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  • Players of the Game for 12U STATE TOURNAMENT 7.8.18 Kennett – Jadee Morton Kennett – Ashton Williams MABA – Sammy Callaway MABA – Connor Gibson Boonville – Dakota Williams Scott County – Blake Mosby Boonville – Caidyn Hazel Sikeston – Jack Evans 7.7.18 Kennett – Ashton Williams Boonville – Shane Chamberlain MABA – Casen Murphy Scott County – Nick Christian Kennett – Derione Davis Carthage – Braden Abbott 7.6.18 Sikeston – Eric Retz Kennett – Peyton Branum MABA ...
  • MLB should Score a Goal by Bob Ryan NO….we’re not confused….the MLB is a baseball league and goals come in hockey…..but….here’s a suggestion…again…that the MLB should “borrow”from the NHL.. ….why doesn’t the MLB adopt the NHL policy of not “dressing out” their roster….the MLB could carry 27 players and “dress out” 25 per game….it would really save us from all the shuttling back & ...
  • What might have been for Cards by Bob Ryan What might have been… So Cleveland Indians come calling this week…..makes me think about what might have been….when TLR left the managerial StL  position….the two top candidates were Mike Matheny and Terry Francona… …Matheny was coming off 2 High school championships…Matheny led the Cards to 4 consecutive post-seasons in his first 4 seasons….has missed the last ...
  • Exploring the MLB by Bob Ryan There is no question that the fans of the Lou are Cardinal fans….generally most games are “on” as we watch intently or while doing something else….we scrutinize the pitching changes, the lineup, the attitudes of the players….etc, etc…..but finding the stories of the MLB is like our explorers of the past finding a new continent….we ...
  • Breath of Air by Bob Ryan So…it’s been awhile….I’ve been heavily concerned about a family issue for the past few weeks…but here’s a quickie …. To give me a breath of air…..and to hopefully keep you in touch….some looks @ NL standings and the Cards…..1st to the NL ….the NL Central…Cards are 35-28 as we’re just past the 3/8 mark of the ...
  • Shipwrecked by Pirates by Bob Ryan It’s early in the 2018 MLB season…no one is jumping off of the top of Arch…yet….but…there has be 27 games..  17% of the season…1 of the 6 months of the season are gone….so some observations have been noticed about our Cardinals….and MLB in general ..the Cards have played 7 games against one of the worst teams ...
  • It’s Cold … in many ways! by Bob Ryan April has brought us several days of chilly, to cold, to very cold days….that’s not all that’s cold around the sports world…. …as of April 16, there had been 24 cancellations…forcing Doubleheaders….in some cities..they will be back-back, one admission…in the cities that really love baseball…e.g. StL….it’s day-night so that 2 admissions may be charged…isn’t that backwards?….charging ...
  • Lose Appeal … pay the price by Bob Ryan You know one of my favorite topics is the MLB appeal…..I don’t agree with the assumption that each “call” must be perfect….I mean…what else in life is perfect?….all the MLB pitchers make bad pitches… all the MLB batters swing & miss…why do we expect the umpires to be perfect?  It’s called the human element. I ...
  • The Eyes of the Cards by Bob Ryan Well….I’m not claiming to be like Jeb Stuart…the eyes of Robert E. Lee  in the Civil War…..but there is plenty of things to see across the Cardinals, MLB, Blues and the sports world….here goes….   From Cardinal Country…..yea….we’ve only played about a week but some early observations… ….Opening Day ceremonies are really special to the ol’ time ...
  • Life Cycle of Sports by Bob Ryan Every sports team…every sport….has a cycle……the start…maybe called the “birth” of a cycle…. and…. the end …or “death” of the cycle….let’s take a close look at both ends.. ….Cards obtain Greg Holland to be “born again” in the 18 Card bullpen…..I wondered why his signing came so late…. Sure….the  $14m seems high to us “everyday” Joe’s ...
  • Questions about ’18 Cards by Bob Ryan The 2018 season is right upon us now…..as always there has been chatter all around the Lou since the 2017 World Series ended about what the Cards “needed to do”, “have to do”, “staying the same” etc, etc……since the first pitch takes place later this week……here are a few questions about the Cards… if the ...
  • Sweet Sixteen by Bob Ryan NCAA Basketball has taken us to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament…of course, lots of comments…16 to be exact…. on those games & teams but what about other 16’s……..we’ll widen our scope to see the wider horizon of the 16’s across the sports world according to other sources with some mild personal modifications   …..so ...
  • On-Off-Back from sports injuries by Bob Ryan There have always been sports injuries…..they’ve clearly changed over the years….Tommy John procedure has saved many MLB pitchers from early retirement….advanced medical ideas & procedures assist quick and complete recovery in many types of injuries that formerly lasted longer and developed into more severe consequences. But…the “DL” behind a players name occurs seemingly more frequently ...
  • Sunny Side Up by Bob Ryan As the winter sky fades away grudgingly every day, the sun appears brighter and longer for us each day. If you’ve had the opportunity to sneak away to Florida at this time of the year, the difference is refreshing and striking. Well….we DO have plenty of bright things going on around us here in the ...
  • Not Dunkirk but DONEkirk by Bob Ryan We’re all familiar with the British evacuation on Dunkirk….for that moment of the war, it was over for the British on European soil….well….now it’s DONEkirk….other areas of sports that are near the end…SHOULD be near the end….or may be near the end…here we go .. …..with Jose Aquendo & Mike Maddux …not only available…but expecting to ...
  • Still Up in the Air by Bob Ryan So…spring training has officially opened….every team should have high spirits at this time of the year..but there are still many balls up in the air…not only about roster configuration but the implementation of the 10-day DL rule… …..I’ve been asking for MLB teams to consider a variety of  ways to save the bullpen….6 man rotation, bridge ...
  • same ol’, same ol’ … sometimes by Bob Ryan As winter continues with us….hockey playoffs seem galaxies away….MLB baseball is still talking but not playing….March Madness a month away….some of the good ol’ stuff just isn’t here now….maybe in a lot of ways.. ….there are still some significant MLB free (what an inappropriate word) agents unsigned…of course the agents…who’ve promised their clients millions of dollars..or ...
  • Sports Dynasties & Cards Starters by Bob Ryan Another Super Bowl is behind us now….what a game…..it was entertaining throughout the game….the 41-33 win by the Eagles broke most team offensive records…..most of you watched it so no need to recap…just a couple odds & ends… …..Eagles Coach Doug Pederson stayed aggressive throughout the entire game…he didn’t change in the 2nd half… ….Nick Foles lived ...
  • HOF — In, Out, Changes by Bob Ryan So last week, the Baseball  Hall of Fame in Cooperstown voted in 4 new members. Without question all of the foursome are well qualified– Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vlad Guerrero, and Trevor Hoffman .. It’s only the 2nd time since 1955 that a foursome are entering the HOF. Each one had his own case…take a ...
  • Behind Closed Doors by Bob Ryan Behind closed doors…insiders share info with their REAL feelings and speculations on why actions/moves have taken place in the sports world.. .. is usually done without any PC talk… talking behind closed doors it was heard that….. …behind closed doors the talk was about the Cards pushing their win total upwards ….there are a couple ways ...
  • Turning the Tide by Bob Ryan Sure…it’s a week ago…but it’s still the talk….just how did Alabama rally to beat the #1seed-Georgia in the 2nd half. There isn’t any one play, strategy, or factor that changed the outcome by itself but there were a few combinations of factors that had some impact on the final Tide surge….. ….in the 1st half…the Bulldogs ...