“Fall” is Officially Here by Bob Ryan

fall calendar imageSure they tell us fall starts on Sept 21….who we kidding….Labor Day is when most of us feel like that we’re in the fall season….leaves already falling off trees….swimming pools are closed….football on TV or web sites from Thursday nite through Monday nite…just enough breaks between games for us to take a gulp of real life before diving back into the deepening waters of the Sports world…but expectations, plans, preparations have fallen or all already barely hanging onto the truth tree….school is back in session (for some its been 3 weeks already) ….take a look at other areas that have fallen or dropped…

….RGIII has fallen from a superstar status to a QB who’s ready to get onto the QB merry-go-round…ya know…take a ride with this team…get off…back on with another team…repeat…repeat…repeat

….after ND crushed Texas and the Longhorns are already cast aside as a used popsicle stick for 2015 (as unfair as that may be)…no doubt the Longhorn faithful are beginning their search committee for yet another Head Coach….where are you Daryl Royal when we need you?

…..Also falling to the wayside are the common thoughts that the Cubbies will “blow up” in August and limp to the finish line….looks like these new Cubs are going to taste the sweet taste of the Playoff wines

…..Johnny Peralta is happy to be pulling the August calendar page off his schedule….Johnny hit .242 with 1 HR and 6 ribbies in the long month of August…maybe Johnny’s been slowed down by carrying around that extra “n” ?

….falling at SLUH was the record for most wins by a football coach…congrats to Gary Kornfeld who notched win #201 with shootout 49-41 victory over Vianney on Friday. Kornfeld passed his predecessor, Paul Martel with the win….think about that…your last 2 coaches have 400+ wins…

…..a superstar….not only in the making…but doing it right now….but most MLB fans really have fallen off the Star-struck truck of Bryce Harper….but…shame on them…just this week, he drew his 100th walk… with that accomplishment, he’s only the 5th player EVER in MLB history to have 100 walks and 30 HR in one season…Mr Harper join Eddie Mathews (1954), Ted Williams (1939 AND 1941), Mel Ott (1929) and Jimmie Foxx (1929) to accomplish that feat….if you add in the 30 doubles of Harper the list thins downs to only 3 names—Harper, Williams and Ott…

….fallen from the high levels at the top of the MLB division races…the Texas Rangers…who are making a run for one of the wild card berth as they’d get into that Sudden Death Match with the other wild-card team….bring along some hidden gems…the Rangers have the 2nd best record against teams with winning records in the AL with a 27-18 mark….only the surging Bluejays are better…. 22-10 in the last 5 weeks, the Rangers have been surging….adding Cole Hamels at trading deadline was an important ingredient in this recipe mix

….there isn’t any question that our moral standards in the USA have fallen off during the last several decades…but how about the perverted view of a halftime performance by a marching band ….K-State was attempting to emulate the Starship Enterprise gobbling up the mascot (Jayhawk) of their hated rival, Kansas…some saw this as a sex act……come on….gimme a break…..some people see, think, hear sex in everything that they see, hear or do…..wasn’t it always acceptable to mock, tease, ridicule the mascots of your opponents….it wasn’t meant to be personal ….or sexual

….seemingly dropping off the face of the baseball earth….Joe Kelly has resurfaced for the BoSox….currently 9-6 for the last place…going nowhere fast…..Red Sox….Kelly is now within 1 victory of matching his career best in 2013 for the Cards….in that same steal….oops…trade with the Red Sox that saw the Cards pilfer John Lackey from the lowly BoSox…Allen Craig was also part of the package….Craig just returned to Boston…he’s hitting .121 (7 of 67) after hitting .128 last year….ouch !

…..trying to shed the image of a program mired in tough seasons, the Trinity Titans using a roster with 15 of the 33 players being Freshman, Trinity went 2-1 with an impressive 46-20 win over O’Fallon Christian on Friday….I’m not claiming a State title team here….maybe not ever .500 but heck…it’s always good to see a program moving forward after struggling

….a football tradition that has faded away— Mizzou-KU..could be solved easily…last year the Tigers faced the Jackrabbits of S.Dakota State in week 1…this year the Jayhawks faced the same team….why can’t the Mizzou & Jayhawk officials make that game 1 for the upcoming years…I realize that KU’s talent depth has shrunk into a tiny fishbowl ….they actually lost to the Jackrabbits this year …isn’t that a menacing nickname? …but heck….at least KU is in a power 5 conference. KU found a new way to lose…they fumbled the snap and lost the opportunity to spike the ball to stop the clock and set up for a game-winning FG..then time ran out after the fumble…..now that’s a new one to me…. still…with KU being horrible so Mizzou doesn’t have to worry about the “win”….I’d rather beat up on a Jayhawk than a SEMO Redhawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Good stuff Bob

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