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Jan 12, 2018

Kansas City Star reporter Jesse Newell is joined by C.J. Moore of The Athletic and Bleacher Report as the two discuss the latest with the KU Jayhawks basketball team. What's the overall outlook for KU at this point in the season? And will Malik Newman's breakout against Iowa State mean good things for the Jayhawks moving forward? The two also talk about KU still waiting on the NCAA for rulings on Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa and how those announcements could potentially change the Jayhawks' identity over the last two months.

Jan 7, 2018

The A-Team dissects the Chiefs' latest playoff misery, a 22-21 Wild Card loss to the Titans otherwise known as "The Forward Progress Game." Why does this keep happening to the Chiefs? What can they do to prevent it from happening again? 

They'll discuss all that, plus answer your reader questions, live from Arrowhead Stadium.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

Jan 5, 2018

Kansas City Star reporter Jesse Newell is joined by C.J. Moore of The Athletic and Bleacher Report as the two discuss the latest with the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. How much should fans panic after KU's second home loss this season? And what is the best fix for the Jayhawks' defensive issues? The two also discuss KU's lack of role players, a Svi Mykhailiuk story that might never run and, of course, three-pointers.

Jan 5, 2018
The Chiefs Gameplan podcast is back for the Chiefs’ Wild Card-round matchup against the Tennessee Titans (9-7).
 
The Star’s Terez Paylor kicks off the pod with an interview with Chiefs inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, who talks about his smooth transition to Kansas City, why he strives to be an "alpha male" on the field and why he's set out to prove old-school linebackers than thrive in today's game.
 
Terez is then joined by Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com, as they dissect the Titans' offense, including Marcus Mariota's recent play and Derrick Henry's determination to run harder this week.
 
After that, Titans beat writer Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com joins the podcast to give some good insight on the Titans' stout run defense and some of their most underrated players.
 
Finally, the A-Team convenes for its weekly roundtable of Sam Mellinger (@mellinger), Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff), David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) and Terez as they wrap up the pod with an extensive breakdown of the unit-by-unit matchup, play a fun new game called "We Rip Your Airport!" and much more. They’ll also field questions from Facebook. Enjoy!
 
Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.
Jan 1, 2018

The A-Team dissects the Chiefs' thrilling but meaningless 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 17. How good was Patrick Mahomes' debut? What specific throw did he make that literally made two members of the A-Team stand in amusement and shock? Which other young players made positive impressions?

They'll discuss all that, plus answer your reader questions, live from Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

Dec 28, 2017
The Chiefs Gameplan podcast is back for the Chiefs’ Week 17 matchup against the Denver Broncos (5-10).
 
The Star’s Terez Paylor kicks off the pod with an interview with Broncos beat writer Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. They dive into Jamaal Charles' recent rant about wanting to be released, how the Broncos' defense is handling the issues of the offense and ways the Chiefs can attack the Broncos.
 
That interview is followed up with a weekly A-Team roundtable of Sam Mellinger (@mellinger), Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff), David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) and Terez as they wrap up the pod with a long discussion about how Patrick Mahomes will fare in his first start, how other young players who will get their shot should do and much more. They’ll also field questions from Facebook. Enjoy!
 
Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.
Dec 24, 2017

Missouri and Texas are headed in opposite directions going into their Texas Bowl matchup on Wednesday in Houston.

The Tigers have won six straight games to rebound from a 1-5 start. The Longhorns, inconsistent and without strong quarterback play most of the year, finished their regular season with a home loss against Texas Tech.

In the latest Sports Daily KC podcast, InsideTexas.com’s Joe Cook talked to The Star’s Aaron Reiss about which Longhorns won’t be playing in a game that doesn’t have UT fans as excited as MU supporters are.

Dec 23, 2017
The Chiefs Gameplan podcast is back for the Chiefs’ Week 16 matchup against the Miami Dolphins (6-8).
 
The Star’s Terez Paylor kicks off the pod with an interview with radio host Orlando Alzugaray of 560 WQAM. They dive into Jay Cutler's play this year, Travis Kelce's terrific matchup this week and much more.
 
That interview is followed up with a weekly A-Team roundtable of Sam Mellinger (@mellinger), Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian), Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff), David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) and Terez as they wrap up the pod with a long discussion about the Chiefs' Pro Bowl snubs, what Alex Smith has to do to NOT get traded, best playoff matchups and much more. They’ll also field questions from Facebook. Enjoy!
 
Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.
Dec 17, 2017
 

The A-Team dissects the Chiefs' massive 30-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 15. Is it time to re-evaluate this team's ceiling? Was Marcus Peters' bounce-back performance a surprise? Is there any way these guys can keep it up? They'll discuss all that, plus answer your reader questions, live from Arrowhead Stadium. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

Dec 15, 2017

Kansas City Star reporter Jesse Newell is joined by C.J. Moore of The Athletic and Bleacher Report as the two discuss the latest with Kansas Jayhawks basketball. Should KU fans be concerned after two straight losses? And what are the Jayhawks' biggest flaws that might not be fixed? The two also talk about Billy Preston, Silvio De Sousa and this KU team resembling a recent Big 12 team.

Dec 15, 2017
The Chiefs Gameplan podcast is back for the Chiefs’ Week 15 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers (7-6).
 
The Star’s Terez Paylor kicks off the pod with an interview with Chargers beat writer Eric D. Williams of ESPN's NFL Nation. They dive into the Chargers' remarkable worst-to-first turnaround, Philip Rivers' resurgence, the various ways you can still attack the Chargers' lights-out edge rush and much more.
 
That interview is followed up with a weekly A-Team roundtable of Sam Mellinger (@mellinger), Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian), Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff), David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) and Terez as they wrap up the pod with a long discussion about how the Chargers have blossomed into one of the best teams in the division. They also talk playoff possibilities, Ghostbusters (dead serious), answer your questions and make their predictions. Enjoy!
 
Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.
Dec 11, 2017

The A-Team dissects the Chiefs' season-saving 26-15 win over the New York Jets in Week 14. What impact did Eric Berry's presence make? How about the absence of Marcus Peters? Is winning the AFC West now a probability? They'll discuss all that, plus answer your reader questions, live from Arrowhead Stadium. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

 

Dec 8, 2017
The Chiefs Gameplan podcast is back for the Chiefs’ Week 14 matchup against the Oakland Raiders (6-6).
 
The Star’s Terez Paylor kicks off the pod with an interview with Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur of The Athletic San Francisco. They dive into the Raiders’ improving run game, former Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith’s return to the starting lineup, the various ways you can still attack this Raiders defense and much more.
 
That interview is followed up with a weekly A-Team roundtable of Sam Mellinger (@mellinger), Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian), Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff), David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) and Terez as they wrap up the pod with a long discussion about Marcus Peters’ suspension – and what it means in both the short-term and the long – answer your questions and make their predictions. Enjoy!
 
Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.
Dec 7, 2017

Kansas City Star reporter Jesse Newell is joined by C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report and The Athletic as the two discuss the Kansas Jayhawks' loss to Washington in Kansas City. What does the defeat mean for the team moving forward? And how could KU potentially have better countered Washington's zone? The two also discuss Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick before taking Twitter questions.

Dec 4, 2017

The A-Team dissects the Chiefs' sixth defeat in seven games, a brtual 38-11 loss to the New York Jets in Week 13. Why can't the defense get off the field on third down? What happened with Marcus Peters? Where are the leaders on this team? Is winning the AFC West still a possibility? They'll discuss all that, plus answer your reader questions, live from MetLife Stadium. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

 

Nov 30, 2017

Chiefs Gameplan is back for the Chiefs’ Week 13 matchup against the New York Jets. The Star’s Terez Paylor kicks off the pod with an interview with Jets beat writer Connor Hughes, who dissects the Jets' surprising season, whether it actually makes sense for the Jets to win Sunday and how to attack them on both sides of the ball. Also, the A-Team gathers for its weekly roundtable to discuss what this week must be like for Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes, reasons for optimism despite the miserable losing streak, answer your questions and make predictions. Enjoy! Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

Nov 29, 2017

Kansas City Star reporter Jesse Newell is joined by C.J. Moore of The Athletic and Bleacher Report to discuss the latest with the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. What has made the Jayhawks' offense so good? And will they be able to maintain their mojo against Syracuse's zone? The two also take mailbag questions. How good is this team defensively? And what happens to KU's rotation if Billy Preston returns? The two also discuss James Sosinski and the best Emporia Gazette sports column name.

Nov 27, 2017

The A-Team dissects the Chiefs' latest defeat, a miserable 16-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 11. Is it time to turn to Patrick Mahomes? Can Alex Smith snap out of this? They'll discuss all that, plus answer your reader questions, live from Arrowhead Stadium. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

 

Nov 25, 2017

The Star's Aaron Reiss and Alex Schiffer discuss the end of the Mizzou football regular season, with the Tigers finishing 7-5 and headed to a bowl after starting 1-5, and the basketball team's performance in Orlando without Michael Porter Jr.

Nov 23, 2017

Chiefs Gameplan is back for the Chiefs’ Week 12 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. The Star’s Terez Paylor kicks off the pod with an interview with Bills beat writer Matthew Fairburn, who dissects the Bills' quarterback competition and issues against the run. Also, the A-Team gathers for its weekly roundtable to rank the worst loss of the Andy Reid era, preview the Bills game and answer your questions. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

Nov 23, 2017

The Chiefs' decision to sign seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday afternoon only meant one thing - time for The A-Team to kick into high gear! But first, listen to Chiefs coach Andy Reid explain why he thinks signing Revis, 32, is a good move. Then listen to Revis explain why his 2016 season in New York wasn't indicative of who he was, and why he still has juice left in the tank. Finally, listen to The Star's Terez Paylor, Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian break down every facet of the move. Check out all this and more in this special Thanksgiving Day edition of The Star's Chiefs podcast.

Nov 22, 2017

Kansas City Star reporter Jesse Newell is joined by C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report and The Athletic and also Bleacher Report's Jason King. C.J. and Jason discuss their new book, "Beyond the Streak," and also the process of tracking down 107 interviews for the project. Which people told the best stories? And who was the toughest person to get interviewed? The two also talk about their favorite non-KU-player interviews and discuss interactions with Sherron Collins, Georges Niang, Jacob Pullen, Thomas Robinson, Marcus Morris and Bill Self.

Nov 20, 2017

The A-Team dissects the Chiefs' 12-9 loss to the New York Giants in Week 11. What's the deal with the pass offense? How on earth did hey lose to a 1-8 team? Is it time to start Patrick Mahomes? They'll discuss all that, plus answer your reader questions, live from MetLife Stadium. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

 

Nov 18, 2017

Kansas City Star reporter Jesse Newell is joined by C.J. Moore of The Athletic and Bleacher Report as the two discuss the latest with Kansas basketball. What should fans take away from KU's win over Kentucky? And what were the most positive signs from the Jayhawks? The two also talk about Udoka Azubuike's improvement, early trends and three-point shooting before C.J. discusses what he did this summer.

Nov 16, 2017

Chiefs Gameplan is back for the Chiefs’ Week 11 matchup against the New York Giants. The Star’s Terez Paylor kicks off the pod with an interview with Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan, who dissect the mess that is the 1-8 Giants' season. Also, the A-Team gathers for its weekly roundtable to dissect their midseason awards column (which ran Sunday) and answer your questions. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons.

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