OTC: TWC Drops ESPN Feed AGAIN! / MU Recruit Evan Boehm Apologizes For Racist RT

“Another great Monday night college hoops game! Butler beats Texas 77-72. Quincy Acy w/22 pts, 16 boards. SportsCenter on now…”
SportsCenter, @SportsCenter, Twitter
GH: For those of us in the Kansas City area who are Time Warner Cable television subscribers, this tweet from ESPN could be described as news – since TWC again lost the feed to ESPN for half of the Big 12 Monday night basketball game. Read on.

“For those of you with a cable carrier that actually operates, ignore this breaking news to everyone else with Time Warner. Baylor 77, UT 72.”
Dennis Dodd, @dennisdoddcbs, after Time Warner subscribers in the Kansas City area for the second Monday in a row lost the feed to ESPN and missed the second half of the Baylor/Texas game, Twitter
GH: Dodd writes for CBSSports.com but he is a local guy and an MU grad. His tweets lambasting TWC received so much play on Twitter last night that Dennis Dodd was trending locally.

“Time Warner not only owes its subscribers money, it owes the Big 12 money. Another epic fail tonight.”
Dennis Dodd, @dennisdoddcbs, Twitter
GH: I tuned into Metro Sports’ 10:00 PM sportscast Monday night to see if their local anchors would address this second week of black screen for half of the Big 12 game. I did not catch all of their sportscast but I did not hear any mention of the ESPN issue. Last week TWC blamed the problem on a computer that was not switched. I have yet to hear this week’s excuse.

“When I think of the @TWCable_KC headquarters, I just imagine it’s a bunch of monkeys throwing feces at each other.”
DrunkToddHaley, @DrunkToddHaley, Twitter

“This Baylor comeback is sick. Can’t believe what I’m seeing. Since I can’t see it cause @twckc hates @espn & BIG12.”
Craig Brenner, @craig_a_brenner, Twitter
GH: The Baylor/Texas game did not have the same size audience as last week’s KU/KSU game but the second half of the game was even more dramatic. Baylor showed some rare late-game fight in overcoming a 10-point deficit in Austin.

“Dear [Time Warner]. Please stay far, far away from the KU/MU game this Saturday. Jesus would want it that way. Heart, Kansas City.”
Dana Wright, @RadioDana, Twitter
GH: The MU/KU game will be broadcast this Saturday on CBS – the network that had the “sunspots” issue during last year’s Border War. If CBS or TWC have any broadcast issues during Saturday’s epic finale, they may want to hire some Hessians to protect their local forts from being seized by maniacal descendants of John Brown and William Quantrill.

“[Brandon Carr] is still someone we want to keep as a Chief. This signing [of Stanford Routt] doesn’t eliminate our conversations with him. He knows that. He wants to be here. We want him here. We’re going to try and work on that. If we come to a deal that makes sense for everybody, let’s do that.”
Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: I listened to Pioli tell Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty that the door is still open for the Chiefs to resign Carr. If it is, there is barely room for a sliver of light through that open door. Read on.

“[Pioli] seemed pretty adamant about [the Routt signing] not affecting their pursuit of Brandon Carr as a free agent.”
Jake Gutiérrez, 810 AM
GH: While Pioli may have sounded eager to resign Carr, I think he is playing this free-agent game perfectly. He has signed Routt as a decent and affordable replacement for Carr and now has placed Carr in a defensive position. He and his agent will likely cut a good deal on the open market while Pioli and the Chiefs have covered their loss by signing Routt. Fans [and Nick Wright] get overly attached to players simply because
they wear Chiefs’ uniforms. Pioli cannot allow that to affect his decision making.
He will make some mistakes but he would make more by being sentimental.

“All the [cap] numbers that the media are seeing on the website are not accurate.”
Scott Pioli, who said the reported $63 million under the cap that the Chiefs have been reported to be is actually missing $25 million the Chiefs will soon be paying in escalators and incentives, 810 AM
GH: So Pioli has the Chiefs actual below the cap number at about $38 million. Let’s see what he and The Clarks do with that cash this off-season before we crucify the duo.

“Spending is not an issue. Clark has never stopped me. He has never slowed me down. But just because you have money doesn’t mean you have to spend it.”
Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: I have never understood those who criticize an organization for not spending up to their cap. I agree with Pioli that having cap room can be just as beneficial as spending freely.

“We would love to resign Dwayne Bowe. One way or another we would love to have him back here. Just like Brandon…we have to come to an agreement.”
Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: I think Pioli made the decision that the Chiefs value Bowe over Carr.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Dwayne Bowe is going to be here and they are going to get something worked out.”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM

“I’ve been told the past couple of weeks to my face by both Scott Pioli and Clark Hunt that spending money is not a problem. I want to see it. The fans need to see it.”
Steven St. John, following his interview with Pioli, 810 AM
GH: SSJ interview Pioli and elicited some interesting and informed comments from the Chiefs’ GM. But I would have loved for him to push Pioli on the spending questions – as he did once Pioli was off the air. If SSJ makes this comment with Pioli on the other end of the phone, then we have an interview.

“Kietzman is such a douche. ‘He quit baseball over a girl…’ Talking about Duffy.”
David Lesky, @DBLesky, Twitter
GH: While discussing the Royals’ pitcher with Steven St. John on Monday, Kietzman tossed out that Duffy had left baseball a few years ago over a girl. This comment cause a bit of a backlash on Twitter. Read on.

“[Kietzman] didn’t really say that did he? I know where he got that from…and it is so off base I thought I told his source for that it was BS…”
Greg Schaum, @Greg_Schaum, Twitter

“I’m really disappointed KK went there today. Incredibly out of line and misinformed.”
Brian McGannon, @BrianMcGannon, Twitter
GH: Maybe Kietzman will come on his show today and offer an apology or explain his comment. He owes it to Duffy.

“[Nate Bukaty] wants to hit you with the hard journalistic question. I’ll tell you one thing, I like Nate. I like Nate. Nate does a good job.”
Ned Yost, when asked by Steven St. John about his sometimes acrimonious postgame responses to Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Let’s hope Ned’s affinity toward Nate doesn’t stop him from making those growling postgame responses this season. They were the most entertaining parts of the postgame pressers.

“Twitter is like a car. Don’t tweet if you’re angry, emotional or drunk.”
Jim Rome, @jimrome, Twitter
GH: Rome’s advice is sound, although the quality of my column benefits from tweets in all three stages. Evan Boehm, Mizzou’s prize 6’3, 290-pound recruit from Lee Summit West, found out just how damaging Twitter can be when he slipped up Monday night. Read on.

“sorry bro didn’t even realize I did that I must of did it by accident. My fault I try to erase it.”
Evan Boehm, @BigboehmTHEORY, after he sent out a racially charged tweet that upset a number of his followers, Twitter
GH: I saw Boehm’s tweet Monday around 6:30 PM. I did not copy it verbatim because it was a RT of a racist joke and not originated by Boehm. There was no question that it was shockingly offensive. It had to do with how a black woman can test herself for pregnancy
by inserting fried chicken into her vagina and seeing if it comes out eaten. If so, Boehm’s retweet went, “there’s a little nigga in there.” Read on for more of Boehm’s apologetic tweets that followed.

“To all the MU fans from the bottom of my heart I swear I did not mean that tweet. I honestly did not know how that happened. I sincerely Again I am sincerely sorry for what happened earlier it was an honest mistake. It will never happen again. Go Tigers.”
Evan Boehm, @BigboehmTHEORY, Twitter
GH: Twitter can be a dangerous neighborhood. From what I have seen of Boehm and how he interacts on Twitter, this retweet is an aberration to his character. But it will leave a stain.

“Gunna be my last tweet for a while. Gotta be careful about what happens on here. Made an honest mistake. Need a little break. #Illbeback
Evan Boehm, @BigboehmTHEORY, Twitter
GH: I don’t know how Boehm’s mistake happened but it appears he is sincere in his apology. Whether or not he was truthful in how the “mistake” occurred is debatable. The court of public opinion can be a rough one. Boehm may want to talk to Gary Pinkel about how to recover from making a very public mistake.

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32 Responses to OTC: TWC Drops ESPN Feed AGAIN! / MU Recruit Evan Boehm Apologizes For Racist RT

  1. PV_Pathfinder says:

    Will be interesting to see if there are more technical difficulties next Monday during the KU/OSU Big Monday game. Outages happen. But it’s a strange coincidence that they happened exactly a week apart in the same market. Lends some credence to the talk of a fee dispute between TW and ESPN.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      I’ve got AT&T Uverse. Expensive, but I’ve yet to have an outage. It helps that my house is brand new and has fiber optics all the way up to the wall of my house. No copper mucking up the works. And Metro Sports doesn’t have THAT many games that ESPN3.com doesn’t and I can stream that from my laptop straight to my 42 inch flatscreen. What’s really funny is that when I moved into my new house, TWC forced me to leave them cause they didn’t want to run cable to my part of the subdivision. Oh the rest of the subdivision had it…but not my street. LOL! Morons. I’d been a customer of theirs for a decade.

      • Jim says:

        GWSWOT…….I’ve had U-Verse for nearly 3 years now. IMO, it’s the best cable company going. Yes, a bit expensive for the U-450 package, but I’ve never, ever had a single issue with the service. I had a TWC tech at my house about every other month for 10 years. Horrible.

        • Kyle says:

          U-Verse is phenomenal. I have had it since Sept. after having TW and Dish. Blows them both away. NEVER any outages.

      • PV_Pathfinder says:

        I’d love to jump ship from TW to either uVerse or SureWest, but right now the only choice in northeast Prairie Village for cable is TW. I’ve been begging either or both to come to our happy little corner of the world, but to no avail.

    • CC says:

      TWC is in the process of consolidating operations moving much of its infrastructure / operations / personnel out of KC to what will become an East / West operational structure. In the past when something “went awry” it could be remedied locally…doubt this is the case any longer.

  2. Uncle Dick says:

    The whole chicken or just a piece? Don’t use Popeye’s Cajun style, or you better have some Colt 45 to wash it down.

  3. chuckart says:

    Greg,
    Did ESPN Sportscenter really tweet Butler or was that a mistake on your part in your first quote.
    Also, I’m pretty sure those that are alive today would be descendants of Quantrill and that POS Brown, not ancestors.

    Revenge game part II tonight. K-State goes down by 15. Mark it.

  4. The Fake Ned says:

    Free speech is a tricky thing. Just ask that “Chink in the armor” guy. However, I do think that just because one or two people get pissed about something you say, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s a horrible comment.

    Now, that being said, Boehm and ESPN should know better.

  5. P says:

    Always a good idea to make a few ‘black people’ jokes when you play a sport that is heavily slanted towards African Americans as far as participation goes.

  6. tigerdan4 says:

    If I was a TWC suscriber I’d be dropping them today. 2 Big Mondays in a row dropping off the air? Inexcusable. My DirectTV worked just fine both nights, thank you.

    Clearly the Routt signing means Carr is gone. Pioli is just giving lip service when he says otherwise. If we do indeed lose Carr we absolutely HAVE to get Bowe signed. Letting both of them walk would be a PR nightmare for this franchise.

    We really need to watch ourselves on Twitter. There’s been many times when I see a bit of a racey tweet and I laugh and instinctively reach for the retweet button but then I catch myself and think wait, how will this make ME look to my followers if I put my name on this? In these ultra sensitive times we have to be careful in what we say. Even if it isn’t directly from us. Evan Boehm is a good kid and I trust that it was an honest mistake.

  7. mancow555 says:

    Would it be ok to say “A Slope in the Armor”? How about “A Gook in the Armor”?

  8. JP says:

    I will explain KK’s remark in one simple sentence: 810 doesn’t carry the Royals anymore. That also explains the snarky nature of most of KK’s analysis when it comes to baseball. Please stick to BBQ or Golf Kev, and leave Baseball to the professionals.

    As to the Chiefs, I have no problem with signing Routt. I think Pioli will make an attempt to sign Carr, but Brandon and his agent are seeing dollar signs everywhere. With teams like Detroit and Tampa Bay in desperate need of secondary help, they will heap a contract for #1 CB money on Carr. It’s funny that 2 years ago, many fans were clamoring for somebody else to line up opposite Carr, and now Carr is all of a sudden a shutdown corner. I don’t see it, but I wish him the best of luck. Franchise Bowe if you must, but don’t let him get away.

    As for the Chiefs and free agency, actions will speak louder than words!!!!

  9. Java Man says:

    KK will say he was getting Duffy confused with Grienke.

  10. Brummy says:

    I believe you have Dennis Dodd’s handle wrong: @dennisdoddcbs

  11. Smartman says:

    Spending money is not the problem. Losing is. Unfortunately there is enough empirical evidence available that shows a direct correlation between winning and spending money.

  12. Joe Blow says:

    Twitter *has* to be proof our world is officially retarded..

  13. randyraley says:

    I can barely get through the facebook crap. Twitter? No thanks. I’m really not that important.

  14. kansas City Guy says:

    Greg – How about KKs take on TWC’s problems last week? He gave them a pass! Then lo and behold, 810WHB has a $4000 on site 4 hr promo at the TWC store in Lees Summit, MO on Friday.
    They are a shill for any and everything they can be.

  15. Tim says:

    I’ve retweeted by mistake numberous times. You go to look at the profile or reply and you hit the retweet and off it goes.

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