“It’s hard to get here and it’s hard to stay.”
LeSean McCoy, Eagles All-Pro running back, on the NFL playoffs, 610 AM
GH: This is not news to any Chiefs fan who has faithfully followed the Chiefs 20-year drought of playoff victories. I was 40 the last time the Chiefs won a playoff game. If it takes them another 20 years to win one I will be 80…hopefully. Let’s get this damn thing done in Indy, Chiefs.
“Just declined a trip with some old pals because the Chiefs will be playing in the Super Bowl that weekend.”
GH: You gotta like how AH lives up to his moniker.
“Andy Reid’s record after a bye is incredible. I’m calling Sunday a bye. Chiefs roll the Colts.”
Jason Whitlock, @WhitlockJason, Twitter
GH: Love ya, Whit, but you haven’t been all that accurate when it comes to predicting Chiefs victories over your hometown Colts. Jeff George.
“A Southwest Airlines gate attendant is making Ryan Succop jokes over the intercom. Good thing I’m in Phoenix and not Pittsburgh.”
Jim Trotter, @SI_JimTrotter, after the Chiefs place kicker missed a game-winning 41-yard field goal in San Diego last Sunday, Twitter
GH: That is risky material even for a wacky SW flight attendant. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to make fun of a possible passenger’s NFL team when you are going to be locked in a metal tube with them for the next two or three hours.
“After Daniel’s initial pass went in and out of the hands of linebacker Donald Butler, who had clear sailing for a touchdown, Daniel connected with A.J. Jenkins for a 48-yard gain to the San Diego 17, setting up Davis’ 17-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead. Chiefs fans better appreciate the fact that their team fattened up on a weak schedule in 2013. The Chargers answered with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to tight end Ladarius Green, tying the score with 10:37 left to play in the first quarter. The Chargers forced the Chiefs to punt, but on the ensuing possession, Ron Parker picked off Rivers for his second interception of the season, setting up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Daniel to Dexter McCluster and a 14-7 lead.”
Randy Covitz, Chiefs beat writer, Kansas City Star
GH: I just found the placement, tone and mere existence of this editorial warning from Covitz to be more than odd in the middle of his Chargers/Chiefs game story. Maybe Randy is ogling for Vahe Gregorian’s column since he seems to be ignoring it.
“Seriously, that (Chargers) game did more for #Chiefs GM John Dorsey and his scouting staff than we can possibly imagine. They saw what they’ve got now.”
Terez A. Paylor, Chiefs beat writer for KC Star, @TerezPaylor, Twitter
GH: It will be interesting to see if Reid has a shorter leash in Indy on some of his starters after some subs on the offensive line and defensive backfield proved worthy of the bright lights.
“Still thousands of tix available for this weekend’s games at Packers, Bengals & Colts. NFL’s last playoff blackout was Jan 2002, BAL at MIA.”
Rachel Nichols, @Rachel__Nichols, Twitter
“Hope the problems several NFL cities are having selling playoff tickets drives home a simple point: teams/leagues often charge way too much.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
“Indy Colts @Colts face 4:35pm EST blackout deadline unless they sell about 3,000 tickets.”
Jenna Hanchard, @JennaHanchard, KSHB TV 41 reporter, Twitter
GH: There is no way in the Frozen Tundra that the NFL is going to blackout any home audiences this weekend. Ridiculous ticket pricing, ridiculous winter weather and the ridiculous technical comforts of home have all made not going to a game far more appealing than going. And that isn’t going to change. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the NFL blackout rule suffer a quiet death over the offseason.
“Just heard Mike Golic blame the blackout possibility on the fans and lack of loyalty. Out of touch much?”
Peter Dunn, @PeteThePlanner, Twitter
GH: A lack of fan loyalty? This from a guy who owes his entire career and lifestyle to the fact fans cared that he was a football player.
“I’ve got to say this is terrible timing to start this (Oklahoma State/K-State basketball) game on Saturday at 3:00 o’clock!”
Nate Bukaty, on the Big 12 opener for both schools, 810 AM
GH: Both K-State and Mizzou have home basketball games this Saturday starting just about the same time as the Chiefs game in Indianapolis. Add the fact that the students are still out on break and you have one of the worst cases of scheduling this side of Bill Snyder.
“I will not watch a second of basketball this weekend. I just won’t. Missouri is playing during the Chiefs game and I will not have any idea what’s going on in Mizzou Arena at all!”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: There might be fewer folks inside Mizzou Arena Saturday afternoon than there are on Todd Haley’s bandwagon.
“I jumped on an elevator and already missed Bama’s first score. I guess Stoops still thinks SEC is all propaganda.”
Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, after Alabama rolled early in their first scoring drive against Oklahoma, Twitter
GH: Finebaum’s SEC preening on Twitter did not last long Thursday night. Read on.
“I doubt anyone will be saying Alabama is still the best team in the country after tonight.”
Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, as the Sooners took a 31-17 lead into halftime, Twitter
“My hat is off to Bob Stoops. He schooled Nick Saban last night. Heading downstairs for coffee and a serving of crow.”
Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, Twitter
GH: Here’s hoping some Auburn-friendly waitress slipped a little War Eagle into Finebaum’s crow hash. Finebaum’s show should be one of the better places to be this afternoon. You can hear it on Sirius Channel 85 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM CT. Hoping Legend gets a slice of Finebaum’s crow to mumble through this afternoon.
“When people shit on people who use #Twitter I just smdh. Nights like tonight are what make it great.”
Bill Knust, @billknust, on live tweeting during the Sugar Bowl, Twitter
“Excessive celebration on a 99.5 yard TD? You pretty much gotta swing Uga by the legs to call that.”
Brad Dickson, @brad_dickson, after the Nebraska bench was flagged following Quincy Enunwa’s 99.5 yard TD reception, Twitter
GH: Dickson’s tweets are one of the reasons to love Twitter.
“OK, let’s try again. No. 68 on my 100 greatest baseball players list with the REAL @DaleMurphy3 rookie card in it.”
Joe Posnanski, @JPosnanski, Twitter
GH: JoPo sent this (and other similar tweets) out last night during the Sugar Bowl. I’m not saying everybody needed to be locked into watching and tweeting about OU/Bama but a Dale Murphy tweet on January 2, 2014? I think I am starting to understand how JoPo could have spent six months on Penn State’s campus as JoePa’s legacy was being set to flames and missed spotting the smoke.
“A.J. McCarron, I saw today, isn’t going to the Senior Bowl. It’s OK, I think the scouts are seeing enough tonight.”
Bob Lutz, @boblutz, on the Alabama quarterback’s outing in the Sugar Bowl, Twitter
GH: McCarron reminds me of the old-school NFL QBs like Roger Staubach, Bart Starr and even Len Dawson. Solid, strong, heady but nothing sensational when it comes to sheer athleticism. Your typical safe white-guy quarterback. In other words, the exact opposite of A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
“First and foremost congrats to Duke on what they accomplished this year. Team played harder than any team we played and with a ton of heart.”
Johnny Manziel, @JManziel2, after Manziel led his Aggies to a wild 52-48 Chick-fil-A Bowl comeback win over the Blue Devils, Twitter
GH: Manziel deserved to be the second player to ever receive back-to-back Heismans but too many voters were upset with his off-field headlines and immature antics. I think Johnny Football is the most exciting quarterback to play college football since Michel Vick.
“Draft Manziel at your own peril. Seems like he would fit in perfectly in DC.”
Kevin Kietzman, @kkwhb, Twitter
GH: If drafting Johnny Manziel is wrong, I don’t want to be right. If Dallas gets a crack at drafting him he would blow up bigger than Bevo in that state.
“(Johnny Manziel) was lights out last night wasn’t he? He’s going to be one hell of an #NFL player.”
Fran Tarkenton, @Fran_Tarkenton, Twitter
“Missouri had better beat Okla St in Cotton Bowl, or SEC will have losing record vs ranked teams in bowl games (with Auburn-FSU) still to go.”
Neal Jones, @NealJoneskctv5, Twitter
GH: I know there is a lot of SEC bashing going on and I enjoyed Oklahoma’s win over the vaunted Crimson Tide as well. But if Auburn beats FSU, the SEC will have won the last eight BCS national titles. And if they don’t the SEC will still be pretty good. In other words, I don’t see the SEC football going the way of the Big Ten anytime soon.
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