The Engel Angle
By Roxo Media House
Engel has covered sports in DFW for more than 20 years, written four books, has served as a professor at both TCU and SMU, and in 2021 was named the Sports Columnist of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
The Engel AngleDec 15, 2022
Engel Angle: The Greatest Player You Know, but Never Knew
During his Major League Baseball playing career, Yogi Berra was one of the best to play the game; 10 World Series; 3 MVP awards, and a list of statistics that by today's standards look unattainable. Berra, however, may have been better known for his personality, the "Yogi-isms," and a persona that became more myth than reality. Yogi died in 2015; his granddaughter, Lindsay Berra, is the executive producer of the new documentary, "It Ain't Over." Lindsay served as the film's narrator. She talks to Mac about making the film, and why Yogi Berra was such a special man, and should be regarded as one of the finest to ever play baseball.
He played against Jordan, was Kobe's backup, and this ex-NBA player has thoughts on a college degree
Maurice Evans played at Wichita State and the University of Texas before he embarked a nine-year NBA career. He played against Michael Jordan, and he was Kobe Bryant's backup.Evans is retired, and currently works with young basketball players all over. He's a part of the staff who is working with the NTX Combine, the event in North Texas that goes on the first week in May. Former NBA player Pete Mickeal started this event, and it was officially recognized by the NBA last year. The event brings in top college players from all over the country as a showcase for the NBA and the upcoming NBA Draft.Evans' background in college and pro ball is extensive, as he also worked with the NBA Player's Association during labor negotations. The man lived in a life in pro basketball, and he's got stories.
Trying to cover Carolina Panthers receiver Adam Thielen
He is one of the most inspiring stories in the National Football League. Adam Thielen was an obscure college football player at Minnesota State who landed a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings. He turned that into a spot on their practice squad. He turned that into a spot on the active roster. He turned that into a starting spot, and became a regular with the Vikings from 2014 to 2022. He was a Pro Bowler twice, and signed a multi-year contract with the Carolina Panthers this offseason. He's also a great golfer. He will play in the Invited Celebrity Classic in Irving, Texas this week.
A college football quarterback legend tells it like it is
Chuck Long was little recruited when coming out of high school, but he went to the University of Iowa where he became one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. He was a first round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 1986, and an elbow injury changed what could have been a solid career. He went into coaching, and currently works as an offensive coordinator for the XFL's Arlington Renegades. He talks to Mac about his college career, playing for the Lions when they were horrible, and the state of quarterbacking today versus his era.
A career like damn near no other, period. Lisa Guerrero.
Lisa Guerrero has done damn near everything in her 30-plus years in front of a camera. Model. Actress. NFL cheerleader. Sports journalist. Playboy cover girl. Investigative journalist. The former ABC Monday Night Football sideline reporter has lived a life. Many of them. She was way ahead of her time. The current reporter for Inside Edition talks to Mac about her about her career, as well as her new book, "Warrior: My Path To Being Brave."
Fast N' Loud's Richard Rawlings
He grew up in east Fort Worth, Texas and he went on to become a successful "serial entrepreneur" in cars, reality TV, restaurants and motor sports. Richard Rawlings is the man behind the Discovery Channel's hit show, "Fast N' Loud." He is the man behind the successful Gas Monkey Garage, which has branched into bars and restaurants and other arms of retail. He is an original American success story.
Are we actually alone in the galaxy, and are we going to Mars?
Documentary filmmaker Terri Randall began her career as a painter. She is now an award-winning and Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker. Randall was nominated for an Academy Award for her short documentary, "Daughter of the Bride." She has directed, produced and written several documentaries for the PBS program, NOVA, specifically about outer space. She has also worked with American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, as well as producing an episode about searching for life on Mars.
Her current project on NOVA, "New Eye on the Universe" focuses on the amazing images from the James Webb Space Telescope.
She discusses with Mac whether there is life away from Earth, putting a human being on Mars, and if Pluto is actually a planet.
You can find her work at https://terrirandallproductions.com.
The NOVA episode, "New Eye on the Universe" is available here, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/new-eye-on-the-universe/
Thom Brennaman, "You can ask me anything."
He is the son of sports casting royalty, Baseball Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman. Thom Brennaman created his own way in broadcasting and was a top voice calling NFL, MLB and major college football games as well as serving as the voice for the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. Brennaman worked with Jerry Springer, Harry Caray, Marty Brennaman, called countless major events, and had a hot mic screwup that has not stopped him, but did change his career. He talks to Mac about all of it.
He changed an entire sport, and why that sport doesn't want to discuss it
Marty Turco played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League, and in 2002-'03 he set the NHL single season record for lowest goals against average by a goalie, 1.73. He was one of the best players to ever play at the University of Michigan and its power hockey program. Turco joined the Dallas Stars in 2000 as the backup goalie, and eventually became the No. 1 man a few years later. He was an All-Star several times, a member of Team Canada for the Winter Olympics, but Turco's legacy in hockey exceeds any statistics. When you look at the sheet of ice, and see those two lines extend from the back of the goal to the boards, they are there because of Marty Turco. His ability to handle the stick and puck was such it killed offense to the point that the NHL felt it had to change the rules, and the ice, to negate his skill.
America's most courageous insider, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand
In the mid 1990s, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand was a bio chemist working for a large tobacco firm in Kentucky. He went on to become one the world's most well known whistleblowers after he revealed "inside" information that America's tobacco industry deliberately manipulated cigarettes to be more addictive. His story, and specifically the struggle to air his interview on the CBS show "60 Minutes" was the subject of the 1999 Academy Award nominated film, "The Insider," which featured Russell Crowe and Al Pacino. Wigand joins Mac to talk about that experience as well as the state of the tobacco industry, whistleblowing, and the dangers he sees from legalizing marijuana.
Sebastian Junger talks Afghanistan, war, PTSD, and life after death
Sebastian Junger is one of America's top journalists, and foremost war correspondents. He is known for his best-selling book, "The Perfect Storm." He has written other best-selling books, such as "War," and produced the Academy Award nominated documentary, "Restrepo." He talks with Mac about America's pullout from Afghanistan, his new book, "Freedom," and a near-death experience that you don't want to miss.
America's First Ambassador to Ukraine talks Putin's War
Roman Popadiuk was born in Austria to Ukranian parents who emigrated to the United States in the 1950s. He went on to build a successful career, with a speciality in foreign service relations for the U.S. government. After the fall of the USSR, he was appointed America's first ambassador to the Ukraine. In his conversation with Mac, Popadiuk estimates why Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, and forecasts a bad ending for Putin.
Also, because it's Christmas time, Mac gives a shoutout to all of the moms and dads who bring Santa Claus to life.
The real-life Jerry Maguire
Mac's guest is one of the most influential people in the history of modern America sports. Agent Leigh Steinberg began his career in the mid 1970s, and went on to set the standard for an entire industry. He also is famously the inspiration for the movie, Jerry Maguire.
Hollywood stuntman (& Sly Stallone double), Freddie Poole
He's a college dropout whose career started in mixed martial arts when there was no money, and today Freddie Poole is a working Hollywood stuntman and stunt director. Mac also explains why the latest Taylor Swift album let him down.
Tennis, Serena, F1, Greece, travel, & fear of heights with Maria Sakkari.
Maria Sakkari is one of the best tennis players in the world. She's currently No. 5 in the world, and is always in the contention to win a grand slam. She joins The Engel Angle to talk tennis, a little travel, her hair bun, Greek mythology, Giannis, and a lot of other topics in a wide-ranging interview.
Trump, writing a speech for Bush, and America's political scene
Kasey Pipes wrote speeches and was a policy adviser and strategist for both Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger and President George W. Bush. Pipes also wrote books on President Eisenhower and Nixon. Now he's a consultant, and an expert on the current political scene. In this episode of The Engel Angle, Pipes talks with Mac Engel about the upcoming primary elections, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, January 6th, and writing a speech for the President of the United States.
America and its ”Border Crisis”
Veteran, award-winning ABC News correspondent Mireya Villareal has reported on the U.S. - Mexico border for several years. She joins Mac to discuss the divisive issue, and she has to correct him on the pronunciation of her name
What you never knew about the Central Intelligence Agency
Former Marine and CIA employee Nicholas Reynolds joins The Engel Angle to talk to Mac about his new book, "Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence." Reynolds is a CIA historian and former curator at the CIA Museum. How did the CIA start, what was its original function, and is it still an effective agency? That, and Mac admits that even though he hates stuff, he has too much of it.
Playing with Tom Brady, and for Bill Belichick
Rich Ohrnberger played in the NFL for five seasons, and played in a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. Injuries ended his career. He gets real about Tom Brady, and coach Bill Belichick. Currently a member of the sports media, and living in San Diego, Ohrnberger further details a now viral story about the time he intentionally wrecked his car rather than be late for a Patriots practice. He also admits he had no clue what to do with his first NFL check.
Exactly what the hell is an influencer?
An all-time chat: Vin Scully
What is all wrong with America’s past time
Former major league infielder Jeff Frye has created an online community of fans and former players who campaign to restore to the game to its roots. Frye talks about the state of baseball, and the challenges that young players have when it comes to women.
College Football’s Future
For the second consecutive summer major college athletics has a dramatic announcement; last year it was Oklahoma and Texas leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, and this year it's USC and UCLA leaving the Pac-12 for the Big 10. Long time sports announcer, and a timeless voice of college football, Tim Brando talks to Mac about the future of college football.
America’s reality, and future, with guns
Fort Worth attorney and second amendment expert Justin Sparks joins The Engel Angle to discuss how America "got here" with its relationship with guns, and its complicated future with firearms.
When is the price of gas coming down?
The price of gas is strangling the world, and specifically the American consumer. Does the President affect this price at all? Why is it just so high, and when is it coming down? To answer these questions and provide insight is Pegasus Resources CEO George Young.
The record in sports that you never knew, and it will never be broken
Former PGA TOUR winner and University of Texas alum Mark Brooks joins The Engel Angle to discuss the game, his remarkable PGA TOUR record, and expresses his thoughts on the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series Invitational.
Brooks has a new encompassing golf experience, 803 Golf, where a golfer can stay overnight and get first-hand golf instruction amid first-class accommodations.
Engel also explains why his neck fusion surgery was totally worth it.
GREATNESS WITHOUT A TITLE
Mike Bibby was the 2nd overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, and he played in the league through 2012. He was the starting point guard for a Sacramento Kings team in 2002 that lost to the Kobe Bryant/Shaquille O'Neal L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference Finals that was one of the best playoff series in league history. He's coaching now and aspires to reach the college or pro ranks. In this episode, he talks about players today managing their money, that famous series with the Lakers, and who the best player he ever played with - LeBron James or Chris Webber.
We have forgotten the Holocaust
Holocaust survivor Tibor Spitz was born and raised in Czechoslovakia. He lived there during WWII, and avoided a near certain death when his family fled to live in a forest. After the war ended, he remained in Czechoslovakia and became an engineer. He eventually escaped communist Soviet Union in the 1960s, and settled in upstate New York. In his visit with Mac Engel, Spitz discusses the lost lessons of the Holocaust, the similarities of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and why he is not mad at God.
A baseball hall of famer sounds off on America’s youth sports
Wrestling Diva Bianca Belair
Also, Mac Engel addresses the crisis in men's locker rooms: Full front male nudity.
”The man behind HBO’s ’Winning Time,’ Jeff Pearlman.
Mac Engel also warns people who buy, or own, SUVs what they are really driving, and pleads to sports TV producers to return us to the '80s.
DFW’s Jock Kingdom King, Randy Galloway
Broadway’s longest running Genie, Major Attaway & the worst/best Valentine’s Day Ever
Mac Engel talks to Major Attaway, a veteran of stage, TV and voice actor who with more than 1,500 appearances in Disney's Broadway production of Aladdin is its longest tenured Genie.
Engel also provides a Valentine's Day anecdote about the time he received a Valentine's Day from ... a teacher.