OTC: Tamba Hali Gets Kid Gloves Treatment From SSJ / Reviews On JoPo’s Paterno Book

“The Chiefs’ most well-known team player made a rare selfish mistake, and with it put his team in a tough position. … Really, is there another starter that’s less likely to be in the middle of something like this than Tamba? Maybe Derrick Johnson. Possibly Matt Cassel.”
Kent Babb, on Tamba Hali’s one-game suspension due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Kansas City Star
GH: Hali’s “selfish” mistake will cost him a reported $1.3 million in salary in September and voids a $7.75 million in guaranteed money for next season. That’s more than selfish. That’s just blame dumb. Read on.

“We’re not dealing with Tamba’s personal life here – and I don’t want to. We’re left to speculate as to what he did to miss this game. My bottom line is that he did something wrong and he got suspended. That’s it.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: St. John said these words as if he dared his cohosts to argue with him. He was defiant in letting his listeners know there would be no personal attacks on Hali. This is simply as example of poor work and bad radio by SSJ. Hali’s personal life was openly discussed on SSJ’s show and all over the national media when it was about his struggles as a child in Africa and how he overcame great odds to graduate from Penn State. So now that Hali proves to have faults his personal life is off limits on WHB? Bullshit.

“Tamba did something incredibly stupid and incredibly selfish. I respect Tamba Hali a lot, but did he screw up here? Oh yeah. Big time. I don’t know who I would have expected this less from. I don’t think we should be easy on him. ”
Kent Babb, 610 AM

“There’s not a player who works harder on that practice field and there’s probably not a better player on that field! To be honest with you, there’s probably not a better guy on that [Chiefs’ team] than Tamba. I’m sure he feels horrible about it.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: St. John is too much of a fan to critique athletes. He will eviscerate Royals’ players and Chiefs’ players he doesn’t like, but he defiantly refuses negative comments to flow when the topic is a favorite of his. That’s just bad radio.

“There’s just no reason for it anymore. Nowadays, these guys have all the information. They can call the NFL and ask them, ‘How’s this going to affect me?’ I just don’t understand it.”
Richard Baldinger, on Hali getting caught, 610 AM

“His publicist has informed me that Mr. Posnanski is not doing interviews about the book at this point.”
Kevin Kietzman, who said his email and voicemail to Posnanski requesting an interview were not answered by the author of Paterno, 810 AM
GH: What author refuses to grant interviews about his book the week it is released? Read on.

“Those looking for a book about just the scandal will be disappointed, this book is about the life of Joe Paterno and all that it entailed including the scandal.”
J. Gomez, Amazon.com
GH: Gomez gave Paterno the maximum five stars.

“If your intention is to read this book to learn more dirt about Paterno’s role in the Sandusky scandal, you will walk away disappointed.”
Phen Andrews, Amazon.com
GH: Andrews gave Paterno the maximum five stars.

“To be honest folks, there isn’t much new about Joe Paterno, the human, in this book. But, Mr. Posnanski has a way with words to make us realize that Mr. Paterno was a person. He had a mother and a father; his own children, and grandchildren. And then he had his football team, which was his life.”
Raeden Zen, Amazon.com
GH: Zen gave Paterno the maximum five stars.

As a biography, Paterno is spotty at best. Some of the writing is flaccid and marred by bad poetry. … One problem is that Posnanski does not know college football, or at least he doesn’t know much about it before this century. His book is littered with statements about the game that simply are not true. … It’s not enough to say that Posnanski does not do well relating the facts of the Sandusky case and Paterno’s role in it. The truth is that he doesn’t really try.”
Allen Barra, writer for the Wall Street Journal and TheAtlantic.com and is writing a book on Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, TheAtlantic.com
GH: Barra did not give Paterno five stars. He pretty much ripped Posnanski’s book from the first sentence to his last. You can read Barra’s complete review of Paterno here.

“I feel like I made one of the best decisions of my life! I couldn’t be happier! … A lot of talent [here at USC] and no egos. A lot of talent and no egos.”
Silas Redd, running back, in an interview about his decision to transfer to USC from Penn State, Sirius/XM Channel 91
GH: When I heard Redd repeat his comment about “no egos,” I thought he did so with a purpose. One that he hoped was heard all the way back in Happy Valley.

“Is anything more boring than fantasy football questions from callers on radio? no one else cares about your team.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
GH: A radio talk show host discussing his fantasy draft, team and league is almost as bad as KK’s grilling segments. I think I prefer the BBQ talk.

“The greatest mistake you’ll make in a fantasy football draft is taking someone who played on your college team. Avoid doing that.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter
GH: I thought it was drafting Michael Vick? FF drafts will be popping up in every corner of every burg over the next two weeks. My advice? Steer clear of one Peyton Manning. Read on.

“[Peyton] Manning is rusty. No doubt. But, to tell the truth, his arm doesn’t look ready. Mind working fine. Body betraying him. Worrisome? A little.”
Mark Kiszla, writer for Denver Post, @markkiszla, Twitter

“Manning’s numbers tonight: 16-23, 177 YDS, 2 INT, 55.9 Passer Rating. Moments of Sharpness, 2-minute drill impressive. It’ll get there.”
Nick Griffith, @Fox31Nick, former Channel 9 sports anchor currently working at Fox31 in Denver, Twitter

“QB Peyton Manning’s stats through 2 preseason games: 20-of-30 (66.7%) for 221 yards (7.37 YPA), 0 touchdowns, 3 interceptions.”
Evan Silva, @evansilva, Twitter
GH: Draft the old Colt if you must but I have my eye on his rookie replacement in Indy. Wish me Luck.

“First time in 6 years I can tell you the positives of this preseason way outweigh the easily correctable bad.”
Bill Maas, @BillMaas, after the Chiefs second preseason game, an ugly loss to the Rams, Twitter
GH: Maas doesn’t seem at all concerned about how the Chiefs’ defense played in that first couple of series in St. Louis. That makes me feel a bit better about the Atlanta game – but not much.

“Wow…I kinda feel sorry for Stanzi… He won’t pull the trigger…looks completely unprepared, skittish…OK that’s enough.”
Danny Clinkscale, @dcwhb, Twitter
GH: I know what Clink means. I too feel sorry for Stanzi when I watch him struggle. He looks to be as outside his comfort zone as any quarterback I can remember. He appears to lack anything that could even be called fake confidence. He needs to move onto the insurance field.

“KU returns 1k tix for KU/KSU game. Ahearn Fund donors can buy til Thurs, then they go on sale to the public.”
Brian Weber, @BrianWeberKSU, Twitter
GH: This is not a good sign for Charlie Weis’ first year. KU has returned a thousand tickets to their rivalry game? I know the battles have been anything but close of late but still… You have to support your squad in this game, don’t you?

“If we don’t get off to a fast start, it could be a very long year.”
Charlie Weis, KSHB TV 41
GH: Charlie looked very serious as he delivered this message. The Big 12 this season is LOADED. Mizzou will not face any stiffer competition in the SEC than what the Big 12 schools will see on a weekly basis.

“3 burgers 3 hotdogs a lot of popcorn and about 8 chicken tenders! I’m living right now haha #Fatlife at the Royals game.”
Greg Brown, @G_B_LOCK5, KU cornerback, while attending KU Day at The K, Twitter
GH: I remember those days – when I could eat like that and still go shirtless. The problem is, I still eat like that.

“Read where Illinois scribe @BobAsmussen voted Michigan No. 1 in AP. Could anyone tell me whether ESPN is blacked out in Champaign?”
Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, Twitter
GH: Listening to Finebaum’s show I get the feeling those in the SEC consider all football in all other conferences to be akin to soccer. I will be pulling for Denard Robinson and his Wolverines against ‘Bama in their opener.

“Just made it back to da Lou next stop Mizzou Arena was a great trip learned a lot about my teammates now time to get right in the classroom.”
Michael Dixon, MU point guard, @M1keD1xonJR, Twitter
GH: How many athletes tweet about getting things right in the classroom? Much love to Lee’s Summit West’s Michael Dixon.

“Congratulations to Darla and Condoleezza. I hope they both accomplish what I did on 11 [at Augusta National], and that’s get an eagle.”
Boone Pickens, @boonepickens, Twitter

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40 Responses to OTC: Tamba Hali Gets Kid Gloves Treatment From SSJ / Reviews On JoPo’s Paterno Book

  1. Smartman says:

    I wish the NFL would drug test all starters on game day and let Vegas add prop bets, with odds, as to who tests positive. The NFL is far too lax with the brothers and the weed. Sadder yet is the fact that if the NFL had harsher fines and suspensions for weed use the NFLPA would be the first to bitch. The NFL has published thousands of pages of data about what PED’s, vitamins, minerals, herbs, supplements, over the counter and prescription medications, etc are safe or can pose potential problems in testing. When it comes to testing positive ignorance is the reason, not the excuse.

    Forget water-boarding, the DOD should start broadcasting 810 live at Gitmo. I can’t even tolerate SSJ and TBP any more. I am as perplexed by guys that listen to 810 as I am by guys that get turned on by fat chicks.

    I wonder if Boone Pickens got his eagle from the women’s tees?

    • Merle Tagladucci says:

      The NFL are bigger morons for testing players for weed than the players are for smoking it.

    • Joe says:

      Hearing that Boone Pickens had an eagle at Augusta reminds me of this report:

      In 1994, Pyongyang media reported that Kim Jong-il shot an amazing 11 holes-in-one to achieve an unprecedented 38-under-par game on a regulation 18-hole golf course – on his first try at golf. JH

    • Truth says:


      Is it hot under that white hood you wear?

    • BlackJack says:

      Hey, I get turned on by fat chicks, more cushion for pushin’ it’s always better to have something to grab onto..

      TBP on the other hand … sorry, but if I wanted to listed the Johnny Dare morning show I would tune in to 98.9. And those guys give the most cream puff interviews. Although Bukaty will sometimes argue with teh guest, SSJ offers no resistance whatsoever.

  2. john doe says:

    Maybe Jack Harry was right on when he said KU should dump football

  3. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    I just don’t understand why people get their panties in a wad over a private golf club admitting whoever the hell they damn well want. It’s a PRIVATE club, right? Isn’t that the whole POINT of being private? Admitting whoever the hell you damn well please, whoever that may be? Is this against the law? I just don’t get it. These talking head jackwagons in the national media are acting like those boys down in Georgia did something akin to allowing women the right to vote. Jesus, come on! It’s a friggin’ place to play golf!

    • Jim says:

      Right there with you, GWSWOT! First of all, why would anyone WANT to be a member of a club where they are clearly NOT welcome? What’s the point? Secondly, pressuring a PRIVATE club to admit anyone they don’t want is ridiculous. Plenty of white, rich males CAN’T get in to Augusta. What’s the big deal? Their club. Their rules. I excluded chicks from my treehouse when I was a kid and the world didn’t end. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized I missed out on a helluva opportunity to play doctor.

  4. ron says:

    Is Condi Rice a college professor? How does she afford to be a member of all these exclusive, national golf clubs?

    • Jim says:

      Condi is worth a few million, Ron. But, that isn’t what Augusta National is about. (well, not entirely). There are a ton of millionaires and billionaires that can’t get in. You can’t apply for membership. It’s an invitation only thing.

    • Gavin says:

      According to Wikipedia Rice headed Chevron’s committee on public policy until she resigned on January 15, 2001, to become National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.

      She also served on the board of directors for the Carnegie Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the Chevron Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Rand Corporation, the Transamerica Corporation, and other organizations.

      Add in lecture circuits and her friendship with some very large defense contractors and there’s not only a chance to make some significant dough, but also the opportunity to meet members of Augusta National and do enough testicle gargling to get an invitation to join the club.

  5. Kyle says:

    Almost everyone returns tickets now. Who goes through the university when you can get on stubhub or tickets for less and sit in top notch seats as opposed to the crap seats where they put the visiting fans?

    • Cliffy says:

      Oh … so you’re saying there will be thousands of ku fans in Manhattan sitting in the “top notch seats?” (cough … bullshit …. cough, cough)

      • Kyle says:

        There will be plenty of KU fans in Craphatten.

        • Terducken Tommy says:

          Thanks again Kyle – you are the Baghdad Bob of Kansas fans. Not only does KU Football have facilities as fine as any in the nation, but they’re going to win games and fill that track stadium under Fat Bastard’s leadership. Thanks for making my afternoon buddy!

          • Kyle says:

            Well at least nobody has to speak since you said it all. By the way, you are right on just about everything. We KU fans thank you for your support of the program!

        • Cliffy says:

          As Jim, another ku fan would say, “Hahahahahahaha.”

      • BigWagg says:

        GH quoted a tweet from someone about the tix. KSU has not confirmed that they received returned tickets. It’s too early for that, anyway. The game won’t be played til Oct. 6. I call bullshit on this one.

  6. Gavin says:

    “First time in 6 years I can tell you the positives of this preseason way out way the easily correctable bad.”

    I don’t understand this sentence. Did you mean to say that Maas said that the postives “way outweigh” the negatives?

    • Greg Hall says:

      It was Maas’ tweet and I should have caught that when I copy/pasted it. I’ll get it fixed.

      • Gavin says:

        No, that’s on me. I thought/assumed he said it on the air. If that’s how he typed it, you did the right thing cutting and pasting. You might have wanted to editorialized with a [sic], but you were correct and I was wrong.

  7. Z Man says:


    We get it with JoPo. Either he has fucked your wife, you are jealous or the very least envious of him. I bet you have dartboards with JoPO, KK and Nick Wright’s face on them in your basement.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Why would you think covering the review of his book is not topical for my column? I don’t have any personal issues with JoPo. Never have.

      • Rick says:

        So three out of four writers think the book was great? I’m going with the minority. Most people thought the world was flat. Majority isn’t always right. I’ll wait for the book covering the entire scandal comes out.

    • harwood benjamin says:

      Now you have forced my brain to have an image of Posnanski engaging in sexual relations, and I blame you for the nightmares to come.

  8. Gavin says:

    By the way, the only thing less reputable or trustworthy than Amazon.com reviews from wannabe critics is something written by the surly Allen Barra.

  9. Herb says:

    The words “flaccid” and “Paterno” in the same sentence made me laugh.

  10. chuck says:

    This is another quote from the review by the Wall Street Journal.”

    “Joe Paterno was fired,” he tells us at the end, “why and how the board [Penn State trustees] made its decision is not my story to tell.” If not Paterno’s biographer’s, one wonders, then whose story is it? And what is so complicated about that story? The answer to “how” the board made its decision is quickly and nearly unanimously. The answer to “why” is that Paterno, as revealed in his own testimony to a grand jury and through numerous emails that have been revealed since investigations began, had full reason to suspect Sandusky’s monstrous crimes against children and did nothing to stop him.”

    Joe Posnanski could probably convince Janet Napolitano that Joran Van Der Sloot would be a great candidate for “The Bachelor”.

    The book is a galactic failure and exactly, what most folks expected according to the reviews I read, that were pro and con.

    Last week, I said –

    The book will be a puff piece.

    If ya gotta point to places on a Teddy Bear to describe what Uncle Jerry did to ya when you were 9 years old, and Uncle Jerry is doing life in solitary, for sins comitted, then the verdict is in on the details.

    The post mortem, in this case, administered by an author who has elevated sycophancy to a Christian Virtue, obviously engenders sarcasm with respect to his expected endeavors.

    It is going to be, an oblique apology for Jo Pa’s behaviour, with mitigating 2nd party references, extenuating circumstances and disingenuous piscatorial pursuits of the famous red herring.

    Joe Paterno’s silence, was Jerry Sandusky’s sanction.

    THAT should have been the salient point made in an American morality tale that serves as notice to reptialian rapist scum in all walks of life that the quid pro quo for child rape is disgrace, jail time and the opprobrium of the nation

  11. Cliffy says:

    “If ya gotta point to places on a Teddy Bear to describe what Uncle Jerry did to ya when you were 9 years old, and Uncle Jerry is doing life in solitary, for sins comitted, then the verdict is in on the details.”

    I thought this was kind of clever. Well, at least the first time you said it.

  12. “Doesn’t look ready. Mind working fine. Body betraying him. Worrisome? A little.” Sounds like something Muhammad Ali’s trainers were probably thinking before his ill-advised comeback fight with Larry Holmes in 1980. Rather ominous words there for ol’ Peyton.

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