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  • Moving On by Bob Ryan After horrific hurricane weather and destruction in Texas & Florida …or in our own lives…following disappointing, or joyous moments, we must move on…as we cross mid-September sports…many teams and players have moved on…or tried to move on.  Let’s check out some of the sports world… …Cubbies sweep the Cards….some thoughts…the Cards were red hot in early ...
  • Turbulent Times by Bob Ryan The weather has certainly brought us turbulent times…Hurricane Irma (Florida coast) & Hurricane Harvey (Texas); the tremendous winds blowing in the West…..all of us have compassion for the folks in Houston and now along the Florida coast…Mother Nature wins…again! …These days there are turbulent days in the sports world for some folks….of course nowhere near ...
  • Turning the Page by Bob Ryan The calendar turned the page this weekend…we bounce into September…it usually means that the real, real hot days are behind us. …that the school routine is established….football arrives on the scene on all levels now…..but…there are other people and things …turning the page also.. ….the Cards turned the page on their starting rotation as they shipped ...
  • In The Shadows by Bob Ryan The eclipse last Monday was a spectacular view of the sun being in the shadow of the moon…I’m not a big science guy…but it really was something special. The shadows following the complete eclipse were the most fascinating to me.  There are other shadows…some shadows in the sports world…some players have fallen out of the ...
  • Birds Flying in a V by Bob Ryan I’ve never been known as an “outdoorsman”….about all I do outside consistently is mow the lawn..but…it is well known that birds fly better collectively in  a “V” pattern…that’s also true with our own Birds…the Cardinals.  To carry our metaphor even further…the V for the Cards is victories. While I was on “assignment” the Birds flew ...
  • Pleimann’s Pieces by Jim Pleimann Pleimann’s Pieces… Greetings to all as I pinch hit for Bob Ryan who is on assignment this week. He somehow thought I could spew words of wisdom, knowledge, opinions and sarcasm as well as he can.  But I will do my best and have some fun along the way.  I am going to be all over ...
  • Game of Thrones by Bob Ryan The Sports Game of Thrones is different than the televised version….no killings, no battles, no sex… oops… probably lost the interest of most of you already  … it’s a matter of merely sitting on designated thrones that are being awarded to winners of specific sports areas …A special throne for Yadi Molina will be sitting right ...
  • What the Trading Deadline Told Us by Bob Ryan The trading deadline…coming at the end of July….tells us a great deal about the true feelings of a MLB team..its management reveals some of its deeper thoughts by their “moves” or lack of moves…lets take a look as I complete this on Sunday night….one day prior to the deadline…what these teams have told us thus ...
  • Tour de’ Farce by Bob Ryan Sure the grueling Tour de’France has concluded but how about the Tour de’ Farce around the sports world….here goes with some things that make you wonder… ….at Texas Football, new Head Coach Tom Herman is apparently trying to elevate the competitiveness  and change the culture of his team…the Longhorns success meter had dropped the last 2 ...
  • Summer in the City by Bob Ryan The Great 1996 hit “Summer in the City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful really depicts the sultry, humid, hot days of summer …like we’ve had recently…with their opening lyrics, “Hot town, summer in the city….     Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn’t it a pity     ….             Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the ...
  • Between the Lines by Bob Ryan Sometimes we think we have an answer…sometimes we know we don’t …and sometimes we have to look between the lines to get the answers…for example… Current thought by most StL baseball fans….Cards bullpen stinks… that it is probably the worst in the league….looking between the lines at the Cards pen statistically… Batting average vs all MLB ...
  • 4th of July by Bob Ryan 4th of July…may mean a lot of different things to each of us…maybe it’s remembering the Independence of our country…maybe its remembering the family BBQ’s …maybe it’s the fireworks celebrating the holiday…maybe swimming parties…we all have our own memories….well here’s a few thoughts on the 4th celebration of firework from the sports point of view ...
  • Good to Great by Bob Ryan Good To Great… a book written by Jim Collins was required reading one year while I was teaching. It was an interesting book…no…I’m not giving a book review here…but…some of his ideas  apply to our Cardinals.  Quickly…Collins says that you have to have a vision, decisiveness, the correct personnel on the bus to success and ...
  • Father’s Day Gifts by Bob Ryan Many of you celebrated Fathers Day on Sunday….as did many others…we had the rare opportunity to learn some of the gifts that these Fathers’ …or someday to be… fathers….received… …Chris Maloney received instructions on how to raise both arms simultaneously since he’s never demonstrated that skill previously as 3B coach ….Jon Lester received a certificate from his ...
  • The Week that Wasn’t by Bob Ryan This past week…or slightly more…has really been a stunner to many of us…there were stunning events….let’s take a closer look at the Week that Wasn’t… ….this week wasn’t a good one for the merry-go-round of the Cardinal roster….pushed off was John Gant. The press and Card mgmt. really seemed to be thrilled as they had promoted ...
  • Toy Story by Bob Ryan We’ve all had toys..toys of all kinds…for several years…sure we all had toys as children ..there were all kinds of toys…here’s a possible list…I’m sure that you could add more… ….the shiny, “hottest” toy that we enjoyed for a long, long  time but finally it wore out ….the shiny, “hottest’ toy that amused us for only a ...
  • Sports Jeopardy by Bob Ryan Welcome to our presentation of Sports Jeopardy…our host, Pat Tk-a-vaca will  moderate the show that has two guests…1st from Los Angeles is Jared and our other guest is from St Louis is Louie, “welcome to both of you…let’s get started…you know the rules”…Our 1st question…. …”without doubt the St Louis Cardinals have spoiled the fan base ...
  • It’s the Same ol’ thing by Bob Ryan Often our emotional attachment to the local professional team (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) often skews our view of the actual production. In the Lou, we open up dialogue about the Cards before meetings, while using the cell, as we greet our daily collegues, yada-yada-yada..it’s been thought by many that the Cards have really improved this ...
  • Cards – Cubbies … This Isn’t 2016 by Bob Ryan So we’ve had the weekend to enjoy another Cards-Cubs series…things are different this year…way different….some thoughts… 2016 was a very special year….the Cubs sprinted out of the starting box in April—went 17-5, their pitching was terrific—they (Lester, Arrieta, Hammel, Lackey & Hendrick) had a 2.39 ERA with 17 quality starts (tied for MLB lead) and the ...
  • Who’ll Stop The Rain by Bob Ryan One of my favorite songs  was the 1970  CCR song  “Who’ll stop the rain”…first of all….all of us have to have tremendous concern & pity for all those impacted by all the tremendous rainfall  of the last week or so…our concern for hitting or throwing a ball, kicking a ball, trying to put a puck ...
  • Boos, Blues and Baseball by Bob Ryan Boos…NFL Draft-Day 1 …in an event that many of us anticipated anxiously for many years…its gone the way of Columbus Day…remember that holiday on Oct 9?….and… I couldn’t stand to watch Roger Dumbnall smiling… with his painted-on smile.. 32 long times on day 1….ugh..but … there were still some interesting developments … maybe its easier when ...