we're doing, what's going on in our lives and and I thinkthis is a good start. All right, everyone joined us on the huddle upand just randomly, we like to put out shows Cam Haldeman, ourdirector, Terry Shulman. We like tell them thanks for all the hard workthey do and it's just it's just a it's a labor of love and Ithink we're progressing in the right way. So thanks for joining us on thehuddle up with guss.

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