“Coach, we – just like all of Kansas City – are ecstatic that you’re here.”
Jayice Pearson, in a phone interview with Andy Reid, 610 AM
GH: Pearson’s fan-boy greeting to the Chiefs’ new coach made me cringe. Reid expertly disarmed Pearson by greeting him with the comment that “All I needed is 25 more Jayice Pearsons.” And Jayice fell for the bait like a hungry grinning trout.
“I didn’t know how good the facilities were here until I visited. The Hunts have done a phenomenal job here.”
Andy Reid, 610 AM
GH: The Hunts had some major financial assistance from the good citizens of Jackson County. It would be good for Reid to have been made aware of that fact by those on The Big Show.
“I know [Jamaal Charles] can run the football. I’m going to give him the opportunity to run the football.”
Andy Reid, 610 AM
GH: Reid is known as a pass-first, past-second, pass-third and punt kind of offensive genius. Many are concerned he will overlook the NFL’s most productive runner. I think Reid’s pass-happy offense will open running lanes the likes that Charles has never seen…that is if he finds a quarterback who can pass the football.
“I have enjoyed every type of barbecue they have brought in here. I’ve dug in. I’ve got that mustache and unfortunately, that last with you and hangs with you for three or four days. And I love every minute of it!”
Andy Reid, when asked about his favorite BBQ since he’s been in Kansas City, 610 AM
GH: Reid said he is reluctant to name a favorite BBQ restaurant. He said he learned in Philadelphia that he didn’t want to offend any cheesesteak places so he just said, “I like them all.”
“That’s a low blow. You can’t say that Romeo wasn’t intelligent and articulate!”
Jayice Pearson, responding to a caller who said it was a pleasure to listen to Reid because he sounded intelligent and articulate, 610 AM
GH: Why can’t a sports talk show caller say he thinks the head football coach is dumb and inarticulate? Isn’t that the premise for the entire format? Pearson has been a staunch defender of Romeo – preferring to point to other failings in the Chiefs’ organization for the team’s 2-14 record. It often sounds to me that Jayice gets his panties in a bunch over Romeo because they are both black. Interesting, since Jayice had no problem making a small white penis joke just the day before. If you are willing to offend, be prepared to be offended.
“I don’t think it would have been an exciting hire for the Chargers’ fan base. People would have said, ‘You’re hiring a loser.’ Which isn’t true if you look over his entire 14 years in Philadelphia.”
Judson Richards, San Diego’s XTRA Sports 1360, in a discussion with Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Kansas City’s diamond is apparently San Diego’s fish taco. While the Chargers have experienced much success over the past decade, they and the Chiefs both axed their GM and head coach in hopes of a better tomorrow. Read on.
“So many people who call our program and follow this [Chargers’] team closely want to celebrate [the Chargers’ GM and head coach] being gone. Norv Turner’s a loser and AJ Smith has too big of an ego. That’s all we ever hear about.”
Judson Richards, 810 AM
GH: Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
“The Chargers in my opinion have a bigger problem than wins and losses. They have a blacked-out stadium. They are losing money. They could have very easily had five black outs [this past season]. Four straight blackouts cause an even bigger problem than a 7-9 record.”
Judson Richards, 810 AM
GH: Arrowhead has been flirting with blackouts the past two seasons and Hunt expects Reid’s hiring to refill those empty seats. I am not so sure we will ever see the passion for the Chiefs this city exhibited during the King Carl/Marty reign in the 1990s. The in-stadium experience just can’t match the at-home experience with the NFL Sunday Ticket and the Red Zone Channel.
“I wish [Collin Klein] luck, but it’s a dreadful group of quarterbacks here at the Shrine game.”
Adam Caplan, NFL insider, reporting from the East/West Shrine game, 810 AM
GH: I don’t understand why Klein is attending the Shrine game as a quarterback. He looks like a viable tight end prospect – a position that has skyrocketed in importance in the NFL. No need to duplicate Eric Crouch’s mistake, Collin.
“I hope Oakland does take [Geno Smith] because I don’t think he’s that good anyway.”
Jayice Pearson, on, 610 AM
“All I know is this manti te’o story is gonna make one heck of a 30 for 30. Can’t wait.”
Doug McDermott, @dougmcd3, Creighton’s All-American forward, Twitter
“These are young men. These are guys where that frontal lobe is not fully developed.”
Andy Reid, when asked to comment on the Manti Te’o /fake girlfriend story, 610 AM
“Would that affect his draft status? THAT would!”
Jayice Pearson, speculating how the NFL draft would react if it is revealed that Te’o is gay, 610 AM
“@ErinAndrews u dont have the chops to host a studio show. Watching it was like watching puppies die. They made u stand up 4 ratings grab.”
John Renshaw, @johnrenshaw365, in a tweet to the Fox studio host, Twitter
GH: There is no filter when it comes to the Freak’s frankness. What I like about Renshaw is he doesn’t just send his blasts off into Twitter, he directs them to those who he means to critique. Read on.
“@johnrenshaw365 dear John…I’d worry more abt getting people to watch your show.”
Erin Andrews, @ErinAndrews, responding to Renshaw’s tweet, Twitter
GH: Renshaw followed this with a tweet to Andrews that made me chuckle. “You are not a mermaid. Get a haircut. Which is appropriate, as you are to sports broadcasting, as Daryl Hannah is to acting. #Splash”
“I’m competitive. I want to beat Petro. And when I do I’m going to throw the biggest party… We’re going to take him down before the end of 2013.”
Danny Parkins, whose show runs opposite of Soren Petro’s in midday, 610 AM
GH: I think a more realistic goal of Parkins would be to simply still be employed at the end of 2013. Start small, Danny.
“There is NOTHING close right?? to the TNT NBA pre, half and post shows right? Nothing in the NFL comes close, these dudes pull it off.”
John Renshaw, @johnrenshaw365, who not only rips the media but also raves, Twitter
“I want to go back in time to visit my 17yo self reading ‘It’s Not About the Bike,’ pull the book out of my hands and take a dump on it.”
Nick Symmonds, US 800 meters Track Olympian, tweeting while watching the Lance Armstrong/Oprah interview, Twitter
“Sitting back in his chair, legs crossed, relaxed, a grin now and then, does #LanceArmstrong look contrite to you?”
Rick Reilly, @RickReilly, Twitter
“I can’t wait for part two of zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”
Jeff Passan, @JeffPassan, Twitter
GH: If you mute your TV set Friday night, you may hear Passan booing Lance.
“Phil [Pressey] plays how Phil plays – and that’s a loose game. But in the last five minutes, he’s got to be able to tighten it down. When I watch him I wonder if he is capable of not making those loose plays with two minutes left that he made at the 16-minute mark.”
Jon Sundvold, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou’s football team went to Gainesville and almost stunned the Gators, despite a four-interception outing by James Franklin. Pressey will have to be magical to overcome the absence of Laurence Bowers at Florida on Saturday afternoon. Few expect that to happen. All the more reason to hope it does.
“I’ll tell you this; Shaka Smart’s not only a good coach he’s a great coach. They deserved to beat out butt that day. It’s not his fault.”
Bill Self, on the VCU head coach, when asked if it was uncomfortable for him to appear on a preseason television panel with Smart, Hawk Talk
GH: Smart may be even more hated by KU basketball fans than Coach K. Norm held that title for decades but Mizzou hasn’t had a real bad dude to hate since. Is Shaka the new Norm in Lawrence?
“Heard a commentator who is a k state fan say that he was glad huggins is gone from ksu. Please remember it was huggs who brought them back.”
Rich Zvosec, @CoachZZ, Twitter
GH: Huggs may have revived KSU hoops but I still think it’s a good thing he’s gone. He had little interest in being a long-term solution in Manhattan. Frank Martin did a great job but he got a bit too big for his boots and couldn’t play nice with the AD. Bruce Weber is on the cusp of owning Manhattan if he can beat Lon Kruger’s Sooners and Bill Self’s Hawks in the span of four days. This is a big two-gamer for Weber. Go 0-2 and he’s the dog many suspected. Beat OU but not KU and he gets to keep his parking place. Lose to both and he might want to get fitted for a neck brace.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24