“The timing of it was a bit regrettable because I missed the first few days of training camp. It was a family thing out west, basically. Leave it at that.”
Nick Wright, on missing the past four days of his afternoon sports talk show on 610 AM
GH: Finding vacation days during football season is tough duty when it comes to anyone in the Kansas City sports media. This town is a football-thirsty bunch and that means we expect that football spigot to flow 24/7 from July to January. Wright grabbed some R&R early but I don’t think he missed much. What Nick did do is come back firing loaded mortars. Read on.
“My guess is that Justin Houston was waiting to sign (with the Chiefs) to avoid a drug test.”
Nick Wright, on the Royals’ third-round draft pick, 610 AM
GH: Nick’s back…and screw being accurate – let’s just blast away at a guy’s reputation who hasn’t even arrived in town yet. Read on.
“I don’t have a problem if you smoke weed, but I have a problem if you’re addicted to weed. It makes no sense that he would be haggling over (money). I think it’s about something else based on the fact he failed a drug test at the (NFL) Combine. I don’t think it is outrageous to think that he was smoking pot during the lockout. Once the new
league year begins, sometime in the next 48 hours after that, the entire league
will be drug tested. And my guess is he is trying to skirt that test. Could be
wrong, but that’s my guess.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH” What is outrageous is for Nick to run with this theory without having any evidence that it might be true. “Could be wrong” is about the only think Wright states here that has any credibility. Wright compared his past addiction to weed to Houston’s link to the smoke. That is a damaging theory to float about a guy who Wright knows next to nothing about.
“Haley said he’s starting with a clean slate for his relationship with Justin Houston.”
Ross Martin, sports editor of St. Joe News-Press, Twitter
GH: It doesn’t sound like Haley thinks Houston avoided the first week of camp to avoid being tested for weed. Houston’s track record is such that he needs to be closely monitored – but I’m for giving the guy a chance to show us he is a dope addict before we label him a junkie.
“Anybody who thought (Houston) could be a starter on day one – that’s over. He’s missed too much time.”
Kent Babb, 610 AM
GH: Huh? All Houston has missed is three practices in pads and a few stretching exercises in his underwear! As a linebacker, there is no way Haley keeps this guy off the field if he shows he knows how to react and tackle. Great linebackers are born, not formed. If Houston is as good as advertised, look for him getting plenty of PT from the
Buffalo game on.
“A bunch of those young guys are going to have to contribute for us to build on the some of the good things we’ve done.”
Todd Haley, 810 AM
GH: I think one of those young guys getting some major playing time with be Mr. Houston.
“I called (Ricky Stanzi) stupid earlier. Is dumber better? Is slow better? I think we can all agree on this, he didn’t sound good. I think he sounded like a dummy.”
Nick Wright, after Stanzi rebuffed Bob Gretz’s questions that compared not having a playbook to being dropping into the middle of Spain, 610 AM
GH: Nick was adamant in making a splash on his first day back on 610 Sports and he sure got my attention. I took Stanzi’s terse comments to Gretz as a rebuttal to Gretz trying to get Stanzi to say he had access to a Chiefs’ playbook during the lockout. Wright thought Stanzi sounded like a dummy? Then what does Nick think Fescoe sounds like?
“From where I’m sitting, Scott Pioli has hit it out of the park!”
Nick Wright, reviewing Pioli’s draft and off-season acquisitions, 610 AM
GH: Translation: “I hear that Kietzman is bagging on you, Scott. LOVE ME!”
“Excuse me, all of a sudden I’m allergic to something here at Uncle D’s.”
Nick Wright, as he coughed or sneezed while on his remote at the St. Joseph Bar & Grill, 610 AM
GH: I can hear the sales guy at Entercom who signed Uncle D’s slamming the dashboard of his car after hearing Wright tell his audience the restaurant that hired 610 for the next month is making him ill.
“I like Tamba Hali a lot – but you paid him all that money on one really good year. He signed for more money than Jared Allen did when he left Kansas City! And Jared Allen signed for a monster contract (with Minnesota). … It’s certainly not what I think the Chiefs would have done under different circumstances.”
Kent Babb, 610 AM
GH: I think every long-term contract with an athlete is a gamble. Did the Chiefs overpay for Hali? Sure. Did they have to? Sure.
“I think that was just a little bit of a posture move by (Hali) and his agent to put a little scare (into the Chiefs).”
Kent Babb, on Hali reportedly saying earlier that he would not resign with the Chiefs if they franchised him without signing him to a long-term deal, 610 AM
“I think for the first time in a long time the Chiefs are starting to reward their own guys. Now, if you’re one of Scott Pioli’s guys, you’re not going anywhere.”
Kent Babb, 610 AM
GH: The track record sure agrees with Babb. Derrick Johnson is locked up. Jamaal Charles is also signed. And now Hali. Chiefs’ fans hate paying $27 to park but they LOVE seeing their team sign their best players.
“When you sign a $35-million guaranteed contract, dare I say you owe it to the fans to talk to them. The NFL says you can’t boycott the media. You have to speak to the media. I think the Chiefs owe it to the fans to make their franchise player available (to the media). It
makes no sense. Most teams not only would want that guy to speak, they would
force that guy to speak!”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: I listened to Parkins’ rip Hali and the Chiefs and tried to see it from his side. I understand he hates sitting in the sun, waiting to get a post-practice sound bite from Hali and the frustration from getting faced. But what Parkins doesn’t realize is that the
last thing most fans are concerned with is hearing another boring 30-second
clip from a player who has nothing to say. Parkins’ show would be much improved
if he viewed his efforts from the perspective of his listeners.
“I feel like we’ve got everybody now in-house and on-board. This is a big year for us. I feel like we’ve got a good foundation in place.”
Todd Haley, 810 AM
GH: I think Haley is quietly optimistic about his team’s chances this season. And I don’t think the difficult schedule bothers this duffer in the least.
“Where’s Yogi from? The Bears?”
Female Caller, answering a Pete Enich question on ”Stump the Chumps,” 810 AM
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