OTC: The Sporting News Rates Royals’ Lefebvre & Hudler As Second From The Bottom In MLB

“This is some rah-rah nonsense from (Rex) Hudler…”
Jesse Spector, writer, as he evaluates the work of the Royals TV color analyst Thursday night, sportingnews.com
GH: Sporting News is critiquing the TV broadcast crews of all the MLB teams and Spector was tabbed to evaluate the Royals booth’s work Thursday night in their 11-5 10-inning loss to the Twins. It is not at all fair to randomly choose one game of the team’s 162 to evaluate any part of the organization’s work. This includes the guys broadcasting the game on Fox Sports KC. But one game is all Spector had to give and he dissected Ryan Lefebvre’s and Rex Hudler’s game in such detail he pretty much left the two mic men with their throats slashed and left to bleed out – which might improve their next broadcast. Read on.

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OTC: KSU & MU Open CFB Seasons Expecting Greatness / KU Has Another Week To Hope

“I think it’s going to be a really great season for K-State. … I went up to (Bill Snyder) after my last game coaching at KU and said, ‘Coach, I’ve always respected you but now I’ve seen a whole different side of you. He does an unbelievable job. You are one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around and I’ve been around a lot of great coaches. I just want to shake your hand because what you do in Manhattan, Kansas is special.’ That is a very difficult place to bring a lot of kids in. It’s a beautiful campus and a beautiful place but it’s Manhattan, Kansas! It’s another 150 miles away from most places.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM GH:
K-State fans do not like hearing that Snyder’s miracle program is all the more miraculous due to the fact he performed his magic in the middle of nowhere. But damn if it ain’t true. What Nebraska did in college football for 40 years in a state that had less than Kansas to promote was ridiculous. But that was a different time when few schools dedicated the resources that now almost every school does to CFB. Where and when Snyder turned K-State from worst to first remains one of the sport’s greatest accomplishments.

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OTC: What KC Radio Station Is Your Go To Football Station? / Keith Olbermann Defends His Friend Ned Yost But Fails

“Unless you fancy yourself a scout there are ZERO reasons to watch the #chiefs game tonight.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
GH: Not quite what you would expect to hear from the sports talk radio station that promotes itself as the leader in Chiefs coverage. But it is what you might expect from the station that is the Royals Radio rights holder whose competition up the dial is contractually bound to the Chiefs. Business too often gets in the way of just producing good sports talk radio.

“No one does football like Sports Radio 810 WHB!”
Radio Promo, 810 AM
GH: 810 rolled out these promos a couple of weeks after 610 went after them with a similar promo. What station covers the Chiefs best? Overall I would still favor 810. I would give the nod to 810’s Soren Petro over 610’s Jay Binkley as to who is the most knowledgeable Chiefs voice on local sports talk. But that is a close call. TJ Carpenter is 810’s Chiefs insider but the former Razorback just doesn’t seem big enough to fill those shoes yet. As far as college coverage, 610’s Carrington Harrison is well versed on the three local teams and the Big 12 and SEC – but Steven St. John is probably his equal. But if I had to pick one radio voice to answer a football question it would be Stan Weber.

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OTC: Mellinger Calls Out Ned Yost For Calling Out Royals Fans / And Fescoe & Klingler Are Appalled By Sam & The Star

“On a glorious night for the Royals, Ned Yost manages to dump on the fans”
Headline for Sam Mellinger’s column in Wednesday’s Kansas City Star
GH: Mellinger’s column touched off a firestorm of local sports talk along with the national media picking up on his column’s theme. Want some irony? Here was the headline for Sam’s column the day before… “This team still deserves to get its share of some national attention.” Okay then…

“It’s the most dramatic win of a spectacular-so-far season, the kind of moment we’ll remember in five weeks if this thing heads into the playoffs — and then, dang-it if manager Ned Yost didn’t take away from the whole thing with a clumsy, misguided, insulting and out-of-touch whine about only 13,847 people showing up on a school and work night with temperatures into the 90s. First came the sarcasm. ‘I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?’ he said in his post-game news conference.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Did Yost mean his words to be taken as sarcasm? We might never know. I do know that Jeffrey Flanagan used the same term in his game story on FoxSports.com to describe Ned’s comments about the fans. Read on.

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OTC: Royals’ Ned Yost Dealing W/ Pressure Of A Pennant Race & National Scrutiny One Day At A Time

“We don’t think like you guys. We think about today. That’s all we think about. We don’t think about keeping it up. We don’t think about anything but today. When you have that mindset, it takes so much pressure away from having to think about what the other team’s doing, how many games are left, how we’re going to keep this up, all these thoughts leave your mind when you stay focused on what we have to do today. When that occupies all of your thoughts, it makes it a lot easier.”
Ned Yost, when asked about the Royals being able to keep up their torrid 19-4 pace of the last month, 810 AM
GH: Whether Ned likes it or not – and he obviously does not – he is going to be asked about the pressures of a pennant race from now until his club clinches or is mathematically eliminated. This is what big-time MLB late-summer baseball is all about. Ned faced this scenario in Milwaukee and melted in the heat of that pennant race. It only makes sense that he be asked what he has learned and how he will escape what caused him to be a September casualty as the skipper of the Brewers.

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OTC: Chiefs Offensive Line Looks Very Offensive / KK Says MU Wouldn’t Be ESPN Target If They’d Stayed In B12

“When (Andy Reid) says he’s got to better job, that means his offense was terrible.”
Danny Clinkscale, after the Chiefs were embarrassed by Matt Cassel and the Vikings Saturday night at Arrowhead, 810 AM
GH: WHB’s Steven St. John cautioned Chiefs fans (like me) who are already pessimistic about this season’s squad to NOT overreact to what we are seeing in the preseason. After watching this debacle, we can only hope this is not what the 2014 season has in store for us.

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OTC: Mizzou Vows To Do Better After ESPN Again Shames Tigers W/ Derrick Washington News / Will Safety Concerns Kill Youth FB?

“According to ESPN, Missouri assistant football coaches and the victim’s adviser were aware of the sexual assault allegation (made by a female MU student athlete about MU’s Derrick Washington in 2008) but didn’t report it to the university so the school could start an investigation as required by Title IX. Also, the assault victim told ESPN that she felt her coach said she should decline to press charges against Washington in order to keep her scholarship, a claim MU chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said was unsubstantiated.”
Todd Palmer, MU beat writer, Kansas City Star
GH: R. Bowen Loftin is new on the Mizzou campus and has no ties to the list of sexual assaults and other crimes against students by MU athletes since Derrick Washington made headlines. Somehow, Loftin’s predecessor, Brady Deaton, is still held in high regard for his role in how his administration team and athletic department mismanaged these crimes, criminals and victims. We often talk about student athletes not displaying the proper amount of accountability, but what about the millionaires on campus wearing the suits? Shouldn’t these folks display some embarrassment for their lack of ethics, judgment and shame?

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