OTC: Chiefs’ Pride / KU-MU Rivarly / K-State’s Magical FB Season

“I would say our guys have a great deal of pride.”
Todd Haley, in his postgame comments following the Chiefs’ loss to the Jets, 610 AM
GH: Haley pounded this point all season. The Chiefs get a chance to prove it
when they travel to Denver on Sunday to take on the Broncos in what is a
meaningless game for them. But is it meaningless? Not for Romeo Crennel. Not
for Kyle Orton. Not for the Chiefs chances to draft as high as 8th
in the 2012 NFL draft.

“The Orton Bowl”
ESPN promo for the Chiefs/Broncos game
GH: Kyle Orton returns to Denver to show the Broncos, uh, er…what? What don’t the Broncos know about Orton? Does Orton really care about showing up his former team? I doubt it. He is more likely focused on playing well enough to attract some free-agent interest from teams that need a starter in 2012. 

“Nothing good can come from a Chiefs win in Denver. I know some of you do not agree.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM

“Merry Christmas and happy holidays to such a merry band of followers. Thx for coming along for another year. Except @Mellinger. LOL!!!”
Kent Babb, Twitter
GH: Knowing the pettiness and jealousy that sometimes permeated the Kansas City Star sports desk back when I frequented that area, I find it refreshing that Babb, Mellinger, Covitz, Teicher and that group appear to get along like college frat brothers. If you are not following Babb and Mellinger on Twitter, you are missing some of their best work. Is that a compliment? 

“I think Charlie Weis just took the hardest job of his life.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Weis accepting the head football position at Kansas, 810 AM
GH: What are the expectations for Weis at Kansas? Win six games and beat Kansas State every other year in Lawrence. Is that really worth $2.5 million a year? Yep, it is in Lawrence. 

“This one is not sarcastic because it’s in print.”
Kevin Kietzman, on a comment by Charlie Weis regarding the disparaging difference between KU football and KSU football in 2011, 810 AM
GH: I found this comment from KK to be odd. Did he mean that no comment in print can be determined to be made as sarcastic? Weis made a big deal at his inaugural presser about the difference between KU and KSU being that KU is, “The University of…” I heard from a number of Wildcat fans who found this offensive. Why? What could KU’s football program possibly have to say about KSU that would even register on the Purple People?
Bill Snyder has OWNED the Jayhawks to the point of making the Sunflower Showdown a nonevent.

“Why not give real reason for not playing Mizzou? KU needs to schedule a sure non-con win.”
Mike DeArmond, on KU’s refusal to schedule Missouri once they are a member of the SEC, Twitter
GH: I think it is far deeper than just a non-con football win for Kansas. Kansas is reacting like Missouri served them divorce papers. The two were never married. They just both happened to belong to the same health club. Mizzou chose to move across town to the more elite club when they got the invite. Now KU is refusing to play racquetball with them anymore because of MU’s new address. What guy gets pissed over something like that? Sounds like a chick thing to me. 

“Clearly that guy was drunk.”
Steven St. John, after hanging up on a caller who wanted to comment on the possibility of Bill Cowher as the Chiefs next head coach, 810 AM
GH: SSJ allowed the caller to mention Bill
Cowher as the Chiefs head coach but he dumped him when the caller made St. John
uncomfortable by mentioning that The Border Patrol was losing the ratings war
because they refused to entertain opinions like his. Radio ratings fluctuate each
month, so it is not a good idea to focus on one book or one quarter. Somehow,
Bob Bulldog Fescoe has made a dent into The Border Patrol’s ratings. Last year
at this time it looked as if Fescoe would be canned. 2012 should be interesting.
Will 810 remain status quo or look to improve their product? Will 610 continue
to promote themselves as KC’s most-listened-to sports talk radio station? List
your thoughts below in the Comments section on what suggestions and changes you
would make for both 610 and 810 in 2012.

“The Alabama/LSU game was one of the most enjoyable games I’ve ever watched in my life. Watching a game where every single play could be the play that changes the game to me is exhilarating. I thought LSU/Alabama was exceptional.”
Nick Wright, on LSU’s 9-6 win earlier this season, 610 AM
GH: My favorite game of the college football season was just about every game Kansas State played. I don’t know how you could even write a script for a football season that would be as thrilling as what Wildcat fans experienced in 2011. Being picked to finish 8th
out of 10, barely beating Eastern Kentucky in the home opener, winning on a four-play goal-line stand at The U, beating Heisman RG3 in a comeback at home, sending Mizzou to the SEC with a loss, 41-34 win at TTech, pounding Kansas again in Lawrence, losing 52-45 to OSU on the final play, a WILD 53-50 OT win over A&M and winning at Texas [again]. Snyder has had some great seasons in Manhattan. NONE topped what happened there in 2011. I was wrong about Snyder’s return to coach the Cats. If he never has another winning season, this one was worth the cost.

“I thought we definitely needed a playmaker, and we were able, at a late date, to fall into
Kevin, and we couldn’t be happier. He’s 6-8, thin and can play multiple positions. He reminds me a lot of Julian Wright — very bouncy, very athletic. He will most definitely be an impact player for us (this) season.”
Bill Self, on KU’s Kevin Young, a 6’8, 215 lb. small forward who transferred from Loyola Marymount,Lawrence Journal World
GH: I like Kevin Young’s game. He just might be what the Jayhawks need to win their eighth-straight conference crown.

“He’s not bulky at all. He weighs about half what I weigh and he’s a foot taller.”
Tom Keegan, in an interview with Bob Fescoe, 610 AM

“I am not a fan of [Jon] Gruden’s. Not today, not yesterday, not when I worked for the NFL and not when I was working on the field as a side judge. He was a loudmouth as a
coach who constantly disrespected officials and he is a blowhard in the broadcast booth who spouts off when he doesn’t know what he is talking about. … Monday night during the Falcons-Saints game, in the second quarter alone, Gruden butchered two plays regarding hits on defenseless receivers. To me, the second you agree to step into the broadcast
booth, you agree to learn the rules. It goes with the job. You, as an announcer, have an obligation to know the rules. You are free to pontificate as to whether or not you like a rule, but you must present the rule first.”
Mike Pereira, columnist, FoxSports.com
GH: Pereira sounds like he has a Chucky-sized axe to grind with the former NFL head coach. Does Pereira really think Charles Barkley knows all the rules of the NBA? Or does Terry Bradshaw know all the NFL rules? There is a reason ex-jocks and coaches get TV gigs – and it has zero to do with knowing the rules or doing their homework. It has to
do with them being ex-jocks. It is a cruel unfair world, Mike. Often times the
rules simply do not apply.

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Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.

46 Responses to OTC: Chiefs’ Pride / KU-MU Rivarly / K-State’s Magical FB Season

  1. Java Man says:

    Where the hell are the SOFA Awards?????

  2. The KC Eye says:

    Also, I think it’s a little silly for people to expect this MU/KU thing to have already blown over by now. I mean, we’re talking a rivalry that began two centuries ago, right? You don’t just let that go over a couple months.

    The rivalry is great for Kansas City. Thus, Kansas City media should be talking about it to no end until the wrongs have been righted.

    Forget why it happened or who’s to blame. If you’re sick of that banter, I get it. But the rivalry is dear to our hearts. The sting ain’t going away any time soon.

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