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  • Is it worth it by Bob Ryan In life we all make decisions that have an upside…and always… a downside that accompanies it. We have to make the determination….is it worth it?….is the upside greater than the downside….and many times we ACTUALLY don’t know until the action has been consummated. It’s true in the sports world too….For example….. ….it happens continually in MLB when teams sign “huge” contracts ...
  • Home Runs & Strikeouts….ugh by Bob Ryan Watching a complete MLB baseball game has become a tedious process…unless you’re doing something else and looking up when the announcer raises his voice…..or when you are there in person. It seems to have become a marathon of long counts on each batter, walks galore, home runs flying out in bunches, strikeouts…more strikeouts…. and the longer time between innings. You ...
  • Raining down Hope by Bob Ryan It’s been raining and raining…..for centuries… rain provided hope for anyone involved in agriculture…and it still does. However, this spring’s rain has brought down HOPE in the sports world also… …..of course  the Cards must feel hopeful.  Paul Goldschmidt will be the anchor of the lineup just as other Cardinal “greats”…Stan  & Albert come immediately to mind….but there were other superb 1b…Cha-Cha ...
  • Cards crystal ball by Bob Ryan At the start of the MLB season….for St Louisians….that means the Cardinal season…I’m going dust off my crystal ball, shine it up and then throw out some predictions about baseball with a heavy accent on the ElBirdos….some will be serious….some not so much…you’ll have to determine which category that belong in…..also….following up on last week’s fun of choosing a “walk ...
  • Little Guys Rule by Bob Ryan Generally it’s the “Big” guys who take charge…ya know…big money, big influence, big brothers, etc ….well… this week let’s look at the Little guys…. ….sooooo to start with….all of us little guys have a challenge, we aren’t on the golf tour…but….Jay Randolph JR threw out the question to all of us, “What Walk Up Song would YOU like ...
  • Ruffled Feathers by Bob Ryan In all parts of life complaining is a daily occurrence. In most cases, it’s a trivial matter…except at that moment for that person….so life goes on. However, at the next level of complaining…some people react or they clearly make their feelings known to MANY other folks…that … also…is the situation in the sports world..many really have their “feathers ruffled”…and ...
  • Blow UP Spring Training by Bob Ryan Spring Training…the rite of starting a new year….well..not exactly…it’s starting the PRACTICE for the new year. While results may be kept some place…probably only by agents and MLB management….everyone knows that this is “practice”.  The players are elevating their skills, stamina, practice time while decreasing on their weight, public appearances and amount of leisure time.   And…..it’s been this way for a ...
  • Sunny not Snow by Bob Ryan Despite looking out the window and seeing snowflakes coming down, sunny days are not far away…take a look… I enjoyed a wonderful evening this week as I attended the Blues-Nashville game… it was terrific…plenty of energy on the ice and in the stands. I do think that hockey..maybe more than any other sport….is MUCH, MUCH better ...
  • Sign Him Now! by Bob Ryan …….He’s a “Winner”, he’s already demonstrated his skills, he’s experienced with several years of play behind him,  has plenty of talent, adjusts to the situation, knows his way around the league, has proven that he’s worth the contract, the fans love him, players respect him…..is this Bryce Harper?…..not a chance…it’s Craig Berube.  Berube took over ...
  • Oasis in Sports Desert by Bob Ryan There is an oasis….in fact several of them as it seems like we’re driving through the desert  land of sports….hockey is still a long way from the playoffs; NCAA basketball hasn’t even begun talking about conference tournaments …much less the really big Dance; NFL goes in hibernation until the draft; MLB …the players are “loosening up”…not even the exhibition games ...
  • You probably haven’t heard by Bob Ryan There’s constant talk going on around MLB, NHL, college FB, etc…..let’s take a peek at some of those topics…. …have you heard…..apparently the MLB has on its planning table – scheduling games in London (ala…NFL). The MLB is seeking a real rivalry that would …hopefully…show some emotion.  Soooo…who comes to mind immediately….yep…Cub v Cards. I can’t see either of these ...
  • Collusion or Common Sense by Bob Ryan We’ve been hearing about it since the end of the World Series….the “hot shot” free agents..namely Bryce Harper and Manny Machado…who’d be on the market and commanding hundreds of millions of dollars in a multi-year bonanza. We were told it was about their age, their performance levels, their potential, their drawing power—ergo, how they could bring in additional fans and ...
  • Fans Demand Change! by Bob Ryan The championship games of the NFL really sparked strong responses from the fans. Those responses WILL provoke rule changes. Let’s take one at a time… ….the 1st game, the NFC championship witnessed an unbelievable “No Call” on …what seems to us in slow motion…as an obvious pass Interference. Had the flag been thrown, the New Orleans Saints could have ran time ...
  • As the Sports World Turns by Bob Ryan Constantly, continually….the sports world turns…..like real life….nothing stays exactly the same…for long….before plowing through some of those “turning” areas…..my thanks to Jim Pleimann for holding the fort down for the last 2 weeks as Jean & I went on a vaca ….For Alabama, the world was spinning far too fast last week as Clemson not  only upset ...
  • Pleimann’s Pieces 1.14.19 Pleimann’s Pieces… The “Powers That Be” are letting me ramble again this week as I sub for the irreplaceable Bob Ryan.  Bob will be back in this space next week as I think the infamous assignment he is on, will be completed.  I am just giving a few thoughts on the sports scene here in St. Louis.  That in-depth fact-digging ...
  • Pleimann’s Pieces 1.7.19 Pleimann’s Pieces Hello everyone,  I am pinch-hitting for Bob this week as he is on what they call, “assignment”. He told me, write anything you want.  So… hang on, I am going to be skipping all over the place with some random thoughts from this crazy sports world we live in. There are a lot of peaks and valleys as a ...
  • Fresh Sports Gifts for Local Stars by Bob Ryan It’s that wonderful time of the year….Christmas time…..sure enough, we found many…some unusual… Gifts under the 2018 St Louis Sports Tree… …..for Mike Shildt… new Card hat that actually fits him…so that we can see his face while he wears it …. for Marcell Ozuna….a long red or white sleeved shirt for under his Cardinal uniform(not yellow) ….for the Taylor Family ….a Crown ….as the ...
  • Christmas comes Early by Bob Ryan For the Cardinals…and the Lou….Christmas came early this year. The tremendous acquisition of Paul Goldschmidt from Arizona brightened up everything under the Cards Tree. Looking at it from many different angles.. …it’s a 1 year contract…an inexpensive one at that for player of Goldschmidt’s pedigree..$14.5m… that enables Goldschmidt and the Cards to see if this “fit” ...
  • Big Game Hunting for the Cards by Bob Ryan It’s hunting season now…maybe not in the outdoors but definitely in the MLB.  It’s a bit different type of “big game” hunting….it’s not huge wildlife….it’s bringing down the “big game” players in the MLB.  Obviously, they don’t shoot them down with guns or bow….they bring these “big game” guys down by shooting with guns that ...
  • Sorting out the NCAA Rankings by Bob Ryan The final weeks of NCAA football generally are very exciting because the “ratings” formed over the season get jumbled as the some of the higher ranked teams finally play quality teams..and then…some lose.   So….this week….I’m  going in detail about my NCAAF rankings …I only list 4 teams…why list 25…only 4 teams are going for the ...
  • Thanksgiving Smorgasbord by Bob Ryan It’s Thanksgiving week….many of us look forward to the wonderful Thanksgiving meal…that’s like a smorgasbord….platters keep getting passed around until your plate can barely be seen….well…It’s like that this week….plenty of plates (topics)…be passed around.. …of course the first platter coming around was…what else…Cardinal baseball….this platter looked strange…it was empty on one side and full on ...