“It seems like every team (in the Big 12) except Kansas is exceeding expectations at least by a little. The league has a lot of big wins and they’re going to have a good RPI.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: Clink quickly amended his statement to say that Kansas State probably is not exceeding expectations with their start – but that could change when they face Gonzaga Saturday in Wichita. How about the line-up for local hoops on Saturday? Christmas shopping just took three shots to the groin!
11:00 AM Georgetown at Kansas
2:30 PM Gonzaga vs. Kansas State in Wichita
4:30 PM Missouri vs. Illinois in St. Louis
“Missouri needs to find opportunities to come this way, now that they’re in the SEC.”
Stan Weber, who suggested that Missouri schedule Wichita State on an annual basis to improve their exposure in the state of Kansas, 810 AM
GH: This is a great idea! Why not have the two schools Bill Self and KU have shunned strike up a rivalry and play at the Sprint Center each November or December? I would prefer if these two signed a home-and-home contract and really add some heat to non-con hoops for both schools. But I don’t think even that would bring MU fans out to Mizzou Arena before January.
“Sad crowd 15 mins before Mizzou-Western Michigan tip. MIZ 1 of 14 unbeatens left in NCAA.”
Ashley Zavala, @ZavalaA, Twitter
GH: Ashley wasn’t done poking the Mizzou faithful. Read on.
“Missouri on a 9-0 run and a handful of fans head toward the exits. Wait, what?”
Ashley Zavala, @ZavalaA, as MU opened its lead on Western Michigan late in the game, Twitter
GH: Mizzou definitely has a problem with fan interest in their home non-con schedule. The arena looks deserted for many of their early TV games. Forget all that talk about big-money owning those premium seats on the TV side of the court. This empty-seat problem has now spread to all corners of the gym. This probably isn’t much different at most SEC schools outside Kentucky and Florida. Maybe MU is more SEC than we thought.
“KU should stop playing at Sprint Center. If they won’t play Missouri, they should stop playing in Kansas City.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe isn’t the brightest bulb on the tree. As a matter of fact, he’s more like the stump.
“I thought it was a nice touch. It was the first time ever they did that.”
Josh Klingler, on the Kansas Jayhawk logo at center court at Sprint Center for KU’s recent game there against New Mexico, 610 AM
GH: Some Mizzou fans voiced their displeasure that the Kansas City Sprint Center would be so hospitable to Kansas. Note to Mizzou; Kansas is just better at cutting deals than you. Two words; Lew Perkins.
“Missouri will probably be 13-0 and ranked somewhere around 15th… and that surprises me!”
Gabe DeArmond, on Frank Haith’s team playing beyond their perceived talent level, 810 AM
“I’m not sure any other conference has this kind of coaching line-up (as the Big 12).”
Blair Kerkhoff, 810 AM
GH: I have noticed that Kerkhoff has been covering the Royals’ beat for The Kansas City Star since Bob Dutton moved on to cover the Mariners in Seattle. I believe this is a temporary move but The Star doesn’t appear to have a lot of options. Why not hire one of the 487 bloggers who write about the Royals to take the beat? Does it make more sense to hand the job to your college sports writer?
“I’ve got a friend out there that works at WBAL in Baltimore and they don’t like this (Danny Valencia for David Lough) deal. They don’t like it at all. That’s how you know whether or not you made a good trade or not.”
Jay Binkley, on the Royals trading for the back-up third baseman, 610 AM
GH: I really, really like Lough – all the way back to following him in Omaha. I think he will be a huge hit there with that tiny ball park. This is a great move for Lough in that he was in a logjam here and hopefully he gets his shot to start in left for the O’s. I’ll be rooting for him just like I do Wil Myers.
“Looking forward to seeing David Lough at Orioles camp this spring. Easily, one of my favorite guys in Royals system.”
Greg Schaum, @Greg_Schaum, of pinetarpress.com, Twitter
“I can’t thank the Royals enough for giving me the opportunity to play this great game. I shared a lot of memories that won’t be forgotten!”
David Lough, @DLOUGHKC, Twitter
“I’ve seen some (Orioles’) fans who were extremely upset about losing Valencia. And even though Valencia established himself as a right-handed designated hitter, he was essentially a role player.”
Michael Almanzar, writer, Baltimoresun.com
“Based on Valencia’s time in Minnesota, the eye candy with the ladies is going to go up a little bit.”
Henry Blake, who covered Valencia when Blake was working in Minnesota radio, 610 AM
GH: This is always a positive for raising the morale in the clubhouse.
“Valencia was overmatched as a regular for the Twins, but has found a good niche as a part-timer used mostly versus left-handed pitching. He hit .304 with eight homers and an .888 OPS in 52 games for the Orioles this year and would make an ideal platoon partner with Mike Moustakas at third base.”
Aaron Gleeman, hardballtalk.nbcsports.com
GH: Anything that can light a fire under Moose’s expanding backside is a plus. Let’s hope Moose responds to competition like we think he will. He can start by showing up in Arizona at 210 pounds.
“You’re starting to have some positions where you’re going to have a tough time beating some of these guys out! You’re fighting for playing time.”
Charlie Weis, on how the football talent level at Kansas has improved over the last year, 610 AM
GH: When you go 1-17 in the Big 12 over your two years as the head football coach at KU, that “pile of crap” speech starts to lose its humor. Charlie seems to have changed his tune to more of a waltz.
“We’re peaking at the right time. The Chiefs are peaking at the right time. It definitely helps having Jamaal Charles on our side of the ball.”
Derrick Johnson, on the 11-3 Chiefs, 980 AM
“He’s had some great games for is this year. We might not dial up the play for (Dwayne Bowe) every time but he’s going to be a big part of what we do going forward.”
Doug Pederson, Chiefs offensive coordinator, on the lack of production from their highly-paid wide receiver, 610 AM
GH: I keep thinking Bowe is going to explode and carry the Chiefs through the playoffs. But then I wake up and remember it’s almost January and he’s still just a great downfield blocker making top-five receiver money.
“If it was the last game of the season I think it would be a completely different game than we’re going to see this weekend. Since it’s the second-last game of the season…I think it’s going to be a real game. If this was played next week it would be an exhibition game.”
Andrew Brandt, NFL analyst for ESPN, when asked what we can expect from the Colts/Chiefs this Sunday knowing that it is very possible the two will face each other again in the first round of the playoffs, 810 AM
GH: This game could be completely different from the game these two might play in Indianapolis. The weather forecast is calling for maybe six inches of snow Sunday at Arrowhead and in Indy the game will be weatherproofed inside the dome. I like the Chiefs Sunday by a field goal. Should be a great one.
“My beautiful daughter Lisa saw Anchorman 2 and said, ‘Tell St. John to save his money. It’s terrible!’”
Frank Boal, 810 AM
GH: Lisa’s review sounds a bit harsher than what I’ve been hearing. Nobody thinks AM2 tops the original but most think it’s worth the two hours invested. I’ll pass until the DVD hits Red Box.
“The McRib is back at McDonald’s”
GH: Is there a better way to signal the Christmas season than splattering your shirt with the sticky blood from a stretchy McRib? You could put a McRib in a Red Box and it wouldn’t lose any of its taste when AM2 comes out on DVD.
“We’ve had reports of people being yelled at and stalked for their parking places!”
Mike Phillips, reporter, on the chaos that has descended on Kansas City’s shopping malls, 980 AM
GH: And this was just at Mickey D’s and the insanity over the McRib!
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