13 episodes

Go beyond the insipid press conference by getting to know one of the most authentic players in the NFL right here.

www.golongtd.com

Isaiah McKenzie Show Tyler Dunne

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Go beyond the insipid press conference by getting to know one of the most authentic players in the NFL right here.

www.golongtd.com

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, S2 Ep5: It's gut-check time for the Buffalo Bills

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, S2 Ep5: It's gut-check time for the Buffalo Bills

    Pro football will always be more mental than physical. Beyond the 4.3 speed colliding at all conceivable angles, wins and losses are determined between the ears.
    So, let’s say hello to the 2022 Buffalo Bills.
    An ultra-talented team — the odds-on Super Bowl favorites — have struggled for 2 1/2 games now. And they’re also fresh off one of the most insane finishes you’ll ever see in a sporting event. On this episode of the Isaiah McKenzie Show at Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY, the team’s slot receiver relives the finish in painstaking detail. From Dalvin Cook’s 81-yarder to the goal-line stand to the overtime interception, it’s still hard to wrap your brain around this 33-30 Vikings win.
    McKenzie can relate to Allen’s rut, too.
    He lived it. He’s been down. He explains why exactly the sport is so mental and how Allen can snap out of this funk.
    Everything is discussed this episode…
    * Buffalo’s second-half woes. Why does this look like a completely different team after halftime?
    * His plays from the game. Yes, he stepped out of bounds on Allen’s first interception. And, oh yes, he heard all of you screaming at home to get out of bounds on that field-goal drive at the end of the fourth quarter.
    * How suffocating is that feeling of pressure as a pro athlete? Fans, gamblers, the front office. As McKenzie explains, players feel the heat from all angles.
    * Justin Jefferson’s catch heard ‘round the world. Cam Lewis was understandably hurting after this loss — if the Bills DB knocks the ball down, the Bills win.
    * Isaiah McKenzie’s role the rest of the season. The Bills certainly could use a dependable receiver other than Stefon Diggs to shift this passing game to a higher gear.
    * How McKenzie met his girlfriend. (Cover your ears, kids.)
    As always, the goal of this show is to take you beyond the press conferences and locker room. We want to bring you as close as possible to this league at Go Long. Live around Western New York? Come on out to one of our three remaining live shows at Mister’s. All dates are below.
    You can watch or listen to the show right here at GoLongTD.com or within the Go Long Podcast feeds:
    APPLE
    SPOTIFY
    YOUTUBE
    Miss a previous episode from Season 2? Catch up below…
    * Ep 1: Inside the gender reveal and the beatdown of the L.A. Rams
    * Ep 2: What was running through the receiver's mind that final play?
    * Ep 3: “I couldn’t move”
    * Ep 4: The Bills-Chiefs rematch is here
    Also: All episodes from Season 1 are archived on our site.
    Go Long is powered by YOU. Join our community today. Both free and pay subscriptions are available:
    We have three shows left! As always, McKenzie loves hanging out with the fans afterward. Mister’s Bar & Lanes is located at 206 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052.
    I’ll also have copies of “The Blood and Guts: How Tight Ends Save Football” to sign:
    * Monday, Dec. 12
    * Monday, Dec. 19
    * Monday, Jan. 9




    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe

    • 59 min
    Isaiah McKenzie Show, S2 Ep4: The Bills-Chiefs rematch is here

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, S2 Ep4: The Bills-Chiefs rematch is here

    We had a packed house at Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY this week.
    First, a huge thank you to the East Aurora JV Little Loop squad and all families who spent their Monday night with us. Quite a turnout for a player who didn’t even suit up in Buffalo’s 38-3 throttling of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium the day prior.
    I suppose that’s the pull of one, “Lil Dirty.” Isaiah McKenzie was in pure form again for Episode 4.
    A few topics discussed…
    * His health. McKenzie was surprised the Bills held him out against Pittsburgh, but watching this blowout as a spectator was fun and he expects to return this week against Kansas City. (Even if McKenzie is still milking this concussion to get out of chores around the house with his girlfriend.)
    * Gabe Davis’ Moss-like breakout game.
    * Thirteen Seconds. As, yes. Thirteen seconds. Replay our final episode from Season 1 if you’d like. McKenzie thinks back to that playoff loss once more, and explains how the team moved on into the offseason. Have the Bills used the epic meltdown as motivation or are they trying to forget it and bury it? Through history, we’ve seen teams in this position choose both routes.
    * He has never sipped alcohol before in his life. Seriously. McKenzie explains why he’s always avoided booze. And if the Bills win it all? McKenzie promises he’ll drink for the first time ever.
    * Sean McDermott showed players a documentary on Team USA’s 2008 “Redeem Team” last weekend. What was the purpose behind this?
    * George Costanza.
    * With the Little Loopers in-house, McKenzie turns back the clock to when he first got into football. Believe it or not, he was an offensive lineman and he has always loved getting hit.
    * Once more, we open things up for a lengthy Q&A with you all… McKenzie takes the fans up on their salsa dance request, too.
    As always, the goal of this show is to take you beyond the press conferences and locker room. We want to bring you as close as possible to this league at Go Long. Live around Western New York? Come on out to one of our four remaining live shows at Mister’s. All dates are below.
    You can watch or listen to the show right here at GoLongTD.com or within the Go Long Podcast feeds:
    APPLE
    SPOTIFY
    YOUTUBE
    Miss a previous episode from Season 2? Catch up below…
    Ep 1: Inside the gender reveal and the beatdown of the L.A. Rams
    Ep 2: What was running through the receiver's mind that final play?
    Ep 3: “I couldn’t move”
    Also: All episodes from Season 1 are archived on our site.
    Go Long is your source for longform journalism in pro football. We’re completely powered by you. We’d love it if you joined our community today:
    Here are the remaining dates for our live recordings at Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY:
    * Monday, Nov. 14
    * Monday, Dec. 12
    * Monday, Dec. 19
    * Monday, Jan. 9



    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Isaiah McKenzie Show, S2 Ep3: 'I couldn't move'

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, S2 Ep3: 'I couldn't move'

    Why exactly are pro football players different than the rest of us?
    Exhibit A: Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY on Monday night.
    Isaiah McKenzie could not even move after absorbing a vicious hit in Baltimore that knocked him out of the Buffalo Bills’ 23-20 comeback win. And yet, he cannot wait to venture across the middle of the field again. He loves the physicality. He knows that’s what separates him as a slot receiver.
    Make no mistake, too. This was a scary moment.
    On Episode 3 of “The Isaiah McKenzie Show,” the 5-foot-7 receiver takes everyone through the collision and the aftermath. Concussions are obviously back in the NFL headlines and we’ve seen quite a few motionless players sprawled on the turf in NFL games this season. We all love the sport’s violence but, holy, it comes with a cost. McKenzie details exactly what that cost is.
    He does believe his mind is doing just fine… even though he’s currently using this concussion to get out of cleaning dishes at home with his girlfriend. When you come from where McKenzie did in South Florida — yes, a bullet once grazed him — you’ll gladly accept football’s inherent risks.
    Also, on this episode, we dig into Buffalo finally winning a close game.
    McKenzie refers to Sean McDermott as a “dad” and Brandon Beane as the “cool uncle” in taking all of your questions.
    As always, the goal of this show is to take you beyond the press conferences and locker room. McKenzie says himself at the end of this pod that he never wants to spew mindless cliches as if part of a “cult.” His raw honesty is refreshing. We want to bring you as close as possible to this league at Go Long. Live around Western New York? Come on out to one of our five remaining live shows at Mister’s. All dates are below.
    You can watch or listen to the show right here at GoLongTD.com or within the Go Long Podcast feeds:
    APPLE
    SPOTIFY
    YOUTUBE
    Miss a previous episode from Season 2? Catch up below…
    Ep 1: Inside the gender reveal and the beatdown of the L.A. Rams
    Ep 2: What was running through the receiver's mind that final play?
    Also: All episodes from Season 1 are archived on our site.
    Go Long is your source for longform journalism in pro football. We’re completely powered by you. Subscribe today:
    Here are the remaining dates for our live recordings at Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY:
    * Monday, Oct. 10
    * Monday, Nov. 14
    * Monday, Dec. 12
    * Monday, Dec. 19
    * Monday, Jan. 9

    As a reminder, right now, you can pre-order “The Blood and Guts: How Tight Ends Save Football” at 30% off and receive a signed bookplate. Just click this link.



    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Isaiah McKenzie Show S2 Ep2: What was running through the receiver's mind that final play?

    Isaiah McKenzie Show S2 Ep2: What was running through the receiver's mind that final play?

    Hindsight is a beautiful thing. These last 48 hours, we’ve all been hyper-analyzing Isaiah McKenzie’s every step that final play against the Miami Dolphins.
    Could he have gone out of bounds? Should he have collapsed? What was he thinking in real time?
    On Episode 2 of “The Isaiah McKenzie Show,” we get answers. In immense detail, the Buffalo Bills wide receiver takes you all inside his mind.
    The Bills fell to the Dolphins, 21-19. It was unbelievably frustrating, too, considering they outgained the home team by a whopping 497 yards to 212. McKenzie is also well aware that Buffalo ran 90 plays to Miami’s 39… in a sauna of a stadium. With the heat index soaring to 100 degrees, Bills players were melting one by one.
    Honestly, this might’ve been one of my favorite chats with the team’s “Face of the Franchise.” We launched this show at Go Long to take fans beyond the insipid press conference and beyond the locker room for moments like this, for when we’re hoping for real stories behind everything we saw on Sunday.
    You can always watch and/or listen to the full episodes right here at GoLongTD.com and within our main podcast feeds:
    APPLE
    SPOTIFY
    YOUTUBE
    Much was discussed this hour…
    * The heat. Bills-Fins was a scene straight out of the 1982 “Epic in Miami.” What exactly does it feel like to lock up with cramps, need IV and puke your lungs out in the locker room? McKenzie compared this game to a battlefield.
    * The final play. McKenzie knew he needed to gain yardage for kicker Tyler Bass after catching a short pass over the middle. McKenzie also knew he needed to stop the clock. He relives it all second by painstaking second... right to that clock hitting 0:00. Yes, he heard from fans, too. One sent him a pretty hilarious picture telling McKenzie what he should’ve done.
    * Finishing. It’s the last hurdle this Super Bowl contender must clear. Why do the Bills’ struggle late in games?
    * Ken Dorsey’s freakout. Players loved it and players have seen this side of the Bills offensive coordinator many times before.
    * The rivalry. Real hatred between the Bills and Dolphins is finally back after a 20-year hiatus. McKenzie assures Buffalo cannot wait to play Miami in the cold.
    * Up next: Lamar. Ahead of Buffalo’s playoff win over the Ravens in 2020, McKenzie played the role of Lamar Jackson on the scout team in practice. Even though he’s actually a big part of the offense now, he hopes that continues.
    * McKenzie vs. Hyde. My co-host is ruthless. The safety’s neck injury only ramps this up.
    * Your questions! We had some gems.
    Go Long is your source for longform journalism in pro football. Want features delivered right to your inbox? In addition to all of our podcasts? We’re completely powered by you. Subscribe today right here:
    All eight episodes of Season 2 are being recorded LIVE at Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY. Here are the remaining dates:
    * Monday, Oct. 3
    * Monday, Oct. 10
    * Monday, Nov. 14
    * Monday, Dec. 12
    * Monday, Dec. 19
    * Monday, Jan. 9



    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Isaiah McKenzie Show, S2, Ep1: Inside the gender reveal and the beatdown of the L.A. Rams

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, S2, Ep1: Inside the gender reveal and the beatdown of the L.A. Rams

    Not all gender reveals hit the mark. Many crash and burn.
    Not all touchdown celebrations pan out, either.
    Yet, Isaiah McKenzie certainly nailed this one. After scoring his first touchdown of the 2022 season, the Buffalo Bills’ slot receiver screamed “It’s a boy!” into the camera. As we all know now, the message was for his sister. The side-by-side videos quickly went viral.
    There was much to discuss on Season 2, Episode 1 of “The Isaiah McKenzie Show.” We relived the Bills’ 31-10 smackdown of the Los Angeles Rams live from Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY.
    * McKenzie dissects the two plays you all saw at home: his drop that led to an interception and his moment of redemption in the third quarter. His seven-yard touchdown catch says so much about playing in the slot. It’s a thinking man’s position.
    * How are the Bills handling historic Super Bowl expectations? An absurd amount of people are betting on this team to win it all. Fans may be nervous, but the players are not.
    * Stefon Diggs vs. Jalen Ramsey. It was not a fair fight. McKenzie, who describes himself as Diggs’ personal “babysitter” explains how Diggs went off.
    * What surprised him most from the win? The Bills’ dominant defensive line. (Even if Von Miller can’t dance.)
    * The last half of the show, McKenzie brings it back to the offseason. He could’ve signed with seven different teams as a free agent. Other clubs offered him more money than the Bills. But the receiver who arrived in Buffalo way back in 2018 says he wanted to finish the job right here because of his bonds with teammates.
    * How did he blow up in training camp? Good ‘ol fashioned hard work, and McKenzie got the message loud and clear when the team signed Jamison Crowder.
    * Ken Dorsey’s first game calling plays as the Bills’ offensive coordinator. McKenzie likes what he sees.
    Go Long is an independent newsletter that covers pro football through a longform lens. Subscribe today to get all stories, all podcasts, all analysis delivered to your email inbox:
    The purpose of this show? To go beyond the press conference and the locker room. We want to give fans — the ones pouring millions of dollars into this sport — an authentic view of the sport. Something beyond poll-tested, sanitized cliches. Season 1 of The Isaiah McKenzie Show was a riot, so we’re back.
    You can watch or listen to all episodes right here at Go Long.
    If podcasts are your thing, all episodes will also be shared within the Go Long Podcast feed. Here is Episode 1:
    APPLE
    SPOTIFY
    YOUTUBE
    And, remember, you can watch the show LIVE at Mister’s Bar & Lanes in East Aurora, NY. The remaining seven episodes will all be on Mondays at 6 p.m. (EST):



    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe

    • 49 min
    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 8: An inside look at the emotion behind Bills-Chiefs and '13 Seconds'

    Isaiah McKenzie Show, Ep 8: An inside look at the emotion behind Bills-Chiefs and '13 Seconds'

    Western New Yorkers love them some Isaiah McKenzie. We saw that right away on Thursday night.
    A huge, huge thank you to everyone who packed Mister’s Bar & Lanes for our final live episode of the season.
    It’s easy to see why the Buffalo Bills wide receiver is so beloved, too.
    You won’t find many NFL players this authentic and this honest with the public through the stressful ups and downs of an NFL season. And, really, that was the goal with this show at Go Long — to give all football fans a true look inside into this league. Poll-tested press conferences often only reveal so much. And, holy, what an emotional roller-coaster this 2021 season has been for McKenzie, from the kick return called back in Tennessee to getting benched by Sean McDermott after a 41-15 loss to the Colts to playing hero in Foxborough to one of the most insane finishes you’ll ever see in an NFL game.
    McKenzie has discussed it all… even that hilarious reason he did not attend Notre Dame. If you missed any previous episodes, they’re all linked below.
    This week? McKenzie guides everyone through the Bills’ surreal 42-36 overtime loss in Kansas City.
    What was going through his mind sitting on the bench afterward?
    Who said what in the locker room?
    Why exactly was the defense sitting back in such soft coverage to his knowledge? Do players even know what happened?
    Where is McKenzie at through his “5 stages of grief?”
    McKenzie is just as flabbergasted as the fans. And, now, he’s a free agent. McKenzie discusses the next step, too. After proving himself with limited opportunities, free agency could be interesting. Does he want to be back in Buffalo?
    You can watch and/or listen to The Isaiah McKenzie Show right here at Go Long.
    Audio and video options are both available above.
    Or, if podcasting is your thing, the shows are always available right inside the main Go Long Podcast feed on Apple and Spotify as well as its own standalone podcast feed on Apple and Spotify. All episodes also can be found on our YouTube channel.
    Thank you again, everyone.
    Go Long is a completely independent newsletter committed to finding a story you have not read (or heard) before. If you’d like to support independent journalism, you can upgrade to a full subscription right here:
    Miss a past episode? You can catch up right here:
    Ep 8: An inside look at '13 Seconds' and the ‘5 stages of grief’
    Ep 7: One shining moment
    Ep 6: What happened to the Bills?
    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





    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Sports

Wave Sports + Entertainment
PodcastOne
Apple News
Barstool Sports
Dan Le Batard, Stugotz
The Ringer

You Might Also Like

Locked On Podcast Network, Joe Marino
Advance Media New York - NYUP.com
Audacy
The Athletic
SB Nation
Omaha Productions, ESPN, Kyle Brandt