OTC: Royals Creep Above .500 Enter The Week That Could Be / 610’s The Drive Reveals Summer Sadness Brackets

“Gentlemen, start your engines! Because it’s wide open in the AL Central! It feels like these teams are still defining themselves.”
Buster Olney, ESPN baseball analyst, 810 AM
GH: With the Detroit Tigers returning to the rest of the AL after a dismal past 30 days, the AL Central is either loaded with mediocrity or the most competitive division in MLB. Here we are in mid-June and every team is within at least four games. It might not be great baseball but it beats the hell out of the lousy, out-of-it-by-July baseball we have become far too familiar with here in Kansas City. Let’s have some fun this summer barking at Rex on the tube, bitching about Ned’s grumpiness and wondering if Billy and Moose are ever going to wake up and carry this team toward their lofty expectations. In other words, let’s not be Royal, Kansas City! 

“I’d be lying to you to tell you it doesn’t mean anything to get over .500, because it does. It’s a big thing.”
Ned Yost, on the Royals going 7-3 in their last ten games to move their record to 33-32 and within 2.5 games of the Tigers, 610 AM
GH: Being one game over .500 in mid-June shouldn’t excite any fan base – unless you are the Royals fan base. And doggone it, we could use some summer excitement here in Clown Town. What a week on the road this is for our Blue Boys – three in Chicago and then four monsters in Detroit. Play ball! 

“The backend of their bullpen is a complete mess.”
Buster Olney, on his assessment of the Detroit Tigers bullpen issues, ESPN baseball analyst, 810 AM
GH: How about the backend of the Royals bullpen? Wade Davis as the Royals setup guy has been magnificent. Everything I thought he was not. He’s been so good he has people whispering about trading Greg Holland – who has been ever better than Davis as the Royals lights-out closer. If I am any of the other teams in the ALC, the presence of these two weapons in KC’s pen has to have them concerned about the Royals staying in this race through September.  

“I am a big believer in Dale Sveum can relate to hitters because he did step into a major-league batter’s box. He’s a very solid baseball man and he has a very solid approach to hitting.”
Mike McFarlane, when asked if he thought the Royals new hitting coach was making a difference in the team’s success since he replaced Pedro Grifol, 810 AM
GH: McFarlane has been kind about his critique of Grifol but it appears evident he is not a fan of hitting coaches who have not played in the bigs. I am of the opinion that hitting coaches at the MLB level are little more than shrinks and scapegoats. 

“Boxing is fixed, we know that. Soccer is exactly the same as boxing!”
Kevin Kietzman, after a blown call against Croatia gave home-team Brazil a game winning penalty kick in the opening round of the World Cup, 810 AM
GH: And with those two sentences, KK pretty much bombed The Border Patrol’s weekly Friday programing schedule of topics. BTW, I would suggest Kietzman listen to his segment Thursday where he, Danny Clinkscale and TJ Carpenter debated the sport of soccer. It highlighted one of BTL’s major flaws. KK was confident, aggressive and clear with his opinions on how to fix soccer – just what you’d expect from a station owner and the boss. Clink and TJ sounded cautious, fearful and afraid to be completely honest with their opinions – just what you’d expect from two guys in radio arguing with their boss/owner on the air. It is never a fair fight on KK’s show. In other words KK’s show is fixed. 

“The World Cup is a about a month event, but the three days the that USA plays, I tell vendors, staff, customers, ‘Hey, it’s going to be a Big 12 Tournament atmosphere down here (at Power & Light).”
Kyle Witherspoon, general manager at Johnny’s Tavern on Grand Blvd, Kansas City Star
GH: The P&L is expecting 12,000 thirsty folks to roll into downtown on Monday, just about the time all those office building empty at 5:00 PM. I am old. I will not be there. I wish I was young. I would be there with a very large smile on my face. 

“We have a nice, comfortable place to watch the (World Cup) games. It’s a great alternative (to the P&L). We’ve had rock ‘n’ Roll concerts, I think we can handle soccer fans.”
Emily Behrman, general manager of the Performing Arts Series at Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Star
GH: I do not know Emily but I would venture to say that Emily does not know soccer fans like she think she knows them. Rock ‘n’ Roll’s got nuttin’ on Besler Fever. 

“Jim Donnan just told us he thinks Missouri will be ‘the sleeper’ in the SEC this fall.”
Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, Twitter
GH: Sleeper? The defending SEC East champs are a SLEEPER? Perhaps it is the rest of the SEC that is asleep about Maty Mauk and his Tigers.  

“This is one of the toughest challenges I’ve ever been through.”
Mario Chalmers, discussing his poor play as Miami’s point guard during the NBA championship series against San Antonio, Kansas City Star
GH: It is PAINFUL to watch Chalmers getting torched by Tony Parker and doing zip when the Heat have the ball. It is tough to watch a guy go from NCAA hero to NBA goat right there on my television set. The Heat will need a historic comeback to remove the stench that will now follow Mario’s career.

“The Jordan Rules are this; if he gets inside the paint, hit him. Make him make it from the foul line. LeBron is probably a better dribbler than MJ and he’s damn sure a better passer to his teammates! With LeBron, you’ve just got to put somebody in front of him and hope he shoots jump shots.” J
ohn Salley
, who won three straight NBA titles with the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons, ESPN Radio

“I don’t know Rashad McCants. To say coach (Roy) Williams knew (of the alleged UNC academic fraud) and tried to sneak his way through it (college) would go against everything I’ve known about him in 20 plus years.”
Ryan Robertson, former KU guard, on the former UNC All-American’s damning accusations that he says Coach Roy knew of and helped orchestrate, Journal-World
GH: I am not the biggest Coach Roy fan, mostly because I thought he grew too big for his britches while at Kansas. But I cannot imagine he has changed that much to do what McCants accuses him of doing. If so, there may be nothing or no one college athletics cannot corrupt. 

“The Summer Sadness brackets…
The Drive, 610 AM
GH: Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison have launched their Summer Sadness bracket Kansas City edition – and it made for some great radio Thursday afternoon. While KK verbally abused Clink and TJ with his soccer takes, the youngsters down the dial described their creative summer distraction for KC sports fans with a sense of humor. They seeded 32 of the most heart-wrenching local sporting memories and asked their listeners to pick an overall “winner” over the next month or so. The filed has four regions – Chiefs, Royals, Mizzou and Sunflower (including both KU and KSU). The number one seeds in each region are: Chiefs – Lin Elliott, Royals – 1994 Strike, Mizzou – Tyus Edney, Sunflower – KSU’s 1998 Big 12 title loss to A&M. The Drive’s listeners will pick a winner each afternoon during the 4:00 hour. I see some sleepers in this bracket that could surprise. But my money is on Lin Elliott once again coming out on the bottom. Click here to view the bracket and the Facebook page here.

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33 Responses to OTC: Royals Creep Above .500 Enter The Week That Could Be / 610’s The Drive Reveals Summer Sadness Brackets

  1. Babe Ruthless says:

    GH – it’s 3 in Chicago, not Cleveland.

  2. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    That Summer Sadness deal might be the dumbest, most bush league, pile of shit I’ve ever heard of. How desperate are these tools at 610 for something to talk about? My GOD. Beyond pathetic.

    • Sal Paradise says:

      they should do grilling segments or trivia instead.

    • Juan Pablo says:

      Have you listened to the border patrol on 810, All thy do is joke about everything and make stupid grade school sexual innuendos . , It was a good show but I stopped listening to it.

    • Babe Ruthless says:

      I think it’s a good idea. As others have mentioned, it’s better than grilling segments, golf segments, an hour long NASCAR – local racin’ segment. Let’s not forget that for a couple of summers KK had Leabo doing some sort of half-assed Mike Rowe ‘Dirty Jobs’ type thing. Of course all of these were created to fill time because the Royals were usually dead in the water by the 4th of July. Hopefully, this summer we won’t have that problem.

      • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

        That type of segment only reinforces the “woe is us” attitude here in the KC metro by re-living our worst sports nightmares. What’s the point? There is none. Why pick at scabs?

  3. Joe Blow says:

    The Royals ones in that bracket are kind of weird, and I like how KU/KSU get to share a bracket, but I would say:

    Mizzou: Tyus Edney
    KU/KSU: KU’s Midmajor losses — which is hilarious because all of those losses get one spot on the bracket
    Chiefs: Lin Elliott
    Royals: Collapse of 2003

    Winner: Lin Elliott

    • Joe Blow says:

      Of course, I reply as someone who hates rehashing all this stupid old shit…

    • Kyle says:

      Agree with all except the KU/KSU. Has to be the 1998 loss to A&M. KU’s tourney losses have been tough, but at least they have been redeemed with Final Fours and another NC. That was and still is KSU’s biggest and best chance and they blew it big time.

      • Joe Blow says:

        I guess KU did back into that NC when Memphis blew it big time. So that helps..

        • Kansas Marine says:

          Tough to back into a title when the Final Four was filled with 1 seeds.

          • Joe Blow says:

            I know, playing a 16, an 8, a 12, a 10, a rival game against a 1, and then being handed the championship game…that was clearly a tough path!

            • Jimbo says:

              “KU got lucky that year and were handed a championship, they only had to play a 16, an 8, a 12, and a 10(Steph Curry sucks) to get to the Final Four(who cares if it was the only final four with all number 1 seeds) . Missouri always gets screwed and plays a super tough 15 seed like Norfolk State(I mean Florida barely squeaked by Norfolk State 84-50 in the next round), otherwise we would have made the Final Four at least once in our school history. WE are a football school anyway, even though we haven’t even won a football National Championship in school history either, hell to be honest we haven’t even won a football conference championship in my lifetime(what has it been 45 years or something?, how can a program be good when it has been that long?) . Conference championships or National Championships don’t matter anyway, they don’t tell you how good a team is, Independence Bowls and Cotton Bowls are all that matter.”

              —Joe Blow

              Keep up the good work Joe Blow, I can only imagine how insufferable you would be if Missouri ever won something meaningful one of these days…BTW What do you consider Missouri’s greatest victory in your lifetime?

        • Kyle says:

          Forever a prick.

  4. The Salty Iguana says:

    The Bad Boys won two NBA titles, not three.

    Why they didn’t put an HDTV in P&L courtyard is beyond me. It is the worst TV in town.
    Mario Chalmers has never done anything in the NBA. He is not struggling he just stinks. Just like every other ku player in the NBA.

    • Kyle Rohde says:

      This is true. I love being down there but it is a tiny, crappy TV for that huge space.

  5. Mike says:

    Yeah, it’s not good to see Chalmers get lit up by a guy like Parker, but Parker is a far better pro, and the fact that Dwayne Wade’s legs are pretty much dead for this whole series doesn’t help much, either.
    The great irony in this is that while most pundits thought the Heat built up a dynastic run with Bosh and LeBron joining DWade, few (until now) have noted the continued excellence, and build-from-within mantra of the Spurs. And with the emergence of Kahwi Leonard, and savvy rotation minutes by the coaching staff, the real story of the NBA postseason should be the Spurs. Just like the real story of 2011 was the Mavs (Dirk, Terry, Barea, Chandler, etc.), but ESPN was too busy crying over the Heat falling short that perhaps a truer issue stood out then, as it does now: the Heat, while still great, just doesn’t rise into the group of era-defining champs, like Jordan/Bulls, Showtime Lakers, and Auerbach’s Celtics.
    The Spurs are closer to era-defining at this point than any team since 2000, if they close it out Sunday.

    And I chuckled at the “fixed” BTL comment. You mean KK can’t handle that much dissent? He uses his boss-status power to unfair advantage? Let’s just call him Vladimir Kietzman.

  6. brummy says:

    I went down to the ale house at lunch which was a great atmosphere to watch the Cup. The P&L will be fun Monday. The Saucer will be packed.

  7. Greg says:

    “Jim Donnan just told us he thinks Missouri will be ‘the sleeper’ in the SEC this fall.”
    Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, Twitter
    GH: Sleeper? The defending SEC East champs are a SLEEPER? Perhaps it is the rest of the SEC that is asleep about Maty Mauk and his Tigers.

    Every pre-season magazine I have seen has Mizzou fourth in the East, behind South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in that order. Everyone thinks they lose all three of those games and @ Texas A&M. They play Georgia at home. Mizzou has good bulletin board, no respect, material.

  8. The Independent Rage says:

    You know you have a pretty strong MU field in the Summer Sadness brackets when what I call “The Weekend” in 2004 doesn’t even make the cut into the field. That was the terrible 2-day stretch of November 19-20, 2004, when (1) the Paige Laurie scandal hit, (2) the highly disappointing 2004 football team got its ass kicked by KU in Columbia, and (3) Snyder’s basketball team lost embarrassingly to Davidson (before, as I recall, Davidson making some noise in the years after that). I definitely picked the wrong week to be a Tiger on that occasion.

  9. Juan Pablo says:

    MU can have its own tournament. They left out Pinkel and the DUI arrest with his drunk video trying to say the alphabet. That should be #1 with Ricky Clemons/jail house/ crackers be shaken a close 2nd.
    K-st was a 17 point favorite and lost to TXam after having a 15 point 4th quarter lead may be the biggest choke job in history for any sport . If they won that game they would of played in the national championship and probably won. They had a good team that year. . With it probably being Snyder’s last year I don’t think K-st will ever get in that position again.

    • Joe Blow says:

      I’m pretty sure KU fans threw the goalposts in the pond when they finally won a conference football game. That’s probably more embarassing.

      • Juan Pablo says:

        I forgot. maybe the most embarrassing thing ever is when MU beat a 2-6 KU team in football game at home , the MU players tore down the goal posts. Just shows you how much KU means to MU.

        • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

          Nah, the most embarrassing thing is the state of KU football, and you know it.

  10. nick says:

    Mario Chalmers is hardly the only goat. Wade played a horrid game last night. Allen does NOTHING on the court other than attempt 3-point shots, Cole and Battier have offered little to nothing. And even King Bronnie looked sloppy in game 3 (7 turnovers) and came out flat last night.

    No doubt that Parker is the FAR superior guard to Chalmers, but that’d be the case for most NBA guards going against Parker. Total credit to Poppovich. The unselfishness of his players is fun to watch.

  11. Patrick says:

    Didn’t you call for a bracket Greg? Maybe they listen…..

  12. Ron says:

    I would say the 5th game playoff losses to the Yankees in 76 and 77 were much sadder than anything listed on the 610 bracket. The firing of Whitey Herzog was pretty sad. The death of Dick Houser was very sad. Dennis Leonard’s failure to save the 5th game of the playoffs was really sad. Chris Chambliss’ home run in the 5th game of the playoffs was really, really sad. Hal MacRae slumped against the outfield wall was sad…so was Freddie Patek crying in the dugout. The abrupt ending of Steve Busby’s career due to arm injury was very sad as well.

    • Joe Blow says:

      The current radio hosts have no idea about these events.

      • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

        Agreed. They’re little pissant douchebags who have no sense of KC sports history.

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