“I think a playoff win will validate the (Chiefs’) season. I think a playoff loss will leave a lot of people to say, ‘Same old Chiefs. Same old failure.’ Even if they lose on Sunday, the level-headed Chiefs fan should say, they turned it around from 2-14 to 11-5. The level-headed fan will say this organization is headed in the right direction. I am not level-headed.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
“You look at the Colts and every time they played a team in their division the second time they beat them even worse than the first time around.”
Danan Hughes, 610 AM
GH: I want the Chiefs to win and I want to be as positive about their chances as say Chiefs’ super fan X-Factor. But I can’t see a lot of reasons to think the Chiefs have more than an upset chance in Indy. That stomping the Colts applied just a couple of weeks ago at Arrowhead is just too fresh.
“I got more handsy at my neighbor’s Christmas party last night than Kendrick Lewis has trying to tackle all day.”
Mick Shaffer, @mickshaffer, during Chiefs loss to Colts, Twitter
“Good Morning America is covering the lawsuit against the Chiefs from Jovan Belcher’s family.”
@ArrowheadPride, Thursday morning, Twitter
GH: Good grief, people – have you no pride? Does it always have to be someone else’s fault? What happened to being held accountable for shooting the mother of your infant child and then taking the coward’s way out by offing yourself in front of your traumatized teammates and coaches? I hope the media does all it can to cover this story fairly – and I mean from the Chiefs’ perspective just as much as the family’s side.
“If there ever was a position in the NFL that should change (the way college football players are allowed to leave college), these (running backs) should be paid from the ages of 19 to 22.”
Andrew Brandt, NFL analyst for ESPN, 810 AM
GH: This is one reason I expect Henry Josey to announce shortly after the Cotton Bowl that he will not be returning to Mizzou for his senior season. I can’t think of anyone who should have a problem with this if he does bolt for the NFL early.
“I don’t get it. I don’t get it. If I was a betting man I would be running to the betting lines in Las Vegas to put my money on Missouri. And I said the same thing about K-State and I was right.”
Nate Bukaty, on Oklahoma State now being a 1.5-point favorite over Mizzou in the Cotton Bowl, 810 AM
GH: What Kansas State did to Michigan in their bowl made their five-loss season turn from September angst to December excitement. Huge props to the Cats for turning things around once Snyder decided on the correct quarterback. As for Mizzou against OSU – this game should not even be all that close. I like the Tigers by 14 plus. I still root for the old Big 8 teams as if they were all still in the same conference.
“Did it look like the American was a step below the other leagues when UCF was pummeling Big12 champ Baylor? Just asking.”
Michael DeCourcy, @tsnmike, Twitter
GH: Baylor’s loss is a blow to the Big 12’s football reputation. But an Oklahoma win over Alabama tonight could erase all questions about the Big 12’s status. An Alabama romp though would add to the conference’s sinking stature. The Sooners could give us all a big boost with an upset win tonight.
“Congratulations to Michigan State, hell of a team the earned the title Rose Bowl champs.”
Shayne Skov, Stanford linebacker, @ShayneSkov11, following Stanford’s loss to the Spartans, Twitter
GH: I want my athletes and teams to compete like crazy during the game but show humility and grace afterward. Skov exemplifies what it means to be a college athlete in his tweet.
“It’s amazing, Kansas City has FOUR TV stations that ALL have the most accurate weather report in the city. That’s impressive.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Twitter
GH: Is it any more amazing than KC having two all-sports radio stations that claim to be the most powerful, most-listened-to and best since Marconi?
“As conference play approaches, what’s the best league in college basketball? Gotta be Big Ten or Big 12. I’m leaning Big 12.”
Jason King, @JasonKingBR, Twitter
GH: The Big 12 looks fantastic. How about the job Bruce Weber is doing at Kansas State this past month?
“It’s a great step. We were very humbled and embarrassed in Puerto Rico. We came back and talked about controlling December.”
Bruce Weber, on K-State’s win over Gonzaga, 810 AM
GH: Where are the easy games in the Big 12? At Texas Tech? Maybe. This is going to be one wild winter in Big 12 hoops.
“Things worse than Garrick Sherman’s beard …go.”
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, tweeting during the ND/Ohio State game about the Irish’s big man’s beard, Twitter
GH: Gottlieb tweeted this out during the game to elicit some humorous responses from his many followers. What he likely did not expect is the reaction he received from Notre Dame’s Garrick Sherman…
“Your ability to stay eligible at Notre Dame.”
Garrick Sherman, @gsherm11, responding to Gottlieb’s crack on his beard, Twitter
“In case you didn’t already know, Gottlieb played for Notre Dame for one season in the mid-1990′s, but was caught stealing credit cards from students and making $900 charges to the cards. This act led to his expulsion from the school¹. Sherman may have fought fire with fire tonight, and twitter seems to really be on the side of the Fighting Irish player-the current one, that is.”
Cam Newton, BustingBrackets.com
“Very well done Doug. Your maturity and class never fails to shine through… got any credit cards I can borrow?”
Garrick Sherman, @gsherm11, Twitter
GH: When professional broadcasters engage college athletes in a tense public dialogue, it is usually not a bright move on the broadcaster’s part. Gottlieb found this out quickly, despite trying to diffuse the situation.
“I got nothing but love my man, the beard is a good Amish look—u have the right to swing back—or shave—“
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, responding to Sherman’s tweets, Twitter
“I have no love for you or respect for you. You’re biased and ignorant. Stay outta my mentions.”
Garrick Sherman, @gsherm11, Twitter
GH: I like Gottlieb’s work because he isn’t a cookie-cutter analyst. He is willing to make bold statements that I at times find brilliant and at other times ridiculous. I hope he is able to walk that fine line and stay eligible for his job as he matures and learns how to cope with the perils of social media.
“Boyz in da hood.”
Restaurant Exhaust Systems Cleaning Company
GH: I saw this painted on the side of one of their trucks riding east on I-435 in Overland Park. Gotta love creativity.
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