Greetings from 900 N. Tucker Blvd. Commish and Derrick are both covering games on a split-squad day, so you are stuck with me. Commish will return with a chat on Tuesday and Derrick will follow on Wednesday. Meanwhile, spring has sprung in Jupiter. Spring is looking like it could be short for the Blues. And the Mizzou women are looking like the only local team that may play in the NCAA tourney. But we've got the MVC tourney here this weekend and NCAA wrestling championships and the women's Frozen Four coming in mid-March. So it's not all bad. I'm ready to chat ... wakey wakey, eggs and bakey.
As someone who grew up in Indiana, from one end of the state to the other, I was bred to love the Crimson and Cream of the Hoosiers. I hope to hell Mizzou can do better than Crean. He can recruit, but he has trouble motivating his players and his in-game coaching is suspect.
Berglund! (Said the way Seinfeld said, "Newman!") You had to go there right away.There are two different schools of thought on Berglund ... 1) You got a third-line center and a decent price compared to others around the league; or, 2) You still got Berglund. I can't dismiss how well Berglund has played in the last 30 days. But I cannot forgive how he's played the past 8.5 seasons. It's like having a 10-year-old Honda Accord ... it's paid for, it's safe and you know what you've got. But you've had the darned thing for 10 years, you're sick of the color and just tired of seeing it. In fact, you'd be willing to swap it for another 10-year-old Accord just for something different. I'm in the latter camp.
Not a loaded answer: We've amped our coverage of both the MU and SLU women over the past three or four weeks. They are exciting young teams. I like the variety in the coverage, but to be honest, the coverage doesn't move the needle much with our internet traffic. But still ... there are stories there worth doing and we've tried to find some of those stories, in addition to more gamers and columnist coverage.
Performance is the best predictor. If Fowler plays as he is expected to play, it won't be an issue.
I've been irked by some of Army's moves (letting Backes and Brouwer walk while getting nothing in return) and now facing the same possibility with Shat Deuces) but I don't think his job is in any jeopardy. I'm sure he wishes there were some things he had done differently, as we all do, but all teams face these years where they are up against the cap and there's little room to maneuver. Perhaps my biggest issue with Army doesn't even involve player movement ... it's bring Hitch back on the one-year-deal with his successor sitting right there waiting to take over. No one can serve two masters and I can't imagine the dynamic that created in the locker room.
You know what is brutal? Bigotry.
I say 80 percent chance he's dealt ... but the return's not gonna be nearly enough. It's a bad year to receive draft-pick compensation as many think this is an average to below-average draft class. I doubt as this point that the Blues will get any league-ready players in return. But if they're not gonna re-sign Shatty, at least get something. No?
That wood bee me. And udders. No, seriously ... we do our best. As you know our industry has shrank, which means we don't get as many sets of eyes on things as we used to. Trust me when I tell you we hate it when mistakes make it into our products as much, if not more, than you do. Please keep reading!
A section? For STLFC? We don't even do sections for the Cardinals other than their season preview. So far we've covered, I believe, all of STLFC's home games. We simply do not have the budget to cover them on the road. We've got to put our travel dollars on the teams that attract the most readers. And while it is not our job to help "lure" an MLS team to St. Louis, sure, it wouldn't be fun to cover such a team here.
Columnists can never win. Ortiz and Tony Messenger get pounded when they express opinions against publicly subsidized stadiums, Hochman gets it for wanting a stadium. But that's the beauty of having differing opinions on your staff ... we all see things and look at them differently. And that's the perspective that a columnist should bring.
No no. You're not pulling me into the Magic 8-ball game. But Dave Matter currently is working on his list of top candidates. That'll be coming to you at STLtoday.com/sports someday real soon.
I was having this exact discussion with another editor here in the office this morning. I'd rather see the Blues spend big when it's a key player (Backes, Shattenkirk, Vlad, etc.) and then surround them with Barbashev's and the like. But I'm no GM, I just play one in live chats.
We added a soccer "tab" to our mobile app when this came up with a reader a few months back. But you're right, I'm not seeing one on our main website. Let me look into it. Thanks for the heads up.
Just because he hasn't looked great in Boston doesn't mean he wouldn't still look good in the Note. His physical presence here opened up so much space for others. And I feel there has been a real player leadership vacuum left behind in his absence. But you are talking to an unabashed fan of No. 42. Mea culpa.
I agree that it's the exorbitant salaries of Christmases past that are currently hurting this team's ability to move.
By all accounts Fowler is a good guy, a straight shooter and I think he'll be a player that represents St. Louis well on and off the field.
Report, report, report. Get to know your subjects to get the story. It's more important to be correct than it is to be first.
The guy has had six at-bats this spring since losing the weight. You get two minutes in the box for instigating, JJ.
I do. And I think Lovie eventually will pull the Illini out of the dregs of being one of the Big Ten bottom feeders.
And that, 314, is the goal. Throw in Ben Frederickson and Jeff Gordon and I think we've got a stable of unique and strong voices writing columns for us.
i believe Armstrong was taken to task pretty strongly by our writers when Hitch got fired ... some even writing that it should have been Army to go and not Hitch. I still believe the bigger problem was as I mentioned earlier ... Hitch having his predecessor looking over his shoulder and how that might have impacted the players.