“(John) Dorsey is a good dude. We’re not supposed to talk about it but he had some of us guys in the media out to the complex last night. He’s a really good guy.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I found this comment interesting on a number of levels – and I have some questions. 1) So what would be the motivation of the Chiefs GM to invite some select members of the local media to Arrowhead for a clandestine meeting? 2) Who were the members of the media that were invited and who were excluded? 3) Why were Kietzman and other members of the media instructed, “not to talk about it?” 4) Why would Kietzman mention this secret meeting if he was asked not to? Let me know if you were one of Dorsey’s Flirty Dozen who were invited to this meeting or if you were one of the members of the media who were not found worthy.
“Andy Reid’s offense is at its best when he has a vertical threat in the passing game.”
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL scout analyst, on his prediction that the Chiefs will draft Oregon wide receiver Brandin Cooks, NFL.com
GH: Jeremiah has three offensive tackles going in the top ten – and five offensive linemen overall going in the first round. He has only four QBs going in the first round. It seems some teams still value that brawn up front.
“The Chiefs should be the AFC’s Packers.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: Holthus did not offer much reason as to why the Chiefs should be the Packers other than John Dorsey came from the Packers organization. Should and could are two different things. The Chiefs should have more than one Super Bowl appearance since 1970. That doesn’t mean much of anything, though. Instead of trying to emulate another franchise, why not just strive for excellence?
“As you know, the Cowboys have not gone to the playoffs in several years. We have not gone, yet we’re the most popular TV show there is on television. We lead all teams in TV ratings. We lead, 24 of the last top 25 shows were NFL games, and any time your Cowboys play they’re up there at the top and leading. Now, what causes that? What causes that is creating some aura, creating some excitement.”
Jerry Jones, Dallas Morning News
GH: Has there been a sports franchise that has been able to sustain its popularity despite its lack of success like the Cowboys? The Raiders maybe to a point but not nearly what the Cowboys have been able to pull off. With the Cowboys, it almost doesn’t matter if they win. Remarkable.
“I don’t think Jerry Jones is trying to win.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: I think Jones problem is that he tries too hard to win. He’s George Steinbrenner with the Reggie Jacksons and Derek Jeters.
“Did you hear Fescoe Wednesday morning? Right before they did some sort of sports movie character draft, he and Klingler tried to say the word ‘muff’ as often as they could. (A play on Notre Dame women’s coach Muffet McGraw.) Think Howard Stern movie scene with ‘Match Game.’ Eventually, they dumped (or got dumped) awkwardly to commercial. When they came back, there was no mention of it.”
Reader, OTC Email
GH: Has Fescoe and Klingler explained what happened or why they muffed this segment? Maybe they could have listeners text in their Top 10 Reasons Why We Got Muffled.
“For the Royals, their next nine games will be against two of the worst teams in baseball (Twins and Astros). Whitey Herzog would say, ‘I don’t want to play the bad teams early because they don’t know how bad they are yet.’ Whitey didn’t do much without some forethought.”
Denny Matthews, Royals Radio
GH: The Royals are 4-4 and basically tied with the Twins, Indians and White Sox two games behind the Tigers. After an 0-2 start against Detroit, these Royals look like they could be a very, very good team – even without much power. Winning seven of the next nine would be an April unlike any other. (Or at least unlike most Aprils for Royals fans.)
“No. We take every team serious.”
Alex Gordon, when asked by Nate Bukaty if the Royals expected to continue their success against the Twins due to how well they dominated them last season, 810 AM
“There’s a drive to right center. Back goes Myers. To the track…to the wall… Aaaaannnd GONE!”
Denny Matthews, on his call of Alex Gordon’s home run that broke the Royals drought for dingers, Royals Radio
GH: Denny often (well, almost always) ticks me off with the lack of enthusiasm and interest in his play-by-play calls. But this one reminded me of what made Denny the voice of the Royals. He had mentioned just prior to the pitch that the Rays had a chance to stay in this game by getting Gordon out or the Royals had a chance to break it open with a big knock from their number-five hitter. The call wasn’t all that memorable except for the anticipation in Denny’s voice. When I saw the highlight of Myers confidently tracking Gordon’s homer, I knew why Denny stretched his call with an unsure but hopeful tone. It was one of those radio moments in baseball when you just freeze as the listener – and then pump your fist like you actually had something to do with the dong. Be Royal.
“It’s not a big deal. This is a big park. We’re not going to hit a lot of home runs here.”
Alex Gordon, when asked about the Royals having just one homer so far this season, 810 AM
GH: The Tigers have hit ten home runs to the Royals’ one. But the Royals starting rotation and their defense have to be the envy of the American League. I know that sound like homer hyperbole but damn this team looks like they could not only compete but be dominate.
“Alcides Escobar might be the best defensive shortstop in baseball.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
“I think this team is capable of putting together four or five gold glovers. It sounds crazy but it’s very, very possible.”
Ned Yost, after the Royals executed a number of stunning defensive plays in their win over the Rays Wednesday afternoon, 610 AM
GH: It is rare that a team has great pitching, hitting and defense all at the same time. The Royals obviously do not have the kind of hitters that you associate with a World Series title. But if this Ace Ventura kid is as good as he looks, he might win 20 games this year. How Non-Royal would that be?
“ELIAS: Ervin Santana started Wednesday’s game with 20 straight strikes — and is the only player in past 15 seasons to do that.”
Buster Olney, @Buster_ESPN, on the former Royals and current Braves pitcher, Twitter
“After that delay, we will have another delay.”
Denny Matthews, after review upheld the caught stealing call on Alex Gordon ended the 2nd inning, leading to the between-inning change over, Royals Radio
GH: Denny is not going to be a fan of the new replay rule. I wonder how well Denny handles the left-turn signals on College Blvd.?
“I can dance real good. I’m probably the closest thing to Justin Timberlake around here.”
Nate Bukaty, after he mentioned prematurely walking into the Royals’ postgame celebration Wednesday, 810 AM
GH: Bukaty said he was mistakenly allowed into the Royals winning locker room Wednesday before the players were ready for the media. He walked into a postgame dance celebration complete with dimmed lights, hip-hop music and a fog machine. No word on whether Ned was executing the slide step.
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