OTC: Tony G Thinks KC Has “Not Too Much Going On” / Arrowhead Though Is The Exception

“It’s Kansas City. There’s not too much going on in that town. So, they love the Chiefs.”
Tony Gonzalez, talking to the Atlanta media, TV 41
GH: Gonzo is not going to be on Mayor Sly’s frosty Christmas list…or mine either. As TG knows very well, there will be a couple of things going on at Arrowhead come Sunday starting at noon. Read on.

“It’s going to be special. It’s going to be kind of weird going in there. It’s going to be like going back to the house that you grew up in.”
Tony Gonzalez, on his return to Arrowhead, Atlanta Journal Constitution
GH: We typically find our childhood homes much smaller and less intimidating as we remembered. I hope that is not the case when Tony comes out of the visitor’s tunnel on Sunday.

“We need all of the fans in their seats at the start of the first quarter. Not the middle of the first quarter or after that. They do make a difference in how our team play. Our players feel it. They feel the energy and they feel the enthusiasm. I would encourage our fans, for all of those reasons, to be there early. Enjoy the entire day and help support their team right from the get-go.”
Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, on the problem they have in getting fans in their seats before kickoff, Atlanta Journal Constitution
GH: This is why Kansas City is seen as a different kind of NFL venue. Chiefs’ fans treat game day like college fans. They show up three hours before kickoff and create the nation’s largest Sunday BBQ in the parking lot. Atlanta has trouble getting their fans in their seats before the second quarter starts! I hope Arthur Blank gets to stroll through CamaroHead with The Clarks prior to the game and soak up the fumes.

“Red Friday.”
Chiefs’ promotion, which includes selling newspapers on the roadside on Friday morning
GH: There are two days of the year my wife absolutely detests – Royals’ Opening Day and the Chiefs’ first Red Friday. She commutes from the Northland to Downtown on these morning and becomes incensed when the newspaper sellers stand in the street and slow traffic. This is one of the city’s best sports weekends of the year. Georgia/Mizzou, Miami/K-State, Rice/KU and the Falcons visit to Arrowhead. But to non-sports fans like my bride, it’s all just another traffic jam.

“I don’t know how it’s going to happen. I don’t know how they’re going to do it. But I’m going to take the Chiefs, 23-22. They limit the Falcons to five field goals. That’s my scenario.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I have to go with Atlanta by 10 in this one. Blame this loss on Tamba Hali not being smart enough to know when to put down the pipe.

“I think this [game against Atlanta] is skewed more 60/40 toward Peyton [Hillis]. I think it will be opponent skewed each week.”
Mitch Holthus, on how the Chiefs will likely split the carries between Jamaal Charles and Hillis against the Falcons, 810 AM
GH: Hillis went fairly early in the two fantasy drafts in which I participated. I do not see his value as being all that great when it comes to scoring fantasy points. I hope I am wrong and he has an All-Pro like season.

“I think for the first time the Chiefs think they have a 53-man roster that is deep – that they might cut somebody who is good.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I sure saw a lot of Chiefs on the field in the preseason who needed to be cut. Maybe this is the right 53, but that preseason team was definitely the wrong 90.

“The problem [with Scott Pioli] is when you surround yourself with enough yes men, there is nobody there [at Arrowhead] who will do what the three of us; me, [Clinkscale] and Leabo, will do to each other – which is tell each other, ‘What are you doing you moron?’ We do that all the time.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Did KK actually say that??? The only guy I know who surrounded himself with more yes men than KK was Kim Jong-il. Read on.

“Back in 1994, Kim Jong-il set a record that is likely to stand forever. Playing his first round of golf on a regulation, PGA-style, 18-hole course, Kim Jong Il scored 11 holes-in-one while he carded a stunning 38 UNDER par. Seventeen bodyguards were on hand to witness and attest the score.”

“I expect great things out of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this year.”
Ron Jaworski, NFL analyst, ESPN Radio

“The Denver Broncos are a Super Bowl caliber team now that they’ve added Peyton Manning.”
Sean Salisbury, NFL analyst, 810 AM
GH: I have been hearing and reading A LOT of positive press on Peyton Manning. I just don’t see him being Peyton the Colt in Denver. I think we are going to get more Peyton the Two-Steps-From-The-Glue-Factory. I cannot wait to find out. The Broncos open on Sunday night against the Steelers. You know my wife is excited for this one to end her weekend…

“The fact delta added a flight to COMO this wknd is NOT good news for mizzou fans. Expect around 10000 georgia fans.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
GH: That’s the SEC, bro. It’s like playing Nebraska every weekend. Is that the sound of new hotel construction I hear coming from Columbia? 10,000 visitors ain’t all that bad.

“I wish I could be there. I wish I could be in that stadium. We’ll feel the radiation burns this far west.”
Mitch Holthus, on the expected atmosphere at Faurot in Columbia, 810 AM
GH: I had a chance to be at this game but there is just too much going on Saturday for me to concentrate on one game. That Miami/KSU game is really going to wreck my wife’s Saturday morning viewing of Pawn Stars on our big TV. And Nebraska is in the Rose Bowl to face UCLA during the UGA/MU game. Dualing tubes will be fired up all day at my house.

“I believe each game is its own entity. No two games are the same. We need to beat Rice to take the next step. This is a process.”
Charlie Weis, @CoachWeisKansas, prior to KU’s game against Rice, Twitter
GH: I keep hearing from Steven St. John, Kietzman and Fescoe what a great interview Charlie Weis is compared to other coaches. He sure sounds a lot like the same old tired stuff to me.

“@ericstonestreet: EMAW baby! @SofiaVergara says GO CATS!”
Eric Stonestreet, K-State grad and also doing business as FISBO the clown on Modern Family, Twitter
GH: Stonestreet sent his fellow Cats fans a treat with this photo of his Modern Family co-star, say.ly/fCE47k2. 

“Today marks 33rd anniversary of ESPN, which launched Sept. 7, 1979. Happy anniversary to a company that, thankfully, is part of our culture.”
Adam Schefter, @AdamSchefter, Twitter
GH: ESPN takes a load of criticism from inside the media – and much of it is deserved. But they changed sports broadcasting forever – and I love them for it. Remember all those Australian Rules football games we would watch just because ESPN broadcast them? Stand up right now and whip off an Australian Rules TD signal if you’re with me!

“I can’t comment on anything except to say when people are on field trips they are exceptionally chaperoned. On this trip there was full coverage by supervisors and we are extremely pleased with the way we monitor kids and keep everybody safe.”
Dan McMahon, DeMatha Catholic High School Principal, after five DeMatha football players were removed from the team after they reportedly hired prostitutes to come to their hotel rooms while the team was in North Carolina for a game, Washington Post
GH: I do not know a lot about Mr. Dan McMahon or his work as a high school principal, but I am going to go out on a limb and say he might be due for a leave of absence. If he is “extremely pleased” with the work of the chaperones and supervisors on this trip where five kids had hookers in their room, he might want to check into becoming a politician.

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25 Responses to OTC: Tony G Thinks KC Has “Not Too Much Going On” / Arrowhead Though Is The Exception

  1. KCPRGuy says:

    Oh how I loved Australia rules football with the Tom Landry line judges. You can still find it on some random sports digital tier channel ever so often.

  2. Jim says:

    Falcons by 13. Tambi being out is only ONE of the issues. D-Line banged up, DJ and B-Flow not 100%. Safeties and corners are going to get WORKED in this game.

  3. Orphan of the Road says:

    Atlanta has trouble getting fans into seats PERIOD.

    Atlanta always has problems to start the season. This will just be another bad game from them.

    I spent many years listening to Jaworski on WIP in Philadelphia. He knows his football and IMO would have made an awesome coach. Unfortunately he made a lot of money doing what he liked and only once did he think of entering those ranks.

    • rkcal says:

      I guess Atlanta has more stuff going on.

      • JP says:

        The ATL is a notoriously bad pro sports town. They just lost their NHL team. The Hawks only sell out when they play a marquis team (Heat, Lakers). The Braves had around 18,000 average this week for a team right in the heart of the playoff race. As for the Falcons, they draw pretty well, but watch when a big time team comes in there (Green Bay, Philadelphia), and they buy up 25,000 seats.

        Atlanta will never be mistaken for Chicago, Boston or Philly as a great sports town.

  4. rkcal says:

    When I was in high school in L.A., I had to drive down to Tijuana on my own darn dime for action. Now you can get it on field trips? Kids today have it too easy.

  5. Huskerfloyd says:

    Times have really changed. When I was in high school, my buddies and I had to scrounge together enough money to buy a pizza. Now, the kids are hiring “escorts.” If there was ever a victimless crime, this is it.

  6. miket. says:

    greg, maybe fescoe, et al, say that because they’ve got ‘fanboy’ goggles on? i hear the same stuff from weis, but for me, it still sounds different and encouraging (for KU football anyway), and that’s because my fanboy goggles are firmly in place, one red lens, one blue lens. heh….

    • miket. says:

      that said… i do think weis means business and aims to make KU football relevant again. couldn’t say that about turner ‘blue’ gill.

  7. Smartman says:

    All due respect but the ATL has a LOT more going on than KC. Atlanta had its’ heyday right after the Olympics and has declined since then but it still beats the hell out of KC.

    I have a full contingent of Bulldog’s at the house. These boys are biblically hard core. First stop after landing last night was Cirilla’s to pick up an inflatable doll to dress up in an MU football uniform. She will be riding shotgun in the motor home and will be the guest of honor at the tailgating party tomorrow. They are STOKED about going to Columbia and going to the Falcons game on Sunday. They are so confident of a Bulldogs victory that none of them brought any anti-depressants. The only provision we have yet to acquire is the phone number of a 24 hour bail bondsman. They have purchased enough food to feed 3 meals to 50 people. Two 16 gallon kegs and enough liquor to provision the Delta Tau Chi house on homecoming weekend. They are genuinely looking forward to sharing their Southern Hospitality with Tigers and Bulldogs alike.

    • Jim says:

      I’ll tell my boy to be on the look-out for the MU football player with the round mouth, Smartman.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Smartman, No question you throw some hellacious parties for your out-of-town guests. Wish your ATL visitors a hearty hello from me and I hope they have a great time while here in our slow-moving burg. But that drive back from CoMo Saturday evening could be one where you might have to let the Dawgs out.

      • Smartman says:

        Already have a planned stop at Town Topic when we roll back into town after the game on Saturday for the Town Topic vs Varsity challenge. They’ve already conceded that our BBQ is better. Hitting Strouds north tonite for dinner, then Chappelle’s, Harrah’s, P&L, Westport, Plaza, Waldo. Heading to Columbia at 5:00 am.

  8. PV_Pathfinder says:

    “The fact delta added a flight to COMO this wknd is NOT good news for mizzou fans. Expect around 10000 georgia fans.” Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter

    That’s a HUGE airplane.

  9. Uncle Dick says:

    Kim Jong-il started out with 18 bodyguards, the one who originally kept score was shot when an errant chip shot landed in Kim’s hair, and he commented that the drop would be only 3 feet.
    The DeMatha kids rarely travel as they hate to leave the Priests behind.
    Todd Akin says Georgia will win, but it won’t be a legitimate rape.
    Atlanta fans always show up late, they have to go home from church and hang up their robes and hoods.
    To mark the 33rd anniversary of ESPN, Bob “Thunder” Thurman will kick K.C. Wolf’s ass during the pre-game festivities.

  10. Joe Blow says:

    You know, Atlanta, that hotbed of things to do.

    10,000 UGA fans in Columbia? I think there were way more Mizzou fans at ASU last year for that ridiculousness. Hopefully the Bulldogs fall asleep after about 10 minutes of activity like mine do..

  11. Java Man says:

    Tires of hearing the injury excuse already from Chiefs fan. Both teams completely healthy, the edge still goes to the Falcons. On the road. Season opener.

  12. Gavin says:

    If I could switch gears for a sec, this article would appear to suggest that maybe Greg’s prediction of the demise and burning death of Joe Posnanski’s literary career may have been a bit premature. If his book gets made into a movie and that movie stars Al Pacino, Posnanski will be writing for a long time to come.


    • Cliffy says:

      Hmmmmm. Greg, Shartman and “smiley face” chuck aren’t going to like this.

      • chuck says:

        Read the article.

        Here is the header.

        “Al Pacino To Play Joe Paterno In Movie On Penn State Gridiron Scandal.”

        The movie’s ticket sales will be predicated on the story of Paterno’s life, destroyed by his complicity in “The Scandal”.

        Joe Posnanski’s huge “No Mas” with respect Joe Paterno’s involvement in that cover up, while writing a biography on Joe Paterno, DURING the revalation of that same cover up, will be the main thrust of the movie.

        The movie will obviously use research by Joe Posnanski and will be the film version of the book that Posnanski, the dumbass should have written.

        “The narrative arc of the movie that will be shopped is obvious. A man becomes the winningest coach in college football history and builds a powerhouse football program that turns him into a campus deity. When his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is revealed to be a pedophile and it comes out Paterno was told and helped hide the scandal, the coach was summarily fired.”

        Cliffy, did you read the part about where the narrative arc of the movie will be obvious?

        It was obvious to anyone with room temp IQ, that Joe Posnanski blew a chance to rise to the top of his profession when the biggest scandal in college sports history presented itself. He didn’t, it sounds like this movie will.

        Here is an interview from Jason Whitlock, which was posted by “The Word” last week.


        The Word did anyone interested in this story a great favor posting that link. It is really, really interesting.

        Whitlock says exactly what most of us said here (As does his guest.)

        Posnanski blew the best opportunity EVER given a sports writer in the history of journalism.

        Whitlock makes an analogy to Woodward and Bernstien that I dissagree with.

        He says that they benefited from that story and Joe Pos could have benefited from the Paterno story. No fuckin way. Woodward and Bernstien had to work their asses off to get the story, Joe Pos had it dropped in his lap.

        At around 44 minutes in Whitlock LAYS THE FUCIN WOOD to Posnaski and it is well worth a listen for local sports fans to listen to.

        The Randy Carver take is a prima facie first person indictment that damns Joe on every level and rings true in my opinion.

        At any rate, yes I will like it just fine and I am looking forward to seeing the flick.

      • Smartman says:

        Personally, I think it would be a huge mistake for Pacino to take this role unless the story is revised where Michael Corleone’s great grandson whacks JoPa and gives him a Sicilian necktie.

        I’m seeing Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Jerry Sandusky. Tom Cruise as Victim #1. Maybe Queefy can read for the role of Mike McQueary.

        • Uncle Dick says:

          Travolta read for the part of Victim #1, 2, and 3, then said he would like to get all parts in the end.
          Dustin Hoffman would be good for Joe Pa, as he has already played a pimp.
          Gary Busey turned down the Sandusky role, saying the dude was even stranger than him.

  13. chuck says:

    I misstyped on the main thrust of the movie, my apologies.

    The flick will center around (As the article states.) THE SCANDAL.