Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

Episode · 3 years ago

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, I guess. Hey, you know, I wanted to catch up with you. We haven't seen each other in a while because we both been busy. You were in Arizona visiting your family yes on too. Somehow was that it was delightful to dry heat. As they say, what grows in Arizona? Well, whatever does grows very slowly. So Yard work, you have to be precise because you could make a mistake. That can lasts forever, but if you do it right, it's great because you don't have to touch it again for two years. So wait, any old old hauns you went to? I Beg your pardon. We can know. Pizza shops. Oh yeah, any old haunts, any place you used to go and loved it. Well, there's three things that I had to put on my list. The first was 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 weight about heights. What do you put on...

...your pizza? This is just at Mario's. You just go straight cheese and it's about as thin as a piece of paper. So I think I rolled it up and you don't like a Burrito. 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, but not in the eastern part of the US. So I had a whole just a wide selection of different Jack and box specialties. So and then, from a Mexican standpoint, Mexican food, Castle Melina, is it like it's the real I mean intos on your sixty miles from the border. So you're talking real nut. It's not Tex Max. Yeah, Mad Max or whatever. Yeah, really. Did you have Margarita? I did not have a Margarita. You were a good boy. I know I was a good boy as visiting my family, so here visiting your family, soil it. How was your family? How Was Your Dad Doing? Well, yeah, still just enjoying the lifestyle out west. Did...

...you ride past the stadium, the old Great Lady Lady, as they call it, the airs on a football home field? Yes, I did. They like a tear come down because you were so sad that you missed it so much. Well, that and I was thinking about their loss to Hawaii. Oh yeah, so for both reasons. Yes, yeah, it was. Now I was in Arizona, you were here. I believe or I was here. Yeah, I did one show, Cam and I did a show. Who was that? We talked 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, Eugene Robson from the NFL and and Dr Rossafonte from the study, which was pretty cool. 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 be honest, 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 fantasy football league, because I was a two thousand and eighteen champion. But you know, 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 the bench I had Lamar Jackson. HMM. Jared Goff got me fourteen points, where Lamar Jackson, I think, got sixty. HMM. That's one of the forks in the road. And Yeah, you got to kind of say okay, the runner going to do well, or is the passer? And then the pastor became the guy didn't do so well in the runner became the guy that we had a perfect quarterback rating. And Yeah, one hundred and fifty eight three. WHO WOULD I find? No sounds. There's probably no buddy who would have bet any money on that, like like if they were if they would have been like on Fandel and they would have said, all right, I'm going to put what were...

...what would odds have been for for Lamar 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 take it. It like nobody's like just no one would ever think that's got right possible. But he did it. Hollywood Brown was running all over the dolphins and our poor man Ryan Fitzpatrick never even had a chance. I mean he'd have a bad game, but they got behind you fast. Yeah, you know, when you're losing by four touchdowns in the first half, it's just not 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 the slow start. Speaking of slow starts, yes, not real happy with a play calling. A lot of a lot of shotgun, a lot of no back 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 up on, and I played for a lot of teams. So I'm not really like a huge steeler fans, but I do follow because I live here and I missed the old days of like when the bus was here in a lineup and the eye put two tight ends in and just used to ram the football down people's throat. And they're just not doing that anymore now. In third and one down, twenty two zero at the goal line, they're at a shotgun. I mean it's it's ridiculous. I think you can do that at some point, like sometimes when it's like but that's all they do. And Yeah, they don't. There's no play action as zero play action. Ben Won't even sneak it. Even know he six five to fifty. Do you feel 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 NFL with 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 left on the on a wide receiver, corps on been on how they in their production? 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 thing to watch. Also as your big free agent acquisition as four drops and seven yards. Well, it didn't really matter. I don't think it would have matter who they got in free agency. Wasn't going to make up for fifteen touchdowns in all the nords that AB had. Now the crazy getting him out of the locker room probably was good. So you know, it's funny how coaches have a whole offseason to think about things and how they're going to approach playing the Super Bowl champions. I'm just not so sure when a super bowl champions starting linebacker is out and he's our best player, that you just don't try to run the ball under throat or throw of the tight end, which often 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 I agree. But then you know think it. Looking at the steelers and being an advocate for them as well, saying we had a plan, that's what we 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, it doesn't work. And and you know, it's funny. It's like there's no real 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 the buzz 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 mean since 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 get talked about and it should get talked about more. I give the Patriots all kinds 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 those twenty years, except for one year and five when I played for the dolphins, except when you get a quarterback to dolphins kid. But yes, in general, though, jets are usually garbage. The bills, you know, it's just it's there. They they build a nine and one record right off the 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, you have a mean curve. I will go. We'll go back. slurve or curve. It's a little both, actually knuckle curve, depending on how you grip 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 your free time? But pretty much I get a honey do list and I have a yard that I have to take care of, and then Sin's my wife and he's working full time now. I do a lot of laundry. Got To 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'll love to golf. Go play a little golf. And then my other hobby is I cleck cards, baseball, car baseball cards. They do have some old 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 seventy Oh, you like the real see my good too, if I had to pick a baseball cards, about one thousand nine hundred and seventy eight. Yeah, for the pictures, for the back. They used to have a little drawings on the back. No, yeah, it showed that like the trauejectory of the home run, but it was in drawing form. Yeah, I just like the idea that, you know,...

I'm kind of holding like my favorite card. I have a Roberto Clementi rookie card. You just hold it to me. It's almost like a piece of history. I know that there's a lot of them that were made, but it's just so cool to have a card that old and a piece of of time that we're never going to get 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 still stocked where you could buy them save, Go back to like one thousand nine hundred 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 buy the 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 then you'd opening process going slowly through each one. My grandfather used to bring home like half dollars, like the full half dollar, and I take them. We had a little post office and fork cliff where the CO hots ran and it was a post office. You can...

...go get candy in there, you go buy food, you know, like stuff you needed, and you'd go buy two packs of cards and some candy for like twenty five sense. All right, 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 off your garage with a bubble gum. But still it was fun to get its smelt right. You could turn it into a real like Ninja Star. That's what the how hard it was right the sharp corners on it. What is it? Be careful opening the pack. So, Dave, we've been going at 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 life and 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 done with the interview with the Great Joeth Eisman. We barely spoke about his years of the redskins. We didn't talk about...

...his broken leg. We didn't even really get into his time as an analyst at ESPN. We talked about what made him first really love sports, what inspired him, how he played sports when he was a kid and his him in the neighborhood going to find round up 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 athlete so you want to you know, most shows you listen to nowadays are talking 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 played the game that wonder if he's ever even told that story before. I don't know, I've never heard it, but he was, you know, just for those people that haven't yet listened to it, he was not allowed to play football by his mom. She said it was too dangerous. So his best friend Tommy came fully geared to the front door to demonstrate to Mrs fieasmen at the time, not before his heisman...

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

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