Cards general manager John Mozeliak is talking proactive at the GM meetings, the Blues take on the hated Blackhawks tonight, Mizzou's hoops team just landed a four-star recruit, and, the Rams aren't our problem anymore. See, things aren't so bad. It's 1 p.m. and I'm ready to roar. Let's get it on!
Since everyone knows Case Keenum is NOT a starting QB in this league, it would appear Goff is simply not ready to play. And as the Rams continue to lose, thus securing a higher draft pick, the cost of moving up to grab Goff No. 1 in last year's draft continues to escalate. Same ol' Rams, indeed.
Demoff. And before anyone asks me for the third: Goodell.
I can be credentialed for any sports event in St. Louis. I used to attend routinely. As I've gotten older and the demands of the job have gotten harder, I find it easier to work from the office and let our reporters be my eyes and ears. Plus, when at a sporting event I prefer to have a beer in hand and cheer with the home crowd. And thanks for your thoughts on our writers. It's a great staff to work with.
I can't say who the Cardinals are going to protect ... only they know that at this point. As to protecting players here is how I understand it to work: Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn't stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.
Not a chance. If Khan takes the Jaguars anywhere he's likely eyeing London. I don't see the NFL returning to St. Louis in my lifetime.
An article I read just this morning indicated that the Chargers owner has said he will continue to work with the mayor of San Diego to try to keep the team there. Spanos really doesn't want to crawl into bed with Kroenke (yuck, bad visual). But he may be left with no other option.
Word on the street is that Jim Thomas is/was known as a youth coach simmering to win ... and usually got it done. JT doesn't stand for Just Talk. He's all about the W's.
Yes. Until The Wall is built I know Mexico is being eyed for potential games.
Why not? But it takes two to dance. Anyone looking to gobble up Peralta and his aging bat and glove? I doubt he would generate much excitement. I think Peralta plays out his contract here unless somehow he gets thrown in to a broader package.
The NHL has faced warm conditions before while hosting the Winter Classic. Heck, it was near 60 degrees in Boston a few years back. They have systems in place to keep the ice cold. The bigger concern for these outdoor games is rain. That can really muck things up.
Much too early to say on the new Gov. However, an MLS stadium is going to be a fraction of the cost of an NFL stadium. And I believe that as it stands any potential owner of a new franchise in STL will be expected to pay for much of the stadium. To me that's as it should be. I don't mind the community helping a bit, but let the deep pockets pay for their own home. Nobody helped me buy mine.
I can guarantee you the Cardinals are looking for a middle-of-the-order bat. It's a weak free-agent class this year, so such a player likely would have to come via trade. Stay tuned for cost-benefit analysis.
It's too early to have a beef. And i don't know that he really does have a beef. Yakupov only said that he was disappointed, that he wanted to play, and that it's the coach's decision. I'm not ready to assume a controversy. Personally, I would like to see Nail on the ice to get a more extended look at what he can/cannot do.
No, but Jeremy Rutherford does a bad Canadian accent. And by "bad" I don't mean "good."
Non-questions are welcome, too. After all, we're just chatting, right? I'll let others draw their own conclusions from the numbers.
As with any manager/coach (Jeff Fisher excluded), if he wins he stays. If the Cards consistently aren't playing in the postseason, no. That's not a copout. It's just a pretty black and white answer.
There has been talk that Diaz could eventually be moved to third as the Cards have options in the pipeline at SS. Of course any trades this offseason to acquire a bat for the OF or 1B could deplete some of those options. Cards are going to have to give something to get something.
If the scenario plays out as you see it, yes, Garcia off the bench would still be viable. But again, Mo is talking about "refreshing" this roster so the picture is unclear as to who will still be with the club come Opening Day.
I don't like the term "all in." It smacks of "whatever it takes." And desperation. Blackmon is not an "all-in" talent ... period.
I don't think overly so. The Cardinals are pitching-heavy in the system and with the big club. It's still a position of strength for them at the bargaining table.