OTC: Cassel’s Surgery Story Broken


“Congratulations on breaking this story.”
Jack Harry, to Kevin Kietzman as they came to the close of discussing Matt Cassel’s emergency surgery, just before 4:00 PM on Wednesday, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman neither verbally accepted Mad Jack’s congrats nor did he correct him. Harry’s words simply floated in the air like a soap bubble. A bubble that KK could have either popped or allowed to fly. He chose the latter. Read on.
“Chiefs QB Matt Cassel underwent an appendectomy this morning, according to a league source. Big question mark for Sunday now. More Cassel details: It was laparoscopic surgery on his appendix, which often is less invasive. But still, having had it, tough bounce back. Chiefs said they expect Matt Cassel "to return to work this week." Big difference between returning to work and playing in a game.”
Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL reporter, Twitter
GH: Schefter is widely credited with breaking this story Wednesday afternoon, during Kietzman’s show. I can’t confirm he deserves the credit but I am almost positive it wasn’t KK who somehow ran this story down while he was on the air and “broke” it. He reported what he heard or read from Schefter or a source quoting the ESPN reporter, but that’s about as much credit as I’m willing to give KK.
“You know what I see? I see a guy (in Todd Haley) who went 4-12 last year and they all but hit the panic button (hiring Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis). Haley, you’re a genius! Sorry, but I’m having a bad week. I know we’ve got this business deal with (the Chiefs) and I don’t want to be the guy who wrecks it. I don’t want to get sideways with them like I was with Carl Peterson. But I think people deserve more than, ‘We’re not gonna discuss it other than what the NFL requires.’ ”
Kevin Kietzman, livid that Haley refused to offer details or an explanation as to why Matt Cassel did not practice on Wednesday, 810 AM
GH: KK went a bit Pioli over Haley’s tight-lipped presser on Cassel. Read on.
“I don’t want to make this into a bigger issue than it is. I fully expect Matt Cassel to play on Sunday.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This was an hour before KK “broke” the story about Cassel having an emergency appendectomy. I’m still trying to understand how KK was able to break the story and not know about the surgery.
“We just want to know a little bit about our football team. It’s not a game to us. It’s a family! This is our life! It is bigger here than in New York. Maybe we’re deranged here but this is what we are. When the starting quarterback is not practicing can you…give us a little something?”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: For a minute there I thought I was listening to Greg Sharpe on the Cornhusker Radio Network.
“I was in my apartment when Adam Schefter broke this story for ESPN.”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: Shariff went into a detailed description on his show of how he had heard earlier Wednesday that Cassel  had been in surgery for an appendectomy and how he had attempted to get confirmation. He phoned Bill Maas, he called area hospitals and exhausted multiple sources in an effort to break this story. Schefter beat him to it before he could confirm it and he acted like a professional in crediting Schefter with the scoop. KK could learn a lot from the new kid.
“We should have gotten his name. It is clear that that guy was obviously a doctor.”
Kevin Kietzman, after a caller who identified himself as a doctor discussed the possible recovering time for Cassel at approximately four weeks,  810 AM
GH: Obviously, KK had no idea if this caller was a doctor or Chiefs John in disguise. While I too believe the caller was a physician, there isn’t a newspaper or many legit blogs (is that an oxymoron?) that would allow that “evidence” to stand as competent reporting. Every time KK wants to rip the newspapers for their faults, it would be wise to remember radio’s as well. Obviously.
“We are hearing that the other station has confirmed that Matt Cassel will be out four weeks. So we know that’s not true. It’s either going to be two weeks or three weeks or five weeks. We know it won’t be four weeks.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I don’t have access to Wright’s Arbitron numbers but his demeaning style toward KK and 810 makes it sound like he’s dominating his competition via a Tyson-like knockout. Maybe it’s just Nick’s high-pitched sarcastic tone but his cuts sound more sophomoric than witty to my ears.
“My buddy Petro is evidently reporting that (KU’s Elijah Johnson) is going to transfer at the end of the semester – except he’s not. … When you haven’t broken a story in three years, I would recommend that you try not to get your first one wrong. Elijah Johnson is not transferring. You might have been told he was in-between bites of some delicious Arby’s and questions about shortstops.”
Nick Wright, in a salvo fired at his competition at 810, 610 AM
GH: I heard the caller tell KK he thought Cassel would be out four weeks. No one at 810 “confirmed” anything. It was simply an opinion given by a caller who identified himself as a doctor. I did not hear Petro claim that he was breaking a story about EJ transferring. Let’s hope Wright did because he was way off on the Cassel cure.  
“It’s gonna hurt when he poops.”
Phil St. John, the youngest son of Steven St. John, who had similar surgery for a laparoscopic appendectomy three weeks ago, when asked for his assessment of Cassel’s injury, Twitter
“One thing I love about that kid (Cassel) is that he does not pout and he does not whimper.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: At least he’ll be high on Santa’s list.
“I’ve been a Cassel hater. The only thing I’m going to be thinking about when I watch this game in San Diego is, ‘Brodie, please don’t put egg on my face.’ I’m a Cassel hater afraid of Croyle failure.”
Shan Shariff, 610 AM
GH: Cassel has come about as far as any Chiefs’ quarterback ever has over the past four months. I posted a headline in August asking if Cassel had already lost this city’s support. I’m still not sold he’s Brady-lite but he’s been more than a manager of the offense. It will be interesting to see if Brodie can hand the ball to Jamaal Charles enough on Sunday to make it a game.
“I’ll be rooting as hard for Brodie Croyle as hard as I have rooted for a Chiefs’ quarterback ever!”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
“Everybody’s going to have to help if Brodie is going to be the quarterback. If you catch my drift.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
“I’ll be rooting like hell for Brodie Croyle in this game.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
“To me this doesn’t affect the Chiefs playoff chances significantly. I think the Chiefs will be just fine. Tell me one play this year that Matt Cassel has made this year that you don’t think Brodie Croyle couldn’t?”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I understand Wright not wanting to credit Cassel but eventually it just makes the critic appear superfluous. Croyle has yet to win a game as an NFL starter. Let’s start there.
“Usually I try to stay off the AM (radio) band but as I was driving home after the (Denver) game trying to get the Oakland/Chargers game, the first thing I heard was some guy saying that Haley can stick it where the sun doesn’t shine for not kicking the field goal.”
Todd Haley, 810 AM
GH: Interesting that our millionaire head coach is surfing the AM band for the Chargers game when you would think he could afford XM. Just go ahead and admit it, Todd, you’re one of us.
“I love these guys! It’s the best bunch of players I’ve been around in my 17 years in the league.”
Mitch Holthus, on his relationship with the Chiefs’ players, 810 AM
GH: Here’s a question to the OTC masses – what Chiefs’ team was the most fun to root for and follow? I wasn’t close to the Lenny Dawson teams but some of those stories Pete Enich tells are pretty tasty. I’d have to cast my vote for DT’s and Neil’s teams in the early 90s. I’m sure Craig Glazer has a story or two about these guys. I know his tale about Steve DeBerg lying naked on a table in Westport is one of my favorites.
“I’m confused.”
Todd Haley, after listening to a five-paragraph three-subject-change question from Holthus, 810 AM
GH: So it’s true, Haley is just like one of us!
“I was a powerful back! I was like Jerome Bettis.”
Shaun Smith, on his days as a running back at Wichita Heights High School, 810 AM
GH: Shaun “The Ball-arina” Smith said he also played safety in high school and was a dunking machine on the basketball team. We always knew you were a baller, Shaun.
“When you have a dog or a horse that runs amok and nips back at you, you’ve just got to condition them.”
Bill Maas, when asked how to reprimand Barry Richardson for shoving the special team’s coach on the sideline, 610 AM
GH: Maas is great on radio. He might not do well inside a car or an airport or even a family, but I love his segments on 610 Sports.
“I would hate a (NBA) team get relocated and move out to Las Vegas or Seattle. If it’s available, let’s go! Full go!”
Bob Fescoe, on news that the NBA is looking to relocate the New Orleans’ Hornets franchise, 610 AM
GH: If you’re wondering why my OTC hasn’t been brimming with as much NBA relocation talk as the local talk shows, it’s because I don’t need an NBA team in KC to help create interest in my radio sports talk station. What 610 and 810 are doing with this non-topic is about as selfish an act as anything David Glass or Carl Peterson have pulled on the local fans.
Greghall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24
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8 Responses to OTC: Cassel’s Surgery Story Broken

  1. Jip says:

    I must hear this Steve DeBerg story.

  2. FollowKentBabbOnTwitter says:

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    Great job Greg! The last thing KK broke was his marriage.

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  3. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Cassel? Let me know when he faces a REAL defense

  4. Anonymous says:

    Five-paragraph, three-subject-change question…….aren’t you being a bit conservative with that? Gawd that was funny.

  5. Monkeyhawk says:

    The Lenny & Hank Chiefs
    I was still a kid but my sister got to know Curtis McClinton at KU. They sang together in chorus.

    And when I came up for a game she introduced me to him.

    So when he signed with the Dallas Texans they were my team. And they won the AFL championship in overtime.

    I probably shat my drawers when I learned they were coming to Kansas City.

    Sitting in those awful bleachers in left field at Municipal Stadium was pretty amazing since to get to a rest room you could walk up to the team’s bench. Linemen the size of Buicks and scat backs like Mike Garret and Noland Richardson who looked almost human. To get an idea what it was like in the original Wolf Pack you have to remember the loudest, most frenzied time you’ve ever experienced in Arrowhead and multiply it five-fold at least.

    It was the 60s, man! AFL teams were the rebels. Joe Namath wore WHITE shoes! Ben Davidson was evil in the flesh. Charlie Tolar (the Human Cannonball), Cookie Gilchrist; I probably became a liberal when I learned Jackie Kemp was a conservative. I was that used to hating him already.

    My Dad finally broke down and got a color TV for the first Super Bowl. And it was a pretty good first half. But it’s the Lombardi Trophy and not the Stram Trophy for a reason.

    Don’t get me started….

  6. Anonymous says:

    Not getting what they pay for..
    You would think a ‘broadcast partner’ with the Chiefs would get the story before anyone else..but I guess 810 didn’t put that in the contract. Instead, they just pay for the right to broadcast Haley’s press conference before anyone else. WHB thought ‘this is great, we’ll have Chiefs news before 610’. Meanwhile Pioli is thinking ‘you mean those idiots will pay us to carry Haley’s press conference? Okay’. Another wise Boeger investment.

  7. Anonymous says:

    talking about the nba coming to kc is selfish?
    Are you serious Hall? You appear to be suffering from Rectal Opticitis, which is when you have a shitty outlook on the world. Lighten up. The NBA is going to sell the Hornets to the biggest bidder. KC is one of the top options for relocation. Guess what sports radio is for? Filling air time while talking about sports topics. Admit that the real reason you dislike the subject is because the NBA and this subject are so far out of bounds for you that you may as well be discussing nuclear physics. Tell us more about how the world is out to get the Cornhuskers.

  8. Doug says:

    610 screamers
    Tired of the 610 screamers blasting 810. As soon as they start ripping on 810, I turn the dial. I want to hear sports, not how much better they are than the competition. Most folks who have to tell you how great they are, aren’t. Who goes first the 9-11 guy or the 2-6 guy?

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