OTC: Royals Refuse To Let Us Quit ‘Em / Chiefs’ Concerns Might Temper Fans’ Optimism This Fall

“They showed their best side there (in the three-game series in Oakland) except for that fifth inning on Saturday. They played good defense and the pitching was outstanding. You just grinded out two wins against what I think is the best team in baseball. That’s pretty impressive. They’ve really responded well after that horrible series in Boston.”
Andy McCullough, Royals beat writer for The Kansas City Star, 810 AM
GH: So you want to quit this Royals team? They just refuse to let us leave. Get swept in Boston coming out of the All-Star break and most of us were ready for the Royals fire sale and football. But this team just won’t let us go. Guthrie and Big Game James pitched playoff-worthy gems in the Royals two wins in Oakland. It is only August 4th. Plenty of time for Royals fans to give up on this squad three more times and then jump right back on the bandwagon before October. Let’s hope we have a reason this season to be embarrassed for our fickle fanhood.

“I think the offensive line is a big worry.”
Tim Grunhard, while discussing his concerns for the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs with Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Tim Grunhard know offensive line play. While he might not have been the best center in the league, he was darn good for a decade. If he is concerned about those behemoths protecting Alex Smith, we all should be concerned.

“I don’t think not being good enough at wide-out is going to stop this (Chiefs) team from going where they want to go. If they’re not going to go where they want to go, it’s going to be defense. Wide receivers are not going to be what takes this team to the Promised Land.” Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Petro added that a knowledgeable NFL insider once told him you could pick up a decent wide receiver on any playground in America. I would suggest the Chiefs start kicking it in some playgrounds, then. Because this draft and free-agent mode doesn’t seem to be getting it done.

“To this point Frankie Hammond has been awesome! He’s been fantastic! There’s been a couple of wide receivers like that.”
TJ Carpenter, on the play from the former Florida wide receiver who resided on the Chiefs practice squad last season, 810 AM

“Jonathan Baldwin. Suited up but did not receive a single target during team drills. Baldwin has been practically invisible during camp — two catches and three drops. A.J. Jenkins never was this bad.”
Grant Cohn, San Francisco 49ers beat writer, on the former Chiefs wide receiver who the Chiefs dealt for A.J. Jenkins, pressdemocrat.com
GH: The Egoli Virus has now infect the Niners franchise as well.

“I’m here to tell you that Dontari Poe is one of the best interior linemen in football. You cannot lose him.”
Steve St. John, 810 AM
GH: SSJ brought up Poe to back up his claim that Scott Pioli’s draft picks did contain some winners – especially in Poe who was roundly criticized by many after Pioli chose him with the Chiefs first draft pick. Read on for an assessment of Poe’s play midway through his rookie season…

“Fans love to make excuses for Poe. We have heard it all before. One line of thought was they had poor coaching at Memphis and that coach Romeo Crennel would bring out the best in him. Others said he played both tackle and it would be much better if he concentrated on just one position. Still other fans have said he is young and just needs time to develop, and rave about combine performances. … Poe rarely draws double-teams and gets stalemated by one guy. Not good, even for a rookie. When Poe recently played against Pittsburgh, he was blocked by one guy for almost the entire game. When he finally saw a double-team, he froze like a deer in headlights. He has other problems as well. His instincts for the game are poor. By the time he figures out what he is supposed to do, it’s usually too late to do anything. … What bothers me the most is that he doesn’t play the game mean, and when you are in the trenches you have to or you’ll get pushed around by offensive lineman all day because that’s what they expect. He may improve, but a ‘beast?’ I don’t think so.”
Ron Temper, NFL writer, in a column written during Poe’s rookie season in November of 2012, BleacherReport
GH: Is Poe now a beast? He is at least close. If he can avoid wearing down the last six weeks of the season he could vault himself into elite status in the league.

“When you have this many injuries, you have to look at what was the training like in the off-season.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: I am of the belief that injuries are like the lottery – unpredictable and difficult to script. The Chiefs just seem to be in the crosshairs of the injury bug this summer – no matter how hard they did or didn’t work this off-season.

“Everybody is screaming that they need to give more relief to Jamaal Charles. That they need to save Jamaal Charles. I don’t think the Chiefs are in any mood to do that. He may have more work than he did last year. The Chiefs aren’t looking to rest him especially after doling out a fresh contract.”
Adam Teicher, in a conversation with Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Expect Jamaal to be treated like porcelain during the preseason and like the Chiefs ticket to the playoffs from September on.

“I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t think the Chiefs are going backwards this year. I think part of that is a residual from the meltdown in the playoffs against the Colts. Maybe I’m a little more bullish on the Chiefs than others.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM

“I think we need to temper our expectations for this team in this town. … If they get to a .500 season, that’s a pretty solid season.”
Marc Boerigter, former Chiefs wide-receiver in an appearance Monday on The Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: Boerigter probably speaks the truth. No fan base signs up for a .500 season in August. But would that be acceptable for Chiefs fans? Are we a playoffs-or-bust kind of franchise? Or can we enjoy the four-month chase of a postseason sprinkled in with some titillating games and personal performances by our team and call it good even without the playoffs? Reality tells me we will need to this season.

“I don’t want to say this and sound disingenuous because people say it all the time but the people here (in St. Joseph) are genuinely some of the nicest people you will meet. They will get you anything you need.”
TJ Carpenter, on his time spent at the Chiefs camp the past three weeks at Missouri Western, 810 AM
GH: St. Joe, MO is one friendly place. I hope the Chiefs renew their contract with Mo West. I cannot imagine things would be nearly as cozy if they move their camp to their Truman Sports Complex headquarters next July. 

“What’s a raccoon?”
Rocket, the brains behind The Guardians of the Galaxy five-some, The Guardians of the Galaxy
GH: Loved this movie. One of the best romps of the summer season. My wife laughed loudest at this line and then nodded off to sleep for the remaining 90 minutes…at the 1:45 PM showing. It is difficult to teach art.

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26 Responses to OTC: Royals Refuse To Let Us Quit ‘Em / Chiefs’ Concerns Might Temper Fans’ Optimism This Fall

  1. chuckart says:

    Guardians was fantastic. I’ve been a comic nerd for years and its good to see the stories brought to film in a way that isn’t campy or flat out awful (looking at you Green Lantern). Also, I hope you stayed through the credits.

    • Kyle R says:

      I am consistently baffled how many people get up and leave Marvel movies before the credits roll – either they don’t care (more likely) or don’t realize there’s always more scenes to go!

  2. Mike says:

    Also notable: Jon Baldwin was cut recently by the Niners (per MMQB) more than three weeks before cutdown day. If that doesn’t scream shittiest draft pick ever…

  3. geoknows says:

    I thought I heard this morning that the 49ers had cut Jonathan Baldwin.

  4. satico says:

    Thought you might have caught Kietzman with this gem during Friday’s show – to the Racin’ Boys KK was trying to react to some point they made about some driver being a top flight race car driver:

    KK: “C’mon! Top 5? That’s like saying my wife is a Top 5 Victoria’s Secret model! Now my wife is lovely, but c’mon! Seriously?”

    The subsequent silence from the Racin’ Boys was palpable.

    • Old Man Kissel says:

      What does KK have to do with the topic????

      Think before you post next time….

      810 scoops 610 once again.

      • satico says:

        Eat me. The topic was OTC coverage.

        • Joe Blow says:

          You pissed off KK. He’s very sensitive about his Racin’ Boys..

        • Old Man Kissel says:

          Mindless retort.

          Once again, what does KK have to do with the Royals or Chiefs?

          Think before you post next time…

          810 scoops 610 once again.

          • Kansas Marine says:

            Your either KK or his lackey (T.J Carpenter perhaps). For your sake I hope it’s the former.

          • TiberiusGracchus says:

            Do you get a reprimand if you don’t respond to every perceived slight against KK? Is this the “career” that you envisioned for yourself? I hope things improve for you. Rise up and break the chains of your slave master!

    • KCMonarch says:

      I’d say odds are pretty good you were in the top 5 people listening to a Racing infomercial on the radio. Most likely the only 5.

  5. Herb says:

    KK said that because he knows no one listens to the Racist Boys…including his wife, Leatherface.

    • Juan Pablo says:

      How is Leatherface doing . The last time I saw her, her face looked like an old catchers mitt. Her skin has to be the most dried out sun burned skin I have ever seen. I think she is not that old, but her skin looks like a 70 year old lady.

  6. Alphonse Tooty says:

    The Royals lose a game to the Twins and this place lights up like a pinball machine with people calling for Yost’s and Moore’s heads. They take 2 out of 3 on the road from the “best team in baseball” and we get 15 comments (half of which are about KK) and quotes from Chiefs training camp (which are just as boring in print as they are on the radio). Typical for this blog and its legion of whiners.

    • BlackJack says:

      Because everyone knows the Royals are just another 3-game losing streak away from being back to Square One, and out of the WC race

  7. BlackJack says:

    Anyone else recall last year when the Chiefs made that swap with the Niners, Baldwin for A.J. Jenkins, that sports radio clown from the Bay Area was on Petro’s show and he basically was making fun of the Chiefs, saying they were “getting fleeced” for giving up Badwin for Jenkins, because even though Baldwin was not playing to his potential, at least he was a medicore NFL receiver, while Jenkins “couldn’t even get on the field in a NFL game”. While A.J. Jenkins is certainly not the 2nd coming of Jerry Rice, hindsight being 20-20, the shoe looks to be on the other foot, and Petro should have that San Fransisco sports reporter back on his show: “would you like to retract any of those comments you made a year ago?..”

    • P says:

      I was just thinking about this as well BlackJack. We were just a bunch of Midwestern rubes.

  8. Kerouac says:

    2014: if the slipper doesn’t fit, then you must admit KCinderella will slip. Injuries to legit NFL teams the X factor, no post season and 4 to 7 wins tops for 2013’s 9-0 start and 2-6 finishers, Chiefs.

    As was not Rome, an offensive line isn’t built in a day or a training camp…three new starters and position switches (two) makes for a long work in progress, as in an season’s worth. That they lost their best two lineman (Albert & Schwartz) suggests a season to not remember.

    Chiefs/49ers didn’t get the better end Baldwin for Jenkins… both got the south end a northbound equine; Jenkins will be cut today or nigh on tomorrow; to quote the late Sid Gillman – “get him out of there because he ‘has’ no hands”

    The secondary looks no better 2014 than it did 2013, arguably worse. Consider the exited Lewis has been replaced by the same guy(s) who could not beat him out for the starting spot 2013 but who are now considered ‘saviors’ according some, smoke & mirrors. 5 ints in half a decade free safety (Abdullah) does not suggest a playmaker, and the other guy (Berry) is arguably the most overhyped player in franchise history. The CB (Flowers) cavity has been filled with an amalgam, prayer and potential…alas, potential works both ways so bust is as likely as boom.

    Conclusion: Ghosts of ’69, “wait till next year” part 46, coming to an NFL venue near you, 2015…

  9. Smith says:

    These lame comic book movies have got to stop. Hollywood doesn’t have an original creative bone in its body. We get it…explosion…chase…fire…funny one-liner…explosion…chase…funny one-liner…explosion…chase…fire…rinse…repeat…

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