“Before these moves (to acquire Omar Infante and Norichika Aoki) I thought they were a .500 team. Now I think they’re close to where they were last year.”
Rany Jazayerli, who thinks the Royals are one more big move away from seriously contending for the AL Central next season, 810 AM
GH: I do not like to clog up my December with a lot of MLB hot stove talk but the Royals moves this winter deserve some mention. Will these two additions make a difference in right and at second? It would be difficult to not upgrade those two positions from where the Royals were in 2013. But I still would prefer two of the team’s best hitters in the one and two slots. Let’s hope Omar and Aoki fit that description in April.
“I kind of fancy myself as the bad guy who has to bring these things up – and I don’t mind doing it. … Do you think if (the Royals) won 86 games again this year do you think they’d be happy? I do. I think they’d be really, really happy to win 86 games again. I wonder if they were being honest right now if they wouldn’t take 86 wins and see where that gets them.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: The Royals franchise has managed two winning seasons in the past 20 years. KK might fancy himself as “the bad guy,” but I don’t think this is the criteria for his crown.
“We are not too far away from the Royals needing more money from their ball park. I’ll still be on the radio when talk (resurfaces) about building a downtown ball park.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman also went on to say he was “claiming victory” about predicting a downtown ball park will be built in Kansas City because once the Cerner group buys the team it will happen. I would gladly trade a KK victory dance for a downtown ball park but I think professional franchises are moving away from relying on stadium revenue. Pay per view is what will drive revenue for MLB, the NFL and NBA as the next decade dawns.
“I got a bunch of momma’s boys right now.”
Barry Hinson, head basketball coach at Southern Illinois, in an entertaining postgame presser following the Salukis 73-65 loss at Murray State Tuesday night, Sportingnews.com
GH: Hinson is well known in Kansas City. He was a part of Kansas’ staff under Bill Self from 2008 to 2012 as the director of external relations and the director of operations. Hinson was the head coach at Missouri State for nine years previous to his stint at KU. Hinson’s team is only 2-8 this season but what his team lacks in talent, Hinson makes up in explaining just how bad they happen to be. Read on.
“(Guard) Marcus (Fillyaw) was absolutely awful, that’s about as PG-rated as I can say it. He was awful. Our guards are awful. Our three starting guards had one assist and seven turnovers. They must think it’s a tax credit. It’s unbelievable how our starting guards played.”
Barry Hinson, Sportingnews.com
GH: President Obama needs to get this guy on his speech writing team.
“I’ve been telling my wife this for years, size doesn’t matter.”
Barry Hinson, referring to his team’s rebounding issues, Sportingnews.com
“There was a sniper in the gym. Didn’t you see that? We had guys falling down! I would have thought Navy SEAL Team 6 was out there!”
Barry Hinson, on two of his players falling down at mid-court, Sportingnews.com
“My wife — my wife! — can score more than two buckets on 11 shots, because I know my wife will at least shot fake one time.”
Barry Hinson, on his bigs shooting performance against Murray State, Sportingnews.com
“I have never been around a more positive, energetic, unselfish person (than Hinson). He is loyal, ethical and can coach and recruit. He also is a GREAT…not good public speaker — probably got that from his father, a Baptist minister. I love the guy.”
Bill Self, on Hinson, siusalukis.com
GH: Can we get the Royals to hire Hinson to replace Ready For Bed Ned at the Royals postgame pressers?
“I don’t blame Kansas at all for declining to play Wichita State.”
Mike DeCourcy, college basketball writer, 810 AM
GH: I spent 20 minutes debating this topic with a KU friend today. I convinced him of nothing. I just don’t understand why any college basketball fans wouldn’t want to see this game. I understand Bill Self’s stance but I don’t know why any fan would share Self’s opinion on this. All we get to do as fans is watch the games. Why wouldn’t we want to see the best match-ups?
“It was the biggest mistake I ever made in football.”
Marty Schottenheimer, discussing his decision to leave the Kansas City Chiefs after ten seasons in January of 1999, NFL Network
GH: Schottenheimer stated he was “burned out” and he found himself “uncomfortable with himself.” I attended Marty’s final press conference at Arrowhead that day and “uncomfortable” is a very appropriate word to describe the mood in the room. Marty’s wife sat beside him at the front of the room and the Chiefs’ head coach looked like a schoolboy who had been forced to apologize for his acts. There were lots of rumors about an affair and him living at Lamar’s suite at Arrowhead and Greg Hill’s gal…and none of it ever was really fleshed out by The Star, WHB or any of the local media. These NFL Network documentaries receive a lot of praise but I see them as so much fluff. The Derrick Thomas story barely addressed the many flaws in his life. Marty’s story was equally as soft. These documentaries are more advertisement than journalism.
“No one can prepare anyone for fame…”
Maurice Clarett, @ReeseClarett13, in a raw and chilling 30-for-30 documentary on the former Ohio State running back and his coach Jim Tressel, Twitter
GH: A 30-for-30 doc on ESPN is the opposite of the advertisement that passes for research on the NFL Network’s An NFL Life. This latest one on Clarett is mind blowing. Clarett’s life got so crazy at times I had to remind myself this was a real story. DVR it and watch it soon. Just incredible stuff.
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