The Engel Angle

The Engel Angle

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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February 1, 2023 45 min

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 T...

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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...

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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&...

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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 end...

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November 30, 2022 33 min

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Pres...

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October 5, 2022 35 min

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

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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.

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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 d...

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August 24, 2022 35 min
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.

 

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August 10, 2022 8 min
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.

 

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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...
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July 13, 2022 48 min

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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 tot...

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May 18, 2022 30 min

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 tod...

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May 4, 2022 23 min

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 similaritie...

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