“Quinn has not been cleared to play. Cassel will start at QB vs. Steelers.”
Adam Teicher, @adamteicher, Chiefs beat writer for the Kansas City Star, Twitter
GH: Are we supposed to be upset about this news? Does anyone outside the Quinn family care?
“Romeo Crennel says both Glenn Dorsey and Brady Quinn will not play against the Steelers this Monday…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, Twitter
GH: Don’t forget Stanford Routt. Stanford will be spending the weekend much like Romeo did, sitting and thinking – about the $5 million the Chiefs paid him for eight games.
“I’ve never seen anything like the facilities at Texas A&M. I was just blown away. I couldn’t have been more impressed.”
Paul Finebaum, on his visit to College Station, Sirius XM 91
GH: The Aggies have played some of the best football of any team in the country the past two seasons – and some of the worst. It has never been a question of talent for A&M but more an inability to play well in the second half of many of their losses. Are they good enough to go to Alabama this Saturday and win? I think so.
“A&M has nothing to lose. They shouldn’t be here. They’re one of the great success stories of the season. This is going to be a tremendously competitive game. I think this is going to be hard for Alabama to do in back-to-back weeks.”
Dennis Dodd, of CBSsports.com, referring to Alabama’s last-second win last Saturday at LSU, 810 AM
GH: I know the popular perception of A&M is that they don’t belong in the top 20 but this is a talented bunch of football players. The Aggies lost the respect of KC area fans due to Mizzou’s recent two wins in College Station. Instead of belittling A&M for those losses, I prefer to think of those wins as marquee moments for Pinkel’s program.
“Against UF, Mizzou generated a lot of yards, a lot of guys open, you could see the confidence coming back.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, Twitter
GH: Mizzou’s defense is starting to look to be SEC worthy. Unfortunately, their offense is as well. What a quick evolutionary change for Pinkel’s team. MU has always struggled defensively under Pinkel but his spread offenses changed how the Big 12 recruited talent. In the span of a couple of months, MU has gone from looking like Oregon to playing old man football. Who woulda thought?
“Danny Sheridan says Bama would be -3 vs. Oregon in BCS. Also -10 vs. K-St. and -14 against ND.”
Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, Twitter
“I think it’s an equal maximum upset alert for both [Alabama and Kansas State]. I think K-State going down there [to TCU] is going to be hard. I think TCU’s gotten better and it’s going to be a tremendous struggle for both [K-State and Alabama].”
Dennis Dodd, of CBSsports.com, 810 AM
GH: Is Kansas State in trouble heading down to play Gary Patterson at TCU? Read on.
“I think when you look at the teams that are winning, you see the best defenses in the league. So, yeah, this is a league where you have to score points to keep up, but it’s also a league where your defense can make a big, big difference.”
Gary Patterson, DallasNews.com
GH: Five Big 12 teams are averaging 40 points or more a game. K-State’s offense looks almost unstoppable with Collin Klein at the helm. Much has been said about Patterson’s knowledge of Bill Snyder’s system. What coach doesn’t know Snyder’s system? The guy’s been coaching for 50 years. Knowing and stopping are two different things. I like K-State big again this Saturday in Fort Worth.
“Coach P, I’m not sure he ever wants us to give up a point or a yard. You can say that [bend but don’t break], but that’s not how we live out there. We want to stop every play for no gain.”
Kenny Cain, TCU linebacker, DallasNews.com
GH: Welcome to the Big 12, Kenny. May you have as many lives as your South park namesake.
“The horns down is disrespectful. We ought to talk about that as a league.”
Mack Brown, on opposing players and fans turning the signature Longhorns’ gesture upside down, Kansas City Star
GH: I am starting to worry about Mack – and not for the obvious reasons. If he thinks the horns down sign is disrespectful, what does he think of what goes on inside the student section of a college basketball arena? Mack needs to take a trip up to the Octagon of Doom or sit with The Antlers for a game. He’ll think that little hand gesture looks like somebody’s blowing BEVO a kiss.
“I believe that we will win.”
Signature chant of Sporting Kansas City
GH: Sporting KC takes on Houston tonight at Livestrong Sporting Park in what is the second half of their playoff game. The first half took place in Houston – and Sporting is smarting from a two-goal deficit going into tonight’s match. At the risk of upsetting my soccer readers [again], I have a few questions…like what the hell kind of playoff game lasts a week and covers two scoreboards and a couple of states? Why did Houston get the jump on the game if Sporting won the division? Why is this live-or-die match on a Wednesday night? All that said – Go Sporting! If they can pull this one out of the fire, maybe the MLS will give them a weekend date.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24