On the eighteenth episode of “Great Dane Nation,” Morten is joined by his Pro Football Hall of Fame brother and broadcasting legend Jim Nantz of CBS Sports (18:15 – 36:41). But first, he checks in with TommyFreezePops (Tom Carroll) to recap the biggest storyline coming out of week 17 – the Philadelphia Eagles blatantly tanking in the second half of their game against Washington (01:14). Plus, Morten and FreezePops each make their predictions for Wild Card Weekend (07:34).
We then move to our interview with Jim, where he discusses a wide array of topics: how he coined his iconic phrase “hello, friends” (19:36); what it was like to call The Masters in the middle of football season as we continue to battle this pandemic (22:33); playing D-1 golf at the University of Houston, and being roommates with future Masters champion Fred Couples (24:47); which broadcasters he idolized growing up (28:07); working with Tony Romo, and when he knew that Romo was going to be a great color commentator (29:31); why he would split his MVP vote between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes (32:23); why he believes the Chiefs will repeat as Super Bowl champions this season (34:08); and how he called games of Morten’s that Morten probably wasn’t even aware of at the time (35:57).
Then, TommyFreezePops is joined by Paul Bovi for his weekly check-in with the experts from VegasInsider.com (37:50 – 48:55). With the College Football Playoff National Championship taking place on Monday, Paul and FreezePops preview #1 Alabama taking on #3 Ohio State (38:35). Then we head to our quick picks for Wild Card Weekend: Can Washington pull off the upset as they host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (40:47)? Will Lamar Jackson get his first postseason victory this weekend in Tennessee (43:18)? With the Browns ravished by injuries and COVID-19, do they even have a chance against the Steelers (45:55)?
Finally, we close things out with Morten’s “Game Winner” – a weekly segment where Morten monologues his biggest takeaway of the week. This week, he talks about Jim Nantz, and what makes him one of the greatest broadcasters who has ever lived (48:55).