“Student Section at Mizzou Arena”
Mike Kelly, @mikekelly1120, play-by-play voice of Mizzou basketball, as he tweeted out this photo of the Missouri student section Wednesday evening from Mizzou Arena, Twitter
GH: I do not know what the problem is with Mizzou basketball fans. The attendance at Mizzou arena last night was 5,563. Yes, it was Oral Roberts…but 5,563? Is it the fans or the team? It seems to me that Norm Stewart’s teams never had this problem – definitely not to this extent.
“Guys, I don’t know how else to say this: Students don’t care about this Mizzou basketball team. It’s become an irrelevant program. Put a good product on the field and the students will come. For better or worse, it’s always been that way with Mizzou basketball.” Brandon Kiley, @BKSportsTalk, Twitter
GH: An irrelevant program? Is the attendance drop off really success related? That seems so, well…not college. But Kiley isn’t the only Tiger to think the hoops program needs to win to expect fans to show up. Read on.
“You said in your latest column that you’re not sure why MU fans don’t come out in droves to support their teams. As an MU fan for nearly 40 years, let me offer an opinion. Missouri isn’t called the Show-Me State for nothing. I think (Mizzou) fans have a feeling that MU can win big games but not THE big game. … The basketball team has never been to a Final Four. Butler can go two straight years even George Mason can go once, but MU can’t? They want conference titles and national championships that they see other schools winning and are frustrated that MU isn’t good enough or lucky enough. With the price of going to games and the competition for the entertainment dollar, it’s easy for fans to consider other options. The one thing that will always puzzle me about the basketball program is why the recruiting dropped off after the Stipo/Sunvold era. When MU signed them and Ricky Frazier, I really thought they’d be good enough to reach a Final Four. At the very least, I thought it would continue a trend of better recruiting. I was wrong on both counts.”
Scott, MU fan, OTC Email
“There might only be 5,563, but Mizzou Arena came to life on Shamburger’s top-of-the-backboard scraping reverse layup for a 70-62 lead.”
Tod Palmer, @todpalmer, KC Star beat writer for Mizzou, as MU defeated Oral Roberts Wednesday night, Twitter
GH: The fans who are showing up at Mizzou Arena are obviously not the problem.
“I’ve been in basketball my whole life. For 16 years as a head coach. I’m not sure of someone shooting and scoring quite like that, especially in the second half, and that’s coming from a team that has not been known to be a great jump shooting team. Sometimes in the game of basketball it goes your way and tonight it certainly went Mizzou’s way and you have to tip your hat to them. If they can make shots like that, they have a chance to be a very good basketball team.”
Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts head coach, after Mizzou made 8 of 9 three-point shots in the second half and defeated Oral Roberts 78-64, Mizzou media notes
“Realistically, if (Missouri) is a postseason team and this is an NIT team, Kim Anderson has done a pretty good job. He has had to kind of reconstruct things and there are going to be some moments where they look pretty good and there are going to be a lot of moments where they don’t look good at all. I think this is like a 17-win team or in that neighborhood and make the NIT. Anything beyond that would be a success.”
Gabe DeArmond, PowerMizzou.com, prior to Mizzou’s opener against UMKC, 810 AM
“There are black clouds settling over Purple Nation. K-State fans aren’t used to losing to those kind of scores under Bill Snyder. If Texas can beat TCU on Thanksgiving night – and Texas is very athletic – and Kansas State can win out, they can still be the outright Big 12 champion. If they can settle down, they’ve still got some big opportunities to finish the year.”
Stan Weber, 810 AM
GH: K-State travels to West Virginia tonight and their goal is to save more Morgantown couches from being set ablaze by the Mountaineer fan base. “Save A Couch!” signs should be popular in the Wildcats fan section.
“Jake Waters is not as overall fluid and confident as he was before the Oklahoma game. He’s just not quite as fluid but he’s still awful good.”
Stan Weber, on the K-State quarterback’s play since his leg injury at Oklahoma, 810 AM GH: This is a season-changer game for K-State if they lose. Win and they can expect to play in a nice bowl game whether they beat Baylor or not. But a loss to West Virginia would land the Cats in a heap with a lot of other good but not quite top-20 teams.
“All the things that have been going on (in Oakland) over the last ten years have finally caught up with the team.”
Tom Flores, former Raiders head coach and current radio color analyst, in an interview with WHB’s The Border Patrol, when asked about the Raiders 0-10 start, 810 AM
GH: The Raiders are riding a 16-game losing streak dating back to 2013. Talk about some dedicated fans.
“(Chiefs) Fans seem to think that this is a trap game with the short week. I think the Chiefs are going to win this game handily.”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: The Raiders are playing better than they did earlier this season – but so are the Chiefs. This is simply a game the Chiefs should win but it’s on the road on a Thursday night. There are no givens in the NFL.
“Oakland plays hard, they just stink. I think the Chiefs can play flat and still win this game 13-6.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
“Jamaal Charles if the problem I see right now (for the Raiders). They’ve got to stop him. I turned on the game (against Seattle) this Sunday and every time I looked up he was running down the sidelines.”
Tom Flores, 810 AM
GH: The Chiefs have a great defense and a very effective quarterback. But Jamaal Charles is the reason this team has a chance to play in the Super Bowl this season.
“They don’t make a lot of mistakes. This is a smart football team. They run the ball. They can get to the quarterback. This team really doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses.”
Rodney Harrison, NFL studio host, after the 7-3 Chiefs beat Seattle, NBC
GH: 610’s The Drive replayed Harrison’s comments after the Chiefs season-opening loss to the Titans when he said the Chiefs “are done” and then played his above comments from Sunday night after the Chiefs improved their record to 7-3. Unfortunately, Dan Patrick let Harrison off easy last Sunday by simply reminding him he wasn’t very high on the Chiefs earlier this season.
“That Titans loss in week one? That is still in my opinion the best thing that could have happened to this (Chiefs) team. That game showed every weakness that this team had. Everything that happened in that game they fixed moving forward. The Chiefs learned a lot about themselves and more importantly they learned about their weaknesses.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM
GH: I am not a proponent of teams needing to lose to learn about their weaknesses but it is difficult to argue with Binkley’s point. The Chiefs have looked nothing like they did in that Titans loss since their home opener.
“Something kind of comes over you (when he scored the go-ahead touchdown on a headfirst dive through a safety in the fourth quarter against Buffalo). Chase (Daniel) and those guys were kind of giving me a hard time because you kind of spaz out a little bit (celebrating). I don’t even know what happened. It was just raw emotion. But I was pretty fired up. Yeah, I was pretty fired up.”
Alex Smith, in an interview with Kevin Kietzman, discussing his touchdown run against Seattle, 810 AM
“One of (the Chiefs players) said today if I had to do this on the record and tell you my thoughts about playing on Thursday night I would probably get fined. Talking to these guys on a human level and getting the truth out of them – this is a very tough spot to be in (playing in Oakland Thursday night).”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Thursday night football just hasn’t grabbed me. It is an afterthought for me to all of the typical duties most dads and moms have on a school night. Count me as one football fan who could live without college and NFL games on Thursday nights. BTW, why doesn’t the NFL schedule teams coming off a bye week for the Thursday night games?
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