OTC: Are There 100 Sports Talk Hosts? / Gary Barnett On Toughest CFB Venues

“Talkers.com Heavy 100 sports talk hosts in the country.”
GH: I put very little stock into these lists of the nation’s top talk show hosts. For too many years some real dogs have appeared on them. Bob Fescoe is the 69th best sports talk show host in the country? Okay. Who is tracking and grading 100 sports talk hosts in all 50 states? Here is the list (below) if you are interested. Kevin Kietzman and Danny Clinkscale lead our locals with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty also making the cut.

“It’s going to be about 10 below zero (in Ames) with the wind and all that up there.”
Nate Bukaty, on his sideline duties Saturday night covering KU’s game at Iowa State, 810 AM
GH: I have traveled to Canada in January. I have been in Milwaukee in the dead of winter. Both are just inhumanly cold locales. But nowhere I have been compares to Ames, Iowa after Halloween and before Easter. There is something about that place that screams wind chill! Nate, load up on hand and feet warmers or you will never make it through the second half.

“Ohio State is really hard to play at, I’ll tell you that. I have never liked playing at Texas Tech. Ever! I won’t even go there to broadcast.”
Gary Barnett, when asked by The Border Patrol to name the toughest college venues to play at as a visiting team, 810 AM
GH: Barnett ranked his top five toughest college stadiums as;  1) LSU 2) Wisconsin 3) Ohio State 4) Tennessee 5) Oregon. Barnett coached and played in the Big 8 but also coached in the Big 10 and the Pac 8/10. Oregon looks like just a madhouse to me on the tube. I was surprised Ohio State ranks so high on Barnett’s list. Madison, Wisconsin definitely deserves their tough reputation. Maybe the toughest college environment I’ve experienced is Kansas State. Those purple folks are small in number but big on football.

“I’m kind of surprised you didn’t name Nebraska…”
Nate Bukaty, to Barnett’s list of tough college football venues, 810 AM
GH: I was not surprised, being a native Nebraskan. I found Barnett’s reasoning to be sound. Read on.

“I didn’t think (Nebraska) was a tough place to play. The same thing with Michigan and Penn State. Those are all great venues – and you asked me tough places not great venues. But I don’t think Nebraska is a hard place to play. The fans are so football fanatic that they treat you with a great deal of respect. You never felt like you were being harassed in that game, like some of these other places.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
GH: Is Nebraska too nice? I doubt most Kansas City folks are going to agree with that statement. But as much as the old Big 8 schools like to dis the Land of the Corn, it is a rare, rare place when it comes to how they treat the opposition and the visiting fans. All the more reason that the surly Bo Pelini just does not fit as the head coach of Nebraska.

“By the way, what was the score of that Chiefs game?”
Gary Barnett, the former Colorado head coach, playfully inquiring about the Chiefs/Broncos score, 810 AM

“I thought both (the Chiefs’ and Broncos’) secondaries played unbelievably! It was really a physical game to watch. If that Chiefs’ quarterback would have had a little bit better day it would have been really close.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
GH: Barnett covered his KC tracks by predicting a Chiefs win in the rematch at Arrowhead.

“I thought (Iowa State basketball) would be the fourth or fifth best team (in the Big 12). I think it’s clear right now that Iowa State is maybe one of the three best teams in the conference. They’re playing better basketball than Baylor.”
Fran Fraschilla, after the Cyclones notched non-con wins over Michigan and at BYU, 810 AM
GH: Lucky for Coach Fred and his Ames-centric Cyclones that the sport of basketball is played indoors.

“Joel Embiid is coming. He gets better every time I watch him. His upside makes Kansas elite.”
Seth Greenberg, @SethOnHoops, after Embiid’s breakout 16 & 13 game for Kansas against Iona Tuesday night, Twitter
GH: The name Olajuwon was being tossed about to describe Embiid’s play during KU’s early practice sessions. Ludicrous, right? I sure thought so. Well, maybe not so crazy now that we’ve seen this freak play. If he continues to improve, years from now he might be remembered as the greatest player from this year’s KU team – which would be downright incredible.

“Frank Mason is the most fearless freshman you’ve ever seen! If Rafferty was calling one of his games he’d say, “Onions!” fifty times.”
Tom Keegan, KUSports.com columnist, 810 AM
GH: How tall is Mason, 5’10 – maybe? Talk about basketball freaks! He is a dunking machine! I have no idea how Bill Self is going to find time to display all this talent. Kansas’ bench could likely earn an NCAA bid.

“I still think Kansas is the team to beat. The conference championship goes through Lawrence until proven otherwise.”
Fran Fraschilla, 810 AM
GH: After watching ISU and Oklahoma State, let’s just say this should be a more interesting year than some of KU’s last 11 conference titles. But it seems like I say (wish) that every November.

“New league. New venue. New coach…”
UMKC Roos basketball radio commercial, 810 AM
GH: The Roos are 1-3 and looking a lot more like they always have than their commercials state. It’s still early, but why roll out radio ads that make the new coach and team look like they are going to be the bad asses of the WAC? A softer marketing approach may have been wiser.

“Why would I want to leave Kansas City now when we’re on the brink of the playoffs? It’s starting to get pretty bright out and I’d like to be around for those years.”
Billy Butler, in an interview with Kevin Kietzman, on reports that the Royals are shopping their DH, 810 AM
GH: If Detroit can trade Fielder, the Royals shouldn’t be wed to anybody on their roster – especially a DH specialist who refuses to get into shape. I don’t see Butler going anywhere mostly because the teams who are interested are very, very limited. Country Breakfast needs to lose his nickname and slip into something with more swagger like Cock of the Walk.

“Billy loves the Royals! He does not want to be a Yankee!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Well, Rex Hudler would love it. Show me the MLB player who doesn’t want to be a Yankee and I’ll show you someone who the Yankees don’t want.

“I want to put a special out there because I lost last week. Nine games for $39. I’m gonna bounce back in a big way. I know if I win people are going to want to join up for the college bowls, playoffs and Super Bowl.”
Lee Sterling, on his betting service, 810 AM
GH: Just want you want from a betting service – more cheap bad picks. These kinds of gambling segments that Kietzman and Petro find enthralling are such garbage radio. I feel bad for the fools who pay these guys for their nonsense.

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29 Responses to OTC: Are There 100 Sports Talk Hosts? / Gary Barnett On Toughest CFB Venues

  1. BS says:

    I’ve always wondered, those betting guys are paying 810 for their appearances, right? I mean it is just an advertising segment for them.

    • Biff says:

      A lot of “guests” and “Interviews” you hear on the radio are just paid advertising. Like The BBQ guy, Racing boys, betting guys, and small teams like T-bones, Mavericks, and maybe even sporting KC . A lot of Talk radio is a scam.
      Those betting guy are the biggest scam around.

      • Stevo says:

        I don’t remember which show it was…surely one on 810…but I called the number just to get the free pick. Not that I had any way possible to bet on it. I don’t have a bookie or anything but I was just curious. Anyway, it tried to sell you up obviously and get your info so screw that and I hung up. Long story short, they will call you and call you and call you once your # is in their system. They finally quit about a month ago after I told them I was recording and I was going to sue over harassment but they’ll call again at some point I’m sure. Avoid avoid avoid!!!

  2. Royals Free Out says:

    I was amazed at how nice the Nebraska fans were when we traveled up there for the Mizzou game in 2008. Nicest opposing fans I’ve ever encountered. Even after the Tigers waxed the Huskers.

  3. kylerohde says:

    Yeah, that list has as much validity as the top party schools one people put so much stock in online. How in the world would you judge that list, just like there’s no way anybody objectively reviewed all the sports talk radio guys in the country.

  4. Ken says:

    Doug Frantz and Nick Wright made the list

  5. I used to find entertaining the handicapper from Alabama that Petro would have on (not sure if he still does), whom I think was named Greg Roberts. But his picks usually stank, even though Petro would repeatedly refer to him as “the best in the business.” If that’s the case, then everyone in that business needs to flee, and quickly.

  6. ksbugeater says:

    I heard Doug Franz as a sideline reporter for the Arizona State radio broadcast Saturday night, thanks to satellite radio and a long drive back from Lincoln. That was a name out of the blue.

  7. JP says:

    You have to believe it is a bug up Petro’s rear that he is not on the list. Gee, reading stats and discussing numbers doesn’t make you a Top 100 radio host. Also does blistering your experts with your know-it-all attitude make you a Top 100 host. Trust me, Petro lives for that kind of recognition and not getting it has to burn him.

    What is the definition of “tough” place? In Pro Football, that would be easy, Oakland or Philly would vie for the title. In College Football, he must have been referring to the meanest fans. If that’s the case, LSU and Ohio State would make the list. I do think Nebraska should be up there, as while the fans may be nice, they don’t make it easy on opposing teams calling audibles, no matter the records.

    • John Giardino says:

      Honestly, Petro is the only one in this town I go out of my way to listen too..and even then only certain segments (Glauber, and anything to do with Royals or baseball stats). All those other guys are just shock-value guys that don’t offer much in the way of quantitative analysis.

  8. Midwest Guru says:

    If they have a list for 100 worst talk radio hosts Henry Lake has to be in the top 10. The guy is just brutal.

  9. P says:

    Fans being drunken a-holes = tough place to play.

  10. Phaedrus says:

    Jesus, humans will make lists for anything. Give it another 20 years (when the kids that HAVE to get a trophy, even if they finished in last place, grow up) and there will be a law that each list must have an “Honorable Mention” section that includes the names of everyone in the industry.

  11. rico_suave says:

    we went to Hawks FB game at Nebraska wearing full KU gear – cool fans – congenial ribbing ..awesome venue – great time, (tho we got killed)

    of course, they , like other cool fans at ND, O.U., football powerhouses we went to certainly didn’t feel threatened by the Hawks

    – like they would at hoops.

  12. Kerouac says:

    “Show me the MLB player who doesn’t want to be a Yankee and I’ll show you someone who the Yankees don’t want.”

    - Brian ‘Fear The Beard’ Wilson just said ‘no’ to the Yankees, who wanted him, but the feeling was not mutual as Wilson was reprotedly not interested in having to play sans beard/clean-shaven per Pinstripe Protocol…

  13. Biff says:

    “I thought (Iowa State basketball) would be the fourth or fifth best team (in the Big 12). I think it’s clear right now that Iowa State is maybe one of the three best teams in the conference. They’re playing better basketball than Baylor.”

    It is going to be a great Big 12 basketball year. The top teams KU, OK st, Baylor ISU already have some great wins. I bet KU will lose 2-4 games this year. KSU, and TCU will have a battle for last place. Weber has already destroyed KSU, have no idea why they hired him.

  14. Redman says:

    Doug Gottlieb at #88 on that stupid list is a joke. His show is superior to anything on the radio in KC, and there are 3 KC sports shows ahead of him on this list? Laughable.

    By the way, what’s up with Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton’s hair at #92? Lee, my man, do something with that mop!

  15. john says:

    bob fescoe is so smart…. if intelligence is measured by how far your head is up bill self’s ass and how much you hate mizzou

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