OTC: Even At 6-0, Chiefs Able To Play Underdog Card / Chicago Marathon Highlights From A Jogger

“(The Chiefs) can get pressure on the quarterback with the four-man rush. They don’t have to blitz. The secondary is solid. This defense is one of the best in the NFL. They’re going to give Peyton Manning some problems. Now offensively…that’s the problem. This is not a 6-0 offense. I think part of it is that they try to manage the game to play to the strength of their team which is their defense. But when I watch Alex Smith at quarterback, he’s not a guy that’s going to challenge you outside throwing the football. That limits the number of big plays you have. The defense is a championship defense.”
Charley Casserly, former Texans GM and current analyst for NFL.com, 610 AM
GH: Are Casserly’s comments false? Not really. Will they make Chiefs fans mad? Sure. That’s what fans do. But you know what Alex Smith is really, really good at? Winning. All Alex does is win. Sounds like the makings of a nice big sign to hang at Arrowhead this Sunday.

“(Casserly’s comments) is the ultimate ‘yeah but…’ The Chiefs can fully embrace the disrespect card with their offense. If you’re 6-0 and can still be disrespected, use it. You’re 6-0 and you can still play the underdog card.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: It is pretty difficult to play the no-respect card when you’re 6-0 in the NFL – unless you’re the Chiefs who are coming off a 2-14 season and suffering from a 20-year playoff-win drought.

“It was like a whole supplemental draft (when the Chiefs were able to acquire seven players after the final cut-down date). It really goes to show you that their ice is thin. We’re going to hold our breath the entire season. I’m not saying they can’t continue but it’s going to be dicey.
Kevin Harlan, 810 AM
GH: This 6-0 start might be as good as it gets for the Chiefs. But it might not. I’m riding this red wave until it crashes.

“I think it is amazing that they have so quickly been able to come in and change the entire culture of the (Chiefs) team.”
T.J. Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: Jack Harry mentioned this week how one of the photographers at KSHB told him he is enjoying covering the Chiefs for the first time in his career – not because of the winning but the way John Dorsey and Andy Reid have lifted the veil of secrecy and security in how the media is able to work at Arrowhead. The Chiefs have converted the local media who cover them from the enemy to an ally. The fact that Carl Peterson and Scott Pioli were unable to see how this benefits the Hunt’s franchise speaks to their weaknesses as CEOs.

“I’m not making this up!”
Kevin Kietzman, who told his audience that Chiefs’ fans are waiting to go to the restroom when the Chiefs’ offense is on the field rather than leaving when the defense is playing, 810 AM
GH: I think KK’s making it up. Chiefs’ fans don’t leave their seats to go to the bathroom.

“Now it’s called ‘The Fourth Phase.’ Seattle has the 12th Man and we have the Fourth Phase.”
Mitch Holthus, on his preferred nickname for the Chiefs’ crowd at Arrowhead, 810 AM
GH: Please. Mitch. No more nicknames. It is not your strength. The Fourth Phase sounds like a new shopping mall in Olathe off Blackbob. TerrorHead is the one I kind of like.

“They’re flying around, making plays – they’re having fun! That’s what they’re doing. They’re fun to watch.”
Andy Reid, on the Chiefs’ defense, 810 AM

“It starts with this guy with is about 340 pounds and can move like he’s 120. That’s how you build your defense.”
Andy Reid, on Dontari Poe’s play this season and how he’s helped improve the Chiefs’ defense, 810 AM

“For everybody that loves MAC-donald’s, I think it’s a great thing. And for people who like (quarterback) sacks, too.”
Dontari Poe, Chiefs nose tackle, on the local promotion at some area McDonald’s that are offering a buy-one-get-one Big Mac on the day after a Chiefs game that produces at least one quarterback sack, WDAF Fox 4
GH: I love how Poe says, “MAC-donalds.” I think it’s a black thing; kind of like “PO-lice” and “am-bah-lance.”

“I don’t think anybody give two hoots about the broadcaster. I think it’s all about the game.”
Kevin Harlan, after Soren Petro took a shot at some of the ex-NFL players who are working in the TV booth, 810 AM
GH: People definitely care about the quality of their TV broadcasters for NFL games. They will watch no matter how much they despise the broadcasters’ work, but they still care a great deal. A great broadcast crew can add so much to a game, just as a poor crew can detract. Harlan is one of the best play-by-play guys I’ve ever heard on radio. No one delivers more information in an easy-to-understand cadence than the former Jayhawk. What I like about Harlan is he is still improving. There are very few people with his decorated resume who you can say that about.


GH: Got this email from a friend of mine, Brian Richards, who toured the Chicago Marathon last Sunday in just under 5:30 hours. I thought I would share some of his observations from this great race.

Top 5 Neighborhoods – all 20+ were great, but:

1. The Loop – hard to beat the crowd density and volume and the high concentration of out-of-towners there to support a runner

2. Lincoln Park/Old Town (tie) – easily the best-dressed – a social event for the high-disposable-income group

3. Boy’s Town – rocked the entrance with a rainbow banner over the street – high-fived the cheerleaders sporting yesterday’s five o’clock shadow

4. Wrigleyville – for these guys, a sporting event where they don’t have to worry about a loss

5. Pilsen – in my mind, I was dancing the salsa to loud, awesome Hispanic music. In reality, I cracked a smile and kept shuffling along


Top 5 Characters I Encountered:

1. Old dude running his 100th marathon – I made a point of congratulating him

2. 2 Kansas City ladies – one running her first marathon and the other acting as her guide

3. Guy-running-in-front-of-me-with-the-world’s-worst-gait – why does this always happen?

4. (tie) Elvis/Assh*le spectator within the first 2 miles shouting “You’re almost there!”

5. Walt Holt (college buddy from William Jewell)


Top Signs Spotted at the Chicago Marathon:

1. “Hurry, Before the Kenyans Drink All the Beer!”

2. “Push HERE for Turbo Boost”

3. “Pain Now, Beer Later”

4. “You Better Run B*tches”

5. “Run You B*tches!”

6. “Run You F*ckers!”

7. “There’s A Zombie Chasing You”

8. (w/GIANT Clown Face) “There’s a Clown Chasing You”

9. “Run, Forrest, Run!”

10. “Run Happy!”

11. “Hey Kenyans, my dad let you win”

12. “I bet you thought they said Rum”

13. “Run quietly please, I have a hangover”

14. “The reason your legs hurt is because you have been kicking ass”


Top 5 Food Items I Enjoyed The Most:
1. Pequod’s Pepperoni/Mushroom Deep Dish Pizza

2. Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest w/above pizza

3. Chicago Dog from Devil Dawg’s

4. Slider Cheeseburger from Devil Dawg’s

5. Slim Jim someone handed me after crossing the finish line


About Greg Hall

Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.

30 Responses to OTC: Even At 6-0, Chiefs Able To Play Underdog Card / Chicago Marathon Highlights From A Jogger

  1. Arte says:

    Mitch Holtus’ nicknames are not improving.

    • Hot Carl says:

      Holtus is absolutely awful. He’s got his head so far up Clunt’s ass when he spits it comes out of Clunt’s mouth.

    • Bill says:

      Mitch Holtus’ nicknames suck. I, too, like Terrorhead.

      • Kyle says:

        Yes for Terrorhead.

        I actually think Holthus us a pretty good PBP announcer. He just tries so hard to be witty and is always coming up with stupid nicknames like “The Centaur”. God that was awful. You know he is not going to stop now that “Chiefs Kingdom” has officially taken over as the team moniker.

        • Big D in the O says:

          I actually liked the Centaur one..it always made me laugh. However, can we please stop the “Put the hammer down” it isn’t catching on…and it has been what 4 years? I picture Len’s eye roll everytime I hear it.

      • Java Man says:

        I think Mitch keeps trolling for his own cool nickname.

  2. Kyle says:

    MAC donalds is a South thing. I lived in Louisiana for 2 years and everybody said it that way. They have their own language down there.

    • Lance The Intern says:

      I agree. I grew up in the south. I still say “MAC donalds”…Even my kids laugh about it.

    • Renton says:

      My very white in-laws, who live in north Florida, also say MAC donalds. almost like it’s two words. Agree with Kyle, it’s a southern thing.

  3. Bronco Terrance says:

    First off, the Chiefs are the most overrated 6-0 team in NFL history. Their offense is an absolute joke and the organization is stupid for paying Bowe $60M to be a decoy. They are getting closer to their ass wuppin by the Broncos on Nov 17th. Secondly, what is with all the race baiting Greg. Saying Mac Donalds is not a black thing but a south thing just like that moron Kyle said!

  4. Dan says:

    More signs I saw: “PR or ER”

    “You’re doing Aladeen” (reference to the movie “The Dictatro”

    and my favorite:

    “If it was easy, it would have been called ‘Your Momma’.”

  5. Kyle Rohde says:

    Camarohead is still my favorite.

  6. Scott says:

    I’m riding this red wave -GH. Ah that explains the bad mood

  7. Buster McFillibuster says:

    As I have said before….Mitch Holthus is an absolute CLOWN!! Make no mistake, there has never been a goofier guy in the booth for any sport ever. Total dumbass. My ears bleed when I hear his shitty quips and nicknames. It is shame that Kansas Citians have been subjected to the verbal torture of listening to this bonehead week in and week out for 20 years. I for one will cheer the day that his vocal chops are silenced.

  8. Phaedrus says:

    I find it somewhat odd that people enjoy running in such large marathons, given that running is generally thought of as such a solitary pursuit. Biggest marathon I’ve run is Detroit….I think it had about 15k people. It was a nice experience, but I couldn’t imagine running with 30-40k other people. I run to clear my head and get away from people…not to be surrounded by them.

    Give me a sparsely attended trail marathon over a big city road marathon any day.

  9. Jason Gavin says:

    I also saw a sign that had Jesse Pinkman’s face captioned “YEAH BITCH.” That made me laugh at about mile 18.

  10. Willie The Wildcat says:

    Kevin Harlan is one of the greatest radio announcers I’ve ever heard. Period. I hate KU and would root for them if Kevin called their game … well, maybe not to that extreme. KU does suck and all.,.

  11. Kerouac says:

    (Harlan) “I don’t think anybody give two hoots about the broadcaster. I think it’s all about the game.”

    - not true… I haven’t enjoyed any Chiefs announcer much as I did Tom Hedrick back in the day; no doubt he remains the finest broadcaster the Chiefs have ever had. Nationally, the late Curt Gowdy & Charlie Jones same haven’t been topped by anyone since.

    Sometimes even the good ones stay too long at the fair (the late Bill Grigsby comes to mind locally, Dodgers Vin Scully another – as a Dodger fan having listened to him since the early 1960′s, his misstatements are now as frequent as his anecdotes), know when to say when.

    • JBuck says:

      And to think, he’s still a thousand times better than Phys and/or Hud.

    • Mike O says:

      Kerouac please submit for drug testing… Kerouac please submit for drug testing… NOW
      Do Not Ever disparage Vin Scully. EVER. I thank God that he signed up for his 65th season in 2014 and I will listen or watch every chance I get. You need to step back 15 or 20 feet and see the art. He has painted many thousands of portraits over the years. So what if they are more abstract than real now. They are still valuable pieces of art from an artist who keeps doing the only work he has ever known. But you would probably say Charley Steiner is a genius with his idiotic babbling.

      • Kerouac says:

        No, even Steiner is capable of making Scully sound as if he were ‘on his game’… which affirms the Dodgers now have 2 of the worst announcers in MLB, circa 2013. At least Hedrick knew ‘when to say when’… Vin has stayed too long at their fair, and has become a caricature of himself.

  12. Big D in the O says:

    Nice Olathe “Shopping mall off Blackbob” shout out…sounds like someone made it out to Twin Peaks recently.

  13. Mike O says:

    The Kansas City Chiefs fans just make me feel sick. No, not all of you, just the ones that can listen to Mitch Holthus and think he calls a good game. In all honesty, back in the day, Mitch would sub for Kevin Harlan here and there when Kevin was unable to do a game. I thought, wow, this guy could be the next Chiefs radio guy. Well unfortunately I was correct and he was good those first couple of years when on occasion I couldn’t watch the game. I turned on the radio today (Phil Simms needs to retire from analyst) and I didn’t last 2 minutes before I put the TV back on audio. His schtick is so worn out and lame now. My first thought was. “Somebody please shoot him with a tranquilizer dart.” Sorry, Mitch, not every play requires that you scream the description of the pounding footsteps of the guy tackled 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage especially when KC is on offense. There is a time to speak in a fairly normal voice during a football game (like 90% of the time.)
    HERE IS AN ALERT TO YOU CHIEFS FANS… he only screams out every play because if it turns out to be important in a way that the national networks show the video – they use the radio voice on video shown on ESPN or NFL Network or any of the national sports networks. Yes, he is still trying to move up in the world. And, yes, he is still in love with the sound of his own voice. Sadly, he is probably stuck here because his dumb catch phrases and tag lines PUT… THE… HAMMER.. DOWN on him. Back at ya Mitch :)

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