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A podcast about the biggest sports stories in and around Kansas City. Covering Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Kansas State University and more. Hosted by Blair Kerkhoff.

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A podcast about the biggest sports stories in and around Kansas City. Covering Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Kansas State University and more. Hosted by Blair Kerkhoff.

    KU, K-State clash turns into Sunflower Throwdown

    KU, K-State clash turns into Sunflower Throwdown

    For 39 minutes and 59 seconds, Kansas’ 81-60 victory over Kansas State was about the outstanding play of KU freshman guard Christian Braun. Then the last second happened. A benches clearing brawl ended the action. The fight spilled into spectators who sit in the end zones, including some in wheelchairs. Beat writers Jesse Newell, Gary Bedore and Kellis Robinett discuss what went wrong.
    KU, K-State players brawl in seating area behind basket at end of Jayhawks’ victory.
    Bill Self calls fight with Kansas State an “embarrassment,” promises quick action
    “It should have been avoided:” K-State’s Bruce Weber laments final seconds before brawl
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    • 27 min
    Staying tuned for Royals outfielder Alex Gordon’s new contract

    Staying tuned for Royals outfielder Alex Gordon’s new contract

    Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is closing in on a one-year deal with the club. The seven-time Gold Glove winner and three-time All-Star is a rarity in today’s game, playing his entire career with one MLB team. Also, the Royals re-signed Jorge Soler to a one-year deal. But what does that mean for the home run champion after 2020? And we remember the late Royals owner David Glass with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Vahe Gregorian.
    Links to stories we discussed on today’s show:
    David Glass’ life in Kansas City started rocky and then it go so much better
    Royals and AL home run champ Jorge Soler sign one-year deal to avoid arbitration
    Royals appear poised to bring Alex Gordon back for 2020 season
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    • 25 min
    The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl

    The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl is set and for the first time in five decades it includes the Kansas City Chiefs. Confetti was still on the field when the A-team of Herbie Teope, Sam McDowell, Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian broke down the Chiefs’ 35-24 victory in the AFC Championship Game and take a first look at the Super Bowl foe, the San Francisco 49ers.
    Story links:
    Super Bowl-bound Chiefs return to football’s biggest stage for first time in 50 years
    Patrick Mahomes and the moment that sent Chiefs to first Super Bowl in 50 years
    Patrick Mahomes, 24-year-old face of the Chiefs, is now face of the Super Bowl
    You knew Mahomes and the offense would be good. Defense made the difference for Chiefs
    Travis Kelce stole the show in Chiefs’ trophy presentation. Here’s how and why
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    • 38 min
    Meet the Chiefs game-planners, Bieniemy, Spagnuolo and Toub

    Meet the Chiefs game-planners, Bieniemy, Spagnuolo and Toub

    On the final day of workouts before the AFC Championship game, we hear from three assistant coaches who will develop the Chiefs game plan against the Titans: special teams coordinator Dave Toub, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Hear what they say about the game, the Titans and head coach Andy Reid.
    Story links:
    Why “I’d probably hug him forever” speaks for many rooting for Andy Reid now
    The Chiefs special teams made amends last week. Now they must do same agianst the Titans
    “People are making something out of nothing” Bieniemy says of calling plays
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    • 24 min
    Responding to your questions, comments on AFC title game

    Responding to your questions, comments on AFC title game

    How to handle Derrick Henry … The impact of the previous meeting … Patrick Mahomes … Chiefs experience in this spot were all topics addressed by the A-Team at Big O Tires in Lee’s Summit. Herbie Teope, Sam McDowell, Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian break down the AFC Championship Game between the Chiefs and Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
    Story links:
    Chiefs have spark plug in Mecole Hardman who has energized teams in back to back games
    How will this Chiefs-Titans game different from the first? Start with the quarterback
    No team has bumfuzzled Chiefs’ Andy Reid like the Titans. He’s out to change that
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    • 42 min
    Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, other Chiefs not fazed by moment

    Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, other Chiefs not fazed by moment

    The Chiefs met the media for the first time as they prepare for the AFC Championship Game against the Tennessee Titans, and you’ll hear from Patrick Mahomes, Tyrann Mathieu, Andy Reid, Anthony Hitchens and Mitchell Schwartz on their playoff path and Super Bowl dreams.
    Story links:
    Chiefs keys vs. Titans in AFC Championship Game? The mission is simple: Stop Henry
    Chiefs-Titans players to watch: You know about Mahomes, Henry. Here are others
    Chiefs share stirring highlight video from playoff victory over Texans
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

wheaton chief ,

Best of Breed

The KC Star has had the best sports page in America for years, and this podcast is an extension of the page.

Blair is the perfect, substantive host and the guests and fellow writers are consistently great. Finally, this is not a “5 minutes of substance” podcast. There is a great natural flow to the podcast, an ease, but not full of inside jokes and things the listener wouldn’t get.

Keep it up. Great stuff.

Mark1306 ,

Love Your Show!!!

Love SportsBeat KC as I grew up in the Kansas City area and living in Arizona can stay up on the KC sports scene!!!

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Required Listening for KC Sports Fans

Blair Kerkhoff does an excellent job of hosting thoughtful, insightful, and cogent discussions of all things (KC) sports. They crew understands the culture of the city, and how it intersects with the local teams. I also appreciate their ability to bring up relevant statistics and factoids without getting bogged down too deep in numbers. While I’m not a big fan of the rest of the KC Star, I very much enjoy this podcast, and recommend it.

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