“I’m enjoying [my new role playing center for the Chiefs]. But I’d like to get in the freaking end zone! I’d like to get a damn W!” Ryan Lilja, Chiefs’ Kingdom, 810 AM GH: The next time Eric Winston calls for a gathering of the media to hear his words, let’s tell him to take a seat. We would much prefer to hear from the kid from Shawnee Mission Northwest – that cross country high school.
“I will never pick the Kansas City Chiefs to win a game ever again if they have Romeo Crennel as their head coach. … They are not only losing, that 10-point loss to Oakland was their second closest loss of the year!”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: The Chiefs get their game out of the way quickly this week with a Thursday Night kickoff in San Diego. The woeful 3-4 Chargers are only a game behind the division-leading 4-3 Broncos. The 1-6 Chiefs have yet to lead in regulation this season. Happy Halloween.
“I probably would not have hired Romeo Crennel to begin with. … I just want him gone. I don’t want him influencing anybody else.”
Frank Boal, 810 AM
“When we come back – the Honey Badger is my guest! Kansas City’s own Ryan Lilja!”
Mitch Holthus, introducing the Chiefs’ center on the Chiefs’ Kingdom Show, 810 AM
GH: As I listened to Mitch’s introduction, I wondered who the Honey Badger was? Collin Klein? Tyrann Mathieu? Ryan Lilja’s name did not appear in my mental Rolodex. Does Mitch just make these nicknames up on the fly?
“We’ve got a great group of guys. If it doesn’t hurt, then you don’t care enough – and there’s a bunch of hurt going on.”
Ryan Lilja, Chiefs’ Kingdom, 810 AM
GH: For the first time this season I am beginning to question the quality of the Chiefs’ “group of guys.” Maybe these players just aren’t very good.
“We’re so loyal! The fans in this town are the best!”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: This kind of cheerleading from the media turns my stomach. Kansas City is a great sports town. It is unique in that we have a passion for both our local college teams and our “professional” teams. But there are a lot of great sports towns in the USA. Did anybody catch the SF Giants fans during the playoffs? Who thinks of sports fans when you think of San Francisco? But those folks were having a great time rooting on their overachievers. People love their cities and their teams – in a lot of places outside KC.
“There’s all the elements there for a let-down for Florida.”
Soren Petro, on the Gators taking on Mizzou while coming off their first loss to Georgia, 810 AM
GH: A Mizzou win at Florida would cure a lot of Southern-fried belly aches of the Tiger faithful. But is it realistic to even consider?
“I think the score is going to resemble the Florida/South Carolina game. If [Mizzou] can’t turn Florida over, they’re getting hammered.”
Kurtis Seaboldt, 810 AM
GH: Florida beat the Gamecocks 44-11. The Gamecocks beat Mizzou 31-10 [but it looked like 51-3]. This does not bode well for Mizzou. James Franklin has not had a great game this season. Saturday would be a good time.
“I think there’s a better chance of [LSU beating Alabama this Saturday] than people think.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: People talk like Alabama should be playing on Sundays. In 1984 they said the same things about Nebraska before Bernie Kosar and Miami got the Huskers in the Orange Bowl. Oklahoma’s team-of-the-century was spanked hard by Darren Sproles and K-State in 2003. Alabama looks good but if the SEC is as tough as advertised, they should have to sweat at least a couple of times before Thanksgiving. So far though, it’s been a waltz for the Tide.
“The one thing that Kansas State fans need to learn is that college football is not always fair. You and I respect the hell out of Kansas State – BUT at the end of the day I don’t know at the end of the season you have Notre Dame and you have Kansas State [both undefeated], I just don’t see how the voters leave Notre Dame out of it. They’re going to get all the press. They’re Notre Dame.”
Chris Childers, evening sports talk host with Chris Leak, Sirius XM 91
“The bottom line is this; Notre Dame is Notre Dame and Kansas State is Kansas State.”
Chris Childers, Sirius XM 91
GH: This is why college football remains the largest joke ever perpetrated on an American fan base. All-Star Wrestling at least winks at its fans and knows we are all in on the gag. College football pretends to be a legitimate sport. It is not. I love the game but abhor the way we crown champion like it was a beauty pageant.
“I really think that the most important team in the BCS right now is USC – because both Notre Dame and Oregon have to play them.”
Chris Leak, Sirius XM 91
GH: USC? The only things relevant about the Trojans this year are those healthy sweater-wearing cheerleaders who make every USC game TV worthy.
“If all [four] of these teams finish undefeated, you can’t just base it on the ‘eye test.’ That’s not fair.”
Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio
GH: If I hear another broadcaster/writer mention “the eye test” when referring to picking the BCS title contenders, I am sending them with Frank Boal to scale Mounty Baldy while wearing Coke-bottle lenses.
“I’ll tell you the thing I’m getting aggravated with – everybody’s trying to poo-poo Notre Dame’s schedule! Alabama’s strength of schedule is 26th. Kansas State’s is 30th. Oregon’s is 62nd. Notre Dame’s is 10th! Everybody wants to say, ‘Notre Dame’s schedule’s not as hard as we thought.’ Okay, you’re right. It’s not the toughest – it’s tenth!”
Mike Golic, ESPN Radio
GH: It is not about strength of schedule. It is about someone in the national media [Mike & Mike for starters], taking a stand and demanding a four-team playoff NOW! Even if one of these teams loses, I would love to see the jockeying involved with who gets into that final four.
“I am firmly of the belief that someway, come heck or high water, they will find some way to put Notre Dame in the national championship game.”
Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio
GH: Notre Dame deserves it. Kansas State deserves it. Oregon deserves it. It is an Alabama birthright. They are all deserving. None deserve to be shut out.
“In about 20 minutes, we’ll have the bride who got married in the Target parking lot.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: I sometimes wish I listened to the Danny Parkins Show more often. But then I hear teasers like this and know I probably listen to it far too often. Click.
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