“Typically in the game if, in the past, my shoulder’s hurt and I throw in the game, I don’t feel it. But this is a little different because I feel it. And I think that’s really been killing my confidence because I’ve been not trusting myself with being able to make throws or put something on it.”
James Franklin, Missouri’s junior quarterback, Columbia Tribune
GH: This quote from Franklin this week has Mizzou Nation in a dizzy tizzy. Is Franklin hurt? Has his accuracy and ability to throw the deep ball been compromised by his shoulder injury? Should Corbin Berkstresser, the redshirt freshman backup from Lee’s Summit High, be given a chance to throw to MU’s talented but under-performing wide receiver crew? Gary Pinkel thinks not. Read on.
“I’m not giving up on [James Franklin]. I’m not. Historically, even going back to Washington and Don James, our quarterbacks have had remarkable second-year seasons. I still think James can have a great year.”
Gary Pinkel, Tiger Talk, 980 AM
“Having confidence not just from the players but from the coaches, that definitely helps. Because when you go out there, they’re calling plays, that’s one thing that you know, that they believe in you. It helps with more confidence in yourself and to be able to go out there and perform better.”
James Franklin, on Pinkel publicly stating his support for Franklin, Columbia Tribune
GH: Franklin mentions to word “confidence” too often for my taste. I want my quarterback to ooze confidence like a Hardee’s Monster Thickburger oozes grease. Franklin appears to be looking for reasons to be confident. Success breeds confidence. Franklin could use a large sampling on Saturday at Central Florida.
“I do think you’re running the risk of his career ending at Missouri. Sit him down if he’s not healthy!”
Soren Petro, on MU’s James Franklin saying his shoulder still hurts as much as it did the week he sat out, 810 AM
GH: Franklin’s career as a quarterback is likely to end with his last game at Missouri no matter what his injury status. He doesn’t look like a future NFL player. If he’s hurt, sit him. If he’s healthy enough to play, he needs to play well…or sit him.
“I’m largely told that I’m a [Missouri] homer. You’re kidding right? Most people think I’m just a giant MU homer.”
Kevin Kietzman, to a caller who asked why he is so critical of Missouri, 810 AM
GH: I know the first words I’ve always thought of to describe KK are, “Mizzou homer…”
“We’re going to go in this week with a chip on our shoulder.”
Andrew Wilson, Mizzou defender, on the Tigers’ attitude heading to play Central Florida, 980 AM
GH: I don’t know where Mizzou got this chip that Wilson mentioned. Is it from the splinters in their backsides from the paddling Georgia and South Carolina gave their new SEC brothers? Leave the shoulder chips to the writers and go down south and play some error-free football for a change.
“I’ve been saying it and I’ll keep saying it – this is a lot better for Missouri than it is for A&M. They’re in the right division at the right time.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Has anyone else noticed that the SEC East looks to be turning out to be better than the SEC West? If A&M can beat Arkansas in College Station this Saturday, they have a chance to be at least the second-best team in the West. Who would have thought that in August?
“Missouri’s got sweet uniforms! They are sweet!”
Dan Hawkins, former Colorado head coach, Sirius XM 91
GH: Will MU debut yet another version of their controversial new look at Central Florida? If you think the Tigers’ threads have been daring this season, check out the Wisconsin/Nebraska unies from Adidas that they’ll wear for their 7:00 PM kickoff in Lincoln. They’re calling them throwbacks but with a Back To The Future twist. Maybe Bo Pelini will arrive at Memorial Stadium in a DeLorean. [Are these Adidas unies the the real reason Osborne is retiring?]
“I don’t think it’s going to be Trev Alberts [who replaces Tom Osborne]. He oversaw a program that dropped football.”
Blair Kerkhoff, 810 AM
GH: Alberts was an All-American defensive end at Nebraska and is currently the AD at UNO – where he made the unpopular but fiscally sound decision to drop football. Petro mentioned that he had heard reports that Alberts dropped the UNO football program in a devious effort to sabotage UNO in order to enhance Nebraska’s walk-on program. This is the kind of nonsense from talk radio that gives sports talk radio a bad name.
“If college football needs a czar in the next two years, I think Tom Osborne would make a great choice.”
Mark Packer, Sirius XM 91
GH: Osborne is 76 years old. I think Dr. Tom is one of football’s greatest offensive minds – but his day was yesterday. If college football needs a czar, let’s hope they can find one who is a bit more tuned into this century and where college football is headed.
“[Pressuring Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez] is definitely going to be a priority. I mean, let’s face it, he’s a soft kid. .. It still looks like he’s skipping rocks out there to me. He still can’t throw. I’m just going to say it. He still can’t throw. He’s not going to beat us with his arm.”
David Gilbert, Wisconsin defensive end, prior to the Badgers trip to Lincoln, ESPNWisconsin.com
GH: Bret Bielema, the Badgers head coach, thought so little of Gilbert’s verbal assault on the NU quarterback that he has said his defensive end will not be starting the game. I kind of enjoyed Gilbert’s smack talk – especially the descriptive “skipping rocks” visual. Maybe Gilbert has a future as a writer.
“It’s 1 a.m. Can’t sleep. Came back out, popped open a Summer Shandy and rewatching K-State/Oklahoma on the DVR. Oklahoma leads 3-0.”
D. Scott Fritchen, of PowerCat.com, @DScottFritchen, Twitter
GH: I am glad there are journalists out there with this kind of sleep-depriving dedication. I am not of this ilk but I damn sure am impressed by it.
“I am very concerned, and it has to stop. I believe you can improve in ball security. And no one works any harder in trying to get better than Ryan [Mathews]. However, if it continues he will play less.”
A.J. Smith, Chargers’ GM, on the Chargers’ running back’s 11 fumbles in barely two seasons, San Diego Tribune
GH: The Chargers’ personnel boss trading up 16 spots to draft the former Fresno State back 12th overall in the 2010 NFL draft. Read on.
“Let me cut to the chase on chronic fumblers. Here’s my view on it … Extremely talented players like Ryan get multiple opportunities to improve. What happens to fumblers is, first, they play less. Second, if it continues while they’re playing on a limited basis, then you don’t play for a while and you get to sit and think about it. Third, when you get the call to go back on the field and the fumbling continues, then you will be somebody else’s fumbler.”
A.J. Smith, San Diego Tribune
GH: How often do you hear of a GM publicly call out one of his high draft picks in this bold of a manner? Coddling works for some but I have always favored a swift kick in the ass to get results from a football player. Time to take the diapers off, young man.
“I hold out hope that the dark cloud following him dissipates. The kid missed half his rookie season with an ankle injury, had offseason wrist surgery that year, missed two games last year with a calf strain, broke his clavicle on his first preseason carry this year … Good grief, Charlie Brown. And then the fumbles.”
Kevin Acee, columnist, San Diego Tribune
“I dig Mathews. I’ve rarely seen a player so honestly wear his yearning to be better. I’ve rarely been as impressed by a young talent, nor as perplexed by the paradox of the same player’s inability to stay on the field or hold onto the ball. I really hope the leash he’s on doesn’t choke his potential.”
Kevin Acee, columnist, San Diego Tribune
GH: Columnist can be fans too. I like how honest Acee is here with his feelings about Mathews. He is rooting for the running back but I don’t see that being a barrier for him to write honestly about Mathews. Columnists who attack their job as non-fans rarely write with the passion I need to finish reading their work.
“2 out of every 3 people say they haven’t purchased a product off an athlete’s endorsement in the last 2 years.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter
GH: I am definitely in that two-thirds majority. I cannot think of an item I have purchased because I saw any celebrity was promoting it. The fact a celebrity is in the ad makes me immediately think their excitement over the product/service is deceitful. How about you?
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