OTC: Romeo’s Chiefs Open Season In Haley-Like Fashion / Star’s Kent Babb Coasting?

“That’s my fear – that Romeo Crennel is a ‘yes guy’ for Scott Pioli and he won’t fight for his guys [like losing Brandon Carr to free agency]. You can’t tell me Romeo Crennel could looked at this defense and said, ‘I’m fine in the secondary, Scott. Let [Brandon Carr] go.’ Romeo Crennel, desperate to be a head coach, likely said, ‘Look, whatever you give me I’ll coach.’ ”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Whoa. That is a strong statement from Petro. How I would love to hear him ask Crennel that same query at Tuesday’s press conference. I thought the same thing of Gunther Cunningham, another Chiefs’ defensive coordinator who rose to the title of Chiefs’ head coach under Carl Peterson. Gunther’s refusal to buck his GM eventually helped get him fired. If Petro’s assumption is true, Romeo should find himself coaching linebackers in Detroit come January.

“You guys know how I feel about Romeo Crennel. I don’t think he’s this great head coach. He’s got to do a complete overhaul not only physically but mentally with this football team. … Maybe he won’t get fired but holy crap! If it all goes south it will be heaped on his shoulders.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM

“The NFL is about your head coach and your quarterback – and the Chiefs are middle of the pack with both. Go bold or go home. They’re trying; it’s just not working here.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM

“What I didn’t like is [Jamaal Charles] saying, ‘We have to learn how to win games.’ Learn how to win games? What? How long you been playing football?”
Jayice Pearson, on comments made by the Chiefs’ running back on Monday afternoon, 610 AM

“Wrap yourself in a blanket of denial if you want, believing that Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers will be back soon to fix all the Chiefs’ problems, but the coaching staff is one night into watching what amounts to a horror film of a game tape from a 40-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday that is surely telling them otherwise.”
Sam Mellinger, columnist, Kansas City Star
GH: Mellinger is typically slow to lay blame or scream, “Fire!” But one game into the Chiefs’ 2012 season, he is clearing his throat and making his way toward the exits. It is a bold move for him as a columnist and one I believe he needs to take.

“Four seasons now — that’s how long Chiefs fans have been waiting for the ‘real’ [Matt] Cassel to reveal himself. Is he the fiery leader with pinpoint accuracy and a calm temperament the Chiefs will need if a Super Bowl is a legitimate possibility? Or he is the panicked, erratic passer who stares down receivers and forces throws into coverage?  The answer is that he is both, and on days like Sunday, that just isn’t good enough.”
Kent Babb, columnist, Kansas City Star
GH: Babb has only a few weeks left as a Kansas City Star columnist. He is headed east to be a feature writer for the Washington Post. Why waste those precious few columns asking but not answering middling pabulum that any nine-year-old Chiefs’ fan can spew? I want Babb to grab some oily rags from a dark closet inside 18th & Grand, wrap them around a tightly twisted Sunday edition and light that torch with words and opinions that scorch his departure with a memorable path none will forget. It is not too late, Kent. Your future and legacy await.

“Jesus Chris the guy is a shit show… I can’t believe I let him fool me again for 15 minutes.”
Lazlo, @lazlothebuzz, after Cassel threw a pass directly into the shin of an onrushing Falcon defender, Twitter
GH: If Babb is looking for some edgy column ideas, The Church of Lazlo might not be a bad place to frequent.

“We are four years into [Scott Pioli’s] regime and they have not been able to find the talent that they think warrants the spending.”
Soren Petro, on reports that the Chiefs rank second in the NFL to room under the salary cap, 810 AM

“I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But as I sit here and look at it, for years people screamed about all Carl Peterson cared about was going 9-7, 8-8, 10-6, keeping alive the hope that this team might be good, while never bottoming out and padding the bottom line. Except in the Carl Peterson years with Lamar Hunt as the owner, they spent right up to and over the cap.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: There are few things Petro enjoys bearing more than Carl Peterson’s jock. I find it rather ridiculous that he chooses to continue to prop up King Carl as if he was somehow wronged by the Kansas City media and fans who grew to detest him. Petro would benefit from his own advice to Romeo – being a yes man is not an attractive or productive look.

“You better at least make it look like you’re trying.”
Jayice Pearson, on Scott Pioli’s work as the Chiefs’ GM, 610 AM

“I’ll wave the checkered flag. This team isn’t winning a playoff game. … They played as well as they could play on offense for a half [against Atlanta] and they still got destroyed.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: It is a bit early to write off the Chiefs or anoint the Broncos. The NFL season has a way of drawing the lost sheep back to the fold and those who have run off to hide as well.

“They just gave up [late in the fourth quarter]! They just ran the ball. When is that ever acceptable? They quit! They gave up already!”
Jayice Pearson, as the Chiefs went with some of their bench players after the score appeared to get out of hand, 810 AM
GH: Did the Chiefs give up when the score was 40-17 with almost 11 minutes left in the game? Their fans sure did. In the fourth quarter, Arrowhead looked emptier than The Clark’s trophy case.

“That’s another example I think of just trying to answer a question without really saying anything. And really what you’re saying is not good. I don’t think he realized the boxed answers that he’s given.”
Jayice Pearson, on Jamaal Charles saying the Chiefs need to learn how to win games, 610 AM
GH: The amount of irony in this statement from Jayice could replace one of the twin towers.

“Totally classless act by Tony Gonzalez dunking the ball at Kansas City. Hypocritical. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I love the Kansas City fans. Now eat this! – Gonzalez.”
Dennis Dodd, @dennisdoddcbs, on the former Chiefs’ tight end dunking after his TD catch, Twitter
GH: The Arrowhead crowd booed the dunk – those who remained. Read on.

“You’ve got to be kiddng…What was wrong with that????”
Danny Clinkscale, responding to Dodd’s tweet about Gonzo’s dunk, Twitter
GH: I would say from my completely unscientific survey of the local media that Clink’s take on the dunk was shared by most. I didn’t get too worked up about it. That what Gonzo do.

“Nothing makes you feel like a bigger idiot than walking out after a Chiefs blowout that you spent hundreds of dollars to attend.”
@MerleTagladucci, Twitter
GH: Other than incidents that involved a woman, I would have to concur.

“You saw he’s wearing the Chiefs’ jersey. He’s from Kansas City. He’s taking the Chiefs.”
Curt Menefee, on Shawnee South’s own Rob Riggle being the only prognosticator on Fox to pick the Chiefs over the Falcons, Fox
GH: Riggle’s debut on Fox’s NFL pregame show was just as anticipated – he was hilarious. I’m looking forward to watching him have fun at the expense of Bradshaw, Long and Johnson this season.

“Now what they are doing this year across the NFL is they’re showing these replays, these close calls, to the crowd in the stadium. I’m sure the officials aren’t real excited about that.”
Joe Buck, Fox
GH: The empty stadium seats finally forced the NFL to show in-stadium replays of controversial plays. The fans have the power to change the game. Everything moves because of money.

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56 Responses to OTC: Romeo’s Chiefs Open Season In Haley-Like Fashion / Star’s Kent Babb Coasting?

  1. biggest711 says:

    The only difference between Pioli & Steadman is 2 decades and 2 consonants….fuhgitaboutit!!!

  2. Uncle Mo says:

    “Nothing makes you feel like a bigger idiot than walking out after a Chiefs blowout that you spent hundreds of dollars to attend.”
    @MerleTagladucci, Twitter

    …but seeing John Amos throw out the ceremonial “first pass” made it all worth it.

    • J Rok says:

      I was walking in when that happened and thought they said John Stamos. I would’ve been disappointed if I missed Jesse and the Rippers perform the National Anthem.

  3. Slingblade says:

    “There are few things Petro enjoys bearing more than Carl Peterson’s jock. I find it rather ridiculous that he chooses to continue to prop up King Carl as if he was somehow wronged by the Kansas City media and fans who grew to detest him. Petro would benefit from his own advice to Romeo – being a yes man is not an attractive or productive look.”

    The Chiefs fired Carl Peterson.

    Pioli, apoplectic about stray candy wrappers, would SURELY notice Carl and his Darth Vader Leather Coat on the property during football season.

    And no, I am NOT calling you surely.

    Now go shoot an elephant in your pajamas and leave poor Soren alone.

  4. chuck says:

    Before you take up the carpet, ya gotta take up the tax.

    George “Harpo” Bush.

  5. Jim says:

    Would somebody PLEASE explain how your get “J-C” out of Jayice! Sure hope his dyslexic mother got the help she needed after signing that birth certificate. Regardless, I still think the guy is a pussice.

    • Uncle Dick says:

      She was trying to find a unique name since Anfernee was already taken.

      • Larry Mondello says:

        Whenever I see crazy ass names like this I always picture the floor of a hiring manager papered with discarded resumes’. One needs only to look at the goofy spelling of a jacked up name and round filed they are.

        • Uncle Dick says:

          I always see Anfernee’s Mom lying in a hospital bed thinking about names for her new son, and remembering how sexy that Marc Anfernee was kissing Cleapatrica, while Jewelyus Ceaseher wasn’t around.

          • Smartman says:

            I thought Anfernee was a hybrid of the three guys she thought might have been his daddy. Andy, Fernando and Neeamiah.

    • Husker Bill says:

      It’s good to see that I’m not the only person bothered by the whole J-ice debacle.

  6. harwood benjamin says:

    James Brown broadcasts for CBS, not Fox, so he probably wasn’t the guy talking about or to Rob Riggle, who went to Shawnee *Mission* South. But other than that, I think your comment was accurate.

  7. Smartman says:

    I wish I could become as dispassionate about winning as David Glass and The Clark’s. If I was Clark Hunt I would have blown two head gaskets in the locker room after the game with most of the venom spewed at Pioli and Crennel. When I look at that triumvirate of a brain trust and add Matt Cassel to the equation the word success isn’t one of the first ten words to pop in my head.

    Our sports teams suck, our sports media sucks and every year we spread our hairy ass cheeks and bleached bung holes and say “thank you sir, may I have another?”. As fans and consumers of sports and sports media we have all the power in our hands but refuse to wield it. Shame on us.

    • Jim says:

      I’m one of those guys that refuse to put a dime in the Chiefs’ or Royals’ pockets. Goddess bless those that do. Your threshold for pain and frustration is MUCH higher than mine.

      • fRED fLINTSTONE says:

        My question is….Why would you want to deny yourself the pleasure of watching professional sports? Can you ONLY root for a winner? How sad. I have seaon tickets to both the Chiefs and Royals, and have NEVER had a bad day at the ballpark. So glad I live in a city where I can watch both professsional baseball AND professional football.

        • Jim says:

          I watch professional sports ALL the time FF. What the hell does spending a few thousand dollars a year have to do with that?! If you think you can have a better experience watching it in person, good for you. I prefer to watch it on a giant LED flatscreen with my own smoker doing it’s magic on the patio, my own beer that costs $1/bottle and not $9/bottle. I park for free in my driveway instead of paying $35. My bathroom isn’t filled with drunken idiots and i don’t have to stand for 3 hours straight to watch a ballgame. I can replay anything I want…..as many TIMES as I want. When the game is over, my ass is already in my favorite recliner. Pretty sure I haven’t “denied” myself anything!

          • fRED fLINTSTONE says:

            You betcha, Jim. While you’re freeloading, keep in mind that if everybody were like you, Kansas City wouldn’t have ANY professional sports. We’re a small market, and have the LUXURY of two pro teams, not many metro’s our size have baseball and football.

            You may boast about how good you have it at home to watch “your” teams, if not for the folks who do actually attend the games, you’d be watching, and rooting for the Las Vegas Royals and/or the Memphis Chiefs.

            You’re welcome.

          • Jim says:

            Is this Fred Flintstone or Carl Peterson? Let me guess, season ticket holders are the “real” fans, right?! I have news for you. It isn’t the people showing up at the games that makes the NFL a billion dollar business. It’s the TV dollars, Einstein. If you want to keep putting your hard-earned dollars into the pockets of billionaires that are fielding CRAP teams year, after year, after year…..be my guest. Put on your Chiefs Zubaz pants, stock your cooler with Milwaukee’s Best, jump in your 1978 Ford F150 and fire up that grill, Fred. Let’s see…….2 million people in the metro area and 75,000 fans in the stadium. I guess that’s 1, 925,000 people that aren’t “real” fans like you. What a dolt.

          • P says:

            I get to one game a season, maybe two, that’s plenty for me. A lot of work to load all that tailgating shit up, drive all the way out there, set it all up, cook it, pack it back up, and sit in traffic as I drive home. So yeah, that’s plenty for me. I can appreciate sitting on my ass at home and watching the game but hey, going to 1 or 2 a year is ok.

            BTW, I did see a guy wearing some retro zubaz, he got some good comments.

          • Jason says:

            A-freaking-men Jim. Couldn’t agree more. These guys aren’t owed anything from us. It’s not my duty to support someone else’s business, which is all the NFL is. If they want my money, give me a compelling reason to spend it.

            And Fred, let’s not be so naive to think that those watching at home, supporting advertiser’s products, buying t-shirts, etc are not contributing. The NFL still finds a way to make plenty off me as far as I’m concerned.

            What’s next? I’m obligated to eat at Gates once a week because I live in Kansas City? If I don’t I’m a freeloader?

    • Will says:

      Wow, Smartman bleaches his asshole.

  8. nick says:

    I too thought Rob Riggle was good on his 1st Fox pre-game show.

    Tony G’s dunk didn’t bother me much, but it DID have a tiny “eat this KC” feel to it. I’ve heard some locals say they hope Gonzalez goes to a Super Bowl. Why? I find it more depressing than fun when I see ex-KC players playing in games that my teams can’t get to.

  9. Joe Blow says:

    GH: Mellinger is typically slow to lay blame or scream, “Fire!”

    What are you talking about? When he’s not playing middle-of-the-road Sam and writing articles absolutely refusing to say anything at all, Mellinger also frequently tries to play Chicken Little about things. It just seems like he’s trying really hard to develop some kind of an interesting voice/angle that people will actually respond to or care about, so he keeps swinging back and forth to see what works..

  10. Z Man says:

    Smartman…why don’t you start a sports talk Podcast and take these media guys on?

  11. Jimmy Pop says:

    The Chiefs, and other NFL teams whose stadiums I have been to, have shown replays inside the stadium for years. It’s MLB that refuses to replay close plays. How many times have the video board operators shown a hold that was not called over and over

    • jjskck says:

      Correct. We often watch NFL replays on TV and hear the entire crowd yell in the background because they’re watching the same thing.

  12. Joe says:

    When do pitchers and catchers report? JH

  13. Ken says:

    In Tony G’s defense, it looked to me like he did not want to do it (dunk) but his teammates and especially Matt Ryan urged him to, thus although it made me angry a little, I am thinking he can say he did it for his teammates.

  14. Hot Carl says:

    I find it hilarious that Jayice Pearson has been employed by 610 as a football expert. He was one of the worst players I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch on a football field and the only reason I know his name is because all I ever saw was the back of his jersey as he chased opposing receivers down the field.

  15. fRED fLINTSTONE says:


  16. fRED fLINTSTONE says:

    I can’t believe I’m wasting my time on arguing with someone who doesn’t get it, but here goes.
    1. You’re the one who used the phrase “real” fans, not me.
    2. Carl Peterson left town a long time ago…get over it and quit referencing him.
    3. 80,000 people showing up at Arrowhead on Sunday’s is nothing to sneeze at when they likely spend on average, over $100 (including ticket) per Sunday. Simple math put’s that number at $8 million, multiply that times 10 games equals $80 million. It isn’t just TV dollars that makes the NFL a billion dollars business, it’s licensing fees, ticket sales, concession sales etc.
    4. I’ve never had a pair of Zubaz pants…don’t even know what they are. You must own a pair.
    5. I’ve never drank a can of Milwaukee’s Best. I’m guessing you know why that’s the first beer brand that came to mind while you were typing.
    6. I drive a late model SUV automobile. Again, a 1978 Ford F150 is the first vehicle that comes to mind for you? Hmmn.
    7. Debaters will tell you that in an argument, when the one who is behind runs out of material, the next move of that person is to call names. My name is neither “Dolt” nor “Einstein.”

    • Hot Carl says:

      Fred, I appreciate you going and spending and your cash but I stay home for the exact same reasons Jim does. I will start caring and, more importantly, spending as soon as the Clarks and the Glass family start caring and spending. It’s that simple.

      Why would you fork over your hard earned money for an inferior product? You wouldn’t buy a shitty car just because it was built in KC would you? The Hunts and Clarks haven’t done anything to deserve my money.

      • fRED fLINTSTONE says:

        Hot Carl,

      • fRED fLINTSTONE says:

        So let me get this straight. Hot Carl and Jim’s message to everyone is to not buy season tickets, stay away from Arrowhead, and for God’s sake don’t buy any Chiefs gear, so as not to give those dirty Hunt’s anymore of our hard earned money. Just watch them from afar at home on TV. OK, got it.

        “Yes, is this Roger Godell? Hi, Clark Hunt here, listen, I’ve given up on the fans here in Kansas City, since they’ve given up on the Chiefs. Yes, Roger that’s right, they don’t buy tickets or Chiefs gear anymore, so I’d like to move the team. Many cities would love to have the Chiefs, you say? Well, let’s put the wheels in motion. Yes sir, I know it was a good run, but it’s obvious the city just can’t afford two professional franchises. Thanks Roger, we’ll be in touch soon.”

        • Jim says:

          No, my message was that I PREFER to watch the games at home. For that preference, you called me a “freeloader”. Your position is that I owe you and everyone else that goes to the stadium a “thank you.” I assume that’s what you meant when you signed off with “You’re welcome”.

          I don’t owe you or the Chiefs or the Royals anything, let alone a Thank You.

        • P says:

          There’s a lot of rubes out at Camarohead….jus’ sayin.

        • BlackJack says:

          They will never move the Chiefs to another city – they would be fools to. No other city would give the unconditional fan support that the Chiefs get in this town. Try moving to somewhere like Las Vegas or L.A. and people will get bored of this mediocre on-field performance fast. Yet Chiefs fans in this town keep showing up even though the Chiefs have not peed a drop in over a decade. Keeping the Chiefs in K.C. is like sitting on a gold mine.

        • Money Sandwich Mitt says:

          “I’ll get back to you Clark, I have to take a call from St. Louis first”

    • Jim says:

      and yet you did. Thanks for taking the time, real fan.

    • Phaedrus says:


      But it IS Fred Flintstone?!? Yabba Dabba Doo!!

    • Smartman says:

      If it’s an SUV it can’t be an automobile too. Just sayin.

  17. Smartman says:

    Roger Goodell will find a new owner before The Clark’s find a new city. KC fans are ROCK SOLID. Women in Afghanistan get abused less frequently than Chiefs and Royals fans. Hell, we should be the ones wearing veils, covering our faces in shame.

    Let’s hope history repeats itself before those us over 50 assume room temperature. At one time we had the two best owners in sports. Now we arguably have two of the worst. The Glass and Hunt families are NOT losing money. They lack the balls, desire, passion, knowledge and fortitude to do what it takes to put a winner on the field. Gimme self made pricks like Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban any day over Sam Walton’s buddy and lucky sperm.

    KC used to be a sports town with a drinking problem. Now we’re a drinking town with a sports problem.

    • chuck says:

      The arguements from Fred and Jim are interesting, but I think I know one thing for sure.

      If Glass or Hunt had a winning club here, there would be NO VACANCY at those stadiums.

      They don’t have to risk anything, lack (As smartman points out) the balls to take a series of risks that would make those teams winners, and we here in KC vent on comment boards.

      They are NOT emotionally involved in the city or the teams.

      Talk is cheap.

      So are the Clarks.

    • Phaedrus says:

      Lamar Hunt was also the product of lucky sperm.

  18. Rich says:

    So color me an idiot, but where does the term “Clarks” come from? I get Clark Hunt…who’s the other?

    • Phaedrus says:


      So let me get this straight. You think every person in KC should go to all the Chiefs and/or Royals games or else the teams will leave. Ok, got it.

      “Yes, is this the Chief’s ticket office? Hi, Clark Hunt here. The demand for our seats is out of this world. I want you to raise ticket prices 1,000% starting today. Seems like some dufus has convinced all the lemmings in KC that if they don’t go to every game, then the team will move. Now please connect me with my broker…I’m going to corner the silver market and show my dumbass uncles how it’s done!”

    • Jim says:

      D.Bowe in an interview said, “I want to thank the Clarks”

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