“Kansas State is annoying.”
David Pollack, CFB analyst, as Auburn led KSU 10-7 at the half, ESPN
GH: Pollack’s ESPN booth mates chuckled at his comment. This comment annoyed me. Kansas State has built a football program over the past 20 years or so that is far more than “annoying.” They have two Big 12 championships and a number of 11-win seasons along with an annual bowl trip under Bill Snyder. Pollack diminishes these accomplishments and the level of play that Kansas State displays by calling them “annoying.” Check with Auburn and see if they thought the Cats were nothing more than annoying.
“I don’t remember a loss that was more frustrating than this loss. We honestly feel like we could have and should have won that game.”
Curry Sexton, KSU wide receiver, after K-State lost 20-14 to Auburn, 810 AM
“When asked if Auburn won the game or K-State lost it, Bill Snyder says, ‘The latter.’” Kellis Robinett, @KellisRobinett, Twitter
GH: There is no doubt that Kansas State could have won this game. But SHOULD they have won this game? Auburn is singing some of the same missed-opportunities woes as K-State in their turnovers and a dropped TD pass. Auburn just isn’t singing as loudly because they managed to win this toss-up of a game.
“When asked about Jack Cantele’s missed field goals, Bill Snyder attributes two to poor snaps and bad holds.”
Kellis Robinett, @KellisRobinett, Twitter
GH: Snyder also decided he had seen enough of Cantele when he sent in a replacement placekicker for the Cats’ final extra point attempt. Cantele’s missed kicks – even the bad-snap kick – we’re fairly easy kicks. But the play that really changed the game was Tyler Lockett’s dropped TD pass/INT. That play might have been more devastating to KSU’s chances than all three missed FGs combined. BTW, Shane Keyser has a great photo of Lockett’s miss and Jonathan Jones’ pick in today’s Star.
“This (loss to Auburn) does not fit into what you normally think of a K-State football game. There’s no way K-State’s going to have those kinds of mistakes ever again.”
Stan Weber, on the number of turnovers, missed field goals and missed opportunities in the Auburn loss, 810 AM
GH: This is the kind of analysis I do not need from Weber. How does he know this was an aberration of this Wildcat team? Stan sounded more like a KSU cheerleader on 810’s Border Patrol than a knowledgeable KSU insider. Why did the Cats have such a difficult time with turnovers? Why did Lockett drop two easy passes? Why did their veteran kicker who had only missed two FGs all of last season turn into Cario Santos? How could a Bill Snyder coached team look so casual at times? Nate and Steven let Weber off easy by not asking him to answer some tough questions about his team.
“How do you not feel better about K-State football today than you did yesterday? Did you ever think K-State could shut down Auburn’s running game like that? I’ve got to say that this K-State team is good and I feel better about them than I did before the game. It’s weird to feel better about your team after they just lost.”
Stan Weber, 810 AM
GH: I doubt most K-State fans feel better about their Cats than they did before the game. K-State had every opportunity to beat the fifth-ranked team in the country – and one from the hated SEC. And they did not get it done. It is a defeatist’s attitude to take that loss as a victory of sorts. That kind of attitude feeds the thought that KSU football is no more than “annoying.”
“I didn’t think it could get worse than when Turner Gill was there (at KU) but I think this is somehow worse. I think there was some thought that things would change when Charlie Weis was hired and that’s gone.”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: The problem is that we are even debating whether or not KU football worse under Gill or Weis. It was/is completely unaccepted under both. Dennis Dodd wrote an interesting column here on cbssports.com this week on possible replacements for Weis. I am hoping Sheahon Zenger has memorized it.
“I believe they are in the playoffs. I believe they are in the postseason. I like their chances against the Detroit Tigers this weekend. I believe they’re in without question.”
Mike Mcfarlane, on the Royals postseason hopes, 810 AM
GH: Mcfarlane has been unbending all season about his optimism for this Royals team – even during their darkest slumps. Those damn Tigers though are one tough out. Read on.
“Every time some team challenges Detroit they just slap them back down like a fly. Is this the time that Kansas City answers the call?”
Buster Olney, ESPN MLB analyst, 810 AM
“When was the last time the Royals had a three-game series and each game was televised nationally on a different network?”
Steven St. John, on the Tigers/Royals series being broadcast tonight on ESPN2, Saturday on Fox and Sunday on ESPN
GH: The last time the Royals were good enough to warrant this kind of network coverage there weren’t that many networks. This is going to be fun. Send me a tweet if you happen to run in John Kruk at Oklahoma Joe’s.
“It’s the series of a lifetime and the weather’s going to cooperate. We’re expecting just beautiful weather through the weekend.”
Gary Lezak, on the weather tonight and this weekend for the Tigers/Royals series, 810 AM
GH: Even the weather is cooperating for this series. Let’s hope Nori Aoki remains in his Ty-Cobb trance.
“It was just a couple of hundred or more (who experienced problems ordering Royals playoff tickets online). The pool of people we ended up hearing from individually, it ended up being a fairly small amount of people who weren’t sure (if their ticket order was processed). Just encourage fans to just contact the Royals if they’re concerned. We’re fighting through all of this as fast as we can.”
Toby Cook, Royals VP of community affairs, responding to the myriad of problems Royals fans experienced Thursday when they attempted to buy playoff tickets online, Kansas City Star
GH: I hate everything about this response from Cook. First of all, be prepared so that these online problems do not occur. I don’t know if it MLB or the Royals to blame but the Royals are going to be targeted with the criticism. Next, how does Cook know it was “a couple hundred people?” I am calling BS on this. We had ten people in my office run into issues of not being able to buy tickets and getting charged multiple times but not receiving tickets. How about just saying we FUBARed this sale about as badly as Ned handled Aaron Crow this season?
“Coming up, your chance to win Royals tickets with the best pirate impression.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Someone please ask whoever is forcing 610 to run these ridiculous game-show promotions to walk the plank.