Headline, in Monday’s Kansas City Star Sports Daily
GH: Two brothers, Jim and John Harbaugh, grow up to become NFL head coaches and will face each other in Super Bowl 47. Consider the improbability of that statement. Math nerds, please run the probability odds on that happening.
“It’s very possible this will become known as HarBowl One. They will be the media focal point for most of the next two weeks – and it probably won’t be the last time.”
John Feinstein, CBS Sports Radio
GH: Two young NFL head coaches take their respective teams to the Super Bowl in their sixth and second years as head coaches. Both made their bones first as a college coach before moving to the NFL. I think the NFL is moving in the opposite direction of Andy Reid. Let’s hope I’m wrong – as I was on both of my picks Sunday.
“Check The KC Star football section from August. My Super Bowl picks; Balt. Vs SF.”
Randy Covitz, @randycovitz, Twitter
GH: Nice work, Randy – but my KC Star football section from August is long gone – as is that free KC Star website content.
“There’s something to be said about being gracious in defeat. … We’ve seen the New England Patriots five times in the last 12 years be victorious. … Bill Belichick makes it real easy to root against the Patriots. You can’t be a poor sport all the time. You’re not going to win all the time and he does this all the time – and it’s unacceptable.”
Shannon Sharpe, after Belichick refused to be interviewed on CBS after the Pats’ loss to Baltimore, CBS
GH: This is the kind of statement that you rarely get from a network television broadcaster who has been trained and educated in the art of journalism. Most do not have the stones to do what Shannon Sharpe did to Belichick on national TV. They are not as confident in their role as a former athlete is – especially when taking on an NFL icon. Sharpe can be a mumble-mouth disappointment at times but Sunday evening he kicked some major ass – even without socks.
“Thanks to Shannon Sharpe for saying what should have been said a long time ago. The inability to be gracious in defeat is a character flaw!”
Tim Brando, @TimBrando, Twitter
“Just don’t understand coaches who don’t respect the game. The game is much bigger than any one person. Belichick will never get that.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, Twitter
“CBS pays the NFL $620 million per year for rights. Expect the league to fine Belichick a hefty amount for refusing a post-game interview.”
John Ourand, @Ourand_SBJ, Twitter
GH: What’s a “hefty amount?” And will/does Belichick give a damn? Not a chance he even blinks at the fine or the criticism – and the media is one of the biggest reasons why. Too often we treat these humans like they were Joe Paterno.
“Media people who welcome a coach to town during a press conference or on twitter are S-O-F-T.”
Matt Lombardo, @MattLombaro, Philadelphia sports talk host at 97.5 FM The Fanatic, Twitter
GH: I am a huge believer in treating head coaches at all levels with respect but little else. Be pro or be a schmo.
“These are the most arrogant pricks in the world, starting with [Coach Bill] Belichick on down. Tell them to have fun at the Pro Bowl. Arrogant [expletive].”
Terrell Suggs, Ravens linebacker, Yahoosports.com
GH: That quote is going to have some legs. Can’t wait for Suggs to retire and get a studio job.
“Ray Lewis to USA Today: Said Lewis: ‘You want to talk to me about something that happened 13 years ago right now?’”
Ross Martin, @PCBearcat, Twitter
GH: Ray Lewis thinks his murder charge has a shelf life?
“Ray Lewis: ‘God doesn’t make mistakes.’ God spending time picking football winners seems like a pretty big mistake. … Ray Lewis: ‘I try to live a humble life.’ I enjoy his dance of humility.”
GH: Lewis is quickly becoming more hated around the sports world than even Lance Armstrong. His holy-moly act repulses me. The two-week promotion of SB47 will all but saturate us with the gospel according to Ray Ray. I have changed the batteries in my clicker in preparation.
“In his 5th season, Joe Flacco has become the NFL’s all-time leader in road playoff wins with 6.”
GH: A friend of mine saw Flacco in the NFL combine as he prepared for the draft in 2008. He told me, “Remember this name – Joe Flacco. I saw this guy throw and he has a GUN!” I need to give Andy Reid my buddy’s number. Speaking of the Chiefs’ new coach, word is he is primed to move into a $2.2 million four-bedroom, four-bathroom house in Kirkwood, just south of the Plaza.
“I think this town is Chiefs, Chiefs’ offseason and then the Royals.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: The Royals held their Fanfest this past weekend to some mixed reviews. Read on.
“Arrived at 10:50 [at Royals Fanfest], waited 45 min 2 get in – another 1 hr of waiting for nothing – now leaving! Horribly planned and executed!”
Todd Richards, @TRich6225, on his visit Saturday morning, Royals fan, Twitter
Agreed. Terrible logistical shortsightedness. No line or traffic flow assistance AT ALL!
Chintzy giveaways. The mini field is ok.”
Eric Clarkson, @Eric_Clarkson, Royals fan, Twitter
GH: The Royals just can’t seem to get this PR thing right. At almost every turn, they stub their spikes when it comes to their fan base. Ever been in line to get tickets the day of a game at The K? Winning eases the pain of these wrinkles – but that too has been MIA at The K.
“While I think #fanfest was disorganized and overcrowded I do appreciate that fans are given the opportunity to interact with players.”
Michael Smith, @prezmike25, Royals fan, Twitter
GH: Score one for the boys in blue.
“I certainly found him credible and believable.”
Jeremy Schaap, after interviewing the former Notre Dame linebacker late Friday evening, ESPN
GH: And we thought Schaap was good at his job?
“This is a really awful showing by Missouri. Don’t tell me it’s because Bowers wasn’t there. Down 31 with 2:31 to play.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, on MU’s blowout loss at Florida, Twitter
GH: Can it get worse for Mizzou in their first SEC season? Frank Haith thinks so…
“The NCAA is expected to release a notice of allegations as early as this week regarding the Miami investigation. A source close to the situation told CBSSports.com that former Hurricanes and current Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is expected to be charged with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.”
Jeff Goodman, CBSSports.com
GH: After those road trips to Ole Miss and Florida, Mizzou fan might turn Haith over to the NCAA with a smile.
Joe Lunardi, @ESPNLunardi, when asked what NCAA hoops team is the most underrated, Twitter
GH: More bad news for Frank.
“QB Dayne Crist named MVP of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl tonight as he threw for a TD, ran for another & completed 7-10 passes in a W.”
Matt Tait, @mctait, writer for KUSports.com, on the former Kansas QB’s postseason award, Twitter
GH: Good for Crist. At least he can end his disappointing college football career on a high note.
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