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  1. Chiefs Rewind: Who is to Blame?

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    You know the story. The Chiefs had the game won, until they didn’t. We don’t have to re-hash the specifics. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty. Who is to blame for the Chiefs’ 31-24 loss to the Broncos?


    Who is the most to blame for the Chiefs loss to the Broncos? free polls


  2. The Big Show: Gabe DeArmond

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    Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss the Tigers’ running game struggles, who deserves the credit for Mizzou’s continued success along the defensive line, and this weekend’s matchup between Missouri and UCONN.




  3. The Inside Slant: NFL Week 2, Three & Out & NFL Presidential Comparisons

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    BK and Jeff Parles are back for another week on The Inside Slant. This week the guys give their three and out – breaking down their top three games from the week that was. Plus, they give their week 2 picks & compare NFL players/coaches/owners with the GOP presidential nominees.




  4. The Big Show: Dave Bartoo

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    Dave Bartoo of College Football Matrix joined Matt and BK for his weekly spot on The Big Show to discuss the SEC’s rough weekend, the Tigers’ scoring efficiency & UCONN’s deficiencies.


  5. The Legend of Charles Harris

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    It’s time for me to eat some crow.


    It’s not often you hear someone in the media say that. But I have to. I mean, I am the guy who wrote this article, suggesting the reign of “D-Line Zou” may be coming to a close. Maybe that’s not the word. Its reign would be postponed. Yeah, that’s more like it.


    It seemed logical. A defensive line that loses Markus Golden, Shane Ray, Matt Hoch, Lucas Vincent, Marcus Loud and Harold Brantley in one offseason should not only get worse, but it should be downright awful. That’s seven of the Tigers’ top nine defensive linemen from 2014. How could anyone expect the defensive line to even be average after a mass exodus like that?


    And, to be fair, the Tigers’ defensive line hasn’t been as dominant as it was last year. It doesn’t have to be. Kentrell Brothers is making all of the tackles. The cornerbacks are as talented as we’ve seen under head coach Gary Pinkel. But the defensive line has been damn impressive through the first two weeks of the season.


    It all starts with Mizzou redshirt sophomore defensive end Charles Harris. Harris had 19 tackles, four tackles-for-loss and two sacks in 14 games last year. He already has 10 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and two sacks in his first two games as a starter in 2015. Let’s put that in perspective, shall we? Harris had four TFL in 347 snaps in 2014 (one every 86 snaps). He has six in 70 snaps this year (one every 11 snaps).


    The majority of Harris’ TFL – 4.5, to be exact – came last week against Arkansas State. None of the coaches seemed particularly surprised by his performance.


    “His work ethic is the best,” defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski said. “He’s a very good player right now. And the reason he’s a very good player is because he has been relentless in pushing himself every single day to be the best.”


    Harris’ work ethic has become somewhat of an urban legend around the Missouri football program. Coach Kool has a story he shares about the time he came into his office on a Saturday over the summer during Harris’ freshman year. He peeked into the weight room, and there’s Charles working out. On his off day. Just because.


    On Monday, which was supposed to be the team’s off day, Harris could once again be seen in the weight room. Coach Pinkel made sure to point that out during his weekly press conference. Harris was even so kind to speak with the media in the middle of his workout before going back into the weight room.



    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a guy come in as a freshmen and have the work ethic and attitude, and to be able to maintain it the entire time, the way he has,” Kool said. “The last guy that reminded me of him was Ziggy Hood. He does everything right, all the time.”


    “Charles has probably developed the most of anyone that I’ve seen since I’ve been here both mentally and physically,” senior linebacker Kentrell Brothers said. “He was this skinny linebacker when I got here.”


    “He came in here at 215 pounds,” Pinkel said. “He’s 255, 260 pounds now. He’s got all the intangibles. That’s why he is where he is. And it’s neat to see him getting the production now.”


    If you watched Mizzou’s game against Arkansas State, you know that Charles Harris has a basketball background. Most of the coaches will tell you that Harris’ high school football film was pretty mediocre. His basketball film is where he really shined – not necessarily as a player, but his athleticism was apparent. He had that rare explosiveness that could help him develop into Mizzou’s next NFL pass rusher. Even so, it wasn’t a given that Harris would get a scholarship offer. Pete Scantlebury of PowerMizzou wrote an excellent story on Harris’ signing day decision. It was either go to Missouri Western, or sign to play football at Mizzou. It’s not everyday that you see a kid with that kind of an offer list.


    “All credit to Andy Hill,” Kool said. “The way we’ve kept our coaching staff together a long time. And we’re not switching defenses every year. So Andy can go out and say ‘this guy looks like a defensive end in our system.”


    It’s only been three years since the Tiger coaches decided to offer Charles Harris a scholarship. I’m not sure even the most optimistic coach in the world would have told you back then that Harris could become the player he is today.



    “I think he’s got a chance to be an academic All-American, and I have to think he has a chance to be an All-American on the football someday, too,” Kool said. “I really think he’s a special kid in terms of attitude and effort.”


    Coach Kool isn’t alone. Coach Pinkel can be somewhat reserved when comparing or projecting his current players. But even Pinkel doesn’t mince words when projecting the type of player that Harris can become.


    “He’s got a chance to be a great, great player,” Pinkel said. “There are a lot of players that I wouldn’t say that about because I don’t know if they could emotionally deal with it. But it doesn’t matter what I say. He has his ideas of what he wants to be. And he’s a great team player.”


    I was wrong. D-Line Zou isn’t going anywhere. Charles Harris has become the playmaker the Tigers so desparately needed him to be. The kid from Kansas City that Mizzou took a chance on is making the most of his opportunity. And he’s making a fool out of me.


  6. The Big Show: Dave Matter

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    Dave Matter covers Mizzou athletics for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and he joined Matt and BK on The Big Show on Tuesday.


    Dave explained why he’s been so impressed with the Tigers’ front seven, his biggest remaining question heading into this matchup against UCONN, and will we learn anything more about Mizzou this weekend? All of that and more in our conversation with Dave Matter.






    The Mizzou coaches and players met with the media on Monday in order to break down the team’s 27-20 victory over Arkansas State, and to preview the Tigers’ upcoming game against UCONN.


    The big topics of the day were the team’s inability to field a healthy running back (figuratively speaking, at least), Kentrell Brothers’ continued dominance, and Charles Harris’ breaking out party. The coaches also previewed their week three opponent, UCONN, who seems to have a great run defense, but not much else to write home about.




  8. Getting to Know You: Mizzou CB Kenya Dennis

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    Kenya Dennis is quiet, he’s humble, and he’s built like a damn freight train. Mizzou’s senior cornerback burst onto the scene in 2014 as a junior college transfer, and he followed that up by his teammates voting him captain for the 2015 season.


    Mizzou fans saw his talents on display in week one on a designed cornerback blitz. The result was, well, I’m just glad I’m not SEMO’s quarterback.



    But what you don’t know is that Kenya Dennis is a gentleman, and a big fan of The Lion King.



    BK: What is an ideal first date for you?

    Kenya Dennis: Like, with a girl? Oh, alright… I just feel like it’s just supposed to be in a place where you both are comfortable and a place that you both enjoy, and where you can get to know each other. That’s what I think the first one should be about.


    BK: When was the last time that you cried during a movie?

    Kenya Dennis: It had to be the Lion King when Mufasa died. I was like three or four years old. That really got me. When Mufasa died. When Symbah went to wake him up, and he wouldn’t move… That had to be it.


    BK: What’s the TV show that you don’t like to admit that you watch?

    Kenya Dennis: Girl Code. It’s a show only for girls. It shows girls how to be girls. And it also shows them things that boys plot on about the girls. Like, the reason why all girls go to the bathroom together. Why they tell secrets in each other’s ear… Stuff like that. Stuff that guys really shouldn’t be watching. But I watch it every now and then.


    BK: Why are you watching Girl Code?

    Kenya Dennis: I started because I would always be with my sister, and she would be watching it at home.


    BK: Are you still watching it?

    KD: Uhhhhh…. I’ll stop on it for like five minutes… 


  9. Getting to Know Mizzou Tight End Sean Culkin

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    You probably know Sean Culkin as the starting tight end for the Missouri football team. You may also know him as the player that had one of the best plays of the Tigers’ young season last Saturday against Arkansas State.




    But what do you really know about Sean Culkin? That’s what we tried to find out on Monday at Media Day.




    BK: What’s your ideal first date?

    Culkin: A first date? Man… Something where I get to communicate and get to really know the person. Watching a movie, and sitting there and staring at the screen? That’s not fun. I like to have a conversation and actually get to know the person.


    BK: When was the last time that you cried during the movie?

    Culkin: I’m trying to think of one… I can’t think of anything. It’s probably been a couple years.


    BK: What’s the TV show that you’re embarassed to admit that you watch?

    Culkin: See, here’s the thing… I actually don’t watch much TV.


    BK: Why?

    Culkin: I really read, a lot.


    BK:  What are you reading?

    Culkin: Right now, I’m reading a lot of investment books. I’m a finance major. I read ‘The Four Hour Work Week’, I read ‘Stronger’. I read about 15 books this summer.


    BK: What was your favorite book?

    Culkin: Probably the ‘Four Hour Work Week’. Or ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’. I’m reading ‘Intelligent Investor’ right now.


    BK: What should I invest in right now?

    Culkin: Nothing, man. This market’s crazy. With everything that’s going on right now? You need to wait for it all to crash, then jump in and invest. 

  10. The Big Show: Bill Connelly

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    Bill Connelly of Rock M Nation and Football Outsiders joined Matt and BK on Monday for his weekly guest spot on The Big Show. Bill is concerned about the offensive line and the running backs, but there’s one positive that came out of Mizzou’s 27-20 win over Arkansas State.