“With games at Oklahoma State and at home with Baylor, (Kansas State) is staring down the barrel of 2-4 at mid-season. So what are you saving things for? What are you waiting for? If you have things in your playbook, when are you going to use them? Particularly if you probably only have the rest of this season and next year, which is what I kind of expect is going on but I don’t know for sure. When? Just open it up and go play some football! Let this offense have some fun!”
Tim Fitzgerald, of GoPowerCat.com, on the belief that Bill Snyder has yet to roll out his entire playbook this season – a season that may be the prelude to his finale at K-State, 810 AM
GH: There has been a lot of discussion this week on whether or not Mizzou’s game at Vanderbilt is a season maker or a season breaker for the Tigers. But no game this week is more pivotal for an area team than K-State’s trip to Stillwater. Another loss will send Wildcats fans reeling and the Bill Snyder watch will be on. An old coach is an icon when he’s wining and a dinosaur when he’s losing. Read on.
“For the first time it’s like K-State fans are saying, ‘What is Bill Snyder doing?’”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
“This (K-State) team seems so uptight. They have been since game one against North Dakota State. They seem so uptight that they just can’t perform.”
Tim Fitzgerald, 810 AM
“It looks like there’s a coaching staff tug of war (at K-State). Like they are all trying to decide what to do and they’re all compromising giving little bits and pieces to each other and trying what everybody thinks should be done. Somebody step up and make a decision and say, ‘This is what we’ve got to do! We’ve got a kid who can throw the football – let’s go with it!’”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Somebody? Like there are multiple voices who have a say at Kansas State? I doubt there is a more totalitarian run program in all of college football than Bill Snyder’s empire at KSU. And why would he listen to anyone else? His way has worked miracles in the past.
“It looks like different guys are calling the plays on different plays. I know that’s not happening but that’s what it looks like. It doesn’t add up to one cohesive plan right now.”
Tim Fitzgerald, 810 AM
GH: All of the criticism I am hearing from the K-State fans like Fitzgerald and Kietzman has to do with their unhappiness with the Cats’ offense. Well, I think it’s the defense that looks most unSnyderlike. Collin Klein was a freak at quarterback for KSU. He’s not coming back and K-State is not going to control the ball for 10-minute drives this season. What Klein did was incredible.
“I will make the argument that relative to the (Big 12) league, the talent level isn’t down at all at K-State! … I don’t see anything great out there. I don’t see any team that they can’t beat.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Klein made the Wildcat offensive line look like future NFL starters. Guess what? They aren’t as good as Klein made them look. The talent level hasn’t changed all that much except that Klein is no longer in the huddle – but that is one very large missing piece – even larger than Snyder still calling the shots.
“I never felt that John (Currie) was a long-term athletic director at Kansas State. I think a school will come and get him at some point. If you’re a K-State fan you hope he sticks around long enough to build some more facilities. I’ll give John Currie this, when he builds something, he builds it right. It seems that every project built before John Currie was, ‘what can we get by with?’ ”
Tim Fitzgerald, 810 AM
“If (Tyler Lockett) stays for all four years – and I believe he’s the kind of kid who values education and doesn’t have stars in his eyes – he will be the best receiver in K-State history. I think Kevin Lockett (his father) is the best receiver and I wouldn’t put Tyler ahead of him yet.”
Stan Weber, 810 AM
“I think it’s bad luck for Kansas State to catch Oklahoma State coming off a loss the way they lost to West Virginia. This is a tough game for Kansas State. For them to win they have to change and be the old Kansas State. They have to not turn the ball over, play great defense and figure out a way to put points on the board. This is a really tough game for Kansas State. I would agree with the odds makers that this is probably a two-touchdown win for Oklahoma State.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
“I think there’s a chance. This is a game K-State could win but you’d never say it’s likely.”
Stan Weber, on KSU’s chances in Stillwater on Saturday, 810 AM
“Missouri’s got their hands full, let me tell you. This (Vanderbilt) team is as good as Missouri. This is a huge test! We’ll find out what Missouri is really made of. This is playing an upper-level top-half SEC team on the road. This is not a team that Missouri is better than. They’re as good as – but not better than.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
GH: Vandy is not like traveling to Iowa State in the 1990s. Vandy is more like traveling to Mizzou in the Chase Daniel years. This is going to be one tough test for MU.
“If Missouri has gotten over this thing where these are teams we SHOULD beat and get to the point of these are teams we HAVE to beat, then Missouri wins this football game.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
GH: This was my problem with what St. John was saying earlier this week about MU’s season hinging on their game at Vanderbilt – this is a toss-up game at BEST for MU. Losing this game won’t ruin the Tigers’ SEC season. Yes, they’ll need to pick up some wins maybe we didn’t think they could get but we are talking about Mizzou here. The Tigers haven’t earned anything close to being ordained an eight-win season as members of the SEC.
“I’ve been trying to say it’s not a team they should beat, but it’s a team they need to beat.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Well, glad Barnett could talk some sense in to you, SSJ – because that’s not what you were saying earlier.
“Right now I’m picking Missouri 35-31 but I won’t be surprised if it goes the other way.”
Gabe DeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, 810 AM
GH: Both DeArmond and St. John believe this game at Vandy is pivotal for the Tigers’ season. DeArmond has dubbed it “the game of the year” for Mizzou. If MU loses they’ll be 4-1. I just don’t understand the urgency. If Mizzou stinks, they’ll stink the rest of the season. But losing to Vandy is not a sign that the Tigers are a bad football team.
“The lower the score of this game the more it favors Kansas. I think Kansas has got to score 21 to 24 to be in the game. … Kansas and Texas Tech just have a history of playing weird football games with weird outcomes.”
Jon Kirby, JayhawkSlant.com, 810 AM
GH: Nate Bukaty was on a remote Friday morning in Lawrence neat 7th & Mass. He was trying to entice KU fans to come by and get free KU gear by showing him something that depicted KU football. A shirt, a key chain…anything. My question is on what Big 12 campus – or any other BCS campus would this be a somewhat rare occurrence? Late Night is tonight. KU football is all but over. Sorry, Charlie.
“You don’t look at it like, ‘You have to win this week to get this over with.’ But you make them aware of what the issues are. As the program is building, you have these hurdles you have to get over and this would be a good time to get over that hurdle. It’s Homecoming. 11 o’clock. Everybody’s gonna be fired up.”
Charlie Weis, on the Jayhawks extended 21-game losing streak in Big 12 football games, KUsports.com
GH: I think Kansas has the best chance of our three local college football teams to notch a win this Saturday. And I don’t like the Jayhawks’ chances much at all.
“I think character is revealed in games like this. I think this is going to be a really, really good football game.”
Kevin Harlan, who will be calling the Chiefs/Titans game this Sunday in Nashville on NBC, 810 AM
“It’s good to get recognized but as a player, never believe the hype. We here at the Chiefs, we’re a humble group. … You lead by example and I’m freaking grinding every day like we’re 0-4.”
Derrick Johnson, in an interview with Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: I love the attitude that the Chiefs are showing under Andy Reid. I was not in favor of bringing in another burned-out head coach but Reid is proving to be just what Kansas City needed.
“If I had to do it all over again I’d take Eric Fisher again. I think he has a tremendous upside. I still have a great feeling for him. I love the kid and I think he is a marvelous athlete.”
John Dorsey, after Parkins asked Dorsey if he would still draft Fisher number-one overall, 610 AM
“What’s he going to say?”
Carrington Harrison, responding to Danny Parkins proclaiming that Dorsey’s comment about drafting Fisher again was a good one, 610 AM
GH: I just don’t know if Danny Clinkscale would be able to respond to Kevin Kietzman in this same blunt manner. Who am I kidding…of course he couldn’t.
“If we had our two daughters – and my wife will back me up on this – I’d give them to Bernard (Pollard) for four hours and say, ‘Do what you’ve got to do with them.’ I trust him with my daughters.”
Herm Edwards, trying to explain how much respect he has for his former defensive back who is now playing for the Titans, 810 AM
GH: Herm might trust Pollard but I would hope he would phrase that a bit better if that day ever comes.
“Two losses and Dwayne Bowe will be talking.”
Danny Clinkscale, who said he thinks the Chiefs threw the late TD pass to Bowe in the Giants game just to keep him happy, 810 AM
GH: Bowe continues to be the whipping boy for some of the media who think he is pouting about his lack of production. Maybe they’re right. But Bowe and the Chiefs’ coaching staff are all talking like he’s been a model citizen. We will continue to monitor the Bowe-flex situation.
“(Arrowhead) is still not quite where it was in the 9i0s but if they keep winning it will get back to where it was. It was great but it can get greater.”
Jayice Pearson, on the noise level at the Giants game, 610 AM
GH: Maybe we remember the 90s a bit too fondly. I remember guys urinating in the seats in front of me and fistfights breaking out like hives in the second half. I kind of like the more Johnson County-ish Arrowhead now that I’m an old guy.
“For the last 3 weeks, @DannyParkins has gone 1-11 ATS in the NFL.”
Carrington Harrison, @cdotharrison, Twitter
GH: Know someone with a gambling problem? Call 1-800-BETSOFF.
“I’ve had people tell me that Eric Bieniemy is the best running backs coach in the NFL. I’ve had a couple of people tell me that.”
Adam Teicher, on the Chiefs running backs coach, 810 AM
GH: My favorite Eric Bieniemy story dates back to his days as a Colorado running back. He was running all over the Nebraska Cornhuskers one Saturday afternoon and the NU radio play-by-play guy, Kent Pavelka, called his name repeatedly during the broadcast. A little old lady who was listening was appalled at Pavelka and wrote into the newspaper to voice her displeasure. Her note chastised Pavelka for calling the Colorado running back, “Eric the Enemy” all game long.
“Most of the attention (at KU hoops media day) focused on Andrew Wiggins the number-one high school recruit in America. He’s a rental player. The Jayhawks counting on Andrew Wiggins to take them to the Final Four next April.”
Jack Harry, KSHB TV 41
GH: So Harry called Wiggins “a rental player” and then wonders why he catches heat from KU fans? I have a feeling Mad Jack’s Twitter is going to be vibrating all basketball season with Wiggins’ highlights.
“I think there’s as much hype around this season as any. In large part because of the unknowns. … This is the most talented class we have signed.”
Bill Self, on the Jayhawks much-anticipated basketball season, 610 AM
GH: I listened to the Jayhawk radio show on 610 one night this week and David Lawrence and the guy he had on with him pretty much have Kansas ranked somewhere between the Heat and the Spurs.
“(Kansas basketball) expectations are usually high. I don’t know if I’ve EVER seen it like this.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: Agree. If Lew was still in Lawrence those hot after-market tix would be buying him a couple of Prairie Life Fitness Centers instead of a just new elliptical bike.
“I don’t know about (averaging 26 per game), but my team is going to be really good.”
Andrew Wiggins, when told by CBS’ Gary Parrish that Kevin Durant averaged 26/game at Texas, CBSsports.com
“Viewership for Kansas City Royals telecasts on FOX Sports Kansas City reached an all-time high in 2013. Ratings jumped 70 percent – the biggest increase in Major League Baseball. The 143 regular season broadcasts on FOX Sports Kansas City averaged a 6.4 household rating, up from a 3.8 in 2012, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Royals ranked sixth among all clubs, up from 15th last season.”
Royals’ press release
GH: Kansas City is a sports town. Read on.
- Biggest ratings increase in MLB local market TV ratings this season, up 70 percent.
- Highest season average ever for Royals cable telecasts, a 6.4 household rating.
- Highest-rated Royals game ever on FOX Sports Kansas City: Aug. 13 vs. Miami (12.3)
- Royals telecasts dominated Kansas City TV viewing in the summer, as FOX Sports Kansas City was the No. 1 channel in prime time on 45 nights from June through September.
- Royals ratings have increased each of the last three seasons.
“Willie in Kansas City…”
John Stashour, CBS Sports Talk Radio, 1510 AM
GH: Yes, Wolverine Willie lives! On a not-so-recent Tuesday night on my evening commute I flipped over to 1510 AM to hear the familiar snarky tones of WW calling into Stashour’s show on ESPN Radio. Willie was having fun with the lack of orthodontia in the state of Nebraska and lamenting that RG3 will forever be using handicapped parking. And we thought the dude was long gone. Is he just honing his radio chops on 1510’s weak signal for a return to calling the local shows on 610 and 810? It is just a matter of time.
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