OTC: Will Chiefs/Bills Game Be NFL’s Early Toilet Bowl? / Clinkscale Has Rough Radio Day Wednesday

“You can debate who had the best first week but there’s no debate that Buffalo had the worst. Their new-look defense was obliterated and they’ve got a list of injuries.”
Mike Greenberg, after the Bills were rocked 48-28 by the questionable Jets, ESPN Radio
GH: The Chiefs take their 0-1 record to Buffalo on Sunday to take on one of the few teams that had a worse opening game than them. How bad are the Bills? Read on.

“Were the Jets that good or was Buffalo that bad?”
Ron Jaworski, on the Jets 48-28 win over the Chiefs’ next opponent, ESPN Radio

“I was stunned at the inability of Buffalo’s defense. I thought Buffalo’s defense was pathetic.”
Mike Golic, ESPN Radio
GH: The Bills were thought to have bolstered their defensive front four to be one of the best in the league. The Jets made them look like Kansas’ defensive front circa 2011. Imagine what Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis might do this Sunday.

“[Buffalo] got killed. They got embarrassed by the Jets. I don’t know what to make of this [Chiefs/Bills] game. Somebody has to win it. If anybody else was playing in this game I’d probably pick against them.”
Matt Williamson, NFL writer for ScoutsInc.com, 810 AM

“I think Kansas City is the better team.”
Michael Lombardi, on the Chiefs playing at Buffalo on Sunday, 810 AM

“I don’t feel great about [picking the Chiefs to win the AFC West]. On Twitter I’m catching a lot of heat. Since the Chiefs put the pads on this year, there really hasn’t been much to get excited about – and that surprises me. I can’t say I feel as good about my prediction as I did before the season started.”
Matt Williamson, NFL writer for ScoutsInc.com, 810 AM
GH: A loss in Buffalo would set off alarms around the Chiefs Kingdom that the Cassel is under siege. Romeo, Pioli and Matt need this win in a big way.

“It is going to be fun. It is going to be interesting. We will see what happens. However he feels is however he feels. I already said it before that I have never been a dirty player and I never try to take somebody out. I know the work put in to get where he is and where I am. I have said it before but it is enough already. We will meet up on Sunday.”
Steve Johnson, Bills’ wide receiver, when asked about facing Berry a year after his block ended the safety’s season, ESPN.com
GH: I have heard a number of local media types chastise Johnson for his block on Berry. Nate Bukaty has been one of the more critical voices in this regard. I was not happy that Berry was injured but I didn’t see Johnson’s block as anything more than a football play. It will be interesting to see if Berry tries to exact some revenge in Buffalo.

“He wants to be called John Baldwin? I’m calling him Jonathan Baldwin until he does something. He hasn’t even caught a ball. He’s Jonathan Baldwin.”
Danny Clinkscale, on the Chiefs’ second-year wide receiver requesting to be called John, 810 AM
GH: This is the kind of elitist attitude that gives the media a bad reputation. Why should it matter what Baldwin’s production numbers are to Clinkscale when it comes to respecting his request to be referred to as John? Call the guy what he wants to be called.

“I like the attitude [Baldwin showed]. He handled it well. You know he wants to get out there and help his team. I like the way he answered the questions.”
Jay Binkley, after Baldwin was questioned Wednesday about his lack of production against Atlanta, 610 AM

“He’s probably sitting around with a bunch of buddies who are telling him he’s getting screwed.”
Danny Clinkscale, on his perception of Baldwin after hearing the same interview as Binkley, 810 AM
GH: Baldwin said nothing in his is short time with the media on Wednesday to indicate he was/is in any way upset with his playing time or targets. Somehow, Clinkscale and Kietzman concocted this fantasy scenario where Baldwin is a disgruntled player, complaining to his buddies.

“That to me seems like you’re not even trying. That goes back to the draft and thinking, ‘We’re good. All we have to do is draft for depth.’ I didn’t agree with it then and I still don’t.”
Jayice Pearson, on the Chiefs’ decision to not bring in any defensive backs this week to evaluate, 610 AM
GH: Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four interceptions against the Jets. He riddled the Chiefs’ secondary for four touchdown passes last season. Let’s hope Eric Berry’s presence makes a big difference this Sunday.

“The other team’s quarterback was infinitely more interesting on the conference call today but [Matt Cassel] is our quarterback so we’re going to hear from him.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: I find it interesting that when Matt Cassel was a paid weekly guest on 810, nothing was said about how boring he is as an interviewee. But now that Cassel is on 610 Sports as a weekly guest and no longer on 810, Clinkscale chides him for his blandness. I can’t wait for Herman Edwards to move over to 610 so we can hear what the guys at 810 really think about his say-nothing retorts.

“Royals bat around in two innings in win over Twins”
Headline in KC Star, following Royals 10-5 win in Minnesota Wednesday, Kansas City Star
GH: Like the weather in Kansas City come September, the Royals turn attractive, energetic and inspire thoughts of wonder while slaying those of despair.

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31 Responses to OTC: Will Chiefs/Bills Game Be NFL’s Early Toilet Bowl? / Clinkscale Has Rough Radio Day Wednesday

  1. Gavin says:

    I think you mean “Mike Greenberg” of ESPN Radio.

  2. Jim says:

    My guess is that Baldwin’s friends and family call him a number of different names. John, Johnny, Jonathan, etc. I think you are making too big of a deal out of the whole thing, GH. From a guy that gets called Jim, James, Jimmy, Jimbo or Jamie depending on who is addressing me, it’s a difference without a distinction. Unless, of course, the middle name is used directly afterwards. That’s when I know I’m up shit creek.

  3. Smartman says:

    Chiefs / Bills, Beef on Weck versus Beef on Dreck. This is definitely a game for TiVo. Might just take the wife lingerie shopping.

    Danny Clinkscale is the ultimate cunt. Baldwin ahould call him Mrs. Keitzman. He is Dan Glass to KK’s King David. Why anyone would want to go through life as KK’s yes man/bitch is incomprehensible to me. I tried listening to Danny and Jack after the Falcons game. I lasted about 3 minutes. Awful.

  4. rkcal says:

    When your local pro teams have been as exciting as cold lumpy oatmeal for the better part of 3 decades, you get pretty good at concocting fantasy scenarios. Like the ones I concoct every year that get the Chiefs to 10-6 and the Royals to 80 wins.

  5. nick says:

    After a Chiefs loss, Clinkscale seems almost giddy. After a win, he nitpicks. I don’t think he realizes how unlistenable that is to Chiefs fans. We like our team. We don’t mind criticism of our team, but after a game we like to hear people who sound excited, bummed out, or frustrated along with us. Soren’s okay at that. Steven St. John’s reactions after Chiefs games are about perfect. I avoid Clinkscale like the plague after a Chiefs game.

    Greg, your point about Cassel and 810 is BRILLIANT. Besides Herm, how many other paid, bland, unlistenable 810 guests (Monty, Trent Green, Goldberg, Dennis Dodd, the point spread guy KK brings on every week, Harlan in come cases) will be ridiculed in the future?

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      The worst was the KSU Suckfest when The Male Cheerleader had that corpse, Jim Colbert on. That was just brutal radio. Most of the time it was some crackly phone interview and Jim would nod off in the middle of his jerkoff stories. Awful.

    • Ronnie says:

      Got to disagree with you on Kevin Harlan. That guy brings it. Granted, when he is on with KK he keeps himself a bit under wraps. But when he is on with the morning show the guy is a hoot. Plus he knows his stuff.

    • JP says:

      Nick, right on with your criticism of Danny “Downer” Clinkscale. The guy hates the Chiefs, plain and simple. He has criticized the fans, the players and the organization. Anytime something peripheral comes up where the Chiefs may be in the wrong, Danny Downer is right on it. He is a joke, and 810 must be paying him peanuts, since he feels the need to be on the radio all the time.
      I would rather listen to a test pattern than Clinkscale.

  6. chuck says:

    The fact that Baldwin did nothing in the first game, means zero, nada, zilch.

    Did I mention that the rookie (essentially) not doing anything in the first game means nothing?

    Oh…, ok.

    Here is what means something.

    We are 29 million under the cap, and the best cornerback we had on the team plays for the Dallas Cowboys.

    What a fuck up that was.

    • Orphan of the Road says:

      chuck, amazing how they punish an organization for overspending but not a word when they spend less than dictated.

      That money will come in handy when the NFL gets hit for collusion during the uncapped year.

      You will be glad to hear that McCluster & Breaston were seen (photographed even) drowning their sorrow at Baccala on Independence Avenue Monday night.

      No word if the harlinator was with them.

      • chuck says:

        What is Baccala?

        Italian fish? Right?

        Piscatorial pursuits should be off season activites.

        Where is the fuckin beef?

        I am gonna have to pay smartman some sweet moola if they don’t get fuckin crackin.

        Maybe I will just watch the best cornerback in the NFL play for the Cowboys.

        • Orphan of the Road says:

          You might recognize it by the former name, Gerry’s Silver Slipper.

          I run into the manager at the 3600 Club when I visit the old ‘hood. He had pictures on his cell phone.

          Unlike most athletes, they weren’t looking for a free ride. Spent money but not crazy money.

  7. Kyle says:

    GH: I have heard a number of local media types chastise Johnson for his block on Berry. Nate Bukaty has been one of the more critical voices in this regard. I was not happy that Berry was injured but I didn’t see Johnson’s block as anything more than a football play. It will be interesting to see if Berry tries to exact some revenge in Buffalo.

    Other than the fact he took him out at the knees when he was standing there about 10 yards away from a play that was ending, there was nothing wrong with it.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Isn’t that the role of a wide receiver as a down-field blocker? You clear the way to prepare for a cut-back breakaway run by the ball carrier. The goal of the blocker is to knock the defender to the ground.It’s just football.

  8. kcobserver says:

    What? He wants to be called “Danny” Clinkscale? Well, until he either gets his own show or finally stands up to Kietzman, I’m calling him “Dan” Clinkscale!

    • Taxee says:

      With him calling T-Bones, UMKC, and now high school football, I’m surprised he hasn’t asked to be called “Daniel”.

  9. JFP says:

    I thought for sure GH would post Homer Holthus’ statement yesterday that the Buffalo game isn’t a “must win.”

    11% of teams that start 0-2 make the payoffs. Homer must like the odds.

    • Jim says:

      JFP, while that is statistically correct, it is also a bit misleading. If the Giants, Saints, Steelers or Packers lose THIS week do you feel like they only have an 11% chance of making the playoffs? If so, I’ll take that action all day long.

      Whether the Chiefs win or lose this week may statistically improve their “odds”………….but, it doesn’t make them a better team. They are not in the same league as the teams I listed above.

      “Must” wins in week two are silly. There are a 1,000 different variables that render that theory moot week to week to week.

      • JFP says:

        I’m pretty much coming from the view that if the Chiefs start off 0-2 then it’s looking like another total fucking disaster at Arrowhead, and Holthus has become such a company guy he’s almost unbearable to listen to.

        • Taxee says:

          I want to see the Chiefs win another playoff game someday as much as any fan, but knowing that Mitch has NEVER broadcast a Chiefs playoff win is a great consolation prize.

          • Java Man says:

            I think it’s been pointed out on here before, but it’s odd that many of us don’t mind this kind of homerism from the collegiate level. For some reason it’s very annoying in the professional ranks.

  10. Uncle Dick says:

    Years ago, Ritchie Allen, after leaving the Phillies, asked people to start calling him Dick. Jonathan Baldwin wants to be called John, and Clinkscale is being a dick.

  11. Joe says:

    Well the only balls Clinkscale ever catches are Keitzman’s. JH

  12. KC KID says:

    810 concocting a crazy story? MU to the BIG 10!

  13. Rick says:

    Wow I’m reading your stuff in reverse order. And your comments about Danny and KK concocting a fantasy scenairo is pretty much what you did to Jaycee by trying to make his comments about the Chiefs underpaying into a racial statement. Way to concoct.

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