“You know it’s hard to take that mule to the Kentucky Derby.”
Jackie Sherrill, former Texas A&M football coach, when asked what he thought of the Aggies move to the SEC, Sirius Radio
GH: I cannot wait for the Aggie fans’ reaction to the old ball coach comparing their boys to a mule in the Derby.
“I grew up a Notre Dame fan. I went to Notre Dame. Notre Dame fans want to remain independent with every fiber of their being. They’ll be independent in 2014. I am positive of that. Notre Dame sees the nation as their conference.”
Tim O’Malley, publisher of IrishEyes.com
“The Big 12′s obsession with Notre Dame is stalkerish.”
Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, of The Daily, Twitter
GH: Is Wolken’s prejudice against the Big 12 showing? No conference has stalked the Irish with more gusto than the Big 10. And why wouldn’t the Big 12, the Big 10 and every other conference court the most lucrative independent football program in the history of college sports?
“Flat out that is dumb! There is no other way to put it. That is dumb.”
Carrington Harrison, on the Big 12’s announcement that they are content to stay with ten teams and no divisions, 610 AM
“Miami & KU games are $85 for [K-State’s home football games] premium bench and $75 for bench tickets. Please note bench tickets do not mean for benches on the sideline.”
D. Scott Fritchen, @DScottFritchen, Twitter
GH: $85 to see K-State vs. Kansas? Is this a great country or what?
“Kansas on Oct 6. $85 or $75. Word to the Weis: Bill Snyder teams have outscored KU 292-99 all-time in 10 meetings in Manhattan.”
D. Scott Fritchen, @DScottFritchen, Twitter
GH: Anyone who thinks Bill Snyder is a kindly grandfather type has never witnessed his team’s annual evisceration of the Jayhawks. Charlie Weis’ comments during his initial press conference about the Jayhawks being KANSAS UNIVERSITY and his insinuation that the little school down the road with the “State” tag was inferior might come back to haunt him and his troops in Manhattan this fall. And you can watch it in person for $75.
“Let me make a statement you can quote me on. Bill Self is the best coach on the planet. I’m serious. I would run out of adjectives trying to describe the job that I think Bill Self does coaching. I’m absolutely blown away with the job Bill Self did this year. And I watched Duke and I watched North Carolina and I watched Kentucky. Nobody got close to the job he did.”
Reid Gettys, college basketball analyst, when asked by Sean Keeler if Self would make a good coach for a future USA Olympic team, Foxsports.com
“I had serious doubts prior to this season whether [Thomas] Robinson could make all of the adjustments he needed to this season, including playing a lot more minutes and becoming a primary post scoring option. I was wrong. Anything that Robinson needed to do this year, he did. He is a top-level athlete who is now really just developing as a basketball ‘player.’ ”
Ed Isaacson, NBA Draft Blog analyst, Sporting News
GH: Isaacson believes Robinson can develop into a scoring threat in the NBA and a star. It will be fun to watch his progress next season wherever he lands.
“I don’t think a lot of [college] teams around here are going to [sell beer at games] because it sends the wrong message to students.”
Todd Leabo, on West Virginia being the only member of the Big 12 that sells beer at games, 810 AM
GH: I applaud the Mountaineers for not pretending to be on some moral high ground. Kansas has incarcerated members of their staff for ticket fraud, K-State suffered through the financial scandal of private contracts and Mizzou had the Quin Snyder years. Could selling beer at a ball game really be all that bad?
“I think [Cleveland’s Chris Perez] is in their heads. This is the kind of thing he does to get in their heads and it works to his advantage. They get overanxious and they try to do too much.”
Mike Boddicker, on the Cleveland closer goading the Royals with his words and antics, 810 AM
“If that kind of stuff [with Perez] would have gone on when Hal McRae played, you can be sure somebody would have gone into second base with their spikes up and telling them to tell their pitcher to knock it off.”
Joel Goldberg, on Perez embarrassing the Royals with his antics, 810 AM
GH: Instead of spiking the opposing shortstop, how about beating Perez in the batter’s box? Is there a more delicate athlete than the baseball player? What other sport becomes so annoyed by their opponents’ celebrations that they attempt to throw at them or spike them? Quit the whining and go beat somebody.
“If Dayton Moore calls Milwaukee and says, ‘I want Zach Greinke,’ and they say they want Wil Myers, I make that deal in a heartbeat!’
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Just reason number 8,456 to tune into Fescoe for a chuckle.
“There’s so much insecurity about his shoulder. He’s a time bomb.”
Jason Stark, on the Royals’ starting pitcher, Felipe Paulino, 810 AM
“If it was me, I’d try and get [Felipe Paulino’s] stock and then get rid of him before his shoulder blows. He’s a max effort guy. If you’re not a max-effort guy, you can pitch for 10 or 15 years. I think he’s going to blow. All I can tell you is what I see and what I see is if you’re a max-effort guy, you’re going to be on the DL for a long period of time. He’s a max-effort guy.”
Mike Boddicker, on the Royals’ pitcher, 810 AM
“If [the Royals] can get a premium arm than they go [trade Paulino], otherwise you just ride him into the ground and hope that shoulder holds up.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
“[The Giants] stole Melky Cabrera for a guy that Buster Olney told us the Giants were getting ready to release.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: SSJ added his own nickname to the former Giants’ pitcher. He referred to him as “a steaming pile of crap.”
“The number one thing I hear is, ‘We miss you on TV.’ ”
Frank White, on what the former Royals’ TV broadcaster hears from the public, 810 AM
GH: I don’t miss Frank on the Royals’ broadcasts and I really don’t enjoy Rex Hudler’s simpleton act. The truth is we don’t have anyone calling Royals’ baseball that is worth missing. The Royals’ have made sure we get ordinary work and forced us to like it.
“I’m going to guess that when the folks over at Arrowhead get ahold of this it’s not going to be free. Because nothing is free, right?”
Jared Carter, on the announcement that the NFL will be providing Wi-Fi at all stadiums, 610 AM
GH: How much will four hours of Wi-Fi cost at a Chiefs’ game? My first guess is $20. And that might be low.
“It’s been my experience at Chiefs’ games that the people who look like they can least afford tickets are the ones with tickets.”
Scott Parks, 980 AM
GH: Has Parks been sitting next to Belly Boy at Arrowhead?
“I don’t know why you would Wi-Fi at an NFL stadium. Because when I go to an NFL game I go with these things called ‘friends.’ I don’t need to be looking at my phone all the time. I talk to my friends.”
Jared Carter, on his lack of interest in Arrowhead getting Wi-Fi, 610 AM
GH: I am a Wi-Fi junkie. I plan where I am going to eat lunch according to what restaurants have Wi-Fi. Having wireless access at NFL stadiums will enhance the game-day experience and maybe slow the attendance bleeding the NFL is experiencing due to fantasy football fans staying home.
“The guy picking on the kid in the Foundation for a Better Life commercial is wearing an Adrian Murrell AZ Cardinals jersey. Who’s the nerd?”
Soren Petro, @theprogramkc, Twitter
GH: The guy who recognizes the Adrian Murrell jersey.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24