OTC: Frank Martin The Bully Finally Meets His Ralphie / KK Going Goofy In Arizona Sun

“Answer the fucking question, asshole!”
Frank Martin, head basketball coach at South Carolina, screaming at one of his players during a timeout in the Florida at South Carolina game
GH: South Carolina suspended Martin for this weekend’s game at Mississippi State – probably because his embarrassing outburst was caught on video and quickly shared via Twitter and the web. None of this is news to Big 12 or SEC basketball fans. Martin has made an ass of himself going back to his days as an assistant coach at K-State under Huggins. What is new is that his boss this time has decided to make him accountable and suspend the bully.

“You know what I call (Frank Martin calling his player an asshole)? Every time out in Manhattan, Kansas! You know what I call that? Every time out in Columbia, South Carolina! So why hire Frank Martin? That is Frank Martin’s coaching style.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The AD who hired Martin is no longer at South Carolina. So Petro’s question has little bearing. Petro seems to think since this is how Martin has acted in the past, it’s USC’s fault. Why would Petro blame the school instead of the bully? Read on…

“Hopefully he will learn from it and grow from it. … I love Frank Martin, the guy. I love him. I do believe Frank Martin has the kids’ best interest at heart.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Frank Martin is a magician at manipulating the media and those best equipped to hammer away at his ridiculous sideline deportment. Martin had media dupes like Petro and Nick Wright licking his custom-made purple cowboy boots when he was at K-State. Unfortunately, it appears he still does.

“Being away from Frank Martin changes my perspective. You would think so positively about Frank Martin as a husband, as a father, as a friend, as a coach. You would see so much good, sometimes you don’t even notice the language that is going on and the outbursts that occur. … But then you step back and you say, ‘Wait a second.’ You start thinking of what people’s impressions are of the words that are coming out and the look in his eyes and you can see where this doesn’t play.”
Stan Weber, when asked his opinion of Martin being suspended by USC, 810 AM
GH: When Stan Weber questions the actions of a beloved ex-KSU coach, you can bet that coach deserves questioning.

“I heard Stan Weber say you can’t use that coaching style anymore. When did that cross the line? … I think it’s hypocritical of South Carolina. If he had 20 wins it wouldn’t happen. If he wins, it’s okay.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Petro went on to chastise the action of some student who ran onto the court last night to scream in the face of the Hawaii coach. Petro found the actions of this idiot college kid far more offensive than anything Frank Martin has done. “If I have been a player on that team that kid would be missing some teeth,” declared Petro. What a tough guy, huh?

“Didn’t (Bill Self) essentially (take the spotlight from his seniors) by turning this (Senior Night) into the Harbaugh Game? … The question is in doing so did (Self) go back on his word – and I’ll read it exactly. ‘Our fan base would be disappointed if we did something that took away from one of the great traditions of our basketball season. And that is Senior Night.’”
Kevin Kietzman, while talking to KUSports.com’s columnist, Tom Keegan, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman obviously is bored into a state of preposterousness down covering spring training in Arizona. He has spent much of his time in Arizona throwing some of the most bizarre bullshit up against the wall hoping any of it will stick. None has – especially his goofy tirade against Bill Self going back on his word by having Harbaugh at Allen Fieldhouse for Senior Night. KK tried to lure LJW’s Tom Keegan into his nuttiness but Keegan refuse the invite. Read on.

“Well, I was at the game and I didn’t even see Harbaugh. … During the game it really wasn’t a big deal at all.”
Tom Keegan, columnist for Lawrence Journal-World, in an interview with Kietzman about KK’s issue with Self allowing Harbaugh to be at KU’s Senior Night, 810 AM
GH: Keegan sounded like he wanted to be polite with KK’s craziness but at the same time he was dumbfounded by Kietzman’s line of questioning…

“Did Jim Harbaugh add to and make Senior Night or was he a distraction?”
Kevin Kietzman, querying Keegan, 810 AM

“I think he added to it. I don’t see how it would detract from it, really. Harbaugh wasn’t part of the night. He was part of the practice (before the game). That’s just adding to publicity Kansas gets. I don’t think it’s adding at the expense of any of the seniors.”
Tom Keegan, columnist, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman is suffering from what I like to call having to cover practice and cactus while at spring training. He appears to think he MUST create a controversy or have a sexy story every day from 2 PM to 4 PM – and when there’s no such thing he just makes one up. I guess that isn’t all that different from his typical Between The Lines show.

“I can’t tell you whether (Hosmer) was on the bag or not.”
Kevin Kietzman, on a play in Wednesday’s spring-training game where Kietzman believed the Royals first baseman may have lifted his foot off the base prematurely, despite the umpire calling the runner out, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman tried to make Hosmer’s foot his point of emphasis on his Wednesday show from Arizona. KK hounded on this point for two days – bleeding off into both The Border Patrol and The Program as well.

“I’m a hundred percent sure! I saw it!”
Kevin Kietzman, on the questionable play by Hosmer pulling his foot earlier in the game, after Jack Harry challenged him about what he saw, 810 AM
GH: Jack Harry was not in Arizona with Kietzman and the distance between the two appeared to give Mad Jack some much needed courage to stand up to KK. He pushed Kietzman to reverse his earlier statement by goading him and picking at his credibility. In other words the two changed roles for this week.

“(Hosmer) does it a lot. I just think he thinks it’s cool. … I think he knows he’s off the bag. I think he thinks it’s cool! He’s a showman! He’s clearly a hotdog!”
Danny Clinkscale, on Eric Hosmer prematurely pulling his foot off of first base after receiving a throw from an infielder, 810 AM
GH: Of course Danny was lockstep in line with Kietzman and the deadly foot-pulling controversy.

“(Ned Yost) was trying to pull a bunch of bull on me and tell me the mob was involved and Vegas! He wouldn’t even give me the names! … If he’s down there trying to pull pranks on me and telling me about the mob, he’s not taking it that seriously.”
Kevin Kietzman, after Jack Harry suggested he ask Ned Yost about his concerns about the video replay duo the Royals have chosen, 810 AM
GH: This was another non-story that KK tried his damndest to make a story. What was entertaining about this attempt was that Jack harry literally laughed at him for this lame game. KK does not liked to be made fun of – ask Scott Pioli – but Jack refused to be pulled into the nonsense. Read on.

“It’s not a big deal to me. It really isn’t. They’re going to sit and look at a monitor, right? That’s not that big a deal is it who sits in there? If they’re paying attention to what’s going on? I don’t know, Kevin. You don’t need a pedigree to do something like that. Who do you have to be to make that call? You’re looking at the TV! It’s not a big deal, Kevin. It’s really not.”
Jack Harry, 810 AM

“I’m not even making a comment that the Royals are doing anything wrong here (with their video replay personnel)!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: One of Kietzman’s favorite ploys is to state the exact opposite of what we are actually hearing him do. Read on…

“Don’t just go grab somebody and say, ‘Go do it.’ That’s what this feels like. … I guarantee you that what the Royals are doing with two bullpen catchers monitor instant replay challenges, someday – years from now – we will look back and laugh. … I’ll bet you right now the Royals are in the bottom-third of the league in things challenged. They’re not embracing it.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: But KK’s not saying they’re doing anything wrong here.

“This manager is clearly not interested in a non-baseball person helping him.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Sounds like KK is ready to put Yost in the same place he likes to keep his dislike for Pioli.

“Honestly, it feels kind of like a road game. It’s not familiar territory for us.”
Kareem Richardson, UMKC’s head basketball coach, when asked by the Roos play-by-play voice, Steven Davis, what he thought of playing a home game at the Independence Events Center, 810 AM
GH: UMKC beat Seattle last night and has a game with Idaho coming up. I have no interest in UMKC playing in the WAC. Idaho? Seattle? The Roos need to find a way to get into the Missouri Valley and play conference games that are in the same time zone.

“I guess if they do what they’ve done all year they’ll go win the game (at Tennessee) by 12 points. … It is going to take one of Missouri’s better efforts of the year. To know (Missouri) is in (the NCAA tournament), win at Tennessee and win two (in the SEC tourney).”
Gabe DeArmond, on the Mizzou basketball team doing the opposite each game of what most have expected this season, 810 AM

“I don’t think (KU’s) defense travels like it should. I don’t think they play as good of defense on the road.”
Rustin Dodd, KU beat writer for The Star, 810 AM
GH: Dodd mentioned that KU seems to feed off their home crowd to ratchet up their defensive effort. There are no home crowds in the NCAA tourney, Hawks.

“I don’t necessarily view this as a must-win year for (the Royals).”
Buster Olney, ESPN MLB analyst, in his weekly conversation with The Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: Buster doesn’t live in Kansas City, does he?

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25 Responses to OTC: Frank Martin The Bully Finally Meets His Ralphie / KK Going Goofy In Arizona Sun

  1. fecklessfan says:

    KK on sports: a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  2. heeterjoe says:

    KK doesn’t like to be ignored while he is attempting to create a controversy. Expect the attempts to get more and more ludicrous until he generates some phone calls. He is the definition of a troll.

  3. Hot Carl says:

    Greg, the best thing about your column is that I NEVER have to listen to that dildo Kietzman. Your recaps are better than anything that idiot has to say.

    • Kansas Marine says:

      I second that! Afternoon radio has been much more enjoyable since I 86’d KK. I suggest the rest of you try it.

  4. Brummy says:

    KK has some Whitlock in him; there’s a lot of that around KC.

    • tigerpiper says:

      “Not to pull the race card but… ”
      My son said yesterday anything coming after “No offence but” is intended to offend, just like Whitlock’s oft-used mantra above.

  5. Zed says:

    GH: Kietzman obviously is bored into a state of preposterousness down covering spring training in Arizona. He has spent much of his time in Arizona throwing some of the most bizarre bullshit up against the wall hoping any of it will stick.

    I agree that stuff about Harbuagh was insane but KK makes up stuff all the time. But he spends most of his time “vacation” in Arizona relaxing in his house on a golf course in Arizona and playing golf.
    You can make fun of KK but he is laughing all the way to the bank. Most guys dream of owning a home on a golf course. KK owns Two homes on golf courses, one in Lenexa, ks. and one in Arizona. Must be nice.

  6. Free Lance says:

    Greg, Not sure why everyone rides KK so much. He adds a lot of flare to the radio so here is 1 fan who loves his show!

    I am so pumped for the start of the Royals season and would love your opinion of what is the Royals top moment in team history? I say George’s game 3 performance in 1985.

    October 27, 1985: Darryl Motley Catches Final Out in Game 7, 1985 World Series
    Al Michaels said it best, “To (Darryl) Motley…for the title! The Kansas City Royals are the 1985 World Champions.”
    Darryl Motley Catches Final Out in Game 7, 1985 World Series
    October 10, 1980: George Brett Home Run in Game 3, 1980 ALCS
    On October 10, 1980, during game 3 of the ALCS, George Brett hit a towering 3-run home run off Goose Gossage that traveled well into the third deck of Yankees Stadium, putting the Royals up 4-2 and sealing a 3 game sweep. The pitch was clocked at 98 mph, which was Gossage’s fastest of the game.
    George Brett Home Run in Game 3, 1980 ALCS
    October 26, 1985: Dane Iorg Pinch Hits in Game 6, 1985 World Series
    With the bases loaded and only one out in the bottom of the 9th of a 1-0 Cardinals lead, Dane Iorg was brought on to pinch hit. He delivered with a looping single to right field, scoring Onix Concepcion with the tying run and Jim Sundberg with the game-winning run and sending the series to a seventh game.
    Dane Iorg Pinch Hits in Game 6, 1985 World Series
    August 17, 1980: George Brett Goes Over the .400 Mark
    During the 1980 season, George Brett’s batting average was at or above the .400 mark for the majority of the season and as late as September 19, before settling at .390. His high mark for the season came on August 26, when Brett’s average stood at .407. The average of .390 is still the modern record for the highest average ever by a third baseman.
    George Brett Goes Over the .400 Mark
    September 30, 1992: George Brett 3,000 Hit
    On September 30, 1992 third baseman George Brett became just the 18th player to join the 3,000 hit club with a single off Angels’ reliever Tim Fortugno, his 4th hit of the game. Brett was subsequently picked off first base.
    George Brett 3,000 Hit
    July 25, 1999: George Brett Cooperstown Induction
    In 1999, George Brett was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. He received an astounding 98.2% of votes cast in his first ballot and remains the only ‘Royal’ in the Hall of Fame. Brett became the first player in history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, 600 doubles, 100 triples, 1,500 RBI and 200 stolen bases. The 12-time All-Star played his entire 21-year career for the Royals, earning an AL MVP Award, a Gold Glove, three batting titles and a lifetime batting average of .305.
    George Brett Cooperstown Induction

    October 22, 1985: Frank White Home Run in Game 3 1985 World Series
    During game 3 of the 1985 World Series at Busch Stadium, Frank White made history by becoming the first second baseman to hit in the clean-up spot in the batting order during the World Series as a result of the DH not being in effect in National League ballpark. He came through by hitting a two run homer and added a run-scoring double to lead the Royals to a 6-1 win.
    Frank White Home Run in Game 3 1985 World Series
    October 11, 1985: George Brett’s Performance in Game 3 of the 1985 ALCS
    George Brett has a game for the ages, going 4 for 4 with a single, a double, two home runs and a sparkling defensive play, leading the Royals to their first win of the series against the Blue Jays.
    George Brett’s Performance in Game 3 of the 1985 ALCS
    October 16, 1985: Jim Sundberg 3-RBI Triple in Game 7, 1985 ALCS
    With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning, Jim Sundberg came to the plate to face fading Blue Jays starter Dave Stieb. Sundberg hit a triple off the fence, scoring Hal McRae, Pat Sheridan and Steve Balboni, putting the dagger in the heart of the Blue Jays.
    Jim Sundberg 3-RBI Triple in Game 7, 1985 ALCS
    July 24, 1983: George Brett Pine Tar Home Run
    The Notorious Pine Tar Incident began as George Brett’s 2 run home run off Goose Gossage gave the Royals a 5-4 lead. Brett was subsequently ruled out after the umpiring crew ruled the pine tar on the bat exceeded the allotted 18 inches. Brett said years later regarding his subsequent emergence from the dugout: “It was just such an extraordinary thing to hit a homer off [Gossage], the thought of losing it was too much.”
    George Brett Pine Tar Home Run

  7. jon says:

    Couldn’t you substitute Bo Pelini for Frank Martin in any of these quotes and they would all still be true?

    • heeterjoe says:

      You could substitute about 80% off all coaches, in all sports. D1 athletes have a choice of who they play for. If they don’t want to put up with him, don’t go there! It’s not a secret that he is an obnoxious jerk as a coach.

      • jon says:

        Exactly! Just don’t understand why it is a big deal to Greg about Frank Martin, when his head football coach is one of the biggest bullies(as Greg called Frank) in coaching.

        • Steve says:

          To be fair, several of those players were probably already there when Frank came in, seeing as this is his second year there. They didn’t get to choose to play for him. And I doubt those players like the idea of transferring and having to sit out a year.

          I agree something like this probably is a common occurrence, but I feel like it’s kind of a big deal for two reason. 1. He did it in public, not behind the closed doors of a practice, It’s embarrassing for him and the school. 2. What does it accomplish? I’m sure most coaches yell at their players… but to call them an asshole? On national TV? It’s bad for recruiting, it’s bad for Martin and I would bet it probably didn’t make that kid play any better.

        • poodymilk says:

          if you read this blog regularly you know that Greg is just as hard on Pelini as he is on Martin.

  8. Mike says:

    Does KK have a house in Arizona?
    If not, perhaps his bizarre behavior owes more to house-shopping for his retirement landing spot.
    What craziness comes out of that guy’s head. And like Hot Carl, I agree that your recaps are better than BTL itself. I can do no more than roughly 20 minutes of KK a day, because when he veers into nonsense, I have to eventually find something a little more sane, lest I go batshit crazy too.

    And KK, it’s replay. You isolate the play on a monitor, then review-at most-a second of video, at varying speeds and angles, to determine a challenged-play’s outcome. It’s not exactly Ivy-League level stuff. Get a couple of guys versed in tech and in baseball, and have them geek out over the everyday and mundane for three hours a day, and there’s your replay team.
    Though if its anything like the NFL, home and visiting coaches (aka replay team) will only get to see a live feed of the game, and will not have the power to conduct their own reviews; they will have to make a challenge determination based on the same feed both teams see. It’s an equitability issue. The final call will come from some official in NY.

    • Kansas Marine says:

      Here’s a fun game to play. When any of the following occur you must change the dial for the remainder of the day.

      If KK:
      -Mentions Kansas State, Bruce Weber or Bill Snyder
      -Talks to or about Stan Weber, Jim Colbert, the Racin’ Boys or Jack Harry
      -References his golf game
      -Takes a shot at Nebraska, Kansas, Scott Pioli, Tony Gonzalez, Zach Greinke or Ned Yost
      -Suggests drafting a quarterback in every round
      -Is extremely nice to a guest and later badmouths them behind their back

      Should be a short afternoon!

    • Barry says:

      I think every state/county assessor has a search for property owners. Just type in Kevin Kietzman in the search and you can find out.

      I thought KK has property in Kansas, Missouri and Arizona. you can check if you want. I don’t think people realize how rich KK is.

  9. JP says:

    I listened to KK on Wednesday, because I was captive driving through the southern part of Kansas. His whining about Hosmer’s foot got old real quickly and the whining about the video replays as well. The team will figure it out and know when to challenge. It won’t be hard to delay in order to look at a video. KK’s diatribe is …well.. bizarre. It reminds me of his Chiefs takes in the early to mid 2000’s when his station had the Royals games. He never whined about the Royals when they were on 810. His whining about Self and Harbaugh again sounds like his purple blood was hurt by Harbaugh showing up at a KU practice. If it was K State, KK would have been loving on Harbaugh. Is consistency too much to ask from this guy.

    I have no sympathy for South Carolina, they knew what they were getting with Martin, temper and all. Of course I do miss the great one liners. “Ever heard of that Stan!!!!” is one of the classics that will stand the test of time.

  10. ssiknaf says:

    Arizona deserves KK – Douchery begets Douchery.

    Martin is a middling coach who belittles his players. He’s skinny Mangino and needs to be fired.

    Petro is hard to understand with all the jocks on his face.

  11. Java Man says:

    Great. Done bitching about the umps. Move on to bitching about video replay. Progress.

  12. Dan says:

    Good column, as usual, Greg. First click of the season to escape KK and the Racing Boys. Smoke and fire boys can’t be far behind.

    • BlackJack says:

      HOw often does he have them Racin’ boyz on the show? I guess it is only once a week, but it seems like 3 times a week, or seemingly every time I tune in at 3pm. There can’t be that many hard core NASCAR fans in KC, can there?

  13. Rico_suave says:

    I once saw Frank Martin at the Hyatt health club.when the Cats were in town..riding an exercycle

    looked like everyone else.. tall, fit.. but on the skinny side – definitely NOT into weights.. like a regular exec guy…listening to Ipod..fit right in with the usual businessman crowd.. very UNintimidating..

    but– with those padded shoulder Zoot Suits he wears, and the great scowling face on the sidelines..

    he’d scare the hell outta me & most guys.. he’s just got “the look” ..and knows how to use it.

  14. Tim says:

    So KK has a home in Arizona? I guess that commercial that runs on 810 about all the Union Broadcasting people spending all their money in KC is bullshit.

  15. Duke Frye says:

    KK will have the last laugh when he succeeds in having his Cerner buddies buy the Royals and move them to his hometown of Mission Kansas (the old mall site is still waiting); a grateful Sam Brownback then will agree to downgrade KU to a community college. Sam also will provide KK with diplomatic immunity in MIssion Hills. Now believe me, I’m not saying Kevin has an oversized ego and a deluded sense of his importance, but somebody looking at this might come to that conclusion.

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