“If I had to name three teams in the AFC to make the Super Bowl I’d say Denver, Kansas City and New England.”
Mike Golic, ESPN Radio
GH: I have heard a lot of local whining and complaining about the Chiefs loss in Denver – WHB’s Steven St. John comes to mind. A lot of that pessimism can be removed if the Chiefs beat the Chargers Sunday at Arrowhead. Golic still thinks the 9-1 Chiefs are good. I do as well.
“That’s going to be a harder game than people anticipate.”
Henry Blake, on the Chiefs game this Sunday against the Chargers at Arrowhead, 810 AM
GH: I have heard some refer to the Chargers/Chiefs game as a “trap” game for the Chiefs. Yes, the Chargers are 4-6 but I don’t see a great deal of difference between KC and SD. I hope the Chiefs prove me wrong.
“I don’t think the Chiefs are going to take anybody lightly.”
Brad Fanning, on the possibility of the Chiefs overlooking the Chargers, 610 AM
“I could make the case that the Chiefs could lose to Denver twice these next three weeks and still win the division because of what Denver’s got to go through.”
Stan Weber, 810 AM
GH: Denver is not Alabama. The Colts beat them and who fears the Colts? There are a LOT of games yet to be played to determine the playoffs and who gets home-field advantage. SSJ spent way too much time this morning whining about who the Chiefs might have to face on the road in January. At the same time, 610’s Fescoe was talking about what new words Oxford had declared as the most popular for 20134. 810 wins again.
“We didn’t treat (the Chiefs/Broncos game) like the Super Bowl because I wasn’t there. When the Super Bowl is in New York City, I’ll be there broadcasting for three days.”
Soren Petro, to a caller who blamed the Chiefs loss on the local media overhyping the game, 810 AM
GH: I thought Petro was being funny with his retort to this clown caller but the more Petro talked, the more evident it became that he seriously considers his presence at a game to be the criteria to judge its importance. Now THAT is funny!
“That son-of-a-gun got the ball off in 1.5 seconds on an average. That’s getting it out quick! So you weren’t gonna get a whole lot of hits on him even if you had (defenders) free.”
Andy Reid, in an interview with Mitch Holthus, on why the Chiefs failed to put pressure on Peyton Manning, 810 AM
GH: Manning is just remarkable. His arm is about shot. He hasn’t thrown a spiral since he was a Colt. And he can’t throw the deep ball anymore. Yet his timing is so incredible he gets by with limited physical tools. This guy is art.
“Absolutely not! The big Kool-Aid man! I just can’t get with it.”
Donavan McNabb, when asked by Petro is he is now used to seeing Andy Reid in Chiefs’ red, 810 AM
“We’re flipping the switch! It’s play on!”
Mitch Holthus, on the Chiefs forgetting about the loss in Denver and concentrating on the Chargers game this Sunday at Arrowhead, 810 AM
GH: Mitch’s switch got flipped years ago and then got stuck on crazy.
“Reciprocal. There have to be some math geeks out there. What’s the reciprocal of ½? Two over one. When I was young I could only grow hair on my head not on my face. Now it’s the opposite. I can only grow hair on my face not on my head.”
Sean McGrath, Chiefs’ bearded tight end, on why Andy Reid’s nickname for him is “Reciprocal,” 810 AM
GH: Holthus told McGrath he thought his Reciprocal nickname was “weird.” This from the man who dubbed Larry Johnson the Centaur.
“Here’s the deal; would the entire swarming mass covered the court at Allen Fieldhouse? … Isn’t Charlie Weis the guy who practiced celebrating a win? So they got to use that.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the KU crowd who stormed the field at Memorial Stadium to tear down the goal posts after their first Big 12 win in three seasons Saturday when they rocked West Virginia 31-19, 810 AM
GH: Charlie Weis did what I did not think he could do – win a Big 12 game this season. He saved his job with the win and probably cost Kansas another year or two of rebuilding their football program into something legit.
“K-State could win the Big 12 championship if we just restarted the season right now and replayed the whole schedule.”
Stan Weber, on the Wildcats’ mid-season surge, 810 AM
GH: Sure, Stan. Stan Weber’s segments on 810 are some of my favorites – unless he is discussing his Kansas State Wildcats. He simply refuses to see K-State teams in an objective light. He is a genius at breaking down just about any team and any sport besides his Wildcats.
“I hate to point out negatives but defensively, this (Kansas basketball) team just isn’t very good. … The bottom line is Kansas has to guard better.”
Greg Gurley, 810 AM
GH: Gurley is the opposite of Weber. He only knows one sport –basketball – but he is tougher on his Jayhawks than most objective analysts. I wonder how long KU will put up with his honesty. I see that they have already influenced his move away from 810 to become 610’s KU insider.
“How am I going to hype a Kansas/Kansas State (basketball) game here in a couple of months? I think it’s going to lead to a lot of empty seats. I think it’s great for about eight elite teams. That’s great for Kansas but it’s not great for the rest of the league.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the lack of parity in DI college basketball, 810 AM
GH: Elite teams ALWAYS increases the popularity of the total sport. Parity brings down attendance – not greatness.
“The reason I’ve fallen in love with this (Kansas basketball) team is that you cannot overhype this team! You can’t! … Holy smoke! I’m watching these guys that are their eighth and ninth best players on Kansas and they’d be stars on any other team! … Kansas has about nine players better than anybody Kansas State has.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK has fallen in love with KU basketball? Now that’s a breaking story…
“James (Franklin) was having as good of a year as any quarterback in the country when he got hurt four games ago. Even though Maty’s done a lot of good things, for us, bringing James back — and we were very upfront with everybody on the team of how we were going to handle that. We were very consistent with the way we’ve done it.”
Gary Pinkel, on his decision to return Franklin as Mizzou’s starting QB at Ole Miss, Columbia Tribune
GH: Franklin’s injury looked to be devastating at the time. Untested Mauk had to go through Florida, USC, Tennessee and Kentucky – and he went 3-1. Now MU has two SEC-ready QBs to lean on with Mauk ready for his next three years at MU. Things could not be more different for Pinkel and his Tigers today than they were last November.
“There’s no love lost between the coaches (of Oklahoma and Kansas State). At least in Bill Snyder’s mind. He’ll never let go of Bob Stoops leaving (Kansas State).”
Dennis Dodd, of CBSsports.com, on Oklahoma’s game in Manhattan this weekend, 810 AM
GH: Huh? Does Dodd have any evidence that Snyder is holding an almost 25-year grudge? Seems kind of reckless of Dodd to drop this on Snyder with no explanation.
“It’s a little early to say no shot, Tom. There’s still three weeks until that game.”
Kevin Kietzman, after Tom Keegan said KU had “no shot” at defeating K-State at Memorial Stadium at the end of the month, 810 AM
GH: If Charlie Weis beats Bill Snyder – ever – the state of Kansas will split in half and BBQ ribs will rain from the sky. And most KU fans will smile and check the tipoff time for Bill’s boys’ next game.
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