OTC: Royals Lose Opener In Detroit / Naked Naadir / OTC Bracket Contest Top 10

“Some interesting moves by the skipper at the end there, huh? I’m sure this is going to be the focus of most of your calls.”
Josh Klingler, host of 610’s Royals postgame show, opening his Royals postgame call-in show following Detroit’s walk-off opening day 4-3 win over the Royals, 610 AM
GH: Ahhhh, Ned. Bringing back Ned for the Royals first real season of expectations in 20 years means may a loss will be dissected and kick about on talk radio like it was the seventh game of the World Series. But that is a topic most of Kansas City knows almost nothing about. And might well continue to know nothing about with Ned calling the shots.

“Ned Yost uses 1970s baseball in 2014.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM

“This is going to sound mean but I am going to the whip with James Shields this season. I am not going to worry about his arm and I am not going to worry about his future.”
Kevin Kietzman, discussing why Ned chose to remove his ace after Shields put two on in the sixth innings, 810 AM
GH: Danny Clinkscale cautioned Kietzman that Yost still needs to be concerned about Shields’ health throughout this season – which is correct. But I side with KK on this one. Shields needs to be on the mound for seven or eight innings each outing if the Royals are going to come close to recouping what they lost in the Wil Myers trade. BTW, Wil got the game winner for the Rays Monday hitting second in their lineup.

“(Wade Davis) walks Alex Avila and I am freaking out. … Would I have ridden Wade Davis out for the rest of the ninth inning? Yes, I probably would have had to there.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: Wade Davis was the long-term reason for the Wil Myers trade. Maybe the Royals should just pass on all future pitchers named Davis.

“You must win this game!”
Kevin Kietzman, citing the Royals having a 3-1 lead in the seventh with James Shields on the mound in Detroit on opening day, 810 AM
GH: I didn’t hear anyone throwing in the towel after one loss but KK’s is correct in stating these types of games are the ones which winners win and losers lose. If Yost needed to replace Shields in the seventh, I would have brought in Holland to put out the fire. The game looked to me to be won or lost there and Yost went with Crow. I know that is what conventional baseball now teaches – to save your closer for the ninth – but the seventh inning was far more important in this game.

“Do you believe in the adage that the manager only affects five games a year? Was this one of Ned Yost’s five?”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: I think the old adage is closer to 10 or 15 games a season – and a lot of that depends on the ego of the manager. Ned thinks he’s a pretty smart guy and that makes him even more dangerous.

“The break between wins and losses is a whisker, blown side to side by the winds of the day. Often, that wind comes from the bullpen. Usually, that wind blew the Royals’ way last year. That doesn’t mean it will again.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Mellinger didn’t say the Royals’ bullpen is going to be a disaster this season but he strongly implies that we should not expect another brilliant season out of the pen. Screw that. I am expecting these guys to be damn skippy since Dayton Moore didn’t think he needed to add any power to this lineup.

“You’re definitely going to have your successes and your failures. And in this game, when it comes to the draft, your failures outweigh your successes. … It’s very easy to look back on any draft and second-guess what you should do or what you shouldn’t do. And it’s cowardly for either people in the industry or outside the industry, in the media — it’s cowardly to criticize it. Because that’s just not how it works. It’s very inexact.”
Dayton Moore, Kansas City Star
GH: I want to like Dayton Moore. I do. He sounds sincere when he is interviewed and he appears to work his job with great diligence. But when he sounds like he thinks he is above criticism, he sounds like a spoiled brat whose adult life has been shielded from reality by the cocoon that is MLB. “It’s cowardly for either people in the industry or outside the industry, in the media — it’s cowardly to criticize it. Because that’s just not how it works.” No Dayton, that is EXACTLY how it works. The cowards are those who expect it to be different their work and never challenged. You can read Andy McCullough’s complete article here at kansascity.com.

“84 wins. They’re going to be second place in the Central behind Detroit. I think they take a little step back in 2014 and then they’re a playoff team in 2015.”
Brian McRae, on his prediction for the Royals season, 810 AM

“I’ve got (the Royals) first place with 88 wins.”
Jason Stark, after Soren Petro asked his prediction for the Royals, 810 AM

“I’m going to go with 84 (wins for the Royals) but who knows? You never know.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM

“So now the Royals are about to enter a season with their highest expectations since the strike. This is the best team they’ve had in at least two decades, at least on paper, and there is a certain swagger with this group. … More than anything else, the success or failure of a critical Royals season will be measured by whether these guys grow or shrink in the face of real expectations.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas city.com
GH: Expectations. Too often in the world of sports high expectations are pointed to as the reason for failure. The expectations for Andrew Wiggins were unattainable we were told. The expectations for David Glass’ Royals were always tempered because Kansas City is/was a “small market franchise.” Expectations are not something to shrink from but rather embrace. I would offer that just as many “experts” expect nothing more from the Royals than a mere .500 season or close to it. Real expectations do not arrive until there is some success behind the reasoning for the expectations. These Royals are not under much more pressure than the last 20 years of Royals. To make people really believe you have to first do. Time to do, Royals. Way past due to do.

“We will let Denny rest his voice as he is fighting through opening day number 46 in his career.”
Steve Physioc, after Matthews’ first two innings of the season, Royals Radio
GH: Denny sounded like he was up drinking gin all night playing poker in a smoky train car with Babe Ruth. I hope he gets well over the Royals’ off day in Detroit and comes back Wednesday with a better voice and a little excitement for his profession.

naadir“Obviously we are aware. It was brought to our attention and (I) certainly am extremely disappointed with what’s transpired and the judgment that went along with it. To say anything else publicly is something that would be inappropriate at this time, but it will be addressed and it will be handled internally.”
Bill Self, when asked about a photo of naked Naadir Tharpe and a busty blonde with her bustiness exposed to Naadir’s smiling face, KUSports.com
GH: The concerning part of this photo is that it appears to have been taken by Tharpe himself. I don’t think any of us are surprised that college students get naked with each other. But if Tharpe did take the photo and then distributed it to others, he is one dumb senior-to-be point guard at an elite basketball program. A lucky one mind you, but a dumb one as well.

“I’d like to begin by saying how humbled and appreciative I am to the University of Missouri and the City of Columbia for the warm reception I received in 2012, when I arrived after transferring from the University of Tulsa. Everyone associated with Mizzou, the coaches, my teammates, administration and fans welcomed me in with open arms and afforded me the opportunity to continue my dream of getting an education and playing basketball at such a prestigious university. Words simply cannot express the gratitude I feel towards Coach Haith for bringing me into this program and helping me leave this spring as a University of Missouri graduate!”
Jordan Clarkson, in a letter announcing his decision to forgoe his senior year of eligibility at Mizzou, Mizzou Athletics
GH: I don’t know if Clarkson wrote this note or if he had help, but this is how you announce you are leaving a university. It sounds to me like Clarkson not only is graduating but also paid attention in class.

“You can!”
Bill Self, responding to Andrew Wiggins’ lamenting that he would like to do it again at Kansas just as he was announcing he was leaving for the NBA after his freshman season, Fox 4
GH: Wiggins’ mom turned some heads when she mentioned how grateful she was that her son was leaving Kansas healthy. I think that might be some foreshadowing as to what Joel Embiid’s announcement will soon be.

“Incredible stat – the last 3 teams to beat Florida are Wisconsin, UCONN & Michigan.”
Steve Weissman, @SWeissmanESPN, Twitter

2014 Off The Couch NCAA CBB Tourney Standings

  1. Nathan Ansley                  261         Florida
  2. Shawn Bruce                      249         MSU
  3. Brian D. Cook                     247         Florida
  4. Caleb Hopkins                   246         Florida
  5. Jeff Gage                             246         Florida
  6. Mark Marriott                   237         Louisville
  7. Martin Asher                     236         Florida
  8. Gabe DeArmomnd          234         Florida
  9. Andy Higgins                      233         Florida
  10. Adam Plous                        231         Florida
    Ramon Martinez              231         Florida
    Robert DuPrau                  231         MSU

GH: I feel good about my 15th place position and my pick of Wisconsin as the winner. If the Badgers can win it all, I might win the whole thing. How about that for some swag!

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38 Responses to OTC: Royals Lose Opener In Detroit / Naked Naadir / OTC Bracket Contest Top 10

  1. Mike says:

    I had suspicions yesterday when Ned went with Crow to bail out Shields’ jam. I recalled Crow never performed all that well with runners on base last year. Why not Wade, and then Holland, even if he needed four outs from the eighth inning on? I didn’t think Crow was the top middle option out of the pen last year, and it’s disappointing that the Royals thought there was no better middle option for the very first game this year.
    And kudos to Tharpe, despite slipshod PG play with way too many turnovers, for not fumbling away a dirty blonde KU groupie with eager boobies.

    • Sirr Parker says:

      Crow definitely needs a clean inning. Almost 40 percent of his inherited runners scored last year. That’s horrible.

  2. The Independent Rage says:

    I’m callin’ fake on Tharpe’s broad’s bustiness. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  3. Bob Sacamano says:

    I saw on Twitter where Tharpe’s lady friend was the school nurse at Gardner. Anyone know if that’s true?

    • The Independent Rage says:

      I pegged her as an I-70 strip dive broad given the fake rack and not-so-pretty mush. Maybe this little number moonlights?

    • glorious uproar says:

      Yes, she was the “head” nurse

    • JP says:

      Allegedly she was the High School nurse at Gardner-Edgerton High school. I wonder how many boys were sick while in school and needing nursing aid.

      BTW, her profile and facebook page are gone.

  4. Kyle says:

    Tharpe is a moron and I hope he’s gone. He seems to be going backwards instead of forward. Perhaps a change of scenery would be good for him. Crow needs to be gone as well. Complete waste of a 1st round pick. The guy has never had any sack. Been afraid to be a starter since day one. Just wants to stay hidden in middle relief and collect a paycheck.

    • glorious uproar says:

      So, your theory is that Crow is a pussy who is content to suck at his job and steal money?

      Gonna need a link to prove that, please.

  5. The Word says:

    Congrats to the SEC. Two teams in the final four. And one other in the sweet 16. Not bad for a football conference.

    • Richard Cranium says:

      Misery fans continue to amaze me. You win either by association, or a rival loss. Pathetic troll.

      • Alphonse Tooty says:

        What’s really amazing is how sensitive you are, Dick Head. Toughen up, man.

      • Richard Cranium's Ass Hurts says:

        I think what The Word is saying that the SEC was an underrated basketball conference. You are right, it would have been better if he would have just said that the Big 12 was OVERRATED!

      • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

        Poor Richard has another case of Red Ass. Get some butt paste, pal.

    • FJH says:

      Yes, the Final Four always determines who has the the best bball conference. Last year, it was the Big East!

      • Dick Head's Daddy says:

        I think the point is that there is no way a conference with 7 teams in and not a single one making it to the Elite 8, can even be be discussed as being the best conference.

  6. Gavin says:

    A friend of mine sent me a link to a school nurse in Gardner-Edgerton that certainly looked like her. And while it was up most of yesterday, last night, poof, it was gone. I don’t know if she lost her job, but her page is down. And the same named woman’s Facebook page is locked down tighter than a nun’s bunghole. You can’t see ANY activity on it and she only shows one friend who, based on appearances is either a sister or (yikes!) a daughter. I don’t know for sure if it’s her, but there is a resemblance.

    As for who took the picture, I thought it was Tharpe, but a different friend (this thing is getting scrutinized more than the Zapruder film) says that he thinks SHE took it. First, the angle of the shot doesn’t match the angle of Tharpe’s arm. Second, look beside his right ear. There’s a flash. She could have been taking it with her right hand and into a mirror. If so, I hope she called “Glass!”

    I just hope she’s okay and that Tharpe didn’t throw her into the third row.

  7. KCPRGuy1 says:

    I’m ok with Crow in the 7th. It was trotting out Davis for the 9th. He’s your 8th inning guy. Keep him in the 8th. That’s what made Hoch successful last year. If the Royals win it’s going to be in spite of Nedly.

  8. glorious uproar says:

    runners on the corners with one out in the 9th, tie game

    Ned is the only manager who does not walk the bases loaded

    • Tigerpiper says:

      Ned is a clown. His inconsistency makes his stupidity clear: all last year he used Holland only in “clean innings” and save situations. Then switches up this year. Not saying the move was bad this year, but it shows his “I never make a mistake” statements are just dumb. “I know talent when I see it and I’ve never been wrong” is another one that will blow up this year.

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