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tk13
11-10-2005, 01:17 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/13127009.htm

Rush to be first with the Holmes story creates a frenzy

JEFFREY FLANAGAN


Developing stories such as the Priest Holmes saga are almost certain to create a media frenzy.

And yes, we officially have a media frenzy here in Kansas City.

We start off with Channel 41’s Jack Harry firing off a report on Tuesday night indicating that Holmes had played in his last game as a Chief and that, according to a highly placed source, Holmes could announce his retirement as soon as today.

Then we have Bob Gretz, Chiefs sideline reporter/Web site columnist, firing on Harry, suggesting that Harry has a personal agenda against the Chiefs and that Harry is a “lamebrain.”

Enter Chiefs public relations director Bob Moore, who flatly denied rumors that Holmes was retiring and added that there would be no Holmes news conference Wednesday.

Oh, and a bit late to the party, welcome ESPN’s John Clayton, who piled on with a report that Holmes was probably done for the season but not done for his career.

All of this followed a story by The Star on Sunday that Holmes was seeing a spine specialist and could be sidelined much longer than just Sunday’s game, perhaps even the rest of the season. That story seemed to get everyone’s antennas up, including CBS, which brought attention to the story during Sunday’s telecast of the Raiders-Chiefs game.

As for Dick Vermeil, well, after some nonsensical talk all week about Holmes perhaps playing this Sunday, he finally ’fessed up on Wednesday that Holmes was out for the season. Vermeil also seemed annoyed at rumors flying around Kansas City on Tuesday and Wednesday that Holmes’ career was over. Vermeil even suggested that Holmes wasn’t talking to reporters Wednesday because of the irresponsible journalism floating around.

Even Harry retreated a bit Wednesday from the ‘R’ word.

“I think the mention of retirement was a bit too strong in our report,” Harry said. “I don’t think he will retire per se because there are financial considerations. We have it on good source that there is some bonus money due him. I think the situation then will be handled after the season.

“But I stand by the story and the fact that he’s finished. It’s over.”

As for the Gretz-Harry tete-a-tete: “I’m not going to get into all of that name-calling stuff,” Harry said.

A phone message to Gretz was not returned Wednesday afternoon.

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The NFL already has squeezed out local cable companies hoping to get a piece of the lucrative NFL Sunday Ticket package. And there hasn’t been much headway, either, in regard to landing the NFL Network on cable.

“No new developments, sorry to say,” Time Warner spokesperson Carol Rothwell said of getting the NFL Network. “These things usually get worked out in the end. But when you have two giant entities, it can take time.”

Not helping the matter was the NFL’s decision to sign a new five-year deal with DirecTV for an eye-popping $3.5 billion that gives DirecTV exclusive rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket. That cold shoulder to cable companies across the country isn’t making those companies eager to ante up for the NFL Network.

“It hasn’t helped,” Rothwell said.

When and if Time Warner, the largest cable provider in the Kansas City area, comes to terms on a deal for the NFL Network, finding a home for the channel won’t be a problem.

“With digital cable, there’s plenty of room,” Rothwell said.

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A reader wanted to know the last time Nebraska lost to Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri in the same year in football. Well, obviously, one would have to go back at least to 1968, when Kansas last beat Nebraska (before Saturday).

Sure enough, that was the last time all three beat Nebraska as well. Missouri beat the Cornhuskers 16-14, and K-State beat them 12-0. All three of those games were in Lincoln.

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Former Jayhawker Keith Langford has resurfaced with the NBA Developmental League’s Fort Worth Flyers, who open their season next week.

jspchief
11-10-2005, 07:49 AM
As for Dick Vermeil, well, after some nonsensical talk all week about Holmes perhaps playing this Sunday, he finally ’fessed up on Wednesday that Holmes was out for the season. Vermeil also seemed annoyed at rumors flying around Kansas City on Tuesday and Wednesday that Holmes’ career was over. Vermeil even suggested that Holmes wasn’t talking to reporters Wednesday because of the irresponsible journalism floating around.

This is the part that irks me. Vermeil stands there and lies to us, then acts offended when the fans choose to get their info from a hack like Jack Harry instead.

I realize Vermeil isn't obligated to tell us everything he knows. But can someone explain to me what harm would have come from being a little more straightforward?