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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • April Fools by Bob Ryan  It’s April 3….but why does all the “fooling” have to occur on April 1? …..so…..let’s spread it out….let’s make it the 1st MONDAY of April….at least for this year….so this is our April Fools this year J Now go ahead…you pick which of the statements below are April Fools Day statements and which are true ...
  • Countdown to MLB Blastoff by Bob Ryan 1 week out from the start of the MLB season…..around here…that  means almost all talk is about the Cards….let’s take a look backwards at the off-season and the late parts of 2016 for some additional info on the Cardinals… …in the off-season, the primary …really only…acquisition was Dexter Fowler.  Fowler was signed to improve defense(moving Grichuk ...
  • From Norfolk State to Cal-Berkeley by Bob Ryan It was March 2012…the Mizzou Tigers basketball team was rolling as they began the NCAA tournament seeded #2 in the West. Frank Haith had put behind him the scandals at Miami dealing with Nevin Shapiro as his Tiger team seemed destined for huge success. They were ranked #3 in the USA, 30-4 for the season, ...
  • Tracking Down the Tiger Coach by Bob Ryan The Missouri basketball program will be looking for a new head coach following news that Kim Anderson is stepping down after three seasons. I feel that considering that he had absolutely NO idea that the school was under investigation when he signed his contract that the school should create a temporary position for him as ...
  • Madness in Sports by Bob Ryan Madness around the sports world…. ….Kevin Garnett set off many basketball folks when he said  “AAU has killed our league” recently…I will grant you that the very, very good players have improved with all the traveling, competition, etc as they play spring & summer AAU ball. For the many “good” players, it seems to me that ...
  • Spring Winds of Sports by Bob Ryan The Spring winds  of sports come blowin in ….with the temp breaking into the 60’s-70’s comfortably, sun shining, winds blowing in from across the sea (thank You Francis Albert Sinatra)…man…it’s like spring….and Spring has also blown in all kinds of stuff for the sports world… ….OK…I’m eating my crow pie….the Blues DO look like a different ...
  • NCIS by Bob Ryan NCIS of sports…no this isn’t a review of the TV show–Naval Criminal Investigative Service which has been extremely popular …ever since season 7 (in its 14th season) NCIS has been the most watched scripted show on American television.actually surpassing Sunday Night Football last year… this NCIS is an acronym… No Change in Sports…sure some of the size ...
  • Frozen-in some way! by Bob Ryan The Holidays seem to make time get “frozen”….most of our daily concerns, worries, etc seem to be frozen as we indulge in the joy of family, friends and fun over the Holidays….but all good things do come to an end…so here we go taking a look forward and backward… …the joy experienced by many of the ...
  • Swish and Bobble by Bob Ryan The NCAA Championship game was a great game—two very talented teams that took turns “making runs” throughout the game.  Some observations for the lounge chair as the only #1 seed left standing, N. Carolina, was upended by Villanova 77-74 … ….N.Carolina made one of their long early runs by lobbing the ball inside to their post ...
  • Crazy College Carousel by Bob Ryan So St Louis U pulls the trigger on the Crazy College Carousel (CCC) of Basketball Coaches….the Billikens have gone through coaches with an amazing regularity…in fact…only one coach has lasted more than 7 years and only 3 sat on the SLU bench longer than 5 years…take a look.. John Bennington 1958-65      7 seasons  — 4NIT Buddy ...