OTC: Raiders Turn Chiefs’ Hold On AFC West South


“There was some crazy stuff that was going on, on the field – especially between the big guys up front that hadn’t been happening all season. You could tell this was a playoff-type atmosphere out there.”
Matt Cassel, when asked by Steven St. John to discuss the uniqueness of the physical play of the Raiders’ game, 810 AM
GH: For four hours I was transfixed on my couch by this game that took place two time zones to the west. The zaniness, the fumble scrum, the overtime sudden-death finish, the sheer lunacy of the refs – all brought me back to Chiefs/Raiders circa the ‘60s. This one may have been one of the looniest in the history of the rivalry. Read on.
“It wasn’t first down! It wasn’t first down!”
Referee Jeff Triplett, to Todd Haley as the Chiefs’ coach passionately protested that the referees failed to give the Chiefs a first down near the one-yard line, CBS
GH: In the Colorado/MU game 20 years ago, the refs lost a down. As in one. Triplett’s crew on Sunday tried to erase four of the Chiefs’ downs. What I found most entertaining was Triplett’s facial expression as he resolutely told Haley it was not first down. Read on.
“You’re going to be embarrassed! You’re going to be embarrassed!”
Todd Haley, responding to the referee, CBS
GH: Haley added no f-bombs to his warning. He simply was trying to help Triplett and his Carolina drawl get the call correct. They finally did. And yeah, they were, are, and will be embarrassed over that one for quite some time.
“On December 19, 1999, Triplette accidentally hit the Cleveland BrownsOrlando Brown in the eye with a penalty flag weighed with ball bearings. The next season, Triplette also accidentally struck Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Beasley in the helmet.”
GH: Maybe we should just be happy Trips didn’t give Jamaal Charles a concussion with a first down marker.    
“They have completely screwed this up! … There are four officials on this crew that have worked a Super Bowl. It’s been a little bit sloppy at times.”
Kevin Harlan, on the referees losing track of the down and their overall incompetence, 810 AM
GH: Harlan was not on his A-game either on Sunday. He blew some Cassel stats and sounded flustered at times and out of sync. Maybe his support crew was to blame but a talent like Harlan has to rise above his production crew and perform. That’s why he makes the big bucks and the spotter gets meal money.
“We shouldn’t go on and on about the officiating but it was wretched.”
Brad Porter, Metro Sports
GH: I did not hear a caller or a member of the media blame the Chiefs’ loss on the officials. But to a man (or woman), everyone thought the officiating crew was embarrassingly poor. These guys need to be fined and suspended immediately. Messages need to be sent to officials as well as players and coaches.
“A devastating Chiefs’ loss in Oakland. There has been more (fan) anger after this loss than any other this season.”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: The Chiefs should never drop a game where they are up 10-0 and in the red zone just before half. But stuff happens in this league. But was the loss devastating? No. At 5-3 and a Chiefs-friendly schedule ahead, lots of good things are still very attainable for Todd Haley’s club.
“I told you guys the Raiders are jokes… Them putting up 92 in 2 weeks almost guarantees a stinker from them today. … This has 31-3 written all over it. And if you believe in jinxes then please tell Santa Claus hi for me this Christmas.”
Nick Wright, as the Chiefs built an early lead in Oakland, Twitter
GH: The more I listen and read Wright’s tweets, the more I question his understanding of the NFL game and his maturity. He overreacts emotionally to what he sees at that moment. Whitlock built a successful career in the media despite having this same flaw. I’m not sure Wright carries the same weight at Pork Chop to make his weaknesses an asset.
“I’m pouring the Grey Goose as we speak. The tweets could get NSFW RT. … So fucking stupid! Just give it to Jamaal until the fucking stop him. Jesus Christ. Now it comes down to a 3rd down. Fucking Awesome. … I’m losing followers RAPIDLY but I could give a shit… Consider this the XM version of my radio show right now.”
Nick Wright, following the Chiefs’ loss, Twitter
GH: This is one reason I question Wright’s maturity. Being a hell-bent fan can be an admirable trait for a sports radio talk show host. Being a drunk texting expletives to the masses though isn’t cute. I am starting to think Wright’s run in this business might be a short one. He’s just not nearly as talented as he needs to be to cover his screw ups.
“Despite all those obstacles that were placed in (the Chiefs) way, they still forced the Raiders into overtime. To me there’s a lot of positives to build on.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: What obstacles??? The Chiefs had a chance to go up 17-0 at the half! Whatever happens to Wright at 610, let’s hope Fescoe doesn’t move into the afternoon drive-time slot. Talk about an obstacle!
“Surprisingly, the athleticism of Matt Cassel.”
Solomon Wilcots, as Cassel stumbled and bumbled forward to avoid a sack, CBS
GH: Anybody else think Cassel runs like one of those blow-up Santas in your neighbor’s front yard? Kind of lurching forward and ready to topple over from the next stiff breeze?
“Bill Mass suggested this to me multiple times and I still have a hard time believing it. He told me that Todd Haley and Charlie Weis coach to make Matt Cassel look good in certain situations. They alter their game plan in order to give Scott Pioli a warm, fuzzy feeling in his belly about Cassel!”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: Anyone who has a warm, fuzzy feeling in their belly about Matt Cassel needs to see a doc and have that tapeworm removed.
“Absolutely pathetic. I don’t understand it.”
Richard Baldinger, on the Chiefs decision to choose the pass over the run in the second half, Metro Sports
GH: I have never met an offensive lineman who didn’t bitch about abandoning the run in favor of the pass. The passing game sure didn’t hurt Oakland’s offense in the second half.
“We’ve got to cut right to the chase. If you don’t blow up on special teams today, this game is a win for the Kansas City Chiefs. This is a problem now. We have reverted back to what it was last year. It has disintegrated. This needs to be changed immediately if you want to have success. Special teams gave life to the Raiders and that was the whole difference in the second half.”
Richard Baldinger, Metro Sports
GH: The Chiefs special teams need to be renamed the sped teams.
“They’ve got to take care and win the games they are supposed to win and to me, (Sunday’s game in Oakland) was a game they were supposed to win.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: I give Oakland more credit. Yes, the early lead makes you think the Chiefs let this one get away. But Oakland might be one of the best teams in the AFC. Yeah, it sounds crazy but have you looked over the AFC lately?
“Just verbal assaults all day long. Nope, nothing I can really repeat right now.”
Matt Cassel, when asked if Raider Nation threw anything at him during the game, 810 AM
“I can absolutely understand it. Yes. I’m on board.”
Matt Cassel, when asked by SSJ if he understands now why Chiefs’ fans hate the Raiders, 810 AM
GH: This rivalry got a jolt on Sunday. If this season plays out like I expect, that Raiders/Chiefs finale January 2nd at Arrowhead to be for the AFC West crown. I’ve got a feeling Clark may sell a few tickets for that sucker.  
“We want to play meaningful games in December.”
Clark Hunt, on his expectations for this season’s Chiefs earlier this year
GH: Me too.
“They didn’t see Chad Henne get hit twice when he slid. Yeah, a little Stevie Wonder and Anne Frank. … Who was that? Is that the blind girl? Helen Keller. … I don’t know who the fuck Anne Frank is. I’m mad right now. Fuck it. I’m not as swift as I usually am.”
Channing Crowder, Dolphins’ linebacker, apparently confusing Anne Frank with Helen Keller, AP
“He got his movies mixed up.”
Herm Edwards, responding to Crowder’s comment, 810 AM
GH: Herm’s quote might have been even better than Crowder’s.
Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24
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15 Responses to OTC: Raiders Turn Chiefs’ Hold On AFC West South

  1. dp says:

    Crunch Time Defense
    For the second week in a row the D can’t off the field when they need to. BUF bailed them out last week by missing the field goal. No such luck with Sea Bass.

    This was truly a team loss, the play calling in the second half made no sense. In OT on third a short we throw a two yard pass to……Pope? Rather have Cassel try to run it himself than throw a pass to the blocking TE. Special teams took a dump not only on the TD, but Studebaker got what, 30 yards in penalties on one play to back us up?

    And lastly, the D. Brandon Flowers getting beaten by Andre Johnson isn’t too bad, but getting torched, man on man with the game on the line by a no name rookie is bad. He needs to get back to basics and stop bitching for a flag every play his man makes a catch. Shameful shit. The secondary better get it together, or Orton and the Donks will throw for 400 on us.

    Not the end of the world b/c the schedule is so soft, but this better be the exception and not the rule. That CLE win on the road looks better and better btw………….

  2. dp says:

    Nick Wright is a joke. How he has a radio program on drive time radio is unbelievable. There needs to be an investigation.

  3. harley says:

    stfu hall…and get off the bandwagon…
    more mistakes. more wrong satire. "Writers" (and I use that term loosely)
    like you and goofball glazer jump on someones bandwagon and the
    wheels come off. So please stop telling us whats going to happen
    such as saying mu is in bcs title game. You two guys are a jinx so shut
    Thank god you said raiders are the best in the afc. You just jinxed them
    too. Tell your dr. to get you off those meds fast because they are f*cking up your mind. Look at oakland’s upcoming schedule…its hell. Pitt/Indianapolis/SD
    etc….they will be lucky to go 8-8. So you need to do some research before you insert foot into mouth.
    And yes…its the coaches job to use a players strengths and reduce his
    weaknesses so the qb looks good. Cassell can’t throw long so throw the
    bubble passes…short quickhit routes. what do you want haley to do?
    Call plays that don’t play to his players strengths.
    And why make fun of wright/fescoe about their opinions and thoughts.
    You made the same stupid comments earlier..so you are as stupid
    as they are only you make about $100,000 less than they do.
    Please…greg…get yourself and glazer and get off the chiefs bandwagon.
    Glazer had cassell as superman. He had him in the super bowl.
    Can Hearne get two worse sports writers than you and glazer?

  4. harley says:

    REAL fans were entertained…
    Hall: Get back in that truck of yours and drive south 300 miles.
    Get out of the way. You are derailing the chiefs express to the playoff.
    And take hearne/maria/fat tony/glazer and the guy who got an orgasm
    watching ku come back against the worst team in america.
    Please. thanks.

  5. harley says:

    How can chiefs go south when they are
    the division leaders? We’re number one!

  6. monkeyhawk says:

    Parity —
    The Chiefs are not a very good team. Then again, none in the NFL is a very good team. That’s the plan. That’s the process.

  7. Gavin says:

    Solomon Wilcots, not Solomon Wilcox.
    Charlie Weis, not Charlie Weiss. As for saying that the passing game didn’t hurt the Raiders, well, Greg, they are kind of built for the passing game. They have McFadden too, but the Raiders are a passing team and the Chiefs are built as a running team. It makes sense for the Raiders to pass because their offense is pass-oriented. It makes no sense for the Chiefs to abandon the rushing game when they have such a powerful riushing attack.

  8. dp says:

    What Gavin? Raiders built for the passing game?!
    Gavin sayz- ‘It makes sense for the Raiders to pass because their offense is pass-oriented.’

    DP sayz- How do you figure? They were number 2 in the league in rushing coming in to yesterday’s game and they are now number 1 attempts and yards. Glad you are not a D coordinator.

  9. Gavin says:

    dp- you’re right
    What I meant to say, but failed utterly in ACTUALLY saying, is that Al Davis selects guys based on their times in the 40. He drafted Heyward-Bey ahead of Crabtree solely on his track speed and Jacoby Ford was selected because he was a national championship sprinter. Davis likes the passing game and he builds teams because he likes the passing game. I’m not saying they’re actually any good at it, only that they’re committed to it. draft players to support it and are thus "built" for it.

    Still, a truly shitty way of saying it on my part.

  10. Greg says:

    Thx for the fixes Gavin
    Gavin, appreciate the help.

  11. Kerouac says:

    Una vez mas – kc is 0-1 vs the only winning team they have played, 1-2 vs the three .500 teams they’ve played and a mighty 4-0 when they get to play tomato cans aka winless teams. 16-24 .400 the cumulative their opponents bottom line; Sunday’s opponent DEN is 2-6 so the overall becomes 18-30 and a crisp .375. Nick ‘Is Never’ Wright says the Raiders are jokes – if so, to borrow from Sammy Davis Jr. playing the part kc chiefs: "’what kind of fool am I?"

  12. JimmyD says:

    Wilcox is the worst ever
    that is all

  13. Rainbow Man says:

    what it really means
    When KC fans are livid about a loss to the Raiders at Oakland… It only means one thing. The fans are behind our team. We are back!

  14. theKCeye says:

    KK vs. Wright
    Today I turned on 810 to hear Kietzman knock Nebraska for owning the Big 12 North this season. Then I flipped to 610 to hear Nick Wright (who I rarely listen to) brag about how, if his station keeps dominating in the ratings, he’s going to have to adjust to a new boss because his is going to get promoted. I quickly turned it off. I did a re-watch/second guess column on my blog, give it a look and a shout <a href="http://kceye.blogspot.com/2010/11/second-guess-chiefs-vs-raiders.html">here</a&gt;.

  15. theKCeye says:

    Great.. no html

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