Former Patriots player, Julian Edelman, entertains with new podcast: Games with Names.
The New England Patriots’ legendary wide receiver is trying his hand in the entertainment industry with his new podcast Games with Names. Edelman is joining comedian Sam Morril to discuss the greatest games of all time. Amongst all the sports talk, the two hosts bring life, entertainment and a little bit of chaos to the podcast.
Episode 1 dropped yesterday. The topic of discussion: Super Bowl XLII. Tedy Bruschi and Eli Manning join the co-hosts to chat about one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
An 18-0 New England Patriots team faced the 12-6 New York Giants in Glendale, Arizona. Football greats like Randy Moss, Plaxico Burress, Michael Strahan, Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau were front and center in this high-stakes game.
The game was neck-and-neck for its entirety. But the momentum shifted when there was 2:42 left in the fourth quarter. It started when Asante Samuel of the Patriots missed an easy interception to end the game. It was followed by a handful of missed sacks, letting Eli Manning break free and find David Tyree down field. Up against a rock solid Rodney Harrison, Tyree made one of the most notable catches in Super Bowl history.
Just like that the Giants stripped the Patriots of a perfect season, leaving them 18-1. This game is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl and sports history.
Edelman and Sam dive in deep with their guests, displaying a side of the game that viewers didn’t get to see. They pick the brains of Manning and Bruschi to uncover the emotions they experienced during those moments.
Manning shared that the Giants were always confident that they could win the game, despite being listed as the underdog by -12.5 points. When Samuel missed the game-ending interception, he knew the Giants had a chance to come back and win.
Bruschi disclosed that he still feels the sting of that loss after all of these years. Despite this mind-numbing season finale, he went on to become a 3-time Super Bowl champion. Bruschi remains loyal to the Patriots organization, as he still praises and cheers for his former team and coach.
There was no better game to present as Episode 1 of the podcast. Being an avid New York sports fan, host Sam Morril jumped at the opportunity to rub this episode in Edelman’s face. The two will continue to present the findings of their search for the greatest games of all time. I think we all know a few more football games that will make this list (28-3, anyone?)
For streaming, Games with Names is on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube. Episodes are released on Tuesdays.