OTC: Romeo, Oh (Clueless) Romeo — Wherefore Art Howe? / BCS Needs To Prepare For Final Four

“Consider this. Heading into Week 8, the NFL had experienced 62 games decided by one possession (eight points) or less, a record number through seven weeks of the season. Similarly, we have seen 30 games decided by three points or less, the fourth highest in league history.”
Brian Billick, NFL analyst, Foxsports.com
GH: Consider this. Despite all of these close games the 2012 Chiefs have yet to lead for even a second of regulation play. Not one. Read on.

“There are obviously the outliers at the front end like the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans, and then there are the outliers at the other end of the spectrum with the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers. But most of the teams are hunkered down in the middle, stuck in the parity of the NFL. As we approach the halfway point of the season, the first-place teams in five of the eight divisions only have a one-game lead.”
Brian Billick, NFL analyst, Foxsports.com
GH: In a league where it is almost impossible to be awful, the Chiefs are worse   than awful. I heard today that the Raiders have won twice at Arrowhead since the Chiefs last won there. Frosty.

“The Chiefs fourth turnover. Halloween has come early for the Chiefs.”
Kevin Harlan, while doing the TV play-by-play of the Raiders/Chiefs game, CBS
GH: Halloween showed up for Chiefs’ fans this season in September…and it was wearing a Scot Pioli mask.

“Does it really matter? Does it really matter who the [Chiefs’] quarterback is right now?”
Josh Klingler, on reports that both Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel could be injured for Thursday night’s game in San Diego, 610 AM
GH: Maybe if we made a trade for Peyton Manning it would matter. Maybe. What did Peyton know about the Chiefs that so many of us missed in the off season?

“Arm strength? [Peyton] Manning don’t need no stinking arm strength. Some quarterbacks wing it. Manning methodically dissects, flicks and just as the secondary starts cheating up pops the occasional deep ball to Demaryius Thomas. Arm strength? In the Broncos’ impressively easy 34-14, AFC West first-place-lifting victory against New Orleans before a sellout crowd of 76,832 and a national television audience Sunday night, Manning showed he has just enough arm strength.”
Mike Klis, columnist, Denver Post
GH: I did not think Peyton could return from his injury and be half the quarterback he was in Indianapolis. I was wrong. I was VERY wrong. He looks different but the results are still there. He is playing at a Pro-Bowl clip and it looks like he just might take Denver back to the Super Bowl. Wow!

“I’m not exactly sure. We were rotating our backs in there. [Peyton] Hillis was back, and he was able to get some carries.”
Romeo Crennel, when asked why Jamaal Charles only had five carries against the Raiders, 610 AM
GH: Hillis had a whopping four carries.
Romeo, oh Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
Deny thy GM and refuse thy paycheck.
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn at my love.
And I’ll no longer be a victim of the salary Cap-u-let.

“The Chiefs are beyond disappointment, beyond even the kind of stink that makes your eyes water, and are now neck-deep in the all-time pool of pathetic with Matt Millen’s Lions, Turner Gill’s Jayhawks and Buddy Bell’s Royals. … The Chiefs are the first team to go seven weeks without a lead in regulation since 1940. Nineteen-forty.”
Sam Mellinger, columnist, Kansas City Star
GH: Even I don’t remember 1940.

“Cheer up, Chiefs fans: MT @ShawnZobel_DHQ: Current 2013 NFL Draft order after today’s games: 1. KC, 2. Caro, 3. Jax, 4. Cle”
Adam Teicher, @adamteicher, Twitter
GH: Success in failure? Pioli’s plan at work.

“The price to get in to the next 4 Chiefs home game on stubhub — $8.94, $26.00, $7.94, $6.95. Broncos game is killing the AVERAGE price.”
Cody Thorn, @CodyThorn, Twitter

“Jerry Palm predicts Alabama/Oregon in BCS championship game. K-State/Notre Dame in Fiesta.”
Kellis Robinett, @KellisRobinett, following a weekend that saw Notre Dame win at Norman, Oklahoma, K-State demolish Texas Tech, Alabama embarrass undefeated Mississippi State and the Ducks obliterate the Buffalos worse than Wild Bill Cody, Twitter
GH: Sure, there are still four or five weeks in the regular season for these four teams. Each team could lose down the stretch and make all this handwringing premature. But what if they do not? What if all four do what I believe they will do – continue on a path that leaves the BCS with four very talented and deserving undefeated teams? Read on.

“Alabama vs. Notre Dame for the BCS could be biggest title game ever.”
Paul Finebaum, @finebaum, Twitter
GH: Finebaum is the mouth of the south when it comes to SEC dominance in football. There is no question in his mind that Alabama is the best team in the land – he simply is looking for the most attractive scalp for the Tide to hang on their BCS trophy. Notre Dame is the greatest name in all of college football. Has been since Knute Rockne donned a bowler and walked the earth in fuzzy black and white film. Finebaum’s words can be grating to Bama’s opposition but he speaks the truth.

“And any K-State fan who didn’t already hate the Irish, now’s your chance. You’re almost certainly gonna get screwed by ND.”
Jeff Rosen, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter
GH: No fan of college football should be spending any energy degrading the talents and efforts from any of these four teams. All four have proven their worth on the field this season. It is not Notre Dame or Oregon or Alabama who would be screwing Kansas State [or vice versa if K-State gets the nod over two other undefeated teams]. It is the NCAA and their rigidness to adhere to their BCS formula when it would be obvious to all that it needs to be scrapped immediately. Do not wait until 2014. The BCS needs to come out today with a contingency plan that has the four undefeated playing in semifinal matchups on January 9th and a title game on January 16th.

“The Fighting Irish became the latest team to move past Oregon on Sunday, taking third place behind Alabama and Kansas State. The Ducks remained fourth. … Oregon’s upcoming schedule could help solve the Ducks’ problem. Oregon plays three opponents in the BCS top 25 [Southern California, Stanford and Oregon State] in its last four games, starting with the Trojans in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Pac-12 title game, if the Ducks get there, should give Oregon another quality opponent.”
Ralph Russo, writer, YahooSports.com
GH: Oregon will get a late-season BCS push from their schedule. Notre Dame just needs to stay undefeated and beat a faltering USC. K-State has its big wins in the bag, which might hurt in the last few polls. All of this is maddening if you are a fan of any of these teams.

“Almost just ripped a dude’s throat out that asked if I just jumped on the K-State bandwagon or if I actually went to school there.”
Eric Stonestreet, @ericstonestreet, KSU alum, Twitter
GH: The Kansas State bandwagon is about to set a record in capacity. Every non-ND fan in the land is pulling for the Cats over the Catholics. It stinks that the BCS has forced fans to devolve into negative campaigning. You would think this is an election year.

“I had a couple of Kansas fans tweet me and tell me that it’s absurd that I’m rooting for K-State, as a KU-football guy. I’m not gonna sit here and hate on K-State. I’m not gonna be that guy who tries to minimize what my rival is accomplishing. Any KU fans out there who think I’m a traitor rooting for K-State – save it.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: I wonder if Kevin Kietzman entered into Nate’s thinking here? KK’s Schadenfreude tactics does make it hard to root for KSU if you are a rival. But how many KU fans are covertly or maybe not-so-secretively rooting for the Snyder Cats? I understand rivalries but why would any Kansan root against a state school’s march to excellence? The most common answer? “Their fans will be insufferable if they win a national title!” We like to keep our enemies down, especially when we are in the gutter ourselves.

“In other words, the fact that Oregon’s No. 4 in BCS right now means nothing. It’s No. 2 in polls. If it wins out, it will be top 2 in BCS.”
Stewart Mandel, @slmandel, Sports Illustrated writer, Twitter

“If Arthur Brown was on Notre Dame, he’d already have won the Heisman.”
Nick Leckey, former K-State and NFL player, 810 AM

“We know who we are and how we have to build this [Royals’] team, and how we have to build our rotation. We’re going to be aggressive as we can, but we know who we are and how we need to do it.”
Dayton Moore, Royals’ GM, after the Royals claimed Chris Volstad [3-12, 6.31 ERA last season] off waivers from that juggernaut of pitching – the Cubs, KCStar.com
GH: We know who we are? WE KNOW WHO WE ARE???? What an absolute kick in the baseballs to every Royals fans sitting around a hot stove. I wish I knew who David Glass is.

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37 Responses to OTC: Romeo, Oh (Clueless) Romeo — Wherefore Art Howe? / BCS Needs To Prepare For Final Four

  1. KCPRGuy says:

    That last quote from GMDM should be a Sandy-size kick to every KC sports fan mid-section. hoping for something to look forward to in 2013 (minus the SKC soccerheads of course).

  2. donkeypunch says:

    GH sed: Halloween showed up for Chiefs’ fans this season in September…and it was wearing a Scot Pioli mask

    Donkeypunch sez: Bravo GH. Best line you’ve come up with in months

  3. Gavin says:

    Greg, you’re wrong to blame the NCAA for the BCS format. They would be more than happy to exercise more control but the BCS format is pushed by the BCS and the FCA. The NCAA’s involvement is pretty much just police work regarding eligibility and certification of the games at the D-I (“bowl subdivision”) level. You want to blame anyone, blame the BCS and its member institutions.

    By the way, this proposed playoff you see would be great in my eyes, but it’s probably worth noting that K-State, Alabama, Notre Dame and Oregon are all BCS member schools and, as such, have already stated their opposition to a playoff.

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I’m pretty sure that the hat Knute Rockne wore was not a bowler. I think it was a Homburg.

  4. Joe says:

    Royals – yes we know who we are. Dayton Moore and Mr. Glass – Your job is to make us what we are not – winners! JH

  5. JP says:

    “We know who we are and how we have to build this [Royals’] team, and how we have to build our rotation. We’re going to be aggressive as we can, but we know who we are and how we need to do it.”

    What GMDM is saying is, “We are a cheap franchise, and instead of trying to pay for the best players, or at least getting in the game, we will continue to look for scrap heap projects, while our young pitchers develop. Remember this if you were planning on buying season tickets.

    As far as Romeo, I am over this season. But if you like to laugh, just watch a RAC press conference. His answers are some of the most bumbling and incomprehensible answers in the history of coaching. If Coors Light was still doing the ads with coaches, imagine the fun with Romeo “I Don’t know” Crennel answering ridiculous questions.

    • Stringer Pete says:

      If you’ll recall, Coors only used former coaches in their commercials. Sadly, RAC will likely have that base covered soon.

      • Java Man says:

        My favorite RC quote from yesterday:

        After Brady Quinn was lost with a possible concussion Sunday, the Chiefs were down to only Matt Cassel as an available quarterback. Their other quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, was inactive.

        “We have a contingency plan and we’d have somebody playing quarterback but I’d rather not say who it is right now because that gives our opponent an edge,” Crennel said.

        In other words, he didn’t have a clue.

  6. The Smartman says:

    Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un instructed his underlings to take a man and “make him disappear as if he never existed”. His crime? Drinking and carousing too soon after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. The punishment? Being tied to a stake in an area that had been zeroed in on for a mortar strike. The result? Mission accomplished. And we can’t get Clark Hunt to fire Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel.

    Romeo Crennel is an absolute embarrassment to black people. For someone of his professional stature to have worse communication skills than the 16 year old kid that takes my order at the Popeye’s drive thru is a shame. He makes mush mouth from the Cosby Kids sound like William F. Buckley. Oh yeah, he’s a shitty football coach too.

    I’m sure Alabama would prefer to play ND as well. Nick Saban doesn’t want anything to do with the Mega Mind that is HCBS. Let us pray that The Lord looks with favor on the meek and the humble servants humility of HCBS and gives us the game WE want for the National Championship.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      Pffft. Saban and The Tide will make Grandpa their prison bitch.

    • The Word says:

      “I’m sure Alabama would prefer to play ND as well. Nick Saban doesn’t want anything to do with the Mega Mind that is HCBS. Let us pray that The Lord looks with favor on the meek and the humble servants humility of HCBS and gives us the game WE want for the National Championship.”

      Until this year HCBS wasn’t the “Mega Mind” that you or K-State fans think he is. In fact he was kind of Big Game Bill. He was a guy that people in the Big 12/8 were scared of…outside the confrence…not so much.

      LaVell Edwards wasn’t scared of HCBS in 1997. R.C. Slocum, Drew Brees and Purdue wasn’t scared of HCBS in 1998. Jim Tressel wasn’t scared of HCBS in 2004. Syracuse wasn’t scared of HCBS in 2010 and Bobby Petrino wasn’t scared of him last year.

      • The Smartman says:

        If HCBS gets to the National Championship game against Alabama it will be a moment of destiny of Biblical proportion. He will coach lights out and his players will play lights out. It’ll be like Hoosiers. I’ll take the Cats in that game with the heart and the wallet.

  7. Uncle Dick says:

    Went to the game yesterday, saw Monica Lewinski observing the Chiefs and taking notes.

  8. Red says:

    Arthur Brown couldn’t cut Miami academics, let alone Notre Dame’s. KState is where he can best show his talents to the NFL.

  9. S says:

    I predict some serious chickens will come to roost for the Bog 12’s misguided decision to stick to 10 teams. Just for grins, let’s assume Notre Dame loses on the road to Southern Cal, I can envision a scenario where K-State wins out, along with Oregon. Oregon goes to a Pac-12 Championship game while K-State remains idle because there’s no longer any such thing as a Big 12 championship game. Oregon blows out Southern Cal or some other team and dazzles the voters and the BCS system that K-State gets leapfrogged right at the very end of the season.

    The Big 12 remained at 10 teams despite its name and despite the possibility this sort of scenario could burn the conference at the end. They remained at 10 to avoid having to split up money and to avoid having an undefeated team lose in a difficult conference championship game and get blocked from the national title game. But such selfish and anti-competitive thinking has ignored a very real possibility that the Big 12 gets rooked out of a national championship because it avoided the travails of a conference championship game while other conferences opted in. In the last few years, the Big 10 and the Pac 12 have decided to start doing championships games to determine their conference winner while the Big 12 regressed and decided to stop.

    The Big 12 really needs to get back to 12 members and should do so with Louisville and with BYU.

    • kylerohde says:

      Agreed on back to 12; those two schools are the best options IMO too.

    • JP says:

      I’ll slightly disagree. Remember it was the 12 team Big XII that cost K-State from the national title game in 1998 when they lost in the Championship game. They also play Texas on the last day of the season, the same time as Oregon would play for the Pac 12 Championship. There’s no guarantee that Oregon will be undefeated, as there is still a lot of football to be played.

      • S says:

        I don’t think the championship game “cost” K-State because they didn’t win it. Seems you should have to win your conference to play for all the marbles. Where K-State got screwed in ’98 was how badly they were punished in the polls after losing to Texas A&M and relegated to some lousy bowl.

        I think it should be serious points against any conference that opts out of playing a championship game.

        • JP says:

          Check your history pal, they fell all the way to #4 and the Alamo Bowl, because the other BCS Bowl Games were locked up. Florida State (who didn’t play in a championship game) got the berth. They were blamed for playing a weak non conference schedule. That won’t effect them this time, as they played Miami in the non-con.

          The Conference Championship games are all about money, like the conference tournaments in hoops. They should not punish K State simply because the BIg XII does not have a championship game.

          • S says:

            They should not, but the NCAA and the BCS do a lot of things they should not do. The BCS is all about money, too.

    • kc says:

      K-State plays Texas the last weekend of the season. ND will be idle that day. The Big 12 has the only true conference champion. Everyone plays everyone.

  10. kylerohde says:

    Ehh, Dayton Moore’s comments don’t bother me too much. I would have phrased it differently, personally, but I think I get what he’s really saying: “There is a very small crop of free agent pitchers of value this year. Almost every team in baseball needs more pitching. Therefore, we’re going to see guys like Kyle Lohse commanding $14 million/year contracts. It would be foolish for me to sell Mr. Glass on spending that amount of money on guys who aren’t worth it. Don’t mistake; we will be aggressive in the market, but I will not commit major dollars to a player that doesn’t deserve them.”

    Crennel should have been fired on the spot for saying he didn’t know why Charles only had five carries. I wish there was a hole he could fall down into like in Mr. Burns’ office (Simpsons) for saying something that stupid.

    On KU fans vs. KSU fans…I think the KU fans with class are happy for KSU. It should give KU fans hope because Manhattan is a far tougher place to win than Lawrence, even if the past 20 years say otherwise. With the right coach, KU could be great too. Beyond that, you should cheer for the state over places like ‘Bama, Oregon and ND. I expect this to be the feeling of many KU fans, though many others will cheer against them. And if the roles were reversed, no KSU fan will cheer for KU.

  11. dman says:

    I really hope that KSU has a chance to play in the title game, but as we all know here in the midwest – if there is any other choice, they will get screwed and get a big bucket of pig’s blood dropped on them.

    ND, Alabama, and Oregon all have more cache, and unless 2 of those 3 have a loss, KSU ain’t goin’ to Miami.

    I just get a cold feeling in the pit of my stomach that the purple people are about to get screwed again. If they can go undefeated, Snyder deserves to be in the big game (even if they do have a tough road to hoe if they go up against Alabama).

    Dear god, I wish there was a playoff this year. Can’t wait until it gets up an d running – will be a whole lot more fun than the BCS games where the outcome means squat.

  12. Taxee says:

    Art Howe? Last I knew he was managing either the Mets or the A’s.

    And by the way, just saw an interview with someone who decided to stay put while Hurricane Sandy roars by. Their closing reply was “At least I’m not a Chiefs fan”.

  13. MrBrightsideKC says:

    The end of this season is shaping up to be pretty great. The 3 teams (K-State, Oregon, and Notre Dame) competing for what we assume is a shot to play Alabama are very similar in strength of schedule using the USA Today rankings. Notre Dame has 2 common opponents against each team as well, Stanford/ USC with Oregon and Oklahoma/Miami with K-State. The debates, assuming that all 4 teams go undefeated, will be fun.

    K-State’s average opponent rank is 49, Notre Dame 51, Oregon 55 according to USA Today rankings. Yes, I am a loser and made a spreadsheet.

  14. MrBrightsideKC says:

    K-State vs Miami – 52-13
    Notre Dame vs Miami – 41-3

    K-State vs Oklahoma – 24-19
    Notre Dame vs Oklahoma – 30-13

    Oregon vs USC – This Saturday
    Notre Dame vs USC – 11/24

    Oregon vs Stanford – 11/17
    Notre Dame vs Stanford – 20-13

  15. Phaedrus says:

    Are the Chiefs the first team in NFL history w/out a head coach? Based on Romeo’s commments in the press conference (e.g. “I don’t know why Charles only had 5 carries.”), it’s clear that he’s just the defensive coordinator. Daboll (sp?) is clearly just the offensive coordinater. Where the hell’s the head coach???

    This experiment is worse than Haley’s experiment to ignore the preseason last year.

  16. KCMonarch says:

    Pray like hell that Alabama loses a game and the SEC misses out on the chance at an 8th straight MNC. there will be more whine than meth and moonshine combined coming out of the south.

  17. Observer says:

    The comments of Coach Crennel when asked why Jamaal Charles didn’t run the ball more were incredulous, to be sure. However, they pale in comparison to his comments to encourage the fans to stick with the franchise.

    Here’s the quote from his presser: “I’d say that I understand their frustrations because I’m frustrated myself. All of us — coaches, players, general manager — are all working to get this right. Just hang with us and, hopefully, something will change.”

    “Hopefully”!? Really, “hopefully”? Did I really hear Crennel say that? I won’t even begin to try to describe why this is a massive indicator what’s wrong with this head coach.

    In his article, “Crennel to Chiefs fans: ‘Hang with us’”, Jeff Flanagan wrote that, “Chiefs fans, however, have seen little reason to display any more patience. Each week during this dreadful start, the Chiefs continually look like a disorganized team bent on turning the ball over and committing horrendous mistakes.

    “They have a league-leading 25 turnovers through seven games, and the one facet of the game they do well — running the ball — was non-existent Sunday in a 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders.”

    I want to make two simple and brief points here:

    1 – The kinds of problems we’re seeing on field are certainly on the coaches. Yes, players play the game, but that’s not the problem, we’re witnessing. The coaching staff needs to go.

    2 – The clarity with which the world sees the coaching ineptness of the Chiefs cannot be lost on Pioli. The fact that this staff is still in place is a flaw of Pioli’s. The GM should go.

  18. Scott says:

    Be careful what you wish for. . . would it be really a surprise if a one loss team from the SEC leaps up and takes the second spot.

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