“I think there is a chance that in the next 20 years, this year is [Missouri’s] best chance to compete [for an SEC title]. I’m saying their position this year is as good as it will ever be.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman despises the fact that Mizzou left for the SEC almost as much as he hates David Glass, New York and Nebraska Furniture Mart – or anything Nebraska. The SEC this season contains the two teams that finished first and second in the BCS last season, Alabama and LSU, – and both are expected to be just as good this season. Georgia, MU’s first SEC opponent, is ranked sixth in the country. South Carolina is ninth. Arkansas is tenth. If this season is as good as it gets for Mizzou over the next 20 years, somebody better order Tiger fans a jumbo glass of wine…or three.
“In the next 15 years, what if you had to bet a thousand dollars of your own money that Missouri wins an SEC championship or it doesn’t? It wouldn’t even take me a half of a second to say no! They never won one in the Big 12! And that was 15 years.”
Danny Clinkscale, in a discussion with Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: Clinkscale and Kietzman ganged up on the doddering Jack Harry as they do each Wednesday afternoon and bludgeoned him with anti-Mizzou rhetoric. Mad Jack absorbed the savage blows like he was Rocky Balboa in his first bout with Apollo Creed. Harry’s appearances on KK’s show have become a public session in meanness. Harry can no longer defend himself and it is evident to me that Kietzman revels in verbally abusing the old man he continually reminds us is his “good friend.”
“I don’t even know what that means! Tell me what teams are in the Big 12 North, Jack?”
Kevin Kietzman, after Harry assured KK that the teams in MU’s SEC East were better than the teams in the Big 12 North, 810 AM
GH: Harry has not been his former caustic self since the Kansas fans had him talking to his boss about quitting. Harry couldn’t handle the heavy heat this past spring that his online rips about Kansas basketball brought him and he has since been little more than a male version of Karen Kornacki. KK smells this change on Harry and now treats him like a 100-yard wide fairway – he pounds it. Mike DeArmond or Steven St. John [with his gloves off] would make a great replacement for this segment if KK wants a fair fight.
“The best thing I got out of this [vacation] is that I completely forgot about this business. For the first time, and I’m embarrassed to say this – I completely got away from this. I felt [in the past] I didn’t give my family enough. This time – no. I followed nothing.”
Jack Harry, on his 10-day vacation where he married off his third daughter, 810 AM
GH: I think Jack’s boss should have accepted his resignation. There is nothing wrong in unplugging while on a family vacation – but the good reporters, broadcasters and writers are unable to do it. Jack has lost his hunger. He sounds old, tired and ready to quit. He should go.
“[Mizzou’s] biggest problem is what in the world happens after Gary Pinkel’s gone? And who is going to want the job in that conference? That’s going to be tough.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: That would be a great question for Gary Pinkel or Mike Alden the next time they are interviewed by Kietzman. It also would be a bad query for Bill Snyder and Charlie Weis.
“I’ll tell you what happen to Nebraska in [their first football season] in the Big 10. There was no mystique. All the mystique they had built up over the years [in the Big8/12] was just gone!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK talks about NU’s inaugural season in the Big 10 as if they turned into Slippery Rock. NU won nine games and five of them in the Big 10 – Ohio State and Michigan State being among their better wins. Husker fans were disappointed – especially losing to Northwestern at home – but a nine win season in a new conference ain’t too shabby. If Mizzou can scratch out nine wins this year as a member of the SEC, no one is going to be talking about their lost Big 12 mystique.
“One thing you look at when A&M and Missouri decided to join the SEC is that contributions soared.”
Andy Staples, SI.com, 810 AM
GH: One thing that is difficult to dispute is the passion both MU and A&M have had about joining their new conference. I didn’t see the same balls-out everybody-on-the-bus lust for the Big 10 from Nebraska fans. I think NU is happy in their new home but A&M and Mizzou are dougie dancing all the way to Gainesville and back.
“Oh, I don’t know if I can identify any [schools] in particular, but you know, the loss of traditions – whether it’s Syracuse and Pittsburgh out of the ACC or the end of Nebraska and Oklahoma [playing] on an annual basis. And it isn’t just football and men’s basketball. There are lots of great traditions have developed in college athletics in the Olympic sports as well.”
Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Commissioner, when asked by Jay Binkley to name the schools he believes made a mistake in leaving their conference for another, 610 AM
GH: I have high hopes for Bowlsby as the new B12 commish, but he needs to quit channeling Chuck Neinas for his answers. OU and NU haven’t played annually since 1996, BB.
“I don’t know if I’m openly critical of it. I just kind of feel sad about it.”
Bob Bowlsby, when asked about conference realignment, 610 AM
GH: Somebody get Bobby and JoPo a room together.
“I just love Charlie Weis’ confidence! He sounds like he’s saying, ‘Bring it on!’”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK is hearing things from Weis I am not read on.
“I think psychologically these guys were just beaten down. They’d lost a bunch of games in a row and they didn’t think very much of themselves.”
Charlie Weis, on what he found at Kansas when he arrived, 610 AM
GH: Weis has one of the most difficult jobs in college coaching since Bill Snyder arrived in Manhattan. Can he turn around the $10-million mess Turner Gill left him? I will be rooting for the big guy to at least get the runaway train stopped this season.
“Those [K-State] teams always have character and character allows you to win those games in the end. That’s just the way Bill [Snyder] coaches. His teams play with character and they win games from behind. I don’t think things are going to change a whole lot. I don’t think they’re going to fall back in the pack. I think everybody’s going to contend with them in that conference.”
Gary Barnett, when asked if he expected KSU to slide back this season after so many close wins in 2011, 810 AM
GH: I doubted Snyder and his Cats almost every weekend last season. And every Saturday I sat in amazement as his gutty team proved me wrong. This season’s squad is better and more prepared. I am still somewhat skeptical. That Big 12 round-robin schedule is brutal. But the Cats are us northerners best hope over the southern juggernaut in Texas and Oklahoma.
“This is not going to be a 53-man [Chiefs’] roster chiseled in stone by Moses and brought down from Mount Sinai.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: Crazy Uncle Mitch is back – and he brought a parable!
“If I had to guess, going into [the final preseason game], they are going to keep four tight ends and no fullbacks.”
Mitch Holthus, on the pending roster cuts by the Chiefs, 810 AM
GH: This is the reason my wife makes me turn off sports talk radio in the car.
“Chiefs to win the AFC West.”
Peter King, SI.com
GH: SI’s Peter King is predicting the Chiefs go 10-6 and win the AFC West. He even has them winning their first-round playoff game over Buffalo. King also has Romeo Crennel as his choice for NFL Coach of the Year. But the good news ends there. The Monday Morning columnist has the Broncos in the Super Bowl and Peyton Manning as the league MVP. You have to admire King’s willingness to not only play outside the box but his ability to do it where there obviously is no oxygen.
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