“I’m just ready for it all to be real.”
Dontari Poe, Chiefs nose tackle, when asked by Soren Petro if he was tired of the preseason, 810 AM
GH: So are we, Dontari. So are we. Kickoff is at noon Sunday at Arrowhead. I can smell the BBQ wafting over I-70 now.
“Nothing but the highest (of expectations) from me. I feel like I’ve got to get better each year. If I’m not being the best I can be, I’m not doing something right. I think I had an okay year but it’s not by far the best I can do.”
Dontari Poe, when asked by Petro what his expectations are for the season, 810 AM
GH: We are just starting to really get to know Mr. Poe. You have to like his style.
“Man, you’re going to be fatigued whether you’re playing 20 plays or 60. So you just got to fight through it.”
Dontari Poe, when asked by Petro about him leading all NFL defensive linemen last season in the number of snaps he played, 810 AM
“I’m not a very good poker player. You can usually look at me and know what I’m thinking. The players could tell after the (South Dakota State) game that even myself, I was disappointed.”
Gary Pinkel, when asked by Kevin Kietzman about his team’s play Saturday in their 38-18 win over SDSU, 810 AM
“Toledo doesn’t get many chances to be on ESPN. Their fans and their crowd will go absolutely crazy! It still boils down to Mizzou, Kevin, and how we’re going to play. … This is about Missouri. This is about how we play and how we compete. That’s certainly where we’re going to keep our focus.”
Gary Pinkel, on assessing Toledo’s strengths and the raucous atmosphere MU expects to encounter Saturday at Toledo, 810 AM
“I saw (the betting line) all the way down to 4.5. I’m worried about the Missouri Tigers this week. I just don’t have a good feeling.”
Danny Parkins, on the Vegas odds favoring MU by only 4.5 points this Saturday at Toledo, 610 AM
“If you’re not good enough to beat Toledo, you’re not good enough to win the SEC East anyway.”
Soren Petro, responding to the hand-wringing coming out of Mizzou about having to play at Toledo on Saturday, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou should be past fretting over teams from the MAC. Yes, they need to take the Rockets seriously and then walk out of there with a 2-0 record and their undefeated non-con intact.
“If Missouri loses this game, they are OUT of the playoffs! They are done! I don’t care what they do! They can win the SEC but that committee is not going to take a one-loss Missouri team that lost to Toledo over a one-loss Oregon team that lost to Stanford. They’re just not!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman has gone a bit mad this week. He either needs a vacation or to maybe a driving tour of Mission Hills under the stars. If Missouri goes undefeated in the SEC and is the SEC champ, they are in the playoffs – no matter how much it might upset Kietz’s world.
“Missouri – South Dakota State commercial count: 23. That’s 5-6 more than the average game on ESPNU last year.”
GH: College football is now a four-hour event – and that’s merely from kickoff to the final whistle. I don’t really mind the longer games except that there are so many other games I want to watch. MU kicks off Saturday at 11:00 AM and KSU at Iowa State is at noon. Nebraska is another team I want to watch and they have a noon kickoff as well. The good news is you can watch them all for the price of a decent cable/satellite contract. The bad news is you will go nuts trying to see each snap live.
“I don’t see them getting exposed like they were last year. I have very high expectations for our defense.”
Charlie Weis, on his Kansas Jayhawks debuting on Saturday night against SE Missouri State, 810 AM
“I’m looking for our team to come out there and from the start of the game until the end of the game, I want to see them play a nice crisp game and let the chips fall where they may.” Charlie Weis, 810 AM
GH: Weis has been quoted this week saying his team will be disappointed if they don’t win “significantly more game” this season. The Jayhawks were 3-9 last season. Three more wins would be significant and place KU in a bowl – and save Weis’ job. Anything less and KU football starts over next season – again.
“My social life comes last. I just try to focus on sports and football.”
Montel Cozart, KU’s starting quarterback, in an interview with Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: Cozart failed to mention his education but I am sure that was next on his list of priorities.
“The chemistry of our team is a lot better than last year. We’re all on the same page.” Montel Cozart, 610 AM
GH: Be in Lawrence at 6:00 PM to watch the improved chemistry of the Jayhawks take on SEMO. I am going to try and get down to L-Town for this one. Hope you have the chance to take in a college or pro game this weekend as well. Looks like the weather is going to smell like autumn and feel like football.