OTC: Arrowhead Expected To Awake The Echoes Sunday Against Cowboys

“I don’t predict scores…but we are going to give the Cowboys all they can handle.”
Clark Hunt, on the Chiefs’ home opener Sunday at high noon at Arrowhead, 810 AM
GH: Translation: Let’s. Get. It. ON! 

“This Sunday is a launching pad. Let me give everybody fair warning. Everybody needs to get here early. The Chiefs are expecting the largest crowd in franchise history. It’s gonna be sold out. I’m just giving fair warning. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a game like this.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM

“I can’t wait for (the Dallas Cowboys) to come in here and see Arrowhead rock and see how much trouble that causes that offense.”
Alex Smith, 810 AM
GH: How many of those in what the Chiefs are saying will be the biggest Arrowhead crowd in the stadium’s history will be wearing Cowboys’ colors? A lot. The Cowboys were once America’s team but now they are Mexico’s team as well. That place will be loud no matter which team is scoring.  

“It’s ridiculous when half the stadium is empty after halftime. Everybody needs to be in their seat for the first five plays of the second half. You wouldn’t miss the first five plays of the game – so don’t miss the first five plays of the second half.”
Gary Lezak, on the Chiefs fan who are tardy returning to their seats after halftime, 810 AM
GH: Lezak says there is a 30% chance of rain for Sunday’s game – but he is hoping it remains dry. “I don’t like it when it’s raining at the game and people are yelling at me while I’m walking around,” said Lezak.

“Tony Romo’s sore. He’ll be that way Sunday when he plays the Chiefs. No one other than Romo and some select Cowboys know exactly how bad he’s hurt. But he’s not hurt bad enough not to play Sunday at Kansas City.”
Adam Schefter, ESPN
GH: I heard Bob Fescoe Friday morning
urging the Chiefs to go after Romo’s ribs and get him out of the game. I understand that talk goes on in a locker room but it just seems to opposite as to why I love sports. Trying to intentionally reinjure an opponent to improve my odds of winning is about as backward a philosophy as I can imagine when it comes to being a proud victor. 

“The more they take the concussion awareness out of the game, running backs lowering their head or defensive backs lowering their head – it’s going to get to be a sensitive game. You’re just going to see a seven-on-seven passing game.”
Bill Maas, in a conversation with Lazlo on 96.5 The Buzz

“There’s a lot of similarities (in the Dallas defense) to the Jacksonville defense so there should be some good carryover there.”
Alex Smith, 810 AM
GH: I would prefer more similarities to the Jags’ offense. They are the new Chiefs when it comes to staying away from starting Jags on your FF team. Even MJD looks like a bench sitter this season – except this week. The Jags take on the Raiders in what could be dubbed The Clown Bowl – for a couple of reasons. One is that both teams look to be clowned by most of the league and the other reason is this game could be a preview for who gets to draft Jadeveon Clowney, everyone’s pick as the NFL’s next top draft pick. 

“You don’t ever want to say anything’s perfect but if you could draw up a script (for the game against Jacksonville), this is pretty much what you’d want it to be, right?”
Kevin Kietzman, interviewing Alex Smith early this week, 810 AM
GH: I found KK’s above comment to the Chiefs’ quarterback interesting when contrasted with what he had to say the day before – when Smith wasn’t sitting next to him…

“What Alex Smith and the Chiefs did Sunday with their passing game is not good enough. It’s not even close to being good enough! Other teams are going to score more points and be much better opponents than the Jacksonville Jaguars. We did not see enough out of Alex Smith and the passing offense to lead me to believe that they can go out and win games.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: What Kietzman does with his one-on-one interviews isn’t close to being good enough if he is hiding his real opinions to the same extent he did with Alex Smith.  

“To me the (Chiefs’) wide-receiver corps is an algebraic equation with just different variables.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: To me, Mitch’s oddball references are an algebraic equation – more like Calculus! 

“You better believe it, brother! I will hurt for the next six days but I can still do a backflip.”
Eddie Kennison, former Chiefs’ wide-receiver in a playful conversation with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison, after Kennison said he did a backflip last Sunday watching the Chiefs first scoring drive, 610 AM
GH: Kennison was on 610 to discuss the Chiefs and his QuickStart Foundation to aid those suffering from Lupus, of which his wife is one. Kennison retold his 2003 story about how he was released by the Broncos and then quickly picked up by Dick Vermeil and the Chiefs – and he said he hasn’t left Kansas City since. Kennison says all is now good between him and Mike Shanahan, the former Broncos’ coach who released Kennison. I have a feeling the rest of KC is not quite so fond of The Rat. 

“I like Alabama by two touchdowns.”
Phil Steele, as the Tide rolls into College Station Saturday afternoon to take on Johnny Football and the Aggies at storied Kyle Field, ESPN Radio

“The more I think about it the more I think Alabama is going to boat race (Texas A&M).”
Dennis Dodd, college writer for cbssports.com, 810 AM
GH: This is the college football game that all SEC fans and most of the country have been waiting to see since Manziel and his Aggies whipped the Tide in Tuscaloosa last November. Heck, even non-football fans will be tuning in to see if Johnny goes outhouse on Saban’s saints. I am rooting for the devil in this one. I like the Aggies to roll 38-21.  

“I realize that a lot of (Missouri) fans would like to see (DGB) average 27 catches a game… As they get further into the season, I think you’ll see more creative ways to get him the football.”
Gabe DeArmond, on Mizzou’s highly-touted sophomore wide receiver, 810 AM
GH: 810’s Border Patrol chose to interview their Missouri correspondent Friday during their CFB blitz despite MU having a bye week. Fescoe on 610 skipped the Tigers this week. Score one for WHB, even though 610’s daddy, Entercom Kansas City, owns the rights to Mizzou’s radio broadcasts.

“I’ve never seen it work but I think they have a chance to make it work.”
Stan Weber, on Kansas State attempting to go with a two-quarterback system this season by rotating the play of Daniel Sams and Jake Waters, 810 AM
GH: I think Bill Snyder should name Waters as the starter and then place Sams in the lineup as a slot receiver. He could incorporate Sams into the running game more seamlessly in a number of schemes rather than alerting everyone in the stadium by bringing Sams in off the bench. But K-State’s offense does not look to be the problem this season. That purple defense needs to improve or there are a number of offenses in the Big 12 that might make this season a long one. 

“This is a GIANT game for K-State because they need to start working on their depth and this is the only game (where they can accomplish this) all season long.”
Stan Weber, 810 AM
GH: GIANT? This reminds me of Nebraska during the Osborne years trying to hype their next rollover win. Depth doesn’t get better playing beaten up overmatched opponents. About all they get is quarters served toward their varsity letter and a photo op to show they actually got on the field during their career.

“I believe Rice returns more starters than any team in the nation this year.”
Jon Kirby, on the Jayhawks opponent this Saturday in Houston, 810 AM
GH: Wikipedia claims that Rice is the second smallest school competing in DI football – behind Tulsa. Rice Stadium was the site for Super Bowl VIII in 1974 when the Dolphins beat the Vikings 24-7 – back when almost every Super Bowl was a letdown. Kirby is boldly picking KU to beat Rice on the road by the tune of 37-24. Charlie Rice would love to see that! 

“Right now I don’t think there is anything to it…but we sure got a lot of attention on our Twitter account on it.”
Jon Kirby, of JayhawkSlant.com, on his tweets reporting that Bubba Starling was spotted on Kansas’ sideline last Saturday night watching the Jayhawks beat South Dakota, 810 AM
GH: Bubba still has a long way to go to make it to The K. He finished up his season in A Ball in Lexington hitting .241 with a paltry slug of .398. I don’t think he’s headed back to college but he needs to show he belongs in at least A ball starting next season.  

“To me he’s the best solution they’ve had (at second base) in the last five years.”
Frank White, Royals HOF second baseman, on Emilio Bonifacio taking over at second since he arrived in a trade with the Blue Jays on August 14th, 810 AM
GH: Okay, that is not a high bar…but Bonifacio looks really, really good at second right now. Kudos to Dayton Moore for finding this turd and polishing it. 

“He’s fit in perfectly with our program, our team. He brings life, he brings energy, he loves to play the game. He’s been very good anywhere we’ve put him defensively. He runs to the bases like a phenom, swings the bat well from both sides.”
Ned Yost, on Emilio Bonifacio, MLB.com
GH: Yeah, I think this guy should play in front of Getz. 

“I’ll be watching (on TV) though, definitely.”
Frank White, after he said he would not be at The K if the Royals would happen to play a postseason game here in Kansas City, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman tried to get White to commit but Frank would have none of it. Life is short. The Royals and White need to end this feud whether the Royals make the postseason or not. 

“I think this is extremely meaningful for this young Royals team whether they play in the postseason or not.”
Jason Stark, in an interview with Soren Petro, on the benefits of the Royals experiencing playing meaningful games in September as they chase a wild-card spot, 810 AM
GH: The odds are still very long that the Royals leap over the mess of teams fighting for a wild-card spot in the AL. I am not of the belief that this means all that much unless the Royals make it to the postseason. I guess we will find out in 2014 and 2015 just how “extremely meaningful” playing horseshoes was to the young Royals.

“We have become a very, very spoiled lot. I’m not even saying that’s a bad thing. I’m just saying we expect everything all the time.”
Kevin Kietzman, after a caller mentioned how upset he was that he was unable to watch the Royals games on television this past weekend, 810 AM
GH: Fox Sports Kansas City announced today that they will now broadcast all of the Royals remaining games. Call me spoiled if you want but we damn well deserve this.

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“Join us on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:00 am for a scenic run around the University of Kansas Edward’s Campus in Overland Park, KS. Starting at the Campus at 127th and Quivira Road, 5K participants run out to 127th street, then down Quivira Road, then join the Indian Creek Running Trail and return to the Edwards Campus via 125th street (map is available here – http://www.runningmap.com/?id=495339). The 5k Run will be chip timed. (Course subject to change) In case you missed Nate Bukaty’s podcast about the event, you can listen to it here: http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=26&c=374&f=1653361. BIGGSteps is the first major fundraiser for the Sean D. Biggs Memorial Foundation. To learn more about Sean and our foundation’s mission, please click on Foundation above.”
GH: Nate Bukaty has been promoting this charity 5K on The Border Patrol and it looks like a worthy cause for those looking to battle cancer. I’d sure like to see the Big C get crushed in my lifetime. This race is in memory of one of Nate’s friends who died last year from the insidious disease. Nate’s friend was quite the distance runner, having completed six Boston Marathons. I might have to add a Sean D. Biggs memorial to my bib or singlet at Boston next April.

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23 Responses to OTC: Arrowhead Expected To Awake The Echoes Sunday Against Cowboys

  1. mike t. says:

    ku over rice? on the road? i love ku, but i’m not delusional!

    arrowhead will be rockin’, greg, for sure, but i’m betting there’ll be 10-1 red and gold to blue and silver. and romo will be his own worst enemy if he really is injured. just pressuring him will scare him silly into mistakes, early throws.

    • Jim says:

      Right there with you on KU, Mike. They have been so dreadful for so long that it will take more than an opening win at home against an inferior opponent before I ever start picking them on the road against ANYONE. Now, win at Rice against a really well coached and veteran team? I’ll begin to believe a real turn-around is in the works.

    • Gavin says:

      I agree with you both. But I think this is a perfect test for this team at this time. While, in the end, all that counts is wins this will be an excellent measuring stick to see what kind of progress they’ve made. And hopefully Charlie Weis will have managed to get his hands around the penalties of last week. They always says penalties are a sign of a lack of discipline and that a lack of discipline stems from coaching. Good chance to make some strides this weekend.

  2. b12 says:

    Glad I was wrong about the Royals and Fox Sports. That’s good to see.

  3. Gavin says:

    “Charlie Rice”? If this is a fat guy joke, I don’t get it. If it’s a play on the name of the school the Jayhawks are playing this weekend. I don’t get it. if it’s a mistake, I get it as I’ve made much worse.

  4. mike t. says:

    that’d be nice to see, no doubt, jim.

  5. Gavin says:

    “Life is short. The Royals and White need to end this feud whether the Royals make the postseason or not.”

    I get why we Royals fans would like to see this happen, but who are any of us to tell Frank White what he needs to do? Would I like to see him bury the hatchet with the Royals? Absolutely. Do I think that, from my perspective, this feud lessens his legacy and makes the Royals look small? I certainly do.

    But who are you to have an opinion on what Frank White needs? I admit that I don’t typically listen to him on Kietzman’s show (because I’m trying not to listen to Kietzman), but I’ve heard no reports of him whining and bitching and moaning about how the Royals done him wrong. It seems to me that he’s perfectly content with his life and what he’s doing in it and if he’s not, who are any of us to tell him he should swallow his pride and agree to be friends with the team again?

    To me, as a complete outsider, this looks like a broken marriage. I don’t know, or need to know, who was wrong and who cheated on the other. It’s a broken marriage and I wouldn’t ever tell someone I don’t know my opinion on their relationship unless they asked me. Unless he asked me, I wouldn’t tell my best friend what he NEEDS to do, let alone someone I don’t know even a little bit.

  6. R2D2 says:

    Aggies by 17? You’re at least 24 points off by that assessment.

  7. Kyle says:

    I hate Alabama, but I hate Manziel more. I hope he doesn’t know where he is by the end of the game (yes I know that is insensitive in today’s over sensitive world, but oh well). Roll Tide!

    Eddie Kennison’s story was great. Very open. Greg, it actually took place in 2001.

    By the logic of many people, KU has not won on the road in a long time so they will NEVER win on the road again, Obviously that is not true and Saturday might be the game that ends the streak. KU dominiated this team for 3+ quarters last year until CW decided to stop running the ball down their throats and try to get cute with their inept passing game. If KU runs the ball 50+ time on Saturday they win.

  8. Kyle Rohde says:

    The cause is worthy and the death tragic, but seriously, can charities not come up with ANY idea to raise money besides a golf tournament, silent auction or 5K? Every time I think this city is completely saturated with 5K’s, another one gets added like this one did. From March 1 through Thanksgiving, I bet you could run a 5K or two every single weekend in this city somewhere. It’s just nuts.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      If they weren’t effective they wouldn’t do them. Duh. What’s it to you, anyway?

      • Kyle Rohde says:

        I’m a marketing guy so I’m pre-disposed to want to try something new :) That’s it.

        • Nate says:

          Actually, Kyle, the reason we are having a 5K is in part to honor one of my friend Sean’s biggest passions in his life. As Greg pointed out, Sean ran the Boston Marathon six times, as well as hundreds of other races. It’s of the the things that made him who he was. I’d love to put on a marathon in his honor, but then you’re limiting yourself to an extremely small pool of people.

          So, I’m trying to raise money to prevent cancer, while simultaneously keeping the legacy alive of one of my best friends, so that his family, especially his children, who were robbed of the chance to form most of their own memories of their father, will be able to annually celebrate what his life was about, and learn about their father.

          But, you’re probably right. I should have been more creative.

          Thanks for setting me straight.

          • Kyle Rohde says:

            Nate, first of all, I meant no disrespect to you or your friend’s memory. The fact that you had time to do this, while doing your three jobs and being a dad/husband, is amazing. Kudos to you for that.

            My comment was just about this town’s seemingly insatiable appetite for 5k events, which amazes me.

            Best of luck on the event; you got a beautiful weekend for it.

  9. JP says:

    I hope Mike T is right and it is 10-1 Chiefs fans, but I suspect we will get a lot of Cowboys fan in here. I will say 75-25 and they will make some noise. There seems to be a different vibe to the Chiefs opener than in the recent past. I think the Defense forces turnovers and the Chiefs win 24-17.

    As for the Royals, these games are an experience that will carry over for this young team. Getting to this point has already exceeded my expectations. They have to win games. They must take 2 out of 3 from Detroit. I agree with KK on this point, the Tigers just want to win one game and start resting some of their players for the upcoming playoffs. The AL Central is theirs barring a historic collapse and the Royals need to capitalize.

    As for KU, somebody tell Charlie to RUN THE BALL and don’t get cute. If they do and limit mistakes, they get out of Rice with a road win, first one since 2009.

    Finally somebody needs to tell Stan Weber that if you have 2 starting QB’s, you have no starting QB’s. Regardless of who the coach is.

    • Lou Brown says:

      +1 on the KU comment. I kept yelling “run the damn ball” at the radio last week. Weis needs to realize that this isn’t the NFL or a talent – laden offense, but it’s strength is at RB. Once they started running the ball, they controlled the game. WR’s need to improve as well. It’s a work in progress.

  10. Mike says:

    Stan’s hyperbole is okay in small doses, but GIANT? Ummm-hmmm, okay then. I bet there will be a significant amount of second-half tailgating for that one tomorrow.

  11. Kerouac says:

    1-0 aft my prediction of a blowout win KC last week vs the Jaguars, comes now week 2 & a truer test than last Sunday’s tomato can in teal.

    Though other specifics differ, the expected overflow crowd for this weekend’s home opener Chiefs vs Cowboys is a bit reminiscent 1966. A theretofore underachieving (since ’63) Chiefs team(s) got off a 3-0 start via road wins @BUF, OAK & BOS, including a 42-20 win over ’64 and ’65 defending AFL Champions the Bills. The Chiefs ’66 home opener produced the (then) largest home crowd in KC history 43,885, and after the Chiefs took a quick 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter 4-0 seemed set.

    Then the clock struck midnight & the Chiefs turned into pumpkins – the final: BUF 29 KC 14

    Those Chiefs went on to the AFL Championship; circa 2013, expectations should be a lot less, beating the KU of the NFL (‘J’ackson’V'ille) inspiring no more than a false sense of grandeur. It should be a close game and oddsmakers concur; Kerouac does not: DAL 27 @KC 13 my pick

  12. geoknows says:

    I hadn’t heard that FSKC was going to go ahead and pick up all the reamining Royals games. I guess it’s a sure sign that I’m a Royals fan that now I feel like they’ve been jinxed…FSKC is going to show all the games, so of course the Royals will lose the next six straight. And then it won’t matter a bit that the Friday & Saturday games will all be on TV because nobody will give a damn any more.

  13. ksmarine says:

    It’s no wonder KK is losing support faster than Anthony Weiner (no pun intender). He’s gone from being a solid talk-show host into a rumor mongering loudmouth that badmouths guests behind their back and spends 90% of his time talking Kansas State. I think we know why 810 no longer publishes their ratings.

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