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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.

SportsBeat KC The Kansas City Star

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    • 4.8, 289 Ratings

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.

    Royals’ rough start personified by shortstop Adalberto Mondesi

    Royals’ rough start personified by shortstop Adalberto Mondesi

    Never has the idea of “no time like the present” to make improvements been more true than this baseball season. The Royals have lost seven of their first 10 games, and in a 60-game season, the turnaround time is greatly reduced. That also goes for individuals like Adalberto Mondesi. The promising shortstop is off to slow start, at the plate, in the field and on the base paths.
    On SportsBeat KC, The Star’s daily sports podcast, columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian break down the team’s and Mondesi’s season and what it will take to get back on track.
    After a break, the discussion turns to the opt-out decision by Chiefs running back Damien Williams and why some sports and leagues are doing a better job handling the re-start better than others.
    Story links:
    Ever real Danny Duffy deals, delivers on doing the right things during the pandemic
    Royals crater in seventh as White Sox sweep first series of season at Kauffman Stadium
    Chiefs’ Damien Williams reveals he’s opting out because of his mother’s illness
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    • 37 min
    It’s all about accountability away from facility, Travis Kelce says

    It’s all about accountability away from facility, Travis Kelce says

    Travis Kelce says the Chiefs feel safe in their training camp facility at Arrowhead Stadium. The important thing is for players to be responsible when they leave the facility to return home. The Chiefs tight end touched on a range of topics head on SportsBeat KC, The Kansas City Star’s daily sports podcast.
    Also, on the episode, running back Damien Williams tells Sirius XM that opting out this season was based on a family illness. You’ll also hear from Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes who disappointed in himself after Thursday’s elimination loss in the MLS is Back Tournament.
    Finally, Kris Bubic tells us how he found out he would make his major league debut as the Royals starting pitcher in tonight’s home opener.
    Story links:
    Chiefs vets like Mathieu, Kelce will step up leaders during unusual training camp
    Sporting KC gets bounced by Philadelphia in MLS is Back Tournament
    This Royals pitcher will make his MLB debut in Friday’s opener against the White Sox
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    • 26 min
    Opting out, Mahomes’ ranking, and Royals home opener starter - Surprise!

    Opting out, Mahomes’ ranking, and Royals home opener starter - Surprise!

    If only Chiefs running back Damien Williams could return for the playoffs. That’s where he’s done his most damage in a Chiefs uniform with 10 touchdowns in five games over two seasons. But he won’t be in uniform this season, electing to opt-out because of COVID-19. Chiefs beat writer Herbie Teope joins SportsBeat KC host Blair Kerkhoff in breaking down the Williams’ decision and what it means for the Chiefs.
    Also, there was a reason why quarterback Patrick Mahomes landed at the No. 4 spot in the NFL’s list of top 100 players for 2019, and Teope explains why.
    After a break, you’ll hear from Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy. The Royals are about to conclude their season opening road trip and play the home opener—before no fans—on Friday. What’s going right and wrong for the Royals so far, and how did manager Mike Matheny settle on a second-year pro as his home opener starter.
    Story links:
    With COVID-19 swirling, Chiefs running back Damien Williams opts out of 2019 season
    How could Patrick Mahomes be No. 4 in NFL’s top 100?
    Stellar early, KC’s Danny Duffy falters late as Tigers squeeze out 5-4 win over Royals
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    • 34 min
    Shopping across the Truman Complex parking lot with Patrick Mahomes

    Shopping across the Truman Complex parking lot with Patrick Mahomes

    The newest member of the Kansas City Royals’ ownership group is ... Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Add that to the long and still growing list of accomplishments for the 24-year-old superstar.
    Let’s see ... first quarterback drafted by Chiefs in first round since 1983; NFL MVP in his first season as starter; Super Bowl MVP in his second; youngest member of an ownership group in Major League Baseball history.
    In today’s edition of our daily sports podcast, KC Star columnist Vahe Gregorian joins SportsBeat KC host Blair Kerkhoff in a conversation about the news. What does this mean for the Royals and Mahomes’ long-term plans in Kansas City? And perhaps now, with a real stake in the team, Mahomes can light a fire under slow-starting shortstop Aldaberto Mondesi.
    Story links:
    Mahomes mania reaches another tier as he joins Royals’ ownership group
    Mahomes joins elite ranks of sports ownership, and he has to be the youngest, right?
    The Royals expectation for Mondesi in 2019 includes a Patrick Mahomes comparison
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    • 37 min
    Baseball confronts first COVID-19 crisis. Will it be the last?

    Baseball confronts first COVID-19 crisis. Will it be the last?

    Some sports have been more successful at re-starting than others. Baseball is going through a rough patch now with about half of the Miami Marlins traveling party, mostly players, having contracted COVID-19 during the team’s opening series at Philadelphia. The outbreak has ripple effects with other games being postponed.
    It’s baseball’s nightmare scenario that hasn’t occurred in some other sports, like soccer, that have re-started in the U.S., or in other countries. So as pro and college football approach, is it time to ask—if behaviors don’t change and coronavirus numbers continue to climb in the U.S.—are the health risks worth continuing the re-start efforts?
    Star columnist Vahe Gregorian joins SportsBeat KC host Blair Kerkhoff in the discussion. Carry on or cancel? Can you want sports to be played but raise the possibility of it being a bad idea? After a break, you’ll hear from Royals manager Mike Mathney and All-Star Whit Merrifield on how the Marlins’ news hit the Royals’ clubhouse on Monday.
    Story links:
    Royals: Marlins’ COVID outbreak bad for all of baseball, potentially devastating
    Five Patriots players, including two starters, opt out of 2020 NFL season
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    • 39 min
    Chiefs have all health bases covered, and things could still go wrong

    Chiefs have all health bases covered, and things could still go wrong

    The Chiefs are working through health precautions and protocols as they report to training camp at the team facility at Arrowhead Stadium.
    The team says it’s doing everything right and is even somewhat of a model for the NFL. But safety concerns remain amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. On today’s episode of the daily SportsBeat KC podcast, you’ll hear from Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid and trainer Rick Burkholder on the Chiefs’ plans for getting through camp safely.
    Also, you’ll hear from beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and Star columnist Vahe Gregorian on decision by Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to opt out this season and instead practice medicine in his native Quebec.
    Story links:
    Chiefs’ Rick Burkholder helped coordinate league wide COVID-19 protocols
    Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes had most unusual off-season. But return to camp offers normalcy
    Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a true hero for NFL. His opt-out makes world a better place
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
289 Ratings

289 Ratings

Yogi212121 ,

Always good insight!

Keep up the great work!

Reclemens ,

Average to Below Average

Listen to this if you’re desperate for KC STAR sports opinions, but be prepared for a bunch of “woke” writers that are Peter King wannabes. Think of any liberal cause that can inject into sports and these are your guys to listen.

They aren’t happy if there isn’t controversy, so they work hard to create them by projecting national wokeness into everything KC.

Somehow the listener is supposed to feel the writers are heroes for staying up for a late deadline, working on a holiday, traveling to other NFL cities, etc. Maybe they should try working for a job.

Cfjbiifcko ,

Way too much inside journalism

Bumped my rating up to five stars. Not my favorite podcast...it takes five minutes for these guys to make a point. But I like them all. They seem like great people who care about doing a good job.

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