Thoughts on Downtown Ballparks

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The premise of today’s episode is simple:

Major League Baseball belongs Downtown. More specifically, the Kansas City Royals need to be playing in Downtown Kansas City – and not in what’s practically the suburbs.

Mike has been arguing this since his UMKC days – 20 years ago now!

Fortunately, the team’s new owner seems intent on bringing the team Downtown.



International Podcast Day 2021

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International Podcast Day is September 30, and this year we did a livestream – which you can actually watch here:

Here is the link for the Kansas City Podcasters Meetup.


  • Intro music: “Fantasia Fantasia” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Outro music: “Samurai Spirit” by The Kyoto Connection
  • Additional music: “No Frills Salsa – Alternate” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Additional music: “Iron Bacon” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Additional music: “Morocco Sting” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Additional music: “Roadtrip (CB 37)” by Checkie Brown
  • Additional music: “Brickfield Nights” by Duncan Reid and the Big Heads
  • Additional music: “Irezumi” by Pistol Jazz

Sunflower Brew Retrospective

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In 2012, Mike got his first taste of podcasting when he became the producer and editor of Sunflower Brew, hosted by Zach Luea.

Sunflower Brew was about politics and beer – specifically Kansas politics and drinking exclusively craft beers.

The podcast itself lasted about a year, but opened the door to the podcasting world for our intrepid host.

Today is a retrospective of our intrepid podcast. You’ll hear excerpts from select episodes:

Sunflower Brew episodes included (in order of appearance):

  • Kyle Russell
  • Reggie Marselus
  • Jason Leib
  • Max Skidmore
  • Jonathan Ta-Pryor and Shawn Gelushia
  • Nate Bukaty
  • Jeremy Schliesman and Charlie Vincent (Parts 2 [ribs] and 4 [brisket])
  • Amber Versola
  • Megan England

If you are interested in any episode of Sunflower Brew, you may be able to download them directly from the Sunflower Brew Blogspot. If you’re having problems with doing so, please contact Mike and he’ll get you taken care of.


  • Intro music: “Fantasia Fantasia” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Outro music: “Sunflower Brew Theme Song” by Mike Czerniewski (using GarageBand automatic music maker function)
  • Transition music: “Morocco Sting” by Kevin MacLeod

Thoughts on Cars and Public Transit

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This Thoughts episode was recorded at a time when Mike was experiencing very expensive car troubles (for which he is still paying, and your purchase of gear from our CafePress shop will go a long way to helping out).

In addition to very costly repairs, Mike wonders how life particularly in the Kansas City metro area would be better off if public transit was vastly improved. Granted, the buses are now free, as is the streetcar, but these services are extremely limited (think rush hour and no weekends).

We imagine that public transit situations are similar in the vast majority of major US cities, but as we have previously mentioned in the case of our hometown, it’s so spread out that public transit improvements make too much sense to not implement.

Reference is made to Jay Foreman’s Tube Station Song (which needs updating with the recent addition of 2 new Tube stations):


Jeffrey Johnson

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Today’s guest is Jeffrey Johnson. Mike first met Jeffrey in 2016. Jeffrey was active duty Army stationed at Fort Leavenworth, and was interested in rap music and making music videos (which is where Mike comes in). One such project was referenced by Rick Daniels.

In today’s episode, we catch up with Jeffrey, who is now out of the Army and living in Alabama.


  • Intro music: “Fantasia Fantasia” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Outro music: “Just Another Day” by R Frequency
  • Additional music: “No Frills Salsa – Alternate” by Kevin MacLeod

Thoughts on the NFL and St. Louis Part 2

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It’s been a recurring theme throughout the life of this podcast. One that has been explored many times, including a deconstruction of the owner in question.

The courts have decided: Mike was right!! St. Louis lost their NFL team for no good reason!! The NFL – and especially Señor Stan Kroenke – are completely…

This episode is scheduled to release just as the St. Louis v. NFL case is scheduled to go to trial in January 2022. While there is a possibility for a settlement, don’t count on it.

Article cited: “Stan Kroenke: A story of greed, selfishness, and lies” by Jeremy Karp


That’s a Wrap Playthrough

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Back in Season 1, Mike interviewed game designer Adam Sadiq, who at the time had his game That’s a Wrap on Kickstarter.

The board game met and exceeded its goals, and it did take a while to get the finished version, but Mike did get his pledged copy – and today we try it out.

Making a cameo appearance in this episode is friend of the podcast BriAnne Friesen, previously in the Smash Up Playthrough episode.


  • Intro music: “Fantasia Fantasia” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Outro music: “Hitman” by Kevin MacLeod

George M. Dean Returns

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We have yet another returning guest in George Dean.

George joined us this recording from Lawrence, Kansas.

We talk about how George was one of the early victims of COVID (and fortunately survived); life in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and pop open Mike’s freshman year high school yearbook, which features a now very famous West Viking.


Free State of Kansas City

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In Season 2, Mike gave everyone a tour of the Kansas City area.

This time, he’s advocating for the Kansas City area to… become its own state!

That’s right. In a time where we should be adding both DC and Puerto Rico as our 51st and 52nd states (and hopefully by the time this episode publishes, they will already be states. If not, GET YOUR ASSES IN GEAR, CONGRESS!!), why stop there? In many ways, the 5-to-7 county Kansas City metro area really should be separate from Kansas and Missouri, and allowed to become its own state.