“Biggest win in 29 years. Pressure all on the Indians these last two games of series. #Royals now just need 3 or 4 wins to make playoffs.”
Jeffrey Flanagan, @jflanagankc, after the Royals 2-0 win in Cleveland Monday night, Twitter
GH: Get used to it, folks. Every Royals win this week will top the last. This is a pennant race. Somebody wake up Ned and tell him.
“We think this place will be pretty cool in October. We’re all dying to see it.”
Eric Hosmer, via a tweet from Andy McCullough, on Hosmer talking about postseason play at The K, Twitter
“We want to go to the postseason really, really bad!”
Greg Holland, while being interviewed Monday night by Joel Goldberg following the Royals win in Cleveland, Fox Sports KC GH: I got a tweet from a Royals fan last night responding to Holland’s comment by saying, “I love it when these guys talk like this!” Here is an idea for the Royals PR staff – have Holland fill in the rest of the season for Yost in the pre- and postgame pressers.
“Technically, Terrance Gore just scored a run in a game that started before he made his official MLB debut”
@BHIndepMO, after the Royals rookie scored in the tenth inning of the resumed game Monday night, Twitter GH: Somebody get Doc Brown on the shoe phone.
“Alex Gordon is having one of the worst months of his career at a rather inopportune time.
Dirk Chatelain, @dirkchatelain, sports columnist for the Omaha World Herald, Twitter
GH: Wow. Gordon is more up and down than that new ride at World’s of Fun. In August he was Babe Ruth. In September he’s been just Aunt Ruth. Time to turn it on, Alex.
“Wait 27 years, and you’re liable to see anything from Indiana University football. The (Missouri) Tigers (3-1) were the highest-ranked team beaten by Indiana on the road since a 31-10 victory at Ohio State in 1987. Indiana had lost 36 in a row on the road against Top 20 opponents.”
David Woods, writer, after Mizzou was upset 31-27by the Hoosier Saturday at Faurot, Indianapolis Star
GH: Loosing to Indiana the week after they dropped a game to Bowling Green (the same BG that was bounced 68-17 by Wisconsin on Saturday) is embarrassing. Losing to Indiana in Columbia the week before you head to South Carolina to be part of ESPN’s GameDay experience is about as life-sucking as a regular-season loss can get.
“The defending SEC East champion lost to a 5-7 Big Ten team from last season. It’s the Big Ten’s first win against a ranked Power 5 conference team this season. Indiana had lost 18 straight games against ranked opponents heading into Saturday’s game. The Hoosiers allowed 571 rushing yards in a 45-42 loss to Bowling Green last week, a team that allowed 756 total yards and 646 rushing yards in a 68-17 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. How does the transitive property work here? Isn’t college football fun?”
Bill Bender, writer, sportingnews.com
GH: When Indiana took an early lead in this game I saw a tweet from a reporter who regularly covers the Tigers that read something like, “that embarrassing moment when Indiana led Missouri.” I thought at the time that kind of entitlement attitude has haunted Missouri sports for decades. Yes, Mizzou should have beaten Indian by three touchdowns. But when you are down on game day, that is not the time to be making light of your opponent.
“Yeah, I wish we would have called (the time out) sooner. It was a communication breakdown. It was my fault. I wish we would have called it sooner.”
Gary Pinkel, when asked why he waited about 20 seconds to call timeout when Indiana was driving inside the MU five-yard line to preserve some time for the Tigers’ final drive, 810 AM
GH: Pinkel seems to freeze at time when it comes to sideline decision making. This was coaching 101 stupid. You HAVE to be on top of the game enough to be aware of the clock. A communication breakdown? What kind of an excuse is this from a guy making $3 million a year? Who did he need to communicate with to call time out – beside the referee??? It was just mind-numbingly ridiculous to blow 20 seconds of clock at this point in the game.
“Throw it to the end zone! That was horrible! Horrible! You’ve got three good receivers and a gigantic tight end. Throw it up there!”
Steven St. John, on MU’s final play of the game from midfield being a 16-yard pass to Indiana’s 32-yard line to end the game, 810 AM
GH: Gary Pinkel was the topic for much of my 17-mile run Sunday morning with both MU and KU fans. Pinkel is never going to be confused with Bill Snyder. Pinkel is a fabulous recruiter who gets a lot out of great talent but has never been able to get it together enough to win a conference title. Snyder is a genius at preparing his teams of mostly ordinary talent and rarely loses to any team inferior to his. Both are getting the job done but each in far different ways.
“Mizzou… I don’t know what to say, other than that guy who made really poor decisions today is also going to win you some great games too.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Twitter
GH: Carpenter could have been talking about Pinkel but I’m pretty sure he meant Maty Mauk. I didn’t think Mauk was the problem in this game. Sure, he threw a bad pick coming out of the half but all quarterbacks are going to screw up occasionally. Mauk has been next to amazing for most of this season. Mizzou is lucky to have him as they get ready for the SEC. It will be Pinkel’s job to reign in his decision making.
“Missouri OL coach AJ Ricker compared Boehm’s snaps problem to Chuck Knoblauch’s issues throwing to 1B. ‘It’s just a mental block.’”
Dave Matter, @Dave_Matter, Twitter
GH: Those mental blocks can be pretty real, as Knoblauch knows. Hoping Big Boehm can shake the shivers Saturday in that other Columbia.
“Every team is SEC least has a loss? What?”
Kevin Kietzman, @kkwhb, Twitter
GH: KK would really impress me if he opened his interview with Gary Pinkel with this snide “SEC Least” comment. But I’m sure he will be verbally slapping Pinkel on the back during his interview.
“Chance for redemption on the big stage RT @McMurphyESPN: [email protected] headed to Columbia, S.C. for Mizzou at South Carolina.”
TJ Moe, @TJMoe28, former Mizzou wide receiver, Twitter
GH: How do you erase the acrid taste of a home loss to Indiana? By beating South Carolina on ESPN the next week. CFB is like that when it comes to week-to-week perceptions. Just ask the Big Ten.
“You can’t blame me if I mistakenly call @MizzouFootball TE Sean Culkin THOR at some point during our game this week.”
Holly Rowe, @sportsiren, who will be on the sidelines for ESPN Saturday night at South Carolina, Twitter
GH: Mizzou gets to be on the big stage a week after their boo at the Zou. It will be interesting to see how the Tigers react.
“I probably won’t get over the loss (to Auburn) until we win another game. Man, those SEC people will salt the wound!”
Ryan Lilja, former K-State player, mentioning a salty Tiger-tail-wearing neighbor who was an Auburn fan, 610 AM
GH: K-State’s loss to Auburn does the opposite to their prestige of what MU losing to Indiana does to the Tigers. K-State is now thought to be a real contender for the Big 12 crown. I will be watching with great interest what happens in Ames on Saturday when Baylor comes to visit. Could it be that the Cyclones are actually good?
“That’s just part of the game. It’s not quote unquote ‘stealing.’”
Bill Snyder, attempting to clarify his comments that seemed to accuse Auburn of stealing signs, 810 AM
GH: A lot has been made of Snyder’s comment but mostly by those who are not fans of HCBS and his Cats. Too much in my opinion.
“The Chiefs are right back in this thing, dude. They’re playing better every week.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: How about Andy Reid, John Dorsey and their Chiefs having one of their most important wins in Miami during in their short time here in KC? That wakes everybody back up and should make Arrowhead a house for crazed dogs Monday night against the Pats.
“The Chiefs may be 1-2, but their celebrations are elite.”
Austin Earl, @austinearly13, after Travis Kelce and Tyler Gray went TMZ on their TD celebrations, Twitter
“Cyrus Gray just got a few spectators pregnant with that TD celebration dance.”
Jared Carter, @JaredLCarter, Twitter GH: Gray proceeded to whip his pony at the Dolphins crowd after his TD jaunt. But he did it in such a way that he could have received the NFL’s first 15-yarder for obscenity. I would love to see the video of these guys practicing this trash.
“I’m at the age now where I’d be fine if the NFL outlawed all TD celebrations. These dudes should be ejected for some of this shit!”
GH: No one is that old, Sly.
“They’re really struggling on offense to find their way. In 34 drives, they’ve only scored five touchdowns? How about that? They have no explosive players who play outside the numbers. … They can’t protect the quarterback. Tom Brady’s not going to leave the pocket.”
Herm Edwards, when asked to evaluate New England, 810 AM
GH: Monday night at CamaroHead is gonna be wild – especially if the Royals are playing in a tie-breaker game that night.
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