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  • 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 ...
  • Alexa … find me … by Bob Ryan OK…I received a new toy…or program, for Christmas…ask Alexa….so I thought that I’d put it to work…here we go.. Bob…thx  Alexa……ya know I hear a lot about that WAR stat…find me what that means and who were in the top 10 of the MLB for 2017. Alexa…OK…let me check….well I’ve found the definition of WAR…it says “Wins ...
  • Christmas Gifts Under the Sports Tree by Bob Ryan Gift opening is over….hopefully all enjoyed a terrific Christmas…now lets’ take a look at some of the gifts that our sports heroes and sports teams received…. …. Shohei Ohtani …newly singed LA Angel…received a “one of a kind” gift…. he’ll be the 1st MLB to be listed TWICE in fantasy baseball leagues…once as a pitcher and ...
  • Trade Sparks Life in Fans by Bob Ryan The Cardinals acquired heavy hitting, smooth fielding Marcell Ozuna last week….suddenly…it seemed as if the fans were excited …..real excited….again…it was like fresh new life about the Cardinals. Why so?  The Cardinals had six different players with 20+ HR last year, two more with 18….but…none were viewed…at least by the fans… as a “true” power ...
  • $tanton $weepstakes $aga by Bob Ryan The past couple weeks all the buzz about the Cardinals has centered around their effort to procure GianCarlo Stanton from the Marlins…as you all know..it went south….some thoughts… …I actually think the Marlins actually tried “pushing” $tanton a bit to accept the trade by trading their outstanding 2B Dee Gordon to Seattle ….indicating to $tanton the ...
  • It’s all Blue(s) by Bob Ryan The Blues have now played just a bit more than a ¼ of their season….there’s a lot of good going on with the “Note” but there are some sports fans “blue” because of recent or long-time ailments…take  a look first at the Blues… …In the revamped rules of the NHL , scoring has increased…as it was ...
  • Seriously? by Bob Ryan You know how it is…you say something that another person believes is “way out” or totally unbelievable and they respond “seriously”…. Cardinal Baseball…. ….Soooo…MO flys out to talk personally with Fowler to make sure that he’s OK with not being the CF….seriously??  Who’s in charge here…who’s running the asylum? These are professional athletes…paid handsomely to perform whenever ...
  • Not Off-Season but GM Season by Bob Ryan Baseball General managers DO work year round…they have to adjust rosters due to in-season injuries, in-season lack of production, international drafts & contacts, keep an eye on the minor league players development, amateur drafts, sign or resign players…so there is plenty to do for them…but….this next 10 weeks is really the GM season.  This is ...
  • Wrapping up World Series by Bob Ryan The thrilling World Series between the two best teams in baseball in 2017….just won by Houston…a 1st for the franchise….was lots of fun to watch….now..some personal “awards”, comments & observations… …game 5 was….if not the best game in series history….oopps…in St Louis….that designation will always be the David Freese night in 2011…so let’s call this “one ...
  • Halloween for MLB Managers by Bob Ryan Tomorrow night is Halloween……you remember the question that always came to you on Oct 30 through your “early” days….what would you “be” on Halloween?..some years it worked out well…sometimes not so much….but…every year there seems to be a “new & more favorite” costume…..well…this year…it’s a Major League manager dressing up in disguise…They dress in the ...
  • Excitement of Post-Season by Bob Ryan Excitement of Post-Season …. Even though, it’s not the same without our Birds in the post-season….sure…there have been some great games but the buzz around the area about baseball is a whisper w/o our Birds flying into deep October….however …there is ALWAYS a buzz about post-season…on all levels. Post-Season Baseball…. …from my view, it’s actually much tougher to ...
  • Too Big To Fail by Bob Ryan  Ok….losing is one thing….but losing to a country 1/100 our size is ridiculous… some thoughts…  First of all….I’m not a soccer guy…never played soccer a second in my life…but as an Athletic Director & announcer, I’ve seen many soccer matches….I’m not claiming that type of experience makes me an expert but….we all have our thoughts..soooo…..   The USA ...
  • Shuffling Deck from the Bottom by Bob Ryan Cards begin shuffling the deck by dealing from the bottom….at least …. It seems like the pitching coach was the LEAST of their concerns but…MO felt diferently Cards shuffle deck… Earlier this week, the Cards brass & Manifesto announced that Derek Lilliquest (pitching coach) and the bullpen coach….did anyone really know HIS name?….were being let go…PC for ...
  • Fat Lady Sings by Bob Ryan The phrase, “it ain’t over until the Fat Lady sings” meant originally “Nothing is irreversible until the final act is played out”.  Now…it’s come to mean that the event, game, whatever is completely finished.The derivation of this expression ..as best as I can determine…. Originates from Richard Wagner’s  opera–Gotterdammerung, the last of the very long ...