OTC: Frank Martin Swears Off Swearing – And Asks KSU Students To Do The Same

“None of us are perfect. I continue to work at correcting the mistakes I have made. Moreover, I have done things I wish I could take back. However, in life you can’t go backwards but you can always get better from the lessons. One thing that I have worked hard at improving is the language that I use at games and eliminating these moments. I cannot allow my competitiveness to blind me from the fact that I represent you, the great students of a university of higher education. As a father, and an educator, there is no place for this at any event in which I am representing K-State.”
Frank Martin, in a letter Thursday to the Kansas State students
GH: Few have been as critical of Martin’s volatile and crude in-game antics than I. But everybody deserves to be acknowledged when they realize their mistakes and promise to improve. I hope Martin is serious when he says “there is no place for this at any event in which I am representing K-State.” Read on.

“The [letter from Frank Martin] validated a concern that had been little more than message board fodder for much of this season. When the ‘Sandstorm’ song blared over Bramlage Coliseum speakers, making it hard to hear much of anything, the story was that many students had veered off path from saying “K-S-U,” instead replacing it with “**** KU.”
Curtis Kitchen, of CurtisKitchenKC.com and 610 Sports
GH: A similar message was sent out last week from Mizzou when Frank Haith and Mike Alden both urged the Tiger fans to refrain from rewording their popular “MIZ” chant with an “FKU” answer directed at the Jayhawks. One thing appears certain; the Kansas Jayhawks bring out the worst behavior in everybody’s fan base. An attribute that most KU fans probably take some pride in. I would.

“I have become aware that recently we have had some fan chants at Bramlage that use
profanity. We ARE better than that. We have more class than that. As I work at
completely eliminating profanity from my actions, I ask you to help me by not
using chants that contain profanity. There is no place in education, or representing K-State, for any of us to use profanity.”
Frank Martin, in a letter Thursday to the Kansas State students
GH: Can Frank go cold turkey on the f-bombs? Probably not. But having written this memo to the K-State students, he has put some pressure on himself to be accountable for his bench-side decorum. Will it slow down the verbal abuse from the Cat fans? It seems to have worked at Mizzou on Saturday night, where even Bill Self lauded Mizzou Arena’s “class.” After watching how the Big 12 reacted during football season to Nebraska, A&M and Mizzou leaving the conference, it is rewarding to see the basketball coaches
taking a proactive stance against fan idiocy.

“Let me just go ahead and say this; the fewer decisions that Dan Glass makes, the better off
the Royals are going to be.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Bob Fescoe made similarly disparaging remarks about Dan and David Glass in June 2006 at the Royals press conference announcing Dayton Moore as the team’s new GM.  Fescoe’s [and 610’s Rhonda Moss’] aggressive line of questioning to David and Dan Glass were so unnerving to the owners of the Royals that they had the two reporters’ credentials yanked. Kietzman publicly chastised Fescoe, who worked for Kietzman at WHB at the time, for being so disrespectful to the Glasses. Fescoe was gone from WHB a few months later to take a job in St. Louis. Kietzman made this disparaging comment about Dan Glass on his Thursday radio show. Who thinks he makes that same comment if Dan or David Glass is in the room like Fescoe did? Me either.  

“I think other major league organizations treat their former major league ball players better.”
Frank White, in a conversation with Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman tried his best to get White to trash David Glass and the Royals but this was about as negative as White was willing to go. KK even asked White is he thought Glass would be willing to win the World Series if he knew he would lose $30 million in the process. White didn’t take the bait. White stated that Glass grew up a Cardinals fans and always impressed him as a man who values winning.

“Kansas City, this is our time.”
Eric Hosmer, in a TV and radio advertising campaign for the Royals 2012 season
GH: When I was first made aware of the Royals “This is our time” ad campaign I was not thrilled. It sounded too temporary for me. I would like the Royals to see every spring as “their time,” not just once every 35 years. But I am warming to the slogan – and Hosmer’s rendition of this commercial is a big reason why. The Royals’ second-year first
baseman could make money as an ad man – that’s how good he is in invoking the
right message with his spoken words. Every time I hear or see Hos’ commercial,
my right arm starts to twinge and my feet shuffle as if they were taking a one-way lead off of first.

“I would hate to just throw everything out and start over because I feel it would set us back two or three years because these guys are just starting to get it. I hope we don’t have to start over and if we do, you know what, here we go. Let’s do it. We’ll do it. We’re not going to complain about it. But I would hate to have to set certain guys back who are doing so well right now.”
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers quarterback, on Todd Haley replacing Bruce Arians as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
GH: Haley and Big Ben – together for the first time! Read on.

“One of the first things I will say to these guys is we aren’t going to be into a lot of
sensitivity. If you are sensitive, this is probably not the best place to be.”
Todd Haley, in his introductory press conference in Pittsburgh
GH: Did Haley think Big Ben was into “sensitivity?” I don’t think there is a lot of sensitivity in restroom sex. Maybe this won’t be such a bad match after all.

“Roethlisberger should expect to start over. If the Steelers wanted to keep the same system, they would have kept Arians. The only way Haley can be effective is by putting
his fingerprints on the offense. Starting over can be a challenge, but it also can be the right thing to do.”
Jamison Hensley, NFL writer,ESPN.com
GH: Big Ben might not be interested in Haley coming to the Steelers but it appears the Pittsburgh media and fans are ready for his tough-guy approach. We always think the new guy will be better than the old guy.

“I don’t see how Todd Haley can possibly improve on what they are doing in Pittsburgh. I don’t see how this possibly makes Pittsburgh any better. This is a sign that an organization is about to make some big blunders. This is the kind of stuff where teams just implode. Sounds like the Rooneys call the shots and that’s that.”
Kevin Kietzman, accusing the Steelers of hiring Haley as their offensive coordinator without input from their head coach, 810 AM
GH: Pittsburgh offense was not good under Arians. They have one of the best young receiving corps in the NFL – and they have Roethlisberger. I think there is a very good chance Haley improves the Steelers’ offensive fortunes in 2012.

“I know Jack [Harry] really well. A lot of times Jack says that and he really doesn’t mean it. Yesterday Jack said that Missouri is the best team in this league. Jack can’t possibly
believe that. Jack’s smarter than that.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: The soon-to-be SEC Missouri Tigers appear to be the target of the day for KK. Read on.

“My job is to get on this radio station every single day and tell you what I think is going to happen and why. You can’t take it personally people, you just can’t. That doesn’t mean I
hate Missouri. It has nothing to do with Missouri. I can’t control that Kansas is so much better than Missouri in basketball. I can’t control the fact that they have killed them historically in this series. I didn’t create it and I’m not exacerbating it in any way! That team Kansas is going to win this league! They’re going to! And they’re going to win in outright. Enjoy the week [Mizzou fans]. Enjoy that you’re all knotted up with two losses each because it’s not going to last. Kansas is going to win that game easy at Allen Fieldhouse over Missouri and Missouri is going to lose another one somewhere else.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: How any MU fan could take that tirade as anything but constructive is beyond me.

“Yeah, when I was 23-years-old I had a pretty sweet loft downtown in government housing. You can kiss my ass! That’s what the government’s there for.”
Nick Wright, after being criticized
by a coworker for his messy downtown bachelor’s apartment, 610 AM
GH: If the government is there to subsidize a downtown loft  for a 23-year-old healthy single male who graduated from Barstow High School and then earned a degree from Syracuse University, then that government is broken. I would think a man with Wright’s education and wherewithall would be working to repair that government rather than kick it into an unrecognizable state.

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    38 Responses to OTC: Frank Martin Swears Off Swearing – And Asks KSU Students To Do The Same

    1. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      When the refs actually call the fouls on KSU, they have no chance. All they do is hack, grab, and pummel their opponents and hope the refs either don’t call all the fouls, or the opposition misses alot of damn free throws.

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