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by Greg Hall
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THINGS JUST KEEP ON A CHANGIN'

Posted 6-14-10

“My personal favorite is ‘Texas and the Pips.’ ”
Tom Shatel, writer Omaha World Herald, on his name for the new restructurer 10-team B12, Twitter
GH: Wowser! From Armageddon meltdown to a quick-freeze quick-fix new deal that gives Texas even more money and more power – but everybody gets to stay home and remain in a big-boy conference. Lots of opinions on whether this new B12 Lite is a good or bad thing for the local schools. Read on.

“This new contract is going to be worth more with Nebraska not in the league. There is a very real probability that Nebraska would have been better off staying. Within a week, they might be kicking themselves. I am telling you as they go forward, they are going to wonder what they might have had.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman was at his spin-doctor best Monday afternoon. He laid out wild scenario after wild scenario – almost all with a bad slant toward the evil Huskers and a positive ending for everyone wise enough to sign on to be Texas’ pad’na.  It was fascinating radio – the kind only a Kietzman can weave. Read on for some of my favorite KK quotes from Monday afternoon’s show.

“This is a better league with no silly divisions. In basketball every team plays in every gym every year. I think this is going to be a better deal than the Big 10!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM

“If you want to be a little cynical, you could say Texas was doing this all along to get this deal.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM

“ESPN wants to break this conference up at all costs.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK was rolling. Danny Clinkscale, his Kansas counterpart, stepped up and in an unDanny-like move, strongly and vociferously disagreed with Kietzman’s everything-is-better-now charade. Read on.

“I don’t think so. I don’t agree with that. … I think it’s great for now – but I think it’s just for now. I think this league is doomed. There are several schools in this league that clearly said this league meant nothing to them. Half the league would probably want to be somewhere else.”
Danny Clinkscale, responding to Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This kind of disagreement from Clink almost sent KK into an apoplectic seizure. Read on.

“I 100% disagree with you! I don’t even feel like I know you today from what I’m hearing from you!”
Kevin Kietzman, responding to the combative Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: This might have been my favorite five minutes of Kevin’s show in the past five years. Why don’t these two realize that this makes for far more entertaining radio than their usual Neck and Nod show?

“I think there are some real negatives in this for some schools. From a competitive point, this is awful for the smaller schools. They are never going to win this league (in football).”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM

“I’ll tell you who is thrilled (with the Beebe Plan) – Gary Pinkel. He did not want to go to the Big 10.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Chris Gervino echoed KK’s same sentiment that the Mizzou coaches were not excited about a move to the Big 10. Read on.

“I know the coaches here (at Mizzou) would prefer to stay in the Big 12 rather than move to the Big 10.”
Chris Gervino, 810 AM
GH: This is in direct contrast to Nebraska, where Tom Osborne stated his coaches in all sports voted unanimously to move to the Big 10. I find that discrepancy very interesting.

“I think Kansas State could honestly be better off in the Mountain West. I know they are talking about $17-million bucks but I’d love to see Dan Beebe work this magic without a conference championship game. If I’m K-State, there is a really strong case to be made to be in the Mountain West instead of the revamped Big 12. At K-State, you’ll never be able to compete in a conference where you have to play Oklahoma and Texas every year.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright’s show, on opposite Kietzman’s, was a 180-degree turn on whether or not the new Big 12 would help or hinder K-State, Kansas and Mizzou. Read on.

“If I’m one of these local schools, I’m not granting these concessions to Texas for this revamped Big 12. Kansas State potentially has the most to lose.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM

“I still don’t understand Dan Beebe’s fuzzy math after losing Denver and Nebraska. Dan Beebe along with Texas is trying to salvage this conference. It will be good for no one but Texas.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Being part of even the Big Texas is better than heading off to a non-BCS league – which was a real possibility for K-State and maybe even KU. But it may be tough to live with the football ass kickings that are coming to the Sunshine State sisters.


“As many bad reports as we have had, I’m to the point of letting the chips fall and then talk about them.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: That does make some sense but it is not nearly as entertaining.

“So it may turn out that the website that broke Texas to Pac-10 will break Texas NOT to the Pac all within a week.....whew.”
Chris Dufresne, writer LA Times, Twitter
GH: Misinformation has been the norm during this lava-flow of Big 12 meltdown and rebuild. Remember the KCTV 5 report that had Texas and OU going to the Big 10? Hopefully this educated even more consumers to hear and see everything but believe nothing.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24

 


DID MIZZOU BUY ITS DRESS BEFORE BEING ASKED TO PROM?

Posted 6-14-10

“It seems like every year Mike Alden gets out-maneuvered and out-foxed. If you’re a Missouri fan, this feels like the Orange Bowl all over again.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM

“One of my sources south of the Red River said that one of Missouri’s biggest problems was that they talked way too much about this and brought too much attention to the Big 10.”
Robert Allen, Oklahoma State radio, 810 AM

“I’ve been told that Mike Alden and even Brady Deaton are very surprised and even stunned at the backlash the Missouri fan base has shown them and their lack of patience and lack of faith.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM

“I think the number one person to blame in all this in Missouri is Jay Nixon. I think the governor has a lot of blame here to what’s going on. He was claiming they had an offer that was never out there. … Loose lips sink ships and that’s what I think happened to the University of Missouri.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
http://www.kcconfidential.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gifGH: Everyone is still looking for a scapegoat. Nebraska doesn’t want to be perceived as the team that broke up the Big 12. Missouri doesn’t want to be perceived as having bought their prom dress before they were asked to the dance. Texas doesn’t want to be perceived as the bully who caused Mizzou and Nebraska to look to the Big 10. If the Big 12 lives, maybe everybody will make nice and get along? No f-ing way.

“I’ve got three people who are very close to the Missouri program. Two of them are still extremely confident that Missouri’s going to end up in the Big 10. Maybe not in the timetable Missouri fans want, but they tell me they are still confident that Missouri is going to end up in the Big 10.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: If Chip Brown is correct and the Big 12 looks to be patching things up, can Mizzou really be trusted not to bolt to the Big 10 if Jim Delany comes knocking? Must be one helluva meeting (and a helluva fine) to ensure that MU, Texas and A&M promise to stay put.

“All 10 schools remaining in the Big 12 are at the table working on a deal that would save the league, sources tell Orangebloods.com. An announcement that a remodeled Big 12 will survive with a new television deal could be announced as early as Monday, sources say. This train to save the Big 12 is rolling folks.”
Chip Brown, of Orangebloods.com, about noon (CT) on Monday, Twitter
GH: The tweets on this topic change about as often as those new-fangled traffic-flow-adjusting stoplights on the I-435 entrance ramps in Overland Park. Hell, Texas may have seceded the Union and joined the Mexican Mucho Ocho Cinco League by the time you read this.

“There is a bright future if we stay together. I’m going all the way to the final whistle.”
Dan Beebe, Big 12 commissioner, 810 AM
GH: Could Beebe pull the greatest comeback in the history of the Big 12 by saving the 10 remaining teams? It would be more improbable than the flea-kicker comeback, more surprising than CU’s fifth down and more uplifting for the remaining North schools than springtime. Could we soon be building a statue of Beebe to stand in front of Sprint Center?

“How ironic if Mizzou agrees to a TV deal that sees the gap in $ distribution widen between schools. Plus, Pinkel must play OU, UT each year.”
Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune columnist, Twitter

“Nebraska needs to be a man about it. They wanted to leave and they left. Don’t be pointing fingers and blaming it on Missouri. Own it!”
Steven St. John, on Harvey Perlman’s and Tom Osborne’s comments last Friday, 810 AM

“At times I thought (the Nebraska press conference) was classless. They went out of their way to badmouth Texas and Missouri. That was classless.”
Kevin Kietzman, on how he viewed Nebraska’s explanation of how and why they decided to depart the Big 12 for the Big 10, 810 AM
GH: I thought Perlman and Osborne were the first principals in this Big 12 mess to give the public some real details as to how things went down in the Big 12 meetings. I didn’t hear anything from the Husker duo that didn’t sound like facts that we all already knew. Their spin may have included some of that ‘Lil Red helium but I found their comments very interesting.

“The funniest thing was after the Nebraska vote, Kietzman said he was very excited because ‘he would never have to take another Nebraska phone call again.’  The best part was when, after the break, the first three callers were NU fans!  Classic.”
OTC Reader email

“That’s contrary to how our bylaws read. I’m curious as to what their case is about (Nebraska owing payment to the Big 12 for leaving).”
Don Beebe, Big 12 commissioner
GH: If the Big 12 remains intact, NU is going to lose about $10 million. They won’t be asked to write a check, Beebe will just withhold $10 million worth of royalties for 2010. Nebraska’s new name for the Big XII? The Big eX’s – as in all my ex’s live in Texas.

“We’re fully committed to the Big 12 right now. And we’re not going to engage in further planning about that. … I think we’re reasonably optimistic let me say. Clearly you’d have to be blind not to have some concerns about the Big 12.”
Brady Deaton, MU chancellor, TV 12

“The University of Missouri doesn’t know how to manage things. The press conference by Mike Alden on Friday was just silly.”
Steven St. John, on Alden saying it was “ridiculous” and “silly” for Nebraska to claim Mizzou and Colorado were the first schools to publicly express interest in leaving the Big 12, 810 AM
GH: That Mizzou/Nebraska game in Lincoln this October should be a dandy. Can’t wait for all the fake smiles in the press box from Alden, Deaton, Osborne and Perlman.

This is unlike any story any of us have ever covered. The people who know truly are not talking. As far as people who cover the University of Missouri, they’re not talking!”
Gabe DeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, 610 AM
GH: That might be a gag order that is six months too late.

“Kansas, if they end up there (in the Mountain West), it’s not the end of the world. Those schools will grow and that league will get better.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: What world is Petro living in?

“A lame duck athletic director and it’s about to be a lame duck school.”
Kevin Kietzman, on KU's current plight, 810 AM

“Spoiler alert! In case people at work are Tivoing the Netherlands/Denmark World Cup match.”
Nate Bukaty, during Monday morning drive time, 810 AM
GH: Do World Cup scores really require spoiler alerts? Best part of the USA/England match was Snoop Dog’s Star War’s commercial. “Step up!”


“If you're worried about missing the drone sound after (World Cup) game, don't. It stays with you. It's like ear herpes.”
Seth Meyers, Twitter

“His change (up) is 92 mph. That’s all I had!”
Dennis Eckersley, TV analyst for Stephen Stasburg’s second MLB start in Cleveland, TBS

“The Kansas City Royals have been lauded throughout baseball for their first-round pick of Christian Colon. We know the Royals need a shortstop. People at other teams say this kid has great presence. He’s like a Derek Jeter in college baseball.”
Buster Olney, ESPN

“Mike Stanton (of the Florida Marlins) has tremendous hitting power. When John Vanderwahl, one of his hitting coaches, was asked what kind of power are we talking about? He said, ‘Remember when Herman Munster tried out for the Dodgers? That’s what we’re talking about.’ ”
Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB analyst, on the Marlins’ rookie right fielder, ESPN
GH: My favorite quote from the weekend.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24

 


 

KIETZMAN REFUSES TO OWN HIS BOGUS STORY

Posted 6-11-10

A journalist is expected to deliver well-researched and accurate information to his/her audience. Is a sports talk show host a journalist? Good question. But the better question is should listeners expect their talk show hosts to be credible? I vote an emphatic affirmative to this query. This is the problem Kevin Kietzman, afternoon-drive host of Between the Lines on WHB 810 AM, now faces as he moves forward with his career as a radio talk show host. How believable do we expect sports talk radio, bloggers and other non-traditional media outlets to be? And when they prove to be wrong, do they care that they’re wrong? Read on for an Off The Couch column dedicated to the media coverage of the Big 12 breakup – including the rumors, reports and reactions from both talkers and takers.

“It wasn’t wrong. It was the initial invitation. I’ll stand by that story 100%. I’m very close to this story. This is my story. There’s no egg here.”
Kevin Kietzman, during an interview with Robert Allen, of the Oklahoma State Radio network, who said the story that Mizzou had an invitation to join the Big 10 was wrong, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman is trying to convince us it’s Wednesday when it’s Friday. Despite the fact Mizzou has admitted they never received an invitation to join the Big 10 – initial or otherwise – KK continues to pound his chest and declare victory. His reaction is either sad or sick – maybe a bit of both.

“Kietzman is standing by his story. He notes that circumstances changed. The Pac-10 got involved. Last Saturday, Big 12 officials asked Nebraska to declare its intentions, changing timetables. ‘He had to drop Missouri,’ Kietzman said of Jim Delaney, the Big Ten commissioner. Of course, it's also possible that Kietzman's report was inaccurate in real time.”
David Martin, writer, The Pitch
GH: Kietzman is now expecting us to believe he knows what Delany is thinking and why he had to “drop Missouri.”. Martin has it right when he states to obvious, Kietzman’s report was simply inaccurate.

“Clearly, overtures had been made. Missouri officials flirted openly with the idea of the Tigers leaving the Big 12 for the Big Ten. … But throughout the process the central players stopped short of saying offers had been made, which is why Kietzman's report was newsworthy. Did the Big Ten approach Missouri? Sure. Might an invitation arrive at some point in the future? Yes. Was an "initial offer" made? Highly doubtful. Kietzman's sources may have identified what was at that time the most probable scenario. But he or they, it appears, mischaracterized the exact nature of the discussion.”
David Martin, writer, The Pitch

“The Big Ten changed its mind.”
Kevin Kietzman, Pitch.com
GH: Does this mean Missouri drug its feet and never responded to the “initial invite?” Sounds ludicrous to even float this scenario. Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John agree. Read on.

“If Missouri had an invite to join the Big 10, they would be in the Big 10 right now.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Having other talk show hosts on 810 opening disagree with Kietzman is very rare. Having Bukaty take a swipe at Kietzman’s integrity and credibility is unheard of. I know of  nothing that KK detests more. Nothing…except having two of his employees embarrass him on his radio station. Read on.  

“Don’t believe erroneous reports! Until you hear somebody from Missouri say Missouri is going to the Big 10, don’t believe it!”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: With Kietzman being exposed by his own staff, it may be time to re-evaluate how he does radio. It will be interesting to watch how this public embarrassment of Kietzman affects his ratings, his ego and his cookie-diet.

“Kevin, how does it feel to have a clown suit put on you…”
Caller to KK at 3:45 PM Thursday, who was immediately hung up on, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman refused to take or respond to any callers who wanted an explanation as to why his report was proven to be false. I believe his decision to do so is a mistake. Kietzman’s only response after these hang ups; “Thank you for the call.”

“This isn’t going anywhere. (hang up). Call Kevin!”
Danny Clinkscale, responding to an irate caller who blamed Kietzman for his unsubstantiated report about an “initial invitation” being extended by the Big 10 to Missouri, 810 AM
GH: While in the studio with Kietzman, Clinkscale backed up his boss and chided callers who questioned KK’s integrity. Once he was alone on an evening show, he became frustrated with these types of calls and referred them to call Kevin. Clinkscale might have one of the worst jobs in radio. I would not last through the opening monologue. As a matter of fact, I didn’t last much longer than that when I was there.  

“This story is so far out there it has to be true. How could you miss that badly?”
Kevin Kietzman, on KCTV 5’s report that Texas and Texas A&M were headed to the Big 10 and that Oklahoma was SEC bound, 810 AM
GH: KCTV 5 didn’t have a sports department in April. Now they are floating the wildest rumor to date concerning the Big 12 blowup. Is this kind of sensationalistic “journalism” what it takes to get viewers and listeners? I refuse to believe the public is that naïve.

“KCTV 5 – they’re going to own (that story). If they turn out to be right, they’re going to get praised. If they turn out to be wrong, they are going to get ridiculed.”
Steven St. John, on KCTV 5’s report, 810 AM
GH: Here is the problem with Kietzman and his Mizzou invite story – he refuses to own it. The Big 10 changed their mind? Huh? There’s no egg here? Huh?? People are human and humans screw up. Kietzman needs to simply admit he screwed up and exaggerated his story to make it as juicy as possible. But I doubt very much if he has that much character or soul.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24


 

BUFFALOES START A STAMPEDE

Posted 6-10-10

“On behalf of The University of Colorado students, faculty, alumni and fans, we are proud to accept this invitation from the Pac-10 and join the most prestigious academic and athletic conference in the nation.”
Philip P. DiStefano, Colorado Chancellor, FoxSports.com
GH: Holy Ralphie! The first domino turned out to be a buffalo chip. Armageddon is no longer just a bad movie.

“This is an historic moment for the Conference, as the Pac-10 is poised for tremendous growth. The University of Colorado is a great fit for the Conference both academically and athletically.”
Larry Scott, Pac-10 commissioner, FoxSports.com
GH: Tremendous growth? Larry ain’t talking about adding Colorado State. The Big 12 South is already packing.

http://www.kcconfidential.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif“I think Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will all leave for the Pac 10. They will have to make a move for the 2012 season. I’m not sure this is necessarily a long-term solution. My gut feeling is that Texas would still love to go east to the SEC.”
Keith Moreland, color analyst for the Texas Longhorns, 610 AM
GH: The Pac 10/Texas schools’ marriage strikes me as odd as well, but now is not the time to slow dance. Do the Horns and Sooners own boogie boards?

“The Big 12 Conference has been informed that the University of Colorado has accepted an invitation to join the Pacific-10 Conference. I continue to work through the process that was agreed upon last week by our Board of Directors to address membership issues, and are working tirelessly towards the long-term viability of the Big 12.”
Dan Beebe, Big 12 Commissioner
GH: Boobie, I mean Beebe, is going to have plenty of time to catch up on his tireless sleep real, real soon. What a joke of a Big 12 meeting he held last week. Can you still fire the commissioner even if there is no league?

“Are we gonna see with this new bargaining agreement a world draft?”
Soren Petro, discussing the MLB draft during the noon hour while I was looking for Big 12 talk, 810 AM
GH: 610 Sports busted out of their Jim Rome network show to go live with Bob Fescoe and Shan Shariff. The two morning hosts had completed their shifts but they were back on the air with talk and interviews concerning CU bolting to the Pac 10 – while Petro went on and on and on with one of those riveting Baseball Prospectus nerds. Score one for Avis.

“Major Big 12 Guest on at 245... maybe no one is more affected by potential break up of league than the man we will talk to at 2:45.”
Nick Wright, Twitter
GH: Wright is supposed to be doing cutting-edge sports talk radio on 610 Sports. So why oh why does he constantly rely on this 1960’s advertising ploy of teasing his audience to get them to listen? Lame.

“One logical projection would have Nebraska, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota in the West and Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana in the East.”
Teddy Greenstein, writer, on the projected new Big 10, Chicago Tribune
GH: That B10 East looks very doable for the Huskers football franchise.

greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24


IT'S OFFICIAL: ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE

Posted 6-10-10

OTC: Is Nebraska The First Domino Of Armageddon?
“Well, the first domino is an ear of corn.”
Scott Van Pelt, SportsCenter anchor, ESPN
GH: Almost every news media outlet is now reporting Nebraska will announce its departure from the Big 12 to the Big 10 on Friday. Is it a done deal? Nebraska says no. Read on.

 “A report being circulated this (Wednesday) afternoon among sports media stating that the University of Nebraska Board of Regents 'met informally' today and have 'agreed to move to the Big Ten' is not accurate.”
Lincoln Journal-Star

“Bob Phares, chairman of Nebraska’s Board of Regents, told the newspaper: “First of all, there are several factual errors. No. 1, there’s been no vote by the (Nebraska) board at all. No. 2, as I understand it, there are no invitations that are extended. You decide if you wish to make an application and then they (the Big 10) react to your application."
Lincoln Journal-Star

“Another athletic director in the Big 12 told me quote; ‘It may be impossible but we’re not dead yet. We really should sit down and discuss the negative of a mega-conference.’ The proposed Pac 16 of course would be the first mega-conference in college football.”
Joe Schad, reporter, ESPN
GH: So nothing is yet official despite almost everyone believing that not only is Nebraska gone, but Colorado as well. And most believe Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and OSU will be heading west with CU. Armageddon is upon us.

“Don’t know.”
Sam Brownback, Kansas U.S. Senator, when asked by Nate Bukaty what happens if the Big 12 splinters and only KU, KSU, MU, ISU and Baylor remain, 810 AM
“The Big 12 footprint doesn't have Samsungs and Panasonics, even with the massive state of Texas anchoring the league. Which is why Big 12 schools must face a sobering truth. It's every school for itself. … A key Big 12 figure told me this week that most of the schools have a primary goal of keeping the league together and that no one wants to be responsible for leaving behind a brother. Noble. But naïve. College athletics is survival of the fittest. The Big 12 is not long for this world.”
Berry Tramel, writer, Oklahoman
GH: I have never considered conference mates members of a family. Does K-State consider Kansas to be their “brother” in the Big 12? Are Oklahoma and Texas “sisters?” Talk about naïve.

“Let’s go attack some other conference and build our conference to 14 or 16 teams. Why can’t the Big 12 with 11 members, if Missouri is still a part of it, go after Arizona, go after Arizona State, UCLA, USC, BYU, Utah and wherever else they want to go? The Big 12, if they stick together, can attack if Texas wants to.”
Stan Weber, Metro Sports
GH: Wow! Weber thinks the remaining 11 members of the Big 12 should attack the Pac 10 and court USC and UCLA into joining corn country? Whatever K-State Stanley is smoking, he may need to save some for the 2012 season.

“Absolutely. If the Big 12 dissolves, K-State and Kansas need to be in the same conference.”
Kirk Schulz, K-State president, in an interview with Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Uh, no.

“We are very strongly committed about this, that KU and K-State are joined together," K-State president Kirk Schulz said. "Whatever destinations are out there, the two schools want to remain closely affiliated with each other. At least all the conversations I've had at this point, we've all discussed the need for both of us to stay together in the same conference.”
Topeka Capital-Journal
GH: So what does KU think about K-State being tied on as their anchor to the Mountain West? Read on.

 “The sentiment from KU isn't quite as strong. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told The Associated Press the schools will remain linked "to the extent that it's possible," and associate athletic director Jim Marchiony deferred when asked if KU was committed to remaining in the same conference with K-State. "We're not going to answer any speculative questions about any other institution," he said.
Austin Meek, writer, Topeka Capital-Journal

“And now we wait again. Wait on the Big Ten, to decide if it wants to give Nebraska a chance at winning a conference championship in the 21st century or wants to let Missouri be mediocre on the Big Ten's watch instead of the Big 12's.”
Berry Tramel, writer, Oklahoman
GH: I remain optimistic that Missouri will get a call from the Big 10…eventually. It just makes too much sense to not add their population base and two top-35 TV markets.

“Missouri was played like a fiddle.”
Kevin Kietzman, on speculation that Mizzou has not heard from the Big 10, 810 AM
GH: It appears to me that KK was fiddled with as well. His “multiple sources” either used him to spread a false rumor or his gamble to go public with his guess backfired. Either way, the title for KK’s “Between The Lines” show might need to be adjusted to “Between The Cheeks.”

“When it was announced that the Pac 10 was thinking about inviting five Big 12 teams it changed everything. And I guarantee you Jim Delany is behind it. … Here’s the problem – they’re all a bunch of liars!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: How is it that KK is the only one telling the truth?

“If Missouri doesn’t go to the Big 10 now, they were lied to! There’s a blogger out there … there’s a theory out there that Notre Dame called the shots. That story may come out later.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Well, we didn’t need Rain Man to foretell this move by KK. His “multiple sources” scoop was never more than his active imagination or him being duped. But instead of owning his bogus story, he hurries the blame off on an evil leprechaun located well beyond his radio station’s coverage zone.

“We’ve been down this road before. Missouri, Nebraska, Rutgers, they’ve all been invited. They got played.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Translation: Does anyone have a recipe for removing egg from a facial?

“How many times have I told; you can’t trust those people in Dallas!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Just prior to his vacation, KK was telling us how grand it was to be linked to Texas and their influence in forming this “alliance” with the Pac 10. Kevin tells us a lot, what he tells us just depends on what day you happen to be listening.

“Tell those Missouri people we don’t make the news, we just report it.”
Kevin Kietzman, after he was informed by Todd Leabo that a number of Mizzou fans were expressing their dislike for KK while Leabo was on remote at a Tiger golf outing, 810 AM
GH: Making up the news is what got KK in his embarrassing predicament.

“Nebraska is a state of 1.8 million people and its largest TV market, Omaha, ranks 76th nationally with around 410,000 TV homes. That's smaller than Toledo."
Teddy Greenstein, writer, Chicago Tribune
GH: Every media member I hear or read screams that this is all about TV sets and population. Nebraska doesn’t have either. Why them? The people in the Big Red state are insane for Husker football. Even bad Husker football. There is no place like Nebraska – even Alabama. 

“Nebraska will be viewed as the bad guy.”
Gabe DeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, 810 AM
GH: The bad guy label on Nebraska will last a few months and then dissipate when all hell breaks loose and the only schools still sporting faded Big 12 logos are Baylor, Iowa State and K-State. I can tell you no schools in the South are all that upset with Nebraska.

“It's kind of exciting to me, what the possibilities are for our program. … (The Big 12) has been great for us. We have been in a good number of Big 12 championship games and won a number of times. Obviously, it's been good for us. But the more people are talking about (the Pac-10), the more people are thinking, 'That's exciting. That's pretty cool. That has a chance to be special.' It's win/win. Best of everything.”
 Bob Stoops, Daily Oklahoman
GH: Does Stoops sound like a guy who is pissed that the Big 12 is melting like the Wicked Witch?

“The Big 12 is dealing from a position of strength.”
Jenni Carlson, writer, Daily Oklahoman
GH: At first I thought my old KC Star coworker was smoking whatever weed Stan Weber had harvested. But Jenni is coming at this from a southern viewpoint. The teams in the South (minus Baylor – who should never need to be uttered again. Talk about a free 15-year ride!), see their move to the Pac 10 as gaining strength, not losing B12 brothers.

“Our league's not dead (if we lose Nebraska)," KU men's basketball coach Bill Self said. "It would be nice if we could keep Nebraska but our league will fight hard. Of course we probably need to do some things and be very aggressive in doing them but it's not dead."
KUSports.com
GH: Compare Self's comment above to his comment only a day or two ago when he said that the Big 12 needed to keep Nebraska. A better question might be; can Kansas keep Bill Self?

“Drop Kansas football to the (NCAA Division II) football championship sub division and then prostitute yourself to the Big East. The Big East is the perfect and only home for KU basketball. Jettison football and keep Bill Self. You cannot lose Bill Self and that is what is about to happen. Kick football to the curb in order to save basketball.”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: KU just spent $50 million to upgrade their football facilities. That would make a one kickass place to host NWMS and the Washburn Ichabods.

“I’d like us to remain the status quo in the Big 12 because we’ve got a helluva league right now. The NCAA makes 95% of its money from men’s basketball and our tournament. You’d like to think they’d get involved and smooth the waters, but obviously that’s not happening.”
Frank Martin, K-State basketball coach, Metro Sports
GH: How much does the highest paid hoops coach in the Mountain West make? At least Frank would have that going for him.

“The (Big 12) league has tentatively planned a conference call Monday to discuss the future with its remaining members.”
Chuck Carlton, writer, Dallas Morning News
GH: That conference call might include a very short roll call.

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LOOKS LIKE NEBRASKA HEADED TO BIG 10; KANSAS CIVIL WAR?

Posted 6-9-10

“An executive at a Big 12 school relayed to The World-Herald on Tuesday that he expects Nebraska to become a member of the Big Ten as early as Friday. NU Chancellor Harvey Perlman has declined all interviews about conference realignment and expansion. He is expected to address the topic with the Board of Regents at its Friday meeting in Lincoln. Direct confirmation from Nebraska of a conference change for the Huskers wasn’t immediately available. Sources at two other Big 12 schools told The World-Herald that their athletic directors have instructed them to be ready by week’s end for a briefing on probable Big 12 changes.”
Lee Barfknecht, writer, Omaha World Herald
GH: Only a week ago the Big 10 was holding their meetings and asking all of the Big 12 reporters what they were doing there in Chicago. Jim Delany shrugged and said his conference was eight to twelve months away from expansion. Well, it should be a surprise to any of us that the boys in the Big 10/11 can’t count.

“If Nebraska says it wants to continue to flirt with the Big Ten, the Big 12 will be no more by July 1.”
Kirk Bohls, writer, Austin American-Statesman
GH: If all this goes down this summer as it looks like it might, the 2010 B12 football season will be an interesting road trip indeed.

“The Kansans fear that a Big Red departure from the Big 12 could spell the league's doom and leave their beloved Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats shivering in the cold without a major conference to call home. … “Don't be the domino that blows college football up into four major conferences and gets rid of the NCAA,” a World-Herald reporter heard the Kansas senator tell Nelson. “It isn't going to do anybody any good when those dominoes start falling.” Roberts added, in apparent reference to Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne: “He doesn't want on his tombstone ‘He ruined the Big 12.'”
Joseph Morton, writer, Omaha World Herald
GH: Kansas and Kansas State are doing exactly what Nebraska and Missouri are doing – looking out for what’s best for their school. Kevin Kietzman said it best Tuesday when he stated that no school has yet come forward and stated they are willing to do what’s best for the masses. It’s pure politics now. Everyone is looking for what they can get no matter the cost to their neighbor.

“This is fortuitous that it happened after Nebraska’s comeback season in football.”
Kurtis Seaboldt, 810 AM
GH: How different would these conference realignment talks look if Steve Pederson and Bill Callahan were still calling the shots at NU? And the Blackshirts were still giving up points fast than Dow Jones?

“We love K-State. Now Missouri, I don’t know what’s gonna happen there. They can hit the road as far as we’re concerned.”
John Hadl, KU Associate Athletic Director, TV 41
GH: If I have any goodwill or fairy dust in reserve in the great cosmos, I would like to draw on it to request that KU and Mizzou remain in the same conference once the conference realignment dust settles. Our flatland world would be so much less fun without these two bitter neighbors locked together throughout eternity.

“Whoever wants to take the teams out of the Big 12, we need Kansas (to go too). I’m not talking about Kansas State or Iowa State. Kansas needs to go with them.”
Gale Sayers, KU fundraising chief, TV 41
GH: The Kansas Comet might want to refrain from scorching or treading on any roads in the Sunshine State west of Lawrence. While K-State fans might not want to hear that the Jayhawks could be saved by a newly-formed BCS mega-conference and their Wildcats dropped to insignificant little-school status – it makes sense. The alternative is to have no BCS school in the state. Kinda like South Dakota or North Dakota. You would have to be a very hate-filled K-Stater to wish that future on the children of Kansas – the state that is supposed to be as big as we think.

“If this happens, Kansas State is done. It is done as a major college sports team – and nobody cares. Around here we care, but the people who actually make these decisions don’t care. You can get as mad and upset and call me a Kansas hater all you want, but that’s the reality.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM

“If John Curry’s not looking for another job he’s doing his family a disservice. I’m not saying John Curry is doing well or poorly. I have no way to assess that.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the K-State athletic director, 810 AM

“That's been our commitment and our plan, to the extent that it's possible, that we would work together, that we would intend to be in the same conference and have the opportunity to play one another and continue a great tradition of rivalry.”
Bernadette Gray-Little, KU’s Chancellor, ESPN.com

“No way. I don’t think our alumni would want to be put in a position like that. It would be very, very difficult. It could be major difficulties.”

Gale Sayers, on the prospect of KU sliding into a smaller non-BCS conference, TV 41
“Kansas fans thought they were something different. But they’re not. I’ve said it on this show for years. Kansas and Kansas State are the same. They’re both small BCS schools in a sparsely-populated state.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This is simply a K-State fan spouting an inane line of thinking. What’s unfortunate is that he has a microphone to spread his Jayhawk hate. The disgust here should be at those who have allowed college athletics become all about money, TV sets and more money. Both KSU and KU deserve to remain viable players in a healthy and competitive BCS conference. Turning on each other now is not going to solve what ails the great state of Kansas’ DI schools.

“Here's one of the reasons Texas wants to join the Pac-10: academic elitism. Texas wants to rub elbows with the Stanfords and Cal Berkeleys of the world and considers itself a better fit with them, UCLA and USC than it does the Big 12. Is that snobbiness? Absolutely.”
Kirk Bohls, writer, Austin American-Statesman

“So Texas wants to join the Pac-10? Maybe it should be getting the ultimatum instead of giving it.”
Tom Shatel, writer, Omaha World Herald

"We certainly don't have anything against anybody in the Big 12. This decision is not going to be based on animosity, on petty jealousy. I mean you're talking about something that could maintain for the next 75 or 100 years. I mean this is a big deal in terms of the University of Nebraska. This is a big deal in view of many other institutions. So you don't ever make a decision based on personal likes, dislikes. And frankly, I get along very well with (Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds). I'm a great admirer of Mack Brown. And Texas has obviously done very well athletically and you have to admire them for that. So this is not a case where we're somehow reacting to any one school, particularly to Texas.”
Tom Osborne, when asked if the perception that NU and UT dislike each other is overblown, Nebraska AD, Omaha KFAB
GH: Who knew T.O. stood for B.S.?

“What are Osborne's thoughts on the way this has been covered by the modern ‘media?’ ‘Well, I think the earliest event was the announcement or the speculation out of Kansas City, which was pure speculation, but it was taken as being factual by lots of people,’ said Osborne, seemingly in reference to a May story by a Kansas City radio station that Nebraska, Missouri, Notre Dame and Rutgers had received offers from the Big Ten.”
Brian Christopherson, writer, Lincoln Journal-Star
GH: Kietzman’s “initial invitation” story was obviously phony but it did its job. It got everyone talking and in my opinion, moved the process of conference realignment from the discussion stage to the panic let’s-get-it-done-before-they-do stage. Read on.

“It began to take on a life of its own. So what has happened more recently in the media, if something is reported, then many times people will cite that as a reference and say, 'Well, it was reported.' And pretty soon maybe you have something built on a house of cards. There may not be a lot of fact underneath it all and it begins to take on a life of its own. But having said that, I think the media's been good and in most cases, they've tried to check their facts. And even though sometimes they guess, sometimes they guess pretty correctly. Anyway, we just aren't going to add to the confusion until we know for sure.”
Tom Osborne, Omaha KFAB
GH: Sports talk radio is an interesting phenomenon that just exploded a decade ago. It is the new way sports fans get their fix on knowledge. The danger is that ‘entertaining’ is often a substitute for accuracy.

“University of Colorado regents met behind closed doors this evening (Tuesday) to talk about options for conference membership, but reached no decision. They said they have not been invited to the Pac-10 Conference.  … University spokesman Ken McConnellogue, asked directly if CU had received an offer from the Pac-10, said "No we didn't.’ ”
John Henderson, writer, Denver Post
GH: Word on Tuesday was that the Buffs would announce today that they were headed west. This is not a happy sign for Colorado, who feels none of the nostalgic pull for the B12 that we here in cow country harbor.

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CHANNEL 41 REPORTER DOESN'T BACK DOWN FROM PERKINS

Posted 6-8-10

Amy Hawley, a reporter and weekend news anchor for KSHB TV 41, and her photographer stopped Lew Perkins for an interview at a golf outing Monday afternoon. I first heard portions of the audio of Hawley’s interview with Perkins on WHB on Monday. I was not at the time aware of who the female reporter was who was asking Perkins these probing and unrelenting questions. My first thought was that she was a network reporter from out of town, because I had never heard a local reporter challenge Perkins with questions in the unapologetic manner that Hawley pursued. I was proud of her work. She remained professional, despite Perkins’ obvious attempts to belittle and intimidate her.
“Lew Perkins said if we aired his interview he would never talk to our news department again. You can watch the entire interview with Lew Perkins and tell us what you think at nbcactionnews.com under sports.”
Elizabeth Alex, KSHB news anchor, following the broadcasting of the interview Monday during KSHB’s 10 PM news, TV 41
GH: This threat is all I need to know about Sour Lew. Following the interview, the KSHB camera person caught Lew wagging his finger in Hawley’s face, while the petite reporter stood her ground and looked the much larger man in the eye. Props to KSHB for not kowtowing to Perkins’ unprofessional attempt to intimidate. Not only did they air the interview on all their Monday newscasts, they posted it on their website and shipped the audio off to both 610 Sports and 810 to be broadcasted on radio. The best way to deal with bullies like Sour Lew is to expose them for what and who they are. The public can decide whether or not Lew is someone to laugh at or fear. Read on for excerpts from the Hawley/Perkins interview.

Amy Hawley: “Do you think you’re in jeopardy of losing your job?”
Lew: “I hope not. Would you like that to happen?”
GH: Lew immediately tried to make the interview personal. He was not interested in being the KU athletic director during this interview. He was interested in embarrassing the reporter.

Amy Hawley: “I’m not here to answer the questions.”
Lew: "Why would you ask that? So let me ask you; do you think I should do that? What do you think?"
GH: Lew continued to try to be somewhat playful, cute and intentionally cutting. It is my opinion he saw the pretty blonde reporter and sized her up as an easy member of the media to intimidate. He was wrong.

Amy Hawley: “A lot of people have suggested that might actually happen.”
GH: Count me as one of the guilty here.
Lew: “For what reason?”
GH: He opened the floodgates with this question. Hard to believe Lew has 42 years of experience in college athletics and is this poor at answering questions from a reporter.

Amy Hawley: “In light of the ticket scandal.”
Lew: “Ahhhh…”
GH: At this point Lew started making a series of strange incoherent noises much like those that come out of your Grandpa Cletus after Grandma Ruth caught him sneaking an early bite from the Thanksgiving turkey.

Amy Hawley: “In light of the point system. In light of repeated blackmail scandals…”
GH: Hawley was rolling now. She had done her homework and never stuttered as she clicked off Sour Lew’s growing rap sheet.

Lew: “I don’t think if somebody blackmails you that you should be fired for it, do you?”
GH: Lew gave Hawley his best Puss-and-Boots eyes that begged for sympathy. Hawley never flinched.

Amy Hawley: “But a lot of people wonder why it’s been a repeated pattern, though.”
Lew: “What repeated pattern?”
GH: Lew needs to learn to stop asking questions in an interview. He might be worse at asking questions than he is answering questions. Hawley turned his words from last week on him immediately.

Amy Hawley: “Blackmail. Blackmail over the years. Blackmail scandals over the years. You said it’s happened to you in your 42 years. You even said…”
GH: Here is Perkins’ comment from the ticket scandal press conference a week ago; “The bottom line is: This is not the first time this has happened, and this won't be the last time.”

Lew: “It sounds like you’re saying I did it every day! I said over 42 years I’ve had a couple of people done that to me. That’s not repeated.”
GH: Uh…yeah it is, Lew.

Lew: “You know what, why don’t we talk about the conference? I respect what you’re trying to do but I can’t talk about all that because that’s not what you asked me to talk about. Okay? Thank you.”
GH: Lew didn’t stick around to talk about “the conference.” He turned away from Hawley and ended the interview at that point. Read on for some members of the local media’s thoughts of Hawley’s interview.

“I thought the follow-up questions were not handled properly and he had a right to be upset there.”
Danny Clinkscale, on Hawley’s questioning of Perkins, 810 AM
GH: I disagree. Whether you listen only to the audio or watch the complete video, I thought Hawley remained professional but persistent. The fact that Perkins became uncomfortable with the questioning was simply his reaction to legitimate Hawley’s questions.

“A reporter goes after Lew Perkins on the golf course yesterday.”
Bob Fescoe, introducing the audio of Hawley’s interview, 610 AM
GH: While Fescoe’s description of Hawley’s interview is accurate, his spin appears to be aimed to place a negative light on Hawley. Fescoe followed up the audio by restating that the state of Kansas needs Lew Perkins now more than ever during these conference alignment talks.

“(Perkins) just needs to answer the questions and then move on and not get too intense about it. (Hawley) is a sweet, wonderful person. She was relaxed the whole time (during her interview with Perkins). And this all happened while Jack Harry was on vacation!”
Gary Lezak, TV 41’s weather guy, 810 AM
GH: Mad Jack and KK have missed one helluva week here in fly-over country.

“The video continued and Lew Perkins was giving her the old ‘what for,’ wagging his finger in her face.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: You can get this video on KSHB’s website and I loved how Hawley stood her ground and never blinked while Perkins appears to admonish her.

“There’s an investigation taking place and we’ll just have to see what happens here.”
Nate Bukaty, on the ongoing investigation into Perkins’ athletic department, 810 AM
GH: Bukaty appeared to be upset that the Hawley interview was a topic of conversation. As a KU grad, he wanted to move on or away from the “show.” As a radio host, Bukaty needs to learn to wallow in the muck and mire no matter what the school colors.

“No, probably not. I don’t know.”
Nate Bukaty, when asked if he thought Hawley’s line of questioning was inappropriate, 810 AM
GH: And Bukaty has a degree in broadcasting journalism?

“I love KU. And again, back to the positive – Lew Perkins has done an amazing job for KU in the short seven years he’s been there. … He has done more for that university than a lot of AD’s have done in many years.”
Amy Hawley, in an interview the next morning with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Kudos for The Border Patrol guys for thinking of contacting Hawley to get her side of the interview. Read on for some comments she made Tuesday morning on 810.

“I don’t have any hard feelings at all and I hope he doesn’t have any hard feelings at all.”
Amy Hawley, who is a Kansas University graduate, 810 AM
GH: Just a guess, but I think the hardest thing on Lew’s bod is his feelings about Hawley’s interview.

“I talked to a Williams fund donor who has donated millions of dollars and his seats have moved. And he was asking a lot of these same questions that other ticket holders have asked. Which is why have my seats moved? This points system is shrouded in secrecy. And if Lew would have stood there a little bit longer I may have asked him about that.”
Amy Hawley, 810 AM

“I probably called six (KU) season ticket holders. All big donors. None of them wanted to talk. They all told me one thing. It was all the same thing -- they didn’t want any retaliation from Lew Perkins. So yesterday may have been a little bit of inkling as to why all those people were saying that.”
Amy Hawley, 810 AM
GH: Hawley might be sweet and wonderful, but she knows how to tell a story and add some juice. Both her interview with Lew and her interview on 810 were entertaining and informative work. I think Hawley just might ride this interview to a much bigger market – quickly.

“My intention was never to be rude or to have a gotcha moment. Do I have any regrets? I think it’s unfortunate the way it ended up. When allegations are rude, sometime questions can appear rude.”
Amy Hawley, 810 AM
GH: Hawley was so much more of a pro than Perkins it was embarrassing for the KU AD.

“You know when somebody fights, like when you fight with your girlfriend or wife and it starts getting really silly and petty? It started getting kind of like that.”
Amy Hawley, after St. John asked her if Perkins said anything else of interest to her off camera after the interview, 810 AM
GH: Wait till KK gets hold of this interview and applies his special spin. He’ll have Perkins and Hawley in a torrid love spat played out on the golf course. Maybe he’ll get added insight from Jim “Cookie Diet” Colbert.

“(Perkins) indicated that he has the information and that I don’t. But it’s not me, again. It’s the public.”
Amy Hawley, 810 AM
GH: I believe that is the info we all seek, Lew.

“I normally typically never cover sports. But I’ll tell you what, I’ve done a lot of City Hall and good old Mark Funkhouser. And if he’s answered one question about Gloria Squitiro, he’s answered about 45,000 of them. And each time he has done it with dignity and grace. Say what you want about Mark Funkhouser but he does answer the hard questions. And he does it with respect. He understands what his responsibilities are. Which by the way, that’s what Lew Perkins’ contract says part of the reason he gets paid so much is that he has to interact with the media.”
Amy Hawley, 810 AM


 

AVOIDING THE CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT TALK

Posted 6-7-10

“Trust me. I talk to my staff before the show every day. This is something that I -- and I think a lot of you -- have grown very, very tired of.”
Nick Wright, responding to texts from listeners wanting Wright to talk about the Chiefs or anything but college conference expansion, 610 AM
GH: When ESPN is leading their SportsCenter updates with news about your college conference being dispersed to both coasts and everywhere in between, I think it makes sense to muddle through the interviews and talk even when you “have grown very, very tired of it.” I am not against augmenting your show topics with Chiefs or Royals or NBA playoffs talk. What I don’t understand is publicly telling what I believe to be the vast majority of your audience that you don’t share their interest in discussing what everyone everywhere in this market and many others is talking about. In an effort to placate all those Wright listeners and others who have tired of conference realignment talk, the rest of this OTC is B10/B12/Pac10 free.

“It is one of the most absolutely bush-league punk moves an umpire has ever done. If it would have been me I would have ripped my mask off and head-butted the guy.”
Les Norman, former Royals player, on umpire Mike Eastabrook walking around in front of home plate to verbally confront Jason Kendall after the Royals’ catcher told Eastabrook he’d missed a pitch, 810 AM
GH: I am still in awe that this incident occurred. Eastabrook broke almost every rule you can break in umpire decorum – and he did it to a well-respected veteran catcher who never once broke his professional composure during the confrontation. Unless Eastabrook can provide evidence that he was suffering from mental fatigue – he needs to be busted to American Legion ball immediately.

“You’re a freaking major-league umpire! If you don’t have thick enough skin to take it, then get out of the league!”
Jason Anderson, 810 AM
GH: Anderson stated that he also umpires baseball at some level. I worked as an ump for 15 years, topping out at the D-I college level before I retired the mask. It is my opinion there are far more poor umpires than great ones. The most sought after talent of an ump is his/her ability to control the game. Right or wrong calls, high or wide strikes – that’s all minor stuff compared to knowing how to demand respect and receive respect.

“I don’t want instant replay. I want to have umpires. I want human error. I like it.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: If I were the head of MLB and the NFL, I would seriously study a solution that would remove all umpires and referees from the playing field. Again, too few officials can handle the pressure and the human element needs to be minimized as much as possible. Coaches and athletes should not gain favor for “getting in an official’s ear.” Use the technology we have available to butt the zebras and penguins in the booth with video screens and remotes.

“Offensively, this is a lot better (Royals’) team than we have seen over the past few years.”
Brian McRae, on the 2010 Royals, 810 AM

“These guys have the best approach (to hitting) than any team I’ve ever been around. (Kevin Seitzer) is a big key to what we’re doing offensively.”
Ned Yost, 810 AM
GH: Yost is a bit too rah rah for my taste. After a Ned Yost interview, I often wonder how his club could have ever lost.

“(Hochevar) is a different pitcher since Ned Yost took over.”
Brian McRae, 810 AM
GH: Amen. Yost might be worth keeping solely for his work with Hochevar and the bullpen. I have always been a fan of less coaching in baseball and Yost seems to understand that concept.

“It was an awesome move. It’s all about winning.”
Brian Bannister, commenting on Yost’s decision to remove Bannister from a game last week in a high-leverage situation and replace him with a better strikeout pitcher in Tejada, 810 AM
GH: I love Bannister’s team-first attitude. He is the only MLB player I know of who has totally committed to understanding and using the science of baseball sabermetrics. The Royals need to hire this guy for their front office when his arm dies because his head is his real asset.

“I’d be stupid if I told you I don’t think about that,” Butler said. “I saw the (first) ballots came out the other day, and I’m not even close. Those are things I can’t control. I understand what market I play in. I understand what markets other guys play in. And I understand it’s a fan vote.”
Billy Butler, on the lack of support he is getting in the All-Star balloting, Kansas City Star

“On Saturday, a limited number of ‘VOTE BILLY’ T-shirts went on sale at the Majestic Team Store at Kauffman Stadium. Here's the deal: Fill out 100 ballots at the stadium for Butler and the other Royals and you can get the $28 valued shirt for just $16. Sixteen happens to be Butler's number.”
Dick Kaegel, Royals beat writer, KansasCity.Royals.mlb.com
GH: I hate everything about this promotion. 1) The Royals are willing to give fans a discount to stuff the ballot box. Isn’t this a Chicago thing? 2) An f-ing $28 t-shirt? I was at the game Saturday night with my family and saw the stadium employees wearing these t-shirts. They look more like $8 t’s than $28 t’s. If the goal really is to promote the Billy vote, sell these suckers for $3 or better yet give 5,000 of them away at every home game.

“Not sure I'm going to give billionaire owner $28 to promote future millionaire getting #allstar votes. … We did drop $50 on Billy Butler t-shirt jersey and gray road jersey for kids Sunday at the K.”
Brad Porter, of Metro Sports, on the Royals selling “Vote Billy” t-shirts at The K for $28 each, Twitter
GH: My kids got a $5 bag of cheese popcorn Saturday night…to share.

“I think Moustakas can play right now and I think Ned Yost has reported that. I don’t think Ned Yost would be afraid at all to bring Moustakas up right now. Mike Moustakas is mentally just a stud. He can handle anything.”
Greg Schaum, of Royalsprospects.com, 610 AM
GH: We have had enough non-mental studs. See Greinke and Gordon.

“The last month, I haven’t really been myself. Everything looks tougher. The hitters look better, and the strike zone looks smaller. It just seems tougher out there at the moment.”
Zack Greinke, Kansas City Star
GH: Contrast Greinke’s loony, somber and distant demeanor with my new bobblehead guy, Bret Saberhagen. Sabes was a talented kid who acted like he loved to play the game. Those guys are so much easier to root for when the times get tough.

“At least once a week, (Trenni Kusnierek) says something on the show that I’m not sure you’re allowed to say on the radio.”
Nate Bukaty, after the MLB television reporter gave her review of Sex & the City 2 by calling for Samantha to quit acting like a drunken whore at the age of 52, 810 AM
GH: I don’t know Trenni and I am not all that familiar with her work on MLB Network. But her spots on 810’s Border Patrol are some of my favorite local radio of the week. She is what every media personality should aspire to be on the air – herself. She comes across as unscripted, open and fun. I think that’s kind of what Marconi had in mind when he dreamed up sports talk radio.

“(Eric Berry) is a talented individual but I thought they should have addressed some of the needs up front first to protect the quarterback.”
Jayice Pearson, on the Chiefs’ decision to draft the Tennessee safety with the fifth pick in the NFL draft, 610 AM
GH: Jayice is one of the few to dis the Chiefs’ choice at number one. It will be interesting to see if Berry was the best pick.

“The Wizards are playing host to what they call one of the biggest watch parties in the country. All 64 games will be shown at the KC Live! “Living Room” in the Power & Light District. Admission is free for the watch parties, there is no age limit and there is no dress code.”
Pete Grathoff, writer, Kansas City Star
GH: No age limit and no dress code. Sounds like a late-breaking 10 PM news story just waiting to happen.

“I look forward to meeting with you and inspiring you to greatness.”
Eddie Kennison, on his radio commercial promoting his business, 810 AM
GH: I am not sure what Eddie’s commercial is about but it sounds like he is selling his expertise in how to make your business a success. I have a problem with athletes whose success is mostly a result of them winning the gene pool race. If Eddie can teach us how to run and catch a football like he did for 10 years, he might have something brewing. Otherwise, get a real job, Ed.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24


 

ULTIMATUM ISSUED TO NEBRASKA AND MISSOURI?

Posted 6-7-10

“Nebraska and Missouri have been given an ultimatum by the Big 12 and told they have until this Friday to decide if they want to remain in the conference or entertain the possibility of joining the Big Ten, two highly placed officials of two Big 12 schools said Saturday.”
Kirk Bohls, the writer credited with breaking this story, Austin American Statesman
GH: Bohls’ story was a short one but this money quote ripped through the media Sunday with the suddenness of a mess of LC’s BBQ beans through an upright mammal. I saw it first on Twitter and then later in the morning being discussed on FoxSports Radio’s national sports talk show. The disbursement of the Big 12 is no longer a local story. It has come nuclear and now, according to Bohls, we have a shit-or-get-off-the-pot date.

“I’m not even sure what his deadline does. If you’re Nebraska and Missouri, how can you verbally commit to anything?”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: My exact same first thought when I heard of this ultimatum. How can MU or NU commit to a conference that is on the verge of losing six teams to the Pac 10? What happen is MU and NU say we’re staying? Does that make the Big 12 any less susceptible to being picked apart by the Big 10, Pac 10 and SEC like roadkill? If you haven’t noticed, those boys in the South don’t exactly play fair.

“Quite frankly, I find it (the ultimatum) comedic. Am I the only one who finds this completely preposterous?”
Soren Petro, 810 AM

“The entire nation is now waiting for the first domino to fall on this realignment scheme and that first domino appears to be the Missouri Tigers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.”
Lance Veeser, TV 41

“I think it might even happen before Friday. Nebraska cannot afford to say, ‘We’re going to try and get into the Big 10,’ and then have the Big 10 say, ‘No.’ If they are told by Jim Delany that they just can’t commit to them yet, then they try to make nice in the Big 12.”
Kirk Bohls, Austin American Statesman
GH: The Big 10 holds all the cards. If they choose to wait 8 to 12 months as Delany has stated, MU and NU have nowhere to go. If the Pac 10 swipes six teams from the Big 12. We’re back to the Big 6 except we might want to consider dropping the ‘Big.’

“Does KU have any say in this or do they just have to sit back and take whatever happens?”
Ellen Schenk, 980 AM

“It’s a nasty situation with Kansas and Kansas State. Who appear to be vagabonds with nowhere to go. I think it’s more important for Kansas to be an independent in basketball than to join the Mountain West Conference.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Everything is being considered – even the deemphasizing of big time football for KU and K-State. With all the money Kansas has invested in its facilities, that would be a devastating blow to their athletic budget in all sports – including football.

“We probably have contemplated or are contemplating almost everything you’ve read about (regarding expansion). The Pac 10 is in a very fortunate position.”
Larry Scott, Pac 10 commissioner, TV 41
GH: The opposite can be said for the Big 12 – we are in a very precarious and vulnerable position.

“In reality, the Big 12 was formed because of football.”
Bob Davis, radio voice of the Jayhawks, 980 AM

“You gotta find a way to make sure it’s fair for everybody or else I think it’s ridiculous.”
Derrick Deese, on the proposed Pac 10 expansion, FoxSports Radio
GH: One thing we know from past experience with college football and basketball is that the word ‘fair’ is not a part of its vocabulary. Fair doesn’t work well when you’re attempting to build a successful business or athletic conference. Fair is for Sedalia, MO and third grade.

“Several Big 12 members question just how interested the Big 10 is in Missouri. One administrator tells me that quote, ‘I believe the Big 10’s interest in Missouri has been grossly overstated.’ ”
Neal Jones, TV 5

“I can’t help to wonder if the damage has already been done and that this (Big 12) conference is doomed because of all the flirtation with Nebraska and Missouri.”
Kirk Bohls, Austin American Statesman, 810 AM

“I know all hell’s breaking loose. It’s such a fluid situation I wouldn’t pretend to know what’s going on.”
Kirk Bohls, of the Austin American Statesman, 610 AM
GH: Information on realignment will be flowing like lava this week. This summer may be the most important of my lifetime for what happens to college sports in the Midwest the next 50 years. Hyperbole? Maybe. Maybe not.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24


 

IS THE BIG 12 IN ITS FINAL, UH, DAZE?

Posted 6-4-10

“In the beginning (of the Big 12 conference), everybody knew it was like marrying Elizabeth Taylor. You knew it was going to be nice for awhile but that it wasn’t going to last.”
Doug Tucker, who has covered the Big 8 and Big 12 for the Associated Press for three decades, 610 AM
GH: This comment from Tucker made a lot of sense to me – but consider that I am old enough to know who Liz Taylor is…and was.

“I’m not sure yet that the Big 12 is going to break up.”
Doug Tucker, 610 AM
GH: This comment from Tuck sort of negated his comment above where he said it was common knowledge that the Big 12 was doomed from its inception. I am and have been pretty close to positive that the Big 12’s days are numbered. Only the final disbursement of our 12 offspring has yet to be determined.

“The (Big 12) conference as a whole is almost dead.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: A ‘hole’ might be a very appropriate metaphor for what is about to be left of the B12.

“I have a good friend who covers the Big 10 and he insists to me that the Big 10 does not want Missouri. He is convinced that they don’t really want Missouri but they want Nebraska.”
Doug Tucker, 610 AM
GH: Tuck says Mizzou might be the odd one out of the Big 10 round-up but Chip Brown, the Rivals.com reporter who broke the story about the Pac-10 wanting to invite six B12 teams, has it just the opposite. Read on.

“There also appears to be a chance Nebraska will not get invited to the Big Ten, which means the only school the Big 12 stands to lose to the Big Ten is Missouri. The Big Ten and its efforts to move south, thus far, have been rebuffed by Texas, which doesn't like the logistics of serving as the southern boundary of the Big Ten. So the Big Ten continues to focus on Notre Dame and is seriously considering whether to invite Missouri as well as three schools from the Big East (Rutgers, UConn and either Syracuse or Pittsburgh) . Such a move would likely collapse the Big East, where Notre Dame plays its sports other than football, and might cause the Irish to finally acquiesce to joining the Big Ten.”
Chip Brown, Orangebloods.com/Texas.rivals.com
GH: Translation: No one knows what the hell is about to happen but almost everyone (except Dan Beebe) is sure a giant glacier is about to mow through the college conferences landscape and give us all a very new and different world.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if with his east coast connections, that Lew Perkins is having talks with the Big East and the ACC.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Lew better hurry. There might not be a Big East to talk to next month. Shit, according to Lew there might not be a Lew next month!

“The thought is that Missouri is definitely headed to the Big 10. What is they’re not?”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: It has been an interesting week to have Kevin Kietzman on vacation and off the air. Chip Brown’s rumor about the Pac 10 inviting half the B12 was immediately accepted as gospel by most respected members of the press because of Brown’s former job with the Dallas Morning News. Brown’s website report may prove to be no more accurate than KK’s “initial invitation” report was but it is interesting how the newspaper biz, as sickly as it may be, continues to trump all other forms of the media when it comes to credibility.

“Dan Beebe – has there ever been a more castrated guy? The guy has no power. He is powerless.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: This Beebe dude just looks like a doofus. He is always flashing that dipshit grin and that Opie Cunningham (SNL reference) ‘aw shucks’ shrug. My favorite video of the Big 12 boss this week was a clip from Metro Sports where Brad Porter showed Beebe ducking into and out of the wrong meeting room at the Plaza hotel. Our conference needs Dirty Harry and we got Maxwell Smart.

“All of which makes me wonder if the Big 12 Conference is in the final stages of decline. Blowing off 50 media members looked really, really poor — especially on a day when reports came out about the potential for further conference expansion nationwide.”
Lee Barfknecht, after Dan Beebe canceled his scheduled Thursday afternoon press conference at the Plaza’s Intercontinental Hotel, Omaha World Herald

“Fine with me. I’m sick of the Big 12 talks anyway.”
Nick Wright, after receiving news that Beebe had cancelled his Thursday afternoon presser, 610 AM
GH: Wright was eager to discuss Ken Griffey Jr.’s retirement and the Celtics/Lakers playoff series’ opener. This very real conference realignment might be the biggest seismic change to the local sports landscape in the next 50 years. Wright might want to check to see if he busted his ‘topic instinct’ meter when he was break dancing over his April PPM numbers. Somebody at 610 Sports isn’t quite as sick of the B12 talks as Wright because they preempted the Jim Rome Show to carry Beebe’s Friday morning presser.

“I think what you’re going to see is all the conference commissioners get together and say, ‘Okay guys, let’s do what we’re going to do because this isn’t working.’ ”
Terrance Harris, writer for AOLFanHouse.com, 810 AM
GH: How much money could the BCS conferences make if they agreed to all meet for a week in Chicago and sold the unedited talks, meetings and discussions on pay per view? Mucho!

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24

 


 

ARE LEW PERKINS' DAYS AT KU NOW NUMBERED?

Posted 6-3-10

“My gut tells me Turner Gill will coach his first football game at KU working for a man who didn’t hire him. The second I learned (Lew) Perkins had launched an investigation into Mangino’s treatment of players in the middle of the 2009 football season, Mangino’s departure became a matter of when, not if. … Watching Perkins talk about why he couldn’t talk about what everyone wanted to ask him about at the opening day of Tuesday’s spring Big 12 meetings called to mind watching Mangino in the closing weeks of his KU career conducting post-game news conferences without any sarcasm.”
Tom Keegan, sports editor for the Lawrence Journal-World, KUSports.com
GH: Was Lew correct when he told the media Tuesday, “Shit, I might not be here.” And did it with nary a smile? The debate on Lew’s shelf life in Lawrence has begun. Read on.

“I think Kansas could be screwed if they make a change at athletic director.”
Jason King, yahoosports.com college writer, 610 AM

“Getting rid of Lew Perkins right now would be a major detriment to Kansas and could hurt the Big 12 Conference. A lot of people trust, respect and really, really value what Lew Perkins has to say.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe has sounded like Lew’s personal PR firm this week. Thursday morning the guy who calls himself “Bulldog” sounded more like a Miniature Schnauzer when he outlined his reasons why K-State fans should rally behind Lew in order to save the Wildcats’ fans’ future in the Big 12, due to Lew’s immense influence. Newsflash to all those KU fans who think losing Lew is a death knell to Kansas athletics. It ain’t. It is my opinion that Lew’s inability to work out his differences with Mark Mangino (and his hiring of Gill) will set the Kansas football program back at least 10 years. It will be that long or longer before the Jayhawks again play in a BCS bowl.

“There is just too much now. Lew Perkins has to be out. Not even Bob Fescoe and Nick Wright can justify this. I can’t wait to hear their attempts.”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: One aspect of 610 Sports that separates their hosts from 810’s voices is that they are willing to rip on each other and each other’s opinions. I think this is healthy radio. It gives the impression that each host is on equal footing and worthy of air time. 810 has always had the issue of Kevin Kietzman being both an owner of the station and an on-air host. Few, if any of WHB’s hosts are willing to challenge him or his opinions (or scoops) on their own shows. I always get the feeling at 810 that KK is the varsity and the other shows are just the JV team warming up before the prime-time show.

“From the big-money people at Kansas that I’ve talked to, support is not waning for Lew Perkins. And if the people who put their name on buildings, like Anderson, if their support’s not waning, Lew Perkins is fine. The big-money people are the ones who matter. And to a man and to a woman they are all very satisfied with the way business is getting done at the University of Kansas.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: If I were a Kansas fan or alum, this notion that all the big-money people are hunky dory with the recent scandals at KU would bother me greatly. Kansas is supposed to be special when it comes to doing things the right way. Maybe that’s just old-school thinking.

“(Chancellor Bernadette) Gray-Little, in London to meet with alumni and supporters, said that ‘although originating from a questionable source,’ the allegations deserve to be looked into. She expects the review to be complete within 10 working days. ‘I urge that there not be a rush to judgment in the absence of facts that support the allegations,’ she said.”
Mark Fagan and Chad Lawhorn, writers for the Lawrence Journal-World
GH: Wasn’t it a “questionable source” who brought to light KU’s Ticketgate in 2005 to Jason King? Gray-Little might want to act a tad quicker on this one.

“(Bill Dent) told me some stuff that would be incredibly damaging to the (Kansas) program but I don’t know if it’s true. If we can corroborate this stuff with some other sources, then we have something. We’re not just going to run with everything somebody tells us. At this point, I don’t have any proof other than Bill’s word that this stuff happened. That’s as detailed as I’m comfortable going with right now.”
Tully Corcoran, writer for Topeka Capital Journal, on KU player eligibility accusations by Dent, 810 AM
GH: If KU is forced to start handing back trophies, I don’t think those big-money donors will be quite so pleased with Lew’s run at Kansas.

“Nobody’s perfect. Everybody’s human. … He apologized and he feels really, really bad. He probably feel worse than me.”
Armando Galarraga, after umpire Jim Joyce’s blown call at first base cost the Detroit Tiger pitcher a perfect game, MLB Network
GH: The call was wrong. An incredible, awful, gut-wrenching umpire error. But Galarraga’s grace and forgiving attitude are what I will remember from this 28-out non-perfect game.

“There’s gonna be a couple more or I hope so.”
Armando Galarraga, smiling as he predicted more perfect games in his future, MLB Network

“This has been looked at already more than the Zapruder film. What was it that Jim Joyce saw?”
Greg Amsinger, host of MLB Network
GH: When you watch the replay, Joyce is poised to call the runner out – but at the last moment he appears to change his mind and gives an emphatic safe sign. It wasn’t as wrong as Don Denkinger’s blown call in the 1985 Series, but it was bad.

"Maybe instant replay can clean things up. If a play is missed, it can be corrected. I didn't feel that way in '85, but I feel that way now. We want everything to be called correctly. Unfortunately it isn't, because we're just human beings.”
Don Denkinger, New York Post
GH:
It is time to get rid of the human element in sports officiating. Technology has made umps and refs relics of a distant age. We no longer need them on the field or court to tell us who is out, who is in bounds or who fouled whom. Hire a couple guys to sit in the booth and watch the game like you and I do. We all have better seats and know more about the play than the overpaid “experts” who are still relying on the same human tools officials used 100 years ago.

“I don’t know what to do. I cost that kid a perfect game. The biggest call of my career and I kicked the shit out of it.”
Jim Joyce, MLB Network
GH: I know what you can do – quit and go on a campaign to remove all officials from the field of play. They are not only no longer required, they are a impediment to the games.

“I think somewhere down the line Galarraga goes bye-bye. For those who are here that saw it, yes, it will be topical. But 10 years from now the new wave, they will not know who the hell Armando Galarraga is.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I disagree. I think Galarraga’s imperfect game becomes second only in historic stature to Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24

 


 

THE ALLEGED BLACKMAILING OF SOUR LEW

Posted 6-1-10

“The alleged blackmail of Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins followed months of correspondence between him and a former Kansas Athletics employee who accused Perkins of accepting $35,000 of exercise equipment in exchange for securing premium men's basketball tickets for the equipment company's owners.”
Tully Corcoran and James Carlson, writers, CJOnline.com
GH: It appears that Corcoran and Carlson broke this story Sunday evening about 9:20 and updated it around 3:30 PM on Monday. Brady McCollough, the KU beat writer for The Star, posted a similar report on the Kansas City Star’s website just before 6:00 PM on Monday. This follows on the heels of YahooSports.com breaking the news last week of a ticket scalping scandal at KU that involved KU employees and Roger Morningstar. Read on.

“E-mails and letters obtained by The Topeka Capital-Journal show the employee, William Dent, threatened to go public with the ticket-equipment swap allegations if he wasn't paid for what he says was the cost of storing the equipment.”
Tully Corcoran and James Carlson, writers, CJOnline.com
GH: Dent may simply be a disgruntled fired KU employee who wants to embarrass Sour Lew. But Lew Perkins is starting to resemble the BP oil leak – a seemingly never-ending stream of ugly, smelly, foul debris that taints everything and everyone it touches.

“Some time in early 2005, Dent says he helped install in Perkins' basement personal exercise equipment worth $35,000. The equipment was from a company called Medical Outfitters. Co-owner Mark Glass said the cost was actually closer to $15,000. He said he did it to help Perkins do physical therapy out of his home.”
Tully Corcoran and James Carlson, writers, CJOnline.com
GH: If Lew had $35K worth of personal exercise equipment stashed in his home the past five years, who the hell was using it? Lew looks about as fit as the KU ticket office. Maybe Lew is one of those “hoarders” who just likes accumulating stuff – like exercise equipment, money and scandals.

“It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to take a bath after you watch the NCAA Tournament. Because the amount of money that can be made on these (student athletes).”
Nick Wright, on the NCAA’s refusal to pay student athletes and the scandals that haunt the sport and make grown men rich, 610 AM
GH: A slob like Lew Perkins gets $4.4 mill in legit salary in 2009. That same year Sherron Collins gets meal money on road trips. And we just shrug and pretend that’s the way it’s supposed to be. College sports is so filthy, KU and other schools are now finding it difficult to hide the stench.  

“I’ve got about 10 or 12 scheduled workouts (with NBA teams). If I have to (I’d play in Europe) but I don’t think I’ll have to play overseas. I think I’m pretty good enough to play in the NBA.”
Sherron Collins, 810 AM
GH: Loved Collins as a college player. But he had to play so freaking hard to get what he got on the court. I just don’t see him being able to exert that kind of effort 82 times a season. I hope he proves me and a lot of NBA experts wrong.

“I deeply apologize to the Clarks.”
Dwayne Bowe, while lying to the media last week that he was misquoted and misunderstood when interviewed by ESPN the Magazine, 610 AM
GH: No reason to rehash the Dwayne Bowe lies here in this OTC. If Bowe was working as even a high school reporter for any newspaper or radio/TV station of note and he lied as blatantly as he has about his actions the past week, he would be unemployed. But as an NFL starter he gets off with a shrug from everyone – including the media who he implicated with his lies. The fantasyland that professional athletes orbit knows no bounds.

“I can’t remember when I’ve felt better about the Kansas City Chiefs! And that’s no bull! This team is ready to compete and ready to compete now!”
Jack Harry, on his Sunday evening sportscast, TV-41
GH: Mad Jack made this comment in May. That is three-and-a-half months before the Chiefs’ season opener. There is a reason we call Jack mad.

“I’m still not convinced they have the right coach in Kansas City in Todd Haley, but at this point that doesn’t really matter.”
Jack Harry, TV-41
GH: If you understand Jack’s line of logic, please explain in the Comments section below.

“You might think double-digit wins by a team like Kansas City is a stretch. I don’t think so.”
Jack Harry, TV-41
GH: Jack also was touting the Royals as contenders before the season started. The Chiefs could be improved and if the football gods are kind, maybe we get 10 wins and a playoff berth. But what does Jack see in this squad that would lead him to think that in May? Oh yeah, TV ratings.

“It was heartbreaking for me. I’m not all that thrilled with the prospect of the Lakers and Celtics playing in the NBA finals.”
Kevin Kietzman, after the Phoenix Suns dropped game five to the Lakers, 810 AM
GH: Who knew KK was an NBA junkie? But does a Suns fan even count as an NBA fan? I love that Boston and LA will again go at it for the title. Who knew we could forget about LeBron so quickly?

“Severe T-storm Watch”
On-screen weather-warning box, covering the cup on the 18th green as Fred Couples putts to take the lead and win the Senior PGA Championship, TV-41
GH: It was bad enough that the damn weather box was placed in the SW corner of the screen – right over the hole – but then it never did rain! Not a GD drop! I am for flogging the graphics person who is responsible for these kind of screw ups live on the air.

“It’s not comforting going underneath a car that is flipping up in the air.”
Danica Patrick, describing how she avoided the dramatic wreck during the final lap at Indy, ABC
GH: When it comes to dangerous professions in the wide, wide world of sports – I would put race car driving at the top of my list. This Quentin Tarantino-like accident made me piss myself and I was sitting on my couch. Imagine the pressure Danica felt on her sphincter as she dodged Mike Conway’s orbiting auto – at 225 mph.

“I absolutely believe that he could have turned the corner. But the problem is this is the fourth time in Luke Hochevar’s career that I think he may have turned the corner.”
Rany Jazayerli, on Hochevar’s recent success as a Royals’ starter, 810 AM
GH: Rany could insert a dozen Royals’ players’ names in place of Hochevar. Anybody else getting excited over the numbers Alex Gordon is putting up in Omaha? We Royals fans live to get excited over the prospect of dreams. Dreams that all too often involve Freddy Krueger instead of Freddy Lynn.

“This is the hardest part of this job. I’m not sitting here trying to offend anybody. Those of you who just get mad at radio hosts – we don’t make the news.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: But we sure can cook it.

“BK fire-grilled ribs. Slow cooked.”
Road sign ad
GH: Long-time OTC readers know of my insatiable lust for all things food – especially new, exotic fast food entrées – please see the seasonal arrival of the much debated/hated McRib. I almost spit my Diet Pepsi on my truck’s windshield when I spied this BK Ribs outdoor ad on I-29. Ribs from The King? In Ollie’s and Arthur’s town??! Is this an even crueler joke than the King’s McMuffin heist? I had to try them. I got the six pack meal for $7.69. (Actually, I biggie-sized the sucker and it came to over nine bucks). I expected dreck. What I got looked like dreck but tasted, uh, well, not horrible. Maybe even decent – if you were an Eskimo and had never tasted even a smoked flat bone. The portions were overpriced and thumb-size (and I am talking white-guy-sized thumbs) but they fell off the bone and had some flavor. I give the BK ribs a salty 6 whereas the bloody McRib is a negative 9.

“I’d rather have my teeth pulled out.”
Mike Boddicker, while discussing whether or not to go see the Sec and the City 2 movie this weekend, 810 AM
GH: A man can only do so much for his readers. I sampled the BK ribs over the holiday weekend but if you’re looking for a review of Carrie, Aiden and Mr. Big – Boddicker and I were at the ball game.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24


 

LEW PERKINS MAKES EXCUSES

Posted 5-28-10

“I think it's important right off the top that I accept responsibility. I don't accept responsibility for anything criminal or any of those things. I accept responsibility because I am athletic director and this happened during my watch.”
Lew Perkins, 810 AM
GH: Dwayne Bowe’s got nothing on Lew Perkins when it comes to talking nonsense. Perkins was a master of misspeak and doubletalk during his appearance at KU’s Wednesday afternoon press conference to address their in-house finds in the Jayhawks’ Ticketgate . Read on.

“I’m not making any excuses but this was missed by a lot of people.”
Lew Perkins, 810 AM
GH: Lew did almost nothing but make excuses during his time on the dais. He attempted to assure the public of his innocence and that a lot of others were just as incompetent as he in not having a clue as to what was going on in his athletic department – the same athletic department that paid him $4.4 million in 2009 to do his job.

“I saw no red flags. None.”
Lew Perkins, 810 AM
GH: If Perk thought this statement would help absolve him, he needs a better speech writer. Why didn’t Lew see a red flag when Rodney Jones started living a public life more akin to Rodney Dangerfield than someone of his pay scale? Has Lew ever been to the mall and seen the display cases choked full with prime KU basketball tickets? No red flags? There were more red flags than a Raiders intersquad game. 

“Just think if we didn’t know about this and it was still going on. I look at this as a positive thing. Don’t misquote me, I don’t think this is positive.”
Lew Perkins, 810 AM
GH: Huh? Lew, you can’t say, “I look at this as a positive thing,” and then tell the media not to “misquote you,” and that you don’t think it’s positive. Did Lew graduate from LSU?

“I feel very strongly we had the wrong people in the wrong job.”
Lew Perkins, 810 AM
GH: Many believe Lew is in the wrong job. Others say he is an innocent victim. I do wonder if Ticketgate  would have occurred had Lew spent the same effort in his ticket office as he did in shutting down Joe College’s t-shirt sales. Read on for the reaction of others.

“This could be the biggest scandal is the history of college sports. … At some point don’t you have to have a little pride in your school and say, ‘We can’t have Lew Perkins at our school anymore?’ ”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman might need to call his doctor because I am sure he was sporting an erection for more than four hours on Wednesday. If something embarrassing is happening in Lawrence, it’s Christmas at KK’s.

“I was absolutely stunned that the (KU) chancellor was sitting there with Lew Perkins. I don’t know how Lew Perkins still has a job. It has been one embarrassment after another since Lew Perkins arrived (at Kansas). When is he going to be held accountable?”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman’s cries are not without merit. Lew looks bad (again) and KU should be evaluating his job status. But Kevin basks in the clouds of the Jayhawks’ scandal with such fervor, it greatly reduces his already questionable credibility. Kietzman could not wait to discuss KU’s Ticketgate  on his Wednesday afternoon show. Instead, he called The Program on Wednesday morning to weigh in while he was covering the Chiefs PR schmooze at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, MO.

“Believe me, I’m not going to be shocked if down the line they say Lew Perkins did it.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: Clink was far too agreeable with KK to make for good radio. As a KU grad and someone who is close to a number of sources in Lawrence, Danny could have added some much-needed balance to Kietzman’s almost apoplectic glee in KU’s shame. 

“You don’t want to have any idea about what secrets people (at WHB) keep in this building. You don’t want to know.”
Todd Leabo, after Kietzman expressed shock that Perkins was unaware of what was happening in the KU ticket office, 810 AM
GH: Leabo would make a far better foil for KK’s afternoon show than Clinkscale. He appears to be unafraid to challenge Kietzman. It is most likely why Leabo is often out of the studio between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM chasing sound.

“In no way do I think Lew Perkins should be fired over this.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe made his name while at WHB for breaking stories out of KU. He has a very cozy relationship with Sour Lew. I was not surprised to hear Fescoe absolve Lew of all sins.

“I also think blaming Lew Perkins doesn’t make a lot of sense. I have been arguing for the better part of an hour that Lew Perkins has a lot on his plate and he obviously has to trust some people.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Lew’s plate also included a check for $4.4 million last year. An absolutely insane salary for a college AD. INSANE! For $4.4 mill, Lew should be able to tell me if the parking attendants are stealing hubcaps.

“This may have been his worst day as Kansas athletic director. Without question, it is the day his image turns in the eyes of many. There are so many things to take out of a tenuous and fascinating press conference on Kansas’ campus Wednesday that announced the findings of an internal investigation into a scandal involving up to $3 million in tickets and six former employees.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: If Lew can avoid the Turk on this one, he may be the closest thing to untouchable this side of Family Guy’s Lois Griffin.

“I cannot believe how somebody can steal three-million dollars from you and you don’t know that. They can talk about that they didn’t have the right safeguards – that’s hogwash!”
Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: Mad Jack is trying to breathe new life (or maybe first life) into the barnyard phrase, “hogwash!” I am guessing TV 41 feels the need to attract more of that 75-plus and rural demo.

“There will be calls for Perkins to be fired. I’m calling for the NCAA to be disbanded. … Only the naive or people out to destroy Perkins believe the KU scandal isn’t part of a nationwide culture of corruption within college athletics.”
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star
GH: See my remarks about Fescoe. JW and Sour Lew share far more than the same pant size.

“Lew’s job is not as secure as it was a year ago but it is secure – in my opinion. … Sure Kansas fans are embarrassed but winning cures all.”
Tom Keegan, sports editor at Lawrence Journal World, 810 AM
GH: Winning will always cure all. If you are a KU fan and you believe your university is too pure to overlook scandal, theft and greed in order to support a winner, you need to look north one state. Tom Osborne and the Nebraska Cornhuskers sacrificed the university’s character for a woman-beating football-toting thug by the name of Lawrence Phillips.

“She was clearly, CLEARLY not a happy camper that she was sitting there talking to the media.”
Bob Fescoe, on the body language exhibited by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little at the press conference, 610 AM

“Reading body language is a dangerous thing, but it was impossible not to see Gray-Little as furious and Perkins as wounded. If Gray-Little truly believed Perkins had fulfilled his responsibility, it would’ve been easy for her to say that. She could’ve helped Perkins save face. Instead, she let him twist.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star

“Do we have to talk about this (KU scandal) the whole nine-o’clock hour?”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Ticketgate  dominated sports talk Wednesday and Thursday. 810 again trumped 610 Sports by carrying the KU press conference live while 610 was stuck with the Royals afternoon broadcast. It would be interesting what those PPMs had to say about which station KC sports fans were listening to Wednesday between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

“The Star is pretending the Yahoo/Jason King story did not happen. The Associated Press and Lawrence Journal World both credit the Yahoo story. But The Star, in pursuit of APSE awards, pretends it didn't happen.”
OTC Reader
GH: The KU press conference addressed different issues than the YahooSports.com story. If The Star truly is attempting to ignore or credit the YahooSports.com story by one of their former employees, they have performed a disservice to their readers. The first rule of a newspaper should not be what’s good for us but what’s best for the readers.

“When I read it (the YahooSports.com story), my jaw just dropped. I was kind of in shock. …To think that it was happening while our group was playing in 2002 and 2003 is something that is just unfathomable to think of.
Jeff Boschee, former KU basketball player, TV 41

“Every person who has been implemented in this report came from Oklahoma. Every one!”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM

“Lew Perkins went to their retreat every year in Southern California. It’s not like Lew Perkins didn’t know who these (Pump brothers) guys were.”
Dan Wetzel, who co-wrote the YahooSports.com story, 810 AM

“If you’ve been around Kansas the last four or five years, isn’t your reputation pretty much shot?”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: For a guy who fancies himself as a broadcast expert, KK makes some pretty Dwayne Bowe-dumb comments.

“I think Roger (Morningstar) did what a lot of people would do in that situation. He never thought he’d be getting into this. I don’t think he’s a bad guy because of this. I think it’s a shame that it’s going to tarnish his reputation in some ways in Lawrence.”
Jason King, who co-wrote the YahooSports.com story, 610 AM
GH: King sounded way, way, way too friendly with Morningstar for my liking. I don’t think a lot of people would do what Roger did if placed in his situation. Bad people are not all bad. But they are still bad. Morningstar proved to all he is bad, no matter how nice a guy you thought him to be.

“The fans that attend games at Kansas University have a right to be ticked off. Unless you are a Kansas alum or donor who pays for these season tickets or donates to the Williams Fund, that’s the only group of people who I see have a legitimate gripe over this situation.”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: I think every fan of college sports has a right to feel wronged by this KU ticket scandal. These people besmirched the reputation of not only KU but the Big 12 and all of college sports.

“I can imagine that every AD in the country read the story and thought to themselves, ‘Oh my!’ Because if it can happen at Kansas it can happen anywhere. … The FBI is sitting on a monster case. They can probably peel this away all across the country.”
Dan Wetzel, who co-wrote the YahooSports.com story, 810 AM

“We don’t see any NCAA violations right now, but who knows later on.”
Lew Perkins, 810 AM
GH: Who knows is a damn good question. I am not surprised that Lew doesn’t have that answer either.

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NICK WRIGHT ECSTATIC ABOUT RATINGS VS. KIETZMAN

Posted 5-25-10

“One month into this thing, we’re already there. You guys have made this show the number-one talk show in the afternoon. So thank you.”
Nick Wright, during his Monday afternoon show, 610 AM
GH: Has Wright actually toppled Kevin Kietzman in his first month as host of 610 Sports’ afternoon drive time slot? Nick and 610 Sports sure think so. Read on for the ratings numbers that are floating about town that somewhat but not completely support Wright’s claim of victory.
In sports talk’s primary target demographic of Men 25-54, it would appear that Nick Wright pulled nearly even with WHB’s Kevin Kietzman.  610 Sports’ Monday through Friday 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM numbers:

  • 4th overall in Men 25-54 with an 8.0 share which is only a few tenths of a share point behind WHB
  • 4th in Average Quarter Hour Persons (AQH) at 5,200, which is only a few hundred persons behind WHB
  • Two hours of weekly Time Spent Listening, which is better than WHB

“For the first time in the history of Kansas City radio, this radio station is winning in every radio demographic except with older gentlemen.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: What Nick Wright is excited about is that he had a higher audience share over Kietzman’s time slot on 810 in the following important demos:

  • Persons 18-34
  • Persons 18-49
  • Persons 25-54
  • Men 18-34
  • Men 18-49

GH: Winning the two demos, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49, in this time slot is significant. Kietzman just simply doesn’t lose that head-to-head afternoon drive to 610, no matter what is being broadcast on the competition’s air. Until now.

Other Demos:

  • Men 18-49 (tied in audience share with WHB, beat WHB in weekly cume)
  • Men 35-54 (tied in audience share with WHB, beat WHB in weekly cume)
  • Persons 18-34 (beat WHB in audience share and weekly cume)
  • Persons 18-49 (beat WHB in audience share and weekly cume)
  • Persons 35-54 (beat WHB in audience share and weekly cume)

“I don’t say this to pat myself on the back. The only reason we are winning is because of you guys.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I would like to suggest another reason – one which Wright never mentioned while I listened on Monday. Wright’s debut as the afternoon host on 610 Sports just happens to coincide with the Royals first month of the season – which is unfortunately often the height of the season’s excitement for Royals fans. There were at least nine Royals games in the 23 dates in April that would have influenced Wright’s PPM numbers between the hours of 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Opening Day for the Royals alone could have had a huge impact on the cumulative PPM (cume) numbers for Wright’s month. That is a lot of programming that does not include Wright for him to take credit for a knockout.

“Yes, we saw an improvement last April, but not as significant a bump.”
Ryan Maguire, Program Manager at 610 Sports, when I asked if Chris & Cowboy’s show also narrowed the gap on Kietzman last April when they took over the afternoon drive slot and the Royals 2009 regular season began

“The Royals’ broadcasts help all of our stations out.”
Ryan Maguire, when asked how the Royals radio play-by-play, pregame and postgame programming may have influenced Nick Wright’s April PPM numbers
GH: The Royals can be a good thing in April and an anchor around the radio rights holder’s neck come August and September. If Wright is still talking about beating KK as football season kicks off, I will believe he is the new king of sports talk radio in Kansas City. Until them, it seems a bit premature to crown the kid.

“There is one category that we did not win. And not only did we not win, we got crushed! The category of men over 50. We won five categories but we didn’t win with older gentlemen. I need to know what old people want.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright almost sounded to me (and at least one of his callers) like he was taking pride in not attracting the 50-plus males to his show. Read on.

“We would like to pitch a shutout and the only way that happens if the older people come over here too. The last thing I want is for it to sound like I’m alienating the older people. What can I do to attract people over 50? I don’t think they like me. I think they think I’m a whippersnapper.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM

“I think they might like trivia.”
Jared Carter, Wright’s producer, on what would attract the 50-plus audience, 610 AM
GH: Wright has berated and attempted to embarrass 810’s Soren Petro for hosting one-hour Friday afternoon trivia show with Pete Enich on a regular basis. I have never understood the assault. Maybe I’m too old to get the joke. Wright confuses Petro’s “Stump the Chump” segment with lazy radio. I find the one hour on Friday afternoons a nod to local sports and sports talk history and one of the few laugh-out-loud segments in local sports talk.

“You take shots (at the competition) when you’re trying to gain relevance. You don’t have to when you’re beating them.”
Nick Wright, insinuating he is now done ripping 810 and their host now that he has bested Kietzman, 610 AM
GH: Wright is a very confident guy. What he has done in one month, even with the Royals’ boost, is impressive. I will say I am curious as to how the May PPM numbers will read. If Wright can maintain his lead over Kietzman despite WHB having the Trey Hillman firing live and all the Big 10/Big 12 realignment KK talk, we will have a real fight playing out on the AM dial.

“As long as we keep this up, I won’t go anywhere. I’ve got no interest in leaving. None. … You can make a lot of money doing talk radio here in Kansas City.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Whoa there, whippersnapper! Anybody else think Nick might be getting his ass in front of his UFO pants?

“If there is one thing Nick Wright likes talking about more than sports it’s Nick Wright.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: If Kietzman was as flat-out honest on the radio as Wright, his show would be a helluva lot more entertaining.

“We’ll spend three minutes on this and that’s it.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I heard Wright do at least 15 minutes during the three o’clock hour and another 10 or 15 later in his show. I also heard a replay of his first blast after six o’clock. I have never heard a radio host/jock discuss their show’s Arbitron ratings to the length and detail that Wright did on Monday. I don’t know all the rules but I do know radio jocks have long treated these numbers as a Hogwarts grad treats Voldemort’s spoken name. I enjoyed Wright’s willingness to air what he knew even if I did not believe all the bluster.

“What these ratings show is that the race between us and 810 is a lot closer than we thought it was. We’re not a surprise anymore. This shows us that people clearly know who we are. We’re catching up.”
Ryan Maguire, Program Manager at 610 Sports

“We always considered any ratings to be a long-term deal. We’ll see how the ratings go down the road.”
Todd Leabo, VP of Sports Operation at WHB, when I asked him to comment on Wright’s comments
GH: WHB does not subscribe to the ratings service and therefore has no access to the numbers other than the same access you or I might have over the Internet and through various sources. Kietzman and WHB have made good use of the media in the past when the ratings numbers trumpeted their rise and domination of Kansas City sports talk. I am not all that surprised that Wright would do the same.

“As happy as we are with April, it’s just a month. The last thing we intend on being is a flash in the pan.”
Ryan Maguire, Program Manager at 610 Sports
GH: Game on.

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WHY DID JACK HARRY'S RANT IGNORE KIETZMAN?

Posted 5-24-10

“The media has made (the Big 10 expansion) the number-one priority in this town. And to be honest with you, some have gone overboard in the coverage.”
Jack Harry, TV 41
GH: When Mad Jack began his Sunday commentary with this salvo, I was stunned to think he was about to take on his golfing chum, Kevin Kietzman, and his “initial contact” exclusive report on WHB. I should have known better. Read on.

“We had a television station from Kansas City rush off to Chicago to cover the Big 10 meetings. At first you say it’s good to be aggressive. But here’s what you need to know – it’s the May sweeps for TV and we’re all guilty of overhyping our stories. But the Big 10 warned everyone that expansion wasn’t even on the agenda for these meetings! The media basically said we don’t care and we’re coming and we’re going to make it a story whether you discuss it or not.”
Jack Harry, TV 41
GH: Jack Harry is the same guy who told his television audience not two weeks ago that it appeared Kietzman was right all along about Mizzou and Nebraska heading to the Big 10. Harry never identified the local TV station who he believes acted solely out of ratings lust to cover the Big 10 meetings. The Big 10 meetings in Chicago were attended by media from Kansas City, St. Louis, Omaha, Columbia and other Big 12-area outlets. The fact that no decision on expansion was made was big news and worthy of being covered by Big 12 media outlets. Harry sounds like he is trying to disparage a local TV competitor for doing a better job than him and his station on this story. It looks to me like they went to the source to get the story instead of believing KK’s “story.”

“The media is guilty of trying to manipulate the news out of Chicago and that’s a fraud! If we weren’t in ratings there is no way that TV station would send a reporter to Chicago. It was giving the impression that there could be something imminent concerning Missouri and that was never the case! And they knew it!”
Jack Harry, TV 41
GH: Me thinks he doth protest too much.

“This is a TV station that doesn’t even do a regular 6:00 PM sportscast! This is a TV station that doesn’t even cover our Royals in spring training.”
Jack Harry, TV 41
GH: Who watches the 6:00 PM local news? Who watches those lame 90-second spring training reports on local newscasts? Jack’s definition of what makes a quality local sportscasts differs greatly from mine.

“And it’s just not television putting out a bunch of hogwash!”
Jack Harry, TV 41
GH: Okay, so now he is gonna rip into Kietzman and his radio report. Uh, no…

“A sportswriter from Tulsa stirred it up this week when he implied that Missouri wanted to defect because they are not good enough to compete in the Big 12.”
Jack Harry, TV 41
GH: Nothing like picking on a guy in Tulsa when the main culprit of these Big 10 expansion rumors is sitting next to you every Wednesday afternoon inside the WHB radio studios. The best part of Jack’s rant was that immediately following it, Lance Veeser spent 10 minutes interviewing former Kansas player, Bud Stallworth, on the impact the possible Big 10 expansion might have on Kansas and the Big 12.

“It was just a fantastic summer. It was probably the most fun I’ve had as a Royals’ fan. He was a blast to watch. He had a lot of fun out there. He loved interacting with the fans. It wasn’t just work for him. I’ll always remember what he did for the team that season.”
Rany Jazayerli, on the 2003 season of Jose Lima and the Royals after Lima was pronounced dead after suffering an apparent heart attack at the age of 37, 810 AM
GH: Lima Time was definitely fun to witness here in KC. Anybody else wonder whether or not Lima and Danny Almonte had the same doctor sign their birth certificate? I was surprised to hear Lima died in bed with his cartoon-endowed wife and the cause was not suffocation.

“(Zack Greinke) is still under contract for the next two seasons. I still think he’s the biggest reason to be optimistic about the Royals’ chances to be competitive next season.”
Rany Jazayerli, after Greinke gave up eight runs in three-and-a-third innings Sunday, 810 AM
GH: While there is no reason to go into a Meche-like panic over Greinke’s rough outing, the Royals’ ace did sound like he was confused during his postgame press conference. Even more confused than he usually sounds. Yeah, that confused.

“Dwayne said, ‘Eddie K, I never talked to this guy! I don’t know where this is coming from.’ To me that raise the question if you quote a guy, does that mean he said it? That leaves me a little skeptical if Dwayne really said it. Dwayne said he didn’t. I believe Dwayne. I don’t know the writer, but I believe Dwayne Bowe.”
Eddie Kennison, former Chiefs receiver, on Bowe’s Facebook hooker comments in ESPN Magazine, 810 AM
GH: That makes one of us.

“I can attest there was no girl in my room in 2007 on the San Diego trip.”
Eddie Kennison, 810 AM

“I think they should get rid of (interleague play) and go back to balanced schedules.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM

“There are a lot of Colorado fans at the ballpark this week. I would rather the Royals played the Rockies a couple of times a year instead of St. Louis.”
Brian McRae, 810 AM
GH: Once a Cub, always a Cardinal hater. I just can’t see the Rockies/Royals rivalry ever replacing those red-clad Cardinals and their “exuberant” fans.

“I think this league is going to be competitive from start to finish. This could be the best years the NFL has had in quite a while.”
Mel Kiper, on the lack of clear-cut dominant teams in 2010, ESPN Radio
GH: Anybody else Jones-ing for some football?

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PETRO THINKS ROYALS RADIO NEEDS EX-PLAYER

Posted 5-21-10

“I’ll name names. I’m not a coward. Denny Matthews, if he’s saying he doesn’t want a player on the (Royals radio) broadcast, that’s a mistake. Bob Davis, if he’s saying he doesn’t want a player on the broadcast, that’s a mistake. Whoever it is, you are making a mistake. That broadcast needs a player’s insight. And not just any player – someone who is willing to offer good opinions and good insight.”
Soren Petro, on rumors that the Royals radio team has vetoed the hiring of a former player to work in the radio booth, 810 AM
GH: Petro mentioned Frank White, Paul Splittorff, Brian McRae, Jeff Montgomery, Mike Montgomery, Mike Boddicker and Les Norman as possible additions to the Royals radio broadcast. I think the Royals radio booth needs a complete overhaul. Matthews needs to retire. I like Davis’ work but he’s getting to the age where he is not a long-term answer. Steve Stewart sounds fine but he is far too bland and forgettable for my taste. I don’t think the radio booth needs more strategy talk – which is what Petro, a devote seamhead, wants. I want more personality, more fun, more stories and more reason to keep listening to a team that loses 90-plus a season.

“(Gordon) has been in left field for I don’t know how long, because when he played third base he was out in the outfield grass.”
Mike Boddicker, on Gordon’s position switch to left field, 810 AM

“I’m just gonna stick to talking about things that occurred on my watch and keep it at that.”
Todd Haley, when pushed by Jim Rome to discuss Dwayne Bowe’s comments in ESPN Magazine and the San Diego trip in 2007 where he said girls were imported to multiple players’ rooms, Jim Rome Show
GH: Here is why the local media hates the Chiefs – they almost always give the national media the story and spurn the local guys. Had you seen, heard or read anything from Haley on Bowe before he showed up on Rome’s nationally syndicated radio show? While he didn’t give Rome much to discuss, he gave him more than he gave the local press. I had hoped this practice had ended with the departure of King Carl. Apparently it has not. 

“The thing I take from the Big Ten meetings is Big Ten solidarity. I've never seen a group in college sports so united with a got-your-back mentality. I fully believe that Delany has informed the league's athletic directors and coaches of what he's doing and they are locked in with support behind him. As Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said, ‘The message I take from these meetings is I trust my commissioner.’ What are the odds of us seeing anything resembling that in two weeks at the Big 12 spring meetings?”
Tom Shatel, Omaha World Herald
GH: Have Dan Beebe work out a sweetheart deal for a Big 12 Network like Delany has and those B12 schools will be cavorting with each other like they’re on roofies.

“When I was at Iowa, the first three years under coach (Kirk) Ferentz, we didn't go to a bowl, and the fourth year we were 8-4. But we were on TV almost every week. When I was at Kansas State, we were in the Top 25 both years and won the Big 12, and we may have been on TV two or three times a year.''
Bret Bielema, Wisconsin football coach, who played and coached at Iowa and was defensive coordinator at Kansas State (2002 and 2003), Omaha World Herald
GH: What he said.

“Officials at Missouri are steamed that its ranking of 102nd among national universities by U.S. News and World Report could eliminate it from Big Ten contention (the Chicago Tribune noted that NU is 96th).”
Chicago Tribune (via Shatel’s column in the OWH)
GH: We do not get a lot of respect here in fly-over country when it comes to academic excellence in our universities. I think an eastern bias exists that simply refuses to believe you can learn this close to corn.  As a guy who interviews a lot of Big 12 North grads, I would beg to differ with those rankings as well. On another note, if the federal government moved from DC to Des Moines, I think we would see a vast improvement in how things got done.

“One imagines that Rick Reilly's name has come up in negotiations between (Bill) Simmons and ESPN: Reilly reportedly pulled down a ‘redonkulous’ five-year, $17 million deal when he agreed to jump from Sports Illustrated to ESPN back in 2007, but he isn't nearly the draw Simmons is among younger readers. If we had to guess, we'd put Simmons's new contract somewhere south of redonkulous, but at least in the vicinity.”
Jason Frye, writer, DeadSpin.com
GH: There is still money to be made as a sportswriter. There aren’t many places willing to pay Sports Guy or Rick Reilly cash but the World Wide Web ain’t going away. Websites need content and they will pay for informative and entertaining content. The big riddle that remains is how do websites duplicate the same kind of revenue that print publications used to attract? Whoever answers that one wins…big.

“I sometimes fancy myself as somewhat of a broadcasting expert.  I think Mitch Holthus should do the Chiefs’ pre-season games.”
Kevin Kietzman, after it was announced that Mizzou’s Mike Kelly got the Chiefs’ preseason gig, 810 AM
GH: I get accused (accurately I might add) of picking on KK too often. If only he didn’t make it so damn easy!

“The reasons you have issues with (Mike Kelly), Kevin, is that you’re a K-State guy.”
Trent Green, responding to KK’s question about his play-by-play partner, Mike Kelly, 810 AM
GH: Green chuckled after making this comment and told KK he was only kidding. Who cares about the Chiefs’ preseason broadcasts anyway? I would almost rather watch the World Cup.

“On this interview, (David Glass) went to the old playbook, Jeffrey Flanagan. Jeffrey Flanagan and David Glass had a relationship when Jeffrey was at The Star. David went to a very safe place…and I like Jeffrey.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Flanagan’s interview with Glass for FoxSportskansascity.com, where Glass says he did not order Dayton Moore to fire Trey Hillman,810 AM
GH: …and I like Kevin.

“David Glass and Jose Guillen are the same guy. Once they got their money everything changed. They’re the same guy! It sure is a shame. I know this; Jose Guillen and David Glass are the same stinkin’ guy! As soon as they got their money there was no touching them. I absolutely 100% believe that and stand by that. I’m not trying to grandstand.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Glass being less visible since the stadium vote passed, 810 AM
GH: Other clues that Glass and Jose are one and the same; 1) Both run about as well as a fire hydrant. 2) One has large jowls, the other a large chaw in his lower lip – the lump’s locale may be part of the transformation. 3) Both need to be traded.

“Nick, nobody lives and dies with the Royals – we only die.”
Text from listener to Nick Wright, 610 AM

“I have one more year. They tendered me already. I could have been a, you know, douche bag and caused a lot of trouble and distraction but I’m not that kind of guy. But I do need to get on the field this year and cause havoc. That’s where I’m gonna cause havoc.”
Derrick Johnson, Chiefs LB, TV 41
GH: Translation: I ain’t no Larry Johnson.

“We huddle.”
Ryan Lilja, Chiefs’ offensive guard, when asked by Bob Fescoe to talk about some of the differences between the Chiefs’ offense and Indianapolis, 610 AM

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HERM EDWARDS RESPONDS TO THE BOWE STORY

Posted 5-20-10

“I haven’t even read the article. I won’t read the article. It was three years ago. Whatever took place, took place. I can’t worry about that.”
Herm Edwards, head coach of the Chiefs in 2007, Dwayne Bowe’s rookie season,  810 AM
GH: Just in case you haven’t read “the article” in ESPN Magazine where Dwayne Bowe paints the 2007 Chiefs’ road trip to San Diego as a football outing with a team-wide side of arranged sexual trysts with strange women recruited off MySpace and Facebook, read on.

“My rookie year, we were playing in San Diego. You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room.  The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it importing.”
Dwayne Bowe, ESPN Magazine

“To his detriment, Dwayne is a fun-loving guy.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: Fun loving is one way to put it.

“The federal government possibly would call it something else.”
Mike Florio, writer, on Bowe’s reference to the Chiefs’ “importing” their ESPN Magazine

“Younger guys don't have the money to do it. Anyway, these girls had the whole top floor. They know everything about us -- first and last names, sisters and brothers, salary.  This one girl was talking to me like she'd known me for years.  'Hey, D-Bowe, how's Grandma?'  I'm like, 'How do you know my grandma?'  She knew that I talk about her every time I'm interviewed for a story.  I told her I had a girlfriend, but she didn't care.  She was wearing my jersey, sitting in my lap, making it look like we knew each other.  Then she took a picture and put it on Facebook.  That almost got me in trouble.”
Dwayne Bowe, ESPN Magazine

“I tell players, ‘Hey, when you’re married, you’re married in Kansas City. And when you go on the road, you’re still married. And if you’ve got a girlfriend in Kansas City, you’ve still got a girlfriend on that road trip. And if you don’t do that – that’s on you.’ I can’t worry about that.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: Kudos to Jake Gutierrez, Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty of WHB’s Border Patrol for getting Herm Edwards on their Thursday morning show the day after Bowe’s story in ESPN Magazine went public. Herm was not comfortable discussing this. He attempted to distance himself from blame during the entire interview. Herm’s two favorite phrases used during the 15-minute interview were; “that’s on the player” and “that’s on them.”

“It would be interesting to hear what Herm Edwards had to say.”
Trent Green, former Chiefs’ QB, commenting on Dwayne Bowe’s comments in the new ESPN Magazine, 810 AM
GH: Green made this comment on Wednesday afternoon in a conversation with Kevin Kietzman. Thanks to the Border Patrol, we got to hear Herm’s side of Bowe’s story. Read on for more.

“We had bed check at eleven o’clock. I was generally the guy who checked the beds on Friday nights. If a player left the floor, you know what, that’s on the player. I didn’t go around at three o’clock in the morning and check rooms. No coach does that. The security guard was at their post and they did (their job).”
Herm Edwards, in an interview with Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John the morning after the Bowe story broke, 810 AM
GH: Has Herm ever watched Jack Bauer and 24? Those security hotel guards can be compromised with a bag of Twinkies.

“There are some times that if a player wants to leave their room at two or three o’clock in the morning, that’s on the player. There’s nothing you can do about that. I know I handled it, I always handled it that way. It’s just my mindset that eventually you have to trust the players. If they want to do something different than staying in their rooms, than that’s on the players. And I never found that out.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: Herm doesn’t get it. You only trust employees (and that’s who these Chiefs’ players are – highly paid employees who are crucial to the success of a half billion-dollar franchise) who have exhibited the maturity and track record to be trusted. Herm obviously doesn’t think it is his job to know what his players are doing despite its possible ramifications on his team and the franchise. Herm cannot monitor every action of his players but he damn well should be able to monitor hookers “in every room” on a road trip.

“What we do, what we say in that locker room, stays in that locker room – even when I was a player.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: When are athletes and coaches going to understand that this cliché gets stomped on and abused more often than Kenny on South Park?

“I’m not shocked by this at all. I just assumed this happens. I’m just shocked that Dwayne Bowe talked about it.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Count me as one who is happy as hell that Dwayne Bowe is talking about this. When your team only wins two, three and fours games a year, you like to know some of the alternative forces that might be working against their success.

“Dwayne Bowe’s not stupid. He just needs to use better judgment.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Dwayne Bowe is stupid. One of Wright’s greatest weaknesses as an opinionated sports talk show host is that he gets too close to the Chiefs’ players and he is then more concerned about their feelings than doing entertaining and informative radio. Call Bowe whatever you want but he has displayed his stupidity multiple times in his short time in Kansas City.

“Some guys can’t sleep very well the night before the game. As a former player I understand that.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: Hey, we all can relate to not being able to sleep the night before a big event or business presentation. What we can’t relate to is needing a Facebook hooker to relieve our “stress.”

“If you had a girlfriend and you wanted to fly her in, that’s on you. You can’t shut the whole hotel down!”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: How about banning moms, girlfriends, wives and lovers of any gender from visiting a players’ hotel room when on a road trip? It’s never more than a two-night stay. If you break a team rule, you get fined. Herm seemed to just shrug it off and showed zero willingness to accept any responsibility.

“What guys do before the football game, after the football game when you’re not around them, that’s on them. You can’t lock ‘em up and call their room every hour to see if they’re there! You know what, this has always been done this way. And if there is a player or two that crosses the line – so be it.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: We all understand a player or two – but Bowe had a Facebook hooker in “every room.”

“All I know is that going to the west coast, even with the Jets, I had a pretty good record. So you can call it what you want. I don’t know what else to tell you guys.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: In the 2007 Chargers game in question, Bowe had 160 yards receiving and scored a touchdown in the Chiefs win. Maybe Clark Hunt needs to hire hookers for the home games as well.

“The NFL has to investigate this. They just have to! If the NFL suspected (Bowe) for performance-enhancing drugs, don’t you have to suspend him for this? If an arrangement was set up where sex was suggested, then you have to suspend Dwayne Bowe.”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM

“Naaaa, this was three years ago! They’re not gonna do anything.”
Herm Edwards, when asked if he thought the NFL might investigate and suspend Bowe, 810 AM

“That was Herm Edwards. He was the coach of that team in 2007 – The Facebook team.”
Steven St. John, concluding the interview with Edwards, 810 AM
GH: And a new nickname is born; The Facebook Team.

“Do you think maybe (Bowe) does that to try and get traded?”
Elizabeth Alex, news anchor, after Jack Harry’s report on Bowe’s comments, TV 41


“Could be! He may want out. He’ll probably get out too. They should get him out! Get him out of there! Somebody’s gonna beat him up if they don’t.”
Jack Harry, responding to Alex’s question, TV 41
GH: When Mad Jack gets off script, he’s even madder and more entertaining than usual.

“When we first caught wind of (Bowe’s) comments, Mike (Kelly) and I both looked at each other and said, ‘Well, so much for us making the news tonight.’ ”
Trent Green, on the Chiefs announcing that Green and Kelly would be broadcasting the Chiefs TV preseason games, 810 AM

“This is not good. Unless this is completely fabricated and a guy with a wild imagination is making this up. Do not rule out that Duane Bowe has completely fabricated this story.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: From the horse’s mouth to our ears.

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KIETZMAN HAS SOME EXPLAINING TO DO

Posted 5-19-10

“Jim Delany's message to the media on Tuesday at the Big Ten meetings in Chicago: Hold your friggin' horses!”
Dave Matter, columnist, Columbia Tribune
GH: The story that has gripped the plains states for months got a pail of water tossed in its kisser by the Big 10 commissioner, Jim Delany, Tuesday. Read on.

“Three things are certain... Death, Taxes and quotes like this coming out within a couple of weeks of a big Kevin Kietzman story... Big 10 Commish Jim Delany -- ‘There have been a lot of reports that have been premature, that would be a kind way to describe the reports.’ ”
Nick Wright, Twitter
GH: Wright has been calling Kietzman “breaking news” story a fable since KK “broke” his “initial invitation” report early last week. Wright has gone as far as to call KK a liar and said that he “made up” the story. After Delany’s comments Tuesday from the Big 10 meetings, Wright appears to be very right about KK’s “news.”

“Emerging from his self-imposed ‘silent phase’ for the second time in a month, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany jammed the brakes on a gathering perception of a ramped-up pace to the Big Ten's expansion study. ‘The only thing I can tell you is we're months away from that decision,’ he said Tuesday during the Big Ten meetings at the Sofitel Hotel.”
Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: Kietzman reported that Missouri, Nebraska, Rutgers and Notre Dame had received initial invitations to join the Big 10. This appears to be false. KK’s report was not that NU, MU, ND and Rutgers would eventually be invited to join the B10, he said they had already been initially invited. So, either Delany is telling the truth or Kietzman is telling the truth – not both. I am going with Delany.

“You bring the beer, we'll cook the brats, but if you think there will be any earth-shattering announcements on June 6, I don't think you'll get them.”
Jim Delany, on the Big 10 presidents and chancellors meeting June 6th, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: KK needs to explain how he got this so wrong. And he needs to do it now. He spent Tuesday dancing around the issue and trying to divert his listeners’ attention to anything but the elephant in his studio – his “multiple sources” report is bogus.

“I think the Big 10 made a misstep here today.”
Kevin Kietzman, concerning reports that Delany was discussing population shifts at the Big 10 meetings and not conference expansion, 810 AM
GH: KK tried valiantly to save face by drumming up a non-controversy about the Big 10 admitting a shift in the nation’s population from north to south showed a sign of weakness. In my opinion, KK completely twisted Delany’s words in an attempt to drive conversation away from his “initial invitation” story. What I heard Delany say was that the B10 might be looking right past Nebraska and Missouri and toward the southern locales of Oklahoma and Texas. Read on.

“In the last 20 to 30 years, there’s been a clear shift to the Sun Belt, and that has demographic meaning long-term, with the economy, jobs, the recruitment of students and the recruitment of athletes.”
Jim Delany, Omaha World Herald

“Was that a subtle hint that the Big Ten is now looking south? Last time I checked, Nebraska and Missouri aren’t in the Sun Belt. Neither are Rutgers, Syracuse or Pittsburgh.”
Tom Shatel, columnist, Omaha World Herald

“Don’t take your eye off Texas. Don’t ever take your eye off Texas."
Unnamed source, who Shatel referred to as “a longtime observer of college football who is attending the Big Ten meetings,” Omaha World Herald
GH: If the B10 is truly concerned about population shifts, wouldn’t adding Texas solve all their worries? But would Texas want to join all ‘dem Yankee states?

“Ridiculous.”
Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma Athletic Director, on the rumors that the Big 12 is about to break up, TV 5
GH: JoLo doesn’t think anything is happening to the B12. I get the feeling the southern half of our conference isn’t nearly as interested in these conference realignment stories as us northerners. I think you could compare it to the head cheerleader getting a date to the prom. In this scenario the B12 North schools are the chess club kids.

“(The Big 10 TV network is) a little gold mine … Now all of a sudden the Big Ten is the talk of college football. It's driving expansion. It's kind of neat to be able to watch that take place. When the SEC went to the championship game, the thing was about money. We have a different animal (because of) the Big Ten Network.”
Ron Zook, the former Florida head football coach who is currently the head football coach at Illinois, Chicago Tribune
GH: That doesn’t sound like a conference that is concerned about losing their eroding population base and needing to add NU and MU to staunch the flow.

“Unless it's fiscally sound, a great academic fit and competitive fit, we won't expand. I always say that some of the best decisions are not acting.”
Jim Delany, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: So not only are we not going to get an answer in June as Kietzman reported, there may be no expansion at all?

“Absolutely nothing will happen in Chicago. The big story will happen in Kansas City in two weeks.”
Jack Harry, TV 41
GH: Harry has been all over the map on this story – following KK’s lead. If there is a big story coming out of the B12 meetings in KC in two weeks, it should be that KK has apologized for creating this media furor over a non-story.

“Again, this is an evolving story. There are a lot of moving parts here.”
Kevin Kietzman, discussing the Big 10 expansion talk on his Tuesday afternoon show, 810 AM
GH: Translation: I am full of shit. 

“One of the more creative comments from Kietzman during the interview (with Dan Beebe) was the idea that the addition of Arkansas, Memphis and Louisville would make the Big 12 ‘stronger than it is today.’ I’m not sure how he’s become enamored with Arkansas, but to put it simply, Hogs ain’t going nowhere. SEC teams are raking in approximately $17 million a year in league revenue — almost twice as much as the Big 12 hands out. Trust me on this one.”
Dave Matter, columnist, Columbia Tribune

“I’ll bet in the first 15 years Missouri never wins back-to-back division (football) titles in the Big 10. I’ll bet they never do that. And they did that in the Big 12 North. … I don’t think Texas would ever allow Missouri back in (the Big 12) if they left.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman will be interesting to listen to the next few days. He knows his credibility is in the dirt with a larger group of people than ever before. He is not just crying wolf to Kansas City this time. ESPN and a large number of credible media outlets look foolish in giving his story an unsubstantiated voice. Will it matter? Probably not. KK is simply doing what he does best as a sensationalistic talk show host – making something of nothing and then quickly switching subjects. His career will go on, but his image as a credible news source is now a silhouette.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24


 

IS YOST THE MOST? OR SOON TO BE TOAST?

Posted 5-17-10

“I’m the general manager. I’ve got to make the final decision on firings and hirings for this organization. Ultimately, it was my decision to move forward. It was my decision.”
Dayton Moore, 610 AM
GH: Moore played it tough and hard-line following his tearful announcement that Hillman had been canned. He obviously wanted it known that he made the call on Hillman. Few continue to believe him. Read on.  

“Trey is a tremendous leader. Somebody who is very consistent with who he is day in and day out. He’s exactly what our organization needs at this point in time.”
Dayton Moore, less than two days before he fired Trey Hillman, Kansas City Star
GH: Here is what we know. Either Moore has a wild drastic 180-degree change of mind in about 36 hours or David Glass told him to fire Hillman. Only one of these scenarios makes any sense. Either way, Moore has been exposed as out-of-the-loop, a reactionary schizophrenic or a GM who was stripped of his power. No one is rooting harder for Ned Yost to succeed over the next four months than Dayton Moore.

http://www.kcconfidential.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif“I hope there is a review that goes on up in the front office that includes Dayton Moore.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM

“We're only six years in, but (the Royals) are my pick for ‘Worst Sports Franchise of the 21st Century.’ You've really accomplished something when you stink every year AND you only have a couple of good prospects. That's almost impossible. At least the Royals finally hired a highly regarded exec (Dayton Moore) and gave him carte blanche to retool the team. Maybe it was Joe Posnanski's upcoming book, ‘Just Kill Me, Just Bludgeon Me In the Head, I'm Not Kidding: Fifteen Years Covering the Royals’ that tipped them off.”
Bill Simmons, in his August 16, 2006 Page 2 column, ESPN.com

“In Milwaukee (Ned Yost) earned the nickname, Nervous Ned.”
Rany Jazayerli, 810 AM
GH: I also heard some reporter on 610 Sports who covered Yost when he was with the Brewers say, “Ned Yost left Milwaukee with his tail between his legs. He’s not a guy who is really friendly with the media.” We have also heard he is into NASCAR, geeky about computers and technology and averse to doing one-on-one radio interviews. I am willing to give Nervous Ned a chance and hope that he learned a few things in Milwaukee that might make him more media-friendly here in KC.

“Better Off Ned”
Kansas City Star headline, after the Royals hand Ned Yost his first win as the new manager Friday night
GH: One thing Trey Hillman’s firing got the Royals is a whole lot more media coverage. The Star is covering the Royals with banner headlines and huge photos as if they’re in a September pennant race.

“The next manager is going to fail. This team isn’t even close.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Yost’s hiring, 810 AM

“Look, I give Trey Hillman a hard time all the time, but the bottom line is he is trying to drive a Chevy Chevette in the Indy 500.”
Mike Boddicker, former Royals’ pitcher, 810 AM

“This club is really not that far away. We definitely could go places.”
Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: Yost must not have heard about Moore’s 10-year plan. Is this Royals team close to competing in the AL Central? They are not the Twins but they should be able to finish second in this division. Second would be good.

“I think I have a knack for motivating players and getting the most out of players.”
Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: Yost made some very interesting comments that made him sound like the opposite of Trey Hillman. Read on.

“I thought about bunting for about half a second and then I thought, ‘Naw, our offense has been struggling so let’s try and put a big one up on the board and we did.’”
Ned Yost, 610 AM

“I raised one finger to say, ‘Let me throw one more inning,’ and (Yost) gave me the head shake. That was smart.”
Gil Meche, Kansas City Star
GH: Hillman did whatever Meche told him to do. He had it backward. Yost at least is starting out thinking he belongs in a big league dugout. Players want to be led by their manager, not lead their manager.

“(Billy Butler) could be very, very good. I think Billy is at about 65% of his ability – both defensively and offensively. Those guys are hard to come by.”
Ned Yost, 610 AM
GH: I hear more talk about what can the Royals get for Butler than what can he do for this organization. Yost appears to think Butler might be a cornerstone for the Royals’ future.

“We are only three years away from this guy (Yost) being one of the hottest managerial commodities in baseball.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Yost's success in Milwaukee, 810 AM

“You know who asked Ned Yost his first question as the manager of the Kansas City Royals? This guy right here!”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: You know who sounds like he was at the presser on bring your kid to work day?

“Expect Ned Yost to be heard relatively soon on these airwaves to give his thoughts on this organization.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: A moving-target promo if I ever heard one.

“It needed to happen for the fans.”
Soren Petro, on Hillman’s firing, 810 AM
GH: I am not sure the non-seamhead Royals’ fans really cared if Hillman was fired or not. Kansas City baseball fans go to the ball park because it is summer, not because they demand a winner. I wish it were different but David Glass has made sure we don’t care about much except that everything at The K works well besides the ball club.

“If you’re going to do your homework, at least look at where I’ve been and what I’ve learned and who I’ve worked with. I’ve got a pretty good idea of what works. It will work if people give it time to work.”
Trey Hillman, during his final press conference at The K after his firing, TV 41

“I want the expectation level to be raised. Some people get nervous when they say the expectation level has been raised. Well, yippee-kay-yay, let’s go! That’s a good thing! We need to raise the expectation level!”
Trey Hillman, after being introduced as the Royals manager in 2008, Metro Sports
GH: The expectation level for these Royals has never been lower… and still Hillman complained about being unfairly criticized in his final media gathering. Yippee-kay-yay.

“(Yost) lets coaches coach. He’s more of a hands-off guy where Trey Hillman is more of a hands-on guy. That’s one of the main differences between the two of them.”
Rusty Kuntz, who was reinstated as the Royals first base coach by Yost, 810 AM

“I called to tell you I am in total agreement with you on Phil Collins.”
Duke Frye, former WHB co-owner, who called into the Border Patrol Monday morning to weigh in on their debate as to the merits of Phil Collins’ music, 810 AM
GH: Steven St. John, Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez spent about 20 minutes discussing and playing Phil Collins’ tunes just after 8:00 am Monday. The topic had nothing to do with sports but it had everything to do with entertaining morning radio. Trust me, it was much better than it reads.


 

NICK WRIGHT SAYS 810'S PROMOS ARE WRONG

Posted 5-17-10

“I apologize to the listeners that the Royals Radio Network did not have (Dayton Moore’s press conference where he announced the firing of Trey Hillman) on live. It makes me sick to my stomach. But that’s in the contract y’all. Nothing we can do. It’s still on us. But 810 – come on now, grow up a little bit.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright sorta kinda named 610 Sports as guilty for not having Dayton Moore’s presser live from the start but he also added a large dose of an excuse with the contractual obligations his station have with the Royals network. Listeners don’t care about contracts. They care about accurate breaking news and where they can get it. Wright thinks 810 is wrong in claiming a scoop over their sports talk rival. Read on.

“It wasn’t because we didn’t know. It wasn’t because we were scooped. I was sitting in the studio begging to go on the air but we couldn’t. The balls on the other station, to act like they scooped us, when we’re all sitting in the same room waiting for the announcement!”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: Wright doesn’t think 810 has any right to claim they scooped 610 Sports because neither station uncovered some nugget due to research or an insider’s tip. The Hillman firing just happened in front of all members of the media in a postgame presser. But the fact that 810 had an immediate live outlet and 610 did not for that breaking news, makes all the difference when defining the term “scoop.” Read on.

 Scoop: to get the better of (other publications, newscasters, etc.) by obtaining and publishing or broadcasting a news item, report, or story first: They scooped all the other dailies with the story of the election fraud.
Dictionary.com
GH: Knowing the scoop is not the same as delivering the scoop to your audience. Many a writer/broadcaster has known the information first but it is he or she who delivers the info who wins the race. I have a feeling this is not the first lesson 810 will teach Nick Wright. If he is as smart as he professes to be, he will learn from it and do better.

“The fact that the Royals radio guys on the network, who I love, the fact didn’t know that Trey Hillman was being fired – I’m sorry that sucks! It sucks for us worse than anybody and I apologize to you the listener. You guys should have had it earlier. I hear these BS promos they’re running. That’s fine. I hear Steven and Nate make fun of Sean (Shariff) and Soren make fun of Sean. And Kietzman take his shots at me and Soren do his stuff with me. Whatever.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM

“I know a lot of you guys text me and say, ‘Nick, when you tear down the other station it makes me want to turn you off.’ That’s fair. I do my best not to do that. However, right now if you’re going to listen to sports talk radio where they are to going to attack the competition I guess you have to listen to satellite because 810’s been throwing bombs our way all day.”
Nick Wright, on his Friday show, 610 AM
GH: I do not have a problem with one radio station verbally assaulting the other live on the air. I think it is much more honest than pretending the competition doesn’t exist or that you are above that type of pettiness. No one in Kansas City sports talk radio is above being petty. Some simply hide it better than others.

“Our bad for having to live by our contract. It happens. But 810! You want to run promos about breaking a story? Break a story! … The bogus story about the Big 10 inviting Missouri and Nebraska – which has been debunked. Just keep throwing darts. And keep throwing darts our way with your ludicrous promos.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: It is early in the game for 610 Sports’ new talk show lineup. Can they compete with 810’s commanding presence in this market? Few believe they have even a punchers chance. But I continue to be entertained by the human side of how these two stations react to each other. The more intent their fight, the better the radio. Let’s get it on.

Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24


 

THE AFTERMATH OF THE HILLMAN FIRING

Posted 5-14-10

“I was sitting in studio begging to go on the air. But we’ve got to carry that Royals’ postgame show.”
Nick Wright, explaining to his listeners Thursday afternoon as to why 610 Sports did not bump the Royals Radio network postgame show in favor of broadcasting live Dayton Moore’s press conference where he announced the firing of Trey Hillman, 610 AM
GH: Entercom officials have been quick to point out they are contractually obligated to carry the Royals Radio postgame show. Sorry, but that just isn’t a good enough reason to allow WHB to trounce you during afternoon drive on the biggest Royals’ story of the season. Nick Wright knew it was a bad decision. I knew it was a bad decision. The listeners knew it was a bad decision. Obviously, the person at Entercom who did make this decision blew it. Whatever penalty 610 would have suffered for not broadcasting Bob Davis reading NL scores will pale in comparison to the lasting affects to their sports radio credibility as the source for breaking sports news in Kansas City.

“Exclusive interview with Dayton Moore at 7:30... Trey Hillman joins me at 8:15 tomorrow morning.”
Bob Fescoe, Twitter
GH: Anybody else think the Royals threw 610 Sports a bone with these next-morning interviews in order to smooth over the fact they never gave their radio rights holder a heads up that Hillman had been fired the night before?

“I like that (Dayton Moore) cried. I think it shows that he knows how to treat people. I don’t dismiss him as a general manager because he cried.”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: I would want Dayton Moore to be my boss but I absolutely would not want him working for me as a department head. The boss simply cannot become so emotionally involved with his/her employees that they lose their ability to evaluate an employee’s performance and do what needs to be done. When an employer/employee relationship reaches the point of termination – it is not a sad day for the employer. It is a decision that has been made to strengthen the company by eliminating a non-performing employee. Tears from the fired employee make sense and are routine. Tears from the guy or gal doing the firing are a sign you have the wrong person in charge.

“It’s not Trey Hillman’s fault that the Kansas City Royals are on the brink of 16 straight losing seasons.”
Dayton Moore, Metro Sports
GH: If it is not Hillman’s fault, then why is he getting canned? This is just a ridiculous statement that the media will almost never challenge. It points to the ridiculousness of professional sports and the fantasy world in which they exist.

“Truthfully, it’s an eight to ten-year process.”
Dayton Moore, 610 AM
GH: Moore made this comment in an interview with Bob Fescoe on Friday morning but I heard him mention this same time span while talking to Nick Wright earlier this season. Hillman had a bit more rosy outlook. Read on.

“It’s a five-to-seven year plan.”
Trey Hillman, 610 AM
GH: Translation: Ned Yost probably ain’t the answer, folks.

“Somebody at the radio station told Fescoe today, ‘I’ll be dead in eight to ten years.’”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: No truth to the rumor that ‘someone’ was Pork Chop.

“It just comes with the job; if you don’t win, you don’t have a job. I’ve known that for a long, long time.”
Trey Hillman, 610 AM
GH: Hillman took his firing like a professional. I would love to have Hillman as a next-door neighbor. He appears to be quiet, neat and probably has a lot of neat stuff to borrow. I just don’t want him having anything to do with my starting pitchers, my lineup or anything else related to baseball.

“I told the players this in two very calm meetings, there’s nobody in the clubhouse that can carry the club. It’s just not constructed that way. It’s got to be a legitimate team effort.”
Trey Hillman, 610 AM
GH: This is not breaking news but it is interesting the Hillman felt the need to tell his players (twice) that as individual players, they just aren’t very good.

“I’ve managed pretty much every ethnicity that plays baseball accept the Chinese.”
Trey Hillman, 610 AM
GH: I have no idea what this has to do with anything but this quote made me laugh.

“Yeah it’s on your mind because you don’t know if you’re ever going to be in a dugout again, let alone a major-league dugout.”
Trey Hillman, when asked if he thought about this being his final game as the Thursday afternoon game wound down at The K, 810 AM
GH: I think Hillman was a bit too much in awe of his job. I don’t think he ever really believed he belonged in a major-league dugout. It is fine to respect The Game but wrong to hold it in such reverence you’re job performance is crippled by your veneration.

“In my experience, working with the Glass family, they treated me outstanding. They treated me with class. They have a specific way they want to do things as far as shelling out the dollars.”
Trey Hillman, 810 AM

“To me, is two years and seven months a fair shot? Yeah. Yeah, I think it’s fair. I can’t say I wasn’t given a fair shot. The record is some 50 games under .500 and that’s not a good record.”
Trey Hillman, 810 AM

“I hope this re-energizes the fan base and they rip off about 10 (wins) in a row and people start flocking to the ball park.”
Trey Hillman, 610 AM
GH: Hillman went out classy. It sure beats the hell out of sneaking out of a road-trip hotel in the middle of the night on your team like one Tony “I’m the new DJ in town” Pena.

“On my back three acres (in Texas) I’ve got a nice turf infield. I thought if this day ever happened I might not want to even pick up a baseball again -- but I’m itching to throw BP to my son today.”
Trey Hillman, 610 AM
GH: Enjoy your life, Trey. Baseball has allowed you to live a good one.

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810 KICKS 610'S ASS ON COVERING HILLMAN FIRING

Posted 5-13-10

“Just the overall play of our team. We just needed to move forward and that’s what we decided to do… Just the last 24 hours or so.”
Dayton Moore, when asked to give the reason for Hillman’s firing, 810 AM
GH: Almost immediately following the Royals first win in eight games Thursday afternoon, Dayton Moore announced to the media gathered at Kauffman Stadium for the post-game press conference that he had made the decision to fire Trey Hillman. He named Ned Yost as the Royals’ interim manager.

“I love Trey Hillman. … I apologize but obviously it’s a very difficult decision.”
Dayton Moore, as he tearfully broke down and was forced to pause for several moments as he addressed the media to announce Hillman’s firing, 810 AM
GH: This was unusual. Moore struggled mightily to hold back his tears and was not successful. I can understand that firing a friend can be difficult but this was simply unprofessional and showed a side of Moore that makes me think he too is in over his head. The Royals need a GM with a Wal-Mart ruthlessness to run our franchise. Not a guy who slobbers over the firing of a guy he liked but proved to be woefully inadequate.

“You guys want to talk about the game or do you want to talk about more pressing matters?
Trey Hillman, initially addressing the media at his final Royals’ postgame press conference, 810 AM
GH: Unbelievably, Hillman answered questions about the game prior to addressing the fact he had been canned! If this has ever happened in any sport I would like to know where and when. It was an unreal surreal moment – a lame duck coach answering questions about a meaningless game of a team that no longer is his employer.

“He said I’m not going out losing seven in a row.”
Dayton Moore, divulging that Hillman knew he had been canned prior to the game, 810 AM
GH: I wonder what Hillman was thinking when the Royals were down 0-3 in the third? Speaking of what was someone thinking – 610 Sports was smoked by 810 in covering the Hillman firing. While 810 AM was airing Moore’s press conference live at 4:00 pm, 610 was carrying the Royals radio network’s standard postgame coverage and a bevy of commercials. This was a sports radio beat down of Kietzman/Fortune  proportions. An ass whipping that stumbling 610 Sports simply cannot afford to absorb. I mean 610 is the flagship radio rights holder for the Royals! 810 basically scooped 610 on their own team! Nick Wright was not able to wrestle control of 610’s programming away from Bob Davis reading the postgame stats sheet until 4:15 PM, well after the news bomb had been dropped and 810 had danced all over 610’s limping, bleeding carcass.

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KIETZMAN'S SOMETIMES TWISTED VIEW OF REALITY

Posted 5-13-10

“I think we need to come to terms with that when we meet in Kansas City. I think we need to have a very frank conversation about where we’re going and who’s going to be on the plane when we take off. I will be very direct.”
Dan Beebe, Big 12 commissioner, when asked by Kevin Kietzman if he plans to directly ask Missouri and Nebraska what their plans are for staying or going, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman promoted his interview with Beebe throughout Wednesday’s show and delivered it in primetime drive-time at 5:00 PM. This was a Beebe we have not heard before. This Beebe sounded like he was aware his conference is under siege. But Kietzman’s interpretation of what Beebe said after he was off the air was far more entertaining and dramatic. It just wasn’t accurate. Read on.

“At the end of the day I think they are going to find that (the Big 12) is the best place for them. It’s not perfect perhaps, but for the whole moving ahead.”
Dan Beebe, on keeping the Big 12 intact, 810 AM
GH: Beebe’s strongest comment was his initial statement about needing to know who is going to be on the plane when we take off. The bulk of the rest of the interview was about keeping the conference together and how aligning with the Pac 10 could be a solution. But Kietzman, as only Kietzman can, put his own spin on Beebe’s words after Beebe was gone. Read on.

“What I heard him say is; ‘If you’re leaving, we don’t need you! Just get out of here!’ He said we are tired of this nonsense and we are tired of hearing this stuff!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This is why few in the media who know Kietzman’s work believe he has solid “multiple” sources telling him the Big 10 has made initial offers to MU and NU. KK hears what he wants to hear – even if it was never said. Read on.

“It would be a shame, given that all boats have risen with this tide in the Big 12 – that anybody would think they are going to have a better future somewhere else.”
Dan Beebe, on the conference losing any schools, 810 AM

“(Missouri) has been offered and they can leave. … I think that was the point of (Beebe’s) comments – to poke a stick at Nebraska and Missouri! I think he was on the radio in Kansas City drawing a line in the sand between K-State & Kansas fans and Missouri & Nebraska fans!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Either my radio is broken or KK has far better hearing than I. I think the last thing Beebe wants is for MU and NU to bolt – and he sure as hell was not on WHB to ignite a riot between the Kansas schools, the Tigers and Huskers. Few things are more entertaining than listening to Kevin’s interpretation of an interview after you just heard the interview. It gives you a window into his odd, twisted view of what he considers reality.

“I think there’s a big issue besides athletics. That is that all the institutions in the Big 10 are AAU institutions and so are Nebraska and Missouri.”
Dan Beebe, 810 AM
GH: Beebe tried to steer KK from his myopic viewpoint and made some sense discussing what all the sports talk is overlooking – this move is viewed by MU and NU as a free and immediate academic upgrade for their 150-year-old institutions. BTW, Colorado, Texas and Kansas are the other AAU institutions who are also members of the Big 12.

“I have raised that issue (of equal revenue sharing) since I’ve been here and the board has continued to decide to stay where it is. They’ve said, ‘Look, this was the deal when we came in (the conference) and if you try and change it you’re reneging on the deal and we’re not going to stand for that.’ So in-between is caught the commissioner. They say a deals a deal. The Pac 10 doesn’t have (equal revenue sharing) and we don’t have it.”
Dan Beebe, 810 AM
GH: Beebe killed off all hope that the Big 12 would rethink their tilted revenue-sharing plan. This is not a good thing if you are not Texas, Nebraska or Oklahoma.

“I think we’ve got a bright future ahead of us. I just hope that everybody will accept that’s where we need to go.”
Dan Beebe, 810 AM

“I honestly believe what happened the last couple of days was that Beebe called (Jim) Delany and asked him what about this report (that the Big 10 had made offers to MU and NU) and Delany said, ‘Yeah, it’s true.’ ”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: The more Kietzman talked after the interview, the more his imagination grew – and the better his story got. My only question is how he was able to get that close to the mic as his nose grew with each new fabrication.

“I tell you, I see Kansas State and Kansas fans arm-in-arm right now – which is something you never see. I see people galvanize! People need each other now more than they ever thought they needed each other.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman’s first caller after his interview with Beebe told KK he wanted to “challenge” him about his comment that Kansas and K-State fans were now arm-in-arm to fight for the Big 12. Kietzman promptly told the caller that was not the topic and hung up on him. KK was not about to allow anyone to ruin his afternoon with a reality check.

“I think that would be a difficult challenge after their long, long history. That isn’t something that’s been on the table. … Thinking of it is a whole lot different than there being a great reality to it. My wife thought she was going to get George Clooney but she ended up with me.”
Dan Beebe, when asked by Kietzman if he thought the Big 12 could replace the Big 10 as the Pac 10’s Rose Bowl opponent, 810 AM
GH: Alas, another Kietzman innovation shot down by reality. Maybe there is still hope for his idea to start the bullpen pitchers and finish the game with the starter.

“If the Big 12 were able to add Arkansas, Memphis and Louisville, that would be a stronger conference than the Big 12 has ever been!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Waiter, I’ll have what he’s having.

“I gotta say this, Leebs [Todd Leabo], I think we’re having one of our better weeks here in a long, long time. We are able to bring stories and bring things to life. And this particular hour with the interview with Dan Beebe was one of the finer moments. This has been a watershed week in this story!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: No, this is not a quote from Nick Wright. I was tremendously entertained as well, Kietz. Just not quite in the way you intended.

“It looks like Kietzman was dead on in this story.”
Jack Harry, during his Wednesday night sportscast, TV 41
GH: With affirmation like this from Mad Jack, what more needs to be said?

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