OTC: K-State’s BaconBait Secures Our Reputation As Pigs / KK Revisits Bully Boys

“Social media was sizzling hotter than a slab of bacon in an iron frying pan Wednesday after it was announced Tuesday that (Kansas State) students attending the women’s (basketball) game will be given free cooked bacon before tipoff. At first, K-State officials were only planning to cook about 75 pounds of thick-sliced bacon. But after the pork promotion blew up on Twitter, Facebook and the Internet, 300 pounds of bacon are scheduled to be cooked.”
Phil Anderson, writer, CJonline.com
GH: Oh my. And we wonder why we here in the Midwest are looked upon as country bumpkins? I saw a tweet where someone said they use bacon to lure their dog into the house out of the rain. K-State is using “a boat load of bacon” to lure students of higher learning into a women’s basketball game? On how many levels does this just scream WRONG?

“We sat around with our Student Advisory Board in preseason and asked them what incentives would get them out to games that they wouldn’t necessarily go to. We talked about the usual promotional items, and food was an overwhelming response. We threw out bacon just to throw out the idea, and the advisory board was all over it and excited about it. We decided it was something different and new we wanted to try.”
Bethany Cordell, graduate assistant for women’s basketball marketing at K-State, CJonline.com
GH: “Something  different and new?” How does the women’s hoops team at K-State like having their marketing staff stooping to using bacon to attract fans? What’s next at KSU, bacon-scented perfume? I can see it on a billboard now – “Bacon: Kansas’ state aphrodisiac.”  

“We’re really excited about how much it’s gone viral.”
Bethany Cordell, CJonline.com
GH: If there really is no bad publicity, then Kansas State has a winner with “BaconBait.” But has anyone down on the farm thought this one through? I would venture to say not. I don’t think this went viral because it was such a good idea. You can bet every other school in the Big 12 (and beyond) are busy creating signs and slogans for the visiting Wildcats sports teams for years to come.

“It did not bother me in the least that there were no offensive touchdowns (by the Chiefs in Buffalo). Not in the least!”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: So there are some in the local media who seem adamant about being sour on the Chiefs despite their 9-0 mark. Uncle Mitch is on the other end of that rainbow. Mitch would smell bacon in a closed Volkswagen with five full-grown flagellant pigs.

“That’s how you beat Denver. You pitch a perfect game. And a perfect game is holding them to less than 30 points.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: 29 points is pitching a perfect game? Oh, that’s right. Parkins is a Cubs fan.

“I think Alex Smith has proven that he gets better as the season goes on. He’s just getting better. It’s time for this offense to peak. I’m looking for them to peak coming out in Denver
Eddie Kennison, former Broncos and Chiefs wide receiver, 810 AM
GH: Kennison expects great things from the Chiefs in Denver. Not everyone agrees. Read on.

“As poorly as (the Chiefs) played Sunday (in their 23-13 win on the road at Buffalo), it needs to be pointed out that they are 9-0 and they haven’t clinched a playoff spot yet. They’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Yeah, we really need to point that out since none of us majored in math.

“(Andy Reid) essentially told me, ‘We’re beat now. This one’s over.”
Kevin Kietzman, on his interview with Andy Reid and Reid’s comments on his mindset prior to Sean Smith’s pick six early in the third quarter in Buffalo, 810 AM
GH: Huh? Sometimes KK’s interpretations of what is said to him in an interview are just wildly comical. So Reid thought that the Bills would score and the Chiefs were done four minutes into the second half down 17-3? And he verbalized this to Kietzman? Now if true, that’s a story that Kietzman needs to promote. I’m guessing there are a few holes in it, though. Kind of like Grunhard dangling his 200-pound bod over a balcony.

“Hey, I wasn’t the only guy in our building that was not comfortable with those guys (Tim Grunhard and Bill Maas) in our building. They brought the NFL locker room to the radio station. And it was not pleasant for plenty of people in sales and everyone else. It was not a pleasant situation. And Jason Whitlock was there too which made it all the more unpleasant.”
Kevin Kietzman, revisiting his comments from the day before on how he was bullied at WHB by Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: The Chiefs and Andy Reid are conducting what they call “self-scouting” during the bye week. I would suggest to Kietzman that a little self-scouting at WHB might uncover that his sales team and “everyone else” might also find working with him just as unpleasant.

“(The Chiefs) had a public relations manager by the name of Bob Moore. And I saw this (Chiefs) player take this (ball of tape) and fire it, man. I mean he wound up and fired it and hit this guy right in the side of the head! Hit Bob Moore right upside of his head! That’s a coworker.”
Jack Harry, when asked to relay any bullying stories he remembers from covering the Chiefs locker room, 810 AM
GH: I’m guessing the Chiefs player was not scatter-armed Ricky Stanzi.

“I wasn’t going to retaliate to Bip Roberts or Tim Grunhard or Bo Jackson when he hit me with his crutch! He WHACKED me with his crutch! Just swung it at me and whacked me with it! He knew I wasn’t going to do anything about it.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman’s stories become more embellished with every retelling. Today we will likely hear how Bo used his crutch and swung like he was hitting his home run in the All-Star game.

“The fact that I’m a Kansas City kid, that makes it even more special. I’m going to remember it for the rest of my career.”
Seth Sinovic, Sporting KC’s left back, who had not scored a goal since last year’s conference finals, on scoring in the 79th minute to force extra time and allow Sporting Kansas City to defeat New England 4-3 in aggregate scoring and advance in the MLS playoffs to play Houston on Saturday, 810 AM
GH: In what some are calling the most thrilling win ever at Sporting Park, KC finished with a 32-5 advantage in shots over the Revolution. Seems like it should have been a lot easier but then we would have missed all that extra-time drama. Even I stayed up late for the conclusion of this win.

“If we can’t get up for the Houston game, I don’t think we can get up for any game.”
Seth Sinovic, on the rivalry and heartbreak loss that Sporting suffered to Houston in the playoffs last season, 810 AM
GH: Sporting has tried to manufacture a soccer rivalry with the Chicago Fire but it pales in comparison to how the team and their fans feel about Houston. This is Raiders weekend for Sporting.

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32 Responses to OTC: K-State’s BaconBait Secures Our Reputation As Pigs / KK Revisits Bully Boys

  1. Jim says:

    I can’t stop laughing at KK’s story about Bip Roberts. Baseball-Reference lists him as 5′-7″ and 150lbs and they always exaggerate physical stats. I can see why KK was scared. That’s a beast.

  2. Twy's Gibman says:

    weak trolling on bacon, of all things GH. What’s next, 30 minutes whining about Whitlock threatening you at 18th and Grand followed by the Racin’ Boys?

    • Mike says:

      Whitlock, threatening? Through who..B.A. Homer?
      The bacon promotion is interesting, though I have to say that when bacon is prepared in mass quantities at once, it likely won’t be as good. I prefer bacon to have a certain exterior crispness, but just enough softness in the fatty portion that it just melts. Too often, in settings where the bacon is mass-cooked, it’s just kind of rubbery. (Hy-Vee is guilty of this).

  3. If KK next claims that Bo also took a second swing, missed, and then broke the crutch over Bo’s knee, then I’m going to have to call B.S. on this ever-changing story.

  4. Nick says:

    My wife, whom I suspect is not unique within her gender as to her eating habits, consumed bacon by the pound both times she was pregnant.

    Since then she rarely deigns to touch the stuff, much less eat it.

    That being the case I’m guessing the Student Advisory Board was really looking to up male attendance at the women’s hoops events, yes?

  5. Phaedrus says:

    I heard part of that Andy Reid interview. I could have sworn Andy said he didn’t see the interception because he was looking at his play sheets to figure what plays to call on the next offensive series. I believe he also said that he was confident they’d come back even if Buffalo scored a TD there.

    Just a matter of time until Reid starts bullying KK too.

  6. Jimmy Neutron says:

    Honest question – has KK always been a pussy like this? He puts me in the mind of the dorky kid playing sandlot basketball that is always calling fouls and such.

  7. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    We’re STILL talking about KK’s insecurity? Didn’t we cover that in the last blog entry? NEXT!

    • Ed Shaffer says:

      Even stranger than KK’s stories is Greg’s never ending obsession with Keitzman. KK may be an oddball, but Hall must be the most insecure and petty man on earth. I get the professional jealousy angle, but why can’t Hall let the personal stuff go? You’re a weird dude, Greg.

      • Booger Boy says:

        Oh please! KK provides ENDLESS material.

      • kcredsox says:

        Greg will be the first to tell you he has nothing to hide. KK on the other hand has tried to hide several things, including his ding dong in an employees mouth while he was still married…

      • JP says:

        KK is a hypocrite. He cries victimhood in one hand, while bullying other people with the other. One question: What did he do to set off Bip Roberts? If it was below the belt, can you blame Bip? Not to mention his preaching of family values with his “driving” through Mission Hills. (Everyone on here knows what I’m talking about). That adds up to being the biggest lying ass hypocrite on the radio. I’m glad Greg points out this stuff, it does need to be said.

  8. Kyle says:

    In defense of Uncle Mitch, he did say on Friday “get out of there with a 15-14 win on 5 Succop field goals and I am thrilled”. So he almost called the shot. Now for KK the contradiction…he said hey we can win 2-0 for all I care and I will be happy! 23-13 must not be nearly as god as 2-0, huh kev? I must confess, I do listen when Mitch his on. He is off his rocker at times, but very entertaining.

  9. Kyle says:

    Oh and free bacon? Genius!

  10. Rich K says:

    Come on Danny Cli—I mean Greg Hall don’t rain on our #FreeBacon party in Manhattan. It’s a great promotion, and I don’t think it implies that K-State is full of rednecks. Bacon is pretty mainstream these days.

  11. b12 says:

    Wasn’t Grunny on with Petro for a segment each week prior to going to KU?

    KK or anyone else couldn’t have been THAT uncomfortable.

    It’s too bad there aren’t podcasts of the Crunch Time from 10 years ago. Holy crap that was entertaining radio. I couldn’t see out the windshield sometimes I was crying from laughing so much.

    • Tigerpiper says:

      Whitlock on radio may have been the laziest expression of “work” in the history of humanity. “Mailing it in” got jealous of how Whitlock did radio.

  12. Orphan of the Road says:

    Your Freudian slip is showing, Greg.

    Why they use bacon in the Big City to promote stuff too.


  13. JFP says:

    Apropos of nothing, really, but last night I was waiting in line for some refreshments in the Member’s Club before the SKC match and I look over and see Robb Heineman at the front of one of the lines in jeans, a SKC jacket and scarf signing what looks to be a credit card receipt…then he starts handing what I counted to be 10 beers to whoever behind him wanted one. Took one for himself, then went right to the middle of the Cauldron to watch the match, standing and singing along with the rest of the fans. Tweeted out a pic of where he was.

    Don’t know how much it means, really, but it is kinda stunning to see the GM of any pro sports team do stuff like he does.

  14. Tigerpiper says:

    Bacon is over. Homer Simpson was doing bacon 20 years ago. Get with the program- everything is ball bearings these days.

  15. nick says:

    Sporting KC match was phenomenal. Couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. The team REALLY brought the energy and focus for the whole night.

    Still hard to be a fan of a sport that has SO much flopping and faking. Half the game seems to be to make the refs think the opposing team hurt you or to whine about calls. Even Lebron gets embarrassed watching it.

  16. BlackJack says:

    SKC vs. HOU Dynamo in the playoffs makes Raiders Week look like a old ladies’ Red Hatters convention. At least the Raiders don’t have our number in the postseason like HOU does.

    Any self-respecting SKC fan has recurring nightmares of Sportings’ playoff failures, tribulations and demise at the hands of the hated team in the orange unis…

    • Tom says:

      People don’t actually believe the atmosphere at a Sporting KC game trumps the scene at Arrowhead vs. the Raiders, right?

  17. JP says:

    That was a huge win for Sporting last night. I went from cursing out Vermes and Nielsen for giving up another crap goal, to sheer excitement. Once the New England goalkeeper got hurt that was it. Sporting could ill afford another early playoff exit.

    Now we get the Houston Dynamo again. We owe them. One thing that bugs me is the MLS Playoff schedule. They play Saturday, then again in 2 weeks. Then 2 weeks later for the championship. Talk about halting momentum, MLS needs to condense this schedule so that we can enjoy these games as they happen consecutively.

  18. Gavin says:

    I think the visual of Mitch Holthus in a Volkswagen, being whipped by pigs is a vision that will never leave me

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