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Go beyond the insipid press conference by getting to know one of the most authentic players in the NFL right here. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie hangs out with Go Long for 10 episodes through the 2021 NFL Season.

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Go beyond the insipid press conference by getting to know one of the most authentic players in the NFL right here. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie hangs out with Go Long for 10 episodes through the 2021 NFL Season.

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    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 6: What happened to the Bills?

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 6: What happened to the Bills?

    No, this is not how the Buffalo Bills wanted to be playing football into late November. There is legitimate cause for concern.

    Unlike last season, they’re not routing opponents with ease. The Indianapolis Colts effectively punched the Bills in the mouth, again and again, through a 41-15 win on Sunday.

    So, what now? As we wrote at Go Long, the Bills’ problems run deep into the fabric of how this team was built. They’ll have a chance to turn things around quickly on Thanksgiving Day at New Orleans.

    The fans who pour millions of dollars into the NFL don’t get the full story unfortunately with locker rooms closed off to the media this season, which is one reason we started the Isaiah McKenzie Show — he is willing to give everyone a real feel for how this league works through the ups and the downs. As always, McKenzie is honest this episode. He digs into the loss, the mood and his own fumble at the end of the first half.

    We also discuss McKenzie’s highly successful BBQ restaurant in Miami. It has become an incredible passion of his with “La Traila Barbecue Miami” voted the No. 1 BBQ spot in South Florida.

    And for a good half-hour, McKenzie takes everyone’s questions at Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY.

    You can catch the Isaiah McKenzie Show right here at GoLongTD.com or wherever you get your podcasts. It has its own feed on Apple and Spotify, while we also include the show on our flagship Go Long Podcast Apple and Spotify feeds.

    All full videos are posted at the Go Long YouTube page, too.

    I appreciate everyone for coming on out or listening/watching wherever you are.

    We still have four episodes to go, one of which will be held at Mister’s on Jan 3. Feel free to make your reservation for that show today.

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    Ep 5: ‘I was grazed by a bullet once’

    Ep 4: The true story of 'Lil Dirty'

    Ep 3: Why it's time for the Buffalo Bills to give him a scout team 'bonus'

    Ep 2: Inside the Bills’ demolition at Arrowhead

    Ep 1: From Miami Gardens to Orchard Park

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    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 5: 'I was grazed by a bullet once'

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 5: 'I was grazed by a bullet once'

    Listen now (60 min) | The electric Bills receiver/returner shares a story few in his life even know. Also, McKenzie takes you inside the Bills' 45-17 win vs. the Jets and details why this WR room should be a sitcom.

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    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 4: The true story of 'Lil Dirty'

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 4: The true story of 'Lil Dirty'

    Teammates said he smells… and has bad breath… and talks too much junk so, of course, we had to give Isaiah McKenzie an opportunity to snipe back here on Episode 4 of The Isaiah McKenzie Show at Go Long.

    On the Buffalo Bills’ own sponsored video clip on social media, McKenzie was roasted good.

    McKenzie doesn’t hold back with his response.

    From there, we learn more about the real “Lil Dirty” on the Isaiah McKenzie Show, live from Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, N.Y.

    The nickname does have merit. He explains. Turns out, Stefon Diggs is to blame for the nickname taking off, too.

    McKenzie tends to fall asleep any given moment. Maybe it’s a team meeting. Maybe it’s on a hardwood floor at home. Without warning, McKenzie passes out any second of any day. His sister offers some insight, too.

    The team’s 26-11 win over Miami. How did Buffalo turn it around? This sure wasn’t looking good at halftime. McKenzie again offers a rare peek behind the curtain, explaining who spoke up in the locker room to get this offense rolling. Also, do such motivational speeches work? And can guest speakers like Phil Mickelson really resonate?

    Are opponents trying to hurt Josh Allen after plays? That appeared to be the case at the end of this win. Allen was not thrilled with Christian Wilkins of the Dolphins.

    Sadly, McKenzie has never heard of Jim Croce (or Christmas Vacation or George Costanza or Comedy Central), but we do learn which musician he listens to exclusively before every game. His answer may surprise you. Slow, sad music is what actually gets McKenzie’s mind right.

    He’s living out of a hotel today, but that wasn’t the case as a kid. McKenzie takes us all back to growing up in a one-bedroom apartment with eight siblings in Miami Gardens. Cockroaches and mice became his close friends.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are up next so, naturally, we wonder if his head coach Sean McDermott would ever get caught up in the, uh, shenanigans their head coach did. You probably know the answer to that one and McKenzie, again, is hilarious when it comes to his head coach.

    Your questions. McKenzie answers everything for a good 20 to 25 minutes, promising to give one young fan in attendance the football if he scores a touchdown against the Jaguars.

    Thanks for watching and listening, everyone.

    As always, you can get every single episode in these posts right at GoLongTD.com, and wherever you get podcasts. The Isaiah McKenzie Show is available on the Go Long Podcast and also has its own Apple and Spotify channels. If YouTube is your thing, all 10 episodes can be found on YouTube.

    We’ve got six eps to go, two of which will be held at Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, N.Y.

    Tables fill up fast so if you can make one of the final live shows — Nov. 22 and Jan. 3 (both at 6 p.m.) — be sure to make your reservation on the Mister’s Bar & Lanes website via OpenTable today. Paid subscribers to Go Long get first dibs on a table so, if you’d like, upgrade right here as well.

    McKenzie loves hanging out with fans afterward. It’s a family-friendly environment, so feel free to bring your kids.

    Ep 3: Why it's time for the Buffalo Bills to give him a scout team 'bonus'

    Ep 2: Inside the Bills’ demolition at Arrowhead

    Ep 1: From Miami Gardens to Orchard Park

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    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 3: Why it's time for the Buffalo Bills to give him a scout team 'bonus'

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 3: Why it's time for the Buffalo Bills to give him a scout team 'bonus'

    It’s high time for Isaiah McKenzie to get the ball more in Buffalo. (A 101-yard kick return is proof of that, right?)

    It’s not time for anyone to hire Isaiah McKenzie as their next babysitter. (This story will crack you up.)

    He’s masterful at getting underneath the skin of teammates. (Just ask Micah Hyde.)

    He runs for miles… upon miles… upon miles every practice. (And sure wouldn’t mind a scout team “bonus” in his next deal.)

    These are just a handful of the many truths we learn on Episode 3 of the Isaiah McKenzie Show. Again, we record live from Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, N.Y., and it’s a rollicking affair. We start off by reliving the Bills’ 34-31 loss in Nashville, where McKenzie was nearly the hero. His touchdown with three minutes to go was called back on a hold. From there, we look back at the moments that made McKenzie growing up. The questions from folks in the audience were fantastic, too.

    You’ll get the inside story on Dawson Knox’s two-point throw with a broken hand.

    With Halloween around the corner, McKenzie power ranks his top 5 candies.

    And I think you’ll enjoy McKenzie’s take on “taunting” in the NFL.

    A huge thanks to everyone who came on out to pack Mister’s. Remember, we’ll be there on site for three more episodes at the dates below. Make your reservation today. Subscribers to Go Long get first dibs at a table. Just note your email address in the comments section on Open Table or let them know on the phone.

    Monday, Nov. 1 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)Monday, Nov. 22 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)Monday, Jan. 3 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)

    You can catch all 10 episodes of the Isaiah McKenzie Show, throughout the season, right here at GoLongTD.com, over on the flagship Go Long Podcast, on its own Apple and Spotify feeds and, of course, YouTube.

    Have a question for McKenzie? Email us at golongtd@gmail.com.

    Thanks, everyone.

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    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 2: Inside the Bills' demolition at Arrowhead

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 2: Inside the Bills' demolition at Arrowhead

    To fans, the Buffalo Bills’ 38-20 domination of the Kansas City Chiefs felt like more than just another regular season win. This was the team that knocked the Bills off in the AFC title game, after all.

    To players, it sure felt special, too.

    On Episode 2 of the The Isaiah McKenzie, we relive the Buffalo win — from the weather delay to the budding Chiefs rivalry to Josh Allen vs. Patrick Mahomes. McKenzie signed with the Bills in 2018, so he’s seen Allen’s maturation up close. What may surprise you is that he had no clue who Allen even was upon arriving in Western New York.

    The receiver explains just how much his quarterback has grown since that rookie year.

    And, big picture, Sunday night’s result is giving the 2021 Bills a ton of confidence.

    “We know — we know — that we have to beat them,” McKenzie said on this week’s episode, “to show not only just them, but the world, that we come to play this game to win this game to show you that we’re not just any Buffalo Bills team. We’re not just a Buffalo Bills team that’s around to make it to the AFC Championship Game or have potential to make the playoffs every year now. We’re trying to win something bigger than that.

    “The Chiefs, last year and the year before, were the standard. Patrick Mahomes. Tyreek Hill. Travis Kelce. I can go down the line. Tyrann Mathieu. They were the standard. Those guys had been winning. In order to beat them, you have to find winners that want to beat them.

    “We’re trying to win and we know we have to go through them.”

    There’s X ‘n O talk on how his jet sweep action helps fuel this offense as well as the roots of his fearlessness as a returner — McKenzie once suffered a concussion back in high school that knocked him out.

    We give McKenzie a chance to elaborate on his Notre Dame decomittment. Our clip from last week, nearing 200K views, seemed to trigger the Fighting Irish a bit. (Yes, McKenzie was told he couldn’t have, uh, sexual relations on campus.)

    With Georgia ranked No. 1 in the nation, we also look back to McKenzie’s college days, his relationship with Kirby Smart and how dangerous he was at wide receiver. Mel Kiper Jr. once compared his game to Antonio Brown.

    Finally, we received some fantastic questions from subscribers, including one on Sean McDermott. McKenzie takes it upon himself to loosen his head coach up around One Bills Drive.

    Thank you everyone for listening and watching this new show at Go Long and feel free to share episodes with a friend. All air right here at GoLongTD.com, as well as Apple, Spotify and YouTube.

    Live nearby? Hang out with us in real life. Five of these 10 episodes are held at Mister’s Bar and Lanes in East Aurora, N.Y., with the next show slated for Monday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. (EST). Go Long subscribers get first dibs on a table — and they go fast! — so be sure to reserve your table today and note in the Open Table comment section that you’re a paid subscriber with your email address to confirm.

    The remaining live show dates are below:

    Monday, Oct. 25 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)Monday, Nov. 1 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)Monday, Nov. 22 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)Monday, Jan. 3 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)

    Past episodes of The Isaiah McKenzie Show:

    Ep 1: From Miami Gardens to Orchard Park

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    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 1: From Miami Gardens to Orchard Park

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 1: From Miami Gardens to Orchard Park

    And… we’re off.

    What a fun time at Mister’s Bar and Lanes in East Aurora, NY launching “The Isaiah McKenzie Show” this week. Thrilled to share the show with all of our readers and listeners at Go Long right here.

    We explained the premise last week, ICYMI. In a sport increasingly watered down by press conferences, the hope is for fans to really get to know one of its most dynamic personalities: Bills receiver/returner Isaiah McKenzie. These 10 episodes should show everyone a side of the game they haven’t seen before. McKenzie is one of a kind, so we’ll dive into it all: The Bills. The league. The world. His surreal background.

    You can get all episodes via video or audio — whichever you prefer — right here at GoLongTD.com. Both formats are embedded in this post above. Further, you’ll be able to locate the show on Apple, Spotify and our YouTube channel as the files matriculate to those channels.

    Longform storytelling is always the focus at Go Long and we’ll keep churning out the written word at our regular clip, but I’ve also had a lot of readers tell me they want to plug podcasts into their ears while they’re mowing the lawn, driving to work, changing diapers, etc. Hopefully The Isaiah McKenzie Show, Go Long Podcast and Ty & Bob Pod help accentuate our coverage here. (Note: Keep an eye out for our next big story dropping Friday AM.)

    Here’s what’s cookin’ on Episode 1 with McKenzie…

    The Bills’ current obliteration of opponents. They’re outscoring teams 118-21 the last three weeks. What’s the mood internally with Sean McDermott and all of the players? More importantly, into this rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs, is this a Super Bowl-or-Bust type of season for the Bills?

    McKenzie’s unique role in it all. How do you hijack a game when you’re getting the ball a handful of times on “minimum wage?”

    His career started in Denver and, honestly, should’ve ended in Denver. A flurry of muffs threatened to ruin McKenzie mentally. He opens up on how he totally refocused when the Bills threw him a life raft in 2018 — with advice everyone can apply to their own lives.

    Growing up in Miami Gardens. It was not easy — and we’ll dig into this more throughout the 10 episodes — but McKenzie was sure to have a little fun as a kid, too. Too much fun, actually. One prank pulled on his grandmother is an all-timer… and led to a whupping he’ll never forget.

    Struggling in school. He was no fan of class, no. Yet when college football became a real possibility, McKenzie started to shape up.

    The, uh, reason McKenzie decommitted from Notre Dame. Don’t miss this. You’ll learn something new about this school today.

    His new dog, “Papi,” is in the house at Mister’s.

    Your questions. The last 15 minutes of The Isaiah McKenzie Show will always be about you and anything on your mind. McKenzie is asked who his best friend on the team is, his pregame ritual, his role on offense, Cole Beasley and what it’s like returning a punt with a tackler right in his face. (We’ll be sure to pass the mic ‘round next time, too.)

    Thanks everyone. This will be a lot of fun.

    Want to see a show in person? Make your reservation via Open Table through the Mister’s website. If you’re a subscriber, you get first dibs, too. (Our other five episodes are via Zoom.)

    Monday, Oct. 25 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)Monday, Nov. 1 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)Monday, Nov. 22 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)Monday, Jan. 3 (6 p.m.-7 p.m.)

    If you can’t make a show in-person, be sure to drop any questions for McKenzie to me at golongtd@gmail.com. And we’d love it if you subscribed to Go Long, right here, to get everything we have to offer:

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