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    We're discussing the KC Chiefs, NFL rematches, those pesky Bengals and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 29:44

    Another week, another rematch for the Chiefs. Last weekend, it was the Bills in the AFC Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. The Chiefs exacted revenge for a 38-20 loss to Buffalo in Week 5 by beating the Bills 42-36 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium to advance to this Sunday's AFC Championship Game, also at Arrowhead. Now the Chiefs play host to another team that beat them during the regular season — Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase and the Bengals, 34-31 victors over the Chiefs in Cincinnati on Jan. 2. The stakes are far higher than they were for that Week 17 game. The victor takes on the winner of Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the L.A. Rams and San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVI. Could a Super Bowl rematch be in the offing? Yes, if the Chiefs and Niners advance. The Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years when they beat San Francisco in Miami two years ago. But first the Chiefs must solve the Bengals. Watch our SportsBeat KC stream with columnist Vahe Gregorian and beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell as they discuss the stakes and how the Chiefs can advance to their third straight Super Bowl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What did we just see? Join our KC Chiefs livestream to talk about a truly epic victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 38:14

     join columnist Vahe Gregorian, beat writer Sam McDowell, reporters Jesse Newell and Lila Bromberg and host/reporter Herbie Teope to discuss the heroics that sent the Chiefs to their NFL record fourth straight conference championship game right here in Kansas City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Talking KC Chiefs (including Willie Gay arrest) ahead of Sunday's Bills game

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 38:25

    The AFC Divisional Round kicks off the weekend, and Sunday night's game between the Chiefs and Buffalo Bills Arrowhead Stadium projects to be a very good one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Breakdown of Sunday night's KC Chiefs playoff win vs. Steelers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 32:37

    The Chiefs beat the Steelers soundly Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium to advance to a Divisional Round showdown against the Buffalo Bills next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Analysis of KC Chiefs-Pittsburgh Steelers NFL playoff game

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 31:17

    It's the opening round of the NFL playoffs, with the Chiefs facing the Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    KC Chiefs beat Denver Broncos, prep for NFL playoff opener

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 40:04

    So the Chiefs did their part on Saturday, beating the Denver Broncos 28-24 at Empower Field at Mile High. Up next, the playoffs. The Chiefs will need to wait for Sunday's games to conclude before they know an opponent and date for their playoff opener, though. They'll definitely be keeping a close eye on one Sunday game — Titans at Texans — in particular. But games involving the Bills and Bengals will also factor in. Join KC Star columnist Vahe Gregorian, Chiefs beat reporters Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and sportswriter Pete Grathoff at about 9 p.m. tonight (Saturday) to discuss Saturday's action and Sunday's scenarios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Star's coverage team talks about the upcoming Broncos game

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 28:46

    The Chiefs have plenty to play for in the regular-season finale.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    We discuss what went wrong for Kansas City Chiefs in loss at Cincinnati

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 34:15

    The Kansas City Star's coverage team of Vahe Gregorian, Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell, and special guests Jesse Newell and Lila Bromberg broke down the Chiefs' 34-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after the game on Sunday afternoon. Story links: KC Chiefs lose control of AFC seeding: What happened in Sunday's loss at the Bengals? KC Chiefs' report card vs. Bengals: This specific aspect doomed Kansas City on Sunday Five things that stood out about the Kansas City Chiefs' road loss to the Bengals KC Chiefs had a chance to put the game in Patrick Mahomes' hands. They whiffed How one play epitomized all that went wrong for the KC Chiefs in 34-31 loss to Bengals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why the stakes remain sky-high for Chiefs' game at Cincinnati

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 27:16

    The Chiefs clinched a playoff berth with last weekend's resounding home victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But they still have some unfinished business to take care of in Week 17, with a chance to clinch the conference's No. 1 seed — and accompanying first-round bye — in the postseason. On Thursday, Herbie Teope, fellow beat writer Sam McDowell and columnist Vahe Gregorian previewed the game and its implications in a year-end edition of The Star's SportsBeat Live stream. Their conversation is presented here as a SportsBeat KC replay. With a one-game lead for the top seed, the Chiefs (11-4) need a win to stay ahead of the Tennessee Titans (10-5) with the regular season coming to a close. The Chiefs could clinch that spot Sunday with a win and Titans loss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Discussing how the (AFC) West was won

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 30:37

    The Chiefs didn't play like a team missing several key starters, hammering the Pittsburgh Steelers from open to close on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. After the game, the Star's sportswriters gathered to analyze Kansas City's victory and look back at this season's turnaround, from 3-4 to the top of the AFC West. This episode originated as a SportsBeat Live video on Sunday evening, and is presented here in podcast form. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Are Chiefs ready for Sunday afternoon's showdown vs. Steelers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 24:25

    The Chiefs, riding a seven-game winning streak, stand atop the AFC with a one-game lead for the No. 1 seed in the postseason. Their hot streak could be in jeopardy because multiple players, including tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill, remain on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium. On Thursday, beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell sat down with columnist Vahe Gregorian to discuss this weekend's game. Hear their conversation now on today's episode of The Star's SportsBeat KC podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    From the airport, let's talk about those surging Chiefs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 21:23

    Before flying back to Kansas City, two of our KC Star writers took a timeout at the L.A. airport — with a third joining from his hotel room — to dissect the Chiefs' gutsy Thursday night victory over the Chargers in overtime. This SportsBeat KC podcast, with columnist Vahe Gregorian, beat writer Sam McDowell, and host Herbie Teope, is their analysis of a win that gave the Chiefs a two-game advantage in the AFC West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    KC Chiefs beat up on Raiders again. They left plenty to discuss

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 28:12

    The red-hot Chiefs are 9-4 after administering a 48-9 beatdown to the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. After the game, KC Star columnist Vahe Gregorian and beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell, plus special guest Lila Bromberg, gathered around the ol' table for some discussion and analysis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What awaits the Chiefs Sunday vs. Raiders, and beyond?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 32:47

    The Chiefs take on the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium with a chance to get their offense back on track. Andy Reid's team hammered the Raiders 41-14 last month in Las Vegas, so it's reasonable to think that, in spite of their troubles on offense this season, the Chiefs have prime opportunity to work out some kinks in front of a friendly crowd. The Star's Sam McDowell, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger spent some of Red Friday discussing what's ahead for the Chiefs on a SportsBeat Live stream, which we present here as a podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Breaking down the Kansas City Chiefs' fifth victory in a row

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 29:14

    Week 13 is in the books for the Chiefs and the latest episode of the SportsBeat KC podcast is live. We discussed what happened in the Chiefs' prime-time victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. KC Star columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger, beat writer Sam McDowell and host Herbie Teope discussed what happened and answered your questions and comments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Red Friday Chiefs discussion before Sunday game vs. Broncos

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 42:08

    The Chiefs, after a week off around the Thanksgiving holiday, play host to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium. Riding a four-game winning streak, the Chiefs are once again atop the AFC West standings. The next three weeks will help determine the outcome of this season's division race: Starting with Sunday night's game, the Chiefs play three straight games against opponents from their own division. And they've defeated the Broncos 11 straight times dating to 2015. In this SportsBeat Live podcast, which initially aired as a Friday morning livestream, Star columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian join beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell in discussing what needs to happen for the Chiefs to make it 12 in a row over the orange team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    All about the ‘D' in Kansas City Chiefs' victory over Dallas Cowboys

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 33:39

    The high-flying battle between two of the NFL's top teams never materialized, but that was OK with the Chiefs. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-9 on Sunday to extend their winning streak to four games ... and now they're doing it with defense. Chris Jones had 3 1/2 sacks. The Chiefs got three takeaways and kept the Cowboys out of the end zone. It was a pretty stellar effort against Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense. After the game, KC Star columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger discussed the finer points with beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell Their conclusion: These Chiefs are improving by the week. Story links: How the Chiefs stole the show in Sunday's clash at Arrowhead against the Cowboys The grades are in. Here's our Sunday report card for the Chiefs against the Cowboys FIve things that stood about the Chiefs victory over the Cowboys Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    It's win or stay home for Sporting Kansas City as MLS playoffs begin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 32:20

    A long regular season begins its final chapter on Saturday when Sporting Kansas City plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS Playoffs. Sporting went 9-3-5 in regular-season games at home this season and scored the second-most goals in Major League Soccer (58). But now it's one and done in the single-elimination tournament. On today's episode of The Star's daily SportsBeat KC podcast, soccer reporter Shaun Goodwin tell us what it's going to take for Sporting to beat one of the league's hottest teams. Vancouver defeated Sporting in the sides' last meeting. We also discuss the seasons of Daniel Salloi and Andreu Fontas, and bring you up to date on the latest happenings with the KC Current. Story links: Sporting's Daniel Salloi is an MLS MVP finalist. Teammates said Andreu Fontas deserved recognition too Andreu Fontas is perfect for Sporting KC. How his season is proving that's true Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Talking biggest game of NFL weekend, KC Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 33:55

    The biggest NFL game of the weekend is in Kansas City on Sunday when the Chiefs play host to the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams lead their divisions and this first-time matchup between quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott is a pretty good storyline. On today's episode of the daily SportsBeat KC podcast, Chiefs beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian break down the matchup, its narratives and what's at stake for both teams. The podcast started as a SportsBeat Live stream Friday morning with your questions and comments. Story links: Can KC Chiefs keep their win streak going against equally potent Dallas Cowboys? His family legacy is prison. Chiefs L'Jarius Sneeds bears a burden to break a curse Chiefs vs. Cowboys prediction: Patrick Mahomes faces team of Texas childhood Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Breaking down QB battle in KC. Dak Prescott vs. Patrick Mahomes. Who ya got?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 30:21

    Regular season games don't come more anticipated than Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Dak Prescott vs. Patrick Mahomes, division leaders, Super Bowl preview? On today's SportsBeat KC, Cowboys' beat writer and columnist Clarence E. Hill Jr., of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram brings us the Dallas perspective with host Blair Kerkhoff. How will the Cowboys' high flying offense plan to attack the Chiefs' improved defense? And what can Dallas do to contain Mahomes and company? After a break, you'll hear from Mahomes from his weekly news conference. Right off the bat, he was asked about being a Cowboys' fan growing up in Texas. Story links: Clarence H. Hill Jr.: To be the best Prescott must outduel Mahomes on Sunday Why the Chiefs breakout on offense against the Raiders may persist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    After some October swoon, Mizzou, K-State trending in right direction

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 27:19

    After weeks of “what's wrong” with Missouri and Kansas State football, some good fortune has returned to both programs. Missouri has won two of three and, at 5-5, is one victory away from bowl eligibility. It won't be easy, with a visit from Florida this weekend and a trip to Arkansas to end the regular season. Kansas State already has its bowl ticket and awaits its destination. The Wildcats face a major challenge Saturday when they play host to 11th-ranked Baylor. It will be the final home game for K-State's Skylar Thompson, one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in program history. Beat writers Lila Bromberg and Kellis Robinett bring us up to date with both teams, and we mix in a little basketball talk on today's episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: “Trench mob: How Mizzou assistant Al Davis has turned around the Tigers' run defense Missouri's starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Florida is unclear Kansas State Wildcats vs. Baylor Bears: Five things to know (this game is a pick'em) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The deeper meaning of Kansas' football victory over Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 34:36

    Why would anyone have anticipated Kansas, a 31-point underdog last weekend at Texas, ending its 56-game conference losing streak in Austin? The last time KU won a league game, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Texas A&M were in the conference. West Virginia and TCU weren't. But it happened. Kansas prevailed 57-56 in overtime with the winning two-point conversation scored on a reception from Jalon Daniels by a third-string redshirt freshman walk-on Jared Casey of Plainville, Kan. Saturday marked his first offensive snaps of his career. The national narrative centered on Texas losing, but this was every bit as much about Kansas having its first major moment under first-year coach Lance Leipold. On today's SportsBeat KC, beat writer Jesse Newell, who covered the game, breaks down what it all means for the Jayhawks. Story links: His first offensive snap for Kansas came at Texas, then he caught the game-winner Here's how long it's been since Kansas won a Big 12 road game, before Texas Yes, Kansas beat Texas...in football. Here's how the Jayhawks stunned the Longhorns Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Woah ... Is there more where that came from for the Kansas City Chiefs?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 40:15

    The Chiefs started Sunday in last place in a tight AFC West race. After their 41-14 victory at the Las Vegas Raiders, they're in first. Patrick Mahomes passed for 406 yards and five touchdowns and the defense was solid for the third straight game. They've now won three straight, too. There was much to discuss after the game, and Star columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian, beat writer Sam McDowell and host Blair Kerkhoff break it down in this podcast. They also look ahead to this weekend's game at home against the division-leading Dallas Cowboys. Story links: “I got my swagger back,” A 2014 video sparked breakout in Chiefs' victory What happens in Vegas? The Chiefs win. Here's what we learned in their 41-14 victory Chiefs' romp over the Raiders restored order and maybe even faith itself A 101-yard receiving game from who? The Chiefs showed something important in quest to be champions again Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chiefs heading in right direction, even if offense is slow to come along

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 37:06

    The Chiefs, at 5-4, are one of nine AFC teams that have played nine games. The first half of Kansas City's season has been a disappointment, but the Chiefs still have eight games remaining, including five against division foes — starting with a Sunday Night Football trip to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders. On today's episode of The Star's daily podcast, SportsBeat KC, beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell join columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian and host Blair Kerkhoff in previewing Sunday night's game, starting with a Chiefs offense that has totaled just 36 points in the past three games. We take your questions and comments, talk about some midseason grades and of course take a shot at predicting Sunday's outcome. Story links: Why Patrick Mahomes isn't as far off as you might think What the Chiefs must do to avoid falling further behind the Raiders in the AFC West Which KC Chiefs made the grade? A midseason report card Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Chiefs have met the enemy and he is... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Skylar Thompson's peaking at K-State. But who starts at QB for Mizzou?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 30:14

    Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is on a roll. In leading the Wildcats to three straight victories, the senior who played at Fort Osage High has averaged 260 passing yards and has tossed a touchdown pass in each game. But now, K-State on Saturday plays an opponent it hasn't been able to solve since 2015: West Virginia. Meanwhile, Missouri quickly put last weekend's loss at Georgia in its rear-view mirror and is focusing on South Carolina this weekend. With four victories, the Tigers need two more to become-bowl eligible ... and they're a slight favorite over the Gamecocks this weekend. Beat writers Kellis Robinett and Lila Bromberg break down the teams they cover, and with Missouri we get plenty of men's basketball first impressions, too. Story links: Why one K-State football player says Skylar Thompson is playing at a Heisman level Missouri Tigers QB update: What Eli Drinkwitz, Brady Cook said ahead of South Carolina game Javon Pickett, Kobe Brown show leadership in Mizzou's season opening victory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Beyond Ochai Agbaji, what else worked for KU in victory over Michigan State?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 30:20

    The Kansas Jayhawks opened the 2021-22 college basketball season with an impressive 87-74 victory over Michigan State at the Champions Classic in New York on Tuesday and the best player on the floor was KU's Ochai Agbaji. He scored a career best 29 points to help Kansas win in this event for the fifth time in six years. There was plenty more for Bill Self to like, including the play of his freshman class and the second half of Arizona State transfer Remy Martin, who was named preseason Big 12 player of the year. Beat writers Gary Bedore and Jesse Newell covered the game and share their thoughts on today's SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast. Story links: “He's a pro:” Ochai Agbaji scores 29 points as KU defeats Michigan State This KU trio wowed vs. Michigan State: “We're going to have a good future” Remy Martin flips the switch at halftime, and his 15 points helps Kansas win opener Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    About the no-call in Sporting's game that made Peter Vermes apoplectic

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 32:22

    Sporting Kansas City concluded its regular season on Sunday with a 1-0 home loss to Real Salt Lake that dropped SKC to third place in the MLS Western Conference standings. Sporting opens the playoffs against sixth-seeded Vancouver on Nov. 20 in KCK. A disappointing loss to be sure for Sporting, which would have finished in first with a victory. But it was the post-game news conference that made headlines. Sporting coach Peter Vermes went after the officiating crew — and the league — in a major way because officials missed a handball in front of the RSL goal that would've given Sporting a penalty kick; Vermes' ire swelled when the play wasn't reviewed. You'll hear from Vermes on today's episode of our daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC, as well as soccer reporter Shaun Goodwin. Story links: Mellinger Minutes: Refereeing in the MLS, plus Chiefs, Royals Vermes blasts MLS officiating, rips no-call in Sporting KC game as “black mark” on MLS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Are the Kansas City Chiefs turning corner with two straight victories?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 34:59

    The Chiefs took down the Green Bay Packers 13-7 on Sunday, and if you'd offered that outcome to Chiefs fans before the season they'd have grabbed it in a heartbeat. That it happened without Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the field doesn't matter in the standings. The Chiefs improved to 5-4 with the victory. Star columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger along with beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell discussed the game with host Blair Kerkhoff on SportsBeat Live, which is now presented as a SportsBeat KC podcast. We broke down the continued troubles for Patrick Mahomes and the offense — although no turnovers for the first time since the opener is a nice achievement. We also talk about the good things the Chiefs' defense and special teams delivered. Story links: Patrick Mahomes was bleh again, until the moment he wasn't Even with no Rodgers or Mahomes magic, win over Packers huge for Chiefs Credit for the Chiefs win: Everything but the offense. Is this sustainable? Has the Chiefs' defense finally arrived? Grading Chiefs vs. Packers: Best game for defense but woes continue on offense Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Better chance of winning Saturday, Mizzou or KU?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 38:27

    Kansas and Missouri face tall tasks on college football Saturday. The Jayhawks play host to Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown and are 24-point underdogs. Missouri is coming off its first SEC victory and to keep that momentum going the Tigers have to win at top-ranked Georgia, where they're 38-point underdog. Beat writers Kellis Robinett, Jesse Newell and Lila Bromberg break down the action on SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast, and even get in a little hoops talk as we begin the crossover from football to basketball. Also, we remember Warren Powers, the former Missouri football coach who died earlier this week. Story links: Felix Anudike-Uzomah's unique celebration dance is just for K-State sacks The most fascinating part of this Kansas basketball season has already revealed itself With Conner Bazelak's status unclear, here's what the backup QBs can do Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    If the Chiefs don't beat Aaron Rodgers-less Packers…

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 44:12

    It's been a week when the Chiefs welcomed Melvin Ingram, bid farewell to Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and sent well wishes to Aaron Rodgers, and we discuss it all on SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast. Sam McDowell, Vahe Gregorian, Sam Mellinger and Herbie Teope broke down the news and how it impacts the Chiefs heading into Sunday's game against the Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers. The show started as a SportsBeat Live, with plenty of questions about the Chiefs, who improved to 4-4 with Monday's victory over the New York Giants and have a chance to climb over .500 for the first time since standing 1-0. Story links: This Kansas City Chiefs player is the AFC defensive rookie of the month Gone from Chiefs, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was an inspiration who will always be treasured here Chiefs' off-season courtship led to welcome addition of edge rusher Melvin Ingram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Melvin Ingram in, Aaron Rodgers out. Hear what the Chiefs have to say

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 35:20

    Even with a short week, it's been busy times for the Chiefs. They acquired defensive end Melvin Ingram in a trade and learned that this week's opponent, the Green Bay Packers, will be without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. He tested positive for COVID-19 this week and must now quarantine for 10 days. On today's episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily podcast, we hear what the Chiefs have to say about all of this: coach Andy Reid, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and safety Tyrann Mathieu discuss the big news of the week and other topics. A programming note: Join us for a SportsBeat Live stream on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Star beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell, along with columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger, will break down the Chiefs' moves and preview Sunday's big home game against Green Bay. Story links: How Chiefs' prep changes facing Packers' Jordan Love instead of Aaron Rodgers “Can you throw?” Packers scramble to fill backup quarterback roles before Chiefs game After Aaron Rodgers COVID news, here's how much betting line changed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Not exactly confidence inspiring but Chiefs will take the victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 33:43

    File it under, the Chiefs will take any victory in any fashion this season. The Chiefs outlasted the New York Giants 20-17 at Arrowhead Stadium in an outcome that didn't exactly inspire confidence in the fan base. Once again, the offense was off, and turnovers were a problem. The Chiefs' two giveaways increased their NFL-leading total to 19 this season. The defense came up big in the beginning and the end, with Willie Gay's early interception that set up the Chiefs' first touchdown, and a pair of sacks to snuff out the Giants' final possession. Star columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger and beat writers Sam McDowell and Herbie Teope hung around as the Arrowhead parking lots cleared to discuss the game on SportsBeat Live. It's now a SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: Chiefs return to .500 with slim win over New York Giants. Here's what we learned Five things that stood out about the Chiefs' close win over the NY Giants Chiefs report card: Passing grades but this team needs to study Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Everything's Current. How do you like new name? Also, we talk Sporting

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 32:17

    Kansas City's women's pro-soccer franchise has a new team name. The Kansas City Current was introduced Saturday night at halftime of the final game of the NWSL team's inaugural season. What do you think of the new moniker? Soccer reporter Shaun Goodwin discusses the new name, plans for a new stadium and shares some general thoughts about the team's first season on today's episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast. After a break, the topic turns to Sporting Kansas City, which missed an opportunity to own first place outright in the Western Conference by losing at Minnesota on Sunday. No goal for Johnny Russell in this one, but he did log an assist. Story links: It's the Kansas City Current Do. you like the new name for Kansas City's NWSL's soccer team? Vote in our poll It's Loony Sunday in St. Paul: as Sporting Kansas City scores first, falls to Minnesota Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Kansas State off the mat with league victory. Now, it's Mizzou's turn

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 28:26

    Kansas State claimed its first conference victory last week. Missouri looks to break into the victory column on Sunday. The Wildcats rallied from a two touchdown deficit to win at Texas Tech, and a defensive play sparked the comeback when Felix Anudike-Uzomah, from Lee's Summit, produced a safety. Beat writer Kellis Robinett discusses all things Wildcats on today's SportsBeat KC. Mizzou is coming off an open week and heads to Vanderbilt in a battle of teams winless in SEC play. Can the Tigers break through and avoid the upset loss in Nashville (It happened two years ago)? Also, the Tigers picked up a huge commitment since their last game in Luther Burden. Beat writer Lila Bromberg provides the update. Story links: Once an overlooked recruit, this K-State defender is now getting national attention Eliah Drinkwitz updates Missouri Tigers' injuries, roster, focus before Vandy game “I want to be the first.” Why five-star recruit picked the Missouri Tigers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How will Patrick Mahomes respond to worst game of his NFL career?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 38:02

    The Chiefs have to hope they bottomed out in last week's lost at Tennessee. Patrick Mahomes had probably his worst game as a pro — his first in the regular season in which his team didn't score a single touchdown. On today's episode of our daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC, we focus on the Chiefs and Mahomes with Kansas City Star columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger and beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell. The big question: What are the main problems and how can they be fixed? Story links: Woeful Kansas City Chiefs defense is impacting their offense, and needs drastic change Computer models aren't bullish on Chiefs' chances of returning to the playoffs Patrick Mahomes dismissed the idea that Chiefs are suffering from a Super Bowl hangover Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Finding the deeper meaning in KU's near monumental upset of Oklahoma

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 32:50

    Kansas lost its 17th straight football game against Oklahoma last weekend, but none of them played out quite like this one. The Sooners won 35-23 but trailed by 10 late in the third quarter. It was easily the most encouraging showing by coach Lance Leipold's first KU team. So what wan we take from the outcome? Here at the daily SportsBeat KC podcast, we posed that question to Kansas beat writers Jesse Newell and Gary Bedore, who broke down how the game unfolded. We also discussed the game's biggest play, turned in by Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams: You know, the forward fumble. After a break, we catch up with KU basketball — picked to win the Big 12 — and examine the latest player to commit to Bill Self's program: big man Ernest Edeh Jr. Story links: Was KU robbed on Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams' unique fourth down play? Four things we learned from KU's 35-23 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma Where will Remy Martin rank among scoring point guards for KU? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Sporting Kansas City “body slams” way to big victory, advances in MLS race

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 30:43

    Sporting Kansas City picked up a huge victory at Seattle on Saturday, a game so intense there was a body slam—and no red card. On today's SportsBeat KC, Star soccer reporter Shaun Goodwin breaks down the game that was decided on a goal by Johnny Russell. After a break, we talk KC NWSL. Although the team will finish in last place in its inaugural season, Woso turned Legends Park into a true home field advantage and ran its unbeaten streak there to seven games with one remaining. The podcast was recorded before the announcement of plans for a new stadium for KC NWSL. The structure, to be built on the downtown KC waterfront and expected to open for the 2024 season, will be the world's first stadium built exclusively for a women's professional team. Story links: KC NWSL women's pro soccer team to build world's first-of-its-kind stadium downtown Sporting Kansas City enjoys delightful afternoon in Seattle, winning 2-1 to clinch playoff berth Tour Kansas City and pass the BBQ sauce: FIFA officials check out our World Cup digs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Who were those guys wearing Chiefs uniforms? Why'd they play like that?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 38:17

    It's not always going to be rainbows and flowers, Patrick Mahomes said after the Chiefs' 27-3 loss at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. No, it was more like dark skies and weeds during this one. The Chiefs got positively drilled on Sunday. The output was the lowest for a Chiefs team in the Andy Reid era. The defeat was Patrick Mahomes' most lopsided in a Kansas City uniform. What went wrong? We counted the ways on our post-game SportsBeat Live stream with Chiefs fans and Star columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger and beat writers Sam McDowell and Herbie Teope. Now it's presented for you here as a SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: On the gap between how the Chiefs see themselves and what they've actually shown us Five things that stood out about the Chiefs loss to the Titans Chiefs grades: They brought their F-game to Tennessee The Chiefs have done something unseen in Patrick Mahomes time with the Chiefs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Better chance of Titans limiting Mahomes, or Chiefs slowing Henry?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 38:26

    Derrick Henry is going to get his yards, there's no doubting that. But can the Chiefs slow the NFL's leading rusher enough to get by in Tennessee? On this episode of The Star's daily podcast, SportsBeat KC, beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and columnist Sam Mellinger break down Sunday's Chiefs-Titans game. It promises to be a high-scoring affair with Henry and Patrick Mahomes, who leads the NFL in passing touchdowns (despite the fact that the Chiefs top the league in turnovers). Also, how might injuries, especially in the Titans' secondary and to Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens, affect the outcome? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    We put our best foot forward (and hope we didn't trip) in World Cup bid

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 39:34

    Kansas City's day to present itself to FIFA officials arrived Thursday, with meetings, tours and, in true Kansas City spirit, a barbecue lunch. So how did we do? We'll know in early 2022. That's when FIFA will announce the 11 winning U.S. cities among the 17 currently bidding to host World Cup games across North America in 2026. On today's episode of The Star's daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC, you'll hear from FIFA officials Victor Montagliana and Colin Smith, as well as Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt and Sporting KC principal owner Cliff Illig. You'll also hear from Star columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian, who attended a Thursday afternoon news conference in the Power & Light District. They share their impressions of Kansas City as a World Cup site. Story link: Tour Kansas City and pass the BBQ sauce: FIFA officials check out our World Cup digs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Talkin' hoops with Bill Self, Bruce Weber, Scott Drew at Big 12 event

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 30:07

    The Big 12 basketball media days made their annual appearances in Kansas City this week, with women's coaches and players in town on Tuesday and the men here Wednesday. On today's episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast, you'll hear from men's coaches Bill Self of Kansas, Bruce Weber of Kansas State and Scott Drew of Baylor. The Jayhawks are picked to win the Big 12, again. Self discussed that and possibly playing with a 10-man rotation. Weber talks about how last year's fast finish might affect this year's team, and Drew speaks to life as a national champion. Hint: He recommends it. Story links: KU's Bill Self to enter third season with NCAA case pending. Here's what he said KU Jayhawks AD talks NCAA case timeline, potential football stadium renovation Why K-State basketball coach is more eager to rotate guards more than usual Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What do FIFA officials want to see during their KC World Cup visit?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 30:52

    Sporting KC is in the thick of the Western Conference race, and KC NWSL has turned Legends Field into a fortress. But the biggest soccer news in Kansas City this week is a site visit by FIFA officials. Kansas City wants a piece of the 2026 World Cup, and now is the time to shine. On today's episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily podcast, soccer reporter Shaun Goodwin discusses Kansas City's bid with host Blair Kerkhoff. After a break, we hear from Katherine Fox, director of the KC2026 World Cup bid committee. What does FIFA want to see while its delegates are visiting Kansas City, and how can one of the smallest markets in the bidding process put its best foot forward this week? Story links: Newly wrapped streetcar displays KC's efforts to host 2026 World Cup ahead of FIFA visit Sporting Kansas City played a late one in Vancouver, and came away with a loss KC NWSL routs Houston 3-0, extends unbeaten streak in home matches to six Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Was Kansas City Chiefs' season trajectory fixed with win at Washington?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 32:07

    The Chiefs continue to look for a complete, four-quarter game. But three solid quarters was enough on Sunday as they defeated Washington 31-13 on the road. Here, in podcast form, sports columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian and beat writer Herbie Teope join host Blair Kerkhoff in breaking down the game on SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily podcast. The Chiefs proved that when this offense doesn't turn it over, they're tough to beat — especially when their defense plays as well as it did on Sunday. Story links: The Chiefs aren't fixed with one victory, but maybe the fix has begun Darrel Williams shines in big moment as Chiefs running back Do the Chiefs have their swagger back? It's just one victory but here's why it seems so vital Why the Chiefs offense, despite the turnovers, had its best day against Washington KC Chiefs report card: Offense clicked but defense also shined in Washington Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A downtown ballpark for Kansas City to replace Kauffman Stadium? Let's talk about it

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 37:48

    A downtown stadium for the Royals is now a front burner issue. John Sherman, who leads the Royals ownership group, went public with the idea last month, and now it's out there for everyone to consider. Where would it be built? How much would it cost and who gets the tab? What becomes of Kauffman Stadium, and does the popular Royals ballpark even need to be replaced? Those questions and more are explored in a Kansas City Star series of stories by columnist Sam Mellnger, beat writer Lynn Worthy and reporter Blair Kerkhoff and in this special edition of the SportsBeat KC podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chiefs' fixes begin with not being the NFL's worst in these categories

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 41:24

    Fixing the Chiefs' problems begins with a two-pronged attack: Tightening up a defense that ranks last in the NFL, and taking care of the football. The Chiefs' 11 turnovers also rank last in the league. These issues (plus others) have the two-time Super Bowl team off to a 2-3 start, but the turnaround can begin at noon Sunday in Washington D.C., where the Chiefs are a 6 1/2-point favorite against the Washington Football Team. Columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian discuss it all here with beat writers Sam McDowell and Herbie Teope in a podcast that first aired Friday morning as a SportsBeat Live stream at kansascity.com. Story links: So, defenses have found a way to slow Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs. Well, sort of Here's how the Chiefs can beat Washington in Week 6 Fixing Chiefs defense can start with playing Juan Thornhill over Daniel Sorensen Chiefs-Washington prediction: Mahomes can show leadership, talent in Washington Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Can local underdogs K-State, Mizzou and KU show some bite on Saturday?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 34:14

    When it comes to conference play, Kansas State, Missouri and Kansas are on the bottom — KSU and KU in the Big 12, MU in the SEC. Maybe that changes this weekend as Wildcats, Tigers and Jayhawks play at home? All three are underdogs: Mizzou against Texas A&M (-9), Kansas State versus Iowa State (-6) and KU against Texas Tech (-16). But all have reason to feel positive about this weekend, too. We discuss the games with beat writers Kellis Robinett, Lila Bromberg and Jesse Newell on today's episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: Farmageddon game between Kansas State-Iowa State continues to grow as a rivalry Missouri Tigers football vs. Texas A&M: FIve things to know, betting line, TV Kansas Jayhawks football vs. Texas Tech: FIve things to know, betting line, TV Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ready or not, Kansas City's World Cup bid is on deck

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 42:39

    Sporting Kansas City, KC NWSL, the U.S. Men's National Team, Kansas City's 2026 World Cup bid, we talk about it all on today's SportsBeat KC with The Star's soccer reporter Shaun Goodwin. The women's team is coming off one of its best results of the season, a scoreless draw with Portland. They continue their excellent play at Legends Field. Sporting KC looks to stay in the hunt for the MLS Western Conference title. The U.S. men's national team is in action tonight, and is the World Cup coming to Kansas City? Peter Vermes weighs in. Story links: KC NWSL, Portland show unity during Sunday's game. Then KC extends home unbeaten streak Sporting Kansas City's Felipe Hernandez suspended for betting on MLS matches Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Young arms will dominate Royals staff next season. Should they add a veteran?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 40:09

    Youth was served when it came to Royals pitching in 2021. Two years earlier, the club got 113 starts from pitchers who were 26 and older. This season, it was 51. And the Royals became the first team in major league history to have five players start games in the major leagues from the same draft class (2018) for the team that drafted them. We break down what this all means for next season with beat writer Lynn Worthy on today's SportsBeat KC. We also take a look at the Royals bullpen future, which looks promising after solid seasons by their top three arms. Story links: Royals hang hats on young pitching, individual improvement at end of 2021 Even in loss, Royals' Kris Bubic finishes strong Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Talking Chiefs the day after their worst home loss of the Andy Reid era

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 47:45

    It's not often that beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian talk about a lopsided Chiefs loss. But that's where we are Monday on SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast. The Chiefs were crunched 38-20 by the Bills at rainy Arrowhead Stadium Sunday night. Issues that have plagued the Chiefs at every turn this season only intensified against Buffalo. Bad defense and turnovers were killers. But the Chiefs' offense and Patrick Mahomes looked out of sync, too. All credit to the Bills. The Chiefs dropped to 2-3, so now what? Is the division title out of reach? Are the problems fixable? Story links: Chiefs take it on the chin vs. Buffalo. Some takeaways Five things that stood out about the Chiefs' loss to the Bills Chiefs are still capable but their aura of invincibility has left the chat Chiefs: We haven't seen it this bad in years Chiefs report card: They might have to repeat a grade after this performance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Can the Chiefs' defense keep up with Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 40:53

    Last year's AFC Championship Game participants meet Sunday night in a Week 5 battle at Arrowhead Stadium, and there's plenty on the line for the Chiefs and Bills. After consecutive losses, Kansas City got back on track at Philadelphia last weekend and is eager to prove it remains the AFC favorite. Buffalo was the Chiefs' top competition in the conference last season, and the Bills are out to prove they're finally capable of beating the two-time AFC champions. So many storylines: Through four games, both sides have been terrific on offense, and Buffalo's defense is the NFL's best rated. The Chiefs have added wide receiver, former NFL standout Josh Gordon, to their roster. And on and on it goes. We discussed all of this on Friday's SportsBeat Live stream with beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and KC Star sports columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian. That conversation is presented here as today's SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: Ideally, here's how Josh Gordon fits into Chiefs' offense Chiefs' keys to victory vs. Bills, by Herbie Teope Nick Bolton, Chiefs hope Willie Gay Jr., can help a defense that's been a “little bleedy” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mizzou, K-State and Kansas could all use a conference-play do-over

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 34:00

    The losing trends on the gridiron continue at Missouri, Kansas State and Kansas. Conference play hasn't been good for any of them. The Wildcats gave great effort in falling to Oklahoma. The same cannot be said for Mizzou against Tennessee and KU against Iowa State. College beat writers Lila Bromberg, Kellis Robinett, Jesse Newell and Gary Bedore break down the teams they cover —all three are 0-2 in conference play — as the midway point of the season approaches. With basketball around the corner, the Jayhawks held their annual Late Night scrimmage last week. We hear why the top performer of the night wasn't part of the action. Story links: “Kind of like fall camp again:” Eli Drinkwitz explains Missouri Tigers football changes Here's what stood out about Jayhawks basketball roster from Late Night These issues have Chris Klieman's attention as K-State works to improve shaky defense Watch this KU student sink a three-pointer to win $5,000 from Bill Self Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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