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SportsBeat KC

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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Chiefs-Patriots AFC Championship Preview With The A-Team

The Star's Brooke Pryor, Lynn Worthy, Sam Mellinger, Vahe Gregorian and Blair Kerkhoff preview the Chiefs AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

17 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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Exclusive: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes answers our burning questions

MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes sat down with The Star's Brooke Pryor, Vahe Gregorian, Sam Mellinger and Blair Kerkhoff and chatted on a variety of topics, from his influences to his relationship with coaches.He also talks about how he chose his agent and how he's living with fame.Not surprisingly, the Chiefs star is also the star of our upcoming football section — in print on Aug. 25.Read the stories we discussed:Sam Mellinger: The inside story of a legendary agent’s successful recruitment of Patrick Mahomes: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article233978912.htmlVahe Gregorian: Beyond the arm: The personal traits that make Patrick Mahomes special on and off the field: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article234189747.htmlBrooke Pryor: The artist and his muse: Special relationship between Reid, Mahomes could lead to Super Bowl: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article233980092.htmlHere’s why we should remember the AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article233807417.htmlDon’t miss out on The Star’s Chiefs stories! Get access to all of them by signing up now for a digital subscription. Use the kansascity.com/sportsbeatkcofferlink to get a 40% discount.Thanks to our sponsor, Big O Tires! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Chiefs-Patriots Sunday Night Football preview

The Kansas City Star's A-Team previews the Chiefs big Sunday Night Football showdown at New England and later Brooke Pryor interviews the Boston Globe's Nora Princiotti about the Pats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 4mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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In Kansas City, Simone Biles tells U.S. Gymnastics: You had 'one damn job'

At the U.S. Gymnastics Championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, the world’s greatest gymnast used an interview opportunity to rail against the governing body that runs the event, USA Gymnastics. In a raw moment on Wednesday, Simone Biles got emotional talking about the lack of faith and trust in the sport’s leaders after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal rocked the world. Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for multiple sex crimes against the athletes.Host Blair Kerkhoff shares Biles' comments and Star columnist Vahe Gregorian interviews USA Today's columnist Nancy Armour about the importance of what Biles said.Read the stories we discussed:Vahe Gregorian: Piercing words in KC reinforce Simone Biles’ stature as a survivor an inspiration: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article233636152.htmlSimone Biles to USA Gymnastics: You had one damn job and you failed to protect us: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/olympics/article233627677.htmlNancy Armour (USA Today): Simone Biles is right to ask why adults in Olympic movement didn’t do their job: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/nancy-armour/2019/08/07/simone-biles-olympic-gymnastics-officials-failed-athletes/1948371001/If you'd like to read more stories from The Star, here's a special subscription offer for SportsBeat KC listeners: Follow the kansascity.com/sportsbeatkcoffer link for a 40% discount on a digital subscription to all sports stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

17mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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What's next for KU in the aftermath of the Adidas federal trial?

The Star's Jesse Newell and Blair Kerkhoff discuss the federal court case involving corruption in college basketball and what's next for KU following its mentions in evidence and testimony. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25mins

19 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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Is victory over Vikings a pivot point for the Chiefs?

The Kansas City Chiefs did something on Sunday they haven’t done since September, win a home game. They defeated the Vikings in dramatic fashion 26-23 on Harrison Butker’s 44-yard field goal as time expired. The A-team of Herbie Teope, Sam McDowell, Vahe Gregorian, Sam Mellinger and Blair Kerkhoff provided the postgame breakdown, from the improved play of the defense, to Damien Williams’ 91-yard touchdown burst to the impactful play of Tyreek Hill. The victory improved the Chiefs’ record to 6-3 and with the return of quarterback Patrick Mahomes perhaps looming, the outlook looks more positive for the Chiefs. Read the stories we discussed:Vahe Gregorian: Beyond Mahomes no one animates Chiefs or raises their ceiling like Tyreek Hill - https://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article236965468.htmlSam Mellinger: Why Harrison Butker might have just kicked the Chiefs into a chase for first-round bye - https://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article236965293.htmlJoy of da feet: Chiefs knock out Vikings with last second kick at Arrowhead - https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article236962973.html‘Our kicker’s got some swag’: On Harrison Butker’s career day in the Chiefs’ win - https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article236965033.htmlChiefs report card vs. the Vikings: Finally some passing marks for a home victory - https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article236964963.htmlThanks to our sponsor, Big O Tires! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Chiefs-Broncos preview, KC's injuries, trade deadline targets & more

On this episode, we talk about he Chiefs’ injuries, potential trade deadline targets, and Brooke Pryor chats with Denver Post Broncos writer Kyle Frederickson about Denver’s off-the-field drama. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 26mins

26 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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Chiefs-Steelers preview with the A-Team 2.0 & the view from Pittsburgh

The Star's Brooke Pryor, Lynn Worthy, Sam Mellinger, Vahe Gregorian and Blair Kerkhoff preview Sunday's Chiefs-Steelers matchup, then Brooke interviews Ray Fittipaldo, Steelers beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr

13 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Chiefs’ signing of Sammy Watkins kicks off #RunItBackTour

Chiefs fans woke up Friday morning to some good news. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins had signed a one-year deal worth $9 million, with incentives that can take it up to $16 million.That means the team is set to return nearly every major part on offense from its Super Bowl championship team.In this episode of The Star’s daily SportsBeat KC podcast, Chiefs beat writer Herbie Teope joins Blair Kerkhoff to talk about the Watkins signing and what offseason roster decisions remain for the Chiefs. After a break, you’ll hear from Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who — from his home basement Thursday — discussed an array of topics with reporters in a question-and-answer session via teleconference.Story links:Chiefs bring back Sammy Watkins from Super Bowl championship teamAdaptability has been crucial to Andy Reid’s success with Chiefs. It’s serving him well nowAndy Reid working from his basement. How the Chiefs are operating during COVID-19 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Chiefs-Rams Preview, and ketchup talk, With The A - Team

The Star's Brooke Pryor, Lynn Worthy, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger talk Chiefs heading into their Monday Night Football matchup with the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

18 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Chiefs 5-0 after big win over Jags, Pats up next

The Chiefs are 5-0 after a 30-14 victory over Jacksonville and The Star's A-Team 2.0 breaks it all down: The defense, injuries and more. Hear Brooke Pryor, Lynn Worthy, Sam Mellinger & Blair Kerkhoff discuss the Chiefs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

8 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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Chiefs-Steelers wrapup with The Star's A-Team 2.0

After Patrick Mahomes threw for six touchdowns, The Kansas City Star's Brooke Pryor, Lynn Worthy, Sam Mellinger, Vahe Gregorian and Blair Kerkhoff broke down the Chiefs' 42-37 victory at Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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Chiefs-Browns preview & the Halloween "dad tax"

The Star's Blair Kerkhoff, Lynn Worthy, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger talk Chiefs heading into their game Sunday at Cleveland, but first, Sam explains his "dad tax" after Halloween. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

2 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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What's next for KU without Udoka? Nick Schwerdt weighs in

The Star's Jesse Newell is joined by Nick Schwerdt of Rock Chalk Sports Talk and 1320 KLWN radio in Lawrence. The two discuss how KU's offense will change without Udoka Azubuike, what Dedric Lawson's potential is and the emergence of freshman Quentin Grimes against Wofford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

5 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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Is Chiefs haunted playoff past over forever...or just a week?

AFC Championship Game week is here with the Chiefs taking on the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Chiefs seek to end a 50-year drought of reaching the Super Bowl, and we ask, did last weekend’s wild victory over the Houston Texans, where the Chiefs erased a 24-point deficit to win by 20, make bad playoff karma a thing of the past? Star columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian weigh in.Story links:AFC Championship Game preview: Five things to know about the Tennessee TitansChiefs history comeback isn’t enough nowWith three touchdown catches, Travis Kelce played a huge part in Chiefs’ record comebackThanks to our sponsor: Big O Tires. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Chiefs-Raiders preview with the A-Team

The Star's Brooke Pryor, Lynn Worthy, Vahe Gregorian and Blair Kerkhoff talk Chiefs heading into their game Sunday against the 2-9 Oakland Raiders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52mins

1 Dec 2018

Rank #16

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Just how did the amazing comeback Chiefs win the Super Bowl?

How did the Chiefs do it? How did they for the third straight playoff game overcome a double-digit deficit to win the game, this time the Super Bowl? The Star’s Sam Mellinger, Vahe Gregorian, Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell join SportsBeat KC host Blair Kerkhoff in a breakdown of the Chiefs’ amazing 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. There were plenty of heroes, starting with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and football and sports fans across the country were thrilled for Coach Andy Reid.Story links:Mellinger: A Chiefs story 50 years coming: “Like a fantasy, and it all came true”https://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article239895868.htmlGregorian: Chiefs had to suffer through dark moments before finally winning it all Sundayhttps://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article239871683.htmlHere’s how to get copies of Chiefs Super Bowl Kansas City Star newspapers, reprintshttps://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article239871683.htmlThanks to our sponsor: Big O Tires! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Who wins Super Bowl 54 and how? A final pregame look from The Star

Super Bowl 54 edges closer and the A-Team of Herbie Teope, Sam McDowell, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger breaks down the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. What to look for, who to watch, Patrick Mahomes vs. Jimmy Garapollo, what are the X-factors? We discuss it all on our pregame show, which began as a Facebook Live and now presented as a SportsBeat KC podcast.Story links:Patrick Mahomes’ resolve is his second weapon. It’s been that way since childhoodThe story of the Chiefs’ transformed defense is the story of the franchise’s riseNot developing a sweet tooth is critical to Chiefs’ defensive strategy in Super BowlThanks to our sponsor: Big O Tires Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

1 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Chiefs preview with Browns reporter Mary Kay Cabot

Brooke Pryor is in Cleveland where she talks with Cleveland.com Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot about all the craziness that's going on with the Browns, including her exclusive sit down with recently fired head coach Hue Jackson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

2 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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Let’s talk about the newest Chiefs, Clyde Edwards-Helaire

The first night of the NFL Draft didn’t offer many surprises but one involved the Kansas City Chiefs. With the No. 32 overall pick, the Chiefs not only selected a position few expected but they took a player that draft experts didn’t have at the top of their lists, LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.Which might make this the best possible pick for the Chiefs. Edward-Helaire fits the mold of what the Chiefs want at that position with his pass catching ability and ball security. Last season, 36 percent of his rushing attempts went for touchdowns and first downs.Star columnist Sam Mellinger joined Blair Kerkhoff for a live pre-selection prediction (hint: we missed), and general manager Brett Veach and Edwards-Helaire joined Chiefs reporters on a conference call.Story links:Chiefs select LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in first round of 2020 NFL DraftThe enduring conflict of digesting Chiefs’ first-round pick (LSU’s Edwards-Helaire)These six plays show new Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s versatility Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #20