OTC: Chiefs’ New QB Aaron Murray Says Height Doesn’t Matter & OKJ’s BBQ Is “Pretty Good.” / Royals Blow 5-0 Lead

“At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter how tall you are.”
Aaron Murray, former Georgia QB and the Chiefs fifth-round draft pick, in an interview Tuesday on WHB’s The Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: Murray is about six-foot tall and coming off knee surgery. But he might be the most anticipated fifth-round pick in the Chiefs’ history.  

“I’ve been pretty much living at the (Arrowhead) facility. … (Andy Reid’s) a tremendous quarterback coach. I’m definitely excited. I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve really enjoyed the practices and the meetings. Coach Reid is full of energy and he is pretty hilarious in the meeting rooms when we are going over the plays for the day. He brings a lot of energy, all the coaches do. They make it fun to be here all day.”
Aaron Murray, on what he’s been doing since he’s been in Kansas City following being drafted by the Chiefs, 810 AM
GH: Reid sounds like he’s pretty much the same guy in front of the TV cameras as he is in front of his players. I think Reid would be a good CEO in almost any industry. Making your employees comfortable while maintaining their respect is a valuable trait.  

“I think that (Georgia/Mizzou football) game might be during our bye week. We might have to make a trip out to Missouri to check it out.”
Aaron Murray, on his Georgia Bulldogs visiting Mizzou on October 11th, 810 AM
GH: I am sure Chase Daniel would be happy to show Murray the road to Faurot. 

“I’ve been to Oklahoma Joe’s I think it is. It’s pretty good.”
Aaron Murray, 810 AM
GH: Murray was raised in Tampa and played college ball in Athens, GA the past four years. Is the BBQ in Florida and Georgia that good that he can dismiss OKJ’s as, “It’s pretty good?” Murray said he plans to try Jack Stack’s BBQ this weekend. Try the beans, Aaron. 

“He’s going to look like Tarzan on the sideline. The question is; is he going to play like Jane?”
Tim Grunhard, on the Chiefs acquiring J’Marcus  Webb, a journeyman back-up offensive swing tackle who is listed as 6’7 and 333 pounds, 810 AM
GH: Webb averaged giving up 12 sacks a season when he was playing regularly. Do not expect many Tarzan yelps coming from Arrowhead this season – unless they are emanating from Alex Smith.

 “I think we all have to count D’Anthony Thomas as a wide receiver, not a running back. Even though he’s listed as a running back. Some called him the most electric player in the entire draft.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: If anybody but The Voice had said this I might have believed it. I am still hoping he’s right. This is one Duck who can flat truck.

“The Royals scored 5 runs with their first out and 1 with their final 26.”
Drew Dinkmeyer, @DrewDinkmeyer, fantasy sports writer for Rotoexperts.com, on the Royals’ 7-6 loss to the White Sox Monday night, Twitter

“I was so confused during that whole ninth inning and then it was over.”
Steven St. John, on the myriad of coaching decisions, blunders and missed opportunities that ultimately led to another frustrating Royals’ loss, 810 AM
GH: I believe SSJ pretty well summed up the thoughts of myself and several Royals’ fans on this one. How do you go from winning 5-0 in the first to down 6-5 in the fifth? Easy. They hit homers. We did not. 

“That is why (Yost) left (Vargas) in. It’s a reward thing. It’s not right but it’s a reward thing. It happens on every baseball team. If you look around the major leagues, it happens all the time. You push that (starter) to give him a chance to get a W.”
Mike Boddicker, on why Yost left Vargas in to face Paul Konerko in the fifth despite Konerko’s past success against the lefty, 810 AM
GH: Vargas had not pitched well enough to this point to deserve the win. Yost manages his team like he’s the players’ uncle rather than their boss. Those types of managers rarely get the best from their charges. If anybody on that Royals team fears Yost even a little, they hide it very, very well. 

“Tonight marked the first time I’ve ever seen Jason Vargas visibly disgusted about anything. He was quite displeased with his outing.”
Andy McCullough, @McCullough, Royals beat writer for The Kansas City Star, Twitter
GH: I am going to file this McCullough observation in the No Shit Sherlock category. He was quite displeased with his outing? I would like to think a guy inside the locker room could come away with a bit tastier nugget than that McTurd. 

“When you’re relaxed your (strike) zone is normal. When you’re tight your zone expands. Pitchers take advantage of tense, tight hitters.
Mike Boddicker, discussing Eric Hosmer’s horrific at bat in the ninth when he swung awkwardly at three pitches outside the strike zone, 810 AM
GH: Pressure should be a welcome visitor for those who wish to be great. Those who do not fit that description need not suit up. Learning to deal with pressure should not be a continuing education at the big-league level. The Royals just do not seem to produce many George Bretts. 

“Just before the show today the lovely Miss Natalie came in… I’ll let you work it out with the lovely Miss Natalie.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: The last time I remember Kietzman using this phrase about a coworker he was referring to another radio station employee, “the lovely Jessica.” The lovely Jessica is now his bride. 

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11 Responses to OTC: Chiefs’ New QB Aaron Murray Says Height Doesn’t Matter & OKJ’s BBQ Is “Pretty Good.” / Royals Blow 5-0 Lead

  1. JP says:

    GH: ..”Yost manages his team like he’s the players’ uncle rather than their boss. Those types of managers rarely get the best from their charges. If anybody on that Royals team fears Yost even a little, they hide it very, very well”.

    I think those lines sum up the Royals problems. They have a little league mentality when it comes to their manager. I hope he bought them enough pizza and ice cream last night. Seriously, and why does he pinch run Aoki with Dyson. And why with Dyson on second and Escobar on 1st, no outs in the 9th, doesn’t Dyson run when they have a lefty curveball specialist. However, they bring in the hard throwing right hander and he picks off Ned’s “weapon”. Probably doesn’t matter when you have Ground Ball Billy Butler coming up, who would have ground into a Double Play. This team needs a shake up. I think a new no nonsense manager might be a good start. They are better than their record, very odd for a Royals team.

  2. Platte Wood's Shawn says:

    I love KK cheating news or possible cheating news!

    • Wait Staff says:

      Am I the only person thinking that KK opening today’s show (05/21/14) and going on for the first 10 minutes how clever his wife is with the ‘Yost Infection’ commentary could somewhat be related to Greg’s column?

  3. Juan Pablo says:

    “Just before the show today the lovely Miss Natalie came in… I’ll let you work it out with the lovely Miss Natalie.”
    Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
    GH: The last time I remember Kietzman using this phrase about a coworker he was referring to another radio station employee, “the lovely Jessica.” The lovely Jessica is now his bride.

    I understand KK was caught cheating with Jessica then married her.
    KK is a creepy old man that is trying to make moves on this Natalie. Looks like divorce #2 coming up for KK, I wonder if Natalie is a home wrecker/ gold digger like Jessica?

  4. Kansas Marine says:

    “Just before the show today the lovely Miss Natalie came in… I’ll let you work it out with the lovely Miss Natalie.”
    Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
    GH: The last time I remember Kietzman using this phrase about a coworker he was referring to another radio station employee, “the lovely Jessica.” The lovely Jessica is now his bride.

    ZING! A shot across the bow of the USS Cheatsman!

  5. keitzman wants an intern says:

    The lovely Miss Natalie……… I hope she is not riding in KK’s Hummer in Mission Hills! Remember when Danny Clinksdale cut off a caller talking about KKs car BJ , saying, “Who would want a hummer?”

  6. Herb says:

    Wonder if KK is “working it out” with the lovely Miss Natalie the same we he did with the lovely Miss Leatherface.

    I miss Randi.

    • Juan Pablo says:

      I saw KK and the lovely leather face Jessica at a golf tournament once. Her skin was so burnt I felt sorry for her, It looked like an old catcher mitt. She just kept standing in the sun in a tank top getting fried a all day long. She must have some problem about needing to get sun burned or something.

  7. Ron says:

    Remember, all the sports talkers in KC have convinced the general public that baseball managers only make the difference in 3-4 wins a season. Of course this is nonsense. Baseball manager have a direct impact on whether or not his team wins or loses in about 150 games a year. Too bad the Royals didn’t get Clint Hurdle when he was between jobs.

  8. Kerouac says:

    “At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter how tall you are.” (Aaron Murray, former Georgia QB and the Chiefs fifth-round draft pick)

    – it’s not the end of the day that matters… it’s those 3 hours during & a propensity for batted balls by defensive lineman tells tale of the tape.

    Chiefs QB Len Dawson was considered ‘small’ in the 1960’s at a listed 6’0 190, a Murray-esque arm hanging his side. Len had few batted balls though, KC’s moving pocket ~ roll-outs lessened the chances. That may not translate in 2014 as Murray reportedly is not quick afoot, so perhaps the old Paul Hackett sideways offense a ‘swing pass to Kimble Anders’ presents.

    “GH: Murray is about six-foot tall and coming off knee surgery.

    – how tall was he before the surgery?

    “But he might be the most anticipated fifth-round pick in the Chiefs’ history.”

    – the last QB the Chiefs picked win the fifth round was Rickey Stanzi … nuff said (Rickey was also the only QB ever picked in that round, before Murray… Canton, Jimbo Elrod or bust)

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