OTC: Royals Sweep Twins & Win Over Some Skeptics / Lazlo Turns To Buzz-ards For Help

“I’m struck by a very odd feeling for a KC sports fan: hope.”
Adam Vogler, @AdamVogler, as the Royals swept a three-game series from the Twins to take a 1.5-game lead in the AL Central, Twitter
GH: Our hearts have been broken so many times they look like Dennis the Menace’s mom’s patched up vase. But each spring we pump that royal-blue blood through those much-abused chambers and hope. It is no more than hope even with the club being three games over .500. I just got a bit light headed typing that last sentence. Hope.

“The Kansas City Royals are in first place. Will I tweet this every single day this is true. Yeah. Probably.”
Joe Posnanski, @JPosnanski, Twitter
GH: JoPo is in day two of his self-imposed Royals Watch. I have never been more happy to read JoPo’s words.

“There’s really nothing to nitpick about although there’s some fans who love doing that.”
Brian McRae, on the Royals’ 6-3 start, 810 AM
GH: Has anyone missed Kevin Kietzman this week while he’s away in a Tiki Hut? What a pleasure it has been to hear Danny Clinkscale and Todd Leabo talk like regular guys without the pressure of their boss’ Chicken Little clucking.

“I don’t care what I said. I am going to enjoy this team.”
Danny Clinkscale, after Jack Harry pointed out to him that just the week before he was dissing the Royals after their 0-2 start, 810 AM
GH: I love Clinkscale’s attitude. So maybe he did jump the gun and be overly critical of the Royals before they had a chance to get rolling. They may very well still crash and burn. All the more reason to enjoy Lady Success while she shines her big fluffy bosom in our faces. This is the Clinkscale I would like to hear when Kevin Kietzman is in the studio as well. I get the feeling Danny would like that as well.

“So far this season, Detroit’s relievers have a 6.66 ERA, the worst in the majors.”
Buster Olney, @Buster_ESPN
GH: The Royals’ pitching staff looks like they all caught a case of the Bob Gibsons. Almost every arm they roll out there as a starter or reliever looks like the next Tom Seaver. Greg Holland’s closer issues aside, this team looks as scary as any right now with these starters and pen. Okay, it’s only early April…but daddy likey!

“Can I ask a dumb question? What is a hashtag?”
Vin Scully, legendary play-by-play voice of the Dodgers in his 64th season with the club, during a live read of an online vote during a Dodgers’ TV broadcast, Deadspin.com
GH: What much would the Royals have to sweeten the pot for the Dodgers to trade Vin for Denny? If we threw in the Country Club Plaza and Leawood would that do it?

“No. (pause) You can put an emphasis on that.”
Bob Sutton, Chiefs’ new defensive coordinator, when asked by Soren Petro if HBO’s Hard Knocks should come to Kansas City, 810 AM

“It really just says [Phil Pressey] doesn’t like being in school. I think he’s making a bad decision.”
Seth Greenberg, on Pressey’s decision to leave Mizzou and declare for the NBA draft, 810 AM
GH: I think Greenberg as it all wrong. I think Pressey loved it at Mizzou, but he wants the bling. Athletes who leave early almost always want the bling.

“It’s amazing to me that these kids will seek out the person that will give them the information that they want to hear – and that’s a problem.”
Seth Greenberg, on borderline NBA draft candidates choosing to leave school early with little guarantee of being drafted or making the NBA, 810 AM
GH: Amazing? We don’t have to look to 21-year-old students for people who will search out only those who tell them what they want to hear. Check your list of closes friends. Too many of us choose easy and weak over difficult and strong. Sometimes that bastard you know can be your best ally.

“Starting my 40th Masters this morning At 8:44. Where has the time gone since my first round there in 1970?!!”
Tom Watson, @TomWatsonPGA, Twitter
GH: Tom is having a rough go of it today in his opening round at Augusta. But damn was that run he made a few years back at The Open one to remember. One of the greatest golf weekends I can ever remember.

“I’m not kidding [about the dire need for higher ratings]. … We can save this baby.”
Lazlo, @lazlothebuzz, host of 96.5’s The Church by Lazlo, in a storm of tweets between him and listeners about the precarious position his afternoon radio show is in due to recent poor ratings, Twitter
GH: The Buzz was rated 14th overall in the February 2013 Arbitron ratings with a 3.2 share. Lazlo has alarmed his congregation about the damage these recent poor rating’s books are doing to the longevity of his not-popular-enough show. It is just another reason I question the Arbitron ratings. Just about every high school, college and young adult I know listens to Lazlo. How that doesn’t translate into ratings is just goofy. BTW, 610 Sports was 18th with a 1.6 share. 810 doesn’t not subscribe to Arbitron so they are no longer rated.

“We only make two promises with this show. First, we promise to work hard for your business. Second, we don’t know what else to expect.”
New Promo for The Drive with Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: This promo for 610’s new afternoon show is almost too perfect. It sounds exactly like what the conversation was behind closed doors by the individuals who made this programming decision.

“Where are the Jewish groupies in radio?”
Danny Parkins, to his cohost Carrington Harrison, 610 AM

“No one finds this entertaining but you.”
Carrington Harrison, to his Jewish cohost Parkins, 610 AM

“It was difficult though, believe me, before The Beatles.”
Paul McCartney, when asked by Howard Stern if he, “Banged a lot of chicks,” in a 2001 interview, Sirius XM

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55 Responses to OTC: Royals Sweep Twins & Win Over Some Skeptics / Lazlo Turns To Buzz-ards For Help

  1. chuck says:

    I read all of the arguments for and against the NCAA, kids coming out (Not THAT Harley.), money in college athletics and I am now gonna go rent “My Dinner With Andre”.

    You guys might be over thinking this shit. They are 18 Years Old. Greg is right, they wanna buy some cool shit.

    Having never matured, my personality in stasis, I remember how cool it would be to get some baby moons for my 55 Chevy if I just could get the cash.

    Never happened, got drafted and sold the car.

    Stay in school.

    :)

  2. The Smartman says:

    Money goes fast. NBA rookie minimum for this draft class if you’re in the top 5 is probably between 4.3 and 4.8 million. After taxes at the city, state and federal level at least 40% of that is gone. Your agent is gonna take another 4%. Your lawyer and accountant are gonna grab another 4%. PR person another 2%. By the time you put money down on a crib, buy some bling, a couple of sleds, start your record label, donate to the NAACP, get mamma a house, get the rest of your family and relatives off your ass. Get your boyz suited up in Sean Jean, FUBU and South Pole. Then maybe you got a baby mamma you gotta square up with, your black ass is broke. Like my daddy said. It ain’t what you make. It’s what you keep. These idiots spend it faster than they make it. Instead of saving for a rainy day they just wanna make it rain. History is littered with
    broke ass ballers. These kids all say the same thing. Ain’t gonna happen to me. Got my mind on my money and my money on my mind. BULLSHIT!

    • chuck says:

      Vince Young burned thorugh 5K a week at The Cheesecake Factory. Steak Dianne is $19.95, so you could eat that 35 times a day, 7 days a week.

      When I was as young as Vince Young, I was more intersted in putting my steak IN Dianne than blowing all my cash at a mediocre restaurant, unless the stage show that night included the Mayor diving into the bushes while I enjoyed my dessert.

      Plus, I woulda had to have money for blow.

      Sheesh…, kids these days.

  3. Phaedrus says:

    Gavin, here’s my gift to you for reading all my posts…

    http://www.lendingclub.com/public/steady-returns.action

    It’s not a typical “savings” account, but it does offer the potential for decent returns. You essentially act as the bank (or credit card company) and loan money to the people that need it. If you spread it across enough accounts, then the risk of loss is virtually nil.

    Also, be glad we weren’t having this conversation in the early 80′s when interest rates were in the high teens… :)

  4. Phaedrus says:

    Yeah, I kinda figured that. My point was that if you look only at what he “earned” (much like people only look at what college players are “paid”), you miss the big picture.

    Your buddy was smart enough to take advantage of the options available to him. If NCAA athletes were smart enough to take advantage of the benefits available to them (name recognition, free education, etc), then we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  5. Phaedrus says:

    Why the hell isn’t my “reply” button working? Is it because I’m using IE?

  6. Herb says:

    I’m not sure what sucks worse – Lazlo or the new afternoon mess on 610. God awful.

  7. JP says:

    I was driving home from St. Louis yesterday. 810 was doing a long golf segment and 610 was talking up interviews with draft prospects. Long story short…Sirius XM won me as a listener, and it was between the Boneyard and First Wave for music.

  8. john says:

    does lazlo still have that segment when he makes fun of how “ghetto” kcmo, and you know, the actual city of kansas city is, while proclaiming how often it is in overland park? what a joke for an “alternative” radio station.

  9. john doe says:

    Why do people care if an athlete wants to go pro before we think it’s time for them to go? Is a college degree really going to benefit someone like Ben McLemore, who has been groomed for this since he was about 10 years old? They can always go back and finish up if it is that important for them. Why don’t people bitch and moan about Cody Zeller leaving after his sophomore year?

    • john doe says:

      And who cares if an athlete is dumb enough to blow through all his money? Let him blow it on bling, tattoos and pussy. To each his own. Doesnt affect me at all. Although I will laugh if it happens to a KU guy.

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