Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actor Bobby Cannavale called into promote the release of “Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle,” out now on digital, and coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on March 20th. We also discussed Boardwalk Empire, how we’re both members of the “old dad’s club,” and unfortunately ended on a down note with a chat about the Jets and the Bears.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Sports betting expert Chad Millman called in to reminisce wistfully about the ’85 Bears and share his thoughts on when the Bears might actually be competitive again, plus talked about the latest Super Bowl odds, prop bets, and the prospects of national legal sports betting in the NFL and NBA.Follow @bigwakeupcall
In addition to being a “Dancing With The Stars Champion,” Donald Driver played 14 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, went to four Pro Bowls, and caught 64 touchdowns (I think 62 of them against the Bears). Donald called in to discuss his book The 3D Body Revolution. I tried talking Donald out of retirement since the Bears could use a wideout, but I failed. Still, I had to ask.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Eric Braeden has been playing eccentric billionaire Victor Newman on “The Young and the Restless” for more than 35 years. His new book is “I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama. We discussed his childhood in war-torn Germany, coming to America with $50 in his pocket and getting a job cutting up cadavers, to winning a scholarship as a world-class athlete, and finally landing the role of a lifetime. Plus: meeting Chicago Bears legends and being a mustache inspiration.
Curt Menefee called in to talk Bears football, Fox NFL Sunday, and his new book “Losing Isn’t Everything,” where he writes about the other side of triumphant sports moments. We discussed Craig Ehlo, Calvin Schiraldi and more.
Legendary coach Steve Spurrier has written his memoir, “Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football.” We discussed why he decided it was time to share his story, how important it was for him to be a different kind of football coach, and why he always fell back on the wisdom of John Wooden. We also shared some USFL memories and Steve told a story about his best game as a pro QB, which of course came against the Bears at Soldier Field.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dr. Brian Mandell from the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society and former Chicago Bear Anthony “Spice” Adams called in to share information on Gout Awareness Week. Anthony is a gout sufferer who first experienced a flare-up at the unusually young age of 25. We talked about how he was diagnosed, what steps can be taken to manage symptoms, and how good it felt to level QBs like Kurt Warner.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Film critic & Extra! tv correspondent Ben Lyons called into talk about new releases on Blu-ray and to needle me endlessly about the Bears debacle last night.