“Just because we (in the media) may look different or act different doesn’t mean that we’re dumb! There’s a lot of smart people in that room. When I started asking Pioli a couple of questions about the salary cap, that thing was going nowhere!”
Kevin Kietzman, on his perception that Pioli treated him and the media with little respect Tuesday, 810 AM
GH: What happened was that Pioli refused to play the role of Danny Clinkscale to Kietzman’s questions. When KK made a leap in logic and restated Pioli’s comment as saying the Chiefs would not be increasing their payroll significantly, Pioli refused to bite. “Did I say that?” was Pioli’s exasperated and somewhat demeaning response to Kietzman. KK doesn’t like to be publicly embarrassed. He really doesn’t like to be embarrassed in front of his peers and competition. He used the start of his Tuesday show to lash out at the same Chiefs’ franchise he was so cozy with just the day before.
“I can’t tell you how much we’re going to spend. We’re going to spend money as we need to spend money to get good football players signed.”
Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: This was Pioli’s response to Kietzman’s request for him to admit the Chiefs had cap room and would be using that money to sign some sexy free agents. It was not what KK wanted to hear but it is exactly what GMs like Pioli always say in front of the media. For some reason KK thought his presence would elicit headline comments from the Chiefs’ GM. I guess that radio contract between the Chiefs and 810 only goes so far.
“To be honest, this is not very good on (Pioli’s) part in controlling the message. This is like a dog chasing his tail. … He just was dodging everything today!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Now Kietzman is comparing the Chiefs’ GM to a dog chasing his tail? To be honest, this is not good on KK in controlling his ego when it comes to getting embarrassed by Pioli. It appears that Kietzman’s reporting skills have dulled with too many hours in the studio. Instead of rolling with this slight jab by Pioli, KK came out of his corner
swinging wildly and looking awkward.
“With all due respect to (Clark Hunt), he is terrible, TERRIBLE, at controlling the message or even getting his message out.”
Kevin Kietzman, on how poorly he thought Hunt handled questions about the Chiefs’ business operations at Tuesday’s press conference, 810 AM
GH: Pioli’s slight to Kietzman upset KK to where he also lashed out at Mr. Hunt. Kietzman chose to attend the Chiefs presser after having Hunt on his radio station for a late-night interview. He probably thought he would be embraced by the Chiefs brass as one of them. Instead, he was treated like any other media schmuck. He probably should have just stayed at Colbert Hills and played another nine.
“I think the football part of the (Chiefs’) message today was fumbled! The Chiefs fumbled on a couple of accounts today.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: As was KK’s not-very-triumphant attempt to return to being a reporter.
“(Clark Hunt) has never said, ‘No,’ (to spending money). Spending money isn’t what makes a good football team. Spending money wisely on good football players makes a good football team.”
Scott Pioli, when asked about his freedom to spend on free agents, 810 AM
GH: Pioli sounded a bit peeved while answering this question from Kietzman. Soren Petro used this comment later in the day on his radio show to make fun of Pioli. Read on.
“Really? I think we all get that. That’s kind of ‘Free Agency For Dummies,’ with (Pioli’s) response there. … They are sensitive to this issue and I think it bears watching.”
Soren Petro, on Pioli’s comments that spending smart rather than just spending is the Chiefs’ goal, 810 AM
GH: Petro is not a huge fan of the Scott Todd regime. He is a loyal King Carl subject and he often sounds to me to be rooting for the failure of the “New Chiefs.” Petro has always been a Chiefs’ fan, ticket holder and die hard. But I just don’t hear the old passion for his
hometown team now that they are run by people who treat him no differently than
“(The Chiefs) are seen as one of the more frugal or cheap franchises in the league. I don’t know if that’s fair, but that’s what’s been going on.”
Nick Wright, posing a question to Clark Hunt, face-to-face, about the team cutting salaries and charging the firefighters, 610 AM
GH: Listening to the way Wright timidly posed this question to the owner of the Chiefs, I have expected him to end it with, “Mr. Hunt.” Nick has been verbally ripping Hunt and his Chiefs for being cheap for months! He even used an avatar of Clark as Scrooge McDuck on his Twitter account. Why hide behind what others have said when you are the loudest mouth on the subject? And what is with the comment, “I don’t know if that’s
fair?” This is the guy who claims KK had no balls when talking to Hunt? In all
honesty, I was surprised that Wright went all Jell-O with Hunt. Wright at times
lacks savvy but I never thought he lacked courage. After his constant verbal
jabs at the man, this retreat was embarrassing.
“(Clark Hunt’s) body language was tremendous. Dare I say, the guy may not like me?”
Nick Wright, on his exchange with Hunt at the presser, 610 AM
GH: Wright attempted to laugh off his exchange with Hunt. He acted as if getting a negative vibe from Hunt was a feather in his cap and add more street cred with his beloved Chiefs’ players’ posse. I took Hunt’s disdain as merely a guy who didn’t respect a question that was obviously lobbed with a thick sugarcoated outer shell from a guy who had been dealing in jalapenos.
“I think that’s a misconception. I can’t say that really bothers me. I know the truth. We’re not one of the more frugal teams in the league but sometimes it’s hard to change the perception.”
Clark Hunt, in answering Wright’s “cheap” question, 610 AM
GH: Hunt has stated before that the numbers being quoted on the Chiefs’ spending are inaccurate. Unlike Wright, I don’t really care what Hunt pays his players. I care if his team wins games. But then I’m not cruising Tyson Jackson’s crib wearing a skully.
“I called the Chiefs cheap at times. Okay, regularly.”
Nick Wright, later the same day on his radio show, 610 AM
GH: THIS is how Wright should have begun his question to Hunt. The Chiefs’ owner would have respected him more and so would Wright’s peers and audience.
“I think it’s very fair. I’m sure (Hunt) thinks it’s unfair.”
Nick Wright, on the fairness of the Chiefs’ being cast as cheapskates, 610 AM
GH: Wright saved these rips for after the presser, once Hunt was no longer standing in front of him. I wonder if Nick now has a different opinion of Kietzman calling Clark, “Mr. Hunt?”
“Puppy dog. You had a winky-face thing going on with Todd Haley.”
Mark Carmen, to Wright on his friendly relationship with Haley, 610 AM
GH: Wright did not want to hear Carman’s description of the puppy-dog face he uses around the Chiefs’ head coach. But when the description comes from behind your own lines, you might want to look in the mirror.
“We’ll bring you that (Chiefs’) press conference once we’re able to.”
Bob Fescoe, on 610 having to delay the airing of the Chiefs’ presser, 610 AM
GH: 810 was able to broadcast the Chiefs’ Tuesday morning press conference live to their listeners. 610 began broadcasting a tape of the same press conference about 15 minutes after the presser started. 810’s contractual relationship with the Chiefs as their radio
rights holder (along with 101 The Fox), gives them access to these events live.
610 requested permission from the Chiefs to broadcast the presser live but was
not granted said permission. So, in the words of one member of the 610 Sports
team, “We improvised.”
“You can tell that this city is standing up a little bit taller. I think there were a lot of people who really believed there was not going to be any NFL football this year. I’m excited
about watching the Chiefs and seeing what they have. We’re going to see what
kind of character this team has. Did they put the time in when nobody was
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: I think Grunny just spoke for about two million or so Chiefs fans. We are ready for some football!
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