OTC: Kershaw Is King / Is Embiid NBA Worthy? / Chiefs Need To Pay Houston Now

“He’s the best pitcher in the game and right now it’s not even close.”
Henry Lake, on Clayton Kershaw’s dominating performance at The K Tuesday night in the Dodgers 2-0 victory over the Royals, 610 AM
GH: Even from my seat in Row SS of Section 421 at The K last night, Kershaw was ridiculously good. That lone run Duffy gave up in the first looked like 10 as the game wore on and Kershaw’s dominance drained almost all hope from the Royals fans who made up most of the 28,000 fans at The K on a pleasant Tuesday night. The Royals didn’t score and dropped their fifth game of their last six, falling three games back of the surging Detroit Tigers. Despite all that, it was a great night for MLB in Kansas City – a town I have called home now for almost 30 years. I sat in a great stadium and watched one of the game’s greatest pitchers battle Danny Duffy, a rising Royals star. You know what? It sure beats living in Wichita.

“OVERMATCHED”
Headline in Wednesday’s Kansas City Star’s Sports Daily
GH: Perfect. Unfortunately, it could be recucled as The Star’s headline for Thursday’s front page when they announce KC has lost out on hostng the Republican National Convention.

“That was a helluva building-block performance for Danny Duffy. I’m impressed. I’m not ready to call Danny Duffy a great pitcher yet because he’s not there yet but…there’s a good reason to get excited.”
Soren Petro, on Duffy’s seven-inning outing against the Dodgers Tuesday night, 810 AM GH: Duffy is quietly having one of the best comeback seasons I can remember for a Royals player – and he’s performed this impressive turnaround in the span of three months! It wasn’t long ago that the lefty was wandering around minor-league towns looking for the nearest Wal-Mart to frequent and we were wondering if he was too wild for prime time. Not anymore.

“Thank you so much for all the support while I was on the DL. I am excited to get back on the field and help the Royals win in any way I can.”
Bruce Chen, @ChenMusic, Royals lefthander, Twitter
GH: Chen is probably my favorite personality on the Royals. I have no idea how he remains in the big leagues with his limited talent but I love how the guy somehow finds a way to get hitters out with little more than a sense of humor. Maybe he will help the Royals play some chin music into October.

“If you look through the years, (Alex) Gordon is a shade under halfway through one of the best seasons in Royals history. I know not everyone is comfortable talking WAR, it’s a bulky, complicated calculation but it does a fairly good job of adding together all the ways a player can help his team — getting on base, hitting for power, playing defense^, running the bases, just about everything.”
Sam Mellinger, kansascity.com
GH: As Kevin Kietzman would say… “Wind-aided.”

“Fescoe ignore stupidity your not a troll! Jealousy because you have the most respected voice in all KC sports radio!”
Bruce Lynch, @Lynchio32, Twitter
GH: Bob Fescoe retweeted this listener’s complimentary tweet to him Wednesday morning. I know we all have different tastes and even Fescoe has those who find him entertaining. But the most respected voice in all KC sports radio? I’m not sure Fescoe is the most respected voice in his car.

Bob Fescoe: “Spector, tell them what we’re going to do on Friday!”
Steven Spector: “We’re going to do a scavenger hunt!”

“This might be the best draft we’re going to see from top to bottom in a long time.”
Will Perdue, former NBA player, in an interview Wednesday with Soren Petro, 810 AM GH: The NBA draft goes down Thursday night. Kansas will send two true freshmen off on their chosen professions. Higher education is a wonderful thing if you chose the right major.

“If you wanted to draft Embiid before he broke his foot, I don’t see why you wouldn’t draft him now. He was always high risk, high reward.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, Twitter
GH: Draft him. The guy is going to be a Hall of Fame player for the next decade. Maybe two.

“Hell, I think (Embiid) might be more skilled than Andrew Wiggins right now and he’s only been playing the game for three years!”
Soren Petro, 810 AM

“I didn’t see the killer instinct in Wiggins you like to see. But the NBA has been his focus since the age of 12 or 13 years old. Maybe we’ll see him flip that switch.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM

“Good luck to former Tigers Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson in the NBA Draft. Would have been fun coaching you guys!”
Kim Anderson, @CoachAndersonMU, Twitter
GH: Classy tweet from Coach Kim. I think we are going to like this guy. I just hope he’s not the next Doc Sadler. 

“They don’t even try to disguise how they want to slow down the Royals running game here in Detroit. You could see that area around first base after they watered it, everything else was a dark brown but that area around first base was almost white.”
Ryan Lefebvre, Royals Radio

“I’m not going to mention any names, but there are some rumblings and grumblings about some people who aren’t there (at Chiefs OTAs). But the guys who are here are busting their butt and working hard.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: I love athletes who bust their butt. But you win with guys who refuse to play for less than they are worth. This is not Justin Houston’s problem. This is the Chiefs’ problem. They need to pay him.

“It’s a step. I can’t lie. It means a lot to me working with the first group in all of the situations. … That’s very important to me to be known as more than just a pass-rusher. I want to be a guy that my teammates can count on, on every play.”
Dee Ford, Chiefs first-round draft pick, on playing with the first-team defense at OTAs, ESPN.com
GH: Ford got some reps with the first team at the expense of Justin Houston and his absence during his holdout. That’s probably not a bad thing.

“Let’s be honest here. This (Chiefs) secondary group heading into training camp is not solid at all! They’ve got some decisions to make on who is going to be that second primary corner. … (Chiefs receivers) had a field day today with Ron Parker and Marcus Cooper.” TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: Brandon Flowers is gone and Sean Smith has been benched. The Chiefs secondary needs more attention than a newborn – because it appears to be just as leaky.

“Remember what got you in the position you wanna be. Never take it for granted.” Dontari Poe, @PoeMans_dream, Twitter

“fasho, you learning young fella. My motto bro.”
Derrick Johnson, @superdj56, responding to Poe’s tweet, Twitter
GH: You have to like that these two studs will be again anchoring the Chiefs’ defense. Taking things for granted is never a good plan. Like your A/C unit in July, you will miss it dearly when it’s gone.

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28 Responses to OTC: Kershaw Is King / Is Embiid NBA Worthy? / Chiefs Need To Pay Houston Now

  1. Fred Flintstone says:

    I want comments from you Kommunist Kickballers as to why Sporting Park was not FULL last night for a Sporting Soccer Match. I heard all day yesterday that there is a waiting list for season ticket holders and that Sporting Park is ALWAYS sold out. Last nights reported attendance was 11,100+ and last I saw, the place holds 18,000. What gives with you scarf wearing pussies not showing up?

    • Ptolemy says:

      There must have been a Harry Potter re-readathon somewhere in OP last night.

      • Juan Pablo says:

        the stadium was half empty for SKC last night, I am sure the soccer fans can come up with a lot of excuses for the small attendance. Maybe soccer is not as big as people think in KC.

    • BlackJack says:

      Where did you hear that, Fred. I thought you didn’t pay attention to soccer? For someone who says they don’t care about the sport, you sure are obsessed with commenting about it.

      I don’t follow NASCAR attendance, or know anything about golf rules.

      Something tells me you are a closet soccer fanatic!

      • Fred Flintstone says:

        Still waiting for an answer…….

        • Superfreq says:

          This year’s US Open Cup was not part of the 2014 season ticket package.

          • BlackJack says:

            Let me see – USOC (non-MLS) game, with a depleted roster, in the middle of a workweek, same time as a Royals game, right in the middle of World Cup competition time frame.

            • Fred Flintstone says:

              “Let me see – USOC (non-MLS) game”

              Shouldn’t that be an asset? Seems to me a “Cup ” game is important. Every game at Sporting Park is sold out.

              ” with a depleted roster”

              Cry me a river, stupid rules of soccer to let players go play for a more important team DURING your own season. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

              “in the middle of a workweek”

              Hey, you must be a MIZZOU fan, but you left off the stuff about it being an hour and a half drive from KC.

              same time as a Royals game”

              That wasn’t a problem (excuse) a few weeks ago when they outdrew the Royals…..

              “right in the middle of World Cup competition time frame.”

              Again, this should be an asset. Soccer is at an all time FRENZY in KC and the US, if anything, the soccer freaks should’ve wanted more, more, more.

              Please try again, I’m not buying any of your garbage excuses for NOT selling out.

          • Fred Flintstone says:

            OK, let’s go with that. Then where were the folks who had their golden chance to see Sporting play, but couldn’t because they were on the “waiting list” where were they last night? I was told soccer is IT in KC, and that EVERY game at Sporting Park is sold out.

            “Open Cup” sounds like a big deal to me, shouldn’t that game sell out in a “soccer crazy city?”

            BTW, why hasn’t Greg mentioned that there were 28,000 at Kauffman Stadium last night, and only 11,000 at Sporting Park. A couple of weeks ago, the opposite was one of his talking points.

            • brett says:

              relax and drink a coke fred

            • BlackJack says:

              Well, we could just tell you to piss-off, wanker, but instead I’ll go ahead and admit it to assuage your fragile ego: No, even though there 20K for 99% of SKC’s games, and we seem to be setting World Cup viewing records right and left, with 15K at watch parties downtown, soccer is NOT as popular or widespread in this country as MLB, NFL or NBA.

              There, feel better?

              • Fred Flintstone says:

                Off the edge of a cliff…..as the losing continues.

                Mark my words.

                • Ward says:

                  You live to bitch, don’t you?

                • The Word says:

                  I get what your saying Fred. But hey your right. Now that the Royals are hot, people have lost a lot of interest in SKC.

                  Hey KC is so starved for a winner they would flock to anything. But is this a soccer city????? No…not really.

                  Soccer is still a niche sport. Remember 15,000 also use to see our Arena Football League team for a few years. The Blades and Comets use to pack them in.

                  I think the Mavericks have a season ticket waiting list right now.

                  SKC is a winner right now. But then the Royals got hot. And this team started caring about sports they really care about and not the ones they pretend to care about just to be hip.

    • david says:

      in other words, “Stop liking what I don’t like.”

  2. Ptolemy says:

    As an old fan of the Big 8, I DO hope Kim Anderson succeeds, but I’ve got a sinking feeling that he’s got a neckbrace in his immediate future. Hope Mizzou bball fans are patient.

    • Fred Flintstone says:

      Ptolemy, I couldn’t agree more than wishing Kim Anderson well. I spent 1979-1980 in the arm pit that is Columbia MO, where Kim’s wife worked for me for a bit. You won’t meet a nicer, classier guy than KA. Wish the best for him and Melissa, even if that means MU finally winning a championship in “something” during his tenure.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      No Missouri fan wants either of you pulling for anything related to Mizzou. So why don’t you two go blow each other.

  3. Jim says:

    GH: I love athletes who bust their butt. But you win with guys who refuse to play for less than they are worth. This is not Justin Houston’s problem. This is the Chiefs’ problem. They need to pay him.

    The fact that Houston has played well for the Chiefs is a good thing. Doesn’t everything think they are worth more than they are getting paid? Never saw an NFL player say, “I played like crap this year. I should give some money back.” There are about 8 or 10 guys on the Chiefs that should be walking backwards with their eyes on the ground to pick up their paycheck every week. Sean Smith, anyone?

  4. The Salty Iguana says:

    As sure as death and taxes, ku players BUST in the NBA. The Star ran the list yesterday and it is a who’s who of NBA bums. Both Wiggins and Embiid will stink it up, Embiid because he’s as fragile as a Butterfinger and Wiggins because he would just rather be on the couch playing NBA2K14. KU=JAG U.

  5. The Independent Rage says:

    With recent archaic references to such things as “makin’ whoopee,” “scavenger hunts,” and “Christopher Cross” (and those were merely during my typical “5 seconds and click” moments), methinks Fesco belongs in the ’70s. If only Einstein was still alive to build a machine to send him there.

  6. Say What? says:

    This made me laugh +1

  7. Say What? says:

    The US Open Cup games are when many of the backups play in the earlier rounds. This year with SKC having so many injuries and their best players currently in Brazil they are basically playing the backups to the backups so these USOC games is even further down in talent on the field.

    It’s like watching KU football players against other D1 teams. Sure it’s football and they are in uniform but they shouldn’t really be anywhere near an actual game and the team has no one else to play.

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