OTC: Marcus Smart Says He’s Ready For KU & Wiggins / Eric Fisher Says NFL Is Slowing Down

Smart and Wiggins pose at B12 media days. Did Wiggins borrow that tie from Keiton Page?

“Andrew (Wiggins)…I think he can be (pause), he’s going to shut up all the people.”
Mike DeCourcy, on the hype and criticism surrounding KU’s sensational freshman forward as he spoke with Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John Wednesday morning, 810 AM
GH: Conference play doesn’t start in the Big 12 until after the New Year – but that has not lessened the hype that is building between the league’s two best teams, KU and OSU, and their two best players, Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart. I might need to buy a new couch for all the hoops I’ll be hunkering down to watch come this winter. 

“They are saying (Andrew Wiggins) is the best college player there is and he has not even played a game yet. Of course that hypes me up. It is all talk. He still has to put his shorts on one leg at a time like I do. It is all potential. I am not saying he can’t do it. But he has not done it yet.”
Marcus Smart, USA Today
GH: We all read or heard about this quote from Smart earlier this week. 610’s Danny Parkins snared a solid one-on-one interview with Smart Tuesday at the Big 12 media days here in KC. Read on for some tasty excerpts.  

“I loved your line about (Andrew Wiggins) has got to put his shorts on one leg at a time.”
Danny Parkins, as he interviewed Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart at the Big 12 media days, 610 AM
GH: Yeah, because no one has ever used THAT line before, right Danny? You could hear the nervousness in Parkins’ voice as he tried to get comfortable while talking to Smart. I’m pretty sure this is a suck-up line he’d probably like to have back.

“If the rules are enforced like they are supposed to be enforced (in college basketball), it’s just going to be hard to guard (Wiggins).”
Mike DeCourcy, 810 AM
GH: Smart told Parkins that assignment doesn’t scare him in the least…

“I don’t back down from any challenge. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t either.”
Marcus Smart, telling Parkins that he wants to guard Wiggins this season when they match up, 610 AM

“There were about six or seven times during that practice on Monday where he did things that maybe only three, four or five people on the planet can do. I am being literal here. As quickly and casually and confident as he did.”
Mike DeCourcy, who attended a KU practice on Monday, 810 AM
GH: I don’t need to hear any more if this statement is true – and DeCourcy is not a Mitch Holthus fluffer when it comes to hyping a rookie’s talents. Wiggins is doing things only a handful of guys on the planet can do? How much are those tickets to Allen Fieldhouse this season? 

“Anybody who beats Kansas – especially at their place – is going to be hated by their fans. I don’t think nothing of it. It really doesn’t affect me. You expect that to come. Allen Fieldhouse is a very historic gym and historic team. You hear about Kansas all over the country. Everybody knows who they are – and it’s well deserved. They work hard and Coach Self’s done a great job with that team and the teams in the past.”
Marcus Smart, when asked by Parkins about his relationship with Kansas fans, 610 AM
GH: This might be the greatest answer in the history of KU basketball questions by an opposing player. How do you not like Marcus Smart? If Wiggins plays half as hard on the court as Smart does, he is going to be sensational. 

“Wiggins is one of the best athletes to ever play the game of basketball.”
Mike DeCourcy, 810 AM
GH: DeCourcy just kept topping himself with Wiggins’ compliments as he spoke to The Border patrol on Wednesday morning. It was fantastic. 

“It’ll be a show for everybody. The fans will get their monies worth. Two great teams going head to head. It’s going to be like a heavy weight going for a title. You never know who is gonna win until that last blow is thrown and the whistle blows.”
Marcus Smart, referring to the regular season matchups between KU and OSU this season, 610 AM
GH: Circle January 18th at Allen Fieldhouse and March 1st in Stillwater for the two donnybrooks this season. I am praying for no sunspots. 

“Marcus Smart just became my favorite player in college basketball this year. An incredibly impressive interview.”
Carrington Harrison, following Parkins’ interview with the OSU baller, 610 AM

“Wilt’s dead.”
Unknown Guy, responding during a Bill Self interview at the Big 12 media days, after a female reporter asked Self, “Have Wilt or Danny reached out to Andrew about being on the cover of Sports Illustrated with them?”
GH: No, it was not Karen Kornacki. 

“I think it’s pretty much dead now. It becomes a footnote to his career.”
Mike DeCourcy, when asked the long-term effects of the five-game suspension on MU’s Frank Haith, 810 AM
GH: Check out the current list of college coaches who are carrying baggage from NCAA penalties and tell me how many of their careers have been damaged by these slaps on the wrist. The schools and the players are usually the only victims in these crimes.  

“I thought we were going to have a good football team. I don’t know why anybody else didn’t think we were going to have a good football team. I don’t know. I love my guys.”
Gary Pinkel, when asked about the Tigers exceeding expectations this season, 810 AM
GH: Earlier this year Kevin Kietzman was telling Missouri they should admit their SEC mistake and ask to be reinstated into the Big 12. Now KK is telling everyone he predicted Mizzou’s dominating football season. So I guess it was Pinkel and KK who thought Mizzou would be good. 

“Andy Reid is going to be coach of the year and no one else is going to be close.”
Jeff Chadiha, of ESPN, 810 AM

“I think the Chiefs will dominate Cleveland’s offense.”
Adam Teicher, who said he also expects the Chiefs to struggle on offense against the Browns, 810 AM
GH: This game has the look of a complete stinker. But if the Chiefs’ offense can get untracked, it could go the way of a blowout win for KC.

“This (Chiefs) offense really doesn’t have a lot of room for growth. They’re really not a young bunch. They are all guys who have been in the league for a long time! It’s a very veteran offense. Everybody in the league knows who these players are. None of them are going to get better.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman mentioned Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe as three Chiefs he did not expect to improve. I disagree. Smith is seven games into his tenure with Andy Reid and the Chiefs. I expect Smith to improve – possibly dramatically – by December and into the playoffs. Dwayne Bowe has had a very pedestrian start to his season and he more than any skill player on the Chiefs has room to improve his production. Jamaal Charles is having another Pro-Bowl worthy season. Can he improve? Maybe not. But what he is doing we can sure live with – the guy is a stud! As for KK’s pessimism about the Chiefs offense? This dude just can’t let go of the fact Andy Reid and John Dorsey didn’t draft Geno Smith. Let it go, Kev! Breathe, brother! Breathe! 

“You just flat shut down J.J. Watt! What happened? You were in beast mode out there!”
Bob Fescoe, while interviewing Eric Fisher, 610 AM
GH: Huh? What is Fescoe talking about? Eric Fisher hasn’t played well enough this season to shut down J.J. Walker. I understand media guys want their interviewee to like them but making up blatant Bizarro World lies is not at all becoming.

“He was quite a talented defensive lineman.”
Eric Fisher, when asked by Fescoe if Watt was the best NFL defender he has faced in his rookie season, 610 AM
GH: To Fisher’s credit, he stayed within reality during his interview with Fescoe.

“(The NFL game) slows down every week. Actually, being 7-0 helps a lot. I’m learning how to play in this league. It’s something you do have to learn. It’s a very fast-paced game and it took a little bit for me to have it slow down. I’m looking forward to every week coming up.”
Eric Fisher, when asked by Fescoe if the game has slowed down for him, 610 AM

“To be honest, that was a little bit more of a transition than I thought it would be. That was a little bit of a change that I wasn’t expecting. I thought it would be easier than it was.”
Eric Fisher, when asked by Josh Klingler how he has adapted to moving from left to right tackle, 610 AM

“I am doing my own laundry. It’s something I had to start doing in college.”
Eric Fisher, Chiefs’ rookie right offensive tackle, who appeared on both Fescoe’s show and The Border Patrol to promote Tide detergent, 610 AM
GH: Ah, college. Where you go to learn how to do your laundry and the artful mastery of how to dress for success without doing your laundry. My old roommate and I declared it a “Sweater Day” if we were down to no clean shirts. We never owned a pair of jeans that was too dirty to wear. 

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35 Responses to OTC: Marcus Smart Says He’s Ready For KU & Wiggins / Eric Fisher Says NFL Is Slowing Down

  1. Joe Blow says:

    If the rules are enforced like they are supposed to be enforced (in college basketball)…

    Has that ever happened?

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      I saw where NCAA officials are being tasked with getting some of the physical play removed from the game. There are estimates the increased fouls that will be called will lengthen the average game by a half-hour to 45-minutes. Sounds like it’s going to be pretty ugly.

    • Greg Hall says:

      As an old guy, the liberal enforcement of “palming” the ball galls me.

  2. Mike DeArmond says:

    DeCourcy needs to reign in the hyperbole before he has to write something sensible.

  3. Observer says:

    “They are all guys who have been in the league for a long time!”

    Hmmm, the Chief’s have the second youngest offensive line in the league, where only the Steelers offensive line is younger. The Chiefs moved moved seven positions younger in the league list of 32 measured from 2012 to 2013. As an entire team, the Chiefs are rank at 25 out of 32 in average age, making them one of the seven youngest teams in the league. Maybe Mr. Keitzman is familiar with a different Chiefs team.

  4. Observer says:

    Apologies for the typo — that was supposed to be with one less “moved”.

  5. nick says:

    KEVIN KIETZMAN: “This (Chiefs) offense really doesn’t have a lot of room for growth..It’s a very veteran offense.”

    I choose to not listen to KK, and his above quote is just one of likely a million examples. The Chiefs biggest problem on offense is the inconsistency of the offensive line, which is VERY YOUNG, Branden Albert aside (and he’s only in his 6th year). By then end of the season, the O-line should be much better working together, especially on passing plays.

    Gary Pinkel DOES have a good team. But, like KU in ’08, he’s had a good schedule. No reason MU can’t run the table in the regular season. SC is without their starting QB and it’s home. Toughest game left is A&M and, again, it’s in Columbia. Alabama likely beats MU in SEC title game, but a 1-loss MU team would get a BCS bowl game, while perhaps a better team like LSU won’t.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      This just in, MU doesn’t have their starting quarterback either. And I’m not sure LSU is better than Missouri. Didn’t they just lose to Ole Miss? The Ole Miss vs MU game is going to be very interesting.

    • Dave Burgess says:

      A better team like LSU? They have two conference losses so far and will likely lose to Alabama later in the season. The only easy game left on the schedule for Mizzou is at Kentucky.

      It is interesting how everyone builds up Mizzou’s opponents the week leading up to the game and immediately discounts them when the Tigers win again by 15+. kU had a very disappointing ’08 campaign winning 8 games and losing 5. Of course, with “History Awaiting”, the Jayhawks imploded in 2009. I’m assuming you meant their schedule in 2007, and yes, it was Charmin soft. It’s laughable to compare that to Mizzou in 2013.

      • Kyle says:

        I see what you did there, trendsetter!

      • Will says:

        “It is interesting how everyone builds up Mizzou’s opponents the week leading up to the game and immediately discounts them when the Tigers win again by 15+.”

        GREAT POINT.

        • nick says:

          I don’t think KU’s ’07 schedule was any softer than MU’s this year. I’m not trying to slam Missouri. They’re taking advantage of a good schedule and down conference year. Ultimately, how great their season is will come down to which bowl they play in and if they can win it.

          • Mike DeArmond says:

            KU played none of the three Big 12 South teams that we ranked that year (ou, tex, tech) MU is playing its third straight ranked SEC team.

  6. Jim says:

    If you don’t watch this Chiefs team and come away from each game KNOWING they can get better offensively, you aren’t paying attention. Every week there are a number of BIG plays that were there for the taking and the ball just wasn’t delivered to the right spot. I’m confident the Chiefs offense will get better and start making some of those plays as the year goes on. They don’t have to score 40 points a game with that defense. But, getting in the upper 20′s consistently would sure be an improvement.

  7. Dp says:

    KK did say before the yr everything that could go wrong for MU last year did and he expected 8 wins for them this season.

    • Jim says:

      That’s the way KK hedges ALL his predictions. If he’s right, he gets to say “I told you so”. If he’s wrong he gets to say, “Wow, they really underachieved.” Given the 4 non-con games, MU should never have less than 8 wins/year.

  8. I think you mean J.J. Evans. Or Jimmie Walker. You’re mixing the character and the actor. I’ve heard of references to Alice Brady and Granny Clampett before (both erroneous, by the way), but “J.J. Walker” is a first!

  9. Orphan of the Road says:

    Maybe individually they don’t have a lot of room for growth.

    But as a team they are just starting to know each other. So there is plenty of room for growth there.

    Unless Dame Karma has blessed the Chiefs by damning the opposition to having their best QBs injured, they will need to grow before they hit the second half of the season.

  10. Kyle Rohde says:

    Ummm…has anybody told Andrew Wiggins a tie is supposed to come down to the top of your belt buckle? Or did I miss another style trend?

  11. Observer says:

    The tie is a chuckle, but dang, someone in that kid’s life has to have an iron.

  12. Arte says:

    Wilt’s still alive?

  13. Xavier says:

    For what it’s worth, I do put pants on one leg at a time…but shorts I do both simultaneously

  14. Biff says:

    If Geno Smith turns into a very good or great QB . Drafting Eric Fisher will be a Huge mistake Reid and Dorsey may never correct. Geno is looking pretty good and Fisher is still questionable.

  15. Kerouac says:

    The Chiefs offense can’t get better – they’re a perfect 7-0 – proving that in today’s NFL, even a Han van Meegeren can pass for a Picasso, and a KC ’13 a Dolphins ’72…until the post season upsets the palette.

    CLEV 20
    @KC 13

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