OTC: What Went On At John Dorsey’s Flirty Dozen Meeting W/ KC Media? / Fescoe Muffled

“(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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26 Responses to OTC: What Went On At John Dorsey’s Flirty Dozen Meeting W/ KC Media? / Fescoe Muffled

  1. D says:

    I really wish members of the Royals organization would stop saying they won’t hit a lot of home runs at the K. That doesn’t sound good. Reminds me of Herm Edwards saying “we’re not going to score 30 points. That’s arena ball there. Crazy stuff.” How about not setting limits on yourselves. Stop with the excuses and loser mentality talk and start bashing some balls over the fucking wall.

    • mike t. says:


    • Kyle R says:

      Agreed. That is the most tired thing in a long list of tired Royals-related things. When you look at MLB Park Factors (http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor/_/year/2013/sort/HRFactor), the Royals ranked 22nd out of 30 when it comes to home runs, so yeah, it’s a bit of a pitcher’s park. But look what parks are below Kauffman Stadium on that list – do you see the Red Sox, Cardinals or Giants making excuses like the Royals? Hell no.

      As for Mitch saying the Chiefs should be the Packers of the AFC, that already exists and it’s called the Patriots, though they’re even better than the Packers at it. But I think he is just referring to building through the draft and having sustained success, which would definitely be great for this city. It all starts with the QB though – the Packers don’t have 20 years of sustained success w/o Favre/Rodgers and the Patriot Way is merely a detour if Brady isn’t Brady.

  2. Jim says:

    Isn’t KK the guy that screams at the top of his lungs, “I’m a curious guy! I want to know the answers! I ask questions that nobody else asks!!! The fans have the right to know!”

    Funny he makes this claim, but says he can’t tell anyone what was talked about at Arrowhead. What a hypocritical tool.

  3. Renton says:

    I would think Holthus meant the Chiefs should be a small market team with a devoted fan base that makes the playoffs pretty much every year and is a regular Super Bowl contender. What’s wrong with trying to do that?

  4. JimmyD says:

    Hearing Denny Matthews brings back many memories for me. I used to listen to darn near every game growing up with my dad and grandpa. I cherish those memories. I was six years old when Denny made the call when George got the hit to put him at .401 and I’ll never forget it

    What did Denny do to you Greg? You’ve been going after him for years. Did he turn down reading your baseball poem or something?

    • Hot Carl says:

      I loved Denny as much as the next guy back in the day but he should have retired by now. He doesn’t have any enthusiasm for the game (not that I blame him, this team has sucked for years and games drag on far too long) and his voice is being ruined with age. He’s developed some weird lisp as he’s gotten older and it’s gotten to the point where it sounds like his mouth is full of marbles when he tries to pronounce the letter “s”.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:

      You’re probably onto something with the baseball poem, Jimmy. Denny’s earned the right to be a little crotchety. It doesn’t bother me a bit. I guess I’m just so damed glad Bob Davis is no longer on the broadcasts that it ALL sounds good to me.

  5. brett says:

    why do the royals sell bottled fountain water in the pro shop but not a denny matthews “aaaand gone” ringtone?

  6. BlackJack says:

    You may be going just a little overboard on your premature optimism of the Royals, Greg. After all, they are just a .500 team right now, tied for last place (or 2nd place, however you want to look at it) in the division, and have shown a disturbing lack of ability to get extra base hits and score runs. Moustakas is a black hole in the lineup. Two of their losses (one of the losses against DET, the 1-0 loss against TB) are just not the type of games they can afford to give up.

    They are getting very good starting pitching, but does anyone really think that is sustainable? If so, it would mean that there is no drop-off from Shields, Chen continues to pull off his Houdini act, Vargas and Guthrie have career years, and Ventura has a rookie of the year season.

    • Tim says:

      Anyone hear that commercial (Tickets For Less?) where the bimbo says the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants are coming to town this year? Wouldn’t it be cool if somebody went there and in a very shaky voice said “Are there any tickets left for the Astros series”?

    • Paul says:

      The quality starting pitching probably isn’t sustainable, but we also can’t assume the hitting is going to remain as lackluster as it has been. Both will migrate more toward the middle, which should be enough to remain competitive. The Royals took four of six at home, which winning teams need to do. The next hurdle is developing the ability to beat up on lower-tier teams like the Twins and Astros. The next six games will tell us a lot.

  7. Phaedrus says:

    “Pump your fist like you actually had something to do with the dong”

    Uh, Greg where exactly are you going with this…

  8. Redman says:

    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.

    What would any single media member have to gain by revealing this? To you, no less?

    • KV says:

      Well if St. John attended we’ll probably get a jovial bromancing pic of all involved before too long anyway.

  9. Gary Pinkel: Mob Boss says:


    Love that the coaching staff is using DGB girlfriend to keep her from snitching.

    • Gary Pinkel: Mob Boss says:

      Also I don’t buy the GF’s denial that she talked to the coaches. No need to bring it up slaver apologists.

  10. Rico_suave says:

    hmmm Jameis Winston scam right here in Missourah..

    Don’t worry — Pinkel will come down HARD on DGB–

    rumor is.. he’ll make him sit the first half of the epic South Dakota St game opener!!!

    That’ll teach him!!

  11. matt_66 says:

    hmm.. DGB went all Lawrence Phillips on an 18 yr old girl..\

    and got away with it!


    Stay classy, Tigers

  12. bs says:

    mizzou is better off cutting ties with DGB in the next few days. there program is bigger than any one player, and it seems like the athletic department has a bunch of other ugly baggage related to male athletes behavior toward women. what’s the difference between DGB and Price? nothing, other than the size of their first paycheck.

  13. artemmis says:

    the Star has a good report on this DGB mess, too.


    Jayhawk, ‘Cat, Tiger.. no matter

    jerks like this guy just bring down the game.. no “normal” fans can cheer for players like this..

    he should be cut, sit this year — then go play for the Raiders

  14. dman says:

    As a Mizzou fan, I’m just glad we have a player good enough to get this kind of national press. Better than having a scrub like Rickey Clemons as your bad-boy.

    Jameis Winston allegedly raped a girl, and he’s only been getting good press lately. All DGB did was allegedly push a girl. I love that the jayhawk fans are still so obsessed with the Missouri program as to weigh in as much as they have.

  15. Edward says:

    Ned’s slide step can take some lessons from Jim Leyland’s moonwalk.

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