OTC: Are The Royals Over Already — Again? / KSU Gets No Respect — Again / Red Man Fever

“Despite their best efforts, have the Royals managed to become irrelevant yet again after the All-Star break?”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The Royals are 43-49 and 8 games behind the Tigers and another 6.5 behind the Indians. It is July 18th. Is it over? Not mathematically. Is it over Royals-atically? Oh, yeah. As Captain Sum Ting Wong might say – Bang Ding Ow.

“We’re close to being .500. We have a chance to be buyers rather than sellers for the first time in a long time. … I think that’s the decision you need to make of whether or not you lock him up rather than get rid of him.”
Jaime Bluma, a little one week ago when asked if the Royals should consider trading Greg Holland while he is at the height of his value, 810 AM

“I think we’ll sell. I think we’ll end up trading Santana.”
Jaime Bluma, a week later after the Royals limped into the All-Star break broken, 810 AM

“I think they need to be sellers.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The Royals approach the mid-summer trade deadline and post-All-Star break as sellers so often it could become their new nickname. The coffee is for buyers. Let the Royals drink lemonade.

“You don’t sit here for 180 games and watch Mike Moustakas playing like this without finding somebody else to play third base. But these Royals?!! Oh no, we don’t admit mistakes! ‘I’ve never been wrong,’ Ned said. I can’t wait to see Moose line up and play the Tigers Friday night. This is what’s wrong with the Royals. Rex Hudler is the same thing! ‘We made a decision, he’s our guy. This guy was on TV in the second biggest market for 11 years. There’s our guy. He’s a character now. We’ve got some animation on TV. He’s our guy!’
No! He’s not your guy! He wasn’t your guy last year and it’s not any better this year. He’s not going to work out and everybody knows it. The joke is on the Royals! Because they can see it but they don’t do anything about it!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: The Royals front office might have even more patience than their beleaguered fan base. But is it patience or ignorance – by both the front office and fans? Here is the sobering fact that the Royals will again be faced with in just a few days – the Chiefs open camp. And with that, the summer turns to fall in Kansas City.

“K-State is picked the lowest in the preseason league poll of any Big 12 team coming off a season in which it hoisted the Big 12 trophy.”
D. Scott Fritchen, @DScottFritchen, after K-State was picked to finish sixth, Twitter
GH: I often chide the KSU fans for their overt paranoia but it sure is well earned. Is there a college football team, coach and program that has enjoyed as much success as the Wildcats yet suffered the annual lack of respect from those who know them best? Maybe the Cats are the sixth best team in the Big 12 this year but I sure as heck aren’t picking them to not be in the hunt for the Big 12 title. Bill Snyder’s still alive, right? Top three till he’s not.

“I don’t know anything, but I’d bet a lot that #KState will outperform its preseason Big 12 pick.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
GH: Not sure which statement is less bold there, Sam. And no, Kent Babb did not make me write that…

“Alabama placed 16 players — including 2 that have yet to start a game — on the preseason All-SEC teams.”
Stewart Mandel, @slmandel, Twitter
GH: The SEC picks three-deep on the All-SEC preseason team. Mizzou didn’t fair all that well. Read on.

“CB E.J. Gaines is a third-teamer, only Missouri player to crack one of the teams. Tigers picked to finish 6th of seven teams in the East.”
David Morrison, @DavidCMorrison, MU beat writer for Columbia Tribune, Twitter
GH: Mizzou’s home schedule is a ticket-broker’s dream – Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and A&M come calling from mid-October on. If Tiger fans don’t fill up Faurot, those rapid SEC fans will.

“243 media voted for All-SEC team: 20 did not vote for Jadeveon Clowney on first team. Please identify yourself.”
Brett McMurphy, @McMurphyESPN, Twitter
GH: Clowney is a heckuva athlete and deserved to be a unanimous preseason All-SEC pick. But…has a player ever garnered more respect over one hit? It was a great helmet-bending hit but still – it was one hit. I am just not sure he’s Lawrence Taylor yet. Maybe he is but I’d like to see him play his junior season first.

“It will be interesting to see what happens to the Manziel phenomenon if A&M loses to Bama. America has a short attention span.”
Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, Twitter
GH: There sure are a lot of folks eager for Manziel to dry up and blow away. I thought he was the most exciting player in college football last year. I kind of expect him to be again this season. Bama better come to College Station with their helmets buckled or these Aggies just might gig ‘em again.

“(Manziel) is giving the perception that he’s not being the responsible person that he should be as the Heisman Trophy winner.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: You mean like OJ? Johnny Rodgers robbed a gas station at gunpoint as an underclassman. Read on.

“I grew up in the era or morals. You couldn’t do all these things.”
Jayice Pearson, while discussing Johnny Manziel and his off-the-field issues with Carrington Harrison and Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Pearson’s younger cohosts took exception to his above comments. Read on.

“I just want to know when this era of morals was?”
Carrington Harrison, responding to Pearson, 610 AM

“Doc Ellis threw a no hitter on LSD.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM

“You guys are just showing your young immature selves!”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: It sounded to me like Parkins and Harrison were making sense.

“Tom Watson finished the first round (of the British Open) +4. Shot a 75. 3 birdies. 8 pars. 7 bogeys.”
Danial Logston, @daniallogston, WDAF TV video editor, Twitter
GH: Watson is 64 and still shoots within four strokes of par in The Open. I know we all have our own lives to lead but if I had to trade places with a guy, Watson’s life wouldn’t be a bad one to have led.


I will be heading to Omaha Friday to play in the 38th annual Red Man two-man scramble golf tourney. A dozen or so of us  started this annual tourney when we were just out of college and living in the same swinging-singles apartment complex in Omaha. We all hailed from different parts of the Midwest but quickly bonded through pick-up basketball games, softball and late-night disco hopping.

The Red Man started as a shirtless, talentless, drunken golf outing and has progressed into a field of 144 “golfers.” We have a Championship Flight, a First Flight, a Second Flight and then four Turd Flights. Yes, four Turds to house all of the awful golf that most of the field exhibits. We named the four Turd Flights in descending order – Baby Ruth, Floaters, Sinkers and Pluggers. I will be lining up in the Pluggers with my brother Geoff – trying to break 80. Enjoy your weekend.

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35 Responses to OTC: Are The Royals Over Already — Again? / KSU Gets No Respect — Again / Red Man Fever

  1. Bill says:

    Clowney will be a junior, Greg.

  2. David says:

    Not only will he be a junior, he was a unanimous all American last year as a sophomore when he broke South Carolina’s sack record. Watch some football, this guy is the number 1 pick in the draft and its not close.

    • Greg Hall says:

      David, Clowney is a stud but there are a lot of big, fast defensive studs in the SEC. He’s just the one who made SI’s cover as a HS player and had the highlight hit of the season replayed on every SportsCenter for four months. Chiefs’ fans have seen overhyped SEC defenders get to the NFL and look ordinary. I’m just not as sold that Clowney is as far above the crowd as he is being projected.

  3. Joe says:

    I have spent decades hoping and praying that the Royals would be at (or close to) .500 baseball at the All Star Break. It is only now that I realize that .500 baseball sucks.

    P.S. SELL, SELL, SELL, – we have other options in the pipeline for a Closer. Holland’s stock will NEVER be higher!

    • Danimal says:


      Soria had a great run as a solid closer on a last-place team. Then his arm blew up and we got nothing for him. Trade Holland for someone who can hit the ball over the fence on a regular basis.

  4. MUC says:

    One hit?
    Greg you did not watch him play at all last year.
    He is a beast

    • Greg Hall says:

      MUC, I’ll watch closer this season but you do the same. See if he is a highlight guy or an every-down kind of player. I saw a lot of the latter.

  5. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Clowney’s been decapitating quarterbacks for two years and you need to see more?

  6. mike t. says:

    every year i use a royals shot glass starting at spring training and keep hoping that i can keep using it past the all star break. shined it up and put it back in third place in the cabinet last night.

    greg, you’re right about chiefs training camp… there’s more to look forward to there than the royals being competitive and making a pennant run. ah well….

  7. sporty says:

    K-State is 21-5 in the last 2 years. Picked 8th and 6th in those 2 years. Preseason polls mean nothing. These media hacks never learn.

  8. The Smartman says:

    Clowney has wicked skills and the rest of the D-line ain’t too shabby either. QB’s know they are gonna get pounded…..hard. Even now, most opponents are dreading that game on the schedule.

    The Ol Roy-als, are like a dildo with a short circuit. Sometimes they can bring great pleasure, most of the time they are gonna let you down. New batteries won’t help. Time for a brand new dildo……I mean owner.

    I believe in miracles. I believe in HCBS and always will until his magic unicorn runs out of fairy dust. When it comes to getting that extra something out of no name players and making them play as a team he has no equal.

    Morals and sports? Not in my lifetime. Oxymoron like military intelligence, jumbo shrimp and white Hispanic.

    If you can break 80 you are a sandbagger and definitely not a plugger.

    • Greg Hall says:

      SM, But we are trying to break 80 as a two-man scramble team on a friendly muni course. That is some bad golf.

      • The Smartman says:

        I’ve played in scrambles with newbies where a four man team couldn’t break 100. So if you are stool softener trying to break 80 with your brother what are the top flight guys gonna shoot, 54, 50?

        • Greg Hall says:

          SM, Trying to break 80 is what we’ll be doing — we shot 84 last year. 79 should win that Turd Flight. 60 won the Champ Flight last year but 63 or 62 will usually be good enough. 65 for the 1st Flight and 67 will win the second. The Turd Flights shoot up from there, usually from 74 to 79 is a winner.

          • E.Jack Hewlett says:

            79 wins your flight in a scramble? Where are you playing, Pine Valley? Or are you just a bunch of hackers?

  9. Orphan of the Road says:

    Caught TJ Carpenter on Petro’s show yesterday. He was livid at the reporters at SEC Media Day. The short time available to ask Johnny Football about football were spent asking about golf and other non-football subjects.

    And when Johnny said he overslept, no one asked him if his father was lying when he said Johnny left the Manning camp because he had dehydration.

    Jason Stark said today that the Royals have until July 28th to fish or cut bait.

  10. Captain Morgan says:

    It appears Greg has at least one thing in common with the sports talk guys he covers — he’s never wrong. And would never admit he failed to research something (Clowney) before he chose to comment on it.

  11. Joe says:

    The Royals’ patience with Alex Gordon has paid off. Just sayin’.

  12. Rick says:

    Jayice Pearson never met a white athlete he liked. He has such racist views that his opinions are simply irrelevant.

  13. JP says:

    Whether the Royals are done will get decided very quickly. 7 games against Detroit and Baltimore. If they don’t go at least 5-2, SELL!!! SELL!!!! SELL!!!!! KSU will finish in the at least the Top 3 of the Big XII. Until they fall, I would never rate them below that mark as long as HCBS patrols the sidelines.

    The Johnny Football saga is beyond boring. The guy is doing what we all did at that age. Party too much and sleep in. Big deal!!!! He is not the second coming of Aaron Hernandez or anything.

    Clowney will be the next LT, he just has that IT factor as a defensive player.

  14. Java Man says:

    Are you telling me that they play baseball after the All Star game? I thought they quit doing that back in the early 90′s.

  15. “I grew up in the era of morals. You couldn’t do all these things.”

    I agree with JC. In the 80s and at least the first half of the 90s, I could not have simply turned on a computer and learned the best way to meet Chinese singles (safe and secure). Larry Smith might have gotten an Internet in the late 90s if only he’d known (see that hot little Asian number above) what he was missing. Buoyed by this newly found societal rot, I think I shall now go out and knock over a gas station. This Big White Jet’s gonna need that jack if he wants to hit one of those Chinese broads.

  16. Ultimate Dude says:

    Clowney and LT are not good comparisons. LT was shorter, lighter and just quicker than anyone trying to block him as a rush OLB. Clowney is more like Umenyoura or JPP. 6-5/6-6, 270+. Not at all the same type of player. Clowney should be an every down 4-3 DE in NFL.

    Snyder does a good job because his assistants are the a-holes. He schemes and encourages players while assistants like the Stoops bros or Jim Leavitt did all the screaming, cursing, pushing and prodding. Coaches these days should take note. Probably the reason most of his assistants were fired and run off from their HC positions at other schools ie: Mangino, Leavitt and Stoops bros being jerkoffs. Sly guy, that Snyder.

    Holland should be traded ASAP

    I always laugh when golf guy acts like a score in the 80′s is horrid. If pros shoot an average of 72, why should country club guy expect under 80??? Bogey or better on every hole you play should be the goal for any amateur golfer. Unless golf is all you do all day every day, don’t expect to approach professional scores.


    • Phaedrus says:

      A pro golfer that averages 72 isnt going to be around long. They also are playing slightly harder courses than the amateurs. If they played the white tees at the local muni, they’d be averaging sub-65.

      • Ultimate Dude says:

        You’re right about course difficulty and whatnot, but as many guys that are on the tour, not all shoot under par. In fact the majority shoot right at par or worse. You could make a damn good living shooting +3 or 4 on pro tour. You gotta put the time in every single day and be consistent to approach those scores, and not from the white tees.

        • Phaedrus says:

          A 72 average would put you 167 out of 190 golfers.


          Of course, only around 50% of the field makes the cut. Even if you assume 72 is “average”, an average score will be right around the cut line. I’d bet that a player that shoots even par every round would only make about 1/3 of the cuts.

          Ive heard that you need to average about 68 on your home course (depending on the difficulty of course) before you should even consider turning pro. I used to be a scratch golfer and I was nowhere near good enough to even think about it.

    • Twy's Gibman says:

      you seem unfamiliar with college football. Every team has a coach that yells at players, it’s not like pee wee, bud.

  17. Joe says:

    KK “The joke is on the Royals! Because they can see it but they don’t do anything about it!””

    That is exactly how I feel about 810′s BBQ, Racin’ Boys, and Jim Colbert segments.

    • Old Man Kissel says:

      What dors that have to do with the Royals?????? Think before you post next time.

      810 scoops 610 once again.

      • Joe says:

        What does “dors” mean?

        Think before YOU post next time.

        • Old Man Kissel says:

          This meltdown by Joe is brought to you by 610 Sports, Jason Whitlock and KK haters everywhere.

          KK is the king of sports talk in KC… Deal with it.

          810 scoops 610 once again.

  18. Ronnie says:

    Greg, you need to do a piece on Doc Ellis and his infamous no hitter.

  19. BlackJack says:

    Anyone see this video yet? Funny as hell, and so true. The real Tour of Kansas City:

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