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  • Stanley’s Summer Tour by Bob Ryan The unforgettable St Louis Blues post-season championship “run” is brought back to us as we take a peek at how some of the Blues celebrated their day with Stanley.  There were lots of family moments, local celebrations, as well as some very touching moments for special people in their lives.             …Brayden Schenn got his day with ...
  • Helter Skelter Sports Style by Bob Ryan As the 50th anniversary passed this week of the horrific killings in LA led by Charles Manson and his groupies, we’re not referring to that tragic, brutal slaughter which, according to some of the culprits, titled it “helter skelter”.  The massacres on 2 consecutive nights absolutely stunned America. For those of you too young to know the gory story, a ...
  • Between and Beyond the Lines by Bob Ryan The trading deadline and other actions caused several ideas/issues to bubble up and reach the surface recently. Some were inferences between the lines….others were extrapolations beyond the lines. Many had to do with the Cards @ the deadline as many fans seemed incensed by the Cardinals inaction at deadline time. …. ….one reason Mo cited about his abstinence from ...
  • Where do You Expect to Be by Bob Ryan As the MLB turns the calendar to August,  not only the heat rises…but so does the intensity in MLB baseball. The Cards have perplexed their engaged fan base for much of the season. They raced out of the starting blocks to pile up an early 20-10 record….fans were buzzing.  Then…things slipped and on June 1, the Birds were holding a ...
  • Birds with New Nests by Bob Ryan It’s fun to “check in” on some of the former Cardinals every so often….these ex-Cards have changed their nest…so to speak….this isn’t meant to reflect good or bad moves by the Cards but merely updates on some familiar names that you may have “missed” .. one way or the other… ….Daniel Descalso(Cubs)has played more…probably much more…than expected. The unavailability of Addison Russell ...
  • Help Wanted … No Experience Needed by Bob Ryan Generally, when one sees a sign that says, “Help Wanted, No experience necessary”…we assume that it’s an entry level job requiring limited talent and lots of elbow grease. Not so in the major leagues! At the foundation of every team is it manager. Yet, there are many inexperienced managers at the helm of major league teams currently.   In the Major Leagues, ...
  • Waiting for More Fireworks by Bob Ryan We’ve already enjoyed all the July 4th fireworks…either watching the commercially done presentations or just our own in the backyard.  Now….we’re ready for the fireworks from Busch to begin….we’re all hoping for more than just a few sparklers….we’d like to see and hear the robust booming sounds of flashing fireworks across the sky. …Prior to focusing on the 2019 fireworks…..let’s look back ...
  • Greatest Fear of the MLB by Bob Ryan In the 1970’s, one of the greatest fears of MLB free agency …at least to some…was that large cities would dominate the league since they had more money available to them and would use it to cause an imbalance of success for those mega-cities.  But…first… a brief look back @ the evolution of free agency in the MLB. All fans ...
  • Shooting for the Stars by Bob Ryan We’re just about at the half-way mark of the season. The Cards seemingly take 3 steps forward, 2 steps backward over & over again. Many fans are agitated by the silent bats, the use of the bullpen, the questionable quality of the starting staff, the seemingly lack of urgency by management & coaching staff. But…..despite our almost 80 games ...
  • Stanley III rules the Lou by Bob Ryan Last week, Stanley III arrived in Lou!  It was brought back by the St Louis Blues. While no one has ever heard Stanley talk……in his long lifetime, he’s had quite a life….one with several traditions flying around it….some tidbits on our new friend, Stan III….. ..The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston who was the 1892 Governor General ...
  • Anticipation by Bob Ryan Here on Sunday morning, the anticipation of tonight’s Blues 6th game vs Boston is gripping the city. Is it REALLY going to happen…Lord Stanley’s Cup hoisted up by the Blues??  There is anticipation in sports…and life for that matter….continually….just  as Carly Simon reminded us in her hit song in 1971.(entitled Anticipation).. “Anticipation, anticipation….Is makin’ me late…Is keepin’ me waitin’ “ ….the anticipation of ...
  • Ice Cold by Bob Ryan After splitting in Boston, the Lou was at a fever pitch with Blues mania.  Watch parties of all sorts, many Blues flags hanging around StL on commercial stores as well as many houses, Let’s Go Blues (LGB) was heard in neighborhoods, families, and even in churches….the priest that said it had to be in his 80’s…so I was a ...
  • Mighty MOX goes Blue by Bob Ryan Never thought that I’d see the day….KMOX (the mighty MOX)… according to their contract….pushed the Cards off to another station to cover the Blues Stanley Cup Finals. I’m thinking that the management team of KMOX NEVER thought the Blues would return to the Stanley Cup Finals again(at least in their lifetime J….well…it has been 49 years between drinks for the ...
  • Hand pass goal game by Bob Ryan All StL fans seem to be wrapped up in the Blues post-season. The devastating 3rd game loss to the Sharks on a goal with a hand pass, a shot, and a goal… stings.  Some ways to look at this…. These types of official errors have always taken place….1985 World Series, umpire Don Denkinger’s incorrect call @ 1B, in the bottom of ...
  • Right Place … Right Time by Bob Ryan We all know that being in the right place, right time is an important part of life. I bet each of you could provide examples of that happening to you. But….being at the right place, wrong time can really be devastating….you saw in the  Kentucky Derby one horse cutting off another…..who knows maybe seconds earlier…or ...
  • Ozo … Batman or Robin by Bob Ryan Marcel Ozuna (aka…Ozo) has been an enigma to many StL fans. Arriving in the Lou last year with high hopes after a robust year in 2017– .312 average, 37 HR, 124 rbi’s, OPS of .924. He was an All star player, silver slugger and a gold glover, it was thought that he was the “man”. But…..in 2018 he hit ...
  • MLB’s Elevators by Bob Ryan We’ve all taken elevators….maybe every day…..the sudden jolt upward…downward..with occasional stops along the way (for departing/oncoming) passengers moves us up or down. Always though….. we’re in control of the up/down movements….not so in the Sports World Elevators. They move players/teams up or down unaccountably. Frequently… it puzzles us.  Here we go on the elevator…. GOING UP…..who ...
  • 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 ...