“It’s Kansas City. There’s not too much going on in that town. So, they love the Chiefs.”
Tony Gonzalez, talking to the Atlanta media, TV 41
GH: Gonzo is not going to be on Mayor Sly’s frosty Christmas list…or mine either. As TG knows very well, there will be a couple of things going on at Arrowhead come Sunday starting at noon. Read on.
“It’s going to be special. It’s going to be kind of weird going in there. It’s going to be like going back to the house that you grew up in.”
Tony Gonzalez, on his return to Arrowhead, Atlanta Journal Constitution
GH: We typically find our childhood homes much smaller and less intimidating as we remembered. I hope that is not the case when Tony comes out of the visitor’s tunnel on Sunday.
“We need all of the fans in their seats at the start of the first quarter. Not the middle of the first quarter or after that. They do make a difference in how our team play. Our players feel it. They feel the energy and they feel the enthusiasm. I would encourage our fans, for all of those reasons, to be there early. Enjoy the entire day and help support their team right from the get-go.”
Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, on the problem they have in getting fans in their seats before kickoff, Atlanta Journal Constitution
GH: This is why Kansas City is seen as a different kind of NFL venue. Chiefs’ fans treat game day like college fans. They show up three hours before kickoff and create the nation’s largest Sunday BBQ in the parking lot. Atlanta has trouble getting their fans in their seats before the second quarter starts! I hope Arthur Blank gets to stroll through CamaroHead with The Clarks prior to the game and soak up the fumes.
Chiefs’ promotion, which includes selling newspapers on the roadside on Friday morning
GH: There are two days of the year my wife absolutely detests – Royals’ Opening Day and the Chiefs’ first Red Friday. She commutes from the Northland to Downtown on these morning and becomes incensed when the newspaper sellers stand in the street and slow traffic. This is one of the city’s best sports weekends of the year. Georgia/Mizzou, Miami/K-State, Rice/KU and the Falcons visit to Arrowhead. But to non-sports fans like my bride, it’s all just another traffic jam.
“I don’t know how it’s going to happen. I don’t know how they’re going to do it. But I’m going to take the Chiefs, 23-22. They limit the Falcons to five field goals. That’s my scenario.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I have to go with Atlanta by 10 in this one. Blame this loss on Tamba Hali not being smart enough to know when to put down the pipe.
“I think this [game against Atlanta] is skewed more 60/40 toward Peyton [Hillis]. I think it will be opponent skewed each week.”
Mitch Holthus, on how the Chiefs will likely split the carries between Jamaal Charles and Hillis against the Falcons, 810 AM
GH: Hillis went fairly early in the two fantasy drafts in which I participated. I do not see his value as being all that great when it comes to scoring fantasy points. I hope I am wrong and he has an All-Pro like season.
“I think for the first time the Chiefs think they have a 53-man roster that is deep – that they might cut somebody who is good.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I sure saw a lot of Chiefs on the field in the preseason who needed to be cut. Maybe this is the right 53, but that preseason team was definitely the wrong 90.
“The problem [with Scott Pioli] is when you surround yourself with enough yes men, there is nobody there [at Arrowhead] who will do what the three of us; me, [Clinkscale] and Leabo, will do to each other – which is tell each other, ‘What are you doing you moron?’ We do that all the time.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Did KK actually say that??? The only guy I know who surrounded himself with more yes men than KK was Kim Jong-il. Read on.
“Back in 1994, Kim Jong-il set a record that is likely to stand forever. Playing his first round of golf on a regulation, PGA-style, 18-hole course, Kim Jong Il scored 11 holes-in-one while he carded a stunning 38 UNDER par. Seventeen bodyguards were on hand to witness and attest the score.”
“I expect great things out of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this year.”
Ron Jaworski, NFL analyst, ESPN Radio
“The Denver Broncos are a Super Bowl caliber team now that they’ve added Peyton Manning.”
Sean Salisbury, NFL analyst, 810 AM
GH: I have been hearing and reading A LOT of positive press on Peyton Manning. I just don’t see him being Peyton the Colt in Denver. I think we are going to get more Peyton the Two-Steps-From-The-Glue-Factory. I cannot wait to find out. The Broncos open on Sunday night against the Steelers. You know my wife is excited for this one to end her weekend…
“The fact delta added a flight to COMO this wknd is NOT good news for mizzou fans. Expect around 10000 georgia fans.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
GH: That’s the SEC, bro. It’s like playing Nebraska every weekend. Is that the sound of new hotel construction I hear coming from Columbia? 10,000 visitors ain’t all that bad.
“I wish I could be there. I wish I could be in that stadium. We’ll feel the radiation burns this far west.”
Mitch Holthus, on the expected atmosphere at Faurot in Columbia, 810 AM
GH: I had a chance to be at this game but there is just too much going on Saturday for me to concentrate on one game. That Miami/KSU game is really going to wreck my wife’s Saturday morning viewing of Pawn Stars on our big TV. And Nebraska is in the Rose Bowl to face UCLA during the UGA/MU game. Dualing tubes will be fired up all day at my house.
“I believe each game is its own entity. No two games are the same. We need to beat Rice to take the next step. This is a process.”
Charlie Weis, @CoachWeisKansas, prior to KU’s game against Rice, Twitter
GH: I keep hearing from Steven St. John, Kietzman and Fescoe what a great interview Charlie Weis is compared to other coaches. He sure sounds a lot like the same old tired stuff to me.
“@ericstonestreet: EMAW baby! @SofiaVergara says GO CATS!”
Eric Stonestreet, K-State grad and also doing business as FISBO the clown on Modern Family, Twitter
GH: Stonestreet sent his fellow Cats fans a treat with this photo of his Modern Family co-star, say.ly/fCE47k2.
“Today marks 33rd anniversary of ESPN, which launched Sept. 7, 1979. Happy anniversary to a company that, thankfully, is part of our culture.”
Adam Schefter, @AdamSchefter, Twitter
GH: ESPN takes a load of criticism from inside the media – and much of it is deserved. But they changed sports broadcasting forever – and I love them for it. Remember all those Australian Rules football games we would watch just because ESPN broadcast them? Stand up right now and whip off an Australian Rules TD signal if you’re with me!
“I can’t comment on anything except to say when people are on field trips they are exceptionally chaperoned. On this trip there was full coverage by supervisors and we are extremely pleased with the way we monitor kids and keep everybody safe.”
Dan McMahon, DeMatha Catholic High School Principal, after five DeMatha football players were removed from the team after they reportedly hired prostitutes to come to their hotel rooms while the team was in North Carolina for a game, Washington Post
GH: I do not know a lot about Mr. Dan McMahon or his work as a high school principal, but I am going to go out on a limb and say he might be due for a leave of absence. If he is “extremely pleased” with the work of the chaperones and supervisors on this trip where five kids had hookers in their room, he might want to check into becoming a politician.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24