Curtis Kitchen has followed the Big 12, Kansas State and national college basketball beat including K-State's run to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in 2010. You can currently follow his work at his blog: KitchenKC.com In the past, he also covered the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) for Major League Soccer's mlsnet.com site as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals for the other sports station in town. His freelance portfolio ranges media outlets and publications, including gopowercat.com (part of the Rivals network), collegehoopsnet.com and the Miami Herald.
Curtis Kitchen: Fightin' words for 12-14
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Dec 14 2012 12:05PM
Each week, it might be me mixing it up (good), an aggravated quote from a coach or player (better) or an irritated email or angsty tweet from you (best). One way or the other, we’ll hash it out because here, in this column on 610sports.com, we definitely talk about the club. It’s FIGHTIN’ WORDS! - ck
“Really DM? How desperate for pitching is he to give up our top 2 prospects? I hate that move.”
I received this text from a friend immediately after news of the Royals’ trade for James Shields and Wade Davis. I called my friend a few days later and still had to explain to them why this move makes sense. What their thoughts did was adequately sum up a surprisingly large segment of KC fans that had to be convinced bringing in two proven Major League pitchers, including one with ace-type stuff, was a bad thing.
Call it an unexpected side effect to the sickness of bad baseball that has infected this town for far too long. The Major League team went a long way in making itself better, and people wanted to throw all of that to the side and wonder what a rookie right fielder could do.
Maybe Wil Myers sets hitting records in his career. But, I do know that none of that includes being able to control a game from the mound.
No Senior Bowl soup for you
“You probably shouldn’t assume just because ESPN is reporting it, that it’s totally accurate. As for your other questions, Heisman winners have not been in Mobile for the Senior Bowl before. Eric Crouch comes to mind.” – Senior Bowl public relations director Rob Lehocky
I started the e-mail conversation with Rob trying to get a better grasp on the Senior Bowl selection process, and how a decision could and would be made in not having a decorated someone like Kansas State’s Collin Klein take part. Lehocky’s answer was surprising in its candid dismissal of ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s report. Additionally, there was a tangible bit of snobbery — with repeated insinuation that this is, in fact, not an all-star game — as I dug through the event’s selection process while uncovering that, as of Wednesday, K-State’s Chris Harper was the only Big 12 player to have been extended an invite and have it accepted.
Since Wednesday, I’ve heard and read that the Big 12 expects the number of its athletes to increase. I do as well, even if Klein is still ridiculously one of those left on the outside looking in.
Always worth the awareness
“Me? They didn’t tell me that. I wouldn’t go as far to say I don’t understand the offense. I just know that, personally, I do know the offense.” — Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston
With that quote to the Kansas City Star, Breaston ripped a hole into Romeo Crennel’s explanation regarding Breaston’s non-use big enough to cause the head coach to stumble his way backward later. It’s really a non-issue for a team battling for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but hey, at least it just takes any scant attention away from the fact that the Chiefs and Raiders are supposed to play something resembling NFL football.