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SEASON 2 PREMIER: Tyler Thigpen Never Got Season 2

After two long months of listening to other podcasts, wondering when Bring In The Backups would return, we're back! Tyler Thigpen headlines our season premier, and what better quarterback to kick off season 2 than a backup who never got a chance to play a second season, despite showing all the promise and grit of a young Josh Allen. That's right, I said it!

On this podcast episode, my talented friends Liz Galalis (The Joel McHale Show, When Nature Calls) & Alex Gettlin (Highly Unlikely) drop in for some comedy bits. I also debut brand new beats by my friend Lucas Hazlett (American Princess, Wrecked, 2 Broke Girls) and a new podcast theme song by southern rock band The Yahmi's

We're talking Burbank Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Festival, doing stand-up with homeless people, starting a new job, Tyler Thigpen getting screwed by the Chiefs, getting ghosted by Gus Frerotte, Coastal Carolina getting good at football too soon, and Carrie Underwood's theme song for Sunday Night Football moving me to tears.

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Bring In The Backups Season 2 Promo

Season 2 of Bring In The Backups starts October 12th!

 

 

Craig Whelihan Was Ryan Leaf’s DD (with Brett Lorin)

Craig Whelihan was drafted in 1995, played terribly in 1997, and then backed up Ryan Leaf in 1998. When the fans are clamoring for a guy who went 0-9 in his starts the previous year, you know you fucked up your draft.

In this episode of Bring In The Backups, I chat about ending season one of the show, what will come in season two, taking brakes, not quitting, Simone Biles, getting a new job, Jessie Ventura, and back to back Craig Whelihan comeback victories for the Chargers in 1998. 

Then Brett Lorin (Too Tall Sports Podcast) joins the pod and we discuss being a minor league pitcher, hip surgery, Jimmy Johns, why The Rainforest Cafe sucks, not talking to your exes, the stadium for the Pensacola Blue Wahoo's, and more.

This is the season one finale. Season two is slated to start in early September. Stay tuned to the pod, make sure you stay subscribed, and enjoy the old episodes. 

This episode of the show was brought to you by Ha Ha Hot Sauce

Bobby Hoying Jerseys Are Great For Polishing Cars

Memories of a 1997 Bobby Hoying comeback win against Cincinnati are here to wake you from your doldrums. Strap in, it's a solo episode this time around, and it's about a shooting star that came and went to fast.

Bobby Hoying now goes by Bob Hoying, and 1998 has something to do with it. On this pod, in no particular order, I cover LA homelessness, interacting with my fans on social media, someone making up stuff on Bobby Hoying's wikipedia, Vince Papale, Mad Men not having real jobs, changing your name after failure, why Cruella sucks, name-dropping, Eagles fullback Kevin Turner, and resenting your own personal growth.

My friend Gary DeNoia drops in, so please follow him on Insta. I just did my friend Brad Stoll's podcast Only Farts; watch the interview here and follow his Tik Tok.

This episode of Bring In The Backups is brought to you by Essentials By Gabi.

NFL QB Gibran Hamdan Heard Me Call Him Stiff (with Gibran Hamdan)

Big day for old Bring In The Backups today as Gibran Hamdan (2003 NFL draft pick, 2006 NFL Europe MVP) joins the pod as our first ever professional quarterback on the show. Let's. Fucking. Go.

We talk Jim Zorn talking shit in Seattle, Gibran's stiffness playing basketball, retiring from the CFL, racism, Gibran's uniform redesigns, introducing relegation to American sports, and more.

Earlier in the podcast, I talk about dropping 12lbs and shout out The College Football Experience & my friends Colby Dant and Matt Cole. My buddy Meredith Hackman drops in for a pre-planned bit, and lastly, if you enjoy this episode, write to gibran@gibran.com and let Gibran know he kicked ass on my show.

This episode of Bring In The Backups is brought to you by Are You Shore: The Films of Pauly Shore.

Kent Graham: The Comeback Kid (with Anthony Devito)

Kent Graham taught Jake "The Snake" Plummer everything he knew about comeback victories. On this episode of Bring In The Backups, I expose the truth about one of the NFL's great 4th quarter warriors, Kent Graham. Before I get to that, I chat about bombing virtually and having an echoey room. Once it's Kent time, I walk you through all nine of his miracles; The Houston Heave (94'), The Frank Sanders Saga (96'), The Phoenix Phenomenon (96'), Jake Plummer's Education (97'), Relief In The Desert (97'), The Bronco Buster (98'), The Tiki Toss (99'), Meet Me in Philly (99'), The Bronco Buster 2 (01'), and Toss Me The Shovel (01'). Nine comebacks in extremely limited work...what could he have done with an opportunity?

After that I bring on comedian and writer Anthony Devito (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, The Break with Michelle Wolf). We talk about Astoria Greeks, M. Night Shyamalan movies, Kwame Brown's resume, Jamarcus Russell's comeback, Ken Dorsey's build, Michael Jordan's child abuse, Wee Bey watching basketball, Eric Winston the actor, and hockey putting a flame on the puck.

Comedian Liz Galalis (The Joel McHale Show, When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren) drops in, and Matty and Ty from The Sports & Shit Podcast stop in as well. I also throws a shout-out to shows that had me on recently including The Philly Specialists, Larry Knows Sports, Shall We Football, The Greased Pole Podcast & The Browns Blitz.

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Danny Wuerffel Is A Bald Tim Tebow (with Brad Stoll)

With all this Tim Tebow talk in Jacksonville, Bring In The Backups wanted to give you a quick reminder of the Tim Tebow BEFORE Tim Tebow, 1996 Heisman Trophy Winner & National Champion Danny Wuerffel. This episode pays homage to DW the best way we know how...lightly shitting on the dude for his NFL career, claiming he was robbed and could have been great in a different system, and then interviewing a comic I know that's never heard of Danny Wuerffel.

The comic on this episode is Brad Stoll, AKA Chef Asshole. Before we get to Brad, I spend some time up talk talking about cats, Danny Wuerffel owning Peyton Manning twice in college and once in the pro's, getting back to live comedy, Kevin Daft and the Scottish Claymores losing to DW and the Rhein Fire in the 2000 World Bowl, and me appearing on three great podcasts; Jump The Shark, Breaking Tables, and my good friends at Matty and Ty at The Sports N Shit Pod.

Once Brad hops on, we talk about his father, hating sports, his podcast "Only Farts", the N word A Bronx Tale, being scared of face tattoo's, podcast etiquette and more. Brad is a great friend and this episode was so much fun; make sure to support his comedy on Tik Tok, Instagram, and all of his other social media platforms.

And as always, support this show on ErickHellwig.com by joining the Patreon, buying Merch, hopping on the newsletter, rating us five stars on Apple Podcasts, or just telling your friends about the show. 

Alex Van Pelt Lives Rent Free In Dan Marino’s Head (with Liz Galalis)

Alex Van Pelt played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills for a number of years. He has since coached for Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Cincinnati & Cleveland. This is the main thing to know about him. If you listen to this episode, here are some of the topics we'll discuss about the man: his domination of Dan Marino in college and the NFL, going 2-6 after 9/11, him getting mass fired twice, and helping the Browns kick the Steelers ass in the playoffs.

My guest for this episode is Liz Galalis (The Joel McHale Show, Death Lives). You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @LizGalalis. We have a fun time talking about our names getting mis-spelled, DiGiorno pizza making me sick, our dog taking a dump, baby birthday parties, ADHD and more. We also chat about the All Fired Up and WFAddicts podcasts, which had me on recently!

Build Charlie Frye A Statue In Akron

Charlie Frye is Ohio born, Ohio raised, and thanks to a lucky season from Derek Anderson, OHIO BETRAYED! On this solo episode of Bring In The Backups, I delve into Charlie's high school career, his domination at the college level with the Akron Zips, getting drafted by the Browns, a couple quick stops with Seahawks, Raiders, Chippewas and Dolphins. 

My friend Mandy Schmieder (Inside Amy Schumer, Unnatural) drops in for a pre-planned bit. I also do some rambling as it's a solo episode, covering important topics like getting ghosted by a comedy show, Anne Frank, bad Airbnb's, Erie Street Kitchen in Kent, Ohio comedy, the end of quarantine and more.

As always, support the show by visiting ErickHellwig.com.

Kellen Clemens Isn’t In Antifa (with Jesse Eigner)

Kellen Clemens is just a good old cattle-herding, super Catholic backup quarterback from eastern Oregon with a tattoo of the pope on his lower back. If you wanna learn more about the man, you've come to the right shitty podcast.

On this edition of Bring In The Backups, I start calling episodes "editions" like an insufferable douchebag. I do not talk about the show Early Edition, which eventually I should. I do talk about getting my second Covid shot, group sex, getting a bad haircut, Spirit Airlines, Mortal Kombat, and give some props to both the Astro League Fantasy Football Podcast and The Brew Party Podcast.

During a couple pre-planned bits, my friends Chris Aurilio and Liz Galalis drop in for a hang. Then Jesse Eigner (Braised Bits podcast) comes on the show and we chat stand-up comedy, The Jets, Carson Wentz & the Nick Foles statue, backup quarterbacks and more.

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Jason Garrett Sucked…Or Did He (with Keren Margolis)

This Jason Garrett episode of the podcast was a rough one to make. I do not like the Dallas Cowboys, or their fans, but I felt it was only fair to give them an quarterback episode like every other city, and I did my best to do them justice. When you listen, you be the judge. As an Eagles fan, there's no fence sitting when it comes to the Cowboys, so I may have just cost myself some Birds gang fans. So be it. I gave Dallas an episode. And yes, I haven't slept since releasing this podcast. Also, Keren Margolis (Inside Amy Schumer, Race Wars Podcast) is my guest for the episode, and Joe Schiappa (MTV, IFC) drops in as well. 

While doing my own thing up top, I chat about Blink 182 hitting nothing but net on UFO's, Egypt, the career of Jason Garrett and his incredible Thanksgiving Day miracle, and more. Joe Schiappa parachutes into a pre-planned bit to make fun of my merch store and I promote a couple pods I appeared on (The Big Dumb Podcast, Opening Kickoff Podcast & Locked On Browns).

When Keren drops in, we chat about the time we were involved in a mass firing, wives knowing their husband's buttholes, underlying rage, creativity vs. comfort, military service, fisting, ditching jokes in your act and salads. Oh yeah, remember the super long show notes from the Scott Zolak and Scotty Landes episodes? They both got way more listens than any shows I've done so far, so looks like I'm gonna be a long-winded son of a bitch in these show notes moving forward...

As always, it's ErickHellwig.com to support the podcast or just give me money so I can fix my air conditioning. Which is currently broken. 

Anthony Wright Got [His] Shot (with Scotty Landes)

Before I tell you about former quarterback Anthony Wright or my guest Scotty Landes, let's address my dog being very loud in the background of this podcast. It sounds like he's tap-dancing on the hardwood. What can I tell you, he's a dog, lay off.

This podcast takes us to some very cool places. I burn bridges with Stamps.com, discuss people's weight loss journey, and get excited for the upcoming Rubber City Comedy Festival in Akron, Ohio. I also touch on Tim Tebow, Urkel, the somewhat disturbed fans of Death, and trying to become friends with Alex Gettlin (Let Me Be Clear podcast). Once I get to Anthony Wright, we're talking about his career at South Carolina, his playoff battle against the Titans in 2003, his battle with eventual 1st round bust Kyle Boller, him getting shot, and more.

My wife, comedian Liz Galalis (The Joel McHale Show) drops in for a quick pre-planned bit, and then I welcome Scotty Landes (Ma, Workaholics) onto the show. Scotty and I catch up, then talk Ravens football from the early 90's. I'm talking a lot of really good defense, special teams, and a lot of screen passes from Trent Dilfer, Stoney Case and Elvis Grbac.

A quick shout out to some fellow podcasts that have had me guest on their shows recently; Sports & Shit, Larry Knows Sports, Project Drivel, Winning Losers & The Spin-off. Hit these guys with some social media follows and check out their content!

As always, go to ErickHellwig.com to check out the Merch store, join the newsletter and hop on the wait-list for Patreon.

Scott Zolak Knows How To Party

Scott Zolak refused to do my show, but he demanded I have no guest. As he seems like a cool guy, I obliged. This ep is a solo joint. I start the show with some chit chat about mediation, as last week's episode with Brendan Sagalow motivated me to start doing it. I chat about weeping in hot yoga, my favorite Maryland Terp t-shirt, and how my recent doctors visits are making me feel like a fat RoboCop. I also yell at the audience to go to therapy, talk about poor people tearing their ACL's, and do a quick bit on Atlanta Falcons backup Turk Schonert.

Am I doing the episode summary right? I feel like previous ones I didn't write enough, now I'm writing too much. Whatever, this one will just be over-written, we'll see what happens on the next episode description. Moving on...I also talk about psychos watching me sleep, hugging Drew Bledsoe, Scott Zolak being a fun guy, Scott Zolak having terrible college numbers, Scott Zolak reminding me of Koy Detmer, and the Patriots-Jaguars 1998 playoff game.

I feel like I'm committed to this style for the rest of the way here, but in case it's annoying to you, don't worry, I think this is a one-off. You don't need to hear EVERYTHING I talked about. Anyway, then I talked about Giovanni Carmazzi being fearful, being an enabler, my recent appearance on The Schmidt Scharing Show, yelling at that Geico commerical, Jack Bauer cutting off a terrorist's nutsack, making Coldstone employees sing and pit bulls.

Still reading? I close the podcast by talking for too long about the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan, Woody Allen, having kids, and encouraging people to check out my merch, newsletter and Patreon waiting list. Also, follow my friend Rob Stern, he dropped in for a quick comedy bit. Alright, we made it. That sucked. I will never write a episode summary like this again, unless this gets a ton of listens, in which case it'll be like this forever.

Bubby Brister’s Name Is A Work Of Art (with Brendan Sagalow)

Brendan Sagalow hasn't the faintest who Bubby Brister is and he's not ashamed of it! Not only does this episode include a funny and interesting interview with Brendan, but two of my friends drop by in Liz Galalis (@Erickswife) on Insta/Twitter and Gary DeNoia (Gary's Insta). Also, I'm kidding, Liz is @LizGalalis, I'm just feeling frisky.

The podcast starts off with me talking about getting my Twitter account hacked. We're talking full on, sex pervert, gimps in my DM's hacked. But I got it back thanks to the millions (Rock pause) and millions of fans reporting the asshole to Twitter, so if you were one of those that helped me out, thx! I also get deep into talking to dogs like they're humans, men from the 1930's named "Babe", Bubby Brister telling Chuck Noll to eat shit, Terrell Davis coming after Bubby, and more.

Then I start chatting with Brendan and we get into meditation, snowboarding, the ecstasy in quitting versus the self-value of perseverance, not caring about sports, dating in a pandemic, and more. Follow Brendan on Insta/Twitter and listen to his comedy album Not Now More Than Ever FOR FREE on Spotify.

Support this show by visiting ErickHellwig.com and checking out the brand new merch store. The pullover hoodie is soft, thin and comfy. I swear it on my unborn children. Also, join my newsletter.

Jesse Palmer: The Bachelor Backup (with Liz Miele)

Liz MieleJesse Palmer. MY FATHER! The stars are out in this episode! Roll out the red carpet for a celebrity extravaganza the likes of which have never been seen! This podcast starts out with the usual with a breakdown of the execution of St. Valentine. Then I catch people up on my week, starting with my low grade Celiac Disease depression, some therapy talk, and my appearance on The Opening Kickoff Podcast. My father drops in for some pre-planned bit action, and then it's a deep dive on Jesse Palmer. The former Florida Gator has a not so memorable football career followed by a lengthy run as a multi-faceted TV host. I playfully mock him. Then my father appears in another pre-planned bit, and I chat about the stage antics of My Chemical Romance, my upcoming merch store, moving to Tarzana, Patrice O'Neal, and supporting Taylor Heinicke at all costs. I also complain about cancel culture, which believe it or not has never been done by a comedian.

The guest for this episode is Liz Miele. Liz and I bitch about how NYC is better then LA for about seventeen hours (I edited it down to 30 minutes). We also dabble in some east coast anger and comedy and do not mention football once. It's the off-season and I talked Jesse Palmer earlier on, get off my ass.

Liz currently has a comedy special titled "Self Help Me" you can see on YouTube right now. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, or visit her website. Her book Why Cats Are Assholes coming out 3/16, and she hosts the podcast "2 Non Doctors" on YouTube. 

As always, support this show by subscribing for free on your preferred podcast platform. If you're on Apple Podcasts, please rate five stars and write a review. Visit ErickHellwig.com to hop on my newsletter or follow my social media.

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