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The Gridiron & Beyond: Author Jason Cole (Ep. 71)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond with Bob Socci, Jason Cole (@JasonCole62) discusses his new biography "Elway: A Relentless Life." Gifted with in both football and baseball, Elway entered the NFL as the top overall pick and exited as a player with two Super Bowl titles, a future bust in the Pro…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald (Ep. 70)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci speaks with Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. They talk about the NFL's decision to play the Patriots game at Kansas City on Monday night, its handling of the recent spate of positive COVID-19 tests and the ramifications in the near and long term. …

Football Historian Michael MacCambridge

Bob Socci is joined by author and football historian Michael MacCambridge, who's written or edited nearly a dozen books, including '69 Chiefs: A Team, a Season, and the Birth of Modern Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom.  Michael describes how Andy Reid rebounded from being fired in Philadelphia and rebuilt the Chiefs into an eventual Super…

The Legendary Brent Musburger

Bob Socci chats with Legendary Broadcaster Brent Musburger, who after a half century as a lead voice of CBS Sports, ESPN and ABC Sports is in his third season as the radio voice of the Raiders.  Brent tells us about the Raiders, present and past, and shares a few of the countless anecdotes in his…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Dolphins Recap & Seahawks Preview with Doug Farrar of USA Today's Touchdown Wire (Ep. 68)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci's guest is Doug Farrar from touchdownwire.usatoday.com.   Doug breaks down what was new — and old — about the Patriots’ offense under Cam Newton in the opener and previews Sunday’s visit to Seattle.   Plus, the Bills seem to have another defensive star in…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Patriots/Dolphins Preview with Josh Tolentino of The Athletic (Ep. 67)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, the Voice of the Patriots, Bob Socci previews the Miami Dolphins in anticipation of the season opener with Josh Tolentino of The Athletic. They talk about the wholesale changes for Dolphins, who spent $200 million in free agency and drafted a quarterback they feel is the…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Pro Football Hall of Fame Writer Rick Gosselin (Ep. 66)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci has a conversation with Pro Football Hall of Fame writer and voter Rick Gosselin.   With Bill Belichick and Tom Brady bound for Canton, we discuss the Hall of Fame candidacies of many other all-time Patriots, from Richard Seymour to Stanley Morgan and Adam…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Former Patriots GM Upton Bell (Ep. 65)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci talks with Upton Bell, the former Patriots general manager and Boston radio-TV host and commentator. Bell discusses the legacy of Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee Bill Nunn, a super scout who helped build the Steelers into a 1970s dynasty, by scouting talent-rich Historically…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Mike Dussault of Patriots.com (Ep. 64)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci talks to Mike Dussault (@MikeDussault19) of Patriots.com about the last week and a half of training camp, plus how Mike succeeded in a crowded field with an independent Patriots blog, became the foremost authority on Bill Belichick's sideline attire and went from Hollywood sit-coms…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Rainer Sabin of the Detroit Free Press (Ep. 63)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci talks with reporter Rainer Sabin of the Detroit Free Press talking about the Big 10's decision to cancel its football season, the impact on players with NFL aspirations and a pair of former Michigan Wolverines now playing for the Patriots.

The Gridiron & Beyond: Chris Gasper of WCVB NewsCenter 5 & 98.5 The Sports Hub (Ep. 62)

The Patriots opened training camp this week at a time like no other off the field, facing a degree of on-field uncertainty unseen in more than a decade.   Chris reacts to what we saw and heard from Patriots veterans at the outset of camp. And takes time to discuss how we now see and…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Jim McBride of the Boston Globe (Ep. 61)

My guest is veteran Patriots reporter Jim McBride (@GlobeJimMcBride) of the Boston Globe. He's been at the Globe since 1988. We discuss the impact of the Patriots losing six players who have opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, and how they will try to overcome those absences. Plus, Jim and I talk about…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Tyler R. Tynes of The Ringer (Ep. 60)

My guest is Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) of The Ringer, who reported, wrote and narrated the recently-released six-part podcast min-series, "The Cam Chronicles."   Tynes literally followed in the footsteps of Cam Newton's football journey to, as he says, "start unraveling the mystery around this enigmatic figure" he describes as "the vanguard to the current young…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Brad Feldman, Voice of the New England Revolution (Ep. 59)

My guest is Brad Feldman (@BradFeldman), the voice of the New England Revolution.   We talk about the "MLS is Back" as soccer became the first American major league sport to return to play since competition was halted due to the novel Coronavirus. Although the tournament overall got off to an inauspicious beginning, the Revs…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Jim Szoke from the Panthers Radio Network (Ep. 58)

My guest is Jim Szoke (@jimszoke) from the Panthers Radio Network.   Jim has broadcast every game in the history of the Panthers franchise and, thus, seen every snap of Cam Newton's career.   He tells us about the player and person coming to New England -- in many ways, contrary to public perception --…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Wall Street Journal Reporter Ben Cohen (Ep. 57)

My guest is Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen (@bzcohen), who joins me to discuss the challenges and changes facing the NFL, other professional sports leagues and college football as they hope to let the games begin again amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   Particularly, as states across the South and Southwest experience record surges in…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald (Ep. 56)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci sits down with Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald.   They look back on the NFL Combine, look ahead at NFL free agency and look around at every angle with which Tom Brady's future is being discussed.  Andrew explains…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Former Patriots Offensive Lineman Ryan O'Callaghan (Ep. 55)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci sits down with former Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan, who joined Bob to discuss his book "My Life on the Line."  In addition, Ryan shared his thoughts on several people and topics in the news of late, as well…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Jeff Howe from The Athletic (Ep. 54)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci sits down with Jeff Howe, who talked about his experience covering the Pro Bowl amid the breaking news of Kobe Bryant’s death and the impact of it on the NFL stars he talked to. They then transition to his…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Mark Schofield from Pro Football Weekly (Ep. 53)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci talks with Mark Schofield (@MarkSchofield) of Pro Football Weekly and Pats Pulpit.   Mark describes the most intriguing prospects he saw while covering Senior Bowl practices last week in Mobile and discusses some of the players to keep an…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Super Bowl Champion Mike Flynn from 98.5 The Sports Hub (Ep. 52)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci talks with Mike Flynn from 98.5 The Sports Hub. In this second off-season episode, Bob and Mike break down the Super Bowl LIV matchup of the Kansas City Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes and the San Francisco 49ers who…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald (Ep. 51)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci talks with Karen Guregian (@kguregian) Patriots beat columnist for the Boston Herald. In this first off-season episode of the Gridiron, we look at the unexpected end of the Patriots season and the questions that remain, from Tom Brady and…

The Gridiron and Beyond: NFL Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander (Ep. 50)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci talks with longtime NFL offensive line coach Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) and author of the book, "Perform." Paul just returned from a series of clinics in Europe and tells us why there may be plenty of future college and pro…

The Gridiron and Beyond: Evan Lazar of CLNS Media (Ep. 49)

This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci talks with Evan Lazar (@ezlazar).  After breaking down the film of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, he says the little things are adding up to the Patriots recent offensive struggles.  Luckily, there's still time to correct enough of their…