“It was just a disgusting weekend for Royals’ baseball.”
Danny Parkins, after the Cardinals swept the Royals in soul-crushing fashion in a three-game series at The K that saw them give up 30 runs, 41 hits, 17 walks and a whole lot of Blue hope, 610 AM
GH: Parkins’ statement is almost impossible to argue with – unless you work for the Royals or are hell bent in propping up the Royals — like too many members of their broadcast team. Read on.
“Jonathan [Sanchez] gave his team a tremendous effort.”
Steve Physioc, Royals TV play-by-play voice, as the Royals starter was pulled from the game, Royals TV
GH: Physioc may have doomed his credibility with me with this statement. Sanchez looked like he was putting in about as much effort against the Cards as I was from my couch. Sanchez went 5 2/3 innings and gave up 6 runs, 6 walks and one wild pitch that landed closer to Physioc than the batter. If that is what passes for “tremendous effort” from these Royals, this city needs a new king.
“Like I have said many times …biggest issue I have with sports leaders here…don’t BS us…KC people respect honesty- we are not idiots.”
Greg Schaum, former Royal’s pre- and post-game radio host, @Greg_Schaum, Twitter
GH: I would like to think that today’s sports fans are too savvy to believe the kind of utter nonsense spewed by Physioc on Sanchez’s “effort.” Maybe Schaum and I are wrong. Maybe we are in the vocal minority and there are many more fans out there who want their favorite sports teams to be lathered in honey before they are served. If so, we all need to writer louder.
“Never thought it possible but Physioc makes Rex sound like a non-homer.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, Twitter
GH: I understand that Physioc was likely made very aware by the Royals exactly what they wanted in their TV play-by-play voice – an unadulterated and uncompromising homer. What I do not understand is what professional with an ounce of dignity takes that job under those conditions.
“There’s something ironic when 610 asks whether we want truth or BS in sports talk & then they advertise Robert Ford is up next.”
Gavin Fritton, @gavinesq, Twitter
GH: Who in the Kansas City media are the homers? Who are the voices of reason? Who are the most honest critics? Who are the crazy doomsday pessimists? Here are my top 5 Royals homers…
1) Bob Davis, Royals Radio: Bob has either lost his mind or completely given up any thought of describing what is happening on the field with any semblance of objectivity. I believe it is the former.
2) Steve Physioc, Royals TV: Physioc grabbed this second spot with his “tremendous effort” claim of Sanchez’s outing. He now has a chance to run away with the crown this season if Davis goes completely blind.
3) TX Rex Hudler: While Hudler has added at least a modicum of common sense to some of his analysis, he is still over-the-top giddy far too often about the play of a team eight games under .500. Radio Rex is far more objective – but he gets 14 minutes of air time a week while TV Rex gets 24 hours.
4) Joel Goldberg, Royals TV: Goldberg doesn’t offer a lot of opinions on Royals TV but he rarely delves into difficult or probing questions while interviewing players, coaches and analysts. On radio his spots are so predictable and tame that I rarely make it through the first few minutes.
5) Ryan Lefebvre, Royals Radio; The Beav isn’t even in the same league as the four homers ahead of him but he is just another paid advertiser for the Royals. I really expect to learn absolutely nothing from any of these “Royals insiders” when they speak.
“I have listened to the ‘Big Show’ several times in the last couple weeks and I find it to be already one of the most competent, intelligent, and sane shows in the market. I think they may give Kietz a run for his money. A lot of those people who have listened to him for years are ripe for the picking, IMO. They are tired of his rants and his arrogance, but were not enamored of Wright and his hip-hop style and self-absorption, not to mention his endless back and forth with Carman. I think these guys are well suited for the majority of KC sports talk fans and may get a large swing-over.”
Ed, OTC Email
GH: The Big Show has definitely sought a far different path than that of Nick Wright when he took over 610’s afternoon drive slot. Jay Binkley stated in The Platte County Landmark that he wanted to follow 810’s business model and capture what he thought KK did best in building his radio legacy. 610 Sports appears to have turned their back on creating a younger niche market. Instead, they are going after Kietzman with a similar style show. Will it work? Read on.
“I tuned to 610 on Friday for the first time since Wright left. When I heard Binkley and some guy I’ve never heard of in the drive-time slot, I was shocked. Of all the afternoon competition 610 has put up against KK, this might be the softest. Credit to Binkley for a meteoric rise in radio, but he’s not a drive-time host [not many are]. Binkley was the No. 11 guy at 810, and for 610 to pair him with a guy the KC audience have never heard of = ratings disaster. An audience has to care what a sports talk host has to say – ‘The Big Show’ doesn’t come close to that with this combination. Put me on the record as saying this show isn’t around by February.”
Michael, OTC Email
GH: Not many KC listeners know or have heard much from Binkley as well. It could be said that 610 is gambling their PM drive on two unknown voices. But that will not be their undoing if they can produce interesting and fun radio. It is a very difficult chore, as we have seen from the many radio headstones in KK’s wake.
“I’m a man, and I’m not intimidated by anything. I have a big heart. He tried to intimidate me, but it didn’t work. Victor has no heart.”
Josesito Lopez, after his upset win over Victor Ortiz, Kansas City Star
“In the end, Ortiz, who had gotten into Lopez’s face at Friday’s weigh-in and spoke of destroying Lopez at Thursday’s news conference, simply quit.”
Arash Markazi, writer, ESPNLA.com
“Obviously, I thought I was clearly winning the fight. .. I was punishing the kid.”
Victor Ortiz, in an interview with The Border Patrol the Monday after he had his jaw broken in his Saturday night upset loss to Josesito Lopez, 810 AM
GH: This interview had a chance to be almost as good as the Ortiz/Lopez fight – but instead we were treated to a nauseating sugarcoated tongue bath from Ortiz’s buddy, pal and boyfriend, Steven St. John. Ortiz spoke through a wired jaw but was never forced to really answer his critics or Lopez’s claim that, “Victor has no heart.” When SSJ asked Ortiz about these comments, he was allowed to respond that he didn’t care what others were saying. SSJ never pressed him on what this now does for his career, how can we trust him to not quit in the future, and if he is all hype and no guts. St. John is simply too close to these fighters – or believes he is – to be allowed to interview them with any credibility.
“I’m trying to stay healthy. I’m trying to stay alive. I don’t care what anybody says about me. … That pain, man. It hurt so bad I wanted nothing to do with it.”
Victor Ortiz, when asked by Steven St. John what he has to say to critics who think he should have continued even with the broken jaw, 810 AM
GH: Pain is boxing. Pain is sports. These are not the words of a boxer or an athlete. These are the words of a quitter – one we have witnessed quit before and be happy about it.
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