OTC: Chiefs Show The Nation What We Know / KK’s Mizzou Envy Continues

“You find out who has the true pride and passion in situations like this. It’s why our broadcast team will bring it like we are 6-1.”
Mitch Holthus, responding to a tweet from a fan prior to the game urging him to broadcast the Chiefs/Chargers game like the team was 6-1, Twitter
GH: This dreadful excuse for an NFL franchise has brought even the Chiefs biggest cheerleader to his knees. Read on.

“Awful.”
Len Dawson, as the Chiefs’ 31-13 loss at San Diego came to a close, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: Lenny let this perfect one-word description of what he has witnessed this season from his Chiefs fall from his lips not with despair but rather disgust. His play-by-play partner, Mitch Holthus, knew his frustration and echoed it. Read on.

“There’s no other word.”
Mitch Holthus, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: I have listened to the radio broadcast a bit more the past few weeks to get the home team’s perspective of a season where the good guys never lead a game. The tone from Lenny is no longer that of an angry ex-Chiefs’ player but rather that of a tired fan who just wants it to end. During the game broadcast, Mitch is far less giddy and over-the-top optimistic about the team as he is on his goofy Chiefs’ Kingdom Show – “We have the Lake Rats here tonight from Lake Lotawana!!!” When the Chiefs have lost Mitch, they have lost us all.

“To do what the Chiefs are doing requires a perfect conspiracy of unpreparedness, ineffectiveness and whatever is the complete opposite of surgical focus — stoner focus, maybe?” Sam Mellinger, read Sam’s complete column here, KCStar.com “This season is unimaginable. Kansas City with three more giveaways in this game. Back-to-back defensive touchdown.”
Mitch Holthus, as the Chargers increased their lead to 31-6 in the fourth quarter, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: The Chiefs would finish with four turnovers to give them an almost unfathomable 29 for the season. Matt Cassel owns 18 of those T.O.s all by himself – more than every other NFL team except Dallas. Sickening and disgusting.

“This was another game that was winnable.”
Mitch Holthus, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: Just when I think Mitch has re-entered our galaxy and is once again somewhere within a reality zip code, he drops a Uncle Mitchism like this. Winnable? The Chiefs are absolutely no threat to score a touchdown unless the game is hopelessly out of reach. In a division that has three of the worst offenses in the NFL, the Chiefs are rock-bottom bad. Winnable? How can you think ANY game is winnable when the team has yet to lead even one second in regulation this season?

“The NFL smells the Chargers’ kind of stink all the time, and it’s a significant stink. But by now we all know there is nothing quite as putrid as the Chiefs’ reliably rotten stink. We’re part of history here, you know. … The Chiefs are not just the worst team in the NFL. They’re building a case as one of the worst in modern NFL history.”
Sam Mellinger, read Sam’s complete column here, KCStar.com
GH: Mellinger’s postgame column was so good I don’t want to screw it up with my fluff. Read on for more cuts below.

“The Chiefs are an embarrassment to the entire population of KC.”
JT The Brick, @JTTheBrick, Twitter
GH: Even Raiders’ fans are embarrassed for us.

“This fireable offense of a Chiefs season made its prime-time debut on Thursday night, every misstep and fumble and failure of a 31-13 loss to the (not quite as) sorry Chargers broadcast in high-definition to what we can assume was a horrified national audience.”
Sam Mellinger, read Sam’s complete column here, KCStar.com

“@kcchiefs have apparently started blocking lots and lots of fans who follow them on twitter.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Twitter
GH: Obviously the Chiefs have confined this blocking to Twitter. Their best-paid blockers like Eric Winston are too busy drawing procedure penalties and verbally bashing Chiefs’ fans.

“This isn’t a football team — it’s a slump buster in pads. … Maybe the next coach can call a play with the lead. Maybe the next general manager will worry more about the quarterback than candy wrappers.”
Sam Mellinger, read Sam’s complete column here, KCStar.com

“Of all the [conference] movement, Missouri to the SEC I think was the worst decision across every category you can grade it. I think it was a knee-jerk reaction to thinking the Big 12 was going to implode. Not only is it not going to implode, it’s really strong.”
Ed Cunningham, college football broadcaster, ABC
GH: Kevin Kietzman opened his Thursday show discussing Cunningham’s comments about Mizzou’s decision to move to the SEC. Ed Cunningham? Was that Richie’s big brother? KK’s fixation (i.e. jealousy) concerning the conference realignment moves by Missouri, Texas A&M and Nebraska continues. I know it riles up some Tigers’ and Cornhuskers’ fans but I find his verbal attacks entertaining.

“I don’t mean to go off on a rant here, but of all of the money grabs… Missouri would have made just as much if they’d have stuck around in the Big 12.”
Ed Cunningham, college football broadcaster, ABC Sports
GH: The main reason the Big 12 is alive and healthy today is exactly because CU, NU, A&M and MU left! I am not sure of Cunningham’s education but he apparently slept through of number of his classes. Missouri left the most unstable conference for the richest and most stable conference in all of college athletics.

“Frankly, I would bet there are conversations at Missouri about how we undo this. Because Missouri should get back in the Big 12. They should just admit their mistake, come back with their pockets pulled out and say, ‘What do you need from us?’ Because it’s just a disastrous decision, I think.”
Ed Cunningham, college football broadcaster, ABC Sports
GH: While the Big 12 was hurriedly adding huge financial penalties to its bylaws for any members who might desire to leave, the SEC has no such shackles on their teams – because no one wants to go. Should Kansas look to secede from the Big 12 due to their poor football performances the past few years? What was K-State thinking staying in he Big 6/8 their first 70 or 80 years in the conference? Cunningham and KK want MU to quit after two months in the SEC? That Mizzou Tiger stock is a bit hardier than talk radio fodder.

“That was shocking to hear him say that! I didn’t see this coming from a national broadcaster. This leads me to believe he’s heard other people talking about this.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Cunningham’s comments regarding Mizzou’s move to the SEC, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman stated that Cunningham’s words might have Missouri fans pounding their vehicle’s steering wheel. Kietz wishes. Mizzou is more SEC today than they ever felt Big 12. Ever. The Big 12 is not the Big 8 we all knew. That changed everything. And for most, (sorry Colorado) for the good.

“It’s going to be at least five years in football before you have a foothold.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou may not win an SEC title in football – for 50 years. But when and if they do, they will remember the struggle to get to that pinnacle. Check with K-State fans on how much they are enjoying their run from the bowels of college football to the penthouse this season. Pretty sweet, ain’t it?

“The better word for Missouri was petty. It was really petty. They said, ‘We just need to get away from the Big 12.’ I don’t think this conference would take them back.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Petty is continuing to bring up conference realignment issues about schools that long ago packed their bags and never looked back.

“I think K-State people work hard. I think they work ridiculously hard. Many of them come from agriculture and farm backgrounds where nothing came easy. It’s instilled in them. Everything you get in this world you work for. You daddy’s not the CEO of some large corporation and has millions of dollars. That’s not the K-State profile.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: And KU people do not? Those CEOs work just as hard as a pig farmer. It might not fit with KK’s Rockwell painting but today’s farmer’s got nothing on today’s software engineer.

“Almost all K-Staters that have anything, earned it themselves. Know that first and foremost.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Was Jerry Green a K-Stater?

“What this fan base loves about this football team – they see themselves in it.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: What every fan base loves about their team’s success is the success. K-State’s team worked just as hard when Bill Snyder’s boys were struggling before Ron Prince was brought in to right the combine. Fans like their school’s team but they LOVE when they win. Nothing wrong with that, but let’s not turn Manhattan, KS into Oz.

“Collin Klein did not kiss a girl until the altar of his wedding. I say it’s absurd and unnatural. Got an opinion?”
Pat Forde, @YahooForde, Twitter
GH: This tweet from Forde showed up on my timeline Thursday night. Apparently, the Yahoo sports writer / taker was on the air at the time and was trying to drum up phone calls to his syndicated radio show. He included his station’s toll-free number with the tweet. Kansas City is all too familiar with sports talk hosts who will sell their character for a ratings bump. Read on.

“Ok, let me rephrase: Not an attack on Collin Klein’s beliefs. Not what I meant. Just find it almost unhuman. No slight to the young man.”
Pat Forde, @YahooForde, Twitter
GH: Unhuman? Even for Yahoo that’s a tad barbaric. Who was Forde trying to dupe here? Of course he was attacking Klein’s values and beliefs. When you call an act, “absurd and unnatural,” that is an attack. Forde must have heard from a number of folks who did not take kindly to his tweets. Read on.

“Calling Chump on myself for the C. Klein bit. Live radio and Twitter offer the chance to overstate. And I did. Apology to the young man.”
Pat Forde, @YahooForde, Twitter
GH: Forde then deleted his tweets about Klein’s kiss and tell. Klein is now married. I am guessing his late start in the kissing game hasn’t hampered his marital bliss.

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About Greg Hall

Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.

61 Responses to OTC: Chiefs Show The Nation What We Know / KK’s Mizzou Envy Continues

  1. Ron says:

    I’m pretty sure Petro pronounced before the season started that the Chiefs might go 11-3. Of course, he hedged this bold prediction by saying they might go 10-6. How could a stats-driven, professional gambler/sports radio host be so wrong?

    As I said before, I’d love to root for K-State to go all the way. Because of KK’s smug diatribes against MU, KU, NU, et al, I just can’t. I now hope K-State loses all of its remaining games. That is just about the only thing that will shut KK up at this point.

  2. john doe says:

    A lot of MU discussion considering they have never really mattered

  3. newbaum turk says:

    Kietzman’s show today after yet another Chiefs disaster: Monologue is a pretty good rant. Immediatey after that is more boring BCS talk about something that has a small chance of happening in the future. Then the Racing Boys. Then f-ing soccer (don’t tell me how good Sporting KC is and how they are our only winner, etc, it’s still soccer and I still don’t care). No callers. K-State talk. Finally some Chiefs with Kevin Harlan. The Chiefs are bad but it’s not like the Royals and they play every day. You HAVE to talk about them the day after the game. KK you might not care but you made me switch to 610. The Chiefs historically bad season is a huge topic in my opinion. Your listeners want Chiefs talk the day after the game. I get not wanting to talk about them next Wednesday but they are a MUST the day after a game. I don’t get it. I have a suspicion he cut out of the office about 3 o’clock today. At least it sounded mailed in to me.

    • Will says:

      Why the F would you want to talk about the pathetic chiefs any day of the week. I watched some of the game only to see Danario Alexander play. I have not watched the chiefs as a fan since Herm Edwards turned them into a joke.

  4. KCMonarch says:

    Back before KK asked me to stop listening to his program and patronizing his sponsors (which I obliged) I too had a hard time pulling for his school. Now I watch every one of their games and have to say there isn’t a team that is more fun to pull for. They do things the right way.
    I have many STate alums I call friends and not one thinks him any less of a douchebag than I do. Frankly he is an embarrassment to his alma mater.

  5. I think Ed Cunningham was one of the two actors who played Chuck Cunningham (the oldest brother) on the early laugh-track seasons of Happy Days. Seem to recall that he was also the son of the actor who played Stretch Cunningham on All in the Family. On a related note, Joanie Cunningham recently got tossed in the can for allegedly being a drunken hobo.

  6. Splitlog Quindaro says:

    KK… Nice eco-socio analysis….. yeah… those dudes with 15,000 acres of wheat are broke.

  7. Barles James says:

    The Big 10 was first from 98 through 03