Red Zone truths revealed; HOFer Bruce Matthews makes a case for his brother Clay

Clay Matthews photo courtesy Cleveland Browns

Ron Borges

Ever wonder how Scott Hansen juggles all those balls and all those games each Sunday hosting NFL Red Zone’s non-stop coverage? Well, Talk of Fame Network did so we went to the source this week and asked him.

Hanson spends seven hours watching a wall of 60-inch television screens in NFL Network’s Los Angeles studio, jumping from game to game and play to play without a water break. So what does he do when his Sunday finally ends at 8:01 p.m. Eastern time?

“I pop out my earpiece and steady myself on the desk because I’ve had stimulation in my ear (from directors as well play-by-play broadcasts) for seven hours,’’ Hansen said. “Then I go home, get something to eat and a beverage and watch Sunday Night Football. I’m a (football) junkie.’’

Hansen tells Talk of Fame listeners how NFL Films’ staff prepares him during the week with a massive “playbook’’ on each game. But is that enough for Hansen? Nope.

“I don’t know which (game) will have the controversial finish.’’

To learn how Hansen got the job in the first place and how he picks which highlights to turn to next go to Talk of Fame Networks new site at to hear the entire interview and the rest of our weekly two hour show.

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This week you’ll also hear Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bruce Matthews argue the case for his older brother Clay Matthews, who played linebacker for 19 years for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons. Clay is a first-time semi-finalist. He and his brother represent three generations of NFL football. Their father Clay, Sr. played six seasons in the NFL with the 49ers. Bruce played 19 years for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans, Clay played the same amount of years for the Browns and Falcons and now their sons are in the NFL. Bruce’s son Jake currently plays for the Falcons and Clay’s son, Clay III is a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. Now that’s a football dynasty.

“It was a treat to play against him,’’ Bruce Matthews says of his older brother. “We played 23 times. He was always the (defensive) focal point. He wasn’t just around for 19 years. He produced for 19 years. I know I’m biased but a lot of guys (in the Hall of Fame) believe as I do about my brother – that he belongs in the Hall of Fame.’’

Talk of Fame Network is about the history of the game as well as today’s action. Because of that we also visited this week with long-time Tampa Bay and San Diego defensive coordinator Tom Bass but not to talk about football. We called him up to talk about December 7, 1941, a day President Franklin Roosevelt said “would live in infamy.’’

That’s the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and six-year-old Tom Bass was there, living on Hickam Air Force Base on Oahu. That morning he was playing in his family’s yard with his older brother when a low-flying plane came over with a large red circle on its wing. Soon young Tom would learn the attack that pushed the United States into World War II had begun.

“I don’t remember a lot from being six but I do remember that day,’’ Bass said with a wry understatement. “I didn’t know what it was. I thought the Navy was shooting guns. My Dad looked out the window. He knew right away what was going on.’’

Tom goes on to tell the story of that day and the fallout from it as well as explaining how even today at 83 December 7 lives on in infamy inside his memory.

We also close out our annual visits with Hall of Fame voters to discuss the most deserving players not yet in the Hall by dropping in on Larry Michael, the Redskins’ play-by-play broadcaster and a strong advocate for the credentials of tackle Joe Jacoby and running back Larry Brown.

Dr. Data runs the numbers this week on NFL officials, concluding that some of these crews are officiating a game that other crews don’t see. The wide disparity between the numbers of calls between various officiating teams are shocking and Rick Gosselin has the numbers.

Co-hosts Ron Borges and Clark Judge join Goose to debate the future of embattled former Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt and the Redskins’ controversial decision to claim troubled former 49ers’ linebacker Reuben Foster on waivers despite his having been arrested three times this year, including twice on domestic violence changes.

Ron also chimes in and states the Hall of Fame case for Ed Reed, an eight-time All-Pro who is eligible for induction for the first time this year.

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