OTC: Chiefs Need A Win In DC / Royals Get Aoki / KSHB Slights Sporting W/ Reporting

“I have no confidence whatsoever in the Chiefs. They are looking at 9-6 or 11-5. They’re done.”
Tony Kornheiser, after the Chiefs dropped their third consecutive game to fall to 9-3 on the season, ESPN

“We’re not in a panic mode at all but a sense of urgency is definitely required.”
Derrick Johnson, when asked about the Chiefs’ recent three-game losing streak, 810 AM

“Teams seem to have solved (the Chiefs). Maybe somebody is spying on them.”
Michael Wilbon, on why the Chiefs defense is no longer able to pressure and sack the quarterback, ESPN

“We have a great opportunity to go down to Washington and get win number ten. We got nine wins in a row so we need to find a way to get one.”
Derrick Johnson, 810 AM
GH: The Chiefs have taken a bit of a back seat this week in the local media to all the talk about Mizzou playing Auburn in the SEC Championship game and Sporting Kansas City hosting the MLS Cup at Sporting Park. And then there is all the talk about the Arctic weather. But the Chiefs will play Sunday afternoon and have the TV sets of Kansas City all to themselves and we hunker down against the cold, snow and post-title game afterglow…or stench.

“The veterans like myself don’t really like that kind of (zone-read) offense because it’s different. It’s a whole ‘nother ball game.”
Derrick Johnson, when asked about defending RGIII and the Redskins’ zone-read offense, 810 AM
GH: I sure would like to see Denver convert to the zone-read offense.

“I took too many injury hits (in my fantasy football league). You’re down to guys like Donny Avery in a 14-team league.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM

BarLNHtCAAAyRba“The (MLS) cup was at the chiefs facility [email protected] going to bring home the cup this Sat! Let’s get it!!!”
Ryan Succop, @ryansuccop, Twitter
GH: I don’t know why but I love it when athletes from other Kansas City professional sports teams get excited about another area team’s success. Eric Hosmer and some Royals showed up at Arrowhead last week for the Broncos game. Fans like to see their sports heroes acting like fans.

“This is an exciting time! I can tell you the eyes of the world are on Kansas City right now because the game, the major-league game is on Saturday. Who doesn’t know that?”
Cynthia Newsome, news reporter/anchor, covering Sportings’ press conference Thursday afternoon, KSHB TV 41
GH: KSHB’s website states in Newsome’s bio that she, “specializing in health reporting.” So TV 41 decided to send their health reporter to cover the day-before presser for “the game, the major-league game?” When was the last time Cynthia covered a Chiefs or Royals postseason presser for KSHB? This was a painful interview to watch and underlined to KSHB’s audience just how unimportant TV 41 views the MLS Cup game when compared to the Royals, Chiefs, K-State, Kansas and MU.

“What’s your focus now? You seem very focused for this game on Saturday?”
Cynthia Newsome, in a question to Sportings’ peter Vermes, KSHB

“It just isn’t moving the needle much nationwide.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the lack of buzz nationally for the MLS Cup game this Saturday at Sporting Park, 810 AM
GH: Doesn’t KK know this is the game? The major-league game?

“The most important thing he does for us is lead off and put the ball in play. … We’ll see how it plays out.”
Dayton Moore, on the Royals trading pitcher Will Smith for outfielder Norichika Aoki in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, 810 AM
GH: The Royals have their first true lead-off hitter since David DeJesus patrolled the outfield for KC. All signs are that this was a tough trade for the Brewers but they needed to move Brian Braun to the outfield – and they wanted a left-handed starter. Looks to me like a win for the Royals.

“Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday he’s been watching (Will) Smith for a couple years. He called Smith a ‘24-year-old, big, physical left-hander who we feel can be part of our staff.’”
Genaro Armas, writer, Associated Press
GH: Smith hasn’t blossomed like the Royals expected and they have plenty of those kinds of pitchers-in-waiting right now. Here’s hoping Smith goes Fresh Prince in Milwaukee.

“Is (Aoki) better than David Lough? I’m going to say he is. … This greatly enhanced their defense and offense. I don’t know how you can hate on this deal the way it stands.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I still like Lough – a lot. I think the two are very comparable with Lough having a bit more pop. It will be fun watching the two of them battle in spring training.

“All (Missouri) was hoping for was to be competitive in this (SEC East) division. I think this could be so far beyond what they expected that they could come out flat in this (SEC Championship) game.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM

“I think Missouri is a bad matchup for Auburn. I think Missouri has some advantages over Auburn that they clearly wouldn’t have had over Alabama.”
Blair Kerkhoff, of The Kansas City Star, 810 AM

“I think Missouri’s defense is as good as there is in the SEC – including Alabama. I really do.”
Blair Kerkhoff, of The Kansas City Star, 810 AM

“What about Missouri’s schedule is compelling? I know Missouri fans bristle at that but…”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: For all those Missouri fans bristling over Petro’s above comment – beat Auburn, win the SEC and who the hell cares what somebody thinks about your Tigers’ schedule?

“(Ole Miss’) Marshall Henderson ended with a 4-for-18 night, 2-for-13 from 3. Airballed a contested, step-back 25-footer in the final seconds.”
Jeff Borzello , on the Rebels senior guard’s awful night in Ole Miss’ 53-49 loss at Kansas State, @jeffborzello, Twitter
GH: Henderson was said to scream, “Let’s go motherfuckers!” after Ole Miss took a four point lead late in the game. I’m guessing there weren’t enough MFers in Bramlage to take him up on his offer.

“I have never seen the video. I can’t tell you what happens on it. I always make sure I am doing something else or looking down from the (video board).”
Carrington Harrison, an avowed Mizzou fan, saying he refuses to watch KU’s pregame video when he attends games at Allen Fieldhouse, 610 AM
GH: I love this comment by CDot, a die-hard Mizzou fan. I don’t think there is a better sports environment in the Midwest than a KU men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse – including Arrowhead or a Nebraska football game (and those two are killers!).

 “Oh god no! I love Kansas! I still have a house in Kansas. I go back all the time.”
Kirstie Alley, when asked by Howard Stern if she hated growing up in Kansas and if she was bored out of her mind, Sirius XM
GH: If the east coasters like Stern only knew how creative, fun-loving and fertile this flyover country where we live truly is. Bored out of our minds? Doesn’t Howard read the Comments section of my OTC???

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14 Responses to OTC: Chiefs Need A Win In DC / Royals Get Aoki / KSHB Slights Sporting W/ Reporting

  1. Stu says:

    Are Missouri fans allowed to comment since there are a few Missouri quotes? Or would that upset some people?

    Missouri 4-1 vs Top 25 teams

    • brett says:

      the rule is you can’t type “m-i-z” unless some types “rock chalk” first.

    • bs says:

      i’m looking at the list of top 25 teams and i see a win vs UGA and a win vs TexAM. i see losses to AUB and SC. that seems like 2-2 to me.

    • Biff says:

      MU did not beat a team that is now in the top 20 . it shows MU was a fraud and thats why they got destroyed by Auburn and passed over for bowl games again.

  2. Ron says:

    Soren Petro and all the other sports talkers and pundits should be ashamed of themselves. While they all pretend to be experts on sports in general and pro football/baseball/college athletics in particular, none of them saw what kind of team Missouri would be this year. Why? Because they don’t really study or analyze anything. They just fly by the seat of their pants and base almost all of their expert opinions on their long-standing preconceived notions about teams.

    It’s the same reason why for the past six years they pick the Chiefs to roll over Oakland every game, despite the fact that the Raiders had beaten the Chiefs for like 8 straight games. If the local pundits were really students of college football and spent at least 10 minutes thinking about it, they should have seen Mizzou had many outstanding players on offense and defense. But, they missed it completely. All the sports talkers were “surprised” by every singe Missouri win this year. They thought what turned out to be the #4 team in the country might very well lose to both Indiana and Vanderbilt, for heaven’s sake! Truthfully, none of them is any smarter or knowledgeable than the average fan. Although it’s their full-time job to know more…much more than the rest of us…they don’t take the time or put in the effort to study the sports they talk about. Today, both Soren Petro and Nate Bukaty said they weren’t even going to watch the Mizzou game live. Petro’s excuse was he had to go build ginger-bread houses with his daughter on Saturday afternoon. What kind of professionalism and dedication is that? Evidently, sports talk is just a 9-5 job weekdays for them (unless there’s a company-paid expense trip involved; then they will go cover anything, including stuff that has no relevancy at all to their listeners). Did 810 even send someone to the Georgia Dome for the game. Why didn’t Keitzman and/or Petro go? They don’t work weekends? Shabby.

  3. SOS says:

    The reason no one saw Mizzou performing as it has is because few sports talkers know anything about this year’s team until the season is over. Until the final third of each season, talk is still based on what happened last year.

  4. FJH says:

    Petro, KK, etc. etc. really don’t know much more than any informed sports fan. Their job is to stir the pot (get ratings, sell ads). Quit putting these idiots on a pedestal. If you do a little homework, and form your own opinions, you will be right just as often as they are.

  5. Orphan of the Road says:

    Soren got schooled on soccer by his NFL Insider yesterday. Soren made an off-cuff slam but it seems Mr Insider plays in two soccer leagues and he proceeded to run down the US’ World Cup chances with Germany and Ghana in their pod.

    I’m not a soccer fan but it was sweet to see Petro’s NFL segment turn into a soccer fest.

  6. Phaedrus says:

    Brian Braun? Did the steroids cause a B to grow out of Ryan’s first name? I guess that’s better than the 3rd ear that grew out of Roger Clemens’ forehead.

  7. Kerouac says:

    1968… 1971… 1986… 1990… 1992…1994… 1995… 1997… 2006… 2010… (broken up by scarce aberrations 1962, 1966, 1969, 1991, 1993): Chiefs one and done, ad nauseam… 2013

  8. Kerouac says:

    Can’t forget 2003 either… just did

  9. JP says:

    All you need to know about Aoki is look at the comments from the Milwaukee fans. They believe the Royals took them to the cleaners on this deal. Finally, a legit leadoff hitter, as much as we bash Moore for his moves, this one makes a lot of sense.

  10. At 9-6, Kornheiser would not only have had the Chiefs losing all of their remaining games, but also one game mysteriously disappearing from their schedule. Kornheiser has had a long run as a loudmouthed, annoying blowhard. I’m declaring done on him and suggesting that he be put out to pasture with KK as well as Kerkhoff (after those embarrassingly off-the-mark statements about MU’s defense). Together, these three assclowns can work on a new project — “Triple K Klunkers” — to run on National Geographic in the 4:00 a.m. time slot right after those people who think the world’s about to end. Then we can debate which set of old men are the most deranged and creepy.

  11. royalsretro says:

    Ryan Braun has also played outfield for several years now. This was about getting youngster like Khris Davis more playing time in the outfield.

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