“A loss this atrocious demands a look at the schedule to see if Mizzou can scratch out two more wins to become bowl eligible.”
Joe Walljasper, @JoeWalljasper, Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor, following Mizzou’s 34-0 loss at home to Georgia, Twitter
GH: Well. This was not what we expected. I listened to the first half of the UGA/MU game while in the car and I have to give the Mizzou radio crew credit for their honest assessment of what they were seeing. Even with the score only 6-0 in UGA’s favor, Mike Kelly, Howard Richards and Chris Gervino let their audience know Mizzou looked ugly on offense. Not enough college radio crews deliver frank play-by-play and analysis as Mizzou’s threesome. K-State’s broadcast rarely has a negative comment no matter the score and Kansas’ crew is just trying not to fall asleep.
“The media counted us out. Even our own fans counted us out. We went out there with a chip on our shoulder. Anytime you face adversity and answer like we did today it sends a message more than anything. We didn’t win today. We won on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s what it takes.”
Hutson Mason, Georgia’s quarterback, on how the Bulldogs came together after learning that Todd Gurley would be suspended for the Missouri game, Sirius XM
GH: I am not sure Hutson is the quarterback of the future at Georgia but he definitely has a career in public speaking and leadership when he gets out of school. I loved how he handled this Sirius interview.
“Maty Mauk was not good but I’m telling you the (Missouri) wide receivers were a big reason why. Those guys are not good and they could not get open.”
Brad Hopkins, host of CFB scoreboard show, Sirius XM
GH: Gary Pinkel always seems to have two or three wide receivers who look like potential NFL talents. Did the loss of DGB put that big of a hole into Mizzou’s offense? He would have made a difference but I have to think the Tigers’ offensive woes run deeper than DGB being in Norman.
“To me the SEC East is down to two teams. You have the super favorite in Georgia and then you have the dark horse in Kentucky. Who would have thought that?”
Brad Hopkins, host of CFB scoreboard show, Sirius XM
GH: Kentucky? Welp, time to buckle your chin straps, ladies. There is work to be done.
“I was flipping between the Mississippi / Texas A&M game and the Baylor / TCU game. There was no comparison of play between the two teams from the SEC and the teams from the Big 12. None.”
Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio
GH: Greenberg’s point was that the two SEC team’s far out classed two of the better teams in the Big 12. Games with final scores in the 60s and 50s tend to make you wonder how real the football is in the Big 12. I think K-State might win this conference again this season.
“I’ll say it right now – you put a Baylor or TCU against Mississippi and Mississippi is going to crush them. Their defense is outstanding.”
Mike Golic, ESPN Radio
GH: The big debate prior to the season was whether or not two teams from the SEC would deserve to be in the four-team college football playoff. Now I am wondering if two teams from the state of Mississippi are going to be in the final four.
The @Royals are getting it done. I’m happy for them, pulling for them & I’m wearing my jersey when they play. Go #Royals, you deserve it!”
Bo Jackson, @BoJackson, Twitter
GH: Love knowing Bo is slipping into his number 16 jersey to root on Billy Butler and the boys.
“We are six wins away from Ned Yost being in the Royals Hall of Fame. How long have I been saying he is the best Royals manager since Dick Howser?”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I hope Yost makes the MLB Hall of Fame if it means he managed the Royals to a World Series title. If he can avoid making many decisions down the road and his team keeps hitting home runs he might just get there.
“The one thing that’s gotten us to this point is the patience that Dayton and I had with this club. The biggest thing that has gotten us to this point right here is the wild-card game.” Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: The wild card game is the one where Yost’s decisions just about robbed Kansas City of this incredible month of baseball. But even Ned couldn’t prevent his YostBusters from their October surprise.
“The Chiefs in the 90s were absolute rock stars in this town. I see a little bit of a transition going on with the Royals right now.”
Jay Binkley, pointing to the fact that the Royals players are willing to mix with the common fans at McFadden’s while the Chiefs have cut back from allowing their players to have radio shows like Tim Grunhard’s at The Levy, 610 AM
GH: Winning changes everything. The Royals players were boycotting the media just a few months ago are now posing with them for photos at McFadden’s. Life is good in Kansas City right now.
“The Royals were originally believed to have a shot to keep Shields only if they went far in the playoffs, and sources say the team has decided by now, after reaching the ALCS, that they will make that effort. The Royals told Shields’ agent, Page Odle, around the time of the trade deadline that they’d be back in touch after the season, which was a hopeful sign. And now with their amazing postseason run, which will bolster their revenues big-time — they have decided they will indeed try to keep him with a new multi-year deal.”
John Heyman, MLB writer for CBSsports.com
GH: Will Shields be back in 2015 and beyond to continue the Royals pursuit of greatness? It would be a gamble on the Royals behalf due to his age and the number of innings he has pitched…but it’s only money. And not my money at that. Sign him if you’ve got it, Dave and Dan.
“Gotta say at this point trade is over for me. Don’t care if Myers ends up in HOF.” @crabz2fuzz99, on the Myers trade to Tampa for Shields and Davis, Twitter
GH: The trade will likely never be over but from this vantage point it looks like the Royals got what they went after – a postseason run in October to excite a long-deserving fan base. I still root for Myers and likely always will.
“Father Time is undefeated.”
Bill Polian, discussing the inevitable fading skills of some of the NFL’s aging quarterbacks, Sirius XM
GH: Yeah, he hasn’t lost one yet but I sure as hell like giving him my best shot each day. Just registered this week to run the KC Marathon on Saturday. Hope to be wearing my Royals singlet and a World Series-bound smile on my face as I tour this great city on foot.