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The Engel Angle

The Engel Angle

By Roxo Media House

The Engel Angle is a bi-monthly podcast hosted by Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports columnist Mac Engel covering sports, entertainment and general interest.
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.
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Hollywood stuntman (& Sly Stallone double), Freddie Poole

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The real-life Jerry Maguire
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.
33:28
November 30, 2022
Hollywood stuntman (& Sly Stallone double), Freddie Poole
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.
38:27
November 16, 2022
Tennis, Serena, F1, Greece, travel, & fear of heights with Maria Sakkari.
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.
28:24
November 01, 2022
Trump, writing a speech for Bush, and America's political scene
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.
01:10:06
October 19, 2022
America and its ”Border Crisis”
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
35:59
October 05, 2022
What you never knew about the Central Intelligence Agency
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.
51:00
September 21, 2022
Playing with Tom Brady, and for Bill Belichick
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.
46:35
September 07, 2022
Exactly what the hell is an influencer?
Exactly what the hell is an influencer?
Former actress and model Hilary Kennedy is married with a son, and has morphed into a successful influencer, which is now a career. She is a full-time influencer, and she gets real about the realities of this weird profession. You can find her at hilarykennedy.com, or all over Instagram.  
35:14
August 24, 2022
An all-time chat: Vin Scully
An all-time chat: Vin Scully
Mac is supposed to be on vacation ... circumstances demand a trip into the Wayback Machine. With the passing of legendary sportscaster Vin Scully, Mac found his interview with Vin in August of 2015 in his broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium.  
08:49
August 10, 2022
What is all wrong with America’s past time
What is all wrong with America’s past time
Baseball calls itself America's national past time but in 2022 it's apparent that title doesn't mean much. Baseball and specifically Major League Baseball have become a niche and struggle to retain audiences in a competitive entertainment and sports market. 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.
53:30
July 27, 2022
College Football’s Future
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.
48:25
July 13, 2022
America’s reality, and future, with guns
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.  
37:09
June 29, 2022
When is the price of gas coming down?
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.
53:07
June 15, 2022
The record in sports that you never knew, and it will never be broken
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.
39:03
June 01, 2022
GREATNESS WITHOUT A TITLE
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.
30:01
May 18, 2022
We have forgotten the Holocaust
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.
23:33
May 04, 2022
A baseball hall of famer sounds off on America’s youth sports
A baseball hall of famer sounds off on America’s youth sports
Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz is one of the best analysts in sports TV. The former Atlanta Braves All-Star sounds off on the state of youth sports, specifically baseball, destroys pitch counts, and reveals the toughest hitter he ever faced.
35:29
April 20, 2022
Wrestling Diva Bianca Belair
Wrestling Diva Bianca Belair
Bianca Belair wasn't comfortable with the question about Will Smith and Chris Rock, but one of WWE's biggest stars was comfortable with the rest. Also, Mac Engel addresses the crisis in men's locker rooms: Full front male nudity.
30:21
April 06, 2022
”The man behind HBO’s ’Winning Time,’ Jeff Pearlman.
”The man behind HBO’s ’Winning Time,’ Jeff Pearlman.
Before his book "Showtime" on the 1980s era L.A. Lakers became the inspiration for the new hit HBO series, "Winning Time," Jeff Pearlman was established as one of the best sports journalists around. He is a New York Times best-selling author who has written some of the best sports books this century; those include "Boys Will be Boys," about the dynasty era Dallas Cowboys, and "Football For a Buck," on the USFL and its demise under Donald Trump. 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.
47:42
March 24, 2022
Troy Aikman
Troy Aikman
A three-time Super Bowl winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Troy talks about making beer, having lunch with Roger Staubach before the playoffs, the value of hand written notes, and the talent he always wanted.
34:17
March 07, 2022
DFW’s Jock Kingdom King, Randy Galloway
DFW’s Jock Kingdom King, Randy Galloway
DFW sports media king Randy Galloway talks about retirement, if he misses the job, his run in with Deion Sanders, chatting 1 on 1 with Muhammad Ali, visiting the Oval Office, covering Ted Williams, and his favorite interview.
56:20
February 24, 2022
Broadway’s longest running Genie, Major Attaway & the worst/best Valentine’s Day Ever
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.
41:47
February 11, 2022