OTC: Chiefs Picked First & Last / 610 Twitter Feud Goes All Caps / JoPo Coming To KC W/ Paterno Book

“I think the Chiefs are in a great spot here to roll off quite a few West Division championships.”
Matt Miller, of BleacherReport.com, on the young talent that permeates the Chiefs’ roster, 810 AM
GH: How good does that sound as we slog through yet another triple-digit day in July? The Chiefs open camp in St. Joe on Friday and Gary Lezak is calling for a high in the 90s – at least until Sunday.

“Not that I’m aware of.”
Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals head coach, when asked by SSJ if he has ever been to St. Joe, MO, 810 AM
GH: The Cardinals will spend some time scrimmaging the Chiefs at their Missouri Western camp in August. Any recommendations from our Pony Express Country readers for the coach and his Cardinals for St. Joe dining and sightseeing?

“I believe the Chiefs are going to win the AFC West.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM

“I’m just kind of a beaten down fan. I feel like none of my teams are ever going to win anything ever again.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman predicted during the off-season that Denver will rule the AFC West if they signed Peyton Manning. Well, Manning is now a Bronco and KK is not the only voice calling for a Chiefs’ failure this fall. Read on.

“@PriscoCBS picked each game of reg season; has KC starting 0-3 and 2-6 in season’s first half. Has Den/Oak sweeping #Chiefs, split w/SD.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter
GH: You can read Prisco’s predictions for the entire 2012 NFL season here. It means absolutely nothing but it is entertaining.

“I don’t agree [with Prisco], either, but he has brass —– & works his butt off.”
Chris Mortensen, @mortreport, on Prisco’s dire predictions for the Chiefs’ 2012 season, Twitter

“If that happens, all hell will break loose! And I will be leading the charge! Talk about meltdown!”
Steven St. John, on the possibility of Prisco’s predictions coming true, 810 AM

“Said it long ago: Pioli’s biggest mistake as GM wasn’t trading for Cassel; it was giving him 6yrs. Been too stubborn to bring in competition.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter
GH: I think Cassel is overpaid but serviceable. Pioli’s biggest error in my book was hiring the unproven and unshaven Todd Haley as his first head coach. That one decision – and it was a major decision – makes me question every decision Pioli makes.

“Can we talk about something else?”
George Brett, when asked by Bob Fescoe to discuss the recent slide and continued poor play by the Royals, 610 AM

“On this day in 1983 @GeorgeHBrett‘s “Pine Tar” home run put KC up 5-4 top 9th vs. Yankees. Martin protested, Brett blew up & rest is history”
Nick Vasos, @NickVasos, Twitter
GH: I was in Maryville getting gas for a trip back to Omaha as I listened to Denny Matthews describe the pine tar scene. Where were you?

“THAT is an out-making machine!”
Steven St. John, after reviewing Jeff Francoeur’s box score from Monday night where he went 0-4, had two strikeouts, hit into a double play and was thrown out attempting to steal second, 810 AM

“@DannyParkins Yeah, he didn’t throw as hard because he wanted to lose.”
Robert Ford, @raford, responding to a tweet from his coworker at 610 Sports, Danny Parkins, where Parkins criticized Jonathan Sanchez’s body language and effort as a Royals’ starter, Twitter
GH: Parkins and Ford got into a Twitter war of words Monday night that proved to be more entertaining than the Royals/Angels game I was watching. Read on.

“@raford3 lets leave the condescending and dismissive to any point other than your own tone for postgame callers, not coworkers.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, Twitter
GH: I do not know either Ford or Parkins except for their professional work. But Ford strikes me as the most unflappable person this side of a corpse. While Parkins is more flappable than even Walter White’s trousers stuck to an RV. Read on.

“@DannyParkins The idea Sanchez wasn’t throwing as hard because he didn’t care is worthy of the response I gave it.”
Robert Ford, @raford, Twitter

Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, Twitter

“I love seeing my former 610 coworkers fight on twitter. It’s like hearing that your parents sleep in separate bedrooms after you moved out.”
Jared Carter, (@JaredLCarter), Twitter

“Sometimes, what people don’t say, says a lot.”
Kevin Kietzman, after failing to get Bob Bowlsby to agree with him that the NCAA should now pursue all members institutions who are found guilty of criminal activity, 810 AM
GH: And sometimes people don’t say things because they do not agree with the talk show host…which doesn’t stop this talk show host from flipping a no comment into an affirmative comment once he was off the phone.

“It’s just something you can’t celebrate. The other issue is too big, it’s too magnified.”
Bobby Bowden, when asked about surpassing Joe Paterno’s win total now that the NCAA vacated all Penn State wins since 1998, 610 AM
GH: The more I hear Bobby Bowden try to sound respectful about gaining ground on the deceased Paterno’s record, the less I believe it.

“I would defend my dad. You would defend your dad. I think that’s a natural response.”
Bobby Bowden, when asked about Jay Paterno’s continued defense of his father, 610 AM
GH: My dad taught me to do the right thing. I would not defend my dad, my son or my friend. Guilt does not dissipate when viewed through bloodlines. Unconditional love is an idiotic concept.

“If I was recruiting a high school player [to come to Penn State I would say, ‘Look, Penn State has always stood for something greater than one particular man or one particular sport. … Why don’t you come to Penn State and help us make history to rebuild and claim what we believe to be true, and that’s one of the greatest institutions in the world.’ That would be my recruiting pitch.”
Chris Spielman, college football analyst, ESPN
GH: And the BS continues. Recruiting players to Penn State after these NCAA crippling sanctions is just another form of child abuse. Read on.

“With the loss of scholarships, recruiting is not an exact science. … If you’re cutting that down to 15 scholarships per year, you can’t miss on talent. Think about it, you’re not really selling the opportunity to play for a championship or a bowl game. You can’t compete for a Big 10 championship. You can’t compete for a national championship.”
Chris Spielman, college football analyst, ESPN
GH: So the same guy who would recruit high school kids with a phony bravado and a corny pitch also tells us the program has no chance of any real success. Where are these lines in his recruiting pitch?

“You’re talking about over a decade before Penn State is ever going to matter.”
Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN
GH: This is why these penalties were put in place – to diminish the importance of football at Penn State. Too many do not yet understand that simple concept.

“Was told by an #SEC coach that another #SEC coach had offered 3 #PennState players scholarships by 9:30 a.m. [Monday].”
Mark Schlabach, (@Mark_Schlabach), Twitter

“Could write 10 different columns on Penn St. One I didn’t but should write: The coaches picking at Penn State’s carcass are scumbags.”
Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, Twitter
GH: I could not disagree more with Wolken. The most innocent people on stage in this Penn State tragedy are the current players in Happy Valley. Why should they be trapped in a program that no longer is recognizable to the one they pledged their allegiance to on signing day? The coaches offering them a way out should be welcomed on campus by the PSU administration. If the school truly cares for their wellbeing, they would assist the players’ departures rather than resist.

“If a school chooses to make a statement about Penn State today, they should also agree not to take any of their recruits.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter
GH: Is Penn State now the victim? This is what happens to an institution as out of control as Paterno’s Pen State.

“At least one bookstore said it believed its event with Mr. Posnanski was still on. Vivien Jennings, the owner of Rainy Day Books in Fairway, Kan., says she has known Mr. Posnanski for years and still plans to host an event for him in September, where she will interview him on stage for an hour, then take questions from the audience. In town for the All-Star Game this month, Mr. Posnanski stopped at the bookstore to say hello, Ms. Jennings said.”
Julie Bosman, writer New York Times
GH: What are the chances of JoPo keeping this date? Read on.

“I asked him, ‘We’re good for your signing, right?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely. This is a balanced biography.’”
Vivien Jennings, the owner of Rainy Day Books in Fairway, New York Times
GH: Balanced? And I thought JoPo had a mastery of the English language.


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41 Responses to OTC: Chiefs Picked First & Last / 610 Twitter Feud Goes All Caps / JoPo Coming To KC W/ Paterno Book

  1. Kyle Rohde says:

    I had to shut off 810 after 30 seconds of Kietzman trying to bait Bowlsby into saying something, anything about this setting a precedent. The only precedent it sets, to me, is that the NCAA will overstep their bounds a bit when something this heinous occurs. Something more heinous than any college sports-related issue in history, in my opinion.

    • Kyle says:

      KK lumps the Penn St. crime with every other crime ever committed. He was talking last week about a kid stealing a 12 pack or smoking a joint. What world does he live in??? Child rape and stealing a 12 pack. All the same to King Douchebag.

    • Will says:

      NCAA, National Collegiate Athletics Association. I hate the jerks just as much as anyone but they did exactly what they exist for in this case.
      PSU profited through their athletic football program while letting a crotchety old football coach run the university and harbor a child rapist. That falls pretty easily into the “lack of institutional control” rules no matter how you slice it.
      The institution should run the schools athletics programs, the football coach has no business running the institution. I don’t think they hit PSU hard enough!

    • Edward says:

      Bowlsby wasn’t going to say anything anyway. He was the AD at Iowa when Penn State joined the Big 10. He’s not going to take potshots at that.

  2. Kyle says:

    Prisco picking the Chiefs to fail is a huge blessing. Year in and year out, he absolutely sucks with his predictions. Every week. Now if Peter King picks KC to suck, then we may have some problems.

  3. Old Man Kissel says:

    “GH: My dad taught me to do the right thing. I would not defend my dad, my son or my friend. Guilt does not dissipate when viewed through bloodlines. Unconditional love is an idiotic concept.”

    I hope your kids get into that situation so we can test this hyper bole out.

    810 scoops 610 once again…

    • Bob Sacamano says:

      Kissel, what an effing baby you are. Only worthless pieces of shit, wish that someone’s kids or family members do such heinous acts. Go crawl back in your hole.

  4. Smartman says:

    Best way to recruit kids to PSU now is with the voodoo punani. Line three hottie ringers up for every football player that commits, free condoms and Valtrex. That offer will get you some literal and figurative ballers.

    The best thing other schools and coaches can do is offer the kids stuck at Penn State an opportunity to move on and play games that will matter.

    The Chiefs are currently 45-1 in Vegas to win the Superbowl. Don’t hold your breath on them winning the division either.

  5. JP says:

    There’s an interesting divide occurring among the College Football media. Many of whom (like Spielman) can’t fathom what is coming to Penn State football. They still view that program under the Joe Paterno way. Forget it, it’s dead and soon to be buried. Bill O’Brien will wish he was back in the pros by October.

    As for Dan Wolken’s statement, I say the coaches invading Pedd State are smart and crafty. I have no tolerance for any national writer to whine and complain about the penalties. Pedd State brought it on itself, and this will be a long fall at UnHappy Valley.

    • P says:

      If the Freeh report is to be believed, all of this could have been avoided had good ol’ Joe Pa, said, “yeah, I think we’re going to have to turn this over to Child Protection Services for a closer look”, but no, he decided to skull fuck his own program into oblivion. I say pick at that carcass until it’s simply a fur pelt on the highway.

  6. Smartman says:

    To win the AFC West

    Broncos 1.65-1
    Charges 1.75 -1
    Chiefs 3.75-1
    Raiders 5.40-1

    • chuck says:

      Chiefs win 10 buddy, and, then, yes, you guessed it!!! A Playoff Game too!!

      I like Priscoe’s articles, but if he or anyone thinks that Peyton Manning, even the Peyton from 3 years ago, is a mudder out of the dome, look up the stats. The guy is hurt and three years older. I say he plays 10 games and is out for 6.

      The AFC North is no better this year than the AFC West. They are old and slow. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are injecting ZEP 45 into their knees before games. Has anyone ever seen Joe Flackjacket and Matt Cassel in the same room? Terell Sugs is out for the year. Pittsburgh’s line is iffy, the running backs are lunchpail, and James Harrison is a shot player. Cincinatti wins that division and we have them here at home. We split with San Diego, Fuck Eddie Royal and Robert Thunder Road Meachem, the stud was Vincent Jackson. Tolbert and Sproles—GONE! Now the dumbasses bet the farm on Matthews and that guy who didn’t play that well for us, Mr. McClean. And Rivers sure had a great year last year (cough!! cough!!!).

      Here is something I really think will count big smartman. We don’t play the Broncos until late in the season, here at home firts. I gotta believe the Chiefs will try, short of breaking the law, to grind the entire Bronco team into dust. I bet the spread today on that game is 4 to 5 points and the Chiefs will win by 24. They will want to beat some muscle memory into those dudes so they don’t forget.

      Chiefs win 10 buddy. :)

  7. rbt says:

    Pine Tar game: I was in Minnesota on vacation. Heard about it but didn’t see it until I got back home due to being in a remote area with only one TV station.

  8. KSBugeater says:

    Pine-tar: I was home alone at my parents’ house and almost as mad as George, jumping up and down and calling Billy Martin every name in the book. Man, I hated the Yankees. That moment is part of the reason that I still do.

    Pine tar never helped a ball clear a fence. It makes the collision with the bat less elastic. Imagine playing ping pong with maple syrup on the paddle. The stupid rule was put it to keep baseballs clean, effectively HELPING the hitters by not marking the ball for the pitcher (and saving the home club money by not replacing balls as often).

  9. Steve says:

    Pine Tar Game: I was a toddler.

  10. Gavin says:

    In no particular order:

    I was at my grandparent’s house watching the pine tar game. My parents and my grandparents were sitting in the dining room playing cards or having dessert or whatever and I watched the entire game unfold. I nearly kicked my grandpa’s television. I recall it very clearly. The way they came running in when I screamed at the TV I think they figured I was yelling about the President being assassinated or something.

    I love my kid unconditionally. All that means is that she doesn’t have to do anything for me to love her. And if she makes a mistake, commits a crime or does something “wrong” I will continue to love her. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll defend her actions, only that I love her without placing any conditions on it. Hate the sin, love the sinner as certain religious types say.

    I love how people are calling new coaches, guys who could be offering a lifeline out of a morally bankrupt and soon-to-be decrepit football wasteland, are suddenly the scumbags here. No, fella, the PREVIOUS coaches at Penn State were the scumbags. Don’t blame Brady Hoke, blame Paterno. Blame the culture at Penn State that was created by Paterno and enabled by Curley, Graham and Spanier. Those are the guys who failed the football players that are going to get recruited all over again. I don’t recall the first writer to say this about when football coaches get called “genius,” (it may have been Posnanski) but the line is “you do realize, there are REAL geniuses, don’t you?” Well, Dan Wolken, you DO realize tehre are REAL scumbags out there, don’t you?

    Finally, Jesus Christ, lay off Posnanski until the damn book is released, wouldja? I’m already on record as expecting that it will be a glossy hagiography of St. Joe, but none of us knows and you’re past the point of piling on. You’re now getting repetitive and a little boring. We get it. You don’t think Posnanski has it in him to write the scathing critique that Paterno’s ghost deserves. Understood. You’ve made your point. Now, can you please wait until the book comes out? You’ve made your position clear.

    • Kyle says:

      Agreed. JoPo did not commit a crime here. He may have blinders on, but for God Sake, time to move on.

    • Cliffy says:

      To your last paragraph, Gavin. I think Posnanski should write a book on Nick Wright. Greg would be in HEAVEN.

      • Gavin says:

        Nice one.

        Those two should do a buddy film or a TV series similar to Pardon the Interruption. They could cal it “Poz and the Schnoz.”

        • Smartman says:

          Poz and the Schnoz. GOOD ONE. Could be sponsored by Tampax and Kleenex.

          I always thought Nick should do a football show with Howie Long called Turd and Long

  11. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Matt Cassel = Jeff Francoeur

  12. Kyle Rohde says:

    Oh yeah…Pine Tar – I was almost 11 months old, so I’m guessing I soiled a diaper or two.

  13. ron says:

    According to the informal definition of “pedophile” and “Ped State,” being tossed around on this website and in the media, anyone who has ever had sex with a girl (or boy) under the age of 18 is a “pedophile.” Anyone who has ever had sex with a girl under the age of 18 committed statutory rape, but is not necessarily a pedophile. Anyone who knows someone who has ever had sex with a girl or boy under the age of 18 and did not report it to the police, is guilty of the same crime as Joe Paterno. And, in anticipation of some comments, a minor cannot legally consent to sex. It has nothing to do with consent.

    Based on the new pop culture definition of pedophile, I believe a large majority of young adults and adults should probably turn themselves into the police right away.

  14. john doe says:

    the signs of fall – chiefs fans claiming a division title, despite thinking the qb sucks

    gotta love chiefs fan.

  15. Big Bob says:

    GREG LET’S PUT IT TO A TEST. You say you wouldn’t defend family if they did something wrong. Let’s put this all honesty to a test and see if it applies. We won’t even go as strong as family. How about a former semi co-worker. Tell us what you think of Craig Glazer, his stories, his post about banging a mom while her YOUNG TEEN BOY watched….and then after the backlash changing it to an 18 year old. Share your opinion of this guy and show us your backbone and conviction.

    Will you do the RIGHT thing or stay silent?

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