The first ever live edition of the Hoge & Jahns podcast that took place at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on Tuesday night was a success.
There was a good showing of Bears fans (around 30) who showed up to listen to WGN’s Adam Hoge and Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns give their insight on the Bears for podcast episode 152. The two were also accompanied by former Bear Patrick Mannelly and WGN’s Jarrett Payton, son of the greatest Bear of all time Walter Payton.
Before the show began and shortly after my dad, best friend Ben and I took our seats just left of the center stage, both Hoge and Jahns came to introduce themselves separately and each stayed for a brief chat. I will admit it was nice knowing that they knew my name.
But after my dad, Ben and I got drinks something unexpected happened. Although everyone in the crowd was there to see Hoge and Jahns, someone came up and introduced himself to me. That someone was long-time listener of Da Bears Brothers podcast Ferris Deinparvar.
That made my night and before I left I made sure we got a picture.
After Hoge and Jahns discussed what they saw at the first day of voluntary veteran minicamp like Kevin White’s speed and how there were multiple people at the Walter Payton Center who resembled Matt Nagy, Mannelly joined the guys on stage.
With my eyes looking straight ahead focused on the topics that were being discussed, I had no idea that Jarrett was right behind me. And Jarrett, being the personable guy he is, sat down at our table and he began telling us stories of his dad.
He told us about the time when he was a kid and Michael Jordan came to his house to play poker. Jarrett heard the doorbell ring and unlocked the door, and there Jordan was. Instead of being in awe of his Airness, Jarrett commented on Jordan’s game from the previous night saying that he missed a couple of free throws.
My dad, Ben and I looked at each other shocked, but still laughed.
Once Walter and Jordan set up the poker game, Jordan asked Jarrett to get the money out of his coat pocket which he left upstairs. Jarrett got the countless rolled up dollar bills and handed them to Jordan and in return received a five, which Jarrett immediately put in his piggy bank.
Hours passed and Jarrett went to see what his father and Jordan were still doing. The man who once had countless rolled up dollar bills lost it all to Sweetness. And Walter got one of the presumably many hundred dollar bills and handed it to Jarrett and said, “Thank Mike for the money.”
Right after Jarrett got done telling his story it was his time to join the podcast. But before he went on stage, my dad asked if we could get a photo after the event was over and naturally Jarrett said yes.
Hoge, Jahns and Jarrett discussed the excitement that should be circulating around Bears fans with Nagy as head coach, what actually happened with Jordan Howard’s Instagram photos, and much more.
Before Hoge and Jahns wrapped up the podcast, they thanked everyone who showed up. In return, the crowd showed their appreciation with a loud ovation and I’m surprised I didn’t hear anyone say, “Adam Jahns” in a Kyle Long voice.
But for the two, who put some much dedication and hard work to keep the fans up-to-date with everything about their beloved team, they deserved no less.
I was able to catch up with Hoge and Jahns. I asked them a few draft questions and got a picture.
Oh, of course, I also asked if they would be willing to do a joint podcast with Da Bears Brothers and let’s just say stay tuned everyone because as Jahns said, “We will make it happen.”