“Andy Reid is comfortable in his own skin. He knows what it’s like to have the heat put on him as an NFL coach.”
Stan Weber, on the Chiefs head coach, 810 AM
GH: How much heat will Reid feel here in Kansas City compared to the firestorm of media that he faced for 14 years in Philadelphia? Are we just happy he picked us? Kind of like the homely guy who finally gets a date with the cheerleader? Read on.
“This is just a great place to be. It’s refreshing to him. This is a great football city. Philadelphia is great, too, but it’s tough. In Philadelphia, they’re passionate and intense. In Kansas City, people are just as passionate but not quite as intense.”
Dick Vermeil, on why he promoted Reid for the Chiefs’ head coaching job, Kansas City Star
GH: I am not a great fan of Kansas City being a “not quite as intense” kind of place when compared to Philly. I hope Reid sees his new town as a place that demands winning every bit as much as they do on the east coast.
“The whole thing feels so much different than the past four years that it’s incredible! Now I don’t know if that’s going to help on the field but it can’t hurt.”
Todd Leabo, on the difference he sees at the Chiefs’ minicamp compared to Romeo Crennel’s practices under Scott Pioli’s regime, 810 AM
GH: The media almost to a person have remarked positively about Reid and his practices. I still can’t get the photo of a grinning Steven St. John posing with Reid back when he was hired. It is great to be excited about Reid and what he might bring to Kansas City – but we need to be just as tough on his Philly-fired ass as Philadelphia was both in the media and in the stands.
“There were a lot of people walking around on egg shells here the last few years and I think that’s kind of gone away.”
Todd Leabo, on what he’s observed at Reid’s practices, 810 AM
“Andy’s having a lot of fun. He’s rejuvenated! … You’re very, very fortunate to have Andy Reid.”
Dick Vermeil, on the former Eagles’ coach’s new life as the Chiefs’ head coach, 810 AM
GH: Reid is also very fortunate to have Kansas City and one of the NFL’s most resilient fan bases. In Dick Vermeil’s words, it’s time to take the diapers off, Andy. Don’t expect to be babied here in Kansas City. Our expectations are just as high as every other NFL city.
“Andy Reid loves to throw the football. (The Chiefs) are going to throw the football 50 times a game.”
Dick Vermeil, 810 AM
GH: Can Dwayne Bowe catch 35 passes a game?
“What you can’t sell, you can drink.”
Dick Vermeil, after saying his wine business is at about a break-even point financially but he never expects it to be very profitable, 810 AM
“We’re visiting with Dick Vermeil once again and you know I find it interesting coach too that with your mind, your thought process about quarterbacks and you’re not the only one who a lot of people could have money invested in a previous quarterback so maybe you’re not seeing what you could see in a younger guy and those type of things. I remember it was awesome. You used to have lunch with us in the media after your weekly news conferences on Tuesdays and I remember actually sitting down with you one time and talking with you the opportunity to draft a quarterback versus the opportunity to trade for a proven quarterback. And here in Kansas City we’re still going on there hasn’t been a drafted Chiefs’ quarterback to actually win a game I think since Todd Blackledge. It has been 30 years since this organization drafted a quarterback in the first round. I remember you saying back then that hey, you want to draft that quarterback but rarely does the head coach that drafts that young quarterback get to coach him when he’s finally good. How much of a fear has that maybe dictated what’s happened with the Chiefs at the quarterback position over all these years?”
Nate Bukaty, is a question to Dick Vermeil on 810’s Border Patrol
GH: It continues to amaze me that Bukaty has never fixed one of his most glaring problems as a broadcaster – his run-on questions. I listened to the above question from Nate on Thursday morning and wondered what a college broadcasting major would think of it. We rip MLB players who don’t take walks, we critique college hoopsters who can’t create their own shot. So why do we put up with talk show hosts who seem to never work on their weaknesses?
“You know, I don’t think it’s been a factor. I really don’t.”
Dick Vermeil, responding to Bukaty’s question, 810 AM
GH: Okay. Next question…
“Coming up after the break, an interesting police story about Pop Tarts…”
Henry Lake, cohost of The Day Shift, 610 AM
GH: Man, I am still trying to find this show’s direction, theme or purpose. Is it a local show trying to cover national stories? Is it still too early to expect some chemistry between Lake and Bink? Is it not supposed to be entertaining? Something is missing from this duo and it’s not just listeners.
“This event is very important to me, and I want to play as long as I can.”
Tom Watson, on his participation in the Watson Challenge, the KC-area tourney to determine the area’s best golfer, Kansas City Star
GH: Decades from now when Watson is just a legendary memory to those who knew of him or heard stories of his fabled career, people will marvel that he once played in this very Kansas City event. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday a few scattered folks will take in the tourney at Parkville’s The National and have a chance to tell some of those future tales. How I wish I was good enough at the game of golf to test my swing against our local living legend. Enjoy him while we have him, folks.
“Way too much.”
Dwight Gooden, former Mets’ superstar pitcher, when asked how much cocaine he was doing at the peak of his drug use, NPR
GH: Gooden said he has been sober for two years as of March 8, 2013. I remember when he burst on the scene and every one of his starts was like an event – even in my office in Omaha. We followed his starts like he was Sandy Koufax. What an unbelievable talent he was.
“I can’t guarantee what’s going to happen next week or next year. It’s a lifelong commitment. The main thing is that I don’t carry the guilt and the shame that I had before.”
Dwight Gooden, NPR
GH: Gooden has a new book out titled, Doc. I hope he keeps it together and beats his addiction. He has already lost much.
I am out of town the rest of the week attending my mom’s funeral in Omaha. What a great lady she was for all of her 93 years. She and my dad raised 15 children on a mailman’s salary over parts of five decades. Dad once told me when he signed the mortgage on our family home they purchased in South Omaha for $10,000 in 1952 that he had no idea how they would pay off that mortgage.
Dad was a hard-working provider and one very tough disciplinarian, but mom was the emotional rock of our family. She buried two sons, a daughter and her husband – and all the while never questioned her maker’s plans for her life. She didn’t just roll with the punches. She taught her kids to look beyond their problems for solutions. Her attitude was that while life isn’t fair, it is more importantly what you make of it. I am very proud to have been one of her brood.
I am sure many of us have similar stories about the women who raised us to be men and women. Our goal should be to do our job as parents so that someday our children will remember us as fondly. It is a tough but rewarding life-long job. I am very glad my mom was there to accept it.
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