“I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. I love KU and I love the Jayhawks. I feel like I’ve improved quite a bit since I’ve been here. I love my teammates but I just don’t feel like it’s the right fit for me. We have many good guards and so many big-time players. I want to be at a place where I could play a bigger role.”
Conner Frankamp, on his decision to leave Kansas before the start of his sophomore season, ESPN.com
GH: Selfishly, I wanted to watch Frankamp play his college career at Kansas, where I could see him play almost every game and follow his progress closely. But college kids need to go to school where they think they fit best and what is best for the four years of eligibility the NCAA grants them. I wish the Wichita Wonder all the best and I hope he lights up whatever backcourt he ends up in.
“Four years ago, I had to play at a high level because I wanted a new contract and I wanted to be known as one of the best pass rushers in this league. That’s (Justin Houston’s) mentality, and it’s hard to stop a guy that has that mentality: ‘I want to be paid, I want to play for a good team, and I want to be labeled the best at doing it.’ Give credit to Justin. The will is getting him there now, and you can’t stop it.”
Tamba Hali, after Houston pushed his NFL-leading season sack total to 12 in the Chiefs win over the Jets, Kansas City Star
GH: Justin Houston, along with the defensive front of the Chiefs has Chiefs fans dreaming that their team can pull a Royals-like second-half surge and put the Chiefs in position to make a run at the Super Bowl. Can this be real? After that season-opening home loss to the Titans? After what we saw here in Kansas City in October, no fantasy is off the table. Well, that Viagra-induced four-hour erection probably isn’t going to happen.
“So unbelievably sad. So unbelievably proud.”
Brian Cunningham, @Hamdogg, after the Kansas City Royals dropped Game 7 to the San Francisco Giants by the score of 3-2, Twitter
GH: Yes, we lost. But Kansas City and its fans proved to be winners in how they bonded with their team and themselves. This was one fantastic October ride we all went on together that was all the more sweet due to its unexpectedness. Not even Madison Bumgarner can erase those memories.
“Hopefully, we can get another opportunity.”
Dayton Moore, 810 AM
GH: Last season we ridiculed Moore for saying that he thought in a small way we won the World Series. It was a ridiculous statement after suffering our 28th year of no postseason play in Kansas City. But that streak not only died this October, it was beaten bloody and he carcasses of some of MLB’s best teams were left in its wake. So let’s do this again sometime. Soon.
“As kids, what I fall back on is when I was 10 years old, hitting rocks in the back yard, trying to hit it over the fence for a home run. I never one time thought, ‘OK, bases loaded, two out, bottom of the ninth, game five of the World Series,’ you know? Never. It was always two outs, bottom of the ninth, game seven of the World Series.”
Ned Yost, in his postgame comments Tuesday night, Kansas City Star
GH: You, me and just about any kid who ever hit a rock with a stick has envisioned that same Game 7 scenario as Ned described. Only for the Royals and Giants it is real. Tonight. Holy Freaking Baby Jesus!
“On July 21 the Royals were 48-50.”
Dennis Dodd, @dennisdoddcbs, Twitter
GH: Let that marinate in your noodle for just a moment. July 21st is almost August! And then consider the Wild Card night (now a month ago) when reality got bent so out of whack that Jon Lester surrendered a 7-3 lead in the eight – to the freaking Royals! If this isn’t one of the great sports stories of all time, there are no great sports stories of all time. And as we all know, that ain’t true.
“That was the weirdest 34-7 game I’ve ever seen. The whole time you didn’t feel like the Chiefs were dominating the game. Here’s the good thing about it – they beat a team they had to beat at home.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: I listened to the Rams first drive of the game and Mitch and Lenny made it sound like this was going to be a long day for the Chiefs as easily as St. Louis sliced through the Chiefs jerry-rigged defense. Who knew then that the Chiefs were going to score 34 unanswered points in a rout to the Governor’s Cup? Maybe that’s a good omen for the Royals as they head into Game 6 tonight following two series-turning losses in San Francisco. Or as the radio disclaimer reminds us – past performances are not necessarily indicative of future results.
“I think when we look back over this series we will look back at Game 4 as being the key moment in the series. Game 4 was huge. You had the Giants down 4-1 in a high-leverage situation and the Giants came out on top there. I would have used Wade Davis in that situation in the highest leverage point in the series and he we are 3-2 Giants going into Game6.”
Brian Bannister, former Royals pitcher, 810 AM
GH: It all looked so real Saturday night when the Royals were up 4-1 in San Francisco and Jason Vargas playfully forgot the count and then froze on his way to first base. A friend of mine told his four young daughters that the Royals were going to win the World Series on Sunday and that there would be no school on Monday because, “WE ARE ALL GOING TO THE PARADE!” He then dogpiled with his kids and sent them off to bed. Sunday morning they awoke to ask, “Dad, is there still no school tomorrow because we’re going to the parade?” His answers were short. “No parade,” he grunted. “You’re going to school. The Royals lost.”
“Now we’ve got a Series.”
Al Wallace, sports anchor, following the Royals 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2, WDAF Fox 4
GH: GAME ON is what the headline in my very soggy Kansas City Star shouted at me as I carefully removed its sogginess from its micro-thin plastic wrapper. So now the Series moves to San Francisco and becomes a best of five affair. I just hope it doesn’t rain on my newspaper carrier.
“There aren’t that many times when a city is completely invested in a professional sports team. When it happens, players and fans alike remember it forever, how they counted down the hours to game time, how for a brief time the games themselves seemed to be the most important thing on Earth. That’s what’s happening around Kansas City these days. In the coffee shops and bars and restaurants, they’re talking Royals. They’re nervous and they’re excited, and they’re having the time of their lives.”
Richard Justice, writer, MLB.com
GH: If you live with 100 miles of Kansas City, you have some idea how this city flipped on its Royalsness since that Wild Card win over Jon Lester and the A’s. Everybody is wearing Royals gear. Everybody is talking baseball. Everybody is losing sleep, going into debt and happy as heck about it because following a winning baseball team through the postseason might be the single best feeling for a sports fan. The NCAA tourney comes close, but this run the Royals are on right now beats anything I can remember. And I am old.