“A 24-hour cable network devoted to sports couldn’t hold the NFL accountable. But a gossip website/syndicated TV show did.”
@jasoncherkis, on TMZ breaking the story on the Ray Rive video inside the elevator, Twitter
GH: The question isn’t whether or not ESPN or any of the other sports-related media could or could not have produced that video from inside the elevator. The question is why they chose not to. As Mark Mangino so aptly stated years ago – “You know what this is all about? Dollar signs.”
“Always, this story would have to be broken by someone outside the league’s purview, which meant that the likes of Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, Peter King and Jay Glazer – those insiders feeding us morels of preapproved info – were never going to get this scoop. They are not outside the NFL’s culture. They inhabit it.”
Mike Sielski, columnist, on TMZ breaking the Ray Rice video, Philadelphia Enquirer GH: What a deliciously perfectly worded description of those NFL insiders who are far more NFL carnival barker than NFL tipsters. TMZ is looked down upon by the mainstream media for dealing in gossip and paying their sources. I think all news sources deserve to be paid. When the media stops charging consumers to sample their product, then we can go back to expecting a news source to provide them with free information.
“I’ve always said this – what we do in the dark is eventually going to come to the light. It all comes out eventually.”
Herm Edwards, on the NFL turning a blind eye to the Ray Rice elevator video, 810 AM
“Whoever is asking those questions (of Ned Yost), is always trying to paint a negative tone around the Kansas City Royals. I think that was the dude from The Kansas City Star. An unearned run is a run!”
Bob Fescoe, after Andy McCullough asked Yost if he was concerned that the Royals win in New York was due to two unearned runs, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe has made his sports talk show host reputation by making outlandish statements and often playing the fool. What he does not seem to understand is that his constant homerism for local players, coaches and especially the teams that his radio station is contractually tied removes all credibility from him and his show. McCullough is simply doing his job when he asked Yost about his team’s lack of run scoring ability. For Fescoe to criticize The Star’s beat writer for doing his job is simply sad coming from a guy who actually went to college to study journalism.
“I think Phys has been awesome – AWESOME – on this road trip! With the excitement and making you want to be there!”
Bob Fescoe, on Physioc’s work as the Royals lead play-by-play voice this road trip while Denny Matthews remained back in KC, 810 AM
GH: If Fescoe truly believes Physioc has been AWESOME during this road trip, he is likely in the minority. Physioc’s work has replaced Rex Hudler’s as the most criticized on my Twitter feed. Not that Physioc doesn’t have his moments. Read on.
“Joba the Chamberlain. He looks like he just got out of a boxcar after traveling across the country in the Grapes of Wrath era. … He looks like Hagrid from Hogwarts in Harry Potter. Hair is just exploding out of his face, it’s not organized at all. He’s got orange shoes on. He’s a big bear of a man…”
Steve Physioc, describing Detroit’s reliever Joba Chamberlain as he pitched against the Royals Monday afternoon, Royals Radio
“The kind of guy who fishes without a fishing rod.”
Steve Stewart, chiming in on Physioc’s description of Chamberlain, Royals Radio
GH: By the way – how can Denny Matthews take this road trip off? Unless Matthews is ill or has some grave personal issues, he needs to be calling these games on the road in the first meaningful September for any Royals fan under the age of 40. It is called a pennant race, Denny. Time to strap up and get your game on.
“Biggest series of most of our lives coming up. #Royals”
Carrington Harrison, @cdotharrison, on the Royals trip to New York this week, Twitter
“I looked down and wasn’t totally sure about that ball.”
Wyatt Thompson, who missed that Kansas State’s Randall Evans had ripped the ball from the Iowa State receiver and was credited with an interception, Wildcat Radio Network
GH: Stan Weber kept the radio audience informed as to what was happening on the field when he said, “Who’s got the ball?” I was left to listen to the K-State game at Ames and the Missouri game in Toledo on the radio last Saturday. With MU cruising most of the afternoon, I spent more time listening to Thompson’s and Weber’s call of KSU’s wild 32-28 comeback win at Iowa State. I was reminded again just how good Stan Weber is as a radio analyst. Thompson has a good radio voice but he misses more than he catches of the nuances of the game. Weber is simply like listening to a genius at work. He saved Thompson on this play – the most crucial play of the game. He also correctly predicted that ISU’s decision to begin spiking the ball to stop the clock on their final drive would be fatal in their own comeback effort. In a word, Weber was superb.
“Jake Waters? Amazing! Amazing running the football!”
Stan Weber, on the KSU quarterback’s game-winning TD run and incredible day in Ames, Wildcat Radio Network
GH: I knew Waters could throw, but who knew he was/is a miniature Collin Klein? Weber’s descriptions of him pausing and waiting to rush the line of scrimmage and then relating that to his work with Coach Klein on the practice field painted a picture in my mind of how Waters sliced up the Cyclone defense.
“Stop. Go. And then stop. Ohhhh, that is so tough to stop for the defensive back!”
Stan Weber, describing a successful pass route by KSU’s Tyler Lockett, Wildcat Radio Network
GH: Having played some defensive back in my day – but never having to cover anyone with the talents of Tyler locket – all I could do was whimper for the ISU defensive back. There is no hope of covering this route unless the pass rush succeeds.
“I think that’s a real nice win for (Kansas State). I think North Dakota State’s better than we think.”
Soren Petro, after K-State won a back-and-forth 32-28 battle in Ames the week after NDSU embarrassed Iowa State in a 34-14 loss, 810 AM GH: This is a big win for Kansas State, despite ISU’s loss the week before to NDSU. It is a conference win on the road in the second week of the season – at one of the more unfriendly venues in the Big 12. There is no reason for the Cats to hang their helmets after this win.
“Winning the Big 10 is like being named the top chef at Olive Garden.” @FakeSportsCenter, after the Big Ten spent the second week of the season making the other four months appear to be about as important as an intramural league, Twitter
GH: The gap between the cold-weather schools and the warm-weather schools appears to be growing at an alarming rate. Recruits continue to favor the sun and fun over the past and done.
“Right now – right now – (Eric Fisher) is horrible for being the number-one overall pick.” Steven St. John, on the Chiefs’ starting left tackle, 810 AM
GH: If there is a local sports personality more upset about the Chiefs than SSJ – I have not heard or read them. St. John is in full Gunther mode this week.
“Donny Avery should not be on this roster anymore.”
Jeff Chadiha, ESPN NFL writer, on the Chiefs’ number-one receiver against Tennessee who garnered 13 targets from Alex Smith, 810 AM GH: The more in-depth analysis I listen to this week about the Chiefs personnel decision making the more depressed I become over the home team’s chances this fall – or next. Could John Dorsey and Big Red really be this brain dead?
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