OTC: Gabe DeArmond Says SEC Might Only Get 2 NCAA Bids / Frank Martin Is Back

“Missouri was 12-1. In the non-conference schedule, they did pretty darn well. Which instead of taking away from who they are, it should credit our league. Our league is not as bad as people make it out to be. Maybe the league’s pretty good. Missouri did pretty well in their non-conference schedule.”
Frank Martin, South Carolina’s head coach, in an interview this week with The Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: Frank is back in town this Saturday when his Gamecocks play in Columbia and from his interview with the Border Patrol, he hasn’t changed even a little. Frank is a bully and a salesman and those attributes have made him a millionaire. But not even Frank Martin can sell us on the SEC being a good basketball league – no matter how much he yells.

“The SEC, it is flat terrible! The SEC is about one bad loss from Tennessee away from being a two-bid league out of 14 teams in a major conference.”
Gabe DeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, on the woeful state of basketball in the SEC, 810 AM
GH: Missouri looked like an absolute slam dunk for an NCAA bid after their 12-1 start and the easy SEC schedule that awaited them. All that is gone even before we hit February. Read on.

“Missouri fans want to argue, ‘If we win 23 in a major conference were in.’ Not this conference! Not these 23! If you go 11-7 (in the SEC) you’re going to have to win one in Atlanta (at the SEC tourney). If you go 10-8 you’re going to have to be playing in the SEC finals. This (Missouri) team has to go 12-6 which means they have to go 10-3 the rest of the way to feel good. … And let’s be honest, for what we’ve seen out of this team there’s really not a lot of reason to expect that this team can do that.”
Gabe DeArmond, 810 AM
GH: Talk about a cold slap to the face of every Tiger basketball fan! And I’m talking all three of them!

“I’ve never been a part of anything like that. Our four and five players committed more fouls than points scored, rebounds and blocks COMBINED!”
Frank Martin, on the woeful play of his big men against Georgia Wednesday night, 810 AM
GH: If you have lost track of Frank Martin since he bolted from Kansas State, things have not gone real well for him at USC. Read on.

“I went home that night (after the Mississippi loss) and I felt like I demeaned Brett Williams. And that’s why I thought I needed to apologize to Brett.”
Frank Martin, on why he publicly apologized to his guard, 810 AM
GH: Martin doesn’t appear to have matured much since we saw him impersonating Bo Pelini on the Wildcats bench. But he swears he’s getting better…

“Sometimes I’m not happy with some of the words that come out of my mouth. I know I’ve worked hard at that and I know I’ve gotten better at that.”
Frank Martin, 810 AM
GH: Frank seems to have set an incredibly low goal for himself when it comes to professional deportment. I am going to guess he would not stand for his players to be so easy on themselves.

“I could care less if we’re winning or losing. I’m going to be who I am.”
Frank Martin, 810 AM
GH: I wonder if these comments were part of Frank’s job interview with USC? Steven St. John concluded the interview with Martin by fawning over him and telling him that his “loud” approach to coaching was reminiscent of how SSJ’s father raised him. So I guess that makes everything Martin does to belittle his players okay? Just once I’d love to hear someone interview Martin and be as tough on him as he is on his athletes.

“That whole area has an unbelievable place in my heart and my family’s heart.”
Frank Martin, on wishing the people of the Kansas City area well, 810 AM
GH: Martin sounded almost wistful when he said these words. Almost like he and his family just might miss Manhattan, Kansas.

“Do you know the guy that had the most impact on (Aaron Rodgers) when he met him? Who he was most impressed with when he walked away? Tarik Black. Think about it. He’s 6’9, 250, athletic. Put that in your head next year, you might see a little (Justin) Gage or Julius Thomas action with Tarik Black. I’m not saying it’s going to happen but don’t be surprised if it does. There’s a little Greg Gurley inside information of the year.”
Greg Gurley, KU radio color analyst, on how he perceived the Packers’ quarterback’s interest in KU senior post player when Rodgers met the Jayhawks last Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, 610 AM
GH: An interesting thought. Black has almost no chance at an NBA career but he’s got all the tools to play tight end. Some agent somewhere is reading this and calling Black about the NFL Combine right now. Would Bill Self let him attend?

“At least a third of that league suffers the same consequences as Vince Young. Their names just aren’t as popular.”
Herm Edwards, discussing the former NFL quarterback declaring bankruptcy this week at the age of 30 despite earning over $26 million during his seven-year career, 810 AM
GH: A third of the players in the NFL??? Crazy.

“(Ronnie) Peoples, who is president and CEO of Peoples Financial Service Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., testified under oath at a deposition hearing that he arranged a high-interest, seven-figure loan for Young during the 2011 lockout because the player wanted to throw himself a $300,000 birthday party even though he was running low on funds.”
Ruth Manuel-Logan, writer, newsone.com
GH: Live like you were dying, huh Vince?

“Young, who has four children with four different women, has been immersed in lawsuits that stem from a $1.8 million loan that was taken out in his name during the 2011 owners’ lockout of players. A judgment in favor of the company that made the loan has grown to $2.5 million.”
Ruth Manuel-Logan, writer, newsone.com
GH: And you thought you had troubles.

“I think (Richard) Sherman is refreshing. … Every player thinks he is better than the guy across from him.”
Andrew Brandt, NFL analyst, on Sherman boasting that he is the best corner in the league, 810 AM
GH: The first name that came to mind as I watched Sherman spit his ego into Erin Andrews mic was Cassius Clay. As a kid in the 1960s, Clay’s bold behavior and even bolder ego turned off a lot of the white folks. But my dad loved Clay. He loved his talent and how unafraid he was of life. Some people resent people for their courage. Others admire them for it.

“It was awesome because I’ve done so many interviews that are just so cliché and so rehearsed and the same old same old where you feel like you’re sleepwalking. This is one where I was like, ‘What is happening right now?’ I’ve never been a part of something like that, and obviously that’s why everyone nationally is talking about it.”
Erin Andrews, on her live interview with Richard Sherman, Seattlepi.com

GH: Andrews made her comments a day or two after her interview with Sherman. She had time to absorb the nation’s response to the interview and react accordingly. But her body language during the Sherman interview said anything BUT how “awesome” she thought the moment was at the time.

“So @bobfescoe wants to boycott all Olympics not in America and @3guysinagarage LOVES the Pro Bowl Draft. I work with some different dudes.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, Twitter

“Not afraid to go head-to-head with the big names in Kansas City Sports – Soren Petro!”
Radio Promo for Petro’s The Program show, 810 AM
GH: Who writes these promos for these sports talk guys? Kietzman’s promo asks us if we are glad he doesn’t evaluate our work. Sure. Why would Petro be afraid of interviewing a big name in KC sports? Are we supposed to think he’s a tough guy because Andy Reid is contractually obligated to appear on 810? Are Bill Self or Bruce Weber or Bill Snyder particularly surly dudes in a live interview? I just don’t understand the braggadocio from guys sitting on their ass most of the day.

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34 Responses to OTC: Gabe DeArmond Says SEC Might Only Get 2 NCAA Bids / Frank Martin Is Back

  1. Gavin says:

    I’ve been going over the Richard Sherman-to-Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali comparison and the reason I think it breaks down is that Ali called himself the G.O.A.T. in an individual sport. When it’s you and another guy, take all the credit because when you lose, you will get all the blame.

    But Sherman plays a team sport. What I don’t like about what Sherman’s antics were that when Andrews wen to interview him, he took an opportunity to make it a moment all about him when there were ten other guys playing defense alongside him, all of whom were doing their jobs well enough that Kaepernick though that the guy Sherman was covering was his best option. And Sherman took that as his big chance tomake t all about him.

    Now, do I think this is yet another signifier of the decline of the American civilization and of the rise of the American Thug Consciousness? No. I also do not think that Sherman’s conduct gives cover to the scads of people who used this as an opportunity to engage in either casual or explicit racism. He was very hopped up on adrenaline and he’d just made a huge play in a huge game so I can understand a bit of intemperate douchebaggery. I don’t know if he regrets it, but I hope that he does. But if he does regret it, I hope that he regrets it for not throwing a little credit to his teammates, not because he called Crabtree a lowlife because, well, Crabtree is a lowlife.

    • Say What? says:

      He does play a team sport but his position is one where he goes one-on-one many times over the course of a game, and many of those times against the same WR. I don’t think his behavior was any different than what typically happens on the sideline after a great play. It just so happened that this was at the end of a game and somebody stuck a microphone in his face immediately afterwards.

      According to Richard Sherman he does regret some of what he said.

      Many white people use the term thug as the new n-word, because they know they will get in trouble for using the latter. Not in all cases using the word, but in a lot.

      • EstoniaKat says:

        That’s bunk. Thug has always equated a grown-up bully, someone who leads with their fists and their mouth instead of their mind; it has nothing to do with race.
        And I won’t let the PC police co-opt its semantic meaning.

  2. Ali’s presser and post-fight rants were often clever and downright funny. Sherman’s was just screaming. I would more liken it to a garden-variety pro wrestling interview. But it was entertaining because what pro football player goes around shouting like that? I just hope there’s an encore.

    And BTW Greg, absent health reasons, Ali would go all Ernie Terrell on your ass for calling him Clay the way you did. Rumble, old men, rumble.

  3. P says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but Erin Andrews body language in the interview was more along the lines of “here’s your soapbox Richard Sherman, preach away”. I didn’t mind the follow up question either. I initially didn’t know if he was just referencing the whole 49ers team or one guy. I think Fox dropped the ball and didn’t let her keep going during the interview because they were scared of what else might come out on live TV.

    Big difference between Pelini and Frank Martin (at least from what I’ve heard rumored about Martin’s departure from Manhattan)….Pelini’s players love the guy. Referees and officials, not so much.

    YOLO Vince Young…YOLO.

  4. Jim says:

    Why does anyone feel the need to save professional athletes from themselves financially? There are millions and millions of people in this country that get into financial problems, bankruptcies, et al for no OTHER reason than they are stupid, selfish and generally don’t give a shit. They want what they want. Period. The level of money it takes to work themselves into a financial bind is irrelevant. Professional athletes get the attention because of the enormous sums of money they squander, but the overriding principle is the same. Stupid is as stupid does.

    • Say What? says:

      Why is saving anyone financially a bad thing? There is help for people at all income levels out there and it’s not bad for anyone to learn how to handle their finances, regardless of their profession.

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    • Kevin Kietzman says:

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      • Tim says:

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        • Babe Ruthless says:

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    • Kevin Kietzman says:

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  7. Jack says:

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  8. Todd says:

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  11. Jackson says:

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  13. Skippy says:

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  14. Tim says:

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  15. Mike says:

    The thing that irritates me on 810 the most is their inability to settle on just one VoiceOver guy. Their whole imaging is still a mess, as it seemed they started to transition away from the annoying, loud-talking dude to an ESPN Radio-approved voice. Or maybe that mess extends to just BTL, b/c The Program’s elements seem to be fine. BTL’s imaging is a train wreck. Update the VO’s and refresh the music content already. It’s been how many years now?

  16. Biff says:

    With two mediocre Big 12 football teams TXam and MU going to the SEC and doing well everyone has seen SEC football is way over rated. We also have learned that SEC basketball is just horrible. SEC basketball is Bad teams, bad refs, bad fans, nobody cares much,

  17. Basketball_Fan says:

    Fans complain about the built-in SEC bias with football, but certain basketball conferences have that built-in too — undeserving teams get ranked in the top 25 to begin with, then other ones make it in after obliterating worthless non-cons…then, “this top 25 team beat this top 25 team, who lost to this now top 25 team, who beat the first top 25 team, who beat this newly top 25 team. They should be ranked in the top 25 now!”

    Big 12 basketball is and always has been all about protecting the favorites. It was weird at the beginning to start watching SEC officials call tight games against both teams. KU fans have never actually seen that, because anytime the officials start calling a fair game, it’s when they lose, so those are epic things..

    Of course, Kansas could be 2-10 and would still receive votes from some asshole, which would perpetuate the myth of Big 12 awesomeness..

    • The Word says:

      Agree, the same people who hate on the SEC Football around this town, buy into the myth of Big 12 basketball being this alpha and omega of college basketball.

      Watch an SEC game and see how many calls go against Kentucky…KENTUCKY! Then watch a KU game….huge difference.

      • Biff says:

        The Big 12 and Big 10 are good football and basketball conferees, The SEC is an over rated but good football conference and a big turd basketball conference.

        • Sam says:

          The SEC is a better basketball conference than the Big 12, and it’s not even close. I don’t see how anyone could possible argue otherwise from an all-time perspective. This year the Big 12 appears much stronger than the SEC, but it’s only one year, and this year is still in progress. If Iowa State, K-State, Baylor, or some other teams make it to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament, maybe the Big 12 can beat it’s chest, but let’s see what happens.

  18. Old Man Kissel says:

    On a side note…I listened to CBS sports Radio and heard Nick Wright. VOice still high pitched and all I heard was him defending Josh Brent and Stone Cold Richard Sherman. And bashed white, hipster rapper Macklemore.

    So I guess the more things change, the more things stay the same. More white guilt…from White Guilt. Just on a national level.

    810 scoops 610 once again…

  19. Brian Mills says:

    I heard Jack Harry say he’s “not impressed” with the Big 12 on his Sunday night sports show on 41. Five Big 12 teams in the Top 25 ain’t good enough for Jack. He follows up with, “I’ll take the ACC or the Big Ten, maybe even the Pac-12.”

    The Big Ten, sure. Legit argument. Easy argument. Probably the best basketball conference this year. Five teams in the Top 25. But the ACC? And the freaking Pac-12? Does Jack even *watch* these teams play? Could he even name the ranked teams in the ACC without peeking? The ACC has three teams in the Top 25. Guess how many the Pac-12 has? One. Arizona #1. Every other team in the Pac-12 is average at best. Guess how many ranked teams Arizona has played this year? One. Coincidentally, that’s one more ranked team than Wichita State has played.

    The bitterness toward the Big 12 is palpable with Jack. Football season was fun but this SEC basketball business is ugly, painful stuff.

    • JP says:

      You mistakenly applied logic to a Jack Harry opinion. He only watches the local teams, and with his inherent Missourah bias, has to bash the Big XII incessantly. It’s not like he can defend SEC basketball in any way. He is following the playbook of trashing the Big XII at every turn. It’s pathetic, coming from someone who doesn’t watch any other leagues and only cheers for missourah and whomever KU is playing.

      • Biff says:

        What do people watch Jack Harry,? It tried to watch him after the Chiefs loss in the playoff but could on take a few minutes and changed the station. He is an old blubbering idiot. KCTV 5 is a lot better.

  20. Kerouac says:

    There is never anything new under the NFL sun really… basketball players considered as football players same goes back to at least Hank Stram’s days the Chiefs, his mid 1960′s desire sign a TE and even a WR he projected named Wilt Chamberlain. Alas, the ‘Big Fibber’- er, ‘Dipper’ was too busy creating narrative fable an ode to his ‘means’ with women, which simple mathematics proved was a bigger ‘Stretch’ than Wilt’s fancy.

    As to the erstwhile Cassius Clay, Chamberlain was also intriqued with fighting the renowned draft become Ali; specter the 6’3 latter having literally ‘jump up’ to touch the face with a by then out of oomph jab to the 7’1+ Wilt’s face would’ve no doubt been worth the price of admission.

    As to Sherman, he’s certainly no Mr. Peabody when it comes to expressing himself… he a by now circa 2014 just another example what passes for professional demeanor world of sports. Alas, his 15 minutes Warhol ended before his oral rose could fully bloom, ‘the line forms to the right’ in this by now discourteously passe tack the modern athlete, too many them. Once upon a time, Clay as scant others were aberration, one today become full-blown disease, almost if not (yet) epidemic.

    Martin? A poor man’s Bobby Knight, former’s bully affirming that coaches as players circa 2014 are neither better or worse than yesteryear’s, just less original as well less successful.

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