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  • 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 ...
  • All that glitters isn’t Gold by Bob Ryan The ol’ expression “All that glitters isn’t Gold” holds true in the sports world  too…in fact…right here in the Lou… …Yadier Molina is without question a hero throughout StL…his durability, his ability to call the correct sequence of pitches, his relationship with pitchers—especially young ones, his increased batting ability over the years…his “hero” status ranks right ...
  • Behind the Scenes by Bob Ryan Sometimes we see “stuff’ in front of us….but sometimes…the REAL ACTION is behind the scenes where deals are done, info is spread,  ideas are planted for future harvesting, often we learn about it later..much later… about these deal….or…maybe not at all… …Clearly the talk behind the scenes in CoMO recently about Barry Odum wasn’t flattering..or even ...
  • He stepped into it by Bob Ryan In the NLCS, Manny Machado clearly stepped on the foot of the Brewer 1B….then he really stepped into it…..he was called out by the Brewers as being “dirty” since he’s done similar types of things previously… despite his prodigious power….Machado’s action …it seems to me…..relegates him to a 2nd tier type team signing him …the ...
  • MLB – Both sides of their mouth by Bob Ryan So….the MLB is upset about coaches stealing signs of opposing coaches by using technology…”it’s changing the game” they say……really (did you sense the sarcastic tone)? First of all, how many signs are given these days….I can’t imagine that there are many “take” signs, steal signs, hit & run signs, bunt (what a lost art) signs….the ...
  • Swamped by the Tide by Bob Ryan Having the opportunity to watch the entire Mizzou-Bama football game yesterday, many thoughts flooded into my head…. …no one ….aside maybe from… maybe….a hard partying Mizzou fan after hours of celebrating….. Expected Mizzou to beat Alabama… but the hopes were that it’d be “competitive”… the 1st quarter kept those hopes alive …Bama’s outside receiver speed was too ...
  • Blues & Hockey by Bob Ryan The Blues 2018-19 season just opened up…..the 50+ year quest for the Stanley Cup will resume for our Boys in Blue…..1st ….a wider perspective of the sport of hockey…. Hockey has many unique qualities…..of course, it’s the only sport played on ice…it’s the only sport that allows substitutions “during” a play…..it’s the only sport that permits….and ...
  • MLB Awards by Bob Ryan It’s that time of year….season is wrapped up…..post-season is heating up….let’s take a look at some possible post-season MLB Awards…..you will be familiar with some of them…others…not so much! Cy Young….Best Pitcher of each league….both of my nominees are young and would be 1st time winners…in the AL it has to be Blake Snell…who you say?…..he’s ...
  • Moving On by Bob Ryan As the baseball season winds down ….and prior to the excitement of post-season….veteran players reevaluate their status in the MLB……as usual….some will be “hanging it up”…and maybe some should “move on”……here’s a short list of players playing their final week of baseball….probably ending a passion that began as small boys in their home towns/cities Already have ...
  • Strikeout or Home Run by Bob Ryan Currently…..it seems in most baseball games…. that batters hit a home run or a strikeout…..well…..we’ll look @ some stats to verify that notion and expand the HR v K in other areas….. In MLB stats…..take a look at HR/plate app    and K/plate appearance over  a span of time HR/Plate app                      K/plate appearance         HR+K/plate appearance     ...
  • One Would Think by Bob Ryan One would think…..                         …For all the hype about Jordan Hicks fastball…..one would think…that his strikeout/inning ratio would be very good….not so much…the “good” ones average more than 1 strikeout per inning… Hicks has 60 strikeouts in 68 innings..under 1.00/inning ..meanwhile Wade Davis (Colorado closer) K/inn ratio is  over 1.000…66 strikeouts in 57 innings..there are many ...
  • Contenders or Pretenders by Bob Ryan Contenders  or Pretenders Hottest team in the MLB BY FAR right now..and now a contender… is the St. Louis Cardinals…winner of 10 straight series….the Cards have blended a plethora of youth into their pitching corp, rebuilt the confidence of some key young field players, began using the run game offensively,  established a  very sound “up the ...
  • Foul Ball with 2 Strikes by Bob Ryan So on July 15, the Cards fired Mike Matheny and appointed Mike Shildt “interim manager”….it was a clear indication that the Cards realized a managerial move had to be made but weren’t exactly sure that Shildt was the “man”…at that time it seemed that he had about as much chance of becoming the permanent manager ...