“We have been living in a losing culture here for many, many years. We cannot get over the hump. In order for us to get over the hump, we have to have 25 guys that are solely invested in one goal, and that’s turning this organization around to become a champion. “
Ned Yost, after the Royals released utility player Yuni Bettencourt, Kansas City Star
GH: How do the Royals answer one of their worst Julys in the history of the franchise? They get tough by firing their first base coach on Saturday and releasing an immobile utility infielder on Sunday. Talk about reversing the losing culture! That ought to do it.
“The reasons the Royals cut Yuni are hysterical. ‘Yuni wants to play more?’ ‘We have to have 25 guys…invested in what we’re trying to do?’ Not entirely clear who’s more delusional – Yuni for thinking he deserves more PT, or the Royals for signing him in the first place. Yuni had a .292 OBP & the worst SS defense in the majors BEFORE you signed him – oh, and he wasn’t good in your clubhouse either? Brilliant.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, Twitter
GH: The Royals’ losing culture has nothing to do with Yuni. The Royals losing culture has to do with the guy who signed his TWICE, got rid of him TWICE and the guy who gave him four at bats on the day they released him. When you’re looking for reasons for the Royals’ losing culture, look no further than the guys in front of the microphones.
“All of these tough, big-boy moves [by the Royals] have happened after everyone’s attention has turned to the Chiefs.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
“I’d say the 5 most used words were Christ, Jesus, Devil, Christianity, and dip.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, on his review of Josh Hamilton’s talk to the Faith & Family postgame audience at The K on Saturday night, Twitter
“There’s always room for a nice little sacrifice bunt.”
Rex Huddler, Royals TV
GH: This might be the Royals’ slogan for 2013.
“I apologize. I’m not the best with names just yet.”
T.J. Carpenter, new night-time host on 810, when asked by Kevin Kietzman to name some Chiefs’ players who are causing a buzz at camp, 810 AM
GH: I have enjoyed Carpenter’s solo work so far but how does he not know the Chiefs’ roster in camp? 810 is promoting him as their only guy who will cover Camp St. Joe for all three weeks. Apologizing for being “not the best with names,” is not an acceptable excuse. It is a red flag that this Carpenter better start sawing wood if he wants to work in a market outside of Arkansas. In KC, we expect you to be an expert on not one football team but three college teams and the Chiefs. Knowing the rosters [or having one in front of you while on the radio] is sports talk radio 101.
“I think Randy’s not well informed yet. He’s just reading publications and just talking.”
Jayice Pearson, disagreeing with Randy Cross’ rating Matt Cassel over the Raiders’ Carson Palmer, 610 AM
GH: Which is different from the often MIA Jayice’s preparation how? Just talking?
“I can say that though, because I’m black.”
Jayice Pearson, while discussing the merits of rooting for Tiger and LeBron, 610 AM
“He’s a guy who’s not going to dog curse you.”
Dexter McCluster, when asked to describe Romeo Crennel’s style as a head coach, 610 AM
“Coach Gun is a beast, love his mindset!”
Ndamukong Suh, @ndamukong_suh, on playing for Gunther Cunningham in Detroit, Twitter
GH: Coach Gun is definitely a guy who will dog curse you.
“For a team that’s been as bad as [Kansas] the last two years, they have an enormous amount of confidence right now. It’s weird to see but it is pretty cool to see them walk around believing.”
Matt Tait, of KUSports.com, on the Jayhawk football team’s new swagger under Charlie Weis, 610 AM
GH: The positive vibes coming out of Lawrence this camp are either a fairytale in the making or sugarcoated hyperbole from a starved media and fan base. I am leaning heavily toward the fairies.
“We now have two K-States in the area because nobody thinks anything of Missouri. They’re no good.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the lack of respect Missouri football is getting nationally as a new member of the SEC, 810 AM
GH: I spent much of the weekend listening to Sirius’ SEC football channel and their glowing reports from the Georgia camp. They have me believing Georgia will beat Mizzou by 30 and beat the Packers in the Super Bowl. I’m sure glad the games are played on the field and not through southern-fried imaginations.
“I would love to go to Vegas and bet on Missouri to win that Georgia game. Georgia’s not getting out of there with a win.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Georgia has a #6 preseason ranking and one of the best defenses in the country returning. Unranked MU will be an 8-point underdog. Maybe more. This game will be as tough as any MU plays this season – including Alabama.
“If I’m a Big 12 team, I want Missouri to do pretty well in the SEC.”
Gabe DeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, 810 AM
GH: This makes sense to anyone who has some common sense. Unfortunately, that leaves out all passionate college football fans. You will be hard pressed to find any fans in Kansas, Oklahoma or Texas who will be rooting for the Tigers this fall. But Tiger fans need to only ask themselves how many of them were rooting for Nebraska to roll through the Big 10 last season?
“I think your top five- or top-six teams in both leagues are very similar.”
Gabe DeArmond, comparing the Big 12 and the SEC, 810 AM
GH: This might be a stretch. The top two SEC teams are simply in a class by themselves. The next four in each conference might be considered comparable. I actually thing the lower teams in the Big 12 are better than the bad teams in the SEC. But none of this speculation really matters in August. But it does get me pumped for September.
“No there’s not. Not this year. The closest team I would say is Michigan and possibly Wisconsin. They’re solid January bowl teams but they’re not ready to compete for the crystal yet.”
Eddie George, former Ohio State RB, when asked if the Big 10 had any teams that could contend for the national title this season, Sirius XM Channel 91
GH: The Big 10 is the most even football conference when it comes to how many teams have a chance to win it. Unfortunately, one of the reasons for their parity is their mediocrity.
“Part of sports writing is explaining what it feels like to be at an event. But yet my first draft — “Wow-wow-wow-wow-wow” — got rejected.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, tweeting from the men’s 100-meter final at the Olympics, Twitter
“Sorry, prosthetics should not be allowed. Maybe he can grab some flippers and beat Phelps.”
Kevin Kietzman, @kkwhb, on the double-amputee 400-meter Olympic runner who was allowed to compete with prosthetic limbs, Twitter
GH: Kietz fired off some odd tweets Saturday night that had some speculating his thoughts might be laced with alcohol. I happen to agree with his premise above, though. The unnatural advantages the runner has over his competition would appear to me to be an easy call that has been overlooked by sympathetic judges.
“What Serena did was akin to cracking a tasteless, X-rated joke inside a church. It wasn’t quite as bad but it was in the same ballpark of the idiot sportswriter who decided to channel Andrew Dice Clay on Twitter the night Jeremy Lin channeled Allen Iverson. … Serena deserved to be criticized and she should’ve immediately apologized. Wimbledon isn’t the place to break out a dance popularized by California Crip gang members. … Crip Walking inside an NBA arena that is routinely filled with the sounds of edited versions of popular gangsta rap songs is different from Crip Walking at Wimbledon. That fact has nothing to do with race. It has to do with tradition and atmosphere. Wimbledon is a sports church, falsely prim, proper and respectful.”
Jason Whitlock, after Serena Williams performed a celebratory Crip Walk dance following her overwhelming gold-medal win over Maria Sharapova, Foxsports.com
GH: Wimbledon is no church. Tennis is nothing more than another sport with a bat and a ball. Confusing religion with sport is simply an avenue for columnists who are stretching for a topic to justify their expense report.
“I bet in a private moment Friday night or Saturday morning, Serena told her sister Venus, ‘I’m going to kick this $*%& ass and Crip Walk all over this crusty-ass place.’”
Jason Whitlock, Foxsports.com
GH: What Whitlock does here to Serena is far more blasphemous than the little dance she performed at centre court. This is the kind of made-up conversations that JW used to get upset about Joe Posnanski inserting into his columns.
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