“That was the weirdest 34-7 game I’ve ever seen. The whole time you didn’t feel like the Chiefs were dominating the game. Here’s the good thing about it – they beat a team they had to beat at home.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: I listened to the Rams first drive of the game and Mitch and Lenny made it sound like this was going to be a long day for the Chiefs as easily as St. Louis sliced through the Chiefs jerry-rigged defense. Who knew then that the Chiefs were going to score 34 unanswered points in a rout to the Governor’s Cup? Maybe that’s a good omen for the Royals as they head into Game 6 tonight following two series-turning losses in San Francisco. Or as the radio disclaimer reminds us – past performances are not necessarily indicative of future results.
“I’ve got to tell you, this defensive secondary with (Husain) Abdullah and (Ron) Parker? They are playing some really good football. These are guys who weren’t expected to do anything and they have become quality starters in this league. To me, that has made all the difference between last year’s defense and this year’s defense.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: Derrick Johnson, the heart, soul and leader of the Chiefs defense went down in the Chiefs opener with a season-ending Achilles injury and the Chiefs looked doomed. Then Eric Berry went MIA and the clouds grew even thicker over the Chiefs defensive huddle. But so often in sports and life great opportunity spawns greatness as it has with Parker and Abdullah. Now, that didn’t happen with Jayson Nix in the World Series but even miracles have a limit.
“Nobody gave (the Chiefs) a chance when the schedules came out. Nobody gave them a chance when the injuries occurred. This is the personality that this (Chiefs) team has taken on.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: I had the Chiefs down for five wins before the season. I thought the schedule looked far too difficult for a team that has so few offensive weapons and no wide receivers of note. Well, they are 4-3 and their wide receivers have still not caught a touchdown pass. Maybe they are reinventing the game via George Halas’ playbook.
“Alex (Smith) actually has a shoulder sprain that happened in the game. He was able obviously to go through the game and everything worked out OK. A bit sore today but should be fine.”
Andy Reid, following the Chiefs 34-7 win over St. Louis, ArrowheadPride.com
GH: Is there anyone out there in Mitch Holthus’ Chiefs Kingdom who still doesn’t think Alex Smith is just what the Chiefs needed at quarterback? He’s smart, tough and talented. Has anyone heard Kevin Kietzman toot his Geno Smith horn of late?
“(Michael) Vick, in 6 quarters of football this year has produced zero TDs, 5 INT/fumbles, and has completed 46.4% of his passes; will start over Geno.”
Benjamin Allbright, @AllbrightNFL , NFL draft guy, on the Jets decision to start Vick at Arrowhead Sunday, Twitter
GH: Chiefs fans will likely be denied a look at Geno Smith, the quarterback that KK so desperately wanted the Chiefs to draft two summers ago. At least as the starter. The Jets have been a disaster now for years and the Chiefs need to take advantage of them. As Dick Vermeil like to say, keep losing teams losing.
“This is not looking long-term, this is about the immediate. My focus is just on that and that’s on Kansas City and trying to find a way to get a win. And that’s why this decision was made.”
Rex Ryan, Jets head coach, NFL.com
“The Jets used Percy Harvin on 40 snaps Sunday (against Buffalo), by an unofficial count. In time, he will absolutely open up the offense for Eric Decker, but Smith and Vick must resist the urge to force the ball to him. Harvin was used sparingly in the slot but was a heavy presence on the outside and in the Jets‘ backfield. He had four carries.”
Connor Orr, writer, NFL.com
GH: Percy Harvin will be quite a test for the Chiefs scout-team secondary just as the elusive Vick will test the Chiefs’ excellent pass rush. Here’s hoping the Jets stay in a funk at least one more week.
“I just want to mention once again all the great help through the charitable arm, the players and the Clark fam…the Hunt family.”
Governor Jay Nixon, address the Chiefs as he presented them with the Governor’s Cup for their win over the St. Louis Rams, 610 AM
GH: Do you think Governor Jay Nixon listens to sports talk radio?
“Not an accident, Danny.”
Jake Gutierrez, after Danny Clinkscale remarked that the bumper music Jake was playing on The Border Patrol was the number-one song in October of 1985, 810 AM GH: Jake and The Border Patrol have been serenading their morning audience during the MLB playoffs with tunes from 1985 – and I have been loving the trip down memory lane. Somehow Jake decided that the anthem for the Royals postseason surge should be the theme from St. Elmo’s Fire, John Parr’s Man in Motion. I crank it up every time that song it comes on 810. I knocked almost a minute off my fifth mile this morning when Steven St. John let the entire song play out. This World Series stuff is one helluva lot of fun!
“Since 1982, teams down 3-2 going home for Games 6 & 7 have won 8 of 10 World Series.” World Series Stat that has been repeated often since Game 5 went final in San Francisco GH: Looks like Ned’s dream of a Game 7 is a real possibility.
“Two home games to win the World Series – would you sign up for that?”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: Think about coming out of the All-Star break and that three-game sweep by the Red Sox – and just how over any postseason hopes appeared to be. I walked through Hy-Vee yesterday after work and was in awe of the square footage they have dedicated to Royals World Series gear. Our Royals. The same Royals the Red Sox spanked in July. Win tonight and Game 7 awaits.
“The Royals have seen potential Game 7 (ticket) prices hold steady over the weekend despite entering an elimination game on Tuesday. The average price for Game 7 tickets is currently $1,559.27 on the secondary market and will likely rise to even greater heights if the Royals were to force the game with a win on Tuesday. The get-in price for Game 7 starts at $598, more than double what Game 6’s get-in price is currently listed.”
Jesse Lawrence, contributor, Forbes.com
GH: Translation: Getting into The K the next two nights is going to be expensive. Here’s hoping it is really costly for the Giants.
“Yes or no?”
A Friend, texting me Monday night to ask if I was available to go to Game 6 if he got tickets GH: I don’t have it in my budget to pay for tickets to a second WS game this month but this buddy was willing to treat me and a couple of other guys. I texted him to let him know I wasn’t comfortable sticking him with the cost. He answered my text with the question above, “Yes or no?” Well, I am heading to Game 6 tonight courtesy of one very good friend.