NFL: The Dave Dameshek Football Program

Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank discuss which AFC teams had the best running backs of all-time.

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Dave and Rank bring in Zach 'The Blue Horseshoe' Rosenfield of for a division-by-division forecast of which teams are playoff-bound. Spoiler alert: the Bengals do not figure into that equation

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With only a fortnight left 'til the season kicks off, Dave and Rank welcome NFL Network/Atlanta Falcon/Florida State Seminole/good guy Jamie Dukes to the studio to kibbitz about Peyton Manning and the Colts' QB situation; Chris Johnson's future in Tennessee; and the Miami Hurricanes' mess. The fellas also throw a pity party for a couple of deserving NFLers. You know who else deserves a pity party? Anyone who doesn't listen to this show.

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On the heels of Eli Manning's claim that he considers himself among the game's elite QBs, Dave and Rank kibbitz with's Elliot 'Pretty Boy' Harrison break down Brady, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Brees, Rivers, Vick, Romo, Schaub, and - of course - the Brothers Manning.  In addition, Dave presents the Tuck Rule Edition of the "N-if-L".  If this episode was a intergalactic bounty hunter, it'd be Boba Fett.

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Dave Dameshek and Adam Ranks welcome resident Fantasy guru Michael Fabiano to cover all of your fantasy football needs. 

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Dave and Rank celebrate the return of football games (albeit of the fake, preseason variety) by welcoming in WWE superstar - and Cleveland native - The Miz to talk his place in wrestling and 'Real World' history, rooting for the Browns, and who'd win a match between him and Peyton Hillis; the fellas then get an in-studio visit from NFL Network colleague, Michelle Beisner, to discuss Tebow vs Orton, teams that may move to LA and handsome QBs.  The weekend's here - give your ears the gift of the Dameshek Football Program.

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Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank talk some ball with ESPN and Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson as the NFL Preseason is set to kick off Thursday night. Later in the show, the guys break down The Eagles' spoils of riches after yet another big free-agent signing in WR Steve Smith and more. 

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Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank bring you part III of their Hall of Fame podcast trilogy as they catch up with former VP of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys Gil Brandt

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Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank kick it in Canton, OH with legendary Raider/Chief running back Marcus Allen. While Rank reminisces of the Raiders' LA glory days, Marcus Allen sheds some light on the accomplishments of his younger brother Damon Allen and how is incredible body of work in the CFL is not represented at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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Although a bit punchy from their cross-country redeye flight, Dave and Rank make a Pittsburgh pitstop on their way to Canton for this weekend's Hall of Fame inductions; the guys discuss the NFL's new 'Dream Team' in Philadelphia and what team they think would've been a dream to play for; plus, Dave contends the NFC has at least three teams that are superior to anyone in the AFC; a Cliffs Notes version of where we left off before the lockout.  Give this show a gold jacket, 'cause it belongs in Canton.

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That's right, football is back and the fellas could not be more thrilled about it's return. And you notice that nobody ever threatened to walk away from the NFL like the fans of other sports do during a labor strife. And you want to know why? Football is king, that's why. That is why today's show is chalk full of football talk. Who are the front runners for the Super Bowl? What coach is setting himself up for failure? And is Adam Rank's weight balloon beyond healthy levels?

All of that in more in this thin slice of heaven we like to call, The Dave Dameshek GRIDIRON Program. (Or football for now.)

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With the NFL lockout drawing to a close, the boys take a gander at what NFL free agency will look like. Although, only after the fellas decide to take the proceedings outside in the gorgeous California sun — mostly to keep the bronze age alive. The gang also takes a look one of the top summer blockbusters debuting this week, Captain America, and talk about why Superman might be the most overrated superhero of all-time. And finally, the gang looks at the team that might have the best collection of all-time running backs.


Won’t you have some fun and have a listen?

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Is it time to start rooting for a new team? The fellas get to the bottom of this James Harrison business by getting the story straight from Men’s Journal writer Paul Solotaroff who opens up about his recent story about the Steelers’ enigmatic linebacker. Is the general public being duped by an elaborate work much like the fans who follow professional wrestling? We get in to that.

We also talk a bit about Roger Clemens, Terrelle Pryor and a name of Adam Rank‘s small, lonely fan base. In fact, we encourage you to vote in the poll on

Won’t you have a listen? It figures to be a thin slice of heaven.

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Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank hit 88mph on the flux capacitor and travel into the future! The fellas switch into playoff gear with the NFL Uniform Super Bowl and after much debate, a winner has emerged! Also on tap, the guys are in search of a name for Adam Rank's fanbase to co-exist with the Citizens of the Shek Republic...Will they make it to episode 10, or will they be canceled, who knows? Tune in! 

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Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank, hosts of next year's Top 100 Players of 2012? Our esteemed host and his trusty sidekick tackle the final results and implore that NFL players are inept at ranking anything, even when it comes to themselves!

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Welcome to episode number eight of the Dave Dameshek Football Program. The fellas discuss who the greatest number eight in NFL history, and conclude that it is Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. The bigger news is the revealing of the NFL uniform playoff bracket as the guys pick the division winners and wild cards in an attempt to pick the team that has the greatest uniform in the NFL right now.

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What could possible cause our esteemed host to nearly walk out on the job? Don’t play coy, you know exactly what it was. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers — the Super Bowl MVP — is ranked No. 11 in the Top 100. You know, that list of the top players of the past year? Yeah, the Super Bowl MVP didn’t crack the Top 10. Hopefully this won’t keep you from listening.

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They boys continue their discussion with NFL maven Jason La Canfora. The NFL's top information man dazzles us with his deep knowledge of punk, 80s metal and inter-league baseball. There might have been some football mixed in, too. But to be honest, it was hard to not be impressed by his encyclopedia-like knowledge of music -- even though he sided with Lynyrd Skynyrd over the Allman Brothers.

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There is no argument that John Elway is the leader in the clubhouse for NFL players who wore No. 7. Even though there is a half-hearted argument given to Ben Roethlisberger. But is the jersey No. 7 the greatest sports number ever? The gang discusses that and Dave gives his view on who wore No. 7 the best -- Mickey Mantle or Elway.

The gang also gets into the business of which Los Angeles Rams jersey is the best of all-time, based off Adam Rank's Pick Six.

You might want to sit down for this news -- our own Necktie Milner got us a guest! And a damn good one, if I don't mind saying so -- Jason La Canfora.   Great guest, Dylan.

In other words, this was not only a pure delight, but just the first-part of a special edition of the Dave Dameshek Football Program.

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Dave and Rank go through numbers 31-to-21 on the Top 100 list, including: whether Phil Rivers belongs so far ahead of draft classmates Roethlisberger and Manning; why Arian Foster is so low; and Roddy White vs. Calvin Johnson.

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Dave lambasts Rank for his Pick Six list of the NFL players he'd most like to see win a Super Bowl and offers up some better alternatives; the fellas debate if the Heat would've made the most hated champion in sports history; Dave and Rank choose which of the five teams being talked about for a move to L.A. would make the most sense;  and Dave tells a winning tale about his brush with a beer-filled Stanley Cup.  Oh, it's sweet.

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Dave and Rank tackle the next 10 players unveiled in the Top 100 players of 2010 list.  The two are up-in-arms over the player at No. 32 and another guard at No. 34.  

Overall, it's a thin slice of heaven - unless you're player No. 32 or 34.

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Interesting coincidence the Congressman Anthony Wiener scandal – aka “Wienergate” – happens to have broken here in the month of June, considering next week marks the 39th anniversary of the Watergate arrests.Since that time, every scandal has had the whole “—gate” thing. Enough is enough. Dave decides once and for all to put this business to rest.  Then the gang discuss the worst teams to root for, Plaxico Burress' return, and more in this thin slice of heaven. 

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Dave and Rank hit anger level five with the latest episode of the Top 100, numbers 50-41. Dave is particularly incensed that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not crack the top 40, let alone the top ten. Apparently the players who voted on this did not see Roethlisberger come within two minutes of winning his third Super Bowl. Rank is especially interested in Brian Urlacher and how he will be regarded by Hall of Fame voters when his judgment day comes a-callin.’  

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With the hateable Heat on their way to an NBA title, Dave & Rank discuss the most despised teams in the NFL; the fellas also review Dave's playoff for the title "NFL QB Franchise", then set up a playoff for which team has had the most good linebackers; Dave announces the best player jersey for a Packers fan to wear; and finally, Handsome Hank pays a visit with his Tweet of the Week.  In summation, if you like football, you'll love this podcast.  Probably.

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Dave and Adam Rank discuss the players coming in 60-51 on the NFL Network's Top 100 players of 2010 list, focusing on the confusing standard that put Marques Colston ahead of 2010 stats leader Brandon Lloyd while leaving the likes of Stevie Johnson and Mike Wallace completely out.  The fellas also analyze whether Matt Ryan is deserving of being ranked at 52 when Eli Manning and his Super Bowl ring are nowhere to be found.

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Inspired by the redemptive powers of spring, Dave alters history in favor of Dannys White and Marino in the latest installment of the "N if L".  Then, on the heels of Ray Lewis' violent vision for a football-less future, Dave and podcast chum Adam Rank discuss the best apocalyptic movies ever.  Dave, Rank, and Necktie Milner also debate which NFL franchise has had the most great quarterbacks.  And finally, Handsome Hank reads tweets from Pittsburgh's outside linebackers responding to the so-called "Steeler Rule".  In summation, you're gonna love it.  Or will you?

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It is the first special edition of the Dave Dameshek Football  Program, as Dave’s critiques have driven him to offer you his instant opinion on the NFL’s Top 100 show on Sunday night on NFL Network. In this show, Dave and Adam Rank take a look at this week’s reveal, and talk about some of the biggest surprises of the week.

To make a long story short, it’s a thin slice of heaven. 

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Episode 2 of the Dave Dameshek Football Program opens with a shot across the bow to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell by talking about basketball. Dave suggests how LeBron James could have been a hero to the working man when he decided to take his talents to South Beach. While former LA Rams fan Adam Rank empathizes with the plight of the Seattle Sonics fans who are watching the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The fellas then hash out the toughest names in NFL history, and then continue the debate of the most overrated players currently in the NFL.

And finally, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the news, the gang debates which actor has been in the most great movies in cinema history.

To make a long story short, it was gangbusters! 

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After last week's successful preseason edition podcast, Dave kicks off Episode One with the debut of "The N. if L.", the segment that answers how pigskin history could have changed if one play or event went the other way.  Dave and his pals, Adam Rank and Dylan Milner, then critique the NFL Network's 'Top 100' list of current players and offer some candidates for the league's most overrated players.  Handsome Hank stops by to read the Tweet of the Week (courtesy Reggie Bush), leading the fellas into a debate about whether fans care more than players.  Lastly, Dave reads listener tweets.  All in all, it was a peach of an hour...

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Dave Dameshek gets his show off the ground with his pals as he basks in the glow of the recently-finished NFL draft. He's got some interesting thoughts about Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall's tweeting ability as well as the newest No. 1 draft pick, Cam Newton. Dave also lays out his first rule of fan conduct: the Jim Ir-Say It Isn't So Rule.

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